Feb 03 2012

Banquet and Awards Ceremony

The PNSCA annual banquet and awards ceremony was held on January 21st at Johnny’s restaurant in Fife, Washington.  It was a very nice time and it was great to see all the PNSCA members in attendance.

Prior to the banquet the PNSCA board had a meeting, and several topics were discussed, including sponsorship promotions (more on that in a few days).  The hot topic was the schedule for 2012, and with plenty of feedback, the tentative schedule was established.  Details are still being worked out, stay tuned to this site for the full schedule when it is finalized.

Connie Woodruff also announced that she will need to scale back her involvement as Secretary/Treasurer of the association as she works with her husband Bob in his quest for a Division 6 title.  The association is actively looking for a replacement.  The duties include registering racers at the races, which has been made much easier with new web tools, and tracking the association’s bank account.  If you are interested, please let Ed Hauter know.  The entire PNSCA is deeply grateful to Connie for her years of service and wish both she and Bob luck as they shoot for the title.

Greg Pessemier's Third Place Hardware

After dinner, the PNSCA awards were handed out.  The trophies were lovingly handmade by PNSCA President Ed Hauter and are absolutely gorgeous.

The third place award went to Greg Pessemier who led the points chase for much of the season, but ended up falling back just a bit at the end.  Greg was unable to attend the awards due to a family emergency, but rest assured his trophy and check will be in his hands shortly.

Bob Woodruff, wife Connie, and PNSCA's Ed Hauter

In second place was Bob Woodruff, who fell just short of his quest to make it four PNSCA Championships in a row.  Bob made a hard charge at the end of the season, but a late round loss at the season ending double-header at Woodburn, coupled with a rainout for the last day of the year ended his reign at the top of the PNSCA leader board.  Nonetheless, it was great to see the perennial champ picking up one of the big trophies at season’s end.

Tom Gresham with the spoils of his victory

The winner and PNSCA 2011 Champion is Tom Gresham.  Tom was truly hot during the second half of the season, winning two PNSCA races, and going rounds at the divisional and national event level.  Aided by a new motor, Tom was tough to beat and is a very deserving champion.  Congrats, Tom!

All-in-all it was a great evening, and so good to get us all together in the dead of winter.  We’ve had a variety of feedback on the location, but the PNSCA board was generally pleased, especially with the location right off I-5 and convenient to so many PNSCA racers.  If you have feedback, positive or negative, on the location or the event, please post it in the forum where there is a thread asking for input.  We have a reservation there for next year, but are very interested in your feedback.

Thanks again to everyone who attended, and I’m sure we all look forward to a great 2012 of racing.