The 39th annual North Central Division Land of the Winners Awards Banquet was held this past weekend at the Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites. A special tribute honoring Don “Pinky” Cobbs a member of the North Central Division Certification Team for nearly four decades, who passed away this past fall, received a standing ovation from the nearly 450 in attendance.

The 2005 Division 3 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series, NHRA Dart Top Sportsman Racing Series, NHRA Jeg’s Super Quick Series, and NHRA O’Reilly Auto Parts Jr. Drag Racing League champions along with a number of other special award winners were honored.

2005 Champions and Award Winners



NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Champions

Top Alcohol Dragster – Marty Thacker

Top Alcohol Funny Car – Mick Snyder

Competition Eliminator – Jeff Taylor

Super Stock – Jeremy Duncan

Stock – Ben Wenzel

Super Comp – Rock Haas

Super Gas – Ron Erks

Super Street – Justin Rosenbohm

NHRA Summit Racing Series Champions

Super Pro – Rusty Dobbs

Pro ET – Bryan Fox

Sportsman – David Gamber

Super Pro Bike – Chad Beery

High School – Christine Kent

Team Champions – Gateway International Raceway

National DRAGSTER Team Spirit – Chandler Motorsports Park

NHRA DART Top Sportsman Champion – Don Peden

NHRA Jeg’s Super Quick Series Champion – Lester Adkins


NHRA O’Reilly Auto Parts Jr. Drag Racing League



Eastern Conference Champions

14 Year Old – Michael Bloomfield

10 Year Old – Jamison Lopochonsky

Division Champions

13-17 Year Old – Derick Troxell

10-12 Year Old – Nathan Smith

8-9 Year Old – Kelsey Beimfohr

Spitzer Race Cars Top Alcohol Qualifier Winners

Top Alcohol Dragster – Marty Thacker

Top Alcohol Funny Car – Mick Snyder

Person of the Years – Don “Pinky” Cobbs

Pro-Sportsman Driver of the Year – Mick Snyder

Pro-Sportsman Mechanic of the Year – Bill Reichert

Sportsman Driver of the Year – Jeff Taylor

Sportsman Mechanic of the Year – Butner & Taylor Racing

Super Eliminator Driver of the Year – Ron Erks

ET Bracket Driver of the Year – James Monroe

NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Track of the Year – Route 66 Raceway

NHRA Summit Racing Series Track of the Year – Kil-Kare Dragway

National DRAGSTER Be A Winner, Be A Member – National Trail Raceway

National DRAGSTER Contributor of the Year – Pam Lobb

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