AVSS celebrates 2003 season

The 2003 Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper Super Sprint series season is officially complete with the crowning of the 2003 AVSS National Champions. The AVSS National Champion Driver is Leslie MI racer Tom Fedewa who collected his awards Saturday night...

The 2003 Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper Super Sprint series season is officially complete with the crowning of the 2003 AVSS National Champions.

The AVSS National Champion Driver is Leslie MI racer Tom Fedewa who collected his awards Saturday night at the Holiday INN convention center in Lansing MI. The driver of the Mike Katz owned 20 machine collected 10 feature wins in 21 AVSS races this year on way to his first ever AVSS crown. A six foot tall trophy, several awards and jackets from official AVSS sponsor's and the winners share of the 2003 AVSS driver's point fund were all awarded to the very happy Fedewa Saturday evening. " I just want to thank everyone for making this possible" said Fedewa. " I have the best job with this team getting to drive this unbelievable car," the driver in his second year with Mike Katz racing thanked all of his family, crew members and all of his fine sponsors and of course awesome car owner Mike Katz.

The 2003 AVSS National Champion car owner was Battle Creek MI car owner Mike Katz. A long time supporter with AVSS this is Katz' third AVSS championship and second car owner's championship in a row. The very popular Katz told the 200 plus crowd that he was very thankful to have such a great, hardworking team to make this all possible.

The 2003 Owens Petroleum Rookie of the year was awarded to Millbury OH driver Brian Lay. This fast young driver with years of go-cart experience had an incredible rookie campaign. He took his father Kent's 45 car to two feature wins and an overall fourth place finish in drivers points. The very popular young driver thanked his great family and crew and all of his sponsors for an amazing year.

There were several special awards given out to various AVSS drivers and owners. The Hard Luck driver of the year was Ortonville MI racer Curt Shumaker, the most improved driver of the year was Charlotte MI driver Ryan Davis. The Car owner of the year was Eaton Rapids MI car owner Tracy Rice, the Kurt Kelley Ironman award went to Kevin Feeney of Oxford MI, the Mechanic of the year went to Tom Fedewa's head wrench Mike Shellenberger and driver of the year was Jason Blonde who had seven fast time awards and four feature wins.

The 2003 Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper Super Sprint Series schedule is now complete and AVSS would like to thank all teams, crews, car owners, sponsors, promoters and of course the great AVSS fans for making it another incredible season. In 21 AVSS events there were eight new track records set, seven different racers win at least one feature with Tom Fedewa leading the way with ten. The series averaged 25.3 cars per race and record crowds at many of the series events in 2003.

The AVSS official website is www.supersprints.com for more information about the fastest asphalt short track series in the country. The 2004 AVSS schedule is now being put together and is expected to be released in January. A schedule of 22-25 events is planned for 2004 with many of the popular AVSS venues scheduled among the dates and at least two new additions to the schedule.

<pre> FINAL AVSS 2003 DRIVER POINTS STANDINGS 1. Tom Fedewa Leslie MI 1562 2. Jason Blonde Litchfield MI 1521 3. Jeff Bloom Bangor MI 1434 4. Brian Lay* Millbury OH 1358 5. Kevin Newton Terre Haute IN 1354 6. Kevin Feeney Oxford MI 1347 7. Gary Fedewa Holt MI 1331 8. Ryan Katz Battle Creek MI 1315 9. Johnboy Hotchkiss Charlotte MI 1275 10. Troy Underwood Jackson MI 1272

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Series Sprint
Drivers Kevin Newton