By Medicine Hat News on October 21, 2016.
Medicine Hat News
The Medicine Hat Drag Racing Association handed out its awards this past weekend, spreading the love around after a busy summer at the strip.
Class champions, rookies of the year, reaction time and sportsmanship awards plus a few specialty honours were bestowed at the banquet, though at least one driver’s season isn’t even done yet.
Dave Burden, the first-time local super pro class winner, also won at National Hot Rod Association Northwest finals last month and will go to California in November for NHRA’s championships.
Burden wasn’t the only first-time class winner. Riley Toth claimed the pro bike title, his strong season at home also helping him win the Canadian Motrocycle Drag Race Association’s superbike class.
Joe Vikadel won the Friday street wars crown for the first time, but after that there were a lot of familiar names.
Joel Holmedal won pro, Rony Vandenberg sportsman, Ryan Valk junior street, Tanner Gaetz junior thunder, Zach Gaetz junior lightning and Darcy Glasgo Friday street bike.
Zach Toth (pro bike) and Coan Waldie (junior dragster) were the MHDRA’s rookies of the year, while Ray Gaetz was given the Hard Luck Award.
Two memorial trophies were handed out. The Harry Kopijewski for most sportsmanlike pro bike racer went to Steve Bunn, while the Vic and Jim Burden for passion and dedication to MHDRA went to Simon Fettig.
Other awards were sportsmanship (Mason Bell, Darian Dopp, Brendan Ashby, Kathie Archambault, David Cisecki, Terry Opsal and Shane Ashby; and best reaction times (Garrett Goudie, Tanner Gaetz, Gerad Wagenaar, Rony Vandenberg, Harvey Turner, Tyler Steinkey and Riley Toth.