Kraft Pool History

Kraft NASCAR Pool

 History Page

 This pool was originally started at the Kraft Cobourg Plant in 1996 by John Groombridge with 28 entries. John turned it over to Bob Boundy in 2003, and Kees Kerkhoven with the help of Shawn Hope started to look after it in 2006.  Although the plant was closed in the fall of 2008, Kees continued the pool tradition. Kees worked at the plant as a Maintenance Planner/Co-ordinator and retired when the plant closed.

2006 – Switched from driver points to owner points

2008 – This pool website became a reality

2016 – Pool limited the number of entries per person to a maximum of 2 and also limited “NEW” entries to past participants, their family, friends or co-workers

2017 – Crystal Thompson becomes the new administrator. “New ” for 2017  I will not be limiting the number of entries this year.  The pool is open to everyone.

 

Year

2018

Entries

579

Winners

Brian Martorino

(Wopster 1)

Top

Prize

$1800

Pool Administrator

Crystal Thompson

2017  558  Steve Mayhew (14R)  $1800 Crystal Thompson
2016 598 Dwight Finlay $2000 Kees Kerkhoven
2015 644 Lou-Ann Tidd (Rubyred 29) $2000 Kees Kerkhoven
2014 582 Joey Francella (HABSFAN-III) $2000 Kees Kerkhoven
2013 507 Tom Armstrong (Tuk-A-Luk) $1750 Kees Kerkhoven
2012 464 Kees Kerkhoven (Kees 1) $1500 Kees Kerkhoven
2011 403 Sue Geurts (Racer-Chaser) $1200 Kees Kerkhoven
2010 319 Rosalind Becker (Jaegermeister) $1000 Kees Kerkhoven
2009 330 Don Davis (Doctor Drain) $1000 Kees Kerkhoven
2008 314 George Tait $1000 Kees Kerkhoven
2007 334 George Tait $1000 Kees Kerkhoven
2006 237 Amanda Robinson $1100 Kees K. & Shawn H.
2005 234 Colin Watson $1000 Bob Boundy
2004 168 Wayne & Sally $700 Bob Boundy
2003 145 Andy Reay $625 Bob Boundy
2002 114 Frank Ambrosie $650 John Groombridge
2001 128 N/A N/A John Groombridge
2000 126 N/A N/A John Groombridge
1999 94 N/A N/A John Groombridge
1998 64 N/A N/A John Groombridge
1997 50 N/A N/A John Groombridge
1996 28 N/A N/A John Groombridge

 

The Kraft Cobourg Plant:

The plant produced many well known brands, including Minute Rice, Jell-O, Kool-Aid, Tang, Quench, Cool Whip, Cream of Wheat, Shake ‘n Bake, Kraft International Coffee, Calumet, Certo, Alpha-Bits, Pebbles, Grape Nuts, Grape Nut O’s, Honeycomb, Raisin Bran, Sugar Crisp, Trail Mix Crunch, Gaines (pet food) and Creamsavers. At its peak, the Cobourg site employed over 1,200 people.

  • 1929 Douglas-Pectin plant was purchased by Postum, which in turn became General Foods
  • 1985 General Foods was acquired by Philip Morris Companies (now Altria)
  • 1988 Philip Morris acquired Kraft Inc.
  • 1989 Philip Morris merged General Foods with Kraft Inc. to become Kraft General Foods (KGF)
  • 1995 General Foods was dropped from the corporate name to become Kraft
  • 2008 PLANT CLOSURE– brands were either sold off or are now produced in the United States