Sunday, February 5, 2017: The ATQMRA held its annual Championship Banquet at the popular Valley Forge Casino in King of Prussia, Pa with the strongest turnout for the annual affair in recent memory. Seven Past ATQMRA Champions were on hand to celebrate the crowning of Matt Janisch as the ATQMRA’s 2016 Champion and to present Mark Yoder as the 2016 Rookie of the year. Each driver in the top ten in points received a Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Point Fund check and the top 3 in season long passing points received their awards from MNO’s Bob Emmons. ATMQRA President Buddy Sload outlined plans for an exciting 2017 season and handed out the professionally prepared annual program books that commemorated the successful 2016 season.
The annual banquet celebrated the second Championship in the last three years for Matt Janisch. Matt said he was humbled by having his name on the ATQMRA’s list of Champions for a second time and to have his name included with the greats that have won championships with the organization over the years. Janisch Joins the late Tony Romit, Speedy Dave Thomson, and Joey Payne as two-time Champions with the organization.
Janisch had a season for the ages earning six feature wins in the ten points paying events hosted by the ATQRMA including 3 wins at Wall Stadium two at Mahoning Valley and parked his Yuhas Chassis 48 in Victory lane at Bethel. When the Champion wins 60% of the races run and has a worst finish of third place on the season earning the season ending Championship trophy is a fore drawn conclusion. Janisch set the bar high heading into the 2017 season.