USAR: Gill accepts championship trophy at Awards Banquet

Atlanta, GA (January 11, 2002)& ...

Atlanta, GA (January 11, 2002)– Bobby Gill headlined a prestigious group of drivers Saturday night at the Renassiance Concourse Hotel for the 2001 United Speed Alliance Racing Hooters ProCup Series Awards Banquet.

Over 30 drivers joined sponsors, team members and officials to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2001 season in the Series. The 2001 season featured a ground-breaking format to determine the national champion with the top-25 drivers from the Southern and Northern division racing head-to-head during the Four Champions Championship Series.

Gill didn’t let all that competition stop him from collecting the lion’s share of the near $1 million in point fund and awards given out during the ceremony. Gill finished the 2001 season earning $352,950 during his championship season. The Dalton, Georgia driver has now won $991,200 in just 58 races during his three-time championship run for an average winnings of over $17,000 per start.

“ I want to thank Mr. Brooks for giving us a great series to race in,” Gill said.“ I want to thank my crew for all of their help. Some of the guys were with us all year and some came on board during the season and everyone did a great job.”

Gill also watched as his wife Elaine was once again recognized as Car Owner of the Year and his crew chief Steve Dluzniewski was honored for the second consecutive year as the top wrench turner in the Series.

“ I can’t thank Elaine enough for all of her support,” Gill added.‘ She stays at home with Robby while I spend a lot of time during the season at my shop in North Carolina with Duze– I really appreciate all she does for me. As for Steve, he is one of the best I have ever worked with at getting a car ready for a race. He comes to the track with one thing on his mind, to win the race.”

Daniel Johnson was also honored as the 2001 Miller Lite Rookie of the Year during the evening. Johnson, driver of the Happy Hunting Grounds Chevrolet, finished the season as the rookie driver with the highest final point standings to win the honor.

“ This was one of our goals when we began looking at this Series a few years ago,” said Johnson.“ We worked hard as a family-based team and we are very happy to win this award. I want to thank my dad for all he did to help me get here to receive this award.”

Each year at the banquet one of the most coveted honors given out is the HootersSports News Humanitarian of the Year Award. This year HSN publisher John Dreisbach awarded the honor to USAR Chaplain Jim Evans for his dedication and commitment to everyone associated with the Series.

“ I remember when he first started out in the Series in 2000,” said Dreisbach.‘ He would have a few people gather for chapel service in the afternoon and now he has so many people wanting him I don’t know how he keeps up, but if you need him he is always there for you and he has been a great asset to the Series.”

The USAR Hooters ProCup Series will now turn its attention to the 2002 season-opening race for the Southern Division at USA International Speedway on February 23.

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