Chappell wins National 360 driver of the year

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (NOV. 29, 2001) - Zach Chappell of Talala, Okla., has been voted 360-cubic-inch sprint car racing's "Driver of the Year" for 2001, according to the National 360 Sprint Car Poll voting panel of manufacturers, media ...

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (NOV. 29, 2001) - Zach Chappell of Talala, Okla., has been voted 360-cubic-inch sprint car racing's "Driver of the Year" for 2001, according to the National 360 Sprint Car Poll voting panel of manufacturers, media members, promoters and sanctioning officials. Chappell, the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) point champion, earned nine of the eighteen (18) first-place ballots cast. The youngster captured the honors based on a season of consistent finishes in Emmett Hahn's talent-laden touring series.

Ranked second in the poll is United Sprint Car Series (USCS) champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, Tenn., with five first place votes. Rounding out the top five drivers are Knoxville Raceway track champion Randy Martin of California, Mo., United Racing Club (URC) titlist Mike Haggenbottom of Levittown, Penna., and perennial Empire Super Sprints (ESS) champion Mike Woodring of Eden, N.Y. Martin and Haggenbottom each nabbed one blue-ribbon from the panel, as did 2000 "Driver of the Year" Kenny Adams (7th) and Northern Sprint Tour (NST) champion Roger Crockett (9th).

Other point champions in the "top 25" are Tim Allison of the National Racing Alliance (NRA) in 8th, Andy Forsberg of the California Sprint Car Civil War Series in 22nd, and Chad Layton of the Selinsgrove Speedway in 24th.

The National 360 Sprint Car Poll is an official awards program of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Foundation, Inc.

<pre> 2001 FINAL National 360 Sprint Car Poll Rank Driver (First Place Votes) Hometown/State Points

    1.   Zach Chappell       ( 9)    Talala, OK          1,020
    2.   Terry Gray          ( 5)    Bartlett, TN          819
    3.   Randy Martin        ( 1)    California, MO        285
    4.   Mike Haggenbottom   ( 1)    Levittown, PA         251
   tie   Mike Woodring               Eden, NY              251
    6.   Larry Neighbors             Oklahoma City, OK     248
    7.   Kenny Adams         ( 1)    Malabar, FL           239
    8.   Tim Allison                 Cridersville, OH      219
    9.   Roger Crockett      ( 1)    Rio Linda, CA         176
   10.   Wayne Johnson               Oklahoma City, OK     130
   11.   Gary Wright                 Hooks, TX             126
   12.   Shawna Wilskey              Lake Stevens, WA       85
   13.   Tim Crawley                 Mabelvale, AR          66
   14.   Eddie Gallagher             Memphis, TN            57
   15.   Chris Coyle                 Wilmington, DE         54
   16.   Bobby Clark                 Fremont, OH            36
   17.   Michael Dupuy               Amite, LA              34
   18.   Sport Allen                 Sarasota, FL           30
   tie   Greg Coverdale              Milford, DE            30
   tie   Terry McCarl                Pleasant Hill, IA      30
   21.   Bill Brian, Jr.             Ephrata, PA            26
   22.   Andy Forsberg               Auburn, CA             24
   tie   Dan Kaszubinski             Syracuse, NY           24
   24.   Chad Layton                 Harrisburg, PA         21
   25.   Jayme Barnes                Everett, WA            18
   tie   Lance Yonge                 Penn Yan, NY           18

Also receiving multiple votes: Becca Anderson, J.P. Bailey, Mike Chadd, Kevin Drury, Rick Fauver, Jesse Giannetto, Dale Hammaker, Mike Henry, Steve Irwin, Lewis Jenkins (Jr.), Tim Kaeding, John Kearney, Mike Linder, Darren Long, Warren Mahoney, Curt Michael, Dain Naida, Tony Norem, Dennis Park, Jake Peters, Kevin Ramey, Jim Raptis, Wayne Reutimann, Chad Riolo, Dale Smith, Jason Solwold, George Suprick, Mike Trent, Mike Ward, Mike Wasina (Jr.).

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Series Sprint
Drivers Shawna Wilskey , Larry Neighbors , Wayne Reutimann , Becca Anderson , Kenny Adams , Wayne Johnson , Kevin Ramey , Tim Crawley , Tim Kaeding , Andy Forsberg , Roger Crockett , J.P. Bailey