INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (NOV. 29, 2001) - Cory Kruseman of Ventura, Calif., has been voted non-winged sprint car racing's "Driver of the Year" for 2001, according to the National Non- Winged Sprint Car Poll voting panel of manufacturers, ...
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (NOV. 29, 2001) - Cory Kruseman of Ventura, Calif., has been voted non-winged sprint car racing's "Driver of the Year" for 2001, according to the National Non- Winged Sprint Car Poll voting panel of manufacturers, media members, promoters and sanctioning officials. Kruseman, the Sprint Car Racing Association (SCRA) point champion, earned eleven of the sixteen (16) first-place ballots cast. Kruseman captured the honors after winning fifteen SCRA feature wins, including twelve at the Perris Auto Speedway in Lake Perris, Calif.
Ranked second in the poll is Non-Winged World Championship (NWWC) titlist Richard Griffin of Silver City, N.M., with two first place votes. Rounding out the top five drivers are United States Auto Club (USAC) point champion J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Ariz., defending "Driver of the Year" Jay Drake of Val Verde, Calif., and Brandon "Bud" Kaeding of Campbell, Calif. Yeley and Drake each earned one first place vote, as did Dave Darland (7th).
Other point champions in the "top 25" are Tony Hunt of the USAC Western States Sprint Car Series in 11th, Eric Shively of the Gas City I-69 Speedway in 21st, and Gary Howard of Ventura Raceway in 24th. The National Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll, and the National 360- and 410-Sprint Car Polls, are official awards programs of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Foundation, Inc.
2001 FINAL National Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll Rank Driver (First Place Votes) Hometown/State Points
1. Cory Kruseman (11) Ventura, CA 1,260 2. Richard Griffin ( 2) Silver City, NM 558 3. J.J. Yeley ( 1) Phoenix, AZ 555 4. Jay Drake ( 1) Val Verde, CA 419 5. Brandon "Bud" Kaeding Campbell, CA 347
6. Tracy Hines Indianapolis, IN 261 7. Dave Darland ( 1) Walton, IN 249 8. Tony Elliott Kokomo, IN 206 9. Troy Rutherford Ojai, CA 141 10. Tony Jones Corona, CA 111
11. Tony Hunt Rancho Cordova, CA 90 12. Mike Kirby Lomita, CA 83 13. Rip Williams Yorba Linda, CA 56 14. Troy Cline Santa Clarita, CA 54 15. John Scott Hesperia, CA 46
16. Jeff Gardner Hanford, CA 29 17. Rickie Gaunt Torrance, CA 27 18. Derek Davidson Indianapolis, IN 26 19. Jeremy Sherman Phoenix, AZ 24 20. Bill Rose Plainfield, IN 22
21. Eric Shively Delphi, IN 17 22. Ed Carpenter Indianapolis, IN 12 23. Michael Hinrichsen Lakeside, CA 10 24. Gary Howard Anaheim, CA 7 tie Steve Ostling Corona, CA 7 tie Bob Ream, Jr. Glendale, AZ 7
Also receiving multiple votes: Kevin Briscoe, Eric Burns, Charles Davis (Jr.), Ryan Flynn, Dickie Gaines, Ricky Johnson, Marty Miller, Robbie Rice, Derek Scheffel, Kevin Thomas, Eric Wilkins, John Wolfe.