AARA 2003 banquet report

Belleville, IL (January 3, 2004) The Allied Auto Racing Association (AARA) held their 48th Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, January 3rd at the Belle-Clair Exposition Hall. The AARA Awards Banquet covers the four classes at I-55 Raceway and the...

Belleville, IL (January 3, 2004) The Allied Auto Racing Association (AARA) held their 48th Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, January 3rd at the Belle-Clair Exposition Hall. The AARA Awards Banquet covers the four classes at I-55 Raceway and the four classes at Belle-Clair Speedway. AARA handed out over $22,000 in cash awards along with trophies and plaques.

NASCAR Nextel Cup veteran driver and I-55 Raceway co-promoter Ken Schrader was amoung the special guest on hand. Ken Schrader and Ray Marler presented a special award to the I-55 Raceway AARA Sportsman Champion Paul Bauman. Bauman was awarded 2nd place in the Nation in the Contingency Connection, Mr. Gasket Performance Group. Bauman was presented with a check for $2,000 from Mr. Gasket and the Contingency Connection.

In the U.M.P. Late Model division at Belle-Clair Speedway, the top 10 in points were:
1. Frankie Martin
2. Jim Burwell
3. Dean Hoffman
4. Don Klein
5. Vince Grondzki
6. Dan Dondero
7. Kenny Helmick
8. Jim Morrison
9. Dan Jacober
10. Tim Ratajczyk
Rookie of the Year: Jim Gibson
Best Appearing Car: Dean Hoffman
Most Improved Driver: Dan Jacober
Best Appearing Crew: Kenny Helmick

In the U.M.P. Late Model division at I-55 Raceway, the top 10 in points were:
1. Ed Dixon
2. Tim Ratajczyk
3. Mark Oller
4. Kevin Gundaker
5. Brian Wolfmeier
6. Dave Jumper
7. Kyle Steffens
8. Danny Haynes
9. Paul Belken, Jr.
10. Don Klein
Rookie of the Year: Paul Belken, Jr.
Best Appearing Car: Kevin Gundaker
Most Improved Driver: Kyle Steffens
Best Appearing Crew: Mark Oller

In the U.M.P. Modified division at Belle-Clair Speedway, the top 10 in points were:
1. Bobby Bittle
2. Marty Smith, Jr.
3. Chris Gray
4. Chris England
5. Dave Thornton
6. Tom Ratajczyk
7. Jesse Carson
8. Bobby Johnson
9. Mark Clary
10. Denny Tribout
Rookie of the Year: Mark Clary
Best Appearing Car: Chris Gray
Most Improved Driver: Marty Smith, Jr.
Best Appearing Crew: Mark Steinwagner

In the U.M.P. Modified division at I-55 Raceway, the top 10 in points were:
1. Ray Walsh
2. Bobby Bittle
3. Scott Weber
4. Rich Whaley
5. Brian Worley
6. Brian Wolfmeier
7. Dennis Richards
8. Tom Ratajczyk
9. Doug Wood
10. Brent Thompson
Rookie of the Year: James Reed
Best Appearing Car: Kevin Epperson
Most Improved Driver: Dennis Richards
Best Appearing Crew: Ray Walsh

In the AARA Sportsman division at Belle-Clair Speedway, the top 10 in points were:
1. David Grzywacz
2. Chris Sale
3. Paul Bauman
4. Brian Dawson
5. Chris Smith
6. Mike Harris
7. Mark Benedick
8. Tom Smallwood
9. Chad Reum
10. Jimmy Cummins
Rookie of the Year: Mike Kurtz, Jr.
Best Appearing Car: Tom Smallwood
Most Improved Driver: Chris Sale
Best Appearing Crew: Lonnie Casey

In the AARA Sportsman division at I-55 Raceway, the top 10 in points were:
1. Paul Bauman
2. Scott Stuppy
3. Todd McGraw
4. Ed Lowry
5. Darren Holland
6. Paul Belken, Jr.
7. Ron Imm, Jr.
8. Doug Kim
9. Eric Rudd
10. Steve Borgetti
Rookie of the Year: Eric Rudd
Best Appearing Car: Darren Holland
Most Improved Driver: Paul Bauman
Best Appearing Crew: Scott Stuppy

In the AARA Pure Stock division at Belle-Clair Speedway, the top 10 in points were:
1. Dennis Ponder
2. Don Phillips
3. Jason Davinroy
4. Mike Reagan
5. Curt Paule
6. Ron Weidler
7. Bill Quails
8. Charlie Gaultney
9. Scott Ponder
10. Tony Miller
Rookie of the Year: Jason Davinroy
Best Appearing Car: Jennifer Hedtkamp
Most Improved Driver: Don Phillips

In the AARA Wannabee division at I-55 Raceway, the top 6 in points were:
1. Pat Brewer
2. Joe Gruhala
3. Dave Heinrichs
4. Gary Price
5. Robbie Hoffman
6. Don Hoffman

Other special awards that were handed out were:
AARA Lifetime Membership Award: Don O'Dum and Don Hoener
Leo Ladendecker Award: Stan Schanter
Roger Menard Sportsman Award: Curt Benedick

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