Tama, Iowa (Nov. 16, 2009) — Champion Chad Simpson and other top drivers of the 2009 WORLD Dirt Racing League season were honored here at Meskwaki Casino and Hotel on Saturday at the WORLD Dirt Racing League Champions Banquet presented by Iowa-Illinois Taylor Insulation.
It was the second championship in a row for Simpson, from Mt. Vernon, Iowa, in the popular Midwest-based Late Model dirt track touring series co-founded in 2002 by Jim and Nancy Wilson, of Gilman City, Mo. Second through 10th in points, respectively, were Denny Eckrich. Tiffin, Iowa; Al Purkey, Coffeyville, Kan.; Dave Eckrich, Oxford, Iowa; Chad Mahder, Marshfield, Wis.; Tim Isenberg, Marshfield, Wis.; Rob Moss, Iowa City, Iowa; Eric Pember, Pittsville, Wis.; Bill Koons, Omaha, Neb.; and John Kaanta, Elk Mound, Wis.
Those drivers in attendance spoke to the crowd and thanked their sponsors, series sponsors, their wives, car owners, crews and others. Simpson received a standing ovation when he was introduced. He gave a heart-warming talk about the 2009 season and what the championship means to him. He also thanked his sponsors, crew, wife and family for their support.
The top ten WDRL drivers all received point fund checks sponsored by Hoosier Racing Tires. There were also product certificates given to drivers by BSB Manufacturing, Fast Shafts, Hooker Harness, Chase Signs and Graphics, Performance Bodies, The Brake Man, Randy’s Race Filters, Champ Pans, MastersBilt Racecars and InterComp Scales.
There was a good turnout of enthusiastic drivers, crews and fans for the electrifying evening, which started with an invocation followed by a delicious dinner.
WORLD Dirt Racing League president Jim Wilson kicked off the awards portion of the program by recognizing and thanking all of the dedicated WDRL sponsors, promoters and officials. His wife and the series’ vice president of administration, Nancy Wilson, then thanked all the women present who support WDRL racing teams. She presented them roses and asked them to stand for a well-deserved applause.
The annual Crystal Rose Award was presented to Mrs. Denise Brinkman, who is the co-owner of Chad Simpson’s car. The award is a very popular one that is given to a very special woman every year. All season long, drivers, crew members, officials, sponsors and car owners are invited to submit the name of someone they believe is deserving of the award and the reason they would like that person to receive it. At the end of the year, the nominations are all taken into consideration and a person is chosen to receive it.
Other awards presented Saturday included the Iowa-Illinois Taylor Insulation Pole Dash Award. Simpson won that points championship followed in order by Purkey, Mahder, Isenberg and Denny Eckrich. Those drivers all received a point fund check from Jim and Julie Groves of Iowa-Illinois Taylor Insulation.
Mahder was the 2009 Chase Signs and Graphics Rookie of the Year. Chase’s Lee Havlik presented Mahder with a check, a new jacket and a certificate for $2,000 worth of lettering. The champion also received a race car set-up program from Intercomp Scales and product certificates from Champ Pans, Fast Shafts and BSB Manufacturing.
Following the awards, there was a drawing for a set of Hooker Harness seat belts, a $480 value, which was won by Simpson. Bill Koons won a drawing for $800 worth race car lettering given away by Chase Signs and Graphics.
The banquet closed with Jim Wilson thanking everyone for their support of the WDRL and letting them know that he is working on the 2010 series schedule.
For more information on the WORLD Dirt Racing League and photos from the 2009 WDRL Champions Banquet presented by Iowa-Illinois Taylor Insulation, check out the WORLD Dirt Racing League’s Web site, www.worldraceleague.com.
(It is my pleasure to serve as WDRL media coordinator. – Phil Roberts)