Kinser named 410 Sprint Car Poll driver of year

Steve Kinser named National 410 Sprint Car Poll "Driver of the Year" for 2003 KNOXVILLE, IOWA (December 4, 2003) - Steve Kinser of Bloomington, Indiana, was voted the 2003 "Driver of the Year" by the National 410 Sprint Car Poll...

Steve Kinser named National 410 Sprint Car Poll "Driver of the Year" for 2003

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (December 4, 2003) - Steve Kinser of Bloomington, Indiana, was voted the 2003 "Driver of the Year" by the National 410 Sprint Car Poll voting panel of media members, promoters, sanctioning officials and manufacturers. The World of Outlaws (WoO) point champion earned twenty-eight (28) of the thirty (30) first place ballots cast in the year-end poll. Greg Hodnett and Donny Schatz garnered one first place vote each. Steve Kinser also received the "Team of the Year" honors.

Those drivers ranked second through fifth, respectively, are Danny Lasoski of Missouri, Greg Hodnett of Tennessee, Donny Schatz of North Dakota, and Joey Saldana of Indiana. Rounding out the 'top ten' for the season are Daryn Pittman, Williams Grove and Lincoln track champion Lance Dewease, All Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC) titlist Chad Kemenah, Jason Meyers, and Knoxville Raceway champion Terry McCarl, respectively.

Erin Crocker of Massachusetts earned the National 410 Sprint Car Poll's "Rookie of the Year" honors, primarily on the strength of her accomplishment of being the first female in the 43-year history of the Knoxville Nationals to make the national championship "A" Main-- in her first week in a 410-powered sprint car! Her exciting sprint car performances that entire Auto Trader Southern Iowa Sprintweek, and for the remainder of the 2003 season, also earned her the "Wild Card Award". Knoxville Raceway director Ralph Capitani again claimed the "Promoter of the Year" title.

Brian and Jeannie Butler of ButlerBuilt Seats received the "Builder/Manufacturer of the Year" award, while Doug Auld of "Sprint Car & Midget" magazine earned the "Media Member of the Year" honors.

The National 410 Sprint Car Poll is an annual awards program of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Foundation, Inc., of Knoxville, Iowa.

<pre> FINAL 2003 NATIONAL 410 SPRINT CAR POLL

rank, driver (first place votes), hometown, state, points 1. Steve Kinser (28) Bloomington, IN 2720 points 2. Danny Lasoski Higginsville, MO 1520 3. Greg Hodnett (1) Memphis, TN 887 4. Donny Schatz (1) Fargo, ND 837 5. Joey Saldana Brownsburg, IN 625 6. Daryn Pittman Owasso, OK 447 7. Lance Dewease Fayetteville, PA 376 8. Chad Kemenah Fremont, OH 354 9. Jason Meyers Clovis, CA 307 10. Terry McCarl Altoona, IA 239 11. Tim Shaffer Aliquippa, PA 234 12. Paul McMahan Oroville, CA 187 13. Sammy Swindell Germantown, TN 172 14. Tim Kaeding Campbell, CA 108 15. Jac Haudenschild Wooster, OH 93 16. Jason Johnson Eunice, LA 81 17. Brent Kaeding Campbell, CA 73 18. Jason Sides Ellendale, TN 50 19. Tyler Walker Santa Clarita, CA 45 20. Kenny Jacobs Holmesville, OH 32.5 21. Mark Kinser Oolitic, IN 29 tie Shane Stewart Bixby, OK 29 23. Dean Jacobs Wooster, OH 28 24. Ed Lynch, Jr. Apollo, PA 27.5 25. Jeff Shepard Upperco, MD 27

Also receiving multiple votes: Cris Eash, Keith Kauffman, Kerry Madsen, Brian Paulus, Fred Rahmer, Joe Roe, Brooke Tatnell, Greg Wilson.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Erin Crocker , Kenny Jacobs , Tyler Walker , Brian Paulus , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Dean Jacobs , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kerry Madsen , Paul McMahan , Shane Stewart , Greg Wil , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Tim Kaeding , Jason Johnson
Teams Williams