USA Modified Series 2005 Banquet summary

2005 USA Modifieds Series Banquet a success; New Castle, Indiana veteran, Harold Scott honored as the 2005 Series Champion. Fortville, Indiana (01/09/2006): The 2005 USA Modifieds Series Banquet was held at Hoosier Park in Anderson, Indiana on...

2005 USA Modifieds Series Banquet a success; New Castle, Indiana veteran, Harold Scott honored as the 2005 Series Champion.

Fortville, Indiana (01/09/2006): The 2005 USA Modifieds Series Banquet was held at Hoosier Park in Anderson, Indiana on Saturday January 7th. A nice crowd was on hand to honor the Top 15 drivers in the final 2005 Points Standings. The highlight of the evening was the crowning of the 2005 USA Modifieds Series Champion, Harold Scott.

Matt Prieur, the ASA Late Model Series Director of Media/Public Relations and P.A. Announcer was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening while USA Modifieds Series President, Steve Ellis and USA Modifieds Series Director of Competition, Keith Beeching presented each driver with their trophies and points fund checks. Later in the evening, Ellis gave the State of the Series Address and released the 2006 USA Modifieds Series Schedule.

Harold Scott won his first career series championship as the 57-year-old New Castle, Indiana veteran withstood a fierce charge all season long from a slew of rookie contenders who finished behind him. Scott picked up one feature win during the 2005 season at the Indianapolis (IN) Raceway Park on May 28, 2005 to go with his six Top Five finishes and nine Top 10 showings.

For his Championship efforts, Scott received his points fund earnings as well as a Hoosier Racing Tires Jacket and a carburetor from Demon Carburetion.

During his racing career, Scott has won Track Championships in the past at the Mt. Lawn (IN) Speedway, with numerous victories in the track's biggest event, the Raintree 100. Also Scott has championships at the Anderson (IN) Speedway, and has raced in the ASA National Tour Rex Robbin's in the early years, with runs at Winchester (IN) Speedway's "Dri-Power 400

Finishing in the runner-up spot was Lincoln Welders Co-Rookie of the Year, Brent Hook. The Kalamazoo, Michigan driver scored five Top Five's during the season including two second place showings. Hook also managed nine Top 10 showings and set fast time three different times at three different facilities.

Another Rookie contender, Mike Hadley Jr., scored a third place finish in the final 2005 Points Standings as the Indianapolis, Indiana pilot picked up one Top Five, and three Top 10 showings. He also finished third in the final separate Lincoln Welders Rookie of the Year title chase.

Fellow Co-Rookie of the Year with Brent Hook, New Haven, Indiana teenager, Chris Neuenschwander also finished fourth overall in the final points standings to give freshman drivers three of the Top Five final points positions! Neuenschwander was one of only two rookies to win a feature as he took the checkered flag at the Angola (IN) Motor Speedway on August 6, 2005. In addition, Neuenschwander scored two Top Five's and six Top 10 finishes during the 2005 season.

Completing the Top Five was Greenfield, Indiana veteran, Damon Breedlove, who would finish fifth in the final points chase with four Top Five finishes. Two of those Top Five's were third place showings. In addition, Breedlove would pick up seven Top 10 finishes to crack the final Top Five.

Sixth through 15th were' Gary Bedell, Scott Tomasik, Mike Thurman, Jeff Weston, Brad Springer, Cory Setser, Terri Popielarz, Jeff Eley, Greg Stapleton, and Mark Harrison. Of those drivers, Tomasik (Anderson (IN) Speedway-June 4th) Springer (Baer Field (IN) Speedway-May 7th), and Harrison (Anderson-July 2nd) scored feature wins.

Drivers who didn't finish in the final Top 15 in the final points standings who won a feature, or won a Fast Qualifier Award included; Bud Gray III, who won the feature at the Kalamazoo (MI) Speedway on June 11, 2005. Bud Adams, who set fast time and won the feature at the Angola (IN) Motor Speedway on September 4, 2005.

Four-time USA Modifieds Series Champion, Rodney Scott, who won the 2005 opener at the Salem (IN) Speedway on April 10, 2005. Also Fort Wayne, Indiana veteran, Steve Christman took the feature win at his home track of the Baer Field (IN) Speedway on September 11, 2005.

Spring Valley, Ohio veteran, Dave Stacy won the most features of the 2005 season despite limited appearances during the series 10th anniversary campaign. Stacy picked up the feature wins at the Indianapolis (IN) Raceway Park on July 30, 2005, Mansfield (OH) Motorsports Speedway on August 27, 2005, and during the prestigious North VS South Shootout at the Music City (TN) Motorplex on October 7, 2005. In addition, Stacy also set fast time at Mansfield.

ASA Late Model Series competitor, Jason Dietsch, the 2003 USA Modifieids Series Champion came back for a limited amount of shows and set fast time at Angola on August 6, 2005 while Jeremy Wallen took the big win during the International Gold Cup at Baer Field the night before on August 5, 2005. Finally, Jeff Letson set fast time during the North VS South Shootout at Music City.

Picking up special series awards included: Woman of the Year-Terri Popielarz, Demon Carburetors Best Appearing Car Award-Brent Hook, Most Improved Driver Award-Mike Hadley Jr., Dedication Award-Brad Springer, TW Metals Sportsman of the Year-Mike Thurman, Hard-Charger Award-Hadley Jr., Ed Martin Automotive Group Crew Chief of the Year-Lonnie Breedlove and finally the Lincoln Welders Co-Rookies of the Year-Brent Hook and Chris Neuenschwander.

The 2006 series opener is set for Saturday April 29th at the beautiful Mansfield (OH) Motorsports Park in Mansfield, Ohio. The ½ mile semi-banked paved oval will kick off the 11th season of the USA Modifieds Series season! For more information about Mansfield, log onto their website at: www.mansfield-speedway.com

For more information about the USA Modfieds Series and the 2006 season for the most competitive open wheeled traveling series in the Midwest, log onto the series website at: www.usamodifieds.com

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