Richards Honored At WoO LMS Banquet
Seven drivers won WoO LMS A-Mains using Rocket cars in 2013, giving the manufacturer 29 victories in 46 events.
Roush Yates Engines was named the winner of the 2013 WoO LMS Engine Builder of the Year award, which was determined through the DIRTcar Horsepower program. Richards was one of four drivers who helped bring Roush Yates 14 World of Outlaws triumphs this season.
WoO LMS director Tim Christman announced that the tour’s 2013 Promoter of the Year Award winner was Gary Risch Jr., the general manager of Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., who oversaw the seventh annual Firecracker 100 presented by GottaRace.com.
Other special awards handed out during the banquet included:
– The Raye Vest Memorial Pill-Draw Awards presented by McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning went to McCool (lowest time-trial pill-draw average for the 2011 season) and Frank (highest average). Each driver received a $500 check.
– The $500 DirtonDirt.com Hard Charger Award, which went to Frank for the fourth consecutive season. He picked up the most positions in WoO LMS A-Mains this season, advancing 212 spots to beat Fuller by a scant two positions.
– The inaugural DirtonDirt.com WoO LMS Most Popular Driver Award, a $500 prize that was presented to McCreadie. The 2006 tour champion received the most fan votes in the contest conducted on-line during the World Finals.
– VP Racing Fuels handed Lanigan $500 in bar drink tickets to distribute to banquet attendees. Lanigan received the traditional award because he led the series in A-Main wins.
– American Racing Wheels handed out a $2,000 set of custom car or truck wheels to Eckert, who won the prize in a random draw among the season’s 11 WoO LMS regulars.
Among the World Racing Group officials who addressed those in attendance were Chief Executive Officer Brian Carter, President Tom Deery and Chief Marketing Officer Ben Geisler. Christman also gave a review of the 2013 season, recognized the tour’s hard-working road crew (race director and banquet emcee Bret Emrick, pit steward Tyler Bachman, tech inspector Roy Faulkner, scorer Jeff Olsen, P.R. director Kevin Kovac and announcer Ben Shelton) and looked ahead to the upcoming 2014 campaign.
Christman said the full 2014 WoO LMS schedule will be released in the coming weeks, but the season is scheduled to kick off on Feb. 7-8 with the running of the ‘Winter Freeze’ event at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga. The tour will then head to Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., from Feb. 14-16 and Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., for the 43rd annual UNOH DIRTcar Nationals from Feb. 20-22.