Gafrarar presented WKA Sportsmanship Award (World Karting's Prestigious George Kugler Award).
MOORESVILLE NC - January 31, 2003 In January, Chuck Gafrarar claimed the 2002 NASCAR Goody's Dash Rookie of the Year title. The following week, he won a WKA Grand National Win! On Saturday, January, 25th at the WKA Breakfast of Champions in Hickory NC, Gafrarar was the recipient of the prestigious George Kugler Sportsmanship Award. Driver of the #52 Highlands Motorsports/Icehouse Toyota took the podium to thank the World Karting Association and comment on his years in the Karting world. Gafrarar stated "this award means so much to me...I have had great times racing karts over the years. I was not able to race all the series the past few years due to my job and other racing. However, when my schedule permits - I always head for the karts. I can't stress the importance of karting in the racing world. It's a great learning tool for all of you who want to become involved in other motorsports. Karting will always have a special place with me and I thank you all for this honor."
During the awards ceremony, Gafrarar also claimed 2nd place in the Horstman Gold Cup series in the Briggs Controlled Heavy division! Gafrarar stated "I have been involved in karting since I was 9 years old and I can't stress enough on what a great family oriented sport this is for all ages. My parents bought my first kart and three months later I was racing it on a small dirt track in Pennsylvania. Back then I thought it was too cool. Over the years I know it was a great chance for me to make friends and learn karting, but to have the opportunity to still race the circuits and win is awesome." I look forward to running the series again in 2003.
In February, Gafrarar heads to Daytona to start his first full season as a member of the Toyota NASCAR Goody's Dash Team. Gafrarar stated "look for special announcements and new things with our team in Daytona."