KNOXVILLE, IOWA (AUGUST 16, 2003) - The top current achievers in Australian sprintcar racing for 2002/2003 were honored last night during the 43rd annual Ford Dealers of Iowa Knoxville Nationals. For the first time in the ten-year history of...
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (AUGUST 16, 2003) - The top current achievers in Australian sprintcar racing for 2002/2003 were honored last night during the 43rd annual Ford Dealers of Iowa Knoxville Nationals. For the first time in the ten-year history of the Australian National Sprintcar Poll, the voting panel of media members, builder/manufacturers, sanctioning officials and promoters honored an American as their "Driver of the Year". World Series Sprintcars (WSS) champion Daryn Pittman of Oklahoma was on hand to graciously accept his plaque, as was "Wild Card Award" recipient Joey Saldana of Indiana. Saldana was recognized for his exciting sprintcar performances at the Parramatta City Raceway and the Premier Speedway.
Also on hand was John Cooley of Cool Chassis in Victoria, who received his "Builder/Manufacturer of the Year" award from his American friend and National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Bob Trostle of Iowa. Fellow Victorians Jon Evans and Phil Jordison of "Oval Express" magazine received their "Media Member of the Year" awards in person as well.
Accepting on behalf of other award winners were Mandy Searle for "Rookie of the Year" Luke Dillon of South Australia, Rob Richardson for "Team of the Year" Shane Krikke of Western Australia, Ron Lee for "Promoter of the Year" Graeme Hose of Victoria, and Des Ferris for "Outstanding Contribution to the Sport Award" recipient Con Migro of Western Australia.
It was again appropriate to host the Australian National Sprintcar Poll awards presentation on the night of the Kele World Challenge during the sport's international championships, which are presented by Visit Australia! National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum executive director Thomas J. Schmeh emceed the brief ceremony in Knoxville Raceway's victory lane in front of 25,000 sprint car racing fans from around the world, as the Australian poll is an official awards program of the Knoxville-based non-profit museum foundation.