National Late Model Sportsman Southern Dirt Tour Golf Tournament, Bar-B-Q, and Awards Ceremony
24 November 1997
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE McRae, GA - While most touring series choose opulent ballrooms to hold their awards banquets, as befits their more down-to-earth background, the National Late Model Sportsman Southern Dirt Tour prefers the more rustic setting of Little Ocmulgee State Park in Central Georgia for their annual Golf Tournament, Bar-B-Q, and Awards Ceremony. This year the main honorees were the members of the Ives Racing/JSD Trucking/Russell Brown Racing team of Gene Maine of Quitman, GA. With five wins during the 1997 season the Kim Ives owned team captured their first NMLS Championship and were rewarded for their efforts at the annual gathering. Ray Miller, Owner/Director of the three year old series, presented Maine and his wife Debbie, and Ives and his wife Barbara with Championship Jackets, Shirts, and a diecast model of the #201 race car. Also honored at the Ceremony were the latest inductees into the "Dirty Dozen Club". The top 13 drivers in the points standings at the end of the season earn Jackets, Shirts for their wives, and a beautiful diecast model of their race car for their efforts. The models proved to be the hit of the afternoon as each was carefully painted and decaled to be exact replicas of the individual driver's cars by Mike Coonfield, Series Technical Inspector. The members of the 1997 "Dirty Dozen Club" were Ivedent Lloyd of Ocala, FL, Cecil Eunice of Blackshear, GA, Ricky Brant of Pooler, GA, Henry Carter Jr of Swainsboro, GA, Billy Godowns Jr of Louisville, GA, Wendell Durrance of Gainesville, FL, Steve Jones of Rhine, GA, Joe Kump of Hollywood, FL, Tracy Mimbs of Dublin, GA, Everett Phillips of Lake City, FL, Tracy Walden of Louisville, GA and Dennis Smith of Jacksonville, FL. Russell Brown received the award for the top Chassis Builder on the series while Dennis Bennett of Bennett Motorsports was honored as the top Engine Builder. Lee Jackson of Brooklet, GA was voted the Most Improved Driver for 1997 and Tracy Walden received the Sportsmanship Award.