NASCAR Winston Racing Series moves banquet DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 26, 1999) NASCAR officials have announced that the 1999 NASCAR Winston Racing Series Champions' Banquet will be held Friday, Nov. 5, at the Contemporary Resort in the Walt...
NASCAR Winston Racing Series moves banquet
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 26, 1999) NASCAR officials have announced that the 1999 NASCAR Winston Racing Series Champions' Banquet will be held Friday, Nov. 5, at the Contemporary Resort in the Walt Disney World Complex at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
The recently renovated Contemporary Resort has been greatly enhanced by adding a newly-constructed, state of the art 90,000-square-foot convention center with production facilities that contain all of the Disney "magic." The Contemporary Resort and Convention Center is located within walking distance of the Magic Kingdom, and is the only resort in the world with a monorail running right through the middle of the hotel lobby.
"We are thrilled to move our gala affair for the NASCAR Winston Racing Series to such a wonderful venue," said Tom Deery, NASCAR vice president for the Winston Racing Series. "Walt Disney World and the City of Orlando is the No. 1 travel destination in the world. To celebrate and honor our regional and national champions from the NASCAR Winston Racing Series in that type of environment will be exciting for all of us."
For the past 14 years the NASCAR Winston Racing Series banquet has been held at the elegant Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.
"Nashville was an incredible host city for the NASCAR Winston Racing Series banquet," said Deery. "Moving the banquet to Orlando will begin an exciting new era for the NASCAR Winston Racing Series."
The celebration for the NASCAR Winston Racing Series champions will be highlighted by events all around the Orlando area, as well as Walt Disney World and the new Universal Studios CityWalk -- home to a newly opened NASCAR Cafe.
The NASCAR Winston Racing Series is the country's leading program for weekly short-track racing. It features about 100 of the best short tracks divided into 10 geographic regions. The series, featuring both paved and dirt surfaces of various lengths, provides competitors with regional and national recognition and, in 1998, a $1.3 million championship point fund, including $1 million from series sponsor Winston, as well as contributions from contingency sponsors: Champion Spark Plugs, Cintas Uniforms, Earl's Products, Exide Batteries, Featherlite Trailers, Fel-Pro Gaskets, Gatorade, J.E. Pistons, Mechanix Wear, Moog Chassis Parts, Moroso, NAPA Auto Parts, Prestone Antifreeze, Raybestos Brakes, STP, Tilton Engineering and 76 Racing Fuel to create the largest payout in weekly short-track racing.
The 1998 regional champions, according to their national ranking, were:
1. National Champion Joe Kosiski, Great West Region, Eagle Raceway, Omaha, Neb.;
2. Joe Buford, Heartland Region, Nashville (Tenn.) Speedway USA;
3. Michael Ray, Pacific Coast Region, Las Vegas Motor Speedway;
4. Charles Powell III, Atlantic Seaboard Region, Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway;
5. George Kent Jr., Northeast Region, Tioga Speedway, Owego, N.Y.;
6. Clay Dale, Sunbelt Region, Lanier National Speedway, Braselton, Ga.;
7. Kyle Berck, Midwest Region, Adams County Speedway, Corning, Iowa;
8. Pete Silva, Blue Ridge Region, Greenville-Pickens Speedway, Greenville, S.C.;
9. Steve Murgic, Mid-America Region, Raceway Park, Shakopee, Minn.;
10. Bobby Gahan, New England Region, Lee (N.H.) USA Speedway.
Source: NASCAR Online