Gary Wright named National 360 Sprint Car Poll "Driver of the Year" for 2003 KNOXVILLE, IOWA (December 4, 2003) - Gary Wright of Hooks, Texas, was voted the 2003 "Driver of the Year" by the National 360 Sprint Car Poll voting ...
Gary Wright named National 360 Sprint Car Poll "Driver of the Year" for 2003
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (December 4, 2003) - Gary Wright of Hooks, Texas, was voted the 2003 "Driver of the Year" by the National 360 Sprint Car Poll voting panel of media members, promoters, sanctioning officials and manufacturers. The veteran racer earned nine (9) of the twenty-two (22) first place ballots cast in the year-end poll.
Those drivers ranked second through fifth, respectively, are American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) point champion Travis Rilat of Texas, Kenny Adams of Florida, Knoxville Raceway point champion Billy Alley of Nebraska, and United Sprint Car Series (USCS) titlist Terry Gray of Tennessee. Rounding out the 'top ten' for the season are United Racing Club (URC) champion Dave Ely, Shane Stewart, Zach Chappell, Empire Super Sprints (ESS) champion Mike Lutz, and Northern Sprint Tour (NST) point champion Roger Crockett, respectively.
In addition to Wright, others receiving first place votes were Rilat (six), Adams (three), and one each for Alley, Ely, Crockett and Skagit Speedway champion Jason Solwold. Kenny Adams' car owner, the late Donn Goodson, was named the "Team of the Year" by the voting panel. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., of Mississippi earned the "Rookie of the Year" title. Female sensation Erin Crocker of the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) won the "Wild Card Award" for her exciting sprint car performances.
Bob Newton of Hoosier Racing Tires was again voted "Builder/Manufacturer of the Year", while Bob Miller of Bob Miller Promotions and the United Racing Club (URC) received the "Promoter of the Year" honors. Editor Doug Auld of "Sprint Car & Midget" magazine earned the "Media Member of the Year" award.
The National 360 Sprint Car Poll is an annual awards program of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Foundation, Inc., of Knoxville, Iowa.
<pre> FINAL 2003 NATIONAL 360 SPRINT CAR POLL
rank, driver (first place votes), hometown, state, points 1. Gary Wright (9) Hooks, TX 1360 points 2. Travis Rilat (6) Texas City, TX 1104 3. Kenny Adams (3) Malabar, FL 610 4. Billy Alley (1) Lincoln, NE 405 5. Terry Gray Bartlett, TN 385 6. Dave Ely (1) West Lawn, PA 364 7. Shane Stewart Bixby, OK 325 8. Zach Chappell Talala, OK 288 9. Mike Lutz Mercer, PA 210 10. Roger Crockett (1) Rio Linda, CA 181 11. Darren Stewart Bixby, OK 144 12. Jason Solwold (1) Burlington, WA 107 13. Tim Crawley Benton, AR 72 14. Kevin Ramey Ft. Worth, TX 71 15. Jesse Giannetto Palo, IA 58 16. Trevor Lewis Upper Black Eddy, PA 54 17. Andy Forsberg Auburn, CA 51 18. Shawna Wilskey Everett, WA 50 19. Dustin Daggett Portland, MI 45 20. Mike Henry Sacramento, CA 40 21. Stephen Allard Chico, CA 27 22. Kevin Welsh Far Hills, NJ 24 23. Chad Layton Harrisburg, PA 22 24. Mike Woodring Eden, NY 20 25. David Robinson, Jr. Elk Grove, CA 18
Also receiving multiple votes: Sport Allen, Sean Becker, Cody Branchcomb, Erin Crocker, Greg DeCaires, Josh Higday, Danny Jennings, Loren Langerud, Dwain Leiber, Garry Lee Maier, Danny Martin (Jr.), Curt Michael, Randi Miller, Wayne Reutimann (Jr.), Dude Teate.