scra: "Salute yo Indiana Sprintweek" Poll

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (JULY 24, 2001) - Cory Kruseman of Ventura, Calif., has already done something this year which Danny Lasoski was unable to do. And that 'something' is that Cory has retained his number one ranking in the country from the...

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (JULY 24, 2001) - Cory Kruseman of Ventura, Calif., has already done something this year which Danny Lasoski was unable to do. And that 'something' is that Cory has retained his number one ranking in the country from the spring to the summer in his division (non-winged) of the National 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) and United States Auto Club (USAC) competition, earned ten (10) of the twelve (12) first-place ballots cast in the "Salute to the USAC Indiana Sprintweek" summer edition of the National Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll. Kruseman has been dominant so far in 2001 and is the current SCRA point leader. He is also competing this week on the tough Pennzoil USAC-sanctioned Indiana Sprintweek circuit and has entered the Front Row Topless Challenge on Monday, August 6, at the Southern Iowa Fairgrounds in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Ranked second in the non-winged poll is the recently-injured Richard Griffin of Silver City, N.M. Griffin is currently second to Kruseman is SCRA points, although he is expected to miss a considerable portion of the remaining regular racing season due to his serious arm injury. Rounding out the top five non-winged sprint car drivers in the country are J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Ariz., Dave Darland of Walton, Ind., and Tony Elliott of Kokomo, Ind. USAC point leader Darland garnered the other two (2) first place votes cast. Last year's "Driver of the Year" in the National Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll, Jay Drake of Val Verde, Calif., has shown recent on-track improvement and is currently ranked sixth in the nation.

Danny 'the Dude' Lasoski topped the spring National 410 Sprint Car Poll, but gave up the top spot to Mark Kinser in the summer edition of the winged sprint car racing poll. Both the National Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll and the National 410 Sprint Car Poll are official awards programs of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Foundation, Inc.

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Summer 2001 National Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll: "Salute to the Pennzoil USAC Indiana Sprintweek"

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Rank Rank Driver (First Place Votes)  Hometown/State      Points
  1.   1.  Cory Kruseman       (10)    Ventura, CA        1,000
  2.   2.  Richard Griffin             Silver City, NM      460
  3.   8.  J.J. Yeley                  Phoenix, AZ          375
  4.  11.  Dave Darland        ( 2)    Walton, IN           360
  5.   6.  Tony Elliott                Kokomo, IN           237
  6.   7.  Jay Drake                   Val Verde, CA        216
  7.   9.  Tracy Hines                 Indianapolis, IN     207
  8.  13.  Troy Rutherford             Ojai, CA             159
  9.   -   Mike Kirby                  Lomita, CA           133
 10.   -   Brian Tyler                 Spring Arbor, MI      51
 11.  10.  Rip Williams                Yorba Linda, CA       40
 12.   5.  John Scott                  Hesperia, CA          39
 13.  16.  Steve Ostling               Corona, CA            36
 14.   -   Jeff Gardner                Hanford, CA           32
 15.   -   Jon Stanbrough              Jamestown, IN         24
 16.  14.  Troy Cline                  Santa Clarita, CA     23
 17.   -   Tony Hunt                   Rancho Cordova, CA    21
 18.   4.  Derek Davidson              Indianapolis, IN      20
 19.   3.  Tony Jones                  Corona, CA            12
 20.   -   Jason McCord                Anderson, IN          11

Also receiving votes: A.J. Anderson, Kevin Briscoe, Bryan Bullard, Charles Davis (Jr.), Dickie Gaines, Rickie Gaunt, Eric Gordon, Brian Hayden, Jack Hewitt, Gary Howard, Levi Jones, Brandon "Bud" Kaeding, Brandon Petty, Bob Ream (Jr.), Robbie Rice, Bill Rose, Danny Sheridan, Eric Shively, David Steele, Kevin Thomas.

-NSCOH

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Series Sprint , USAC
Drivers Mark Kinser , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Jack Hewitt , Brian Tyler , Tony Elliott , Tony Jones , Cory Kruseman , Richard Griffin , Jay Drake , Troy Cline , Levi Jones , Jason McCord , Jon Stanbrough , Brandon Petty , John Scott , Rip Williams , Bill Rose , Tony Hunt , Troy Rutherford , Danny Sheridan
Teams Williams