RON SHUMAN, LEE CARDUCCI, GARY STANTON, DAVE ARGABRIGHT, ALLAN HOLLAND, P.J. CHESSON & LATE KEVIN GOBRECHT RECEIVE POLL HONORS RENO, NEVADA (DEC. 8, 1999) - The voting panel of the National Sprint Car Poll, an official awards program of the ...
RON SHUMAN, LEE CARDUCCI, GARY STANTON, DAVE ARGABRIGHT, ALLAN HOLLAND, P.J. CHESSON & LATE KEVIN GOBRECHT RECEIVE POLL HONORS
RENO, NEVADA (DEC. 8, 1999) - The voting panel of the National Sprint Car Poll, an official awards program of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum, is pleased to name its 1999 post-season award recipients. The late Kevin Gobrecht, who was killed in a sprint car racing accident in September, has been posthumously named as the "Outstanding Contribution to the Sport Award" honoree. According to museum executive director Thomas Schmeh, "I think this shows what a positive impact Kevin had on the sport in his relatively short career. He was clearly well-respected by his peers within the industry, including the manufacturers, media members, sanctioning officials and promoters who do the voting. And I think the tragic death of the poll's 1995 Rookie of the Year was a wake-up call within the sport for increased safety at all tracks and within all sanctioning bodies."
Lafayette University student Peter "P.J." Chesson, Jr., of Far Hills, N.J., has been named the 410-cubic-inch sprint car division's "Rookie of the Year" for 1999. In his first full season of 410 competition, P.J. scored a victory over some of the best in the business at the legendary Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania.
Ron Shuman of Tempe, Ariz., president of the Sprint Car Racing Association (SCRA), is the 1999 "Sprint Car Promoter of the Year" for his promotional efforts in organizing the Non-Winged World Championship tour this summer. The tour, which visited Californ ia, Arizona, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska, was highlighted by a co-sanctioned event with the United States Auto Club (USAC) at the historic Terre Haute Action Track.
Dave Argabright of Fishers, Ind., and Allan Holland of Hazleton, Penna., are co-recipients of the "Media Member of the Year" honors. Argabright, recipient of the same award in '94, is a writer for National Speed Sport News and Open Wheel magazine and recently co-wrote his first book entitled "Still Wide Open" with autobiographical subject Brad Doty. Holland is the plumber-by-trade who established and maintains the internet web-site entitled "hoseheads.com", which is the premier on-line news source for th e sport of sprint car racing.
Lee Carducci, formerly with MOPAR Performance Products, and Gary Stanton of Stanton Racing Engines are the recipients of the "Builder/Manufacturer of the Year" award in 1999. Both men worked to develop the 410-cubic-inch MOPAR sprint car engine program, w hich powered Karl Kinser's Pennzoil World of Outlaws (WoO) Series championship-winning sprinter.
The award announcement was made as part of the RPM Promoters' Workshops in Reno. Previously-announced 1999 National Sprint Car Poll post- season award winners are "Driver of the Year" Mark Kinser, "Team of the Year" Karl Kinser, and "Wild Card Award" recipient Kasey Kahne. All honorees will receive their awards in the spring of 2000 at race tracks around the country.