For the first time in his career, Jason Meyers was named the Driver of the Year for the 2010 season by the North American Sprint Car Poll released late last week.
Meyers, fresh off his first career World of Outlaws championship, received 13 first-place votes to put him on top for the year.
All-Star champion and Knoxville nationals winner Tim Shaffer finished a career high runner-up in the final vote, garnering 11 first-place votes. Joey Saldana was third in voting over Steve Kinser and Donny Schatz, who has held the number one spot for the last four seasons.
Sammy Swindell was sixth, with 2010 Williams Grove Speedway champion Greg Hodnett finishing seventh over Jason Sides, Paul McMahan and Fayetteville’s Lance Dewease.
Other drivers of interest include Brian Montieth (14th), Fred Rahmer (15th), Daryn Pittman (19th), Lucas Wolfe (19th) and Chad Layton (23rd).
Shaffer’s car owners Aaron Call and Janet Holbrook earned the Team of the Year, while Lincoln Speedway 410 driver Brad McClelland won Rookie of the Year. Knoxville Raceway’s Ralph Capitani received another Promoter of the Year award, while Goodyear Tire’s Justin Fantozzi won Manufacturer of the Year, and area auto racing news columnist Jerry Reigle was named Media Member of the Year. Reigle is battling stomach cancer, and we surely wish him good health in the near future.
Jason Johnson was named the National Sprint Car Poll 360 Sprint car driver of the year fresh off his ASCS National championship. Shane Stewart, Brady Bacon, URC champion Curt Michael and Tim Crawley were the top five. Pat Cannon and JJ Grasso finished in a tie for 10th spot.
It will be a big season for WRT Speedwerx as they add two new tracks to their list of tracks. Bedford and Port Royal will come on board this season as Jason Walls will be the Bedford photographer while Jeff Hertzler takes the Port. The WRT group will also sell 4x6 photos for just $1 this season at all tracks. Check out the Web site at www.wrtspeedwerx.com.
That’s a wrap for this week as we inch closer to the 2011 opener at Lincoln Speedway on February 26. But if that’s going to happen, I think we are going to need some serious warm-up because it’s been just plain cold since late November! Until next week, e-mail reaches me at Bvores@comcast.net.