With the hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour 2002 season completed, defending champion Roger Crockett of Eugene, OR was received his second championship awards at the 2002 "Breakfast of Champions" awards presentations. Held at the WestCoast Yakima...
With the hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour 2002 season completed, defending champion Roger Crockett of Eugene, OR was received his second championship awards at the 2002 "Breakfast of Champions" awards presentations.
Held at the WestCoast Yakima Center hotel in Yakima, WA late Sunday morning on September 29th, drivers, owners, crews, fans and NST officials gathered to enjoy a catered brunch and the awards presentations.
Following brunch, the voice of the Northern Sprint Tour, announcer Fred Rannard, threw the green flag with the official welcome and a thank you to all who came for making the hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour's 7th season a great success.
Rannard gave a quick recap of the season, including his amazement that the tour had completed it's second season with out a rain out, 35 straight races, and the milestone of passing the 100-race mark.
After introductions of race officials, promoter Fred Brownfield made a short statement on the state of NST and thanking those in attendance for their support of the series, making it one of the best in the country.
As an indication of the strength of the Northern Sprint Tour, Fred Rannard announced that with the $40,000 points fund plus contingencies, NST is the highest paying sprint car group west of the Rocky Mountains.
Opening the awards part of the ceremonies was the presentation of the "Hard Charger" ward to Jay Cole of Shelton, WA. This was the second year in a row that Cole has passed more cars in competition than any other driver.
Each year a crewmember is recognized for their hard work in keeping the car in action on the track. For 2002 that recognition went to Brooke Reder of the Chad Hillier crew. Her dedication to the team is well known throughout the series.
Headlining the presentations is always the Season Championship and in 2002 it was Roger Crockett and his car owners, Mike and Jeanne Doyle receiving the honors for the second year in a row. Along with their trophies, they were presented Championship jackets and vests and their share of the points fund.
Finishing the year in second place was Shawna Wilskey of Lake Steven, WA. A former three time champion, she was joined by car owner Scotty Pierce, ending his first year in NST, as they accepted their awards.
Third place driver for the season was another former champion, Everett, WA's Rick Fauver. Taking third in owner points was Bob Reynolds, Rick's car owner.
Jeff Hodgson made the long haul from Edmonton, AB, Canada to race with the hy-per-lube Northern Sprint Tour and his dedication paid off with a fourth place finish as driver and car owner.
Rounding out the top five was the Sedro Woolley, WA based Hillier Racing team of Chad Hillier driver and his father Bob Hillier, owner.
Getting a top ten finish for the year were owner/driver teams; Jeff Wilson/Travis Hawthorne in sixth, seventh the Dave Dewitt/Jayme Barnes team, Huson Bros. Racing/Jason Solwold in eighth, the Tony Menard/Scott Aumen team in ninth and Glenn Borden, Jr. as owner/driver in tenth.
Along with the top ten an additional eight owners and nine drivers shared in the points fund and were presented checks by Mr. Brownfield.
Following the awards presentations, the 18 owner and 19 drivers that had competed in a minimum of 13 of the 17 scheduled events were presented contingency awards provided by the series sponsors. Chosen by a random pill draw, the awards included over $1300 in certificates from Dave Dewitt's Beitler Performance, a $1500 Don Ott engine refresh, several Ridge Runner front and top wings, Taylor top and nose wing, DSR fuel pump, Don Ott valve covers and oil pans, shocks, wheels, exhaust system and several other items. Sponsors included; Advanced Sprintcar & Truck, Weld Wheels, DSR, KSE, Beitler Performance and Ridge Runner Wings.
With the contingency awards in the hands of appreciative racers, the season was officially closed with best wishes for a great off-season given to all.
Brownfield Promotions, Inc. would also like to thank series sponsor hy-per-lube Performance Products and 20/10, Hoosier and JB Enterprise for their continued support of Northern Sprint Tour.