Lebanon, OH – Former North American dash champion Dan Noble, who won that title in 2011 with 773 victories, accumulated 112 points over his eight drives on Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 8) to capture the 2019 edition of Miami Valley Raceway’s annual $25,000 North America Drivers Championship. He follows in the footsteps of Doug McNair and Trace Tetrick, who won the $10,000 first prize in the initial two competitions.
Noble trailed Brett Miller by eight points with just one race remaining. The 36-year-old native of nearby Xenia, Ohio, managed a second-place finish with Rockin Hot Lady to earn 20 valuable points. Miller, unfortunately, finished last in the final event and finished with 100 points — good for second place in the final standings and $5,000 in prize money.
Drew Monti, the leading driver on the Buffalo-Batavia circuit, finished a strong third (95 points) to win a $3,000 bonus payday. Travis Henry (87) from Ontario won $2,000 for his fourth-place finish, followed by Randy Tharps (86, $1,500), 2015 World Drivers Championship winner Dexter Dunn (85, $1,250), Jeremy Smith (76, $1,000), Joe Bongiorno (67, $750), Aaron Merriman (53, $500) and Anthony Napolitano (39).
Noble is the first local reinsman to win the NADC at Miami Valley. The son of the late Ohio Hall Of Famer Chip Noble grew up about 25 miles from Miami Valley and is the fourth generation Noble to occupy the same barn at the Xenia Fairgrounds over the years. A winner of 5,465 races, Noble lists a 1:47.4 career-fastest mile behind Pet Rock, winning the prestigious Kaltenbach Award as the leading Ohio Sires Stakes driver of the year, and his national dash championship as his most memorable highlights.
“Winning this championship, especially so close to home, ranks right up there with those other highlight moments though,” exclaimed a jubilant Noble on his way back from the winner’s circle presentation to the paddock.
Noble’s 112 points came on the strength of one win, one place finish, two show finishes, two fourths, a sixth and a seventh-place finish over the eight races with 10-horse fields.
The eight winners during the Championship Round were: The Optimist (Miller, $6.20), Desires Lady (Noble, $18.40), Twin B Honour (Bongiorno, $3.60), Cool Like That (Monti, $14.80), One Sweet Woman (Tharps, $12.80), E R Hilary (Henry, $10.40), Colonys Best (Dunn, $28.80) and Northernflightlady (Tharps, $11.00).