The 2010 Champion Racing Association Awards Banquet was held Saturday night at the Indiana Downs in Shelbyville, Indiana. The top 15 in 2010 CRA Super Series points, the top five in CRA Southern Six-Pack Tour points and the top 10 in the 2010 Howe CRA Late Model Sportsman points, CRA Street Stocks points, and the Vore’s Welding & Steel CRA FWD Compacts were all honored at that banquet along with several special awards.
The Kaos Motorsports Team with driver John VanDoorn and car owner Jimmy Tenbrink were officially crowned 2010 Champions of the CRA Super Series. It’s the second straight CRA Championship for VanDoorn, the 2007 CRA Rookie of the Year, and for Tenbrink, in his second season as a car owner in the CRA Super Series.
“We are truly Team Kaotic, with all the crazy things that happened to us all season,” remarked VanDoorn. “But it worked out and we won a second straight Championship. The drivers in this series are the best and the Sportsmanship they have at each event is awesome. I couldn’t have won this with out the help of my great sponsors, my awesome crew and my family who has been behind me my whole life!”
Nick Gullatta was honored as the 2010 Perfect Circle Racecars CRA Super Series Rookie of the Year. Brian Campbell was the 2010 A.T. Performance/Acro-Tech Sportsman of the Year Award winner. Terry Fisher Jr. was honored as the winner of the 2010 Darrell Teal Outstanding Dedication Award for his perseverance in completing all the series events in 2010. Scott Hantz and John Van Doorn were awarded the Harris Products Group Lap Leader Awards. Jay Niewiek was awarded the Cometic Gasket Hard Charger Award while Jeff Lane was awarded the Cometic Gasket Hard Luck Award.
Ryan Blaney, son of NASCAR competitor Dave Blaney, was honored as the inaugural CRA Southern Six-Pack Tour Champion. Blaney recorded his first CRA win at Hickory Motor Speedway in May, and then came out on top after a wild last event of the season in the North/South Shootout to claim the Championship over Jeff Fultz.
“I really enjoyed racing with CRA this season,” remarked Blaney. “There are a great group of drivers that race with this series, I feel honored to have won this Championship. This is a great series, and we look forward to racing with CRA again in 2011.”
Charlie Hanna was honored as the 2010 Howe CRA Late Model Sportsman Champion as both the car owner and driver of the green #68. Hanna is the first ever two-time series Champion and did it in consecutive seasons. Hanna has become a crowd favorite and one of the most respected drivers in this series.
“I am truly honored to be a CRA Champion again,” remarked Hanna. “We started out the season not sure how much I would be able to race, I had some good finishes and some help along the way and we were able to get a second Championship. The competition level in this series gets better every year, it gets harder to win races and Championships.”
David Campbell was the 2010 Rookie of the Year award winner in the Late Model Sportsman Division. Jason Atkinson was the Harris Products Group Sportsman of the Year Award. Al Cook Jr. was awarded the 2010 Dedication Award for the series.
Veteran Central Indiana car owner Billy Boyer was crowned the 2010 CRA Street Stocks Owners Champion Saturday night, with his brother Rich Boyer who drove in every race with the series except one in 2010. Veteran Ft. Wayne racer Steve Christman was the 2010 CRA Street Stocks Driver Champion for car owner Steve Davis.
“This Championship really means a lot,” remarked Rich Boyer. “It is time for us to go do something else, Billy and I are retiring from stock car racing so we can go Quarter Midget racing with our kids. It was a great way for us to go out on top, we also got the Street Stock Championship at Anderson Speedway.”
“This is a great honor’” remarked Christman. “This division has a great group of drivers with lots of experience, it’s a lot of fun to race with these guys, I look forward to racing some more with them in 2011”
Nick Moore was awarded the Rookie of the Year Award for the CRA Street Stocks. Rookie competitor Jeff Albright was awarded the Harris Products Group Sportsman of the Year Award. Rick Erwin received the series 2010 Dedication Award.
Tim Dilg was crowned the 2010 Vore’s Welding & Steel CRA FWD Compacts Champion Saturday night. It was Dilg’s second consecutive series Championship giving him the distinction as being the only two time Champion of the CRA FWD Division.
“I want to thank the CRA, and all the series officials, and thank Steve Vore from Vore's Welding and Steel for sponsoring our series,” remarked Dilg. “We all appreciate what he has done. I also want to thank all my competitors, they are great to race with. This is a tough division, the racing is awesome and I feel we always put on a great show."
Stephanie Beane was awarded the divisions Rookie of the Year Award. Justin Brown was awarded the Sportsman of the Year Award. Phil Iliff received the 2010 Dedication Award for the Vore’s Welding & Steel CRA FWD Compacts.
Drawings for prizes were held for all divisions. The big winners with the CRA Super Series were Nick Gullatta who won a complete body from Five Star Racecar Bodies. Colin Nickolai won a racing seat from ButlerBuilt Racing Seat Systems. Ryan Blaney won a Five Star Racecar Bodies ReSkin kit. In the Howe CRA Late Model Sportsman Series Al Cook Jr. won a complete body from Five Star Racecar Bodies while Mark Lambert won a $1000 Product Certificate from McGunegill Engine Performance. In the CRA Street Stocks Larry Lathan won a $500 Product Certificate from McGunegill Engine Performance
The evening was capped off with a 2010 season Highlight Video and Champions Video prepared by Brian Duncan, including the work of CRA photographer Ron Harner.