scra: Kruseman named non winged Driver of the Year

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (NOV. 29, 2001) - Cory Kruseman of Ventura, Calif., has been voted non-winged sprint car racing's "Driver of the Year" for 2001, according to the National Non- Winged Sprint Car Poll voting panel of manufacturers, ...

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (NOV. 29, 2001) - Cory Kruseman of Ventura, Calif., has been voted non-winged sprint car racing's "Driver of the Year" for 2001, according to the National Non- Winged Sprint Car Poll voting panel of manufacturers, media members, promoters and sanctioning officials. Kruseman, the Sprint Car Racing Association (SCRA) point champion, earned eleven of the sixteen (16) first-place ballots cast. Kruseman captured the honors after winning fifteen SCRA feature wins, including twelve at the Perris Auto Speedway in Lake Perris, Calif.

Ranked second in the poll is Non-Winged World Championship (NWWC) titlist Richard Griffin of Silver City, N.M., with two first place votes. Rounding out the top five drivers are United States Auto Club (USAC) point champion J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Ariz., defending "Driver of the Year" Jay Drake of Val Verde, Calif., and Brandon "Bud" Kaeding of Campbell, Calif. Yeley and Drake each earned one first place vote, as did Dave Darland (7th).

Other point champions in the "top 25" are Tony Hunt of the USAC Western States Sprint Car Series in 11th, Eric Shively of the Gas City I-69 Speedway in 21st, and Gary Howard of Ventura Raceway in 24th. 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.

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          2001 FINAL National Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll
 Rank  Driver (First Place Votes)  Hometown/State     Points
  1.  Cory Kruseman       (11)    Ventura, CA        1,260
  2.  Richard Griffin     ( 2)    Silver City, NM      558
  3.  J.J. Yeley          ( 1)    Phoenix, AZ          555
  4.  Jay Drake           ( 1)    Val Verde, CA        419
  5.  Brandon "Bud" Kaeding       Campbell, CA         347
  6.  Tracy Hines                 Indianapolis, IN     261
  7.  Dave Darland        ( 1)    Walton, IN           249
  8.  Tony Elliott                Kokomo, IN           206
  9.  Troy Rutherford             Ojai, CA             141
 10.  Tony Jones                  Corona, CA           111
 11.  Tony Hunt                   Rancho Cordova, CA    90
 12.  Mike Kirby                  Lomita, CA            83
 13.  Rip Williams                Yorba Linda, CA       56
 14.  Troy Cline                  Santa Clarita, CA     54
 15.  John Scott                  Hesperia, CA          46
 16.  Jeff Gardner                Hanford, CA           29
 17.  Rickie Gaunt                Torrance, CA          27
 18.  Derek Davidson              Indianapolis, IN      26
 19.  Jeremy Sherman              Phoenix, AZ           24
 20.  Bill Rose                   Plainfield, IN        22
 21.  Eric Shively                Delphi, IN            17
 22.  Ed Carpenter                Indianapolis, IN      12
 23.  Michael Hinrichsen          Lakeside, CA          10
 24.  Gary Howard                 Anaheim, CA            7
 tie  Steve Ostling               Corona, CA             7
 tie  Bob Ream, Jr.               Glendale, AZ           7

Also receiving multiple votes: Kevin Briscoe, Eric Burns, Charles Davis (Jr.), Ryan Flynn, Dickie Gaines, Ricky Johnson, Marty Miller, Robbie Rice, Derek Scheffel, Kevin Thomas, Eric Wilkins, John Wolfe.

-schof-

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Series Sprint
Drivers Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Tony Elliott , Tony Jones , Cory Kruseman , Richard Griffin , Jay Drake , Troy Cline , John Scott , Rip Williams , Ricky Johnson , Bill Rose , Tony Hunt , Troy Rutherford , Ed Carpenter
Teams Williams