Gary Waldron may have just picked up his first win of the 10th Anniversary Gold Crest Division Championship Season, but it certainly wasn’t his first ever. He accomplished that feat in his very first race with SUPRS way back in January of 2005. “Mutley”, as he has been known for …
This week we celebrate the actual formation of the Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series and in the words of that great band The Grateful Dead, “What a long strange trip it’s been.” Ok so maybe it’s not been ‘strange’ per say, but it sure has been a long and interesting …
Last Regular season show before our holiday break. Full format including time trials, Elite 8 Reindeer Dash, heat races and 25 lap feature at Bracket Hill Raceway* and the winner receives a Christmas Ham shipped to their home from Burgers’ Smokehouse.
Current Track Record: Bracket Hill Raceway*-Ray Sand, Jr. Rochester, NY: 12.126 sec. set-12/17/08
Defending Race Winner: Bob Gangwer
Christmas Special Race History:
- 2012-Bob Gangwer
- 2011-John Davidson
- 2010-Steve Callahan
- 2009-Dave Biro III
- 2008-Ray Sand, Jr.
- 2007-Tom Heveron
- 2006-Kris Heveron
- 2005-Sean O’Kane
- 2004-Chris Nicastro
*Denotes DRT_paved version of track
Former winners Sand, Jr., Becker, Callahan, and Gangwer expected to compete
December 8, 2013 – Goshen, IN… The Dion Parish Memorial is the longest running and most prestigious event for the Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing League and is now set to take place at Rander Speedway on December 10, 2013.
This race honors the late Dion Parish. Dion was a supermodified racer that lost his life in a testing accident at Kalamazoo Speedway in 2002 while preparing for a late season event at Sandusky Speedway. His dedication to the supermodified division and “Never Give Up” attitude was the inspiration for the founding of the SUPRS league and is a constant reminder to all members that there are more important things in life than winning races.
Dion Parish rolls into the pits after practice for the M40 Speedway Fall Open Nationals in 1999.
In the ten year history of the race there is one two time winner and that is current Gold Crest Wing Supermodified Series points leader and defending series champion Ray Sand, Jr. of Rochester, NY. In 2007 Sand, Jr. used the win to propel him to his first SUPRS Championship and has since gone on to be the second most winning driver in league history.
While Sand, Jr. will certainly be one of the favored drivers to win this race, Carl “Bonzai” Becker is the defending champion of the event and has a stellar start to season so far, racking up three impressive wins and holding onto a top five spot in the championship pace. Becker of Lansing, MI will be one to watch in the 62 lap feature race and has the added inspiration of having known Dion Parish personally.
Other former winners expected to compete include 2011 winner “Steady” Steve Callahan and the winner of the inaugural race, Bob Gangwer.
Former Dion Parish Memorial Champions:
- 2004 Dion Parish Memorial Champion: Bobby Gangwer
- 2005 Dion Parish Memorial Champion: Sean O’Kane
- 2006 Dion Parish Memorial Champion: Ray Sand, Jr.
- 2007 Dion Parish Memorial Champion: Ray Sand, Jr.
- 2008 Dion Parish Memorial Champion: Chris Meyers
- 2009 Dion Parish Memorial Champion: John Davidson
- 2010 Dion Parish Memorial Champion: Keith Powell
- 2011 Dion Parish Memorial Champion: Steve Callahan
- 2012 Dion Parish Memorial Champion: Carl Becker.