Monticello, NY --- After a season of presenting races for drivers of different ethnicities, the winners of each event will convene at Monticello Raceway on Thursday (Dec. 19) to compete in the Heritage Drivers Series final, dubbed the All-America Cup.
The Heritage Drivers Series began in January and at various intervals throughout the year a different ethnic race was presented and the winners of each event earned the right to compete in the series finale.
Those who are eligible to participate in the All-America Cup via their triumphs in a series preliminary leg include Dennis Watson (Dr. Martin Luther King Pace); Veronica Merton (Lady Godiva Pace); Jimmy Marohn, Jr. (St. Paddy Pace); Bobby Krivelin (Passover Pace); Mike Merton (Munich Mile); Rock Vinci (Godfather Pace); Kyle DiBenedetto (Mayflower Mile); and Aaron Byron (Maple Leaf Mile).
“Hopefully, all the previous preliminary winners will be able to return for the Heritage Drivers Series final on Dec. 19, but if for any reason they can’t, then the runner-up in their event will get first call,” noted Eric Warner, the track's director of racing.
Last year Jimmy Devaux, representing those of Canadian heritage, guided Gin And Vermouth to a wire-to-wire victory in a time of 1:59 to win the All-America Cup.
Previous All-America Cup winners include Jordon Stratton, Alan Charles, Kyle DiBenedetto and Chuck Poynton.
“Originally we were going to name the Heritage Drivers Series final the United Nations Pace, but we decided to call it instead the All-America Cup since America is made up of people of so many different ethnicities. And the trophy itself is actually a silver cup on a wooden stand,” Warner explained.
Driving assignments, as well as post positions, for the All-America Cup will again be drawn by lot on Monday (Dec. 16).