February 15, 2018 (Fonda, NY) – King Of Dirt Racing honored it’s 2017 season champions and award winners in front of a record crowd Saturday night, which saw Marc Johnson, Rocky Warner, and Rob Yetman celebrated as champions in their respective divisions.
The night began with handing out product awards to drivers in each of the three King Of Dirt Racing divisions through the graciousness of marketing partners of the series. This took place during a fantastic dinner served by the fine staff at Perthshire in Amsterdam, NY.
Pro Stocks led off the awards portion of the program, with drivers 10-4 coming down for their hardware and photo opportunities. They included Jon Routhier (4th), Jason Casey (5th), Chuck Dumblewski (6th), Jay Casey (7th), Dan Older (8th), Jason Meltz (9th), and Rich Crane (10th).
The top 3 drivers who spoke to emcee Mike Warren then posed for a podium-finishing photo right after, which included champion Rob Yetman (1st), Kenny Martin Jr. (2nd), and Nick Stone (3rd).
Jason Casey became a 3-time KOD award winner after receiving the Sportsmanship Award, while his father Jay Casey received the Memorable Moment Award for his win at Lebanon Valley back on August 26, 2017.
Kenny Martin Jr. had a solid season on tour narrowly winning the title. He earned the Lap Leader award, which came along with a $250 bonus from Scott Govertsen’s Dirt Dog Apparel and a commemorative hoodie.
Jon Routhier received the Hard Charger award after starting the season in a slump, but climbing to 4th in the final standings. Devon Camenga received the Ultimate Underdog award, with Kim Duell receiving the Hard Luck Award.
Jason ‘big wood’ Meltz received the Newcomer Of The Year Award after beating out friend and fellow competitor Rich Crane. Meltz joins Byron Wescott (2016) and Jason Casey (2015) as NOTY award winners.
Top drivers in the Sportsman division were then presented their hardware with Andrew Buff (9th), Scott Duell (8th), Jeff Watson (7th), Michael Sabia (5th), and David Schilling (4th) getting together for a group photo. Kevin Chaffee (10th) and Brian Pessolano (4th) were not in attendance. A
Top three drivers were then presented an opportunity to be interviewed by emcee Mike Warren starting with Chad Edwards (2nd) and followed by Rocky Warner (1st). 3rd place in points Connor Cleveland was unable to be in attendance.
Sportsman awards followed the full-fender division with Chad Edwards becoming a 2-time KOD award winner after receiving the Memorable Moment Award for his win at Devil’s Bowl Speedway back on May 28, 2017.
Rob Maxon was honored with the Ultimate Underdog award for his efforts on tour in 2017, while Scott Duell followed his fathers footsteps earning the Hard Luck Award, which acknowledges effort in spite of adversity.
Jeff Watson was part of the inaugural Dirt Rush season staring in episode #2, but his KillerCrate Newcomer Of The Year Award was hard earned. It was the first year the 5-time Lebanon Valley champion ventured out on tour in his career.
Top 358 Modified drivers including Elmo Reckner (10th), Michael Sabia (9th), Jack Lehner (8th), Demetrios Drellos (6th), and Allison Ricci (4th) graced the stage for their group photo. Missing were Matt DeLorenzo (7th) and Jeremy Wilder (5th) who were unable to attend.
The top 3 finishers then made their way to the stage for their moment in the limelight, with most notably Marc Johnson (1st) missing. The white knight was taking an opportunity to drive a TQ Midget in Albany. He did however send a speech which emcee Mike Warren read to the crowd after speaking with Neil Stratton (3rd) and Jesey Mueller (2nd) about their 2017 season efforts.
Jason Herrington stared in Dirt Rush Episode #3 and has one of the most popular episodes to date. After the Night Of Champions banquet he now has a Sportsmanship Award to his credit after receiving the honors Saturday night.
Demetrios Drellos started the season off with some tough runs, but strung together some solid finishes including a 2nd at the Small Block Nationals earning him the Hard Charger Award, while Brian Gleason received the Ultimate Underdog Award. Elmo Reckner had a tough season, but never gave up earning him the Hard Luck Award.
Jessey Mueller earned the inaugural Newcomer Of The Year Award for 358 Modifieds after a season which saw him also gain his nicknames Heavy Hauler and/or the Iron Man.
Big winners on the night were multiple award winners Rocky Warner, Allison Ricci, Marc Johnson, and David Schilling. These drivers joined Lyle DeVore in receiving some of the highest honors available from King Of Dirt Racing.
Schilling became a 4-time KOD award winner after receiving the Sportsmanship and Hard Charger Awards. Schilling earned the Hard Charger in 2015 and the Outstanding Performance Award in 2016.
358 Modified King Of Dirt Marc Johnson earned the Lap Leader Award along with also receiving the Most Memorable Moment Award for his victory on June 13, 2017 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. Marc went on to claim the $500 bonus from Bruno’s Towing for earning a win at the bowl and claiming the championship.
Albany-Saratoga Promoter Lyle DeVore earned the inaugural Hall Of Honors Appreciation Award from King Of Dirt Racing. The award is open to anyone, driver or otherwise, who contributes to the growth and support of KOD.
Rocky Warner received the most accolades Saturday night after a season in which he won 5 out of 8 races on tour. Warner earned the Most Popular Driver Award and the Lap Leader Award, but his biggest achievement was the Driver Of The Year Award. DOTY is one of King Of Dirt Racing’s highest honors a driver can achieve during any one racing season.
Allison Ricci earned the Most Popular Driver Award, however her achievements off the track through her work with Miles Of Hope Breast Cancer Awareness garnered her the highest honor at King Of Dirt Racing. Ricci received the Award Of Excellence to a standing ovation before chatting with emcee Mike Warren about her season behind the wheel and behind the scenes.
“It was our best banquet yet. We had a record crowd, everyone had a great time, and the folks who helped in putting it all together are the real heroes here. Jen, Greg, Darian, Butch, Brev, Mike, and Jann all did wonderful tonight and I’m proud of them all,” said KOD Promoter Rob Hazer.
More details about event sponsors and marketing partners will continue to come in the months ahead leading up to the start of the 2018 racing season.
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BIG 3 AWARD WINNERS
Award Of Excellence – Allison Ricci
Driver Of The Year – Rocky Warner
Hall Of Honors Appreciation Award – Lyle DeVore
358 MODIFIED AWARD WINNERS
Sportsmanship Award – Jason Herrington
Most Popular Driver – Allison Ricci
Newcomer Of The Year – Jessey Mueller
Memorable Moment – Marc Johnson
Lap Leader – Marc Johnson
Hard Charger – Demetrios Drellos
Ultimate Underdog – Brian Gleason
Hard Luck – Elmo Reckner
SPORTSMAN AWARD WINNERS
Sportsmanship Award – David Schilling
Most Popular Driver – Rocky Warner
Newcomer Of The Year – Jeff Watson
Bicknell Top Warrior – Brian Pessolano
Memorable Moment – Chad Edwards
Lap Leader – Rocky Warner
Hard Charger – David Schilling
Ultimate Underdog – Rob Maxon
Hard Luck – Scott Duell
PRO STOCK AWARD WINNERS
Sportsmanship Award – Jason Casey
Most Popular Driver – Chuck Dumblewski
Newcomer Of The year – Jason Meltz
Memorable Moment – Jay Casey
Lap Leader Award – Kenny Martin Jr.
Hard Charger – Jon Routhier
Ultimate Underdog – Devon Camenga
Hard Luck – Kim Duell
358 MODIFIED PRODUCT CERTIFICATE WINNERS
$600 Beyea Exhaust Certificate – Demetrios Drellos
$500 Fox Shocks Certificate – Michael Sabia
$500 Swagger Factory Certificate – Elmo Reckner
Flach Performance Products Aluminum Radiator – Elmo Reckner
Dig Racing Products Limit Chain – Neil Stratton
Hoosier Racing Tire Certificate – Jack Lehner
$100 Fast Axle Certificate – Jessey Mueller
$50 Elmo’s Speed Supply Certificate – Michael Sabia
$50 Dig Racing Products Certificate – Demetrios Drellos
$50 Elmo’s Speed Supply Certificate – Allison Ricci
SPORTSMAN PRODUCT CERTIFICATE WINNERS
Set Of Standard Fox Shocks For Sportsman – Scott Duell
$400 Beyea Exhaust Certificate – Andrew Buff
$500 Swagger Factory Certificate – Rocky Warner
Flach Performance Products Expansion Tank – David Schilling
PAC Spring Package From Extreme Speed & Performance – Jeff Watson
Andy’s Speed Shop Front Axle Of Choice – Rocky Warner
Hoosier Racing Tire Certificate – Andrew Buff
$100 Fast Axle Certificate – Jeff Watson
$100 Dig Racing Products Certificate – David Schilling
$50 Elmo’s Speed Supply Certificate – Scott Duell
NAPA Auto Parts Gloversville/Johnstown Oil/Filter – Chad Edwards
$50 Elmo’s Speed Supply Certificate – Michael Sabia
PRO STOCK PRODUCT CERTIFICATE WINNERS
$500 Swagger Factory Certificate – Jay Casey
Hoosier Racing Tire Certificate – Rich Crane
Hoosier Racing Tire Certificate – Nick Stone
$100 Hard Luck Cash Bonus From Stone Motorsports – Kim Duell
$75 Ultimate Underdog Cash Bonus From Stone Motorsports – Devon Camenga
$25 Hard Charger Cash Bonus From Stone Motorsports – Jon Routhier
$50 Cash Bonus From Meltz Lumber – Kenny Martin Jr.
NAPA Auto Parts Gloversville/Johnstown Oil/Filter – Chuck Dumblewski
2018 King Of Dirt Racing Small Block Modified Series Schedule
06/03/18 – Utica Rome Speedway (40 Laps)
06/06/18 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway (40 Laps)
07/18/18 – Glen Ridge Motorsports Park (50 Laps)
07/29/18 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway (67 Laps)
09/14/18 – Albany Saratoga Speedway (40 Laps)*
09/15/18 – Lebanon Valley Speedway (35 Laps)
2018 King Of Dirt Racing Sportsman Series Schedule
04/29/18 – Glen Ridge Motorsports Park (35 Laps)
05/12/18 – Fonda Speedway (30 Laps)
05/27/18 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway (35 Laps)
06/03/18 – Utica Rome Speedway (30 Laps)
07/06/18 – Albany Saratoga Speedway (30 Laps)
09/01/18 – Lebanon Valley Speedway (30 Laps)
09/07/18 – Albany Saratoga Speedway (100 Laps)*
2018 King Of Dirt Racing Pro Stock Series Schedule
06/03/18 – Utica Rome Speedway (30 Laps)
08/01/18 – Fonda Speedway (29 Laps)
08/10/18 – Albany Saratoga Speedway (30 Laps)*
08/25/18 – Lebanon Valley Speedway (30 Laps)
09/09/18 – Glen Ridge Motorsports Park (30 Laps)
09/16/18 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway (29 Laps)
*= Indicates Championship Point Scale Events
Schedule Subject To Change