North American 410 Sprint poll results

DONNY SCHATZ NAMED NORTH AMERICAN 410 SPRINT CAR POLL "DRIVER OF THE YEAR" FOR 2006 KNOXVILLE, IOWA (December 13, 2006) - For the first time ever, Donny Schatz of Fargo, North Dakota, was voted the 2006 "Driver of the Year" by...

DONNY SCHATZ NAMED NORTH AMERICAN 410 SPRINT CAR POLL "DRIVER OF THE YEAR" FOR 2006

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (December 13, 2006) - For the first time ever, Donny Schatz of Fargo, North Dakota, was voted the 2006 "Driver of the Year" by the North American 410 Sprint Car Poll voting panel of media members, promoters, sanctioning officials and manufacturers. The World of Outlaws (WoO) point champion and Knoxville Nationals winner earned twenty-five (25) of the twenty-eight (28) first place ballots cast in the year-end poll. His car owners and parents, Danny and Diane Schatz, also received the 2006 "Team of the Year" award for the first time.

Those drivers ranked second through fifth, respectively, are National Sprint Tour (NST) point champion Danny Lasoski of Missouri, Tim Kaeding of California, Craig Dollansky of Minnesota, and Steve Kinser of Indiana. Rounding out the 'top ten' for the season are Joey Saldana, Williams Grove Speedway and Central Pennsylvania Series point champion Fred Rahmer, Daryn Pittman, Brooke Tatnell, and Lance Dewease, respectively. In addition to Schatz, others receiving first place votes were Lasoski (two), and Kaeding (one).

According to poll founder Tom Schmeh, "With Donny Schatz claiming all but three of the first place ballots, clearly the voters are saying that there needs to be no asterisk next to his name with regard to the fact that there were two national tours this year. The voting panel, all industry insiders, agrees his 21 wins, his WoO championship, and the fact that he beat the best-of-the-best at the open-competition Knoxville Sprint Car Nationals in mid-August, means that he alone deserves the title of 'Driver of the Year'."

Other first time winners are Scott Boyd, Larry Hillerud and Steve Sinclair of SLS Promotions, who combined to claim the "Promoter of the Year" title. Neil Shepherd of Indiana received the "Rookie of the Year" award in the '410' division. Brian and Jeannie Butler of ButlerBuilt Seats again received the "Builder/Manufacturer of the Year" award, just as they had done in the '360' poll voting. Harrisburg Patriot-News motorsports writer Jerry Reigle earned his first-ever "Media Member of the Year" honors. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., claimed the "Wild Card Award" for his exciting sprint car performances in 2006, marking the first time since 2003 that one driver has claimed that honor in both the winged 360- and 410-cubic-inch sprint car polls in the same year. Current NASCAR driver Erin Crocker first performed that feat in '03.

The North American 410 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 410 Sprint Car Poll rank, driver (first place votes), hometown, state, points

1.  Donny Schatz (25)    Fargo, ND               2525
2.  Danny Lasoski (2)    Higginsville, MO        1295
3.  Tim Kaeding (1)      Campbell, CA            1055
4.  Craig Dollansky      Elk River, MN           622
5.  Steve Kinser         Bloomington, IN         609
6.  Joey Saldana         Brownsburg, IN          562
7.  Fred Rahmer          Salfordville, PA        434
8.  Daryn Pittman        Owasso, OK              324
9.  Brooke Tatnell       San Souci, NSW, AUS     260
10. Lance Dewease        Fayetteville, PA        239
11. Doug Esh             Lancaster, PA           176
12. Jason Solwold        Mt. Vernon, WA          161
13. Jac Haudenschild     Wooster, OH             157
14. Terry McCarl         Altoona, IA             148
15. Jason Meyers         Clovis, CA              119
16. Greg Wilson          Benton Ridge, OH        95
17. Billy Alley          Lincoln, NE             64
18. Greg Hodnett         Memphis, TN             61
19. Jonathan Allard      Chico, CA               44
20. Brian Brown          Higginsville, MO        35
21. Chad Kemenah         Fremont, OH             24
22. Paul McMahan         Oroville, CA            19
23. Kerry Madsen         Sydney, NSW, AUS        14
23. Travis Whitney       Champlin, MN            14
25. Dale Blaney          Fowler, OH              7
25. Ed Lynch, Jr.        Apollo, PA              7

Also receiving multiple votes: Mark Dobmeier, Andy Forsberg, Jason Sides, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

-credit: sprintcarhof

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Series Sprint
Drivers Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Erin Crocker , Craig Dollansky , Brian Brown , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Jonathan Allard , Kerry Madsen , Paul McMahan , Greg Wil , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Tim Kaeding , Andy Forsberg
Teams Williams