For immediate release: 12-28-13
PENN CAN SPEEDWAY BANQUET HONORS 2013 CHAMPIONS AND RACE TEAMS
Montdale,PA…The Montdale Country Club was the venue Saturday for the rescheduled Penn Can Speedway banquet where about two hundred fifty guests assembled on a snow free evening to honor the top drivers of 2013. Champions were honored in all of the divisions with many special awards being presented and point fund monies were also distributed courtesy of American Race Tires, VP Race Fuels, and Trackside Products of Endicott, New York.
In the modified division Kevin Hartnett was honored with his second Penn Can Championship picking up the $5000 top prize. After winning the title in 2011, Hartnett struggled in 2012 to finish fourth in points. With renewed energy, Hartnett put together a very consistent season picking up one win and many top five finishes to take home the title. In accepting the honor, Hartnett praised the competitors he raced with every Friday night while giving much of the credit for his success to his crew. He stated that he would return to defend his championship. Finishing second after a year-long battle was Billy Thornton, followed by Dan Pompey, Al Rudalavage, Bob Trapper, and Grant Hilfiger.
Alex Stanton fought off all challengers to win his second 602 Sportsman championship at Penn Can and claimed the $1000 check for the championship. Finishing behind Stanton were Butch Green, Grant Hilfiger, Dusty Barton, and Wes Campbell. Stanton stated that he would not be the champion without the support of his family and crew that provides him the car to drive every Friday night at Penn Can.
The street stock championship was claimed by Thompson Pennsylvania’s Jon Carpenter. Carpenter wrapped up a storybook season winning multiple track titles and the Race of Champion Series crown as well. For his super season Carpenter walked off with the $1000 check for the championship. Finishing behind Carpenter after a great season long championship battle were Steve Deinhardt, Earl Zimmer, Shane Wolf, and Ricky Davis.
Champions were also crowned in the factory stock division with Gary Cleveland edging out Nate Hill and Mark Andrus. Kenny Underwood was another multiple track champion in the four cylinder division beating out Josh Bailey and Mike Robinson. For the first season ever at Penn Can the Xcel modifeds competed on a regular basis with Nick Mady winning the crown over Brain Mady and will Eastman.
The S&W Awards Best Appearing Car awards went to Mike Marrold Jr in the modifieds, Jamie Cortazar in the 602 sportsman division, Matt Spencer in the street stocks, Tim Frantz in the Xcel Modifieds, Mark Andrus in the factory stocks, and Frank Kennedy in the four cylinders. Pump-N-Pantry Car Owner of the Year Award was presented to Tom Oleski. The Penn Can Horizon Award winners were Grant Hilfiger, Randy Gates, Jon Carpenter, Josh Bailey, and Mark Andrus.
Adams Cable Service presented the modified Rookie of the Year Award to Mike Dougherty. The NEP Wireless Sportsman Rookie of the Year Award went to Nick Branning while the S&W Awards Street Stock Rookie of the Year went to Randy Fox. The Trackside Products Factory Stock Rookie of the Year was Phil Clapper with Josh Bailey winning in the Four Cylinders.
The Pit Steward Awards were presented by Brian Cochardo to Tara Palto of the Championship Hartnett Racing Team and Tom Oleski for their dedication and support of Penn Can Speedway. The annual Jane Kennerup Outstanding Performance Award went to modified driver Steve Babicek. Appeciation Awards were presented to Jon White, Bimmer Gulley, and Matt Spencer. Judy Wood, Dave Nixon, Bruce Evans, and Mike Barucky were presented Appreciation Award for their work at the speedway.
Banquet Notes: Another outstanding buffet dinner was served by the staff of the Montdale Country Club. Joe Kaminski was on hand representing Selinsgrove Speedway with Dan Harpell representing Five Mile Point. Former Penn Can announcer, Jim Murdock returned to represent New Egypt Speedway and announce their plans for 2014. Al Wilcox and Reed Miller announced that the 2014 schedule will be released shortly. Many special events are planned for the speedway in 2014 in every division that competes weekly. Miller and Wilcox also announced that the Xcel Modifieds will return again in 2014. They also thanked everyone for coming out and supporting the drivers that made racing great in 2013.