Janczuk & Power Receive KOD Major Awards

WEST HAVEN, VT– Recently King Of Dirt Racing announced their annual KOD Honors award recipients led by the highest honors available with the Award Of Excellence earned by Brockville Ontario Speedway regular Jessica Powersand Driver Of The Year earned by Utica Rome Speedway regular Matt Janczuk. In total more than 20 drivers were honored by series officials.

Kingston, Ontario Canada racer Jessica Power received the highest honor awarded by KOD yearly with the Award Of Excellence. The award takes note of a drivers off track contributions to community and fan interaction, along with how they promote positivity and growth of dirt track racing. Power joins Elmo & Chris Reckner (2019), Bobby Varin (2018), Allison Ricci (2017), Adam Pierson (2016), Jason Casey (2016), Cody Bleau (2015), and Robbie Speed (2015) in an elite club of previous AOE recipients.

Oneida, NY Sportsman Modified racer Matt Janczuk joins another elite list of award winners at KOD after being honored as Driver Of The Year. Janczuk put up a perfect season for the series with 12 wins during a career year at Utica Rome Speedway in 2022. He will surely be a contender to repeat as ‘king’ in 2023. Janczuk joins Justin Comes (2020), Bobby Hackel IV (2019), Connor Cleveland (2018 & 2016), Rocky Warner (2017 & 2015), Robbie Speed (2016), and Nick Stone (2015) as DOTY award recipients.

Hall Of Honors is where KOD immortalizes names of those who support the series by encouraging it’s continued success and growth, while also competing. Each year 1-2 drivers are put in the hall, along with one contributor. The 2022 Hall Of Honors Class includes drivers Tim Hartman Jr. from Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Chad Edwards from Fonda Speedway, and Bill McGaffin from Race Pro Weekly.

The trio joins Rob Hazer (2019), Brev Hayes (2019), Bobby Varin (2018), Mike Walton (2018), Marc Johnson (2017), Rob Yetman (2017), Allison Ricci (2017), Lyle DeVore (2017), Connor Cleveland (2016), Robbie Speed (2016), Adam Pierson (2016), Jason Casey (2016), Rocky Warner (2015), Nick Stone (2015), and Cody Bleau (2015) as HOH members.

𝗢𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗶𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗞𝗢𝗗 𝗛𝗼𝗻𝗼𝗿𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺 𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗹𝘂𝗱𝗲:
Gary Smith (Five Mile Point Speedway) – Newcomer Of The Year / Sportsman Modified
Chris Crane (Albany-Saratoga Speedway) – Newcomer Of The Year / Limited Sportsman
Zach Sorrentino (Lebanon Valley Speedway) – Newcomer Of The Year / Pro Stock
Marty Kelly III (Devil’s Bowl Speedway) – Sportsmanship Award / Sportsman Modified
Mike Parodi (Albany-Saratoga Speedway) – Sportsmanship Award / Limited Sportsman
Kim Duell (Albany-Saratoga Speedway) – Sportsmanship Award / Pro Stock
Jamy Begor (Airborne Speedway) – Most Popular Driver / Sportsman Modified
Evan Roberts (Devil’s Bowl Speedway) – Most Popular Driver / Limited Sportsman
Gary Smith (Five Mile Point Speedway) – All-Pro First Team / Sportsman Modified
Cody McPherson (Merrittville Speedway) – All-Pro First Team / Sportsman Modified
Matt Janczuk (Utica Rome Speedway) – All-Pro First Team / Sportsman Modified
Tim Hartman Jr. (Lebanon Valley Speedway) – All-Pro Second Team / Sportsman Modified
Payton Talbot (Fonda Speedway) – All-Pro Second Team / Sportsman Modified
Tyler Corcoran (Land Of Legends Raceway) – All-Pro Second Team / Sportsman Modified
Danielle Smith (Five Mile Point Speedway) – All-Pro First Team / Limited Sportsman
Zach Dufel (Fonda Speedway) – All-Pro First Team / Limited Sportsman
Chris Crane (Albany Saratoga Speedway) – All-Pro First Team / Limited Sportsman
Owen Nier (Can-Am Speedway) – All-Pro Second Team / Limited Sportsman
Evan Roberts (Devil’s Bowl Speedway) – All-Pro Second Team / Limited Sportsman
Kevin Ames (Lebanon Valley Speedway) – All-Pro Second Team / Limited Sportsman
Josh Coonradt (Utica Rome Speedway) – All-Pro First Team / Pro Stock
Beau Ballard (Utica Rome Speedway) – All-Pro First Team / Pro Stock
Luke Horning (Albany Saratoga Speedway) – All-Pro First Team / Pro Stock




KOD Honors officially closes the book on the 2022 Racing Season. King Of Dirt Racing is full steam ahead into 2023 with another year of quality programs for drivers, by drivers. Rules, registration, and W9 forms for 2023 are posted on the website, with registration now open until June 1, 2023.

King Of Dirt Racing is heading into its 8th year of operation servicing drivers in the Northeast. While the format may have shifted from traveling to weekly, it’s still very much real and viable. Anyone looking to get involved with the series as a marketing partner or product sponsor is welcome to contact KOD directly via messenger, phone, or email.

Since 2015 King of Dirt Racing has worked with various tracks in New York State and Vermont to provide a quality home grown racing series experience. Operating through summer months from April to October, KOD has provided proven championship programs for divisions including Small Block Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds, Pro Stocks, and Limited Sportsman.

To learn more about KOD visit on the web at http://www.kingofdirtracing.com and be sure to like and follow the social media page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofdirtracing.

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