Track champions were crowned and numerous other honors were handed out at the 25th annual Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery Awards Ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 17.
More than 150 drivers, owners, mechanics, sponsors and guests gathered at Cornerstone Hall in Salem for the season ending event. The top 10 finishers in all three Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery divisions were among the honorees.
Season champions honored were Brian Bayer of Birdseye, Lucas Oil Great American Stocks; Travis Rogers of Charlestown, O'Reilly Auto Parts Pure Stocks; and Austin Baum of Shepherdsville, Ky., Portland Recycling Front Wheel Drive Stocks.
Rookie of the Year honors went to Jonathan Ziegler of Lafayette (Great American Stocks), Ethan Dunn of Louisville (Pure Stocks) and Chris Maynard of Louisville (Front Wheel Drive Stocks).
Six Sigma Crew Chief of the Year Awards were presented to Trent Bayer (Great American Stocks), Leo O'Hara (Pure Stocks) and Brian Baum (Front Wheel Drive Stocks).
Bayer, Todd Kempf and Shawn Smith were all awarded the Lucas Oil Performance Award for the Great American Stock division, as all three drivers completed 100 percent of available laps (325 of 325) in feature competition during the 2013 season.
The Duragloss Car Care Products "Jerry Norris Memorial" Best Appearing Car Award was presented to driver Shawn Smith and car owner Haywood Marr.
Marr was also the recipient of the Boyd Smedley Memorial Award presented annually by radio station WUME-FM.
Prior to the awards ceremony Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery track owner Owen Thompson spoke to the gathering about the just completed season and the upcoming year. The 2014 season, the 20th under the direction of the Thompson family, is schedule to kick off in April.