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Virginia Motor Speedway Closes Out 2005 With 2005 Awards Banquet.
Nov 21, 2005 - updated Nov 21st, 2005 11:12pm
Web posted by Dave Seay
Saluda, VA --
Bill Sawyers Virginia Motor Speedway wrapped up the 2005 season this past weekend, with a festive awards gala held this past Saturday evening at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, VA.
The top ten in each of the track’s divisions were recognized with special attention reserved for the 2005 champions. Jamie Lathroum of Mechanicsville, MD was honored as the Victory Lap Late Model Champion and received a check for $10,000 for his efforts. Lathroum also received a 2006 Warrior chassis frame from Goddard Performance Parts and a Saturday Night Special racing seat from The Joie of Seating. Lathroum was also crowned the 2005 Thurston Spring Service Inc Dirt Series Champion and received a $2000 check, bringing his total in cash and prizes to over $16,500.
Other Champions honored included Bobby Bustamante of Chesapeake, VA in the Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Page Harrison of Jetersville, VA in the Budweiser Modifieds, Shawn Otery of Aylett, VA in the Al’s Auto Parts Chargers and John Mosby of Doswell, VA in the Dixie Chopper All Americans. Harrison also received a Warrior Modified frame valued at over $3000 from Goddard Performance Parts for winning his Modified championship.
Virginia Motor Speedway’s paid out in points fund for the 2005 season, combined with cash and prizes, totaled nearly $64,000. Over $47,000 of that total was paid out in cash. For the year, the Speedway paid out a grand total of more than $500,000 in racing purses and points fund awards.
Special achievement award winners for the 2005 season, announced Saturday, included: The Thurston Spring Service Dirt Series Rookies of the Year were Jared Powell, Victory Lap Late Models; Davis Lipscombe, Truckin Thunder Sportsman and Mark Wright, Al’s Auto Parts Chargers. Each winner received a plaque and $250.
The Pitts Lumber Most Popular Driver Awards went to Jared Powell, Victory Lap Late Models; Bobby Bustamante, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Keith Hubbard, Al’s Auto Parts Chargers and Ashley Meyers, Dixie Chopper All Americans. Each winner received a plaque and $250.
It was announced by track General Manager Clarke Sawyer that the $25,000 Victory Lap Late Model Challenge will return in 2006. The speedway has also tentatively booked several special events for the 2006 season. Returning will be the World of Outlaws Late Model, Lucas Oil Late Model and MACS Late Model series. New for 2006 will be the National Sprint Car Series featuring Steve Kinzer and Danny Lasoski, the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Motorcycle Series and the O’Reilly ASCS National 360 Tour. Dates to be released soon.
Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway is a 1/2-mile, dirt oval. The track is located on U.S. Route 17, eight miles north of Saluda, VA and 25 miles south of Tappahannock, VA. The speedway is just a short drive from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Southern Maryland and the Hampton Roads area.
To learn more about Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway and its 2006 schedule of events, fans may call the Speedway office at (804) 758-1VMS or visit the track’s web site at www.vamotorspeedway.com.
MEDIA CONTACT: DAVE SEAY (804) 758-1867 OR (804) 357-7223
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