WSS: Dumesny retains number one in Australian sprint cars

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (JANUARY 17, 2002) - World Series Sprintcars (WSS) point leader Max Dumesny, the Victorian-turned-Sydneysider, has retained his number one ranking in Aussie sprint car racing according to the "Salute to the Grand Annual...

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (JANUARY 17, 2002) - World Series Sprintcars (WSS) point leader Max Dumesny, the Victorian-turned-Sydneysider, has retained his number one ranking in Aussie sprint car racing according to the "Salute to the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic" edition of the Australian National Sprintcar Poll. The defending "Driver of the Year" garnered eleven first place votes of the sixteen cast by the select voting panel of media members, promoters, sanctioning officials and manufacturers. Dumesny is expected to be honored this weekend as WSS champion before heading to his boyhood home of Nullaware, Victoria, to challenge for the thirtieth annual Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic (GASC), January 26-27, at the Premier Speedway in nearby Warrnambool.

Ranked second during the Australian racing season to date is defending GASC winner Donny Schatz of Minot, North Dakota. Schatz gathered five first place votes in the mid-season ranking after winning the big-dollar Parts Plus Summer Slam at Parramatta City Raceway near Sydney and running second to Dumesny in the WSS points.

Rounding out the top ten drivers are Brad Furr of California, Brooke Tatnell, Robbie Farr, Skip Jackson, Kerry Madsen, former "Rookie of the Year" Stephen Bell, "King of the Outlaws" Steve Kinser of Indiana, and Danny Smith of Indiana, respectively. Kinser is already back in the United States after a brief holiday at Parramatta, while Smith will be competing in his twentieth consecutive GASC, of which he has won six.

The Standard-sponsored Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic at Warrnambool, an international qualifier for the August 9 Kele World Challenge at Knoxville Raceway, will feature eleven American sprint car aces. Not only is the number eleven a record in the thirty-year history of the GASC, it is also a record for an Australian sprintcar event this season. Seven-time GASC winner-turned-car-owner Garry Rush of Sydney, New South Wales, has entered defending World of Outlaws (WoO) champion Danny Lasoski of Missouri as a teammate to his son, Garry (Jnr.), at Warrnambool. The Standard Classic remains Australia's premier international sprintcar event, boasting a solid top-to-bottom purse and a proud heritage of world-class competition.

The Australian National Sprintcar Poll is an official awards program of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum in Knoxville, Iowa.

<pre> "Salute to the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic" 2001/2002 Australian National Sprintcar Poll

Rank Driver (First Place Votes) State Points

         1.   Max Dumesny         (11)    Victoria           1,300
         2.   Donny Schatz        ( 5)    North Dakota, USA  1,060
         3.   Brad Furr                   California, USA      537
         4.   Brooke Tatnell              New South Wales      418
         5.   Robert Farr                 New South Wales      234
         6.   "Skip" Jackson              New South Wales      185
        tie   Kerry Madsen                New South Wales      185
         8.   Stephen Bell                Victoria             183
         9.   Steve Kinser                Indiana, USA         164
        10.   Danny Smith                 Indiana, USA         146
        11.   Trevor Green                South Australia      101
        12.   Garry Brazier               New South Wales       96
        13.   Brent Kaeding               California, USA       81
        14.   Drew Kruck                  Queensland            53
        15.   Darren Jensen               Queensland            48
        16.   Mike Van Bremen             Victoria              42
        17.   Cameron Gessner             Queensland            37
        18.   Troy Little                 New South Wales       34
        19.   Jamie Maiolo                Western Australia     27
        20.   Chad Kemenah                Ohio, USA             18
        21.   Tommy Tarlton               California, USA       17
        22.   Daryn Pittman               Oklahoma, USA         16
        23.   Lynton Jeffery              New South Wales       13
        24.   Garry Rush (Jnr.)           New South Wales       12
        25.   Andrew Scheuerle            Queensland            11

Also receiving votes: David Anderson, Mike Figliomeni, Darrell Hodges, Keith Kauffman, Ian "Fly" Lewis, Kelly Linigen, Brett Loadsman, Daryn Maggs, Phil March, Paul McMahan, Gavin Migro, Matthew Reed, Jeff Shepard, Grant Tunks.

-nschof-

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Series Sprint
Drivers Brad Furr , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Kerry Madsen , Paul McMahan , Chad Kemenah