Veteran Max Dumesny Ranked Number One in Aussie "Salute To Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic" Poll KNOXVILLE, IOWA (January 24, 2005) - Newly-crowned six-time World Series Sprintcars (WSS) point champion Max Dumesny is...
Veteran Max Dumesny Ranked Number One in Aussie "Salute To Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic" Poll
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (January 24, 2005) - Newly-crowned six-time World Series Sprintcars (WSS) point champion Max Dumesny is the top-ranked driver in Australia thus far in the 2004/2005 season according to the 2005 "Salute to the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic" poll, as selected by the voting panel of the Australian Sprintcar Poll. The native Victorian gathered only four of the fifteen (15) first place votes cast by the select panel of Australian manufacturers, media members, promoters and sanctioning officials, yet his consistent high rankings gave him the nod over American Donny Schatz.
Dumesny and Schatz, who won the $50,000-to-win Sprintcar Spectacular at Parramatta City Raceway in Sydney recently, are the favorites entering this weekend's The Standard-sponsored Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic (GASC) at the Premier Speedway in Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia. The GASC is Australia's oldest and most prestigious international sprintcar racing event of their September through April season, comparable in many ways to the mid-August Knoxville Nationals in the United States. Dumesny won the Classic in 1992, '94 and 2004, while Schatz won it in 2001 and '02. In the mid-season poll, Schatz scored six first place votes by piloting Garry Rush's sprinter to a couple of high-dollar races at Parramatta City Raceway in late December and early January.
Ranked third through sixth, respectively, in the seasonal voting are Robbie Farr of New South Wales, Kerry Madsen of New South Wales, Brooke Tatnell of New South Wales, and American Shane Stewart of Oklahoma. Rounding out the top ten drivers at the mid-way point in the Down Under season are American Daryn Pittman of Oklahoma, American Danny Lasoski of Missouri, Darrell Hodges of Queensland, and Mark Wells of Western Australia, respectively. Farr scored two first place votes, while Pittman, Lasoski and Rilat each earned one blue ribbon.
Of the 'top fifteen' drivers in the "Salute to the Grand Annual Sprintcar Poll", a total of fourteen have pre-entered the January 29-30 GASC at Warrnambool's Sungold Stadium. Only eighth-rated Danny Lasoski has not entered the Classic, which he won in year 2000. In addition, Americans Brad Sweet, Brent Antill, 1978 GASC winner Jimmy Sills, and Randy Hannagan have entered the $30,000-to-win Classic this weekend.
The Australian Sprintcar Poll is an official awards program of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum Foundation of Knoxville, Iowa. The 2004/05 Australian Sprintcar Poll post-season awards will be presented on Friday, August 12, during the Knoxville Nationals.