BATAVIA, Ohio — Edging out a talented list of first-year competitors on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Garrett Alberson emerged as the O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie of the Year.
Alberson’s 54 starts with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in 2022 took him to 17 states and 28 different venues, most of which he was visiting for the first time in his career. Although the 33-year-old was winless on tour, Alberson finished inside the top-five on five occasions and registered 23 top-10 performances.
“What an amazing year, thank you Ken and Beth [Roberts] for an incredible team and opportunity,” Alberson said. “It seemed like a steep goal when we started the season. This year’s rookie class was tough, hats off to everyone, I enjoyed racing with them. I’ve got to race with Ken the past two years. A big thanks to my crew. This was our first year on a national tour and everyone rose to the occasion.”
O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie of the Year will take home $15,000 in cash in addition to multiple product awards from additional motorsports manufacturers at the championship awards banquet on December 9.
Daulton Wilson finished second in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie of the Year chase, followed by Spencer Hughes and Ross Robinson.