Riders and Guests Celebrate ATVMX Season at Annual Banquet
All riders who demonstrate a remarkable season were taken into consideration for the Rider of the Year Award which has historically been awarded to a Pro or Pro-Am rider. Heather Byrd went undefeated for the second year in a row to take home her sixth championship title and earning her first Rider of the Year Award - a landmark in Women's racing.
"It is an awesome award," Byrd said. "I've been racing for 27 years and I've won multiple championships and this is probably the best award I've received. Women in racing have earned a lot of respect in the last decade and this really shows we are making leaps and bounds finally and people are seeing that we are doing the same things guys are, throwing a leg over a four wheeler. We are finally getting to where we need to be."
The Hard Luck Award went to 90cc rider Cody Shelton and his father Mitchell when their motor-home caught fire on the way to the Birch Creek National, leaving them stranded on the side of the road. Fabian Gibson, father of Pro-Am Champion Cody Gibson, became the recipient of the Good Samaritan award for coming to the Shelton's aide. Gibson not only helped the Shelton's get to the race, but also returned to bring their possessions to the track.
"Fabian is the kind of guy that will notice stuff like that and stop and help people," said Mitchell Shelton. "He's just a good helpful guy and we really appreciated it."
Freida Rozelle was presented with the "Heart of the Sport" Award for her incredible dedication despite being involved in a terrible car accident at the beginning of the season that left her paralyzed. Rozelle took the lead in organizing the Youth Contingency Program for the third year in a row, all while enduring surgeries and therapy.
The complete list of Special Awards from the evening include:
· Hard Luck Award: Cody Shelton
· Good Samaritan: Fabian Gibson
· Heart of the Sport: Freida Rozelle
· Most Improved Rider: Kayle Dyer
· Sportsmanship Award: Chase Cunningham
· Sponsor of the Year: Can-Am
· Rough 'N Ready Pit Crew: Rath Racing
· Rookie of the Year: Joel Hetrick
· Rider of the Year: Heather Byrd
For Top 10 riders who could not attend and would like to receive their trophy you must respond with the following information no later than November 30 to obtain your award. Please send rider's name, class and finish along with their mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be a $10 charge for shipping so please call 304-284-0101 with a credit card or mail a check or money order to ATVPG, 122 Vista Del Rio Drive, Morgantown, W.V. 26508.
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