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On Saturday the Bemidji Speedway officials crowned the track’s champions for the 2013 season. The winners included: front row (left to right), Jenny Watrud (Mini Stocks), Weston Ramsrud (Pure Stocks), Conrad Schwinn (Mod Fours), Doyle Erickson (Midwest Modifieds) and Rick Jacobson (Super Stocks). Dennis Peterson | Special to the Pioneer

Bemidji Speedway hosts annual awards banquet

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BEMIDJI — The curtain came down on the 2013 racing season in Bemidji Saturday night as Bemidji Speedway owners Tonya Stranger and Idella and Randy Hayes hosted their annual awards night at the Keg-N-Cork.

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Following the dinner announcer Shannon Fish presented the Rookies of the Year for 2013 with plaques. The recipients were Jenny Watrud (Mini Stocks), Josh Berg (Pure Stocks), Christopher Brown (Mod Fours) and Nathan Higginbotham (Super Stocks).

A special award was presented to N&B Drywall and Painting representatives for their support and sponsorship throughout the 2013 season.

It was also announced that the 2014 racing season will begin with a doubleheader on Memorial Weekend with racing on both Sunday and Monday. The classes will remain the same with Bemidji Mini Stocks, Bemidji Pure Stocks, Wissota Mod Fours, Wissota Midwest Modifieds and Wissota Super Stocks competing. Several specials are also being planned.

The points leaders in each division this summer included:

Mini Stocks

1. Jenny Watrud 621

2. Sue Berg 560

3. Danny Brown 360

4. Andrew Hanson 215

5. Rick Watson 183

6. Tim LaVoi 165

7. Dezmond Berndt 159

8. Erica Westgaard 153

9. Wayne Brown 150

Pure Stocks

1. Weston Ramsrud 600

2. Josh Berg 572

3. Kevin Baumgarner 545

4. Jessie Lutgen 523

5. Al Sadek Jr 507

6. Leahnna Barrett 414

7. Chad Puschinsky 413

8. Joel Harvey 384

9. Sterling Knaeble 361

10. Jessie Barnum 253

Wissota Mod Four

1. Conrad Schwinn 588

2. Tonja Stranger 542

3. Mike Margl 519

4. Craig Moore 478

5. Christopher Brown 346

6. Jess Geesey 145

7. Tyler Larson 107

8. Derek Vesledahl 100

9. Chance Dyrdahl 91

10. Scott Dyrdahl 65

Wissota Midwest Modified

1. Doyle Erickson 575

2. Brandon Bahr 556

3. Gary James Nelson 538

4. Trent Dyrdahl 521

5. Skyler Smith 475

6. Ron Reed 444

7. Matt Schow 356

8. Matt Fullerton 333

9. Rick Jacobson 309

10. Darrin Lawler 269

Wissota Super Stocks

1. Rick Jacobson 570

2. Gary Nelson Jr 561

3. Keith Keena 514

4. Nathan Higginbotham 476

5. Matt Sparby 443

6. Blake Higginbotham 430

7. Dalton Carlson 346

8. Troy Hemphill 196

9. Kyle Oman 133

10. Tristan LaBarge 105

The story and results were written by Dennis Peterson, Special to the Pioneer

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