2008 WSORR "NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS" HONORS OFF-ROAD STARS MILWAUKEE, Wisc., (September 29, 2008) - The Lucas Oil World Series of Off- Road Racing (WSORR) will recap and celebrate its 2008 season during the third annual "Night of Champions" Awards...
2008 WSORR "NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS" HONORS OFF-ROAD STARS
MILWAUKEE, Wisc., (September 29, 2008) - The Lucas Oil World Series of Off- Road Racing (WSORR) will recap and celebrate its 2008 season during the third annual "Night of Champions" Awards Banquet at the Potawatomi Bingo and Casino in Milwaukee, Wisc., on Saturday, October 4th. Major WSORR sponsors and dignitaries will be on hand for the "invitation only" ceremony to help recognize Series champions and manufacturer points winners and to witness the announcement of "PRO and SRT (Sportsman) Drivers and Rookies-of- the-year". Prestigious World Championship rings will also be handed out to 2008 winners in 11 World Series classes, among other awards.
The 2008 season witnessed ultra-competitive points battles across the board with new champions crowned in ten of the eleven WSORR classes. Only Dave DeMaegd, Mishawaka, Ind., was able to successfully defend his Formula 4x4 crown. Highlighting the class championships was the sixth overall PRO Light Pickup title of Jeff Kincaid, Argonne, Wisc. Kincaid, driving his Traxxas( Potawatomi BFG Toyota, won seven races on the WSORR circuit and the Potawatomi "Decision at Sundown" Challenge Cup race.
Dan Vanden Heuvel, Appleton,Wisc., celebrated his 30th year of racing by taking the WSORR PRO 2WD championship in his Maxxis Chevrolet. Kent Brascho, Pell City, Ala., was the PRO 4x4 champ in his Lucas Oil Goodyear Chevrolet and also won the prestigious 15th Annual Potawatomi Chairman's Cup race. John Mason, Plymouth, Wisc., rounded out the PRO class champions by taking the first ever PRO Super Buggy title in his Mendeola Goodyear Honda.
SRT class champions include Keith Steele of Madison, Wisc., who dominated the Super Truck class by winning eight races in his Monster Energy Goodyear Chevy and Mike Vanden Heuvel, of Appleton, Wisc., who won seven of the 1600 Light Buggy races during the season in his Toyo machine. Eric Ruppel, of Chetek, Wisc., won the Stock Truck crown in his Phil's Inc., BFG Ford and Mark Steinhardt, of Rhinelander, Wisc., was the 1600 Buggy champ in his Phil's Inc., BFG machine. The 2008 WSORR Grassroots class champions are Rob Weiland in Classix and Jim Van Rixel in Enduro Truck.
The battle for supremacy among World Series PRO manufacturers in 2008 was won by Ford Truck Division. Ford won the honor for the second year in a row. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company won the tire manufacturer PRO points title.
A number of special year-end achievement and recognition awards are also planned for the Night of Champions celebration including the formal presentation of off-road's most prestigious award, the $125,000 BorgWarner Cup, to 2008 winner Scott Taylor, of Belvidere, Ill., in his Skyjacker BFG Ford.