Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Video produced in northern New Hampshire wins $10K in contest

(Congratulations to Kyle Sackett and Tom Jordan! Be sure to go online and vote for their video at http://alwaysachampion.com--help them win the $50,000 prize!)

From Donna Jordan at the Colebrook Chronicle (http://colebrookchronicle.com):

It was announced that a Pittsburg snowmobile racer has won the “Snow and Ice” category in the Federal-Mogul Champion Spark Plugs Search for a Champion video contest.

Kyle Sackett of Team Wide Open Racing has won a cash award of $10,000 plus the support of Champion Spark Plugs as he goes into his 2012 racing career. With the help of fellow Pittsburg School alum Tom Jordan, the two collaborated on a video for the web-based contest, which included footage taken from Sackett’s snowmobile helmet while he was out on the tracks, plus original music that Jordan created for the video. Jordan, who produced the video, is the Video Editor of the Colebrook Chronicle(producing the weekly Video News of the Week) and the son of Charles and Donna Jordan of Clarksville.

The contest yielded 335 entries in the five categories, with over 135,000 votes, and those entries were narrowed down to the top five finalists—winning $10,000 each in their category because they showed what Champion described as “drive and determination.” The videos demonstrated what Champion felt was the driver’s ability to win a racing championship in 2012. Judging of the winning video was based on the online votes as well as input from NASCAR driver and team owner Kevin Harvick. Harvick is an official spokesperson for the Champion brand. He drives the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet in Sprint Cup racing.

After announcing the top five finalists, Harvick says in the online announcement, “There were so many great entries, we couldn’t stop there, and decide to award honorable mentions to some additional racers we want to see more from.” The honorable mentions will receive a GoPro HD Hero camera, a Champion swag, and an autographed poster from Harvick. “Congratulations to all the contestants—great job guys, but we aren’t done yet. Come back on Feb. 27 to cast your vote for your favorite video,” said Harvick. Those votes will lead to the grand prize winner, who will receive $50,000. Online voting ends on April 2. (Voting takes place at www.alwaysachampion.com.)

In the Search for a Champion contest, said Harvick, they were looking for a driver reflected in submitted video who showed hard work and determination in their quest to win local and regional contests. “I got my start racing go-karts, so I know what a sponsorship can mean to a small race team, and so does Champion,” said Harvick when he announced the contest. The company was looking for future stars to sponsor in 2012—any sport with an engine on any type of track—and one of the stars they have chosen out of the 335 entries is Kyle Sackett.

Kyle submitted his video to the contest website under the snow and ice category. (The other four were asphalt, earth, water and other.) “Only the most dedicated, hard-working racers need to apply,” said Harvick last fall. “If you think you have what it takes to be a champion, just submit a video entry to prove it.”

In the video, says Sackett, “A champion is a person who has defeated all odds in a competition. This means never giving up. This is my sixth season racing. I have the skills, I have the determination, but I just need the sponsors.” Sackett also has a website for his team. It can be found at www.teamwideopenracing.com.

Sackett drives a 2009 Ski- Doo MXZX RS 600 in semi-pro SnoCross racing and he has been racing with second-hand equipment. This year, he entered competitions with a fresh motor and suspension, with his eye on new equipment for the future.

“I can’t believe it,” said Sackett when the announcement was made yesterday morning. He told the Chronicle he plans on using some of the money to purchase a trailer so that he can transport his equipment to competitions. He said that he can use the trailer both for transporting and as a warm place to work on his equipment. He also may invest in a new sled for his competitions or in parts. Sackett will also receive a collection of other items as well, but, primarily, he will be able to use the money to help in the competitions—whether for work on his snow machine or for travel expenses and such.

This is Kyle’s sixth season racing; he has competed n the Rock Maple Racing Circuit, the East Coast SnoX Circuit, the USCC East Circuit and local events such as the Groveton SnoX races and the Pat’s Peak Hillclimb challenge. He has had 13 top five finishes in his career, which included four wins, five second place, two third place, one fourth place and one fifth.

Kyle is currently a student at Plymouth State University and is the son of Carol Sackett of Pittsburg. He is a 2009 graduate of Pittsburg School.