J.J. Yeley is National Non-Winged Sprint Poll "Driver Of The Year" INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (DEC. 5, 2002) - J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Ariz., has been voted non-winged sprint car racing's "Driver of the Year" for 2002, according to the National ...
J.J. Yeley is National Non-Winged Sprint Poll "Driver Of The Year"
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (DEC. 5, 2002) - J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Ariz., has been voted non-winged sprint car racing's "Driver of the Year" for 2002, according to the National Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll voting panel of manufacturers, media members, promoters and sanctioning officials. Yeley, the runner-up in United States Auto Club (USAC) and Non-Winged World Championship (NWWC) points, earned twelve of the seventeen (17) first-place ballots cast.
Ranked second in the poll is Sprint Car Racing Association (SCRA) and Non-Winged World Championship titlist Richard Griffin of Silver City, N.M., with four first place votes. Rounding out the top five drivers are USAC national point champion Tracy Hines of Indianapolis, Ind., defending "Driver of the Year" Cory Kruseman of Ventura, Calif., and Brandon "Bud" Kaeding of Campbell, Calif. Kruseman earned one first place vote.
Other point champions in the "top 25" are Chad Nichols of the USAC Western States Sprint Car Series in 17th, and Eric Wilkins of the Arizona Sprint Car Association (ASCA) in 23rd.
The National Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll, and the National 360- and 410-Sprint Car Polls, are official awards programs of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Foundation, Inc.
<pre> 2002 FINAL National Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll
Rank Driver (First Place Votes) Hometown/State Points
1. J.J. Yeley (12) Phoenix, AZ 1,400 2. Richard Griffin ( 4) Silver City, NM 940 3. Tracy Hines Indianapolis, IN 517 4. Cory Kruseman ( 1) Ventura, CA 419 5. Brandon "Bud" Kaeding Campbell, CA 324 6. Damion Gardner Concord, CA 323 7. Tony Jones Corona, CA 205 8. Rip Williams Yorba Linda, CA 139 9. Tony Elliott Kokomo, IN 130 10. Jay Drake Val Verde, CA 121 11. Kevin Briscoe Bloomington, IN 119 12. Dave Darland Walton, IN 110 13. Derek Davidson Indianapolis, IN 80 14. Rickie Gaunt Torrance, CA 48 15. Mike Kirby Lomita, CA 42 16. Levi Jones Olney, IL 39 17. Chad Nichols San Carlos, CA 34 18. David Steele Tampa, FL 28 19. Boston Reid Logansport, IN 23 20. Tony Hunt Rancho Cordova, CA 19 21. Steve Ostling Corona, CA 18 22. Jeremy Sherman Phoenix, AZ 14 23. Eric Wilkins Peoria, AZ 12 24. Scott Hansen Simi Valley, CA 11 tie Bob Ream, Jr. Glendale, AZ 11
Also receiving multiple votes: Mike Boat, Jimmy Crawford, Brandon Petty, Travis Rilat, Troy Rutherford, Derek Scheffel, John Wolfe.