2002 410 Sprint Poll Driver of the Year - Steve Kinser

Steve Kinser is unanimous National 410 Sprint Poll "Driver Of The Year" INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (DEC. 5, 2002) - Steve Kinser of Bloomington, Ind., has been unanimously voted 410-cubic-inch sprint car racing's "Driver of the Year" for 2002, ...

Steve Kinser is unanimous National 410 Sprint Poll "Driver Of The Year"

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (DEC. 5, 2002) - Steve Kinser of Bloomington, Ind., has been unanimously voted 410-cubic-inch sprint car racing's "Driver of the Year" for 2002, according to the National 410 Sprint Car Poll voting panel of manufacturers, media members, promoters and sanctioning officials. The World of Outlaws (WoO) point champion earned all twenty-seven (27) first-place ballots cast and received the top poll honors for the eleventh time in his illustrious career. 'The King' is the only driver in the eighteen-year history of the National Sprint Car Poll to be unanimously ranked first in the nation after an entire season by the inside-the-industry voters. He had accomplished the historic feat twice previously, in 1988 and '94.

Ranked second in the poll is defending titlist Danny Lasoski of Higginsville, Mo. Lasoski was also the WoO runner-up to Steve Kinser after coming back from a serious mid-season injury at Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania. Rounding out the top five drivers are Craig Dollansky of Elk River, Minn., Joey Saldana of Brownsburg, Ind., and Greg Hodnett of Memphis, Tenn.

Other point champions in the "top 25" are Lance Dewease of the Williams Grove Speedway in 6th, Tyler Walker of the WoO Support Series in 9th, Chad Kemenah of the All Star Circuit of Champions in 12th, Tim Kaeding of the Golden State Challenge/King of California Series in 13th, Fred Rahmer of the Lincoln Speedway in 17th, and Terry McCarl of the Knoxville Raceway in 20th.

The National 410 Sprint Car Poll is an official awards program of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Foundation, Inc., of Knoxville, Iowa. Other polls include the National 360 Sprint Car Poll, the National Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll, and the Australian National Sprintcar Poll.

<pre> 2002 FINAL National 410 Sprint Car Poll

Rank Driver (First Place Votes) Hometown/State Points

    1.   Steve Kinser        (27)    Bloomington, IN     2,600
    2.   Danny Lasoski               Higginsville, MO    1,412
    3.   Craig Dollansky             Elk River, MN         741
    4.   Joey Saldana                Brownsburg, IN        684
    5.   Greg Hodnett                Memphis, TN           506
    6.   Lance Dewease               Fayetteville, PA      423
    7.   Tim Shaffer                 Aliquippa, PA         413
    8.   Mark Kinser                 Oolitic, IN           334
    9.   Tyler Walker                Santa Clarita, CA     328
   10.   Donny Schatz                Minot, ND             287
   11.   Daryn Pittman               Owasso, OK            187
   12.   Chad Kemenah                Fremont, OH           178
   13.   Tim Kaeding                 Campbell, CA          145
   14.   Brad Furr                   Dublin, CA            132
   15.   Stevie Smith                New Oxford, PA        107
   16.   Jac Haudenschild            Wooster, OH            89
   17.   Fred Rahmer                 Salfordville, PA       78
   18.   Kenny Jacobs                Holmesville, OH        51
   19.   Jeff Shepard                Upperco, MD            47
   20.   Terry McCarl                Pleasant Hill, IA      45
   21.   Brent Kaeding               Campbell, CA           24
   22.   Shane Stewart               Bixby, OK              23
   23.   Randy Hannagan              San Jose, CA           18
   24.   Sammy Swindell              Bartlett, TN           14
   tie   P.J. Chesson                Far Hills, NJ          14

Also receiving multiple votes: Blake Feese, John Haeni, Keith Kauffman, Steve Kent, Ricky Logan, Paul McMahan, Greg Wilson, Danny Wood, Gary Wright.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Brad Furr , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Blake Feese , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Kenny Jacobs , Tyler Walker , Daryn Pittman , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Shane Stewart , P.J. Chesson , Greg Wil , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Tim Kaeding
Teams Williams