MAX DUMESNY EARNS AUSTRALIAN SPRINTCAR POLL "DRIVER OF THE YEAR" AWARD-- FOR THE FOURTH TIME KNOXVILLE, IOWA (April 26, 2005) - For the second year in a row, World Series Sprintcars (WSS) point champion Max Dumesny of Australia...
MAX DUMESNY EARNS AUSTRALIAN SPRINTCAR POLL "DRIVER OF THE YEAR" AWARD-- FOR THE FOURTH TIME
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (April 26, 2005) - For the second year in a row, World Series Sprintcars (WSS) point champion Max Dumesny of Australia outpointed fellow Aussie Robbie Farr to earn the Australian Sprintcar Poll (ASP) "Driver of the Year" title. Dumesny claimed seven of the sixteen first-place votes cast by the select panel of Australian manufacturers, media members, promoters and sanctioning officials in the final 2004/2005 voting, while Farr earned five blue ribbons. Other single first place vote-getters were Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic (GASC) winner Kerry Madsen, Parramatta City Raceway's World of Outlaws (WoO) winner Donny Schatz, first-time Australia Sprintcar Title winner Brooke Tatnell, and PCR WoO runner-up Danny Lasoski, respectively. Max and the other poll award recipients will receive their honors on Friday, August 12, during the 2005 Knoxville Nationals in Knoxville, Iowa. The awards will also be re-presented on Saturday, January 28, 2006, during Premier Speedway's Grand Annual Sprint Car Classic weekend in Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia.
Dumesny, who was born in Victoria and now resides in New South Wales, started sprintcar racing in 1982. He is a six-time WSS champion, a three-time winner of the GASC, a three-time winner of the Australian Sprintcar Championship, and now a four-time "Driver of the Year" recipient. He had previously earned the "Driver of the Year" title in 2001, '02 and '04. Max now ties A.J. "Skip" Jackson with four such titles.
Ranked second in the final driver poll for the Australian sprintcar racing season is WSS rival Robbie Farr of New South Wales. Farr campaigned for Titan sprintcar owner Reeve Kruck of Queensland. Reeve Kruck captured his first-ever "Team of the Year" award on the strength of top finishes by both Farr and American teammate Daryn Pittman of Oklahoma.
Current Knoxville Raceway competitor Kerry Madsen of New South Wales is ranked third, while American WoO veteran Donny Schatz of North Dakota claimed fourth in the final standings. Brooke Tatnell, another WoO campaigner, is ranked fifth. Rounding out the top ten competitors in the Down Under season are American Shane Stewart of Oklahoma, Ryan Farrell, Darrell Hodges, Troy Little and American Jason Johnson of Louisiana, respectively.
Peter Morris of Maxwill Engines in South Australia earned the "Builder/Manufacturer of the Year" honors for the first time. Fellow South Australian Dylan Jenkin earned the coveted "Rookie of the Year" award in the closest voting in that category's history. Wade Aunger of the World Series Sprintcars national tour garnered his second "Promoter of the Year" honors. Wade Aunger also claimed his fourth "Media Member of the Year" title for his efforts with the Network Nine-Speed Machine and SBS-Speedweek programs. Aunger is originally from Western Australia and now resides in New South Wales. Fellow West Aussie native Ryan Farrell, ranked seventh nationally, took the "Wild Card Award" for his season-long exciting sprintcar performances.
Following the closest voting in the history of any of the Australian Sprintcar Poll post-season awards, two deserving individuals will take home an "Outstanding Contribution to the Sport Award" for 2004/2005. They are veteran engine-builder Geoff Kendrick of Kendrick Automotive in Western Australia and long-time sprintcar racing official Mandy Searle of Victoria. Geoff had previously earned the "Builder/ Manufacturer of the Year" award in 1994/95, while this represents Mandy's first poll award. Both 'industry insiders' are known for their willingness to further the sport of Australian sprintcar racing through their tireless efforts at the local, regional and national levels.
The Australian Sprintcar Poll is an official awards program of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum Foundation of Knoxville, Iowa. The 2004/05 Australian Sprintcar Poll post-season awards will be presented on Friday, August 12, during the Knoxville Nationals, presented by Midwest Ford Dealers.
<pre> Final 2004/2005 Australian Sprintcar Poll
Rank Driver (First Place Votes) State/Country Points 1. Max Dumesny (7) Victoria, AUS 1015 2. Robbie Farr (5) New South Wales, AUS 907 3. Kerry Madsen (1) New South Wales, AUS 542 4. Donny Schatz (1) North Dakota, USA 359 5. Brooke Tatnell (1) New South Wales, AUS 341 6. Shane Stewart Oklahoma, USA 261 7. Ryan Farrell Western Australia, AUS 175 8. Darrell Hodges Queensland, AUS 123 9. Troy Little New South Wales, AUS 122 10. Jason Johnson Louisiana, USA 108 11. Daryn Pittman Oklahoma, USA 107 12. Danny Lasoski (1) Missouri, USA 95 13. Travis Rilat Texas, USA 78 14. Mark Wells Western Australia, AUS 56 15. Jamie Maiolo Western Australia, AUS 52 16. Trevor Green South Australia, AUS 47 17. Luke Dillon South Australia, AUS 41 tie Cameron Gessner Queensland, AUS 41 19. Danny Reidy Northern Territory, AUS 28 20. Grant Tunks New South Wales, AUS 21 21. Mike Van Bremen Victoria, AUS 20 22. Adrian Maher New South Wales, AUS 19 23. Steve Kinser Indiana, USA 18 tie John Vogels Victoria, AUS 18 25. Stephen Bell Victoria, AUS 16
Also receiving multiple votes: Garry Brazier Jason Dawkins Craig Dollansky Darren Jensen Ian "Fly" Lewis Brett Milburn Joey Saldana, Sammy Swindell