Drag Race Central - LODRS
Thu, 26 Dec 2013, 10:14 AM

NHRA Champions Crowned at Land of the Winners Awards Banquet
Courtesy of Jay Hullinger
Photo copyright 2013 Mark Schmidt

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.

Leo Taugher the Voice of Division 3
The evening kicked off with a standing ovation for emcee Leo Taugher the Voice of Division 3, who had been sidelined with health issues for most of the 2013 season. The evening's Division champions were all first time award winners except for Comp eliminator champion Greg Kamplain and young Jr. Dragster VP Racing Fuels Race of Champions winner Bobby Bode.

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."

Brandon Booher and Andy Bohl
Brandon Booher and his father Aaron were recipients of the Pro/Sportsman Driver and Crew Chief of the Year awards, respectively. Brandon wheeled the Spitzer Race Cars Top Alcohol Dragster to the team's first Lucas Oil Regional Championship after scoring three regional event wins, as well as their first national event victory during the 2013 season.

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.

The Division 3 Champions
A third generation from the Coughlin-family was added to the Division's record books with Troy Coughlin, Jr. collecting the Division Championship in Super Gas. It was the 15th NHRA Division Championship for the family that operates JEGS High Performance in Delaware, Ohio. T.J. was also voted as the Super Eliminator Driver of the Year.

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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