PASADENA, Calif. (Oct. 21, 2007) -- Mike David reached a goal he set more than seven years ago as he was crowned the 2007 champion of the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series during a special awards ceremony in the International Ballroom ...
PASADENA, Calif. (Oct. 21, 2007) -- Mike David reached a goal he set more than seven years ago as he was crowned the 2007 champion of the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series during a special awards ceremony in the International Ballroom of the Hilton Pasadena on Sunday.
The 40-year-old veteran driver from Modesto, Calif., was presented the championship trophy and postseason team awards representing more than $147,572. The championship celebration culminated with NASCAR's Managing Director of Racing Operations George Silbermann presenting David with the prestigious NASCAR championship ring.
"It's a goal that we set out when we started this thing," David said, recalling his entry into the West Series in 2001 with car owner Randy Lynch. "That was one of our goals -- to win this championship."
The end-of-season awards pushed David's team winnings for this year to $236,537. In addition to a $60,000 bonus, he will receive more than $37,000 in team winnings from the NASCAR point fund. David was presented with the Aero Exhaust Lap Leader Award for 2007, along with a check for $5,000. In addition, he received a special trophy and $3,000 from Goodyear.
David, a second-generation driver who grew up watching his father race at Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway, clinched the West Series championship by a 114-point margin in the final race of the season.
Other championship awards in Pasadena included the presentation of the Champion Owner trophy to Randy Lynch. He also received the Champion Sponsor trophy on behalf of his Bennett Lane Winery. The Lunati Champion Crew Chief Award, along with $2,500, went to the team's crew chief, Mario Isola.
The awards ceremony featured many other special honors. Two-time series champion Mike Duncan of Bakersfield, Calif., was presented with the Most Popular Driver Award. He also received the Bud Pole Award for the third time in four years. In addition, Duncan was presented with the driver and car owner trophies for finishing second in the championship standings.
The prestigious Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award went to Ontario, Calif., driver Jason Bowles, who finished third in the overall championship standings.
Brian Ickler of San Diego received several honors. The second-year driver was presented with the HDNet Performance Award, along with $10,000. The award also included a high definition wide-screen television. In addition, Ickler was presented with the POWERade Power Move Award, earning him $7,500. Ickler also took home the Driver Achievement Award for a second consecutive year, while being recognized for scoring the most wins (three) in 2007.
Long-time car owner Dick Midgley was honored with the Sportsmanship Award for 2007. Series rookie Alex Haase of Las Vegas was presented with the Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award, along with $6,000.
Eric Hardin of Anaheim, Calif., was presented with a special award, named in honor of Spencer Clark.
This year's awards ceremony featured Mike Joy of Fox Sports as master of ceremonies.