Australian Sprintcar Poll winners announced

BROOKE TATNELL TAKES AUSTRALIAN SPRINTCAR POLL "DRIVER OF THE YEAR" AWARD-- FOR THE FOURTH TIME - as father George Tatnell earns "Outstanding Contribution to the Sport Award" -- KNOXVILLE, IOWA (May 2, 2007) - For the fourth...


- as father George Tatnell earns "Outstanding Contribution to the Sport Award" --

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (May 2, 2007) - For the fourth time in his career, 2007 Australian Sprintcar Title winner Brooke Tatnell of Australia has earned the Australian Sprintcar Poll (ASP) "Driver of the Year" title. Tatnell claimed eight of the fourteen first-place votes cast by the select panel of Australian manufacturers, media members, promoters and sanctioning officials in the final seasonal voting, while runner-up Max Dumesny, the 2006/2007 World Series Sprintcars (WSS) champion, earned four blue ribbons. The only other driver to earn a first place vote was American Donny Schatz with two. Brooke and the other poll award recipients will receive their honors on Friday, August 10, during the 47th annual SuperClean Knoxville Nationals in Iowa.

Tatnell, who hails from San Souci, New South Wales, had previously claimed the "Driver of the Year" honors in 1994/1995, 1999/2000 and 2005/2006. The current World of Outlaws (WoO) regular is a five-time WSS champion, a two-time winner of the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic (GASC), a three-time winner of the Australian Sprintcar Title, and now a four-time "Driver of the Year" recipient. Tatnell has tied both A.J. "Skip" Jackson and Max Dumesny as four-time "Driver of the Year" titlists. Tatnell's title-winning car owner, Shane Krikke of Western Australia, earned the "Team of the Year" honors for the fourth time. And Brooke's father and mentor, George Tatnell, himself a former Australian Sprintcar Title winner, WSS champion and Sprintcar Control Council of Australia (SCCA) administrator, was voted the recipient of the prestigious "Outstanding Contribution to the Sport Award".

Following Tatnell, Dumesny and Schatz in the final driver poll for the Australian sprintcar racing season are 2007 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic (GASC) winner Kerry Madsen and "Wild Card Award" recipient David Murcott (for exciting sprintcar performances), respectively. Rounding out the top ten competitors in the Down Under season are American Jason Johnson, Robbie Farr, Parramatta City Raceway (PCR) champion Trevor Green, Ryan Farrell, and Danny Reidy, respectively.

John Cooley of Cool Chassis in Victoria and Lynton and Paul Jeffrey of Vortex Wings in New South Wales each earned the "Builder/Manufacturer of the Year" honors due to a tie in the voting. Jamie Veal of Victoria scored the coveted "Rookie of the Year" award following his first full season of sprintcar racing. Photographer Phil Jordison of the Oval Express magazine garnered the "Media Member of the Year". World Series Sprintcars organizers Peter Attard and Wade Aunger were selected as "Promoters of the Year" for their efforts with the country's WoO-like national tour.

The Australian Sprintcar Poll is an official awards program of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum Foundation of Knoxville, Iowa.

Final 2006/2007 Australian Sprintcar Poll

Rank, Driver (First Place Votes), State/Country, Points
1., Brooke Tatnell (8), New South Wales, AUS, 1020
2., Max Dumesny (4), Victoria, AUS, 785
3., Donny Schatz (2), North Dakota, USA, 498
4., Kerry Madsen, New South Wales, AUS, 304
5., David Murcott, Tasmania, AUS, 246
6., Jason Johnson, Louisiana, USA, 241
7., Robbie Farr, New South Wales, AUS, 206
8., Trevor Green, South Australia, AUS, 189
9., Ryan Farrell, Western Australia, AUS, 149
10., Danny Reidy, Northern Territory, AUS, 93
11., Matthew Reed, Victoria, AUS, 63
12., Andrew Scheuerle, Queensland, AUS, 55
13., Troy Little, New South Wales, AUS, 54
14., Garry Brazier, New South Wales, AUS, 46
15., Steve Kinser, Indiana, USA, 41
16., Grant Tunks, New South Wales, AUS, 35
17., John Vogels, Victoria, AUS, 34
18., Jamie Maiolo, Western Australia, AUS, 18
19., Paul McMahan, California, USA, 14
20., Steven Lines, South Australia, AUS, 13
21., Adrian Maher, New South Wales, AUS, 11
22., Ian Madsen, New South Wales, AUS, 10
23., Ian Loudoun, New South Wales, AUS, 8
24., Jamie Cobby, South Australia, AUS, 6
tie, Allan Haynes, Western Australia, AUS, 6

Also receiving multiple votes: Grant Anderson, David Muir, Daryn Pittman, Joey Saldana, Ken Sartori, Shane Stewart.

-credit: sprintcarhof

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Series Sprint
Drivers Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Brooke Tatnell , Joey Saldana , Kerry Madsen , Paul McMahan , Shane Stewart , Ian Madsen , Jason Johnson