Schatz Named ‘410’ Driver of the Year
KNOXVILLE, Iowa — For the fifth time in his career, Donny Schatz was voted the Driver of the Year by the North American 410 Sprint Car Poll voting panel of media members, promoters, sanctioning officials and manufacturers.
The 2012 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series point champion and 2012 Knoxville Nationals winner earned 20 of the 24 first-place ballots cast in the year-end poll. For the third time, teammate and team owner Tony Stewart earned 410-cubic-inch sprint car Team of the Year honors.
Those drivers ranked second through fifth, respectively, are 1997 Driver of the Year and National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee Sammy Swindell, Craig Dollansky, Greg Hodnett and Joey Saldana.
Rounding out the ‘top ten’ for the season are 14-time “Driver of the Year” and National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee Steve Kinser, All Star Circuit of Champions Ohio Region titlist Dale Blaney, ASCoC Western Region and National champion Tim Shaffer, Tim Kaeding and Kyle Larson, respectively. Sammy Swindell earned three first-place votes, while Kyle Larson captured one.
Kyle Larson will receive the “Wild Card Award” for his exciting ‘410’ sprint car performances in 2012. In 2011, Larson was the recipient of the same award from all three North American Sprint Car Polls (‘410’, ‘360’ and Non-Winged).
Logan Schuchart, a first-year competitor at the Williams Grove Speedway in 2012, has earned the Rookie of the Year award in the 410 division of the North American Sprint Car Poll.
Kathy Hughes and Justin Loh of the same Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania will take home the Promoter of the Year honors.
Brian & Jeannie Butler of ButlerBuilt Seats and George Fisher of GF1 chassis will share the Builder/Manufacturer of the Year honors for the ‘410’ poll. The Media Member of the Year award will go to the team of Kendra Jacobs and Steve Post of the Motor Racing Network’s “Winged Nation” program.