KNOXVILLE, IOWA (MARCH 1, 2001) - Pennzoil World of Outlaws (WoO) Series founder and president Ted Johnson has been named sprint car racing's most influential leader for the eleventh consecutive year, according to the voting panel of the ...
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (MARCH 1, 2001) - Pennzoil World of Outlaws (WoO) Series founder and president Ted Johnson has been named sprint car racing's most influential leader for the eleventh consecutive year, according to the voting panel of the National Sprint Car Poll. Ted garnered thirty-five (35) of the forty-nine (49) first place ballots cast by the select voting panel of non-winged, 360- and 410-cubic-inch sprint car racing media members, promoters, sanctioning officials and builder/manufacturers.
Ranked second in the special edition National Sprint Car Poll, which is an official awards program of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum, is Knoxville Raceway director of racing Ralph Capitani. "Cappy", who promotes the sport's 360-, 410-c.i. and 1200-pound National Championship events for the Marion County Fair Association, earned eight first place ballots. Rounding out the top five of the sport's most influential leaders are Bert Emick of the All Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC), Ron Shuman of the Sprint Car Racing Association (SCRA) & Non-Winged World Championship (NWWC), and Earl Baltes of the world-famous Eldora Speedway, respectively. In addition to Shuman, other individuals that received one first place vote each are Emmett Hahn of the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS), WoO car owner Karl Kinser, TNN broadcasters Brad Doty and Dave Argabright, and Jerry Russell of Eagle Chassis.
Rounding out the top ten, respectively, are Hahn, defending WoO champion Steve Kinser, Karl Kinser, Bruton Smith of Speedway Motorsports, and Doty.
Those making their debut on the annual list are non-winged sprint car team owner Keith Kunz in 24th, The National Network (TNN) executive Brian Hughes in 27th, United Sprint Car Series (USCS) official Pete Walton in 29th, and United States Auto Club (USAC) non- winged sprint car coordinator Jason Smith in 30th, respectively.
<pre> Special Edition National Sprint Car Poll: "Sprint Car Racing's 30 Most Influential Leaders"
Rank Person (1st Place) Affiliation Occupation Pts.
1. Ted Johnson (35) World of Outlaws 410 sanction 3,967 2. Ralph Capitani ( 8) Knoxville Raceway 360/410 promoter 2,371 3. Bert Emick All Star Circuit 410 sanction 1,132 4. Ron Shuman ( 1) SCRA/NWWC non-w sanction 966 5. Earl Baltes Eldora Speedway non-w/360/410 promoter 856 6. Emmett Hahn ( 1) American Spr Car S 360 sanction 742 7. Steve Kinser Quaker State #11 410 driver/owner 612 8. Karl Kinser ( 1) Mopar #5m 410 owner 581 9. Bruton Smith Speedwy Motorsports 410 promoter 528 10. Brad Doty ( 1) The Natl Network 410 media 325 11. Mark Kuchan The Natl Network 410 media 249 12. Dave Argabright ( 1) Open Wheel/TNN non-w/360/410 media 230 13. Doug Auld Open Wheel non-w/360/410 media 225 14. Tom Schmeh Natl Spr Car Museum non-w/360/410 media 224 15. Allan Holland www.hoseheads.com non-w/360/410 media 211 16. Chuck Merrill Maxim Chassis non-w/360/410 bldr./mfg. 183 17. Sammy Swindell Channellock #1 410 driver/owner 180 18. Earl Gaerte Gaerte Engines non-w/360/410 bldr./mfg. 166 19. Johnny Capels U.S. Auto Club non-w sanction 142 20. Jerry Russell ( 1) Eagle Chassis non-w/360/410 bldr./mfg. 134 21. Lanny Edwards Devil's Bowl 360/410 promoter 105 22. Bobby Jackson World of Outlaws 410 sanction 98 23. Chris Economaki N Speed Sport News non-w/360/410 media 78 24. Keith Kunz vitalexpress #97 non-w owner 76 25. John Padjen Silver Dollar 360/410 promoter 50 26. Carlton Reimers World of Outlaws 410 sanction 37 27. Brian Hughes The Natl Network 410 media 35 28. Pete Walton United Spr Car Ser 360 sanction 32 29. Gary Stanton Stanton Engines non-w/360/410 bldr./mfg. 30 30. Jason Smith U.S. Auto Club non-w sanction 28
Also receiving multiple votes: Kenny Adams, Dick Berggren, J.V. Brotherton, Fred Brownfield, Dick Carbery, Jay Drake, Bob East, Kevin Eckert, Jack Elam, Bruce Ellis, Tommie Estes (Jr.), Rick Ferkel, Charlie Fisher, Gene Frankart, Bobby Gerould, John Godfrey, C. Ray Hall, Al Hamilton, Jack Hewitt, Tommy Hunt, Bob Jenkins, Bob Jones, Norman "Bubby" Jones, Brent Kaeding, Mark Kinser, Stanley Kolan, J.D. Kramer, Alan Kreitzer, Danny Lasoski, Bob Lawton, Steve Lewis, Terry Lingner, Jean Lynch, Terry McCarl, Stu Murray, Bob Newton, Gerry Olson, Don "Bug" Ott, Larry Rice, Tommy Sanders, Ron Shaver, Ralph Sheheen, Bill Simpson, Tony Stewart, "Humpy" Wheeler, Kenny Woodruff, John Zimmerman.
Note: non-w = non-winged sprint car; 410 = 410-cubic-inch sprint car; 360 = 360-cubic-inch sprint car
- Thomas J Schmeh