Awards banquet closes Emo Speedway season

Anthony Leek

The 2010 Emo Speedway Season officially drew to a close on Saturday as the Borderland Racing Association held its annual awards banquet at the Emo Legion.
A record number people came to the ceremony, which included a wonderful supper, videos of the 2010 season, a display of the Hall of Fame, and plenty of hardware to give out.
Go-Kart presentations were made first with Jake Rea claiming his third championship in a row in the Advanced Karts, while Tanner Williamson claimed the championship in the Novice Karts class.
In the Street Stocks, 18-year seasoned veteran Ron Westover claimed his sixth championship of all-time, becoming the no. 1 driver with championships in the Streets.
He also claimed the fans’ favourite driver, most sportsmanlike, most feature wins (7), and the “Hard Charger Award” (123 positions overall).
Don Bowman of Bemidji, Mn. took home best appearing car (voted by the fans) and the “Hard Luck Award” (voted by the drivers).
Rookie Libby Wilson received the Keith McNally Memorial Award for being dedicated to racing every week, yet consistently finishing towards the back.
The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds had another highly competitive year with nine different winners in 16 races.
The young gun of Brady Caul took the honours of his first-ever championship at the banquet and was also awarded the “Hard Charger Award” overall.
Tylar Wilson won his fourth “Best Appearing Car” in a row, “Most Feature Wins” (tied with Kendal Gamsby) and “Rookie of the Year”, while Chuck Lambert was the fans’ favourite driver.
Steve Nordin took the “Hard Luck Award”, and Mike Wilson claimed his second-ever sportsmanship award.
The WISSOTA Modifieds had a lower car count than in the past several years, but the competition was very close as there were also nine different winners in the 16-race season.
Glen Strachan of Emo claimed his first ever championship.
A very proud, yet modest, Strachan also received fans’ favourite driver, most sportsmanlike, best appearing car, and the “Hard Charger Award”.
Brad Loveday took most feature wins at five, while Tyler Brown took rookie of the year honours.
The “Hard Luck Award” went to Bill Witherspoon, who at one point in the season, was leading the race with only a few laps to go and broke the gears in his transmission.
For the 2010 Hall of Fame Inductees, Glen Jackson and Gilbert Warren were presented clocks and a plaque to honour their hard work and effort at the Emo Speedway in years past.
Ed Wiersma accepted the award for late Warren, who passed away in 1992.
Jackson was instrumental in starting the races back up at the Emo Speedway in 1965, and built several cars including the #33 of George Oltsher.
Warren was a dedicated stock car driver who never missed a race and was a great friend both on and off the track.
A big thank you to everyone that supported the Emo Speedway in 2010.
The Borderland Racing Association would like to invite everyone to the annual general meeting which will take place at the Back Alley Bar in Emo on Sunday, Nov. 28 at 1 p.m.
Awards summary
Most Feature Wins
•Street Stocks—#15 Ron Westover
•Midwest Modifieds—#33 Kendal Gamsby, #55 Tylar Wilson
•Modifieds—#1L Brad Loveday
Best Appearing Car
•Street Stocks—#38 Don Bowman
•Midwest Modifieds—#55 Tylar Wilson
•Modifieds—#99 Glen Strachan
Fans’ Favorite Driver
•Street Stocks—#15 Ron Westover
•Midwest Modifieds—#60X Chuck Lambert
•Modifieds—#99 Glen Strachan
Rookie of the Year
•Street Stocks—#44U Nick Leininger
•Midwest Modifieds—#55 Tylar Wilson
•Modified—#14 Tyler Brown
Hard Luck Award
•Street Stocks—#38 Don Bowman
•Midwest Modifieds—#09 Steve Nordin
•Modifieds—#3 Bill Witherspoon
Hall of Fame
•Gilbert Warren
•Glen Jackson
Hard Charger
•Street Stocks—#15 Ron Westover
•Midwest Modifieds—#50 Brady Caul
•Modifieds—#99 Glen Strachan
Keith McNally Memorial
•#500 Liberty Wilson
Sportsman Midwest Modified
•#06 Mike Wilson
Keith McNally Memorial
Street Stock Sportsman
•#15 Ron Westover
Gilbert Warren Memorial
Modified Sportsman
•#99 Glen Strachan