INDIANAPOLIS -- The 2013 North Central Division champions were crowned at the 47th annual "Land of the Winners" Awards Banquet held Saturday night in the Sagamore Ballroom at the Indiana Convention Center. Regional and divisional Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Summit Racing Series, JEGS NHRA Super Quick and Summit Jr. Drag Racing League champions were all honored along with a number of special award winners.
Todd and Earl Datweiler of T&E Auto Haulers were named Person of the Year by Division Director Jay Hullinger to close out the evening's awards ceremony. "T&E Auto Haulers based in Herscher, Ill. have provided the Division with a support trailer since 1984," stated Hullinger. "This past season T&E furnished the Division with a custom built all-aluminum trailer for transportation of the growing inventory of support equipment, a technical work area, racer registration and guest services. The Datweilers embody the division's creed - Land of the Winners."
Andy Bohl from Racine, Wis. collected the Lucas Oil Regional honors for Top Alcohol Funny Car having scored regional event wins in all three of his final round appearances. Bohl's Hedman Hedders Husler Mustang was showcased at the banquet.
The Sportsman Driver of the Year award was won by Marco Abruzzi, who captured the Spitzer Race Cars Top Dragster championship and finished third in the Brodix/Steve Schmidt Competition Engines Top Sportsman Series. This past summer Abruzzi collected two national event wins and three divisional wins in back to back to back weekends.
JEGS NHRA Super Quick Champion James Shown was honored with a chrome Wally as part of the silver anniversary celebration for the series. Shown was also voted the ET Bracket Driver of the Year in the North Central Division. Super Quick Series announcer Chuck Scrimpsher who announced his retirement this past season was recognized by Hullinger for his dedication and support of the series.
Other special award winners included Skillman Racing, consisting of Wesley Wells, Tomi Lane, Joey Gwin & Monte Anderson was named Sportsman Mechanic of the Year. Two Ohio tracks were honored with Bill Bader, Jr. accepting the Lucas Oil Series Track of the Year for his Summit Motorsports Park and William Tharp accepted for the revamped Kil-Kare Dragway in Xenia recipient of the Summit Racing Series Track of the Year. Coles County Dragway, USA was recognized as the National DRAGSTER Be A Winner - Be A Member winner and Pam Lobb from Crossroads Dragway received the publication's Contributor of the Year award.
The NHRA National Class Performers Award for Super Stock stick was presented by NHRA Contingency Program Director Charlie Neilson to Gary Summers.
2013 Champions and Award Winners NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Champions Top Alcohol Dragster - Brandon Booher Top Alcohol Funny Car - Andy Bohl Competition - Greg Kamplain Super Stock - Jeff Dona Stock - Drew Skillman Super Comp - Steve Hoyt Super Gas - Troy Coughlin, Jr. Super Street - Philip Smida II NHRA Brodix/Steve Schmidt Competition Engines Top Sportsman Champion Jerry Albert NHRA Spitzer Race Cars Top Dragster Champion Marco Abruzzi NHRA Summit Racing Series Champions Super Pro - Adam Cline, Beech Bend Raceway Park Pro ET - Kip Norup, Byron Dragway Sportsman - Nick Hasting, Summit Motorsports Park Super Pro Bike - Craig Adams, Summit Motorsports Park High School - Mike Ratulowski, Gateway Motorsports Park Team Champions - Summit Motorsports Park National DRAGSTER Team Spirit - Crossroads Dragway NHRA Jegs Super Quick Series Champion James Shown NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Division Champions 13-17 Year Old - Daniel McCarty, Lyons Raceway Park 10-12 Year Old - Austin Alvey, Ohio Valley Dragway 8-9 Year Old - Lizzie Martel, Mid-Michigan Motorplex Division 3 VP Racing Fuels Jr. Race of Champions 13-17 Year Old - Brandon Bennett, Milan Dragway 10-12 Year Old - Bobby Bode, Route 66 Raceway 8 & 9 Year Old - Kayla Bohannon, Ohio Valley Dragway NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Champions 15-Year Old - Owen Hoover, Summit Motorsports Park 8-9 Year Old - Alex Kish, Mid-Michigan Motorplex NHRA Super Stock and Stock National Performer Super Stock Stick - Gary Summers Land of the Winners Person of the Year Todd &Earl Datweiler Pro-Sportsman Driver of the Year Brandon Booher Pro-Sportsman Mechanic of the Year Aaron Booher Sportsman Driver of the Year Marco Abruzzi Sportsman Mechanic of the Year Skillman Racing (Wesley Wells, Tomi Lane, Joey Gwin & Monte Anderson) Super Eliminator Driver of the Year Troy Coughlin, Jr. ET Bracket Driver of the Year James Shown NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Track of the Year Summit Motorsports Park NHRA Summit Racing Series Track of the Year Kil-Kare Dragway National DRAGSTER Be A Winner, Be A Member Coles County Dragway, USA National DRAGSTER Contributor of the Year Pam Lobb - Crossroads Dragway Don "Pinky" Cobbs Memorial Award Chuck Danbom
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