Genesee Speedway Ends 2017 Season with a Bang at the Banquet

Genesee Speedway Banquet at Genesee Speedway Batavia, New York on December 09, 2017 Photo Rick Franclemont/Francletography

By RICH VLECK

BATAVIA, NY – The second season of a new era at Genesee Speedway ended even stronger than 2016 year and followed that up with a fantastic awards banquet. Over 250 were in attendance at the Quality Inn with more than 50 competitors taking home part of the fun. The key word resonating throughout the night was “Family”, not just about the support the racers get, but how it feels to race at Genesee Speedway. Over $18,000 in cash was distributed in year-end point fund and some very special awards were given out.

Six different drivers claimed track championships including 2016 champions Kyle Inman (Sportsman) and Dave DuBois (360 Late Model). Youngsters Dante Mancuso (Mini Stocks) and Jessica Traxler (Bandits) also took home six-foot trophies winning their respective divisions. JJ Mazur (Crate Late Models) and Byron Dewitt (Street Stocks) not only won their championships, they were also named Drivers of the Year.

At the end of the awards banquet, a special presentation was made to Head Starter Johnny Powell, who was a Mike Logsdon Dedication to Motorsports recipient for his 50 years of service atop the flagstand. The award was a special surprise for both the recipient as well as the namesake.

The evening also included a host of other special awards, as well as a preview of the 2018 season, featuring 21 race dates including three special Thursday races, as well as an October show to close out the season. For more information, visit www.Genesee-Speedway.com.

Genesee Speedway 2017 Awards Banquet (Wins In Parentheses)- Special Awards Listed After

MHL Performance
Crate Late Model Class
1 13 JJ Mazur(3)- Driver of the Year, Fan Favorite
2 31 Zack Carley(3)- Best Appearing Car
3 39J Jimmy Johnson(3)- Most Improved
4 65 Bill Holmes
5 85 Jon Rivers
6 O1 Doug Ricotta
7 1 TJ Downs
8 21B Billy DuBois- Rookie of the Year, Perseverance
9 78 Carl Shetler
10 21k Kyle Murray- Perseverance

Cornerstone Lasik
Sportsman Class
1 20k Kyle Inman(5)- Best Appearing Car
2 1 Andrew Smith(5)
3 27z Ray Bliss (1)- Sportsmanship
4 12 Ray Smith(2)
5 94J Sarah Johnson(1)- Fan Favorite, Most Improved
6 86 Matt Steffenhagen- Perseverance
7 O4 Greg Mrzywka(1)- Hard Luck Award
8 94m Tony Muscato
9 27JR Ray Bliss Jr.
10 14 Shane O’Grady

Ken’s Charcoal Pits
360 Late Model Class
1 O12 Dave DuBois(5)- Fan Favorite
2 28 Tommy Kemp(2)- Best Appearing Car
3 O John Zimmerman(2)
4 29 Brian Kotarski(1)
5 OO1 Rich Hale
6 93B Tom Baker
7 10 Austin Kotarski- Rookie of the Year
8 13 Shawn Hazlett- Perseverance
9 58 Carl Shetler
10 12B Tommy Butler

Yasses Trucking
Street Stock Class
1 34 Byron Dewitt(6)- Driver of the Year, Fan Favorite, Best Appearing Car
2 9 Mike Jackson(3)
3 0 Butch Zimmerman
4 2Q Jesse Qutermous(2)- Most Improved
5 2z Kenny Begnouche(1)
6 11x Tommy Cooper- Perseverance
7 211 Jason Babbitt
8 7 Morgan Dewitt- Rookie of the Year
9 A1 Ryan Allen
10 132 Dalton Martin

Pellegrino Auto Sales
Mini Stock Class
1 1 Dante Mancuso(4)
2 10 James Gayton(4)- Most Improved, Best Appearing Car
3 1p Brad Shepard(4)- Fan Favorite
4 27m Mike Taddonio
5 56 Eddie Kowalczyk- Rookie of the Year
6 24L Cole Hicks
7 36 Tony Kulesza- Perseverance
8 12y Ryan Allen
9 57x Steven Krawczyk
10 24 Lee Hicks

DML Driveway Sealing
Bandit Class
1 34J Jessica Traxler(5)
2 14 Bailey Logsdon(4)- Fan Favorite, Rookie of the Year
3 12y Adam Jackson(1)- Most Improved
4 54 Marcus Jackson(2)
5 OO4 Olivia Coniber(1)- Best Appearing Car
6 16 Allison Dewitt(1)- Perseverance
7 13z Trinity Reynolds