JON STANBROUGH NAMED NORTH AMERICAN NON-WINGED SPRINT CAR POLL "DRIVER OF THE YEAR" FOR 2006 KNOXVILLE, IOWA (December 13, 2006) - Jon Stanbrough of Jamestown, Indiana, was voted the 2006 "Driver of the Year" by the North American...
JON STANBROUGH NAMED NORTH AMERICAN NON-WINGED SPRINT CAR POLL "DRIVER OF THE YEAR" FOR 2006
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (December 13, 2006) - Jon Stanbrough of Jamestown, Indiana, was voted the 2006 "Driver of the Year" by the North American Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll voting panel of media members, promoters, sanctioning officials and manufacturers. Stanbrough won twenty-one features in 2006, along with claiming the United States Auto Club (USAC) Indiana SprintWeek title, the King of Indiana Sprint Series (KISS) and the Kokomo Speedway point championship. He earned eleven (11) of the seventeen (17) first place ballots cast in the year-end poll. His car owners, Brad and Steve Fox, also received the 2006 "Team of the Year" award for the first time.
Those drivers ranked second through fifth, respectively, are USAC Sprint Car Series national titlist Josh Wise of California, USAC-California Racing Association (CRA) point champion Cory Kruseman of California, USAC-CRA runner-up Damion Gardner of California, and veteran racer Dave Darland of Indiana. Rounding out the 'top ten' are Levi Jones, Tony Jones, Jerry Coons, Jr., Bryan Clauson and Shane Cottle, respectively. Wise captured the remaining six (6) first place ballots.
According to poll founder Tom Schmeh, "It really is 'big news' that the poll voters, all industry insiders, named independent Jon Stanbrough the top non-winged sprint car driver for 2006. It marks the first time in four years, since J.J. Yeley was named 'Driver of the Year' in 2002, that the USAC national champion or the USAC-CRA/Sprint Car Racing Association (SCRA) champion hasn't claimed the honor."
Pat Sullivan, announcer at Bloomington Speedway and a writer in Sprint Car & Midget magazine, received the North American Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll's "Media Member of the Year" award for the third time. Jim Naylor, track preparer, announcer, and promoter of the Ventura Raceway in California, received the "Promoter of the Year" honors for the first time. Hunter Schuerenberg of Missouri received the "Rookie of the Year" title for 2006 from the North American Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll voting panel. And for his exciting sprint car performances this year, Daron Clayton of Missouri, the self-proclaimed 'Modern Day Cowboy', received the "Wild Card Award". Joe Devin of DRC Chassis received the "Builder/Manufacturer of the Year" honors for the first time.
The North American Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll is an annual awards program of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Foundation, Inc., of Knoxville, Iowa. All awards will be distributed in the spring of 2007 at tracks throughout North America. <pre> Final 2006 North American Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll rank, driver (first place votes), hometown, state, points
1. Jon Stanbrough (11) Jamestown, IN 1221 2. Josh Wise (6) Riverside, CA 990 3. Cory Kruseman Ventura, CA 658 4. Damion Gardner Concord, CA 399 5. Dave Darland Walton, IN 347 6. Levi Jones Olney, IL 306 7. Tony Jones Garden Grove, CA 235 8. Jerry Coons, Jr. Tucson, AZ 188 9. Bryan Clauson Noblesville, IN 170 10. Shane Cottle Kokomo, IN 138 11. Mike Spencer Temecula, CA 128 12. Daron Clayton Sikeston, MO 125 13. Darren Hagen Riverside, CA 117 14. Mat Neely Robinson, IL 69 15. Tony Hunt Fair Oaks, CA 65 16. Brandon "Bud" Kaeding Campbell, CA 32 17. Jeremy Sherman Phoenix, AZ 24 18. Kevin Briscoe Mitchell, IN 22 18. Danny Sheridan Santa Maria, CA 22 20. Rip Williams Yorba Linda, CA 14 21. Dickie Gaines Mitchell, IN 10 22. Bobby Santos III Marlboro, MA 7 23. A.J. Anderson Stateline, IN 6 23. Jesse Hockett Warsaw, MO 6 23. Mike Murgoitio Boise, ID 6
Also receiving multiple votes: Chad Boat, Charles Davis, Jr., Rickie Gaunt, Eric Gordon, Tracy Hines, Brandon Petty, Brady Short, David Steele, Brian Tyler.