CRA: 2006 Awards Banquet report

2006 CHAMPION RACING ASSOCIATION CHAMPIONS CROWNED Anderson, IN (January 7, 2007) -- The 2006 Champion Racing Association Awards Banquet was held Saturday night at the Holiday Inn in Anderson, Indiana. The top 15 in 2006 CRA Super Series points,...

2006 CHAMPION RACING ASSOCIATION CHAMPIONS CROWNED

Anderson, IN (January 7, 2007) -- The 2006 Champion Racing Association Awards Banquet was held Saturday night at the Holiday Inn in Anderson, Indiana. The top 15 in 2006 CRA Super Series points, and the top 10 in both 2006 CRA Sportsman points and 2006 CRA Street Stocks points were all honored at that banquet along with special awards for all three divisions.

Angola, Indiana's Scott Hantz was officially crowned as the 2006 CRA Super Series Champion, it was the second CRA Super Series Championship for Hantz and the Richard Poe Motorsports team. Hantz was the 2000 CRA Super Series Champion and Rookie Of The Year, he joins Brian Ross as the only two-time champions of the CRA Super Series in its ten year history.

"We overcame a lot of adversity to win the championship," remarked Hantz. "I really wanted to win this Championship for my car owner Dick Poe who has had a rough year with some health problems. We had to overcome some DNF's, torn up racecars and the loss of my Crew Chief for part of the season, but it all worked out in the end. I want to thank my car owner Dick Poe and all my great crew members that helped me win this championship!"

Danny Jackson was honored as the 2006 CD-2 CRA Super Series Rookie Of The Year. 2005 CRA Super Series Drivers Champion Jeff Lane was the 2006 TDR Screen Graphics Sportsman Of The Year Award winner. The Muller Motorsports Team with members Ken Muller, Billy Skiles, Crew Chief Bill Rievley and driver Eddie Van Meter were honored as the winners of the 2006 Darrell Teal Outstanding Dedication Award. Scott Hantz and Brian Rievley were awarded the Harris Products Group Lap Leader Awards. Kenny Tweedy was awarded the Cometic Gasket Hard Luck Award while Tommy St. John was awarded the Cometic Gasket Hard Charger Award.

Cedar Lake, Indiana's Keith Sterkowitz was honored as the inaugural 2006 CRA Sportsman Champion. Scott Runion was the Sportsman Of The Year Award winner for the CRA Sportsman while Rick Tackman Jr. was awarded the Dedication Award for the CRA Sportsman.

Noblesville, Indiana veteran race Joe Beaver was honored as the 2006 CRA Street Stock Champion driving for owner Terry Burton of Anderson, Indiana. 2006 Point's runner-up Chuck Cook was awarded the Rookie Of The Year Award for the CRA Street Stocks. Rod Phipps was awarded the Sportsman Of The Year Award and Bubba Trinkle the Dedication Award for the CRA Street Stocks.

Drawings were held for all three divisions. The big winners with the CRA Super Series included Tommy St. John who won a complete body from Five Star Racecar Bodies, Jack Landis who won 50% off a body from Five Star Racecar Bodies, JR Roahrig who won 50% off a body from ARP Stock Car Bodies, Jeff Lane who won a drivers uniform from Leaf Racewear, Danny Jackson, Chet Blanton and Eddie Van Meter each won a set of rotors from AP Racing, Jack Landis who won a welder from Lincoln Welders, Eddie Van Meter who won a racing seat from The Joie Of Seating, Chris Gabehart who won a set of springs from Draco Spring, and Scott Hantz who won a $200 Product Certificate from Cometic Gasket.

In the CRA Sportsman 2006 Champion Keith Sterkowitz was the big winner getting a complete body from Five Star Racecar Bodies. Other winners included Kevin Cook who won 50% off a body from ARP Stock Car Bodies, Terry Fisher Jr. who won a drivers uniform from Leaf Racewear and Al Cook Jr. who won product from Ringers Gloves.

The drawing winners in the CRA Street Stocks include Chuck Cook who won a $250 Product Certificate from Five Star Racecar Bodies, Rod Phipps who won a $250 Product Certificate from ARP Stock Car Bodies, Joe Beaver, Bubba Trinkle and Craig Cookingham who each won product from Ringers Gloves.

The evening was capped off with a 2006 season Highlight Video prepared by Brian Duncan, including the work of photographer James MacDonald and Videographer Adam Mackey.

-credit: cra

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Series Stock car
Drivers Terry Fisher , Brian Ross , Jeff Lane