The Estevan Motor Speedway saluted award winners and had plenty of other activities during its annual wind-up banquet on October 26 at the Days Inn Plaza.
Track champions Brandon Beeter (hobby stocks), Gregg Mann (stock cars) and Aaron Turnbull (modifieds) were presented with their championship trophies and jackets. But others were saluted, too.
Runner-ups Brock Beeter (hobby stocks), Dustin Byler (stock cars) and Ed Turnbull (modifieds) were presented with trophies. Top rookies Cody Dignan in the hobby stocks, Michael Dionne in the stock cars and Eric Sinness in the modifieds were also recognized.
Hobby stock driver Gary Goudy Sr. was presented with the Clint Prette Memorial Award for demonstrating sportsmanship, dedication and leadership in racing.
President Lynn Trobert said the weather posed challenges at every program this year, but the track didn't have to postpone any events.
“I don't think I can remember as many race nights when we went (to the track) one night, and went home the next day,” said Trobert.
The work of the track preparation crew, and the patience of the drivers and the pit crew, allowed them to get all of their programs in.
Weigh scales were moved into the track's infield this year, and Trobert said she hopes that fans appreciate the decision.
“Without the fans and without the volunteers, the race car drivers would not want to come every race to put on a show, and what a show they put on,” said Trobert.
Tim Pippus, who was a rookie volunteer this year, chronicled his experiences at the track, and paid tribute to the impact that volunteers have on racing in Estevan.
The banquet also featured a hot stove panel with Randy Lajoie, who is a two-time Busch Series (now the Nationwide Series) champion and racing car seat safety advocate, Jeff Taylor, who is a modified race car driver and chassis builder; and Toby Kruse, who is an Iowa-based track promoter and announcer. All three reflected on their experiences in racing, and discussed issues facing the sport.
A live auction wrapped up the evening.