MAX DUMESNY CLAIMS AUSSIE SPRINT "DRIVER OF THE YEAR" TITLE KNOXVILLE, IOWA (MAY 1, 2001) - Max Dumesny, the Victorian- turned-Sydneysider, has earned his first Australian "Driver of the Year" title according to the 2000/01 Australian...
MAX DUMESNY CLAIMS AUSSIE SPRINT "DRIVER OF THE YEAR" TITLE
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (MAY 1, 2001) - Max Dumesny, the Victorian- turned-Sydneysider, has earned his first Australian "Driver of the Year" title according to the 2000/01 Australian National Sprintcar Poll. The international sprintcar competitor garnered five first place votes of the fourteen cast by the select voting panel of media members, promoters, sanctioning officials and manufacturers. Dumesny's season included thirteen wins in 32 main event starts, including wins in the Sprintcar Grand Prix, Masters, Stampede and Victorian Title races. The Easter Trail points champion also finished the World Series Sprintcars (WSS) schedule as runner-up, and placed third in both the Gough & Gilmour CAT and Australian Sprintcar Title races. Dumesny's success across the country also earned his Valvoline-sponsored number V5 sprintcar crew, led by himself as owner, the "Team of the Year" honors.
Ranked second during the Australian racing season, for the second straight year, is Donny Schatz of Minot, North Dakota. Schatz gathered six first place votes in the final ranking after winning the big-dollar Gough & Gilmour CAT and Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic races in January. Rounding out the top ten drivers are WSS champion Brooke Tatnell, Parramatta City Raceway champion Robert Farr, Australian Sprintcar Title winner "Skip" Jackson, Kerry Madsen, American Danny Smith, Andrew Scheuerle, Garry Brazier, and former "Rookie of the Year" Stephen Bell, respectively. Farr also tallied three first place votes.
Besides Dumesny, another multiple award winner is David Lander, promoter of the Parramatta, Newcastle and Gunnedah speedways in New South Wales. Lander will receive both the "Promoter of the Year" and the coveted "Outstanding Contribution to the Sport" awards. Although he recently sold the Parramatta City Raceway, David is responsible for inaugurating that track's $50,000-to-win Gough & Gilmour CAT-sponsored sprintcar event.
Troy Little of New South Wales, a regular Saturday night competitor at Parramatta, was voted the 2000/01 "Rookie of the Year". Greg Foster of D & F Racing Products claimed his third "Builder/ Manufacturer of the Year" award. Daniel Beard, mastermind of the popular SprintcarWorld.com.au web-site, will receive the "Media Member of the Year" award during the post-season presentations on Friday, August 10, at the Amoco Ultimate Knoxville Nationals in Iowa.
The Australian National Sprintcar Poll is an official awards program of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum in Knoxville, Iowa. <pre> FINAL 2000/01 Australian National Sprintcar Poll
Rank Driver (First Place Votes) State Points
1. Max Dumesny ( 5) Victoria 780 2. Donny Schatz ( 6) North Dakota, USA 745 3. Brooke Tatnell New South Wales 568 4. Robert Farr ( 3) New South Wales 528 5. "Skip" Jackson New South Wales 403
6. Kerry Madsen New South Wales 157 7. Danny Smith Indiana, USA 155 8. Andrew Scheuerle Queensland 96 9. Garry Brazier New South Wales 95 10. Stephen Bell Victoria 86
11. Cameron Gessner Queensland 77 12. David Murcott Tasmania 71 13. Danny Lasoski Missouri, USA 65 14. Darren Jensen Queensland 40 15. Jamie Maiolo Western Australia 39
16. Mike Figliomeni Western Australia 37 17. Darrell Hodges Queensland 31 18. Todd Wanless Queensland 30 19. Daryn Maggs Victoria 27 20. Mike Van Bremen Victoria 21
21. Drew Kruck Queensland 18 22. Trevor Green South Australia 13 23. Adrian Maher New South Wales 9 tie Garry Rush (Jnr.) New South Wales 9 25. Brad Furr California, USA 8 tie Nathan MacDonald Queensland 8 tie Phil March South Australia 8
Also receiving votes: Terry Cutts, Kelly Linigen, Tommy Tarlton.