Patriot/Mid-Atlantic award banquet notes

ASCS Patriot/Mid-Atlantic Banquet Ends 2007 in Style TULSA, Okla. (December 1, 2007)- As the first true storm of the winter rolled into Upstate New York, sixteen competitors rolled out of the ASCS Patriot/Mid-Atlantic Awards Banquet with over ...

ASCS Patriot/Mid-Atlantic Banquet Ends 2007 in Style

TULSA, Okla. (December 1, 2007)- As the first true storm of the winter rolled into Upstate New York, sixteen competitors rolled out of the ASCS Patriot/Mid-Atlantic Awards Banquet with over $18,000 in cash prizes.

The fifth annual ASCS Patriot Regional Awards Banquet took on additional flare this past Saturday, December 1, as the top-3 drivers in the Inaugural Season of the ASCS Mid-Atlantic Region joined in on the fun.

The All-New Holiday Inn played host to this event, once again held on the traditional first Saturday in December. With more than 120 competitors, sponsors, family, friends and fans on hand, it was a truly special night.

Chuck Hebing became the first driver to become a multi-time ASCS Patriot Champion, doing it in consecutive years. The Ontario, NY competitor held off a potent Jared Zimbardi over the summer to finish the season 120 points ahead of anyone else.

Hebing won 11 ASCS events this year, including the Bully Hill NY Nationals Preliminary Event in his first start with the ASCS National Tour. He also became the first driver to win five straight ASCS Patriot wins, completing it in a 15-day span.

Along with the overall point championship, and the six-foot patriotic trophy that went along with it, "Cobra" also walked away as the inaugural champion of the A-Verdi Storage Containers King of Central New York Series Within a Series. Hebing was also the third different Gater Hard Charger of the Season, presented by Red Bear Hand Cleaner, in as many years.

Hebing walked away with more than $3,000 in cash on the night, completing a record season.

Tim Hogue made the six-hour drive from Medford, NJ to pick up the inaugural Mid-Atlantic Championship Honors. Hogue delayed his vacation to Florida by pausing to reflect on a season where, despite winning, he was able to capture his first title.

Among the other competitors to receive special awards were Scott Kreutter, who easily picked up the 2007 ASCS Patriot Rookie of the Year, Derek Jonathan, who was the Most Improved Driver in his sophomore season, and Rob Pietz, who was named the first Canadian of the Year.

Brian Ellis, crew chief for Patriot runner-up Jared Zimbardi, won Patriot Mechanic of the Year honors in 2003, the first year of the series, and became the first repeat winner of the award on Saturday Night. Jeff Moulds was likewise named the Champion Crew Chief for the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Don Adamczyk, for the fifth year in a row, was recognized for having the best appearing car. Also for the fifth year, Adamczyk was part of the group awarded for perfect attendance. This group also included Chuck Hebing, Jared Zimbardi and Ray Preston. Zimbardi was also recognized for his sportsmanship and Preston was named the Patriot of the Year.

On the less-prestigious side, Dave Wickham was given an award for having the worst pill-draw average in 2007. Gary Troutman took home the Hard Luck Award, but in a turn of good fortunes won the draw for the KSE Racing Products Power Steering Pump. Chris Muhleisen also had bad luck on the year, but he was also the lucky recipient of a free engine dyno from Castner's Peformance System.

The night opened with a special message from Donna Harris in the ASCS Office, followed by a video montage encapsuling a successful 2007 season.

At the end of the night, Regional Director Mike Emhof announced that the Mid-Atlantic Region would be combining forces with the Patriots in 2008. With a schedule that will allow Patriot competitors to head South during the spring and fall, while the Mid-Atlantic Regulars can come North during the summer, Emhof stated that this would help to streamline the ASCS name in the East and give teams more opportunities to race under the desired ASCS format.

For more information, or to view photos from the event, please visit www.ASCSracing.com.

-credit: ascs

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