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The top driver development program in the country celebrated its 2018 season Thursday night in Charlotte, North Carolina. Seven drivers from the 2018 Kulwicki Driver Development Program were honored during the program's season-ending banquet in the Speedway Club at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Race fans worldwide can watch an on-demand broadcast of the banquet on Speed51.com and on Speed51.com's Five Star Race Car Bodies Facebook.
Noted auto racing and college football broadcaster Dr. Jerry Punch served as the featured guest speaker at this year’s Kulwicki Driver Development Program awards banquet. The evening also featured a short-track racing “State of the Union Address” by respected veteran racer Bubba Pollard. Speed51’s Bob Dillner served as emcee for the evening.
The banquet occured on the eve of what would have been Kulwicki’s 64th birthday and will celebrate the fourth full year for the organization that bears his name. All seven competitors who represented the KDDP during the 2018 racing season were recognized. Those drivers include: Brett Yackey, Justin Mondeik, Cole Butcher, Justin Carroll, Brittney Zamora, Derek Griffith and Molly Helmuth.
Highlighting the activities for the evening was the presentation of the winner’s check for $54,439 and the special KDDP “Kulwicki Cup” trophy to 2018 champion Brett Yackey of Greeley, Colorado.