Ocala Speedway Honors Champions at 2003 Awards Banquet
by Dave Westerman
Ocala Speedway ended its regular racing season in grand fashion Friday night, November 21st with the 2003 awards Banquet at the Yankees Ramada Banquet Hall in Ocala.
Trophies were awarded to the top drivers in each division with plenty of cash handed out as well.
Champions honored were E.J. Wise (Steven A. Bagen Super Late Models), Jeremy Gerstner (WIND-FM Classic Rock Modifieds), Frank Buchanan (Diamond H Air & Heat Sportsman), Tommy Roberts (K-Country Street Stocks), Marlon Durbin (Mini Stock), Rick Kuhn (Four Cylinder Stocks), and Laura Fletcher (V-8 Stocks).
Kuhn was the only driver to score a "clean sweep" winning both the first and second half championships as well as the overall title while Gerstner was able to take the overal Modified championship despite finishing second in both halves of the season.
Awards were also handed out for Most Improved Driver. Taking those honors were Paul Combast (Super Late Model), Johnnie Newsome (Modified), Charles Hornbeak (Sportsman), Mike Rosa (Street Stock), and Harold Barup (Four Cylinder).
Also receiving a special plaque for his services to the speedway this year was Dennis "Uncle Den" Armstrong, who mans the phones day in and day out at Ocala Speedway.
Four Cylinder Stock driver Ric Fort was the winningest driver in his class this year with nine victories. Kyle Maynard also won nine features in 2003, Five on his way to the First Half Street Stock title and four more after switching to Sportsman during the second half of the year.
The final race of the season is slated for 2 PM this Sunday, November 30th for the always wild Enduro 150.
1) Laura Fletcher, Ocala #21 585 2) Dan Tremblay, Ocala #40 536 3) Shelby Mather, Ocala #17 230 4) Hall Robertson, Ocala #22 187 4) Emmitt Bottoms, Williston #96 146
FEATURE WINNERS 2003:
SUPER LATE MODEL:
Wayne Anderson - 5 Patrick Williams - 4 Rich Pratt - 2 Scott Grossenbacher - 2 One each for Mike Bresnehan, Dick Anderson, E.J. Wise and Mike Fritts.
David Baxley - 4 Jeremy Gerstner - 3 Alan McCafferty - 2 John Foerg - 2 Troy Robinson - 2 One Each for Wayne Jefferson, Rick Hall, Kevin Durden, and Raymond Vann.
Roger Damron - 6 Kyle Maynard - 4 Patrick Mennenga - 4 Doc Batson - 3 Rob Cooper - 3 William Edwards - 2 Tom Posavec - 2 One each for Frank Buchanan, Travis Nichols, Doug Levesque, Eddie Kilbury, Pete Close, Jr., and Wally Schneider.
Tommy Roberts - 6 Kyle Maynard - 5 Paul Fletcher - 4 Pete Close, Jr. - 3 Doug Webster - 3 David Chastain - 2 Tom Fralish - 2 Mark Mitchell - 2 A.J. Schreier - 2 One each for Estle Morrow, Shane Nichols, Bobby Taylor, Steve Mooers, and Frank Buchanan.
FOUR CYLINDER STOCK:
Ric Fort - 9 Michael Stalnaker - 5 Steve Gallagher - 4 Rick Kuhn - 3 Tom Ellis - 3 Joey Durbin - 2 Justin Durbin - 2 Joel Byall - 2 One each for Dan Sanderson and Terry Dunbar.
Rick Sirmans - 7 Larry Goolsby - 4 One each for Jeff Stalnaker, Sr. and Jimmy Wear.
Laura Fletcher - 5 Dan Tremblay - 3 One each for Andy Taylor, Bobby Taylor, and Charlie Kennedy.