ANOTHER BANQUET IN THE BOOKS FOR THE HOMAK PENN OHIO PRO STOCK SERIES – 5TH SEASON WAS CELEBRATED AT TIMBER LAKE LODGE ON JANUARY 12, 2019!
February 3, 2019 (Sandy Lake, PA) As 132 people gathered to celebrate the 2018 Penn Ohio Series, the Humanic family and Timber Lake Lodge employees provided a delicious buffet meal in an unbelievable atmosphere. Emcees for the event were Ken Humanic, owner of Timber Lake Lodge and father of Series member Jackson Humanic and Greg Wheeling, well-known to racing in many facets including but not limited to flagman at numerous race tracks, race director, and race promotor.
The evening kicked off with the first guests arriving at 4:45 p.m. Attendees had an opportunity to mingle and participate in the Chinese Auction and 50/50 raffle. Greg Wheeling began the awards ceremony by recognizing the Series’ sponsors from the 2018 season. Although many sponsors were unable to attend, each sponsor was announced and recognized for their contribution to series. Those in attendance were asked to stand and were applauded for their contribution to the Series.
Ken Humanic followed the sponsor recognition with a Ladies’ and Children’s Awards presentation sponsored by Timber Lake Lodge. First all women present were invited to gather on the dance floor and asked who they were there to support. An award with a monetary amount ranging from $5-$100 was given to each lady. The children present were then given the opportunity to feel special by choosing a box of goodies or an award with money.
Just before dinner, Greg Wheeling shared plans for the 2nd Annual Steel Valley Pro Stock Nationals. Special recognition was given to Rod Bedow of Blue Ox Timber as the presenting sponsor of the Inaugural event.
Delivering the invocation prior to guests enjoying the fantastic food was pro stock driver and race supporter, Bob Sloss. As guests finished with dinner, Greg Wheeling began announcing the Touring Series’ members finishing outside of the top 25 in points. Each were brought to the stage if present. Each member in attendance received a driver prize through a random drawing. Driver prizes awarded were:
Jacob Billyk Jr. – $100 Close Racing Certificate
Paul Petrovich - $100 Big Daddy’s Certificate
Mike Miller – Set of 4 Genesis Racing Shocks
Jackson Humanic – Aero bead lock rim - donated by SS Chassis & Supply
Josh Seippel – seat belts and air pressure gauge - donated by Wedge Motorsports
Jesse Brock – air rivet gun, drill bits and rivets - donated by Big Daddy’s Speed Center
Gary Fisher – seat belts and air pressure gauge - donated by Wedge Motorsports
Bryan Wagner – ARbodies nose piece
Shaun Hooks - $100 Big Daddy’s Certificate
Randy Wyant – Race Quip Helmet - donated by SS Chassis & Supply
Continuing with driver recognitions, Greg introduced point finishers 25th through 21st. Those present were invited to the stage to discuss their season, receive their point money, a $25 certificate from Big Daddy’s Speed Center and a driver prize.
Curt Bish Jr. – fuel jug, air cleaner, pink hood scoop, $25 Big Daddy’s certificate, cleaner – donated by Precise Racing Products, Dirt Defender, Big Daddy’s Speed Center
Pat Fielding – fuel jug, air cleaner, yellow hood scoop, $25 Big Daddy’s certificate, cleaner – donated by Precise Racing Products, Dirt Defender, Big Daddy’s Speed Center
Curtis Bish (owner Brian Tarr) - seat belts and air pressure gauge – donated by Wedge Motorsports
Before turning over the microphone to Ken Humanic, door prizes were drawn. The grand prize was two Penguins tickets donated by Heim Racing and was won by Mara Schall, fiancé of Andrew Gordon. Additional door prizes ranged from t-shirts, general admission race passes, Hoosier banners and flags, can koozies, Precise Racing hats, stickers, Penn Ohio shirts, etc.
Ken Humanic then recognized the Touring Series’ members finishing 20th through 16th in points. These members received point money, a $25 certificate from Big Daddy’s Speed Center, and a driver prize. As they were announced each came to the stage for an opportunity to give a speech and to draw their prize. Driver prizes awarded were:
Jacob Billyk – Aero bead lock rim – donated by SS Chassis & Supply
Chris Withers – Aluminum air cleaner cover, zip ties, driver gloves and duct tape – donated by Wedge Motorsports
Luke Rutsky – Homak hand carry tool bag, blue hood scoop, $25 Wedge Motorsports certificate, cleaner, duct tape, zip ties, tear off ramp – donated by Homak, Dirt Defender, and Wedge Motorsports
Rod Laskey – Homak hand carry tool bag, K & N air cleaner kit, duct tape, air pressure gauge, $25 Precise Racing gift card and pop rivets – donated by Homak, Wedge Motorsports and Precise Racing
More door prizes were awarded before proceeding with 15th through 11th place touring series point finishers. As Greg Wheeling announced 15th through 11th, each member in attendance was presented with a trophy, point money, a $25 certificate from Big Daddy’s Speed Center and a chance at a driver prize.
Bobby Heim – Homak hand carry tool box, $25 Big Daddy’s certificate, duct tape, K & N air
cleaner kit and pop rivets – donated by Homak, Big Daddy’s Speed Center and Wedge
Tim Bish – Aero bead lock rim – donated by SS Chassis & Supply
Nick Kocuba - $100 Close Racing Certificate
Terry Wheeler – Homak hand carry tool box, red window net, pop rivets, duct tape, $25 Big Daddy’s – donated by Homak, Precise Racing and Big Daddy’s Speed Center
Some special awards were on the agenda next. Ken Humanic began the presentations with announcing the possibility of building a rolling chassis with the intention of donating it to the series for a fundraising raffle. The passing of the monkey wrench was next. The 2017 recipient, Rod Laskey, presented the Monkey Wrench award to Nick Kocuba as he suffered the most adversity in the 2018 season.
The 2018 Award of Excellence was presented to Andrew Gordon. Although he fell short of the Championship, he had the most wins in 2018, taking the checkered flag at five different tracks – Tri City, Sharon, Dog Hollow, Lernerville and McKean County.
Ken Humanic returned to recognizing drivers 10th through 6th place point finishers. Each member in attendance was presented with a trophy, point money, a 20% coupon off a helmet or neck restraint from Wedge Motorsports and a driver prize.
Tyler Thompson – Homak parts washer
Paul Davis – Homak cloth hand carry bag, Penn Ohio t-shirt, zip ties, $25 Wedge Motorsports,
duct tape, pop rivets and bolt/screw plastic organizer – donated by Homak, Penn Ohio and
Leigh Wheeler – Homak hand carry tool box, $25 Wedge certificate, oil filter outer wear, duct
tape, cleaner, pop rivets – donated by Homak and Wedge Motorsports
Prior to returning to special awards, the 50/50 and Chinese Auction baskets were awarded. Greg Wheeling resumed emcee duties and introduced Tyler Thompson as the 2018 recipient of the Young Gun Award. Tyler is a 2nd generation driver. He started driving tractors and cars at the age of 7 and began dirt stock car racing when he was 15. Tyler captured the 2016 championship at Wayne County Speedway. 2018 was his first year with the Penn Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series.
Curtis L. Bish, driver of the #00, is the 2018 Spirit Award recipient. Curt has been a series member and sponsor for the past two seasons. He is always enthusiastic and positive about racing and the series.
Handing the mic back over to Ken, the next two special awards were the hard charger and R.K. Virgile Honorary Racing Supporter. Chris Schneider was the 2018 recipient of the hard charger award. Chris gained a total of 44 positions in the 10 races. His biggest gain was at the Pittsburgher at PPMS when he started 13th and finished 2nd. He advanced from starting position to finishing position in every race except one where he started 2nd and finished 2nd.
The R.K. Virgile Honorary Racing Supporter Award was created to honor Ray Virgile. Ray was one of the most supportive people of the racing community who sponsored everything from golf carts to sprint cars. Following in Ray’s footsteps as a true supporter of dirt track racing is the 2018 award recipient, Randy Wyant of R & R Enterprises Garage and Auto Sales. Randy has been a series member since its inception in 2014 and has been a sponsor of the series for the past three seasons.
Emcee Greg Wheeling had the honor of presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award to Rick Robinson. Recognized as a former dirt track driver and pro stock standout, Rick has over 60 career feature wins to his credit. He has won at places like Lernerville, Sharon, Hickory, Mercer, Raceway 7, Challenger, Sportsman’s, Expo, Tri City and Slatertown Speedway. He is a two-time winner of the #1 Cochran Cavalcade Championship. He has owned or driven stocks, emods, crate late models, modifieds and sprint cars. He currently acts as the tech director for the series and Sharon Speedway, as well as Sharon’s track specialist.
Ken Humanic stepped up to the microphone to announce the Perfect Attendance drivers and presented each with a certificate for $50 off the 2019 membership donated by his company, E & K Equipment. Drivers included: Chris Schneider, Andrew Gordon, Bobby Whitling, Rob Shook, Chris McGuire, Jeff Broniszewski, Leigh Wheeler, Tyler Thompson, and Terry Wheeler
It was time to recognize the top five place point finishers. Each member in attendance was presented with a trophy, point money, a 20% coupon off a helmet or neck restraint from Wedge Motorsports and a driver prize.
Chris McGuire – pink wheel cover, zip ties, pop rivets, cleaner, duct tape, and air cleaner
outer wear – donated by Dirt Defender and Wedge Motorsports
Bobby Whitling - green wheel cover, $25 Big Daddy’s certificate, $25 Precise Racing Products certificate, $25 Wedge Motorsports certificate, cleaner – donated by Dirt Defender, Big Daddy’s Speed Center, Precise Racing Products and Wedge Motorsports
Andrew Gordon – air pressure gauge and SRP wrenches
Chris Schneider – 2018 Point Champion - $100 Close Racing Certificate
The banquet finale consisted of additional driver prize drawings. The first was for Homak tool boxes and tool cart. Jesse Brock was the first driver drawn and had choice of the three. He chose the medium Homak black tool box. Second drawn was Josh Seippel who chose the large orange Homak tool box. Bobby Heim was the recipient of the Homak tool cart. The final driver drawing was for a free 2019 Penn Ohio membership and a free $10K race entry, valued at $250. To be eligible for the drawing, drivers had to submit both entry forms with payment before or at the banquet. A total of 27 drivers were entered for the drawing with the lucky recipient being Randy Wyant #11T. Jesse Brock was the Chinese Auction basket donor who received $100 for his donation through a random drawing.
The banquet was certainly a memorable event because of the endless support and contributions. A special thanks to all of the door prize donors; Chinese Auction contributors; the driver prize sponsors-Wedge Motorsports, Big Daddy’s Speed Center, Precise Racing, ARbodies, Close Racing Supply, Homak Manufacturing, and SS Chassis & Supply; E & K Equipment; Timber Lake Lodge; the Humanic Family; Donna Appel; Greg and Thea Wheeling; Stevie and Travis Harry; the Wheeler family; and to all attendees of the 2018 Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series Banquet.
The Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series is currently accepting 2019 registrations for the Touring Series and the $10K race at Sharon Speedway. Forms are available on the website at www.pennohioprostocks.com. We look forward to an exciting 2019 Season.
For more information on the Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series contact Series Director, Shaun Hooks, at 724-730-1623, visit the website at www.pennohioprostocks.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pennohioprostocks.