A Look at the History of the George Decker Memorial 100

August 01, 2013 at 12:54 PM

By: Steven Petty

The George Decker Memorial 100 is the premier event for the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance NASCAR Pro Modifieds and has been a fan favorite for many seasons.

The event is in memory of George Decker. George was a staple at Holland for many seasons and sponsored many competitors, most notably “The Strykersville Flash” Dave Heitzhaus. “My mother Phyllis and I put on the race in memory of my father George. It has grown over the years to become one of the most prestigious events for the competitors “say Barry Decker of Decker Promotions. “In past years we have had as many as 36 cars competing for the Will to Win Decker Memorial perpetual Trophy” Decker added.

The first edition of the event was held in the year 2000 and Neal Dietz Jr picked up the checkered flag. Dietz would go on and pick up his second perpetual trophy in 2002. The early years of the race was dominated by the Neil and Neal show. Neil Hopkins picked up wins in 2001, 2003 and most recently in 2006.

In 2004, Steve Hoxie won the biggest race of his career. Hoxie held off Steve Kreitzbender for the popular win. Kreitzbender would get to raise the trophy himself in 2005 for winning the Pro Modified portion of the Memorial. The SST Series portion of the George Decker Memorial that season went to Earl Paules. Kreitzbender would win his second event in 2007 after holding off the consistent challenges from Neil Hopkins and Mike Fiebelkorn Jr.

In 2008 and 2009, Jeff Price picked up the win while Patrick Emerling won the perpetual trophy in 2010. Barker, NY pilot Kirk Totten won his first career feature event by winning the George Decker Memorial. Totten held off NYS NASCAR Champion and Holland title holder Amy Catalano, Jeff Ruddy, Neal Dietz and Mike Fiebelkorn Jr. Last season, divisional Champion Andy Jankowiak from Tonawanda, NY took home the victory over Mike Fiebelkorn Jr, Dave Catalano, Joe Carbone and Owen Bednasz.

George passed away in 1999 and ever since the 2000 season, the George Decker Memorial has been a staple on the Holland schedule. Who will win the 2013 edition of the event; find out when the roar of the Pro Modifieds fills the Holland hills later on tonight.

2000
1st place – Neal Dietz
2nd place – Troy Williams
3rd place – Neil Hopkins
4th place – Al Sterling
5th place – Tom Krawczyk

2001
1st place – Neil Hopkins
2nd place – Neal Dietz
3rd place – Steve Kreitzbender
4th place – Sherri Hogan
5th place – Thomas Webber

2002
1st place – Neal Dietz
2nd place – Neil Hopkins
3rd place – Jamie Havens
4th place – John Barber
5th place – Brian Hoffman

2003
1st place – Neil Hopkins
2nd place – Neal Dietz
3rd place – Jamie Havens
4th place – Sherri Hogan
5th place – Steve Kreitzbender

2004
1st place – Steve Hoxie
2nd place – Steve Kreitzbender
3rd place – Ernie Crawford
4th place – Neal Dietz
5th place – Larry Havens

2005
SST Winner - Earl Paules
SST 2nd place – Steve Kreitzbender
Pro Mod Win – Steve Kreitzbender
Pro Mod 2nd – Neil Hopkins
Pro Mod 3rd – Jason Kline

2006
1st place – Neil Hopkins
2nd place – Steve Kreitzbender
3rd place – Neal Dietz
4th place – Chuck Anderson
5th place – John Barber

2007
1st place – Steve Kreitzbender
2nd place – Neil Hopkins
3rd place – Mike Fiebelkorn Jr
4th place – Jon Price
5th place – Justin Shepker

2008
1st place – Jeff Price
2nd place – Steve Kreitzbender
3rd place – Justin Shepker
4th place – Joe Evans
5th place – Buck Catalano

2009
1st place – Jeff Price
2nd place – Mike Fiebelkorn Jr
3rd place – Jon Price
4th place – Jerry Gradl Jr
5th place - JR Kent

2010
1st place – Patrick Emerling
2nd place – Buck Catalano
3rd place – John Barber
4th place – Justin Shepker
5th place – Sherri Hogan

2011
1st place – Kirk Totten
2nd place – Amy Catalano
3rd place – Jeff Ruddy
4th place – Neal Dietz
5th place – Mike Fiebelkorn Jr

2012
1st place – Andy Jankowiak
2nd place – Mike Fiebelkorn Jr
3rd place – Dave Catalano
4th place – Joe Carbone
5th place – Owen Bednasz

2013
1st place – Kirk Totten
2nd place – George Skora
3rd place – Jeff Brown
4th place - David Heitzhaus
5th place – Jimmy Zacharias