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Chad Smith (second from left) represented Friesen Performance while Bill Martens (at right) represented Chevrolet Performance in presenting crate engine awards to three IMCA national rookies of the year. Those recipients are Hobby Stock rookie Adam Ayers, at left; Modified rookie Jeffrey Abbey, middle; and Northern SportMod rookie, Brandon Setser, represented by Kyle Wilkins (second from right) during the awards banquet. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography) LINCOLN, Neb. – Three IMCA rookies of the year will look to continue their on-track success in 2019 compliments of Friesen Performance.Modified rookie of the year Jeffrey Abbey received a 604 crate engine while Hobby Stock rookie of the year Adam Ayers and Northern SportMod rookie of the year Brandon Setser both earned 602 crates.Also the top rookie in the Razor Chassis South Central Region, Abbey won 11 features and was 16th in the national points race. He was the track champion at Southern Oklahoma Speedway and the Oklahoma State champion.Ayers also led the way in the Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region rookie standings. He was a three-time feature winner and qualified for the main event at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.Setser won two features and was track champion at Davenport Speedway.In addition to completing IMCA rookie of the year requirements, drivers in all three divisions must have displayed a Friesen logo on their race car to be eligible for the crate engine award.“The outstanding relationship we have with Chevrolet Performance is strengthened by great dealers like Friesen Chevrolet,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder, “and the engines they award annually go to very deserving first-year drivers in their respective divisions. It is a great program made possible by great people.”
The Ashok, New Delhi, a flagship property of India Tourism Development Corporation, has been awarded the National Tourism Award 2016 that was held at the city’s Vigyan Bhawan.The National Tourism Award is held as one of the highest honours in the tourism industry that felicitates the Indian tourism and travel fraternity for their outstanding contribution in the field.The Ashok bagged the award under the ‘Best Hotel Base Meeting Venue’ category. The Executive chef at the Ashok, Chef M U Kasture, also won the coveted National Tourism Award under the category of ‘Best Chef- 4to 5 Star Deluxe, Heritage Grand and classic Hotels’. Chef Kasture is a member of the culinary brigade at The Ashok. His outstanding career spanning three decades with many culinary achievements and professional accomplishments includes eight years as the Executive Chef to the President of India at Rashtrapati Bhawan. As a member of the exclusive Club des Chefs des Chefs he has met and prepared Indian delicacies for world leaders like the U.S. President Barack Obama, UN General Secretary, Ban-ki-moon and Queen Elizabeth.