Desoto Super Speedway Family Reunion and Awards Banquet
By Tom Blakley
Desoto Super Speedway looked more like a family reunion than an Awards Banquet. There were the many tents set up around the Grandstands and the huge smoker filling the air with that wonderful Hickory BBQ smell.
There were drivers, owners, relatives and John and Camille talking and joking with each other. This was a great day for all of us that contributed to the 2008 Racing Season at Desoto Super Speedway. The food was catered by Woody’s BBQ of Bradenton and it was superb, and there was no shortage of it.
These are friendships that we all hope will last a lifetime. While the economy did not help the racing Industry in 2008 we all hope and pray for a better 2009. As John said in his “Thank you” address, “we know 2009 will be tough but we have to stick together and make it through these tough times.”
After everyone got to mingle and then eat it was time for the Awards and Trophies. The following is a list of the top 5 drivers from each class for the 2008 season.
The driver who accumulated the most points for each class is the Champion of that class. Congratulation go out to the following Champions and leaders.
David Wilson the Super Late Model Champion for 2008 announced that he will be joining Lee Faulk Racing in North Carolina and has signed on to run 40 races at Speedways like Hickory.
Everyone wishes David much success and we will all be watching and cheering for him in 2009. Flagman Donald Smith gave David Wilson some positive reinforcement when he told him “It is one thing to win a race, but you may be replaced the next week.
It is another thing to be the Champion, it never goes away. Fifty years from now when you come out to visit this track you will always be the Champion for 2008, nobody can take that away from you.” Congratulations David Wilson and the Wilson racing Team, you make us proud.
School Bus Figure 8 Driver name Place Points Robert Coon Champion 254 Ernest Helfrick 2nd 238 James Volk 3rd 226 Mark Jackson 4th 216 Jay Seykora 5th 212