Chisholm fetches FK Rod Ends USMTS Hard Charger of the Year Award

Chisholm fetches FK Rod Ends USMTS Hard Charger of the Year Award

Jim Chisholm of Osage, Iowa, capped off a spectacular year with the Summit USMTS National Championship presented by RacinDirt as the FK Rod Ends Hard Charger of the Year.

Chisholm, a two-time USRA B-Mod, national champ, will take home an extra $2,500 courtesy of FK Rod Ends at the USMTS awards banquet on January 27 at Harrah's Kansas City Casino & Hotel.

The FK Rod Ends USMTS Hard Charger Award recognizes the highest-finishing driver who advances the most positions from his or her starting spot until the checkered flag.

One point is awarded to each eligible competitor for each car passed from original starting spot to finishing position during each "A" Main. Provisional starters are not eligible for the award and earn no hard charger points at that event.

The nation’s premier manufacturer of precision rod ends and spherical bearings with American-made quality and dependability, the Official Rod Ends of the USMTS came onto the scene nearly four decades ago and quickly won over their customers with fair pricing and plenty of inventory.

While the industrial market struggled to get product from the old standbys, the racing market embraced a supplier that would maintain inventory throughout the limited season.

Over the years, the FK Rod Ends product line has grown to encompass many different industries. From the wilds of Baja Mexico to the touring titans of the USMTS, from mowers to care for your lawn to fitness equipment to groom your body, you'll find FK Rod Ends.

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FK Rod Ends USMTS Hard Charger Award
Final 2023 standings and statistics
1. 24C Jim Chisholm, Osage, Iowa ... 180
2. 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas ... 135
3. 0 Jake O'Neil, Tucson, Ariz. ... 116
4. 02 Tanner Mullens, Wichita, Kan. ... 111
5. 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla. ... 111

One point is awarded to each eligible competitor for each car passed from their actual starting position to finishing position during each "A" Main. Provisional starters are not eligible for the FK Rod Ends Hard Charger Award and earn no hard charger points at that event.

FK Rod Ends USMTS Hard Charger Award winners:
2005 – Tommy Myer, Blooming Prairie, Minn.
2006 – Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa
2007 – Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa
2008 – Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa
2011 – Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa
2012 – Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa
2013 – Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa
2014 – Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.
2015 – Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas
2016 – Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas
2017 – Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa
2018 – Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.
2019 – Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas
2020 – Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas
2021 – Jake O'Neil, Tucson, Ariz.
2022 – Tanner Mullens, Wichita, Kan.
2023 – Jim Chisholm, Osage, Iowa

Note: The award was first handed out in 2005. There was no award given out in 2009 or 2010.

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Awards Banquet set for Jan. 27 in Kansas City: The USMTS will host a joint awards banquet with the USRA on Saturday, Jan. 27, at Harrah's Kansas City Hotel & Casino to celebrate the 2023 champions and more. Headlining the honorees will be 2023 USMTS National Champion Rodney Sanders, Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year Tom Berry Jr., plus other top performers and special award winners.

Harrah's Kansas City offers one of the most exciting hotels and casinos in the heart of America, blending small-town charm with big-city amenities with over 390+ luxurious rooms, a collection of gourmet dining experiences and the area's hottest gaming and entertainment. Tickets will go on sale soon.

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