posted December 09, 2000 04:51 AM
The following are excerpts copied from the NASCAR press release following the ORASS banquet on Sunday Dec 3rd.
I’LL BE BACK, SAYS 2000 O’REILLY AUTO PARTS ALL-STAR SERIES CHAMPION STEVE BOLEY AT THE AWARDS BANQUET
Despite some rumors to rhe contrary, Steve Boley will return. The 2000 O’Reilly Auto Parts All-Star Series, NASCAR Touring champion will be back te defend his
title in 2001.
“I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and we’ll be back next year,” he said told the audience at the conclusion of the ceremony.
Boley surprised his crew members; his sponsor, Rnn Alpen; and his father, Fred Boley; by calling them to the stage one by one to accept exact replicas of his champion’s trophy that he had purchased
for each of them. It was an emotional few minutes as Boley and others fought back tears during the presentations. Alpen was momentarily speechless when he received his trophy, which Boley said he should share with his wifc Sue.
“I don’t know about you, but I can hardly wail to hear what I’m going to say,” Alpen joked when asked to say a few words.
Both fathcr and son were in tears as Fred Boley accepted the award from Steve after a hug. “He’s been my life.” the elder Boley said of the Champion.
Boley also added the Bud Pole Award and Gatorade Front Runner Award to his trophy case after a record setting season that saw him nab 10 victories in 18 events. Other awards went to Dave Eckrich (Kosiski Auto Parts Hammer Down Award), Ray Guss Jr (Most Popular Driver), Bob Dominacki and John Hampel (Sportsmanship Award) and Rusty Zook (Rookie of the Year)
The banquet marked the conclusion of O‘Rcilly Auto Parts’ first season as the title sponsor of NASCAR’s only dirt track racing series.
“They’ve been great to work with,” Series Director Jim Wilson said of thc O’Reilly officials. He added that the sponsor is discussing ways to enhance its involvement in 2001.