Ted Johnson named sprint car racing's most influential for 12th year. KNOXVILLE, IOWA (MARCH 21, 2002) - Pennzoil World of Outlaws (WoO) Series founder and president Ted Johnson has been named sprint car racing's most influential leader...
Ted Johnson named sprint car racing's most influential for 12th year.
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (MARCH 21, 2002) - Pennzoil World of Outlaws (WoO) Series founder and president Ted Johnson has been named sprint car racing's most influential leader for the twelfth consecutive year, according to the voting panel of the National Sprint Car Poll. Ted garnered thirty-four (34) of the fifty-eight (58) first place ballots cast by the select voting panel of non-winged, 360- and 410-cubic-inch sprint car racing media members, promoters, sanctioning officials and builder/manufacturers.
Ranked second in the special edition National Sprint Car Poll is Knoxville Raceway director of racing and current RPM Auto Racing Promoter of the Year, Ralph Capitani. "Cappy", who promotes the sport's 360-, 410-c.i. and 1200-pound National Championship events for the Marion County Fair Association, earned twelve (12) first place ballots. Rounding out the top five of the sport's most influential leaders are Earl Baltes of the world-famous Eldora Speedway, Emmett Hahn of the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS), and Bert Emick of the All Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC), respectively. Individuals other than Johnson and Capitani who received first place votes are Baltes (2), Hahn, Emick, Karl Kinser (2), Steve Kinser (3), Doug Auld, Tony Stewart, and J.V. Brotherton.
Rounding out the top ten most influential leaders in sprint car racing are Ron Shuman of the Sprint Car Racing Association (SCRA) and Non-Winged World Championship (NWWC), Hall of Fame owner/mechanic Karl Kinser, 16-time WoO champion Steve Kinser, veteran journalist Dave Argabright, and Chuck Merrill of Maxim Chassis, respectively.
Those making their debut on the annual list are new United States Auto Club (USAC) president Rollie Helmling in 14th, defending WoO champion Danny Lasoski in 15th, driver-turned-builder Bob East of Beast Chassis in 24th, Lasoski's high-profile sprint car owner/NASCAR stock car driver Tony Stewart in 25th, veteran cylinder head manufacturer J.V. Brotherton of Brodix in 26th, and Interstate Racing Association (IRA) president Steve Sinclair in 29th, respectively.
According to Tom Schmeh, executive director of the poll-sponsoring National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum, "The real value of this special edition poll is only apparent when it is viewed in an historical context. It is interesting to see that people within sprint car racing continue to view Ted Johnson as the most influential leader of a sport that remains very fragmented. It is equally interesting to note that of the top thirty individuals, only eleven were listed in the inaugural poll's 'top 30' in 1991. As Open Wheel magazine reported in 2001, there is a definite changing-of-the-guard taking place in sprint car racing today, and ironically that became all-too-apparent late last year with that publication's own demise."
<pre> Special Edition National Sprint Car Poll: "Sprint Car Racing's 30 Most Influential Leaders"
Rank Person (1st Place) Affiliation Occupation Pts.
1. Ted Johnson (34) World of Outlaws 410 sanction 4,210 2. Ralph Capitani (12) Knoxville Raceway 360/410 promoter 2,932 3. Earl Baltes ( 2) Eldora Speedway non-w/360/410 promoter 1,554 4. Emmett Hahn ( 1) American Spr Car 360 sanction 1,205 5. Bert Emick ( 1) All Star Circuit 410 sanction 1,187 6. Ron Shuman SCRA/NWWC non-w sanction 1,154 7. Karl Kinser ( 2) Mopar #5m 410 owner 813 8. Steve Kinser ( 3) Quaker State #11 410 driver/owner 772 9. Dave Argabright Elbows Up!/NSSN non-w/360/410 media 364 10. Chuck Merrill Maxim Chassis non-w/360/410 bldr./mfr. 340 11. Doug Auld ( 1) Sprint Car & Midget non-w/360/410 media 335 12. Brad Doty Sprint Car Network 410 media 256 13. Tom Schmeh Natl Spr Car Museum non-w/360/410 media 242 14. Rollie Helmling U.S. Auto Club non-w sanction 223 15. Danny Lasoski J.D. Byrider #20 410 driver 204 16. John Padjen Silver Dollar/GSC/CWS 360/410 promoter/sanction 184 17. Allan Holland www.hoseheads.com non-w/360/410 media 174 18. Lanny Edwards Devil's Bowl/OKC 360/410 promoter 171 19. Jerry Russell Eagle Chassis non-w/360/410 bldr./mfr. 147 20. Jason Smith U.S. Auto Club non-w sanction 131 21. Chris Economaki Elbows Up!/NSSN non-w/360/410 media 97 22. Earl Gaerte Gaerte Engines non-w/360/410 bldr./mfr. 95 23. Jack Elam J&J Chassis non-w/360/410 bldr./mfr. 94 24. Bob East Beast Chassis non-w bldr./mfr. 84 25. Tony Stewart ( 1) J.D. Byrider #20 410 owner 78 26. J.V. Brotherton ( 1) Brodix Cyl. Heads non-w/360/410 bldr./mfr. 71 27. Alan Kreitzer Wms. Grove/Lincoln non-w/360/410 promoter 66 28. Bob Jones Williams Grove non-w/360/410 promoter 65 29. Steve Sinclair Interstate Rac Assn 410 sanction 56 30. Pete Walton United Spr Car Ser 360 sanction 55
Also receiving multiple votes: Dick Berggren, Fred Brownfield, Johnny Capels, Dick Carbery, Neil Cowman, Mike Devin, Kevin Eckert, Bruce Ellis, Gene Frankart, C. Ray Hall, Al Hamilton, Bobby Jackson, Jay Jonas, Mark Kinser, Stanley Kolan, Keith Kunz, Bob Lawton, Steve Lewis, Jean Lynch, Mike Martin, Terry McCarl, Bob Miller, Stu Murray, Jim Naylor, Bob Newton, Carlton Reimers, Ron Shaver, Bruton Smith, Gary Stanton, Greg Stephens, Sammy Swindell, John Zimmerman.
Note: non-w = non-winged sprint car; 360 = 360-cubic-inch sprint car; 410 = 410-cubic-inch sprint car.