In addition to awards for the highest scores in the Minnesota 1000 each year, several mileage awards are also available.
Each award is named after the first rider to achieve a particular milestone.
Here's a reminder of how they work.
The Ray Bentdahl Mileage Award is presented to a rider who accumulates 5000 or more miles within the first four Minnesota 1000 events entered.
The Keith Collins Mileage Award is presented to a rider who accumulates 10000 or more miles within the first eight Minnesota 1000 events entered.
(there are only 25 Collins Awards. 23 have been presented over the years, so there are only two left!)
The Marty Leir Mileage Award is presented to a rider who accumulates 15000 or more miles within the first twelve Minnesota 1000 events entered.
For mileage award purposes, the 2-day Minnesota 2000 and the 2-day Minnesota 2010 each count as two entries.
The records show that the following riders are within 1500 miles of achieving an award this year.
(some of these riders have stepped away from the event for a few years, but they are still eligible!)
Adam Wolkoff: 432 miles (last entered 1998)
Glen Novotny: 153 miles (last entered 2000)
David Rawlings: 1480 miles (last entered 2001)
Dennis Schultz: 1391 miles (last entered 2009)
Nathan Sykes: 1289 miles (last entered 2012)
Brian Nuehring: 1280 miles (last entered 2015)
Collins award (only two awards left!):
Mark Kiecker: 609 miles (last entered 2004).
Mark Keller: 891 miles (last entered 2015)
Bob Johnson (#58): 274 miles (last entered 2006)
Gary Klinker: 1379 miles (last entered 2011)