INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (NOV. 29, 2001) - Danny Lasoski of Higginsville, Mo., has been voted 410-cubic-inch sprint car racing's "Driver of the Year" for 2001, according to the National 410 Sprint Car Poll voting panel of manufacturers, media ...
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (NOV. 29, 2001) - Danny Lasoski of Higginsville, Mo., has been voted 410-cubic-inch sprint car racing's "Driver of the Year" for 2001, according to the National 410 Sprint Car Poll voting panel of manufacturers, media members, promoters and sanctioning officials. Lasoski, the World of Outlaws (WoO) point champion, earned twenty-three (23) of the thirty-two (32) first-place ballots cast. 'The Dude' captured the honors after winning the Knoxville Nationals and edging Mark Kinser for the WoO point title.
Ranked second in the poll is Mark Kinser of Oolitic, Ind., with seven first place votes. Rounding out the top five drivers are defending "Driver of the Year" Steve Kinser of Bloomington, Ind., Craig Dollansky of Elk River, Minn., and Donny Schatz of Minot, N.D., respectively. Steve and Craig each scored one first place ballot.
Other point champions in the "top 25" are Lance Dewease of the Williams Grove Speedway in 7th, Kenny Jacobs of the All Star Circuit of Champions in 9th, Terry McCarl of the Knoxville Raceway and the Huset's Speedway in 10th, Daryn Pittman of the WoO Support Series in 14th, Fred Rahmer of the Lincoln Speedway in 16th, Brent Kaeding of the Golden State Challenge - King of California Series in 18th, Keith Kauffman of the Port Royal Speedway in 21st, and Gary Wright of the National Championship Racing Association (NCRA) in 24th.
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> 2001 FINAL National 410 Sprint Car Poll Rank Driver (First Place Votes) Hometown/State Points
1. Danny Lasoski (23) Higginsville, MO 2,650 2. Mark Kinser ( 7) Oolitic, IN 1,990 3. Steve Kinser ( 1) Bloomington, IN 1,156 4. Craig Dollansky Elk River, MN 630 5. Donny Schatz ( 1) Minot, ND 617
6. Andy Hillenburg Broken Arrow, OK 597 7. Lance Dewease Fayetteville, PA 488 8. Stevie Smith New Oxford, PA 358 9. Kenny Jacobs Holmesville, OH 316 10. Terry McCarl Pleasant Hill, IA 226
11. Tim Shaffer Aliquippa, PA 189 12. Jeff Shepard Upperco, MD 187 13. Joey Saldana Brownsburg, IN 138 14. Daryn Pittman Owasso, OK 119 tie Shane Stewart Bixby, OK 119
16. Fred Rahmer Salfordville, PA 88 17. Sammy Swindell Cordova, TN 83 18. Brent Kaeding Campbell, CA 81 19. Danny Wood Norman, OK 74 20. Chad Kemenah Marblehead, OH 72
21. Keith Kauffman Mifflintown, PA 52 22. Todd Shaffer Millerstown, PA 34 23. Paul McMahan Oroville, CA 32 24. Gary Wright Hooks, TX 26 25. Dale Blaney Fowler, OH 22 tie Brad Furr Dublin, CA 22
Also receiving multiple votes: P.J. Chesson, Don Droud (Jr.), Randy Hannagan, Jimmy Hawley, Johnny Herrera, Dean Jacobs, Tim Kaeding, Steve Kent, Donnie Kreitz (Jr.), Ed Lynch (Jr.), Jason Meyers, Kim Mock, Jason Sides, Danny Smith.