In any sporting event there is almost always a post season competition used to whittle the field of participants and eventually crown an overall champion.
And the C.K.G. Billings Amateur Driving Series is certainly a sporting event so it’s upcoming regional finals and consolation finals could surely be considered post season action.
uring the seven months of the 26th season of Billings competition, arguably the main consideration among the amateurs was to earn enough points in the preliminary events to have a right to compete in the regional finales and hopefully earn a berth in the Delvin Miller Memorial Gold Cup Champion Final on Saturday, December 8 at the Meadowlands.
owever, if the Billings competitors couldn’t earn a berth in the Gold Cup Final they could possibly compete in the Silver Cup or Bronze Cup Finals which will also be presented at the Big M on December 8.
t's not to say that everyone of the of amateur drivers who compete during the season have their sights set on being the overall champion, but if they don't, it's probably because they can not spare the time to travel and compete in the amount of preliminary legs (12) that are used to determine each participants regional point total or they did they didn’t earn enough points to have a shot at the Gold Cup Championship.
This coming Sunday, November 25, the cream of the crop—as far as points earned during the season are concerned—will tangle in a pair of races in both the Midwest and Eastern Region finales to further determine those who will move on and compete in the $20,000 Gold Cup Championship Final; the $12,500 Silver Cup Final, or the $7500 Bronze Cup Final .
his Sunday at Harrah’s Chester the Eastern Regional Final and Consolation Final will be contested over a distance of 1-1/4 miles at new five eighths-mile track in Chester, Pa. but missing from those competitions will be Peter 'the President' Gerry, who, on the strength of winning the Eastern Region Point Championship, earned a 'bye' in the regional finales and will proceed directly to the Gold Cup Championship Final.
n the same day the Midwest regional finales will be raced, at a 1-1/8 mile distance over the mile oval at Balmoral Park in greater Chicago, Ill. with 'Tar Heel Tom' Williams, the Midwest Region Points Champion, awaiting to see who will be competing against him and Peter Gerry at the Big M on December 8.
nlike the major races throughout the sport where the competing horses are the stars, in the C. K. G. Billings Amateur Driving Series it’s the drivers who are the celebrities.
That said, here are the amateurs who earned the right to compete in the $10,000 Eastern Region Final at Harrah's Chester on November 25.
They include: Tony ‘the Capo’ Verruso; Rob ‘Rapid Rail’ Krivelin; ‘Joltin’ Joe’ Pennacchio; Dave ‘Yes It’s True’ Offenberg; Alan ‘the Intimidator’ Schwartz; George ‘the Brooklyn Cowboy’ Casale; Scott ‘the Driving Doctor’ Woogen; and Bob ‘the Headhunter’ Hechkoff; Todd ‘the Downeaster’ Whitney and Vladimir ‘Butch’ Melnichenko.
he field for the $5,000 Eastern Region Consolation Final at Harrah’s Chester include: Terry ‘the Dairy Queen’ Donnelly; Simeon ‘Hot Rod’ Hunsdon; ‘Smokin’ Joe’ Faraldo; ‘Fast Phillipe’ Trudeau; Guy ‘the Watervliet Barrister’ Roemer; ‘Daring Dave’ Pozefsky; Steve ‘Cannonball’ Markoff; ‘Coach Paul’ Minore; Howie ‘the Horse’ Gelfand; and Gerry ‘the Catskill Cat’ Fielding.
he field for the $10,000 Billings Midwest Region Final at Balmoral Park will include the following amateurs: ‘Trader Bud’ Hatfield; ‘Congenial Gene’ Miller; ‘Bob ‘Lumberman’ Troyer; ‘Dynamite Dave’ Drew; Steve ‘You’re Never Too’ Oldford; Gregg ‘Fast Greggy’ Keidel; Patricia ‘the Write Stuff’ Miller and Dale ‘the Big Boss’ Zahn.
hose who will compete in Balmoral Park’s $5,000 Midwest Region Consolation Final include: ‘Tiny Tim’ Miller; ‘Lawbook Larry’ Farley; ‘Buckboard Bob’ Miller; ‘Wisconsin Dave’ Carter; ‘Michelle the Belle’ Ruvola; ‘Chicago George’ Bonomo; Bob ‘I Wanna Sell You A Car’ Chapman and Dave ‘Linemaster’ Eherenberg II.
John Manzi, Billings Publicist