ST. JOHNS, PA. Lobitz's catering in Hazelton, PA was the host to nearly 400 competitors, Officials, Press, Friends and Family, who gathered on Saturday night, November 24, to celebrate the accomplishments of the drivers at Mountain Speedway- in...
ST. JOHNS, PA. Lobitz's catering in Hazelton, PA was the host to nearly 400 competitors, Officials, Press, Friends and Family, who gathered on Saturday night, November 24, to celebrate the accomplishments of the drivers at Mountain Speedway- in the Pocono Foothills. This was the last official act of Pocono Mountain Speedway as the new logo and name were unveiled during this night of celebration
The event put a close to a highly successful and competitive 2001 season at the speedway. Headlining the program was the crowning of the 2001 track champions. Along with the trophies and points fund money, champions received many other gifts from speedway sponsors.
Eric Beers, Northampton, PA returned to the speedway as a regular campaigner, claiming his second title at the facility. Eric's first title at this facility was in 1994. Eric won the title by winning 4 times and finishing in the top five 18 times. Eric also won the hard charger award by leading the most laps during the 2001 season. Eric dedicated the season and his 2001 Championship to the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks and to all fellow racecar competitors who died while participating in the sport they loved.
Paul Koehler Jr. dominated the Late Model divisions, to take division honors and the Rookie of the Year. Koehler Jr. lead almost every statistical category, including Top 10's and Top 5's, with 10 feature wins. This gave him his first track championship in his first year at the speedway.
Mike Higgins survived the highly competitive Pro Stock points race, to take his first ever championship. In only his fourth year behind the wheel, Higgins minimized the DNF's to put himself on the top at the end of the year.
Third year driver, Scott Meckes, held the points lead for the entire season, taking the Street Stock title and his first track championship. The plan for the 2001 was to travel to different speedways, but the win on opening day changed the focus to the point's race.
Paul Frantz continued the family tradition of track championships, with the Factory Stock crown. A string of five straight Top 2 finishes to end the season gave the second-generation driver his first ever track championship.
The remainder of the top 10 in attendance from regular divisions each received trophy along with points fund award money.
Division Rookie of the Year honors went to Tim Henry in the Modifieds, Late Model's Paul Koehler Jr., Chris Hamilton for the Pro Stocks, Frank Katona in Street Stocks, and Brad Kline in the Factory Stocks. Director of Operations, Billy Bartley, received the Checkered Flag Fan Club award for outstanding contributions as a speedway official or employee.
Track management would like to thank all the sponsors, drivers, crews, and fans for their support in 2001. Preparation is well underway for the 2002 season. Keep track of all the exciting news and many different events planned by logging onto www.mountainspeedway.com. 2002 Rules meetings are scheduled for December 1 & 2 at Lobtiz's Catering in Hazelton, starting at 10:00 AM. Saturday will be the rules meetings for the Factory Stock, Street Stock, and Pro Stock divisions. Late Model and Modified teams will meet on Sunday. For both sessions, there is a maximum of two representatives per team.