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1/19/07 - O'Reilly NARA Battle of the Bluegrass DirtCar and Open Wheel Modified Series Banquet Set For Saturday, February 24th

 

 

 

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O'Reilly NARA Battle of the Bluegrass DirtCar and Open Wheel Modified Series Banquet Set For Saturday, February 24th

LEXINGTON, KY – (January 19, 2007) For the first time in Series history, the O'Reilly NARA Battle of the Bluegrass DirtCar Series and NARA Battle of the Bluegrass Modified Series will be hosting their annual Awards Banquet, a "Celebration of Champions", on the same evening, Saturday, February 24, 2006. The “Celebration of Champions” will be held at the Springs Inn in Lexington, KY and will honor the top ten in points from each Series as well as other award winners.

In 2006, Scottsburg, IN veteran Mike Jewell became the first ever two-time Champion of the O'Reilly NARA Battle of the Bluegrass DirtCar Series presented by Arizona Sport Shirts. Jewell picked up two victories, one at 201 Speedway and one at Richmond Raceway, en route to the title. Behind Jewell, 2006 Rookie of the Year Justin Rattliff edged 2005 Rookie of the Year Chris Combs for second in the final points tally with Combs third, 2005 Series Co-Champion Tim Tungate fourth, and 2004 Series Champion Aaron Hatton fifth. Bobby Wolter Jr., Bryan Barber, Dan Deaton, Greg Johnson, and Brad Neat rounded out the top ten.

The nation's most competitive regional racing Series produced 13 different winners in 22 events. Aside from the whopping ten victories credited to "Mother Nature", Bedford, IN's Greg Johnson led the Series notching five wins. With the 13 different winners and over 250 different drivers participating with the Series in 2006, the O'Reilly NARA Battle of the Bluegrass DirtCar Series can once again stamp itself as not only as one of the best regional Series in the country, but the most competitive of them all.

In the 109-race history of the O'Reilly NARA Battle of the Bluegrass DirtCar Series presented by Arizona Sport Shirts, there have been 43 different drivers reach victory lane at least once with Mike Jewell leading the all-time win list with nine victories. In the five year history of the Series, only Aaron Hatton has finished in the top ten of the final points standings each season.

For the second year in a row, Hanover, IN's Joey Kramer will be crowned the NARA Battle of the Bluegrass Modified Series Champion. In a highly entertaining points battle, the top four drivers in the final points rundown finished within 200 points of each other. Kramer's title didn't come as easily in 2006 as it did in 2005. The Hoosier State hotshoe nabbed three Series victories in 2006 and was in a constant battle with fellow drivers Don Adams, Jimmy Payne, Kelly Warren, and Tommy Bailey throughout the Series in a nip-and-tuck points chase that came down to the season finale at Lake Cumberland Speedway.

Behind Kramer, Don Adams was a close second in final points standings with Jimmy Payne third, inaugural Series Champion Kelly Warren fourth, and 2005 Rookie of the Year Dustin Linville fifth. Completing the top ten would be Shon Flanery, Tommy Bailey, Cale Coffee, Clint Shutts, and Victor Lee. Kramer and Bailey led the Series with three wins each, while Adams had two wins, with Warren, Lee, and Payne garnering one win apiece.

The Springs Inn, located in Lexington, KY, will host the "Celebration of Champions", in their Kentucky Room. The cost of the banquet is $25 and tickets can be obtained by contacting the Series office. The "Social Hour" will be at 5PM with the meal being served at 6PM. The "Celebration of Champions", will follow the meal at approximately 7PM.

For more information on the "Celebration of Champions", contact the Series office at (859) 433-5707. Ticket Orders must be received no later than February 17th, as there will be no tickets sold at the door.


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