KNOXVILLE, IOWA (APRIL 25, 2001) - Cory Kruseman of Ventura, Calif., has cruised to the top spot in the spring edition of the National Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll, as determined by the voting panel of manufacturers, media members, promoters...
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (APRIL 25, 2001) - Cory Kruseman of Ventura, Calif., has cruised to the top spot in the spring edition of the National Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll, as determined by the voting panel of manufacturers, media members, promoters and sanctioning officials. Kruseman, pilot of Harlan Willis' sprinter in Sprint Car Racing Association (SCRA) competition, earned eleven (11) of the thirteen (13) first-place ballots cast. The 1999 Non- Winged World Championship title-holder appears to be well on his way to having a career-best year with wins already this season at the Perris Auto Speedway (PAS) in California, twice, and the Manzanita Speedway in Arizona. The current SCRA point leader will defend his ranking in the May 5th SCRA-sanctioned "Jeff Bagley Classic" at his hometown Ventura Raceway.
Ranked second in the non-winged poll is last spring's 'top dog' Richard Griffin of Silver City, N.M. Griffin has also won a feature this year at his adopted home track of Manzanita in Phoenix. Rounding out the top five non-winged sprint car drivers in the country are Tony Jones of Corona, Calif., Derek Davidson of Indianapolis, Ind., and John Scott of Hesperia, Calif. Jones has won at both Perris and Manzy (in the "Gary Sokola Classic"), while Davidson won the United States Auto Club (USAC)-sanctioned "Glen Niebel Classic" at Anderson, Indiana. Scott, who was unranked last season, has won at the PAS in Lake Perris, Calif., this year.
Derek Davidson garnered one first place vote, as did seventh- ranked, and defending National Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll "Driver of the Year", Jay Drake. North Vernon, Ind., USAC feature winner Tony Elliott is ranked sixth, while USAC point leader Brandon "Bud" Kaeding is in 12th position in the seasonal rankings. USAC Western Sprint Car Series winners Tracy Hines, Davey Hamilton, and Randy Bauer are ranked ninth, 16th and 19th, respectively.
The National Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll is an official awards program of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Foundation, Inc. <pre> Spring 2001 National Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll
2000 Rank Rank Driver (First Place Votes) Hometown/State Points
1. 6. Cory Kruseman (11) Ventura, CA 1,090 2. 2. Richard Griffin Silver City, NM 413 3. 7. Tony Jones Corona, CA 373 4. 12. Derek Davidson ( 1) Indianapolis, IN 307 5. - John Scott Hesperia, CA 247
6. 3. Tony Elliott Kokomo, IN 198 7. 1. Jay Drake ( 1) Val Verde, CA 187 8. 9. J.J. Yeley Phoenix, AZ 131 9. 4. Tracy Hines Indianapolis, IN 129 10. 5. Rip Williams Yorba Linda, CA 108
11. 8. Dave Darland Walton, IN 107 12. 14. Brandon "Bud" Kaeding Campbell, CA 86 13. 23. Troy Rutherford Ojai, CA 52 14. 18. Troy Cline Santa Clarita, CA 40 15. - David Steele Tampa, FL 37
16. 10. Rickie Gaunt Torrance, CA 24 tie 20. Davey Hamilton Boise, ID 24 tie 13. Steve Ostling Corona, CA 24 19. - Randy Bauer Kingston, WA 19 20. - Ed Carpenter Indianapolis, IN 18
Also receiving multiple votes: Kevin Doty, Jeff Gardner, Jack Hewitt, Tony Hunt, Kasey Kahne, Mike Kirby, Bob Ream (Jr.), Jeremy Sherman, Kevin Thomas.