UMSS Awards Banquet Set for January 22 at Running Aces


By Greg Parent

Stillwater, MN (11-20-10)

The Upper Midwest Sprintcar Series (UMSS) has set the date for their annual awards banquet to celebrate their second season and honor the top drivers from 2010. The UMSS awards banquet will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at Running Aces Harness Park in Columbus, Minnesota just off Interstate 35. Activities will begin with a cocktail hour from 5:00-6:00PM. Dinner will be from 6:00-7:00PM. The awards ceremony will take place from 7:00-8:00PM. Entertainment will start at 8:30PM. A cash bar will be available. The cost of the banquet is $30 per adult, children 6-15 are $15, and under 6 are free. Tickets should be purchased ahead of time by contacting series head Ron Bernhagen at 612-363-5302 or series promotion and sponsorship coordinator Mark Daniels at 612-839-8311. Driving directions and other information about Running Aces can be located on their website at or by calling them at 651-925-4600 or 1-877-RUN-ACES.

The Country Inn & Suites in Forest Lake, MN will be the official host hotel. Rooms have been set aside under the name UMSS-Ron Bernhagen. The rate for Saturday night for a room with two (2) queen beds is $84.15 while a suite goes for $97.75. Reservations can be made by calling 651-982-9799 and mentioning the above reservation name. The cut-off date for reserving a room under the UMSS banquet rate is January 7, 2011 at midnight. The UMSS is working on arranging a shuttle taxi between the hotel and Running Aces.

The UMSS will also be conducting a free sprint car chassis set-up seminar on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at Mastell Brothers Trailer Service located in Columbus, Minnesota inside their heated service shop. The seminar will be held from 12:00-3:00PM, giving drivers and crews plenty of time to get ready for the banquet later on. The UMSS is planning to have the chassis seminar for all three classes including a winged 360 sprint car, a non-winged sprint car, and a micro sprint. The seminar is open to all interested drivers and teams. For driving directions, please visit the Mastell Brothers Trailer Service website at and click on map and directions. Further information on the chassis seminar is available from Mark Daniels at 612-839-8311 or Ron Bernhagen at 612-363-5302.

The Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series looks forward to seeing many sprint car drivers, teams and fans at their second annual banquet on Saturday, January 22, 2011. Sprint car race fans are especially encouraged to attend the banquet. The UMSS has completed two successful seasons and is looking forward to 2011, as we continue to build and grow sprint car and micro sprint racing near the Twin Cities and surrounding areas in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Please visit the UMSS website at or check out the UMSS Facebook page for information about the UMSS.