The Borderland Racing Association hosted its 2012 awards banquet on Saturday at the Emo Legion, with about 100 people on hand.
It was a fitting way to officially close the books on the racing season, which saw several new Emo Speedway feature winners, including Libby Wilson, Don Scholler, and Kyle Godin.
The attendees enjoyed an always amazing meal provided by the Emo Legion staff, as well as had the chance to watch some racing from the past season and chat with fellow drivers and pit crews.
As the ceremony started, the Go-Karts handed out their hardware. Presented by Jason Supinski and Go-Kart flagman Dave Allen, the Karting Group enjoyed a stellar year having a huge number of drivers and dozens of fans on a weekly basis.
Congratulations to all the organizers and drivers for an excellent season, which saw the Advanced champion being Tanner Williamson and AJ Kellar being the champion in the Novice karts.
In the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, Christopher Leek made it back-to-back track championships as he held off Cody Ossachuk and Chuck Lambert with three regular-season wins.
He also finished as the runner-up in seven feature races.
The Street Stocks then came up next to collect their awards for the top 10. Libby Wilson, claimed the top title in 2012, with one win from herself and finishing in the well every week.
With two wins, Chris Shine claimed second spot while Richard Visser claimed third with a win himself.
And in the WISSOTA Modifieds, Gavin Paull dominated the season once again with nine wins in 13 shows and rounded out the championship—his fourth all-time.
Paull held off Denny Trimble by only three points while 2010 champ Glen Strachan finished third.
The specialty awards are always exciting and this year was no exception.
Rookie-of-the-year in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds went to Brody Strachan while #24 Steve Nordin took the honours in the WISSOTA Modifieds.
Kyle Godin took the honours in the Street Stocks.
The Best Appearing Car, voted by the fans, went to Libby Wilson in the Streets for the second year in a row and Chuck Lambert in the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds for back-to-back years.
In the WISSOTA Modifieds, it was Denny Trimble who held off Strachan in 2012.
The Keith McNally Memorial Award goes to the driver who works hard at racing, shows up as often as possible, but continues to finish towards the back.
The award is about passion and dedication to the sport of racing.
The 2012 winner was Wes Morriseau.
The Sportsmanship awards went to rookie Kyle Godin (Street Stocks), Chuck Lambert (WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds), and Glen Strachan (WISSOTA Modifieds) once again.
For 2012, Romyn Pumping donated trophies to the drivers that were considered Most Improved. The award winners were Cody Ossachuk (WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds), Libby Wilson (Street Stocks), and Denny Trimble (WISSOTA Modifieds).
Sponsors, fans, drivers, and volunteers in attendance celebrated our great past when it comes to racing in Rainy River District. There were two inductees into the Borderland Racing Association Hall of Fame.
The first inductee was for the late Keith McNally, who raced in the Thunder Stocks until a tragic accident in 1993.
The clock, in honour of McNally, was accepted by his daughter, Tasha.
The second was Dennis Pelepetz, who has been involved with many aspects of the association since the 1960s. Rod Tompkins accepted the award on behalf of Pelepetz, who was unable to attend.
A big congratulations to all the winners and to the Hall-of-Fame inductees.
Thank you to everyone for their support, and we hope to see you at the annual general meeting on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. at the Back Alley Bar in Emo.