SUPRS Back at Kalamazoo for Dion Parish Memorial

Second Year in a Row for Prestigious Dion Parish Memorial at Kalamazoo Speedway

December 1, 2017 – Goshen, IN…The Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series, (SUPRS), is back at their Great Lakes region home-base for the Dion Parish Memorial at Kalamazoo Speedway for the second year in a row.

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Never Give Up

Dion Parish at speed for ISMA race at Berlin Raceway

A different paint job graced the Dion Parish supermodified during the Berlin Raceway ISMA show in 2001.

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.

Only Two Have Multiple Wins

In the first 13 years of the prestigious race, just two SUPRS drivers have won it more than once. Nine-time SUPRS Gold Crest Champion Ray Sand, Jr. of Rochester, NY was the first to do it and also the only driver to win the race back to back. His two wins came in 2006 and 2007.

2008 and 2014 were the lucky years for the only other driver to succeed in claiming more than one Dion Parish Memorial win-Chris Meyers.

Five Others Could Join Multiple Winner Club

Hoping to join Sand, Jr. and Meyers as multi-time winners of the race are four of the drivers currently holding the top five places in the SUPRS Gold Crest Wing Championship standings.

These include 2015 winner Rob Warren, 2011 victor Steve Callahan, his teammate and 2010 winner Keith Powell, and the very first winner of the race in 2004, Bob Gangwer.

2012 winner Carl Becker of Lansing, MI, also has a shot. Up until two races ago, the SUPRS veteran also sat in the top five in points. Becker’s second win would be something special as he knew Dion Parish and his family well.  Becker also spent many years working on race cars that raced at Kalamazoo Speedway in his home state.

Bonuses Add Extra Layer of Intrigue

This race in particular has always been one that the drivers want add to the their win list. Adding to that goal is that there is a Guaranteed Starter award on the line for the season ending Summit Classic 125. The supermodified sim racers from around the country also know that starting near the back of the field for the 62 lap feature isn’t as bad as it may seem because of the SUPRSCharger bonus for the driver that advances the most places from his starting spot.

Recent Trend Mean Another New Winner

After a successful four-race swing through Tennessee that saw four different drivers win, there may very possibly be another first time winner of this race. With new equipment at his disposal, Dave Brigandi of Syracuse, NY came to life at the Wing Side Up Twin 25s posting his first top five finish in over a year and could claim his biggest win ever as a first time Dion Parish Memorial champion.

Third year SUPRS driver Kyle “The Cobra” Clark sits fifth in the SUPRS Gold Crest Wing Supermodified Championship and most recently won at Memphis Motorsports Park in the 13th Annual Turkey Shoot. Clark posted a seventh place finish last year in his first Dion Parish Memorial, but has shown vast improvement in his race craft since then and is rarely out of contention for a win.

Come Hang Out at Kazoo

The SUPRS racers invade Kalamazoo Speedway for the second year in a row on December 5, 2017. A 15 minute practice session starts at 8:00pm with Time Trials to follow at 8:30pm. Racing gets underway at 9:00pm and everyone is welcome to be a part of the action.

Cheer on your favorite SUPRS racers while you view timing, scoring, instant track telemetry and of course our outstanding live streaming video from the 14th Annual Dion Parish Memorial via the SUPRS LIVE! page.

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You can learn more about this race on the SUPRS schedule page.  Regular season updates as well as real supermodified and sim racing news are popular features on the Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series Facebook page and @SUPRSOnline.


Dion Parish Memorial 62-Wing-State Fair/Rander Speedways/Kalamazoo Speedway

  • 2004 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-State Fair Speedway: Bobby Gangwer
  • 2005 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-State Fair Speedway: Sean O’Kane
  • 2006 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-Rander Speedway: Ray Sand, Jr.
  • 2007 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-Rander Speedway: Ray Sand, Jr.
  • 2008 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-Rander Speedway: Chris Meyers
  • 2009 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-Rander Speedway: John Davidson
  • 2010 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-Rander Speedway: Keith Powell
  • 2011 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-Rander Speedway: Steve Callahan
  • 2012 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-Rander Speedway: Carl Becker
  • 2013 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-Rander Speedway: Ray Sand, Jr.
  • 2014 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-Rander Speedway: Chris Meyers
  • 2015 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-Rander Speedway: Rob Warren
  • 2016 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-Kalamazoo Speedway: Domenic Gioia
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Quick Results: Gioia Wins First Dion Parish Memorial

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Domenic Gioia Leads All Laps to Take 13th Annual Dion Parish Memorial Kalamazoo, MI – December 6, 2016…Domenic Gioia of Oswego, NY has won the 13th Annual Dion Parish Memorial for the first time during supermodified sim racing competition under Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series, (SUPRS), banner. The race was …

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Prestige of Winning Dion Parish Memorial on the Line at Kalamazoo

Former winners Becker, Callahan, Gangwer, Powell, Warren Expected to Compete

December 2, 2016 – Goshen, IN…The Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series, (SUPRS), Dion Parish Memorial 62 honors the memory of supermodified racer Dion Parish and will take place this year on December 6, 2016 for the first time at Kalamazoo Speedway.

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SUPRS is proud to present the 13th Annual Dion Parish Memorial. BreezeGraphics.com helps SUPRS promote “Supermodified Sim Racing for the Right Reasons” with respectful and classy promotional posters like this.

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 more importantly the Dion Parish Memorial Benevolent Fund for Supermodifieds.

His death and the consequent leaving behind of two young daughters, is a constant reminder to all SUPRS members that there are more important things in life than winning real supermodified and supermodified sim races.

A New Track, An Old Friend

This year for the first time, the race will be held at Dion’s home track, Kalamazoo Speedway. Dion had much success at Kalamazoo during his career and had dreams of resurrecting the supermodified division at this and other lower Michigan venues.

A big fan of the old Tri-SAC supermodified days, Dion spoke often of watching the greats like locals Marv and Jerry Carmen, Butch Fedewa, Sammy Sessions, and Bob Seelman take on Texas invaders like Ricky Otts,  Page Reynolds, Leroy Halfin, and Chet Fillip mix it up with Ohio visitors Jim Shirey, Gary Allibritain and Todd Gibson at his beloved Kalamazoo Speedway.

Dion also loved watching the International Supermodified Association come to Kalamazoo Speedway during their annual Michigan Swing in June during the late 1990s.

It is with that dream, those memories in mind that SUPRS helped promote the Dion Parish Memorial at Kalamazoo Speedway in 2007. A race that was won by Moe Lilje and was well attended. SUPRS, along with Dion’s daughters Mindy and Lindsey presented Jon Henes with the Dion Parish Memorial Perseverance Award. To date, that race is the last time the supermodifieds ran at Kalamazoo.

Not an Easy Race to Win

In the previous 12 years only two SUPRS drivers have won the prestigious race more than once and that is 9-time SUPRS Gold Crest Champion Ray Sand, Jr. of Rochester, NY and 2008 and 2014 winner Chris Meyers.

Hoping to join Sand, Jr. and Meyers as multi-time winners of the race are four of the drivers currently holding the top five places in the SUPRS Gold Crest Wing Championship standings.

These include defending winner Rob Warren, 2011 victor Steve Callahan, Callahan’s teammate and 2010 winner Keith Powell, and the very first winner of the race in 2004, Bob Gangwer.

2012 winner Carl Becker of Lansing, MI, also has a shot. Carl has the added inspiration of having known Dion Parish and his family on a personal level, as well as having spent many years working on race cars that raced at Kalamazoo Speedway in his home state.

Not to be counted out as potential first-time winners are Joe Achzet, a two-time feature winner this year already, and SUPRS veteran Domenic Gioia who is sixth in the championship standings.

Hard charging Chad Phelps and his Disturbed Motorsports teammates Kyle Clark and Derrick Backus could very well pick up their first Dion Parish Memorial as well.

Dave Brigandi, Kevin Timmins, Joey Callahan and rookie Nelson Rodrigues all add to the odds of there not being another repeat winner.

Several bonuses are also on the line including a Guaranteed Starter award for the season ending Summit Classic 125, and the SUPRSCharger bonus for the driver that advances the most places from his starting spot.

The SUPRS racers will make their first ever appearance at Kalamazoo Speedway December 6, 2016 beginning with practice which starts at 8:00pm. Time Trials will follow at 8:30pm and Racing gets underway at 9:00pm.

Supermodified and online sim racing fans and friends can enjoy the action and view timing, scoring and instant track telemetry of every SUPRS rFactor race, including the 13th Annual Dion Parish Memorial via the SUPRS LIVE! page.

You can learn more about this race on the SUPRS schedule page.  Regular season updates as well as real supermodified and sim racing news are popular features on the Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series Facebook page and @SUPRSOnline.


Dion Parish Memorial 62-Wing-State Fair/Rander Speedways

  • 2004 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-State Fair Speedway: Bobby Gangwer
  • 2005 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-State Fair Speedway: Sean O’Kane
  • 2006 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-Rander Speedway: Ray Sand, Jr.
  • 2007 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-Rander Speedway: Ray Sand, Jr.
  • 2008 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-Rander Speedway: Chris Meyers
  • 2009 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-Rander Speedway: John Davidson
  • 2010 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-Rander Speedway: Keith Powell
  • 2011 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-Rander Speedway: Steve Callahan
  • 2012 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-Rander Speedway: Carl Becker
  • 2013 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-Rander Speedway: Ray Sand, Jr.
  • 2014 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-Rander Speedway: Chris Meyers
  • 2015 Dion Parish Memorial Champion-Rander Speedway: Rob Warren
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Warren Holds Off Sand for First Dion Parish Memorial Win

SUPRS 12th Annual Dion Parish Memorial supermodified sim race poster

Rob Warren Becomes Summit Classic 125 Guaranteed Starter with Dion Parish Memorial Win Rander, MI – December 8, 2015…It may have been Rob Warren’s fifth win of the Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series, (SUPRS), season, but taking the 12th Annual Dion Parish Memorial Tuesday night was no easy task as …

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