ELDORA HANDS OUT 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP AWARDS; LOOKS TOWARD 2016 SEASON
Westfall, Stemler, Trent and Schlenk Prevail as Numerous Other Awards Included in Front of More than 500 People
ROSSBURG, Ohio (Jan. 24, 2016) – More than 500 drivers, crew members and fans from the Midwest and Canada gathered inside the Eldora Ballroom Saturday evening to bring an official close to the 2015 season with the annual Eldora Speedway Awards Ceremony.
Honored as the divisional champions for the legendary half-mile clay oval were Matt Westfall (Late Model), Travis Stemler (Modifieds) and Rob Trent (Stocks).
The Sunoco American Late Model Series (ALMS) joined the ceremony with the presentation of their championship awards and point fund as well. Rusty Schlenk was the ALMS champion.
Westfall, from Pleasant Hill, Ohio, scored eight top-10 finishes in 11 Late Model races to take the crown by 26 points over Josh Rice. Westfall won the 2014 Eldora Modified championship.
Stemler scored two wins and seven top-10 finishes in nine Modified races to take the crown from Eldora fan favorite Jerry Bowersock. Stemler hails from Ionia, Michigan.
Trent and Frank Paladino, both from Lima, Ohio, each won two races and had six top-10s, but Trent faired just a bit better winning the Eldora stock championship by three points. It was Trent’s third Eldora title.
Prior to the presentation of the champions, the remainder of the top 15 in the final point chase were brought to the stage to receive trophies and point fund money.
Intermixed were multiple ‘specialty’ awards. Rookie of the Year awards went to Josh Rice (Late Model), Shawn Valenti (Modified) and T.J. Smith (Stock Car), while the Most Improved Driver honors went to Nick Latham (Late Model), Mike Hohlbein (Modified) and Brandon Archey (Stock Car). Determined to have the Best Appearing Cars in 2015 were Ted Nobbe (Late Model), Jason Kinney (Modified) and Wayne Williams (Stock Car). Recognized for their run of Hard Luck were Andrew Reaume (Late Model), Josh Morton (Modified) and Andy King (Stock Car).
Considered to be one of the most prestigious awards of the year, the Chick Hale Sportsman of the Year trophy was presented to the Conover Family, while Liz Denlinger, from Premier Health, was named Woman of the Year. Denny Copeland was tabbed as the Joe Mercer Memorial Fan of the Year, with Jerry Walker capturing the Mechanic of the Year hardware. For their outstanding stable of race machinery, Kuzman Motorsports was announced as the Owner of the Year.
Eldora now turns its eyes on another busy season ahead. Tickets for the 22nd annual Dirt Late Model Dream by Ferris Mowers, the 33rd annual Kings Royal Weekend, the fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on dirt and the 46th annual World 100 are available now at www.EldoraSpeedway.com and can be requested by phone at (937) 338-3815.
Tickets and camping for the rest of the Eldora’s schedule will be available on Monday, February 15.
About Eldora Speedway:
Since carved from a cornfield in the natural amphitheater that existed between the Eldora Ballroom and the Wabash River by bandleader Earl Baltes in 1954, Eldora Speedway has grown to be a frontrunner in motorsports growth and stability. Baltes chose to sell the legendary high-banked clay oval to motorsports entrepreneur and NASCAR, IndyCar and USAC champion Tony Stewart in 2004. Celebrating its 63nd season in 2016, Eldora hosts the biggest events in short-track racing including the 22nd annual Dirt Late Model Dream by Ferris Mowers; the 33rd annual Kings Royal Weekend; the fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on dirt; and the 46th annual World 100. The complete schedule for Eldora’s 63rd consecutive season, including ticket and campsite information, is available at www.EldoraSpeedway.com and can be requested by phone at (937) 338-3815. Fans can get behind-the-scenes access of Eldora Speedway by following @EldoraSpeedway on Twitter, hitting ‘Like’ at www.facebook.com/EldoraSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/EldoraSpeedwayInc. The Eldora Speedway app for the iPhone, iPad and Android is available for free download via iTunes and Google Play.