WSS: Dumesny claims "Driver of the Year" title

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.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Brad Furr , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Brooke Tatnell , Kerry Madsen