Champions honored at Chateau Raceway banquet
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December 10, 2010  |  by Todd Narveson

HAYFIELD, Minn. -- The Chateau Raceway celebrated their 2010 racing season on Friday, Dec. 10. The awards banquet was held at the Primetime Bar & Grill, which is within the Oaks Country Club in Hayfield, Minn.

Around 160 people attended this years celebration, which honored the top five in each of the seven divisions that competed at the track this past season. Trophies were handed out and each champion was interviewed about their season. There were also a wide variety of door prizes that were given away as well.

The event got underway when Dustin Steinbrink gave a nice invocation prayer before the meal. After the attendees enjoyed a great meal and some bench racing it was time for some words from promoter Darin Toot.

Toot thanked everyone for attending the banquet and supporting the track this past season. The Lansing-Minn., facility ran 19 shows this season and there were six rainouts which included three in a row from April 25 to May 7. There were 266 different drivers that competed this year with 41 of them able to win a feature race. The season high car count was 115 on May 28 and the lowest was 72 on April 16.

Toot also recognized the numerous sponsors that supported the Chateau Raceway in 2010. Several of them were in attendance and were thanked with nice rounds of applause from everyone in attendance.

The 2011 season will kick off with a pair of practice sessions. The first will be on April 9 and the second will be April 15. The season opener will be held on Friday, April 22. It was also announced that all of the divisions will remain the same for the upcoming season.

Toot also touched on some of the special events that are on the schedule so far. The United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) will make their annual appearances on Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends.

The awards portion of the program started with the Rookie of the Year honors in each class. A.J. Wiste was crowned rookies of the year in the USRA RHS Modified class.

Jason Cummins picked up his first track championship at the speedway in the USRA RHS Modifieds. Cummins scored 5 feature wins with 13 top-fives and five heat wins. Cummins also claimed the American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series national championship for the USRA RHS Modifieds.

Josh Mattick, Greg Jensen, A.J. Wiste and Dustin Steinbrink finished second through fifth.

The Toots thank everyone for a fun 2010 season and wish everyone a safe off-season and hope to see everyone again this upcoming spring.

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