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