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Venturini Motorsports Takes Cosmetic Crew Chief and Klotz Engine Mechanic Awards

Mikey Kile, driver of the No. 25 for Venturini Motorsports, signs autographs for fans at Toledo Speedway / (CAshley McCubbin
Mikey Kile, driver of the No. 25 for Venturini Motorsports, signs autographs for fans at Toledo Speedway / (CAshley McCubbin
Ashley McCubbinAnalyst INovember 7, 2010

Continuing with our theme of awards from yesterday, Patrick Sheltra wasn't the only picking up awards from the 2010 season.

Venturini Motorsports picked up a pair of awards—the Cosmetic Crew Chief of the Year and Klotz Engine Mechanic of the Year.


Cosmetic Crew Chief of the Year Award

Kevin Reed, crew chief of the No. 25 Venturini Motorsports entry, was awarded $3,000 after finishing the year with 6,380 points.

The award takes into consideration how the team qualifies and also how they race. The crew chief with the fastest-qualifying car earns 200 points, with descending positions earning five fewer points per position. The same scoring system is then also used for the race finishes.

Competing crew chiefs must register at the beginning of the year and carry the decal of Cosmetic Gasket, Inc. on their car to be eligible.

Reed put himself into position to win the award in early June when driver Mikey Kile won the pole and finished second at Pocono Raceway, followed by a win at Michigan International Speedway after starting second.

Jon Wolfe, crew chief for the No. 60 for Sheltra Motorsports, finished second with 6,160 points with two race awards.

Johnny Allen, crew chief for the No. 81 for Eddie Sharp Racing finished third with five race awards.

Bill Kimmel, crew chief for the No. 44 of Kimmel Racing and Harold Holly, crew chief for the No. 16 of Coulter Motorsports, rounded out the top five.

Other individual race winners included Mike Chaffee, Paul Andrews and Tony Liberati.

Cosmetic Gasket, Inc. also awarded "Crew Chief of the Race" awards, awarding $250 each time. Reed took four of those awards—Pocono, Michigan, Springfield and Kansas.  

Cosmetic Gasket, Inc., a Concord, Ohio company, creates the official gasket of the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards and also contributes $3,500 to the year-end championship point fund.


Klotz Engine Mechanic of the Year Award

Mike Bartlett finished the year with 1,035 points in the Mechanic's division to the win the award.

The award, like the crew chief award, is based upon both qualifying and race finishes, however, is scored slightly differently. The scoring is done through an inversion of the starting positions. An example this would be the winning car in a 41-car field would earn 41 points.

Like the previous award also, mechanics must register to be eligible and carry the decal of Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, Inc. on the car.

Bartlett, like Reed, made a major impact on the standings with the June races at Pocono and Michigan. Between the two, Bartlett scored a total of 139 points, which was the best two-race total of any entrant this season.

Klotz also gives out the "Engine Mechanic Award of the Race", with a $250 prize attached, in which Barlett took the award fives times—Pocono, Michigan, New Jersey Motorsports Park, Berlin Raceway and Kansas Speedway.

Drew Barbour, head engine mechanic for the No. 81 of Eddie Sharp Racing, finished second with 998 points and four race awards.

Wolfe finished third with 992 points and two race awards, with Kimmell finishing fourth with 949 points.

Dan Brzozowski, head engine mechanic for the No. 55 of Venturini Motorsports, rounded out the top five with 940 points and three race awards.

Additional race winners included Chaffee (five times) and Thomas Harris (once). 

Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, Inc., a Fort Wayne, Ind. company, is the official synthetic lubricant of the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards and contributes $2,000 to the year-end championship point fund.


To celebrate everybody’s accomplishments, the 2010 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards Championship Awards Banquet will take place Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Ky., near Cincinnati. 

SPEED analyst and NASCAR veteran Phil Parsons will be the Master of Ceremonies.  

Sheltra is set to be honored as the champion, as is Goess, who will be honored as the runner-up.

Additional special award presentations include the Bill France Four Crown, the RE/MAX Rookie of the Year, the Cosmetic Crew Chief of the Year, the H.G. Adcox Sportsmanship Award, the Manufacturer Championship, the Marcum Award, the Spirit Award, the Most Popular Driver Award presented by National Speed Sport News, the Klotz Engine Mechanic Award and the CGS Imaging Hard Charger Award. In addition, scholarship recipients will be announced, compliments of the University of Northwestern Ohio and the Bob Loga Memorial Scholarship Foundation.

The event is open to teams, series and track officials, sponsors and also fans.

Information on ticket reservations, table seating and directions is available by contacting Shalene Williams of the ARCA Racing Series at swilliams@arcaracing.com or (734) 847-6726, or visiting http://www.arcaracing.com/.

The public schedule of events for Saturday, Dec. 4 is as follows:

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Master's Men (ministry) Silent Auction

2 p.m.: ARCA Racing Series Press Conference

3 p.m.: Master's Men Live Auction

4:45 p.m. - 6 p.m.: Formal Portrait Photo Session

5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.: Hosted Bar

6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.: Awards Dinner and Program

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