I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of the contributors who participated in the Traditional 40 for 40 Bonus and all the competitors that made a great night of racing possible. The envelopes that I handed out included the name of the contributor for the corresponding finishing positions so you'll want to give them a tip of the hat. We covered all 16 starting spots and had enough left over for a second round through fifth place. In other words, first through fifth received $80 and sixth through 16th $40.
I was down in the infield covering photo duties so I didn't get out of there until after the Modified Feature. After stowing my camera gear I had to wait for the official finishing order from announcer Terry Lenertz. Consequently I missed three drivers and have gotten address information for two of the three and am in the process of finding an address for the third. I will be depositing the cash and mailing checks to the drivers that I missed tomorrow. Since the checks will be from my personal account I will include a cover letter along with the check with the name of the contributor for your position.
In retrospect my only regret is that I should have included a hard luck award for drivers that were not able to make the call for the Main Event. This first time was a learning experience and I plan on making this an annual deal for the Traditional 40. Next year I will announce the bonus program a couple months in advance of the race and make some adjustments to include those who are not able to make the call for the Feature.
Finally I want to thank Ron Berhagen, Terry Lenertz and everyone from the Saint Croix Valley Raceway for helping me to make this thing work. I don't know who the guy's name who was with one of the tow trucks but thanks for rolling down the SCVR banner in victory lane. I'm height challenged so without your help I'd have been stretching my short stout body to the limit.