2007 Official Tournament Results

On Monday, November 19th, the 6th Annual Crown Royal Racers’ Invitational Fishing Tournament, sponsored by Everglades Boat, unfolded at the picturesque Holiday Isle Resort and Marina in Islamorada, Florida, nestled within the Florida Keys. NASCAR sponsors, drivers, and crews converged to engage in spirited competition across both the Offshore Division and Backcountry Division, marking the grand finale of Ford NASCAR Championship Week at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The Tournament Directors, Robert Van Norman and Drew Patey, presented the distinctive commemorative trophies designed by renowned nautical artist Carey Chen to both the anglers and the event sponsors, Holiday Isle Resort and Everglades Boats.

A heartfelt appreciation goes to Bank of America and Checkers/Rally’s for their generous support of the event. Proceeds from the Racers Invitational Fishing Tournament contribute to the causes of the Islamorada Charterboat Association and the Upper Keys Backcountry Guides Association.

Furthermore, the event plays a crucial role in backing the scholarship and member assistance programs of the Islamorada Charterboat Association.

Offshore Division

Left to right: Capt Merv Finch and mate Chris from the Red Fish accept Top Boat Award from Tournament Director – Robert Van Norman at the 2007 Crown Royal Racers Invitational Fishing Tournament presented by Everglades Boats in Islamorada, Florida.
  • Top Overall Offshore Boat – Red Fish, Capt Merv Finch
  • First Place Offshore – Team Broadcast Sports – Fishing on the Red Fish
  • Second Place Offshore – Team Everglades – Steve Dougherty
  • Third Place Offshore – Team Xtree from NASCAR; Fishing on Sassy Lady, Capt Butch Green
  • Pole Sitter Award for the first Sailfish – Grayling Call of NASCAR from Napoleon, Ohio

Backcountry Division

Left to right: Mark Wilkinson accepts the second place award at the 2007 Crown Royal Racers Invitational presented by Everglades Boats Backcountry Division, Capt. Brian Permaza, winning Backcountry Guide, Tim Whelen, 1st Place winner of the Backcountry Division and Tournament Director – Robert Van Norman.
  • Top Backcountry Guide – Capt Brian Permaza, Islamorada, FL
  • First Place Backcountry Angler – Tim Whelen from Hendrick Motorsports fishing with Capt. Brian Permaza
  • Second Place Backcountry Angler – Mark Wilkinson from Hendrick Motorsports fishing with Capt. Brian Permaza
  • Third Place Backcountry Angler – Stacy Wright from Team NASCAR Truck Series fishing with Capt. Kerry Wingo