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.