HONORED IN AWARDS GALA
Spotlights Touring Series Title Winners
present and future were celebrated Saturday night at
the NASCAR Hall of Fame as the six champions from
NASCAR’s developmental series were honored in the
Night of Champions Touring Awards Gala.
The festivities featured the champions and top
drivers from all of NASCAR’s North American regional
touring series, who gathered for the special
The 2011 champions included Max Gresham (NASCAR K&N
Pro Series East), Greg Pursley (NASCAR K&N Pro
Series West), Scott Steckly (NASCAR Canadian Tire
Series), Germán Quiroga (NASCAR Mexico Series), Ron
Silk (NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour) and George
Brunnhoelzl III (NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified
"These six series represent the future of our
sport," said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice
president, regional and touring series. "There is
some remarkable talent on hand tonight that provided
close, exciting competition all season long."
· Gresham, of Griffin, Ga., earned the
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship in just his
second full season of competition.
· Pursley of Newhall, Calif., captured
his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series West title in
dominating fashion with six victories in the
season’s first eight races.
· Steckly of Milverton, Ontario, Canada,
picked up his second NASCAR Canadian Tire Series
championship after winning his first in 2008.
· Quiroga of Mexico City, Mexico,
picked up his third consecutive NASCAR Mexico Series
championship and is the only driver in series
history with multiple titles.
· Silk of Norwalk, Conn., won his
first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title in a
thrilling points battle that went down to the
closing laps of the season.
· Brunnhoelzl of West Babylon, N.Y.,
collected his second NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified
Tour championship following up his 2009 title.
Enrique Contreras III (NASCAR Mexico Series) and
Louis-Philippe Dumoulin (NASCAR Canadian Tire Series
collected Rookie of the Year honors while Sunoco
Rookie of the Year Awards were presented to Austin
Pack (NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour), Patrick
Emerling (NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour), Alex Bowman
(NASCAR K&N Pro Series East) and Dylan Kwasniewski
(NASCAR K&N Pro Series West).
Additionally, the Most Popular Driver Awards for
each series were also presented during the ceremony.
The six drivers honored with the prestigious award –
voted on by fans online at NASCAR.com – were Justin
Bonsignore in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Jason
Myers of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour,
Jorge Arteaga in the NASCAR Mexico Series, Jason
White in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, Moses
Smith of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and Chase
Elliott from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
The top 10 drivers and car owners from each of
NASCAR’s developmental series also were recognized
during the gala event – which featured Mike Joy and
Dr. Dick Berggren of NASCAR on FOX and SPEED as
co-hosts. The awards banquet was streamed live
online in three languages – English French and
Spanish – at
www.nascarhometracks.com, the official
online home of NASCAR’s developmental series.
Special award and year-end contingency award winners
were honored Saturday morning at the Grand Champions
The awards celebration capped a week of festivities
in the Charlotte area aimed at providing the top
drivers and track operators in NASCAR’s weekly and
touring series an up close and personal look at the
hub of stock-car racing. The NASCAR Whelen
All-American Series Awards Banquet on Friday honored
champions from across North America in the series
that is NASCAR’s grassroots foundation.
Source: Shon Sbarra / NASCAR