KNOXVILLE, IOWA (January 5, 2004) - World Series Sprintcars (WSS) point leader Max Dumesny is the top-ranked driver in Australia thus far in the 2003/2004 season according to the 2004 "Salute to the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic" poll, as selected by the voting panel of the Australian Sprintcar Poll. The native Victorian, who now lives in New South Wales, garnered all thirteen first place votes from the select panel of Australian manufacturers, media members, promoters and sanctioning officials.
Dumesny is the clear favorite entering the January 24-25 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 grew up just miles from the high-banked Warrnambool track, and has won multiple Classics.
Ranked second through fourth in the seasonal voting are fellow World Series Sprintcars touring veterans Brooke Tatnell of New South Wales, American Jason Johnson of Louisiana, and Australian Robbie Farr of New South Wales. Rounding out the top ten drivers at the mid-way point in the Down Under season are defending "Driver of the Year" Daryn Pittman of Oklahoma (USA), Australian Kerry Madsen of New South Wales, American Donny Schatz of North Dakota, Australian Ian Lewis of Victoria, Australian Darren Jensen of Queensland, and American Joey Saldana of Indiana, respectively.
The Australian Sprintcar Poll is an official awards program of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum Foundation of Knoxville, Iowa. The 2003/04 Australian Sprintcar Poll post-season awards will be presented on Friday, August 13, during the Knoxville Nationals.
<pre> "Salute to the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic" 2003/2004 Australian Sprintcar Poll
Rank Driver (First Place Votes) State/Country Points 1. Max Dumesny (13) Victoria, AUS 1,200 2. Brooke Tatnell New South Wales, AUS 550 3. Jason Johnson Louisiana, USA 430 4. Robbie Farr New South Wales, AUS 249 5. Daryn Pittman Oklahoma, USA 223 6. Kerry Madsen New South Wales, AUS 147 7. Donny Schatz North Dakota, USA 130 8. Ian Lewis Victoria, AUS 92 9. Darren Jensen Queensland, AUS 86 10. Joey Saldana Indiana, USA 85 11. Stephen Bell Victoria, AUS 80 12. Shane Stewart Oklahoma, USA 73 13. Adam Clarke New South Wales, AUS 53 14. Jamie Maiolo Western Australia, AUS 45 15. Mike Van Bremen Victoria, AUS 34 16. Darrell Hodges Queensland, AUS 33 tie Andrew Scheuerle Queensland, AUS 33 18. Luke Dillon South Australia, AUS 32 19. Matthew Reed Victoria, AUS 27 20. Cameron Gessner Queensland, AUS 24 21. Troy Little New South Wales, AUS 20 22. Mark Reuter Victoria, AUS 16 23. Adrian Redpath Tasmania, AUS 15 24. Rob Rankin Victoria, AUS 13 25. Jason Dawkins Tasmania, AUS 9 tie Mike Figliomeni Western Australia, AUS 9
Also receiving multiple votes: Garry Brazier, Ryan Farrell, Steven Graham, Trevor Green, Brent Kaeding, Jeff Leisk, Brett Loadsman, Nathan MacDonald, Phil March, Darren Saillard, Ken Sartori, Tony Smith, John Vogels.