Hardy earned the distinction after finishing second at the RMR Oval Championships, Night 2 event, held Oct. 8 on the America First Credit Union Super Oval. By virtue of his efforts in that race, he finished atop the Shoq Wave Late Model point standings for the 2016 season.
Hardy went into the final race of the season with a slight lead over Jimmy Waters. After finishing as the top qualifier and a second-place showing in the heat race, Hardy put himself in excellent position going into the feature event, where he finished second behind John Newhouse.
Waters came across in third in the final race and second over all in the point standings.
In other action, Waters earned the 2016 University Federal Credit Union Sprint Car championship, 15 points ahead of second place finisher Kyle Bergener.
In the Oct. 8 UFCU Sprint Car feature, Waters held on for a second place finish behind Nick Pepe. That high finish gave Waters all the points he needed to take home yet another RMR oval racing championship.
Having earned points in five different classes, Waters once again secured an Iron Man championship with 2,683 total points.
Don Massie won the Crate Sprints class, followed by Tim Powell and Larry Smith.
Michael Daniels won the 2016 Midgets class championship, wrapping up the tightly-contested competition between himself and Chuck Groat. Daniels won the Oct. 8 event less than a second ahead of Groat.
In other action from Oct. 8, Jeramy White won the Sommer’s Auto Wrecking Hornet race, crossing ahead of Tyler Green and Brandon Sainsbury. The overall class championship went to Adam Warner, who finished fourth in the final race. Skylar Douglas was the point standings runner-up.
The 2016 Mini Stocks champion is Cortney Green, followed by Sami Lovendahl and Drew Crenshaw.
And in the Tucker Towing Double Decker race, the “Green Lantern” team took the checkered flag in the final race, ahead of “Jim n John Freaky Fast” and “Hard Water.” In final point standings show “Green Lantern” on top, followed by “Jim n John Freaky Fast” and Hit n Run.
RMR’s 20th anniversary season is now in the books. The action will heat up again in April and May of 2017.