2002 Canadian 'Readers' Choice Awards'

TORONTO, ON - CASCAR stock car racer Steve Robblee was the big winner in the inaugural Inside Track Motorsport News Readers' Choice Awards. The Dorchester, ON driver came out on top in both the 'Stock Car Racer of the Year' and the 'Overall Racer...

TORONTO, ON - CASCAR stock car racer Steve Robblee was the big winner in the inaugural Inside Track Motorsport News Readers' Choice Awards. The Dorchester, ON driver came out on top in both the 'Stock Car Racer of the Year' and the 'Overall Racer of the Year' categories. In 2002, Robblee won his third consecutive CASCAR CARQUEST Sportsman Series championship, as well as the season-ending 'Great Canadian 300' at Delaware Speedway. The event was the final race of the CASCAR Super Series championship and is one of the most prestigious stock car races in the country.

Canadian road racing star Ron Fellows was selected as the 'Road Racer of the Year' for 2002, with an amazing 53% of the votes cast in that category. Fellows was also the runner-up to Robblee in the Overall tally.

Last year, the publishers of Inside Track Motorsport News decided to create a series of awards aimed at celebrating the accomplishments of Canada's top racers. Covering the entire spectrum of motorsports in this country, the Inside Track Motorsport News Readers' Choice Awards were born.

In order to get an extensive and broad sample from across Canada, postage-paid ballots were included in all subscriber and newsstand copies of the magazine that were distributed during the winter. The reader response to this new awards program was excellent, and several thousand ballots were returned to the Inside Track offices for tabulation.

The current issue of Inside Track (Volume 7, Issue 5) includes a listing of the winners for the various categories. "The Inside Track Readers' Choice Awards program is something we're very excited about," said Managing Editor David Weber. "When it comes to knowledge about Canadian racing, our readers are tops. All of the winners are incredibly worthy and we hope they are honoured to be the recipients of the inaugural Inside Track Readers' Choice Awards. It's also our hope that being recognized in this manner - by our readers - is a big boost to their careers, in the eyes of racing fans in Canada and abroad."

'Rally Racer of the Year' honours went to Subaru's Tom McGeer, who edged out Peter Thomson. Rob Atchison took top honours in the 'Drag Racer of the Year' category over Al Billes. Jean-Sebastien Roy beat out Miguel Duhamel in the 'Motorcycle Racer of the Year' poll.

In addition to the 'Racer of the Year' categories, there were also matching awards to recognize Canada's 'Up and Coming' stars of the future. And as was the case for the 'Racer of the Year' awards, six nominees were put forward by Inside Track's editors, with a blank line left in each for write-in candidates.

The 'Up and Coming Stock Car Racer of the Year' was CASCAR driver Jason Hathaway, who narrowly edged out ALSTAR competitor Pete Shepherd. The real 'Barbie', Ashley Taws, dominated the 'Up and Coming Road Racer of the Year', while Superbike roadracer Andrew Nelson was the rider of choice in the 'Up and Coming Motorcycle Racer of the Year' category. Kart racer Kyle Herder was honoured by Inside Track readers as the 'Up and Coming Kart Racer of the Year'.

ITMN Readers' Choice Awards - Results:

Overall Racer of the Year: 1. Steve Robblee 2. Ron Fellows

Stock Car Racer of the Year: 1. Steve Robblee (24%) 2. Don Thomson Jr. (21%)

Up and Coming Stock Car Racer of the Year: 1. Jason Hathaway (22%) 2. Pete Shepherd (20%)

Road Racer of the Year: 1. Ron Fellows (53%) 2. Paul Tracy (13%)

Up and Coming Road Racer of the Year: 1. Ashley Taws (24%) 2. Billy Asaro (15%)

Rally Racer of the Year: 1. Tom McGeer (26%) 2. Peter Thomson (24%)

Drag Racer of the Year: 1. Rob Atchison (42%) 2. Al Billes (20%)

Karting Up and Coming Racer of the Year: 1. Kyle Herder (38%) 2. Juliana Chiovitti (34%)

Motorcycle Racer of the Year: 1. Jean Sebastien Roy (29%) 2. Miguel Duhamel (24%)

Motorcycle Up and Coming Racer of the Year: 1. Andrew Nelson (16%) 2. Ugo Levert & Phil Little (Tie - 14% each)

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Series Automotive , General , NASCAR Canada
Drivers Miguel Duhamel , Paul Tracy , Ron Fellows , Don Thomson Jr. , Ashley Taws , Kyle Herder , Al Billes , Andrew Nelson , David Weber , Tom McGeer , Peter Thomson , Pete Shepherd , Jason Hathaway , Billy Asaro