Drivers haul home hardware

Horsepower high honours were divvied up among a legion of stock car drivers during the Borderland Racing Association’s annual awards Saturday night at the Ukrainian Hall here.
Points champions Vic Larson of Dryden (Modified), Ron Westover of Devlin (Street Stock), and Ken Perry of Fort Frances (Mini-Sprints) were recognized for their divisional dominance this year.
Westover received an exceptionally warm response from the crowd for his performance, which was done behind the wheel of fellow driver Howard Teeple’s car in tribute to the Emo driver, who suffered a severe head injury before the season began and was unable to compete.
Along with the top 10 in each division, other awards handed out Saturday night included a special Ed Rea Memorial Trophy to one driver in each class who had the highest point totals from the two days of racing held during the Emo Fair.
Perry, Doug Witherspoon of Devlin (Street Stock), and Steve Arpin from Fort Frances (Modified) were the recipients of their respective division’s trophy.
The Keith McNally Memorial Trophy for the unsung driver was given to Chris Shine while the car with the best appearance went to Kyle Ridlon of Aurora, Man.
Rookies of the year included Tanner Wightman of Baudette, Mn. (Mini-Sprint), Neil MacDonald of Devlin (Street Stock), and Jamie Davis of Devlin (Modified).
The opening weekend for the 2004 racing season at Emo has not been determined yet, although the usual start date has been following the May long weekend.