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Finalists Selected in Champion Spark Plug’s ‘Search for a Champion’ Contest


Champion ContestA field of nearly 400 talented grassroots racers has been pared down to 15 finalists in the Champion Spark Plug brand’s $125,000 “Search for a Champion” racing sponsorship contest. Each finalist will receive a $5,000 Champion sponsorship for the 2014 racing season and advance to the $50,000 grand-prize round of voting, which begins Friday, February 21, at

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The annual Search for a Champion contest enables grassroots racers to battle for $125,000 in sponsorship packages by creating videos that demonstrate their commitment to winning a racing championship in virtually any form of engine-driven competition. This year’s contest attracted a record 391 participants, and first-round votes rose by more than 150 percent to over 208,000.

“Search for a Champion gets bigger and more competitive every year,” said Jessica Wynn, global digital marketing manager for Champion Spark Plug manufacturer Federal-Mogul Corporation. “The quality of our video entries has never been better, and each of our 15 finalists will be an excellent representative of ‘Performance Driven’ Champion technology throughout 2014.”


This year’s Search for a Champion finalists are:

Name                                       Location                                  Vehicle Class/Type

Amber Balcaen                  Winnipeg, Man., Can.          Sprint Car

Daniel Burkett                   Winnipeg, Man., Can.          USF2000

Trevor Collver                    Lucan, Ont., Can.                   Late Model Truck

Teri Cummings                  Sequim, Wash.                        Sprint Boat

Jeff Curl                                 Forest, Ill.                                 Dirt Late Model

Daniel Daughenbaugh   Avondale, Pa.                          Vintage Bike

Jordan Ives                          Gladstone, Mich.                    Super Late Model

Nick Lascuola                     Abington, Mass.                     Late Model

Haley Moody                        Kinston, N.C.                          Limited Late Model

Gauge Rees                            Roy, Utah                                 Superbike

Alex Rogeo                             Santa Clarita, Calif.              Drag

Bradley Sterrett                  Bloomington, Ind.                Non-Wing Sprint Car

Tina Stull                                Boerne, Texas                         Rail Dragster

Marco Tellez                         Orlando, Fla.                          Drift

Caley Weese                         Carrying Place, Ont., Can.   Dirt Late Model

Final-round voting will take place February 21 through March 23, and the Search for a Champion $50,000 grand-prize winner will be announced Monday, March 31, at 9 a.m. E.T. To review the 15 finalist videos and cast your free vote, simply visit www.AlwaysaChampion.


In addition to the 15 finalists, Federal-Mogul has selected 12 contest participants who will receive $500 Search for a Champion Honorable Mention awards:

Name                                         Location                                  Vehicle Class/Type

James and Josh Rice      Verona, Ky.                             Dirt Late Model/Dirt Modified

Cole Glasson                        Corinth, Texas                        Dirt

Joey Prusak                         Minnetonka, Minn.               Late Model

Brittney Olsen                    Aberdeen, S.D.                        Vintage Motorcycle

Kodie Conner                     Kannapolis, N.C.                    Late Model

Alex Cognac                          Marvin, N.C.                           Sprint Car

Monty Mandros                 Magna, Utah                           Super Late Model

Kevin Belanger                   Washington, N.H.                Go Kart

Cole Peschang                      South Beloit, Ill.                    Go Kart

Jackson Lee                          Avon, Ind.                               Quarter Midget

Bob Bauer                             Niagara Falls, Ont., Can.    Dirt

Jason Alder                          Cooksville, Md.                      Go Kart

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