The EXiT Realty Challenge held it's 2020
awards banquet on the evening of January 16th at
Supercharged Entertainment in Wrentham Mass. It
has become tradition that the teams do some Kart
racing before settling down to dinner and awards. This
year our friend and former ERC 375 Sportsman Champion Shawn
Monahan was able to take down the win.
Award time followed. Appreciation plaques were delivered to
the staff. Ken Brunell and Michael Blackmar were recognized
for their excellent photography work. The series
enjoys a pleasant tech staff of Harold Churchill, Haley
Knight and Brendon Barry . They drew a nice round of
applause. Terri Churchill and Lorraine Pard organize the
show every week. They were on hand. The series
enjoys four announcers. John Gates, Harold Burdick,
Blaise Brodeur and Tyler Morse bring the action to the fans
throughout New England. Race director Christina Basset
spends her spare nights off as the Challenge Race
Director controlling the on track action. These
are the people that make the series happen. They are mostly
volunteers. The early part of the evening was dedicated to
The host tracks of the EXiT Realty Challenge were next
to be recognized. This season there were times when
most thought we would not race in 2020. Mike Parks was the
first to put the series back to work at Claremont
Motorsports Park. The Challenge teams were never happier to
get to race. Jeff Zuidema and the Monadnock Speedway
provided our next event. Jeff is a huge supporter of the
ProTrucks. Joe Bassett and the Lee USA Speedway are
also a huge part of our tour. More on that later. The Hudson
Speedway was back on the schedule in 2020. Teams all
enjoyed the amazing venue that has become. The track
ventured to Maine and raced at Wiscasset in 2020. It
was a huge struggle to get approval for that event but
somehow the management pulled it off and the Challenge was
included. The series was very thankful for those
efforts. The series appearance at Star Speedway was
cancelled due to COVID restrictions. The teams were
there plenty practicing. 2021 will see a few appearances to
make up for missing in 2020. Bobby Webber and his Star staff
are like family and we cannot wait to get back!
Finally the Challenge Teams want to recognize Thompson
Speedway and the ACT/PASS staff. The World Series of
Asphalt held at Thompson was doubtful to even happen until
Chris and Tom from ACT and Pass respectively stepped in.
We are very proud to be part of their program. Again
Thanks to all of these great people, tracks and series for
making the Challenge happen in 2020.
The EXiT Realty Challenge has awesome sponsors.
Hoosier Tires East paid out over $8000 of Challenge Prize
Money. Derek Beatrice / EXiT Realty were recognized for
making the $1000 to win 1st place money possible.
Tread Connection of Norwood supplied prizes for the fast
time in qualifying and the race. Billy McGinns Tree
Service and Stump Grinding provided individual race
awards in 2020. One big surprise was Critical
Screenprinting. They provided awesome shirts
highlighting the 2021schedule to the teams. Go to
www.mycriticalgear.com for all your custom T-Shirt,
Screen Print and Embroidery needs. It cannot be said enough;
The EXiT Realty Challenge has awesome sponsors.
Team awards were up next. Joe Bassett of
Lee USA Speedway awarded the most prestigious award of
the night.. The NWIII award goes to the driver that did the
most to promote and support ProTruck racing off track.
It is named after Norman Wrenn the III who was lost this
winter. Norman had ties to the trucks. He loved the
competition and teams. He definitely had his eyes on owning
the series in the future. He was interested in
their success. Randy Burr was the NWIII award winner
for the 2020 season.
The EXiT Realty Challenge Champion for 2020 was
Duane Noll. Duane Noll was one of the first
competitors to be recruited when the series changed hands.
He immediately built the first D Chassis. The 2
team was not the favorite to win the Chase Race at
Claremont. Early on it looked like a two team battle
as the 32 of Randy Burr and the 15jr of Gerard Giordano Jr.
were the furthest teams towards the front. The duo
battled a bit two aggressively. G-Rod lost a front tire and
both teams ended up in the turn 4 fence.
The 31 of Ryan Vanasse was the next to appear unbeatable. He
charged up to the top 5, but also suffered a flat after
contact with the 1ne of Lucas Leone. Veterans Koenig,
#97 and Noll, #2 were quietly making their way to the front.
Koenig was the wild card entry. His goal was simple.
He had to win to be champ. Noll on the other hand had
no other contender on the lead lap, and simply had to finish
on that lap to be Champ if Koenig could not pull off the
miracle. Duane kept his #2 Silverado in front of the
97 and motored to a 3rd place finish. Duane Noll
is the 2020 EXiT Realty Champion.
Noll kept his speech short and sweet at the banquet.
He thanked his sister Beth. Beth is crew chief,
spotter and whatever else you need. She stands tall beside
her brother. They have multiple Championships in truck
racing. They are the best brother sister team on our
tour and probably in New England. It is a pressure packed
experience to race in a Chase Race. Duane handled it
with ease. Congratulations to the 2020 EXiT Realty
Challenge Champion Duane Noll.
The positional and specialty awards for 2020 are