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November 5, 2013

Nick and Joe Speidel honored as champions

GREENSBURG – The Midwest TQ Racing League presented by Jenmarco.com celebrated its fifth season on Saturday at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Greensburg, where 75 guests were on hand to honor 2013 MTQRL Champions Nick and Joe Speidel.

Along with champions cups, plaques and other awards, an additional $6,675 in cash and gift certificates were presented bringing the season total to over $43,500.

Nick Speidel, driving his father Joe’s No. 21 Honda powered three-quarter midget, completed his dream season earning his first championship. Speidel went on a tear obliterating the competition and rewriting the MTQRL record books. Speidel finished the season with seven feature and nine Perfect North Slopes heat wins, and scored an amazing 84.15 percent of the points available. Mechanical problems prohibited him from starting the feature on Aug. 17 at Shelbyville or that percentage could have been much higher.

In 11 feature starts, Speidel’s worst finish was an eighth place. To go along with his seven wins, he also had a second, third and fourth place finish. Speidel led 122 of the 265 feature laps and was presented the Tony Stewart Foundation Leader of the Pack Award. Speidel also won a Jackson Oil & Solvents Duel for Fuel and finished third in the Duel standings.

Tate Martz’s reign as the only champion in MTQRL history finally ended as he finished the 2013 season in second place and his car owner Roger Ramsey claimed the third spot. The highlight of his season came on Aug. 10 at the Montpelier Motor Speedway when he won his heat race and led all 20 laps to record his 18th career feature win. Martz continued his qualifying prowess in Ramsey’s No. 1 Old Canal Smokehouse Beast Honda by setting quick time at three of the four qualifying events, won three Perfect North Slopes heat races and a Jackson Oil & Solvents Duel for Fuel finishing second in the Duel standings.

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