“The Friday Night Racin’ Place”
Celebrating 43 years of Stockcar Racing
2013 Awards Banquet
Morris, IL – The Grundy County Speedway completed its 43rd year of racing and first year as an American Speed Association Member track Nov 16th with the 2013 Awards banquet at the American Legion Hall in Gardner, IL. A number of new and familiar faces joined the track’s championship-winning roster Ricky Baker, Tom Knippenberg, John Senerchia, and Dan Schmeissing captured stock car track championships this year in their respective divisions at the Historic Illinois paved raceway.
Baker garnered top honors in the track’s super late model ranks.The Plainfield, IL. driver scored four feature wins including the Frank Welch 94 and the Season finale Lee Schuler 61 behind the wheel of his Rod Baker Ford owned, Ford powered, Pathfinder chassis, Ford Fusion on his way to his first track championship.The “Ageless” Larry Schuler, Tracy Schuler, Eddie Hoffman, and Chris Cooling rounded out the top five. Rookie of the Year went to Ray Brackett. The Illinois Truck & Equipment sponsored division saw eight different feature winners in eight consecutive weeks and thirteen throughout the season.
Tom Knippenberg of Channahon, IL driving the Bill`s Speed Shop, Fast Eddie racing, LA trailers, Chevy Monte Carlo took the crown in the Mid American Sportsman division. Knippenberg won six main events to claim his first championship, and bested Matt Clemens. John Ventrello, Chuck Yuris, and Joe Vinachi. Luke Baldwin was rookie of the year.
New Lenox, IL John Senerchia in his rapid running Monte Carlo dominated the Street Stock division with 14 feature wins in route to the title, followed by Tony Scalpelli Jr, Pete Odell, Matt Sisson, and Cherly Hryn. Christy Penrod was named Rookie of the Year.
Dan Schmeissing Manhattan, IL battled all season long to win the contest in the 4 cylinder pure stock divison. Trailing Schmeissing in the final standings were Alex Gay, Danielle Dobczyk, Austin Blackwell, And Chris Mihalski.
Several special awards were presented during the evening’s festivities. Dick Bartel was awarded the Frank Welch Award of Excellence which is named in honor of the speedway’s longtime promoter. Logan Love was honored with the Sportsmanship Award. “The Solo Cup” went to Cheryl Hryn, “Through Hell and High Water” to Darrell Gay. Contingency products were awarded thanks to Five Star Bodies, Quartermaster USA, McGunegill Engine Performance, Hoosier tire. For upcoming 2014 Schedule and race information, please visit www.grundycountyspeedway.com
L-R Ricky Baker, Tom Knippenberg, John Senerchia, Dan Schmeissing