HUMBERSTONE HOSTED AWARDS BANQUET - Drivers, Crews Honored For 2016 Season Achievements - NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO (November 12, 2016) The Humberstone Speedway hosted their 2016 Awards Banquet at the Americana Resort in Niagara Falls on Saturday evening. The banquet was mc’ed by track announcers Clinton Geoffrey and Steven Petty. Brad Rouse from St. Catharines, Ontario raced his way to the 2016 title in the PC Works DIRTcar Sportsman. Rouse beat out former track and Mr. DIRT champion Cody McPherson by just 35 points to earn the title. Chad Chevalier, Justin Sharp and Jay Mallory finished in the top five at season’s end. Other drivers to see victory lane in 2016 include Ron Davis III (Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series Tour event), Brent Begolo, Joey Mastrioanni, Sharp, and Jeff Armstrong. “The Keystone State Warrior” Dennis Lunger Jr from Albion, Pennsylvania won his second straight Pinty’s Delicious Foods RUSH Late Model Championship. Lunger beat out veterans Jeff Dayman, Tim Gillespie, Rob Pietz and Ken Winfield to win the championship. Drivers that saw victory lane in 2016 included Lunger, Dayman, Gillespie, Pietz, Chad Homan, John Waters (RUSH Tour) and Brandon Mowat (Go Nuclear Series). Dave Bailey from Hagersville, Ontario won the JC Auto Street Stock Championship in 2016. Bailey was also crowned the track champion at both Ohsweken and Merrittville. Rob Murray, Jason Fontaine, Kyle Pelrine and Vince Fargnoli completed the top five in points. Drivers that picked up checkered flags this season were Bailey, Fontaine, Murray and Bill Bleich Jr. Fontaine, Bleich, Murray, Fargnoli and Bryce Richardson also received their point fund money from the Duel on the Dirt. Kyle Haynes from Caledon, Ontario won the Cosco Haulage Mini Stocks championship. Haynes beat out former track champion Evan Curtis, Olivier Larocque, Garnet Wilson and Mike Sarantakos to earn his first track title at Humberstone. Drivers that saw victory lane in 2016 include Haynes, Curtis, Larocque, Rob Goulding, Jay Moulton, Kyle Rothwell, Brandon Iudiciani, and Tony Kelly. Dylan Llord from St. Catharines, Ontario won the Mike Knapp Ford Pro 4 Trucks championship behind 10 feature wins. Llord just edged out Danny Wurster by 43 points to earn the title in just his sophomore year of racing. Craig Vlasic, Frank Perry and Kyle Tomaski completed the top five in points. LLord, Wurster, Perry, Tomaski and Vlasic all saw victory lane in 2016. The Most Improved Driver Award was presented to Joey Mastrioanni, Tim Gillespie, Kyle Pelrine, Kyle Haynes and Craig Vlasic. The Most Sportsmanlike Award went to Justin Sharp, Jeff Dayman, Bryce Richardson, Garnet Wilson and Andy Imbeault. Chad Chevalier, Jeff Dayman, Bryce Richardson, Brandon Iudiciani and Kyle Tomaski won the Best Appearing Car/Truck Award. The Hard Charger Award went to Brad Rouse, Dennis Lunger Jr, Jason Fontaine, Evan Curtis and Dylan Llord while Jay Mallory, Colton Ledingham, Andrew Reece, Brandon Iudiciani and Kyle Tomaski were the recipients of the Hard Luck Award. Dylan Davidson, Travis Martineau, Andrew Reece, Olivier Larocque and Mitch Dumont were honored by being named Rookie of the Year. The Pete Cosco Dedication to the Sport Award went to Pro 4 Truck driver Kyle Tomaski. Tomaski went out into the region to help promote Humberstone at different events throughout the season. The Jim Simpson Crew Chief of the Year Award went to Jeff Armstrong. Jeff, a DIRTcar Sportsman driver, also wrenched on step son Tyler Puchalski’s Sportsman as well as a Sportsman and a Pro 4 Truck for Emily Puchalski. The Trevor Wilkens Driver of the Year went to Dave Bailey. Bailey won the track titles at all three tracks in the Niagara Region (Ohsweken, Merrittville and Humberstone) and just missed out on the overall title for the Duel on the Dirt, a four track series between Brighton, Ohsweken, Merrittville and Humberstone. Race Director Tom Beales spoke to the crowd that was on hand, releasing the speedway’s plan for the 2017 season. New improvements to the speedway will be made including an upgrade to the track lighting system. The first event for the 2017 will be the second annual Dawn of Destruction that will take place the first weekend of May. More information about a potential race night change will be announced after the DIRTcar fall promoters meeting in Syracuse in mid-November. Speedway officials and management would like to thank Leslie Motorsports and Lucas Oil along with Soft Touch Images for sponsoring the Jr Race Fan of the Week promotion. The Humberstone Speedway would like to thank all the new and returning Weekly Series Sponsors: PC Works (DIRTcar Sportsman), Pinty’s Delicious Foods (RUSH Late Models), J.C. Auto (Street Stocks), Mike Knapp Ford (Pro 4 Trucks), and the Cosco Haulage (Mini Stocks). Humberstone Speedway is located just two miles East of Port Colborne on Highway 3, just 17 miles west of the US/Canadian Border at the Peace Bridge (Buffalo/Fort Erie). For more information, please visit us on the World Wide Web at www.humberstonespeedway.com as well as follow us on Twitter @NewHumberstone and like us on Facebook. Don’t forget to bring your portable FM radios and listen to all the action on 90.3FM. You can also call the speedway at (905) 834-4002 or the speedway office at Cosco Haulage (905) 935-2886 Humberstone Speedway… Let’s Make Racing Fun Again!