Quick Results: Warren Wins First Dion Parish Memorial

SUPRS 12th Annual Dion Parish Memorial supermodified sim race poster

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 he held off Ray Sand, Jr. and Steve Callahan at Rander Speedway for …

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Dion Parish Memorial Coming this Week

Dion Parish Memorial Filled with Prestige for Sim Racing League

December 8, 2014 – Goshen, IN…The Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series, (SUPRS), racers will be back in action this week with their NASCAR Heat winged sim supermodifieds for the 12th Annual Dion Parish Memorial on December 8, 2015 at Rander Speedway.

SUPRS 12th Annual Dion Parish Memorial supermodified sim race poster

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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 sim races.

In the 12 year history of the race there are just two SUPRS racers that have more than one win and they are six-time Gold Crest Wing Supermodified Series champion Ray Sand, Jr. of Rochester, NY and defending Dion Parish Memorial champion Chris Meyers.

Sand, Jr. is the only three-time winner with his first Dion Parish Memorial win coming in 2006. Then, in 2007, Sand, Jr. used the win to propel him to his first SUPRS Championship and has since become the most winning driver in series history. Sand, Jr. last won the race in 2013 and after running second in the 2014 edition comes into this year’s race with the SUPRS Gold Crest Wing Championship point lead and favored to win.

Last year, three former race champions and Myles Maxon made for an exciting 62 laps at Rander Speedway and when it was all said and done, it all came11-suprs_dion_parish_memorial_120914_L57_top4_pack_T2 down to lapped traffic and gutsy moves with Chris Meyers claiming his second Dion Parish Memorial for the Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series. It’s unlikely that Meyers will attempt to defend his championship due to other commitments.

2011 winner “Steady” Steve Callahan had a great run last year, coming home in third for the second year in a row. Callahan led the first 57 laps of the race but was the one driver that didn’t come out on top in the race ending battle with lapped cars. Callahan is expected to compete for the win once again this year.

So far this season, Rob Warren has been the real thorn in Sand, Jr.’s side chalking up four wins which is just one short of what Sand, Jr. has right now. That may change with Sand, Jr. seeming to excel even more in the SUPRS NASCAR Heat V6 mod, where Warren seems to be better with the SUPRS rFactor NW V1 car. In Warren’s own words, “We’re headed back to NASCAR Heat for a while, so challenging Ray for the championship just got a little harder.”

For the second week in a row the SUPRSCharger and SUPRSChallenge bonuses will be up for grabs with the potential of 3o bonus points.

Action for the SUPRS racers begins at Rander Speedway December 7, 2015  with practice which starts at 8:00pm. Time Trials are at 8:30pm and Racing gets underway with the call to the green flag Dion’s daughters Mindy and Lindsey at 9:00pm. Full details can be found on the SUPRS schedule page

Fans can learn more about the original and oldest online supermodified sim sanction, the Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series, when they visit www.SUPRS.net. Join SUPRS active and vibrant Social Media channels by  “Liking” SUPRS on Facebook, Circling SUPRS on Google+, Following @SUPRSOnline on Twitter, and viewing SUPRS videos on YouTube.

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.
  • 2013 Dion Parish Memorial Champion: Ray Sand, Jr.
  • 2014 Dion Parish Memorial Champion: Chris Meyers
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Dion Parish Memorial is Next Race for SUPRS

Former winners Meyers, Becker, Callahan, and Gangwer expected to compete

December 8, 2014 – Goshen, IN… The Dion Parish Memorial 62 is the longest running and most prestigious memorial event for the Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing League and will take place at Rander Speedway on December 9, 2014.

2014-SUPRS-Dion-Parish-Memorial-posterThis 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 in his supermodified at M40 Speedway Fall Open Nationals

Dion Parish rolls into the pits after practice for the M40 Speedway Fall Open Nationals in 1999.

In the 11 year history of the race there is but one SUPRS racer that has more than one win and that is reigning Gold Crest Wing Supermodified Series champion Ray Sand, Jr. of Rochester, NY.  Sand, Jr. first won the Dion Parish Memorial 62 in 2006. Then in 2007 Sand, Jr. used the win to propel him to his first SUPRS Championship and has since become the most winning driver in league history. Sand, Jr. is the defending winner of the race but has struggled to make it to the track in 2014 due to equipment issues.

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 decent start to season so far, racking up two 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.

2011 winner “Steady” Steve Callahan had a great run last year, coming home in third and is expected to compete for the win once again. Callahan has had a battle on his hands all season with 2004 Dion Parish Memorial winner Bob Gangwer. The two each have a pair of wins and have swapped second place in the point standings throughout the first 12 races. Both will most likely be in attendance when the green flag drops at Rander Speedway on Tuesday.

“Crazy” Chris Meyers, the 2008 winner is also expected to compete and will be looking for his first feature win in the 2014-15 Gold Crest Wing Championship season.

One driver that has never won this prestigious online sim race is “Mighty” Myles Maxon. Maxon has been very close several times and many of those close ones have come after a great battle with Ray Sand, Jr. With Sand, Jr. uncertain about being able to race and Maxon’s domination so far this season, it could be the year that the driver of the “Swamp Rat” gets his first Dion Parish Memorial win.

The SUPRS racers will take on the racey Rander Speedway December 8, 2014 beginning with practice which starts at 8:00pm. Time Trials will follow at 8:30pm and Racing gets underway at 9:00pm.

Fans of supermodified racing and online sim racers alike are encouraged to learn more about the Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series by visiting www.SUPRS.net“Liking” SUPRS on Facebook, Circling SUPRS on Google+Following @SUPRSOnline on Twitter, and Viewing SUPRS videos on YouTube.

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.
  • 2013 Dion Parish Memorial Champion: Ray Sand, Jr.
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