National and Regional champions crowned at banquet

National And Regional Champions Of The Nascar Weekly Racing Series Presented By Dodge, Crowned At Champions Awards Banquet ORLANDO, Fla. (November 19, 2001) - $1.7 million in prize money was awarded on Friday, November 16, as NASCAR saluted the...

National And Regional Champions Of The Nascar Weekly Racing Series Presented By Dodge, Crowned At Champions Awards Banquet

ORLANDO, Fla. (November 19, 2001) - $1.7 million in prize money was awarded on Friday, November 16, as NASCAR saluted the national and regional champions of the premier weekly racing program in the nation - the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge.

Ted Christopher, of Plainville, Conn., was presented with more than $163,000 in prize money as the 2001 national champion of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series, an honor he earned with 15 victories and 16 top-five finishes at the historic .625-mile Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway. In addition to his national title, Christopher was also honored as the 2001 New England region champion.

Regional champions, special award winners and other invited guests were joined by NASCAR Chairman Bill France, ISC Executive Vice President Lesa Kennedy and NASCAR Senior Vice President George Pyne at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando, Fla. Friday’s event marked the 20th annual NASCAR Weekly Racing Series awards banquet.

Drivers Jeff Aikey, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Brandon Bendele, of Adkins, Texas, Ricky Bilderback, of Rockton, Ill., Vern Bliss, of Arcade, N.Y., Brandon Butler, of Richmond, Va., Aaron Days, of Turlock, Calif., Tom Moriarty, of Monroe, Wash., Phillip Morris, of Ruckersville, Va. and John O'Neal, of Kansas City, Mo., were honored as the champions of their respective regions of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series.

Special award presentations included Rob Wilcox of Londonberry, N.H., who was honored as the national champion of the NASCAR Shortrack Division presented by True Value. Robert Demling of Ronkonkoma, N.Y., was named the national champion, True Value Mechanic of the Year. True Value also awarded Ben Bailey, a regional Mechanic of the Year Award winner from Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C., an International Race of Champions (IROC) Experience prize package, in which he will join an IROC crew for one weekend in 2002. Thompson International Speedway owner Don Hoenig was presented with an award recognizing his efforts at the track where Christopher earned his championship. In addition to his trophy, championship ring and point fund award, Christopher was also presented with a commemorative NASCAR Weekly Racing Series helmet and custom-embroidered National Champion firesuit courtesy of CV Products and Sparco.

The banquet is the second-largest NASCAR banquet of the year. Only the NASCAR Winston Cup Series awards ceremony, held annually in New York City, hosts more guests. Nearly 100 individual awards were presented during the celebration. The NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge returns to action in spring 2002 at nearly 90 race tracks across the United States. The participating tracks, which include both asphalt and dirt ovals, are divided into 10 geographic regions, and drivers are rated against one another using the Competition Performance Index (CPI). The NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge is the premier weekly racing series in the nation with the most lucrative point fund of any weekly racing series in the nation.

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