CNYMS: 2004 Banquet summary

Sparks Crowned CNYMS Champion Utica, NY - The Central NY Mini Sprint Series put an official close on its 2004 season this past Saturday when it crowned Scotia, NY's Cory Sparks as series champion. En route to the championship, Sparks broke ...

Sparks Crowned CNYMS Champion

Utica, NY - The Central NY Mini Sprint Series put an official close on its 2004 season this past Saturday when it crowned Scotia, NY's Cory Sparks as series champion. En route to the championship, Sparks broke a series record with 9 victories. For his accomplishment, Sparks received a check for more than $2000 plus contingency awards from numerous supporting sponsors. Engine builder Rich Wood Jr. of K&S Powersports provided the power that clinch Sparks the championship and was honored as Motor Builder of the Year. The Car Owner of the Year award went to Dave and Vickie Sparks. Sparks accepted his award accompanied by past tour champions A.J. Bagozzi (1991), P.J. Perworchik (2000), Matt Norrie (2002), and Doug Norrie (2003).

A very large attendance provided a great setting to honor the tour's top 15 competitors to share in nearly $10,000 in cash and over $7300 in contingency awards. Germantown's Jared Fink finished second in points followed by Don Harvey II in third, James Kiser in fourth, and Patrick Kuerner rounding out the top five. The remaining top 15 was as following from 6th through fifteenth in that order as listed: Al Scerbo, Rookie of the Year Jerry Sehn, Jr., Marshall Gogg, Garry Moore, Aric Copeland, Dale Beach Jr., Bobby Sergeant, Chris VanBuren, Lee Babcock, and Jeremy Quick.

Joe Verdi of A-Verdi Storage Containers was on hand as series sponsor with his wife and lovely daughters to present the awards for the top 15 competitors and announced that he looks forward to continued support of the series in the coming years. Other series sponsors on hand recognized for their support in 2004 included Sergeant Farms, Mobile Repair Services, Mike Emhof Motorsports, Speedway Advertising. Contingency award sponsors recognized were Leaf Racewear, Weld Wheels, Seymour Enterprises, Ultra Shield Race Products, Bicknell Racing Products, Spectro Oil Products, Bect Chemical, and ISG Racing LLC, American Mini Sprint Association, and Bishop Race Products.

Special awards went to Don Harvey II for Best Appearing Car. The Hard Luck Award went to Mike Emhof.

Prior to the banquet, the series held an informational meeting about the upcoming 2005 season. Series co-owners Bob Stanhope and Mike Emhof presented a near complete schedule with almost 20 race dates. They announced that all series competitors will be required to use a one-way radio for race communications with a race director. A few race procedure changes were discussed. Details from this meeting will be posted on the series official website within the next couple of weeks at www.cnyms.com.

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