NHMS and the Loudon Road Race Series gives special recognition to LRRS rider Richard Maracina (#614). Marciana is the proud recipient of the 2011 LRRS Amateur Achievement Award. He made it his goal to win the award entering the season and raced hard to win the series' top amateur honor.

"I would like to thank my wife, Jennifer, and daughter, Paige, for all their support," Maracina said after receiving the award. "I'd also like to thank Cathy Curtin, Mike Martire, Eric and Jeff Wood, everyone at the Penguin Racing School, Sweeney Racing, Dunlap Tires, the corner workers, NHMS/LRRS staff and a very special thank you to Scott Greenwood and the Greenwood Family.

"I'd also like everyone to know that I'm happy to be part of such a wonderful racing family. I couldn't have picked a better group to race with. Thank you for all of your support."

The Amateur Achievement Award is presented to the top amateur racer for the season, which is determined as the amateur with the most accumulated points for the season. Maracina ended the season with an impressive 1,081 points, 234 points ahead of the runner-up. He could have had more points, but unfortunately ended the season with an injury that prevented him from competing in any of his races during the Oct. 15-16 event.

Maracina and the Loudon Road Race Series will return to the track again in 2012. The series kicks off its first of seven race weekends April 28-29 and races monthly through October.