Kurt Busch recognized as fourth quarter Driver of the Year

Kurt Busch takes fourth quarter vote. Kurt Busch was overwhelmed, by the news of his DRIVER OF THE YEAR fourth quarter, about as much as he dominated the competition and the voting. "I am quite honored to be included in a group of such high-...

Kurt Busch takes fourth quarter vote.

Kurt Busch was overwhelmed, by the news of his DRIVER OF THE YEAR fourth quarter, about as much as he dominated the competition and the voting.

"I am quite honored to be included in a group of such high- caliber motorsports drivers. To say that I am caught by surprise is an understatement. For me, racing is the way of life, and to have such a strong finish the second half of the season means a lot to me and the team because of what we have built this year," the 24-year old said.

Thanks in part to his three victories in the last five races Busch driver of the Roush Racing Rubbermaid Ford vaulted to third in the Winston Cup Championship.

Busch beat Sam Hornish, Jr., driver of the Pennzoil Panther Dallara/Chevrolet, who garnered his second consecutive Indy Racing League championship, by a margin of 117 to 59. Da Matta scored 56 points in the balloting. Among other drivers getting votes were Kinser (44), Scott Wimmer (27) and Jamie McMurray (26) (NASCAR), Force (25), Stewart (25), Pro Stock driver Jeg Coughlin (23), and Dixon winner of the second quarter voting tallied 12 points.

Busch will receive his trophy and Maurice Lacroix Swiss Watch at a later date.

The DRIVER OF THE YEAR award is unique because it is the only award that encompasses all of the racing series in the United States. A panel of 16 leading journalists from across the U.S. and a fan vote on ESPN.com determine the winner. In quarterly voting, points are awarded on a declining 9,6,4,3,2,1 basis.

Maurice Lacroix USA-the official watch of the DRIVER OF THE YEAR award - is one of the fastest growing Swiss watch manufacturers in America, with more than 400 quality jewelers representing the award-winning collection in the United States.

President of the DRIVER OF THE YEAR Foundation is Barry Schmoyer, businessman and sportsman of Sarasota, Florida.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Kurt Busch , Jamie McMurray , Scott Wimmer , Sam Hornis