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.