Yeley named Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll driver of year

J.J. Yeley named National Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll "Driver of the Year" for 2003 KNOXVILLE, IOWA (December 4, 2003) - J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Arizona, was unanimously voted the 2003 "Driver of the Year" by the National...

J.J. Yeley named National Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll "Driver of the Year" for 2003

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (December 4, 2003) - J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Arizona, was unanimously voted the 2003 "Driver of the Year" by the National Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll voting panel of media members, promoters, sanctioning officials and manufacturers. The United States Auto Club (USAC) point champion earned all seventeen (17) of the first place ballots cast in the year-end poll. J.J. Yeley's car owner, Tony Stewart, received the 2003 "Team of the Year" award, while his car builder, Wayne Simmons of Twister Chassis, received the "Builder/Manufacturer of the Year" title.

Those drivers ranked second through fifth, respectively, are Sprint Car Racing Association (SCRA) point champion Richard Griffin of New Mexico, Tracy Hines of Indiana, Non-Winged World Championship (NWWC) titlist Brandon "Bud" Kaeding of California, and Cory Kruseman of California. Rounding out the 'top ten' for the season are Jon Stanbrough, Jay Drake, Damion Gardner, Troy Rutherford, and Boston Reid, respectively.

Dave Argabright of Speed Channel once again received the National Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll's "Media Member of the Year" award. Earl Baltes, promoter of this year's historic "Mopar Million" (-dollar purse) race at his Eldora Speedway, received the "Promoter of the Year" honors.

Mat Neely of Illinois received the "Rookie of the Year" title for 2003 from the National Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll voting panel. And for their exciting sprint car performances this year, "Mopar Million" winner Jac Haudenschild of Ohio and Mike Spencer of California, each received the "Wild Card Award".

The National Non-Winged 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 NON-WINGED SPRINT CAR POLL

rank, driver (first place votes), hometown, state, points 1. J.J. Yeley (17) Phoenix, AZ 1600 2. Richard Griffin Silver City, NM 590 3. Tracy Hines New Castle, IN 456 4. Brandon "Bud" Kaeding Campbell, CA 433 5. Cory Kruseman Ventura, CA 317 6. Jon Stanbrough Jamestown, IN 312 7. Jay Drake Val Verde, CA 284 8. Damion Gardner Concord, CA 280 9. Troy Rutherford Ojai, CA 188 10. Boston Reid Logansport, IN 133 11. Michael Lewis Noblesville, IN 83 12. Rip Williams Yorba Linda, CA 79 13. Levi Jones Olney, IL 65 14. Tony Elliott Kokomo, IN 57 15. Jac Haudenschild Wooster, OH 47 16. Dave Darland Walton, IN 44 17. Dickie Gaines Mitchell, IN 29 18. Mike Spencer Temecula, CA 26 19. Jeremy Sherman Phoenix, AZ 25 20. Tony Jones Garden Grove, CA 18 21. Mike Kirby Torrance, CA 15 22. Steve Ostling Corona, CA 14 23. Matt Westfall Ludlow Falls, OH 10 24. Brian Tyler Fortville, IN 6 25. Tony Hunt Rancho Cordova, CA 5 tie Derek Scheffel Columbus, IN 5 tie Josh Wise Riverside, CA 5 tie Rick Ziehl Las Cruces, NM 5

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Series Sprint
Drivers Michael Lewis , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Brian Tyler , Tony Elliott , Tony Jones , Cory Kruseman , Richard Griffin , Jay Drake , Matt Westfall , Levi Jones , Rick Ziehl , Josh Wise , Jon Stanbrough , Boston Reid , Rip Williams , Damion Gardner , Tony Hunt , Jac Haudenschild , Mike Spencer , Troy Rutherford
Teams Williams