IOWA (July 31, 2004) 2000 “Driver
of the Year” Jay Drake of Val Verde, California, is back on top of the
sport’s rankings, according to the Summer 2004 edition of the North American
Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll. The
voting panel of media members, manufacturers, sanctioning officials and
promoters awarded Drake twelve (12) of the eighteen (18) first place votes cast.
Jay Drake, driver of the Tony Stewart-owned Mopar sprinter, currently
leads the United States Auto Club (USAC) Sprint Car Series point standings.
second in the poll is Cory Kruseman of Ventura, California, who was the 2001
“Driver of the Year”. Kruseman,
the second place point-getter in the USAC national series who collected three
first place votes, also pilots a Tony Stewart Racing sprinter.
Those drivers ranked third through fifth, respectively, are
USAC/California Racing Association (CRA) point leader Rip Williams of southern
California, USAC/CRA runner-up Damion Gardner of northern California, and Sprint
Car Racing Association (SCRA) point leader Rickie Gaunt of southern California.
Williams and Gardner each topped one first place ballot.
out the ‘top ten’ non-winged sprint car drivers in North America are third
place USAC national tourist Brandon “Bud” Kaeding of northern California,
Mike Kirby of southern California, Bobby East of Indiana, Dave Darland of
Indiana, and Jon Stanbrough of Indiana, respectively.
The Summer edition of the poll is released just one week prior to the
$50,000-to-win Mopar Thunder at Eldora USAC national non-winged sprint car race
at Earl Baltes’ legendary Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
North American Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll is an annual awards program of the
National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Foundation, Inc., of Knoxville,
2004 North American Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll
Jay Drake (12), Val Verde, CA, 1345 points
Cory Kruseman (3), Ventura, CA, 728
Rip Williams (1), Yorba Linda, CA, 465
Damion Gardner (1), Concord, CA, 438
Rickie Gaunt, Torrance, CA, 321
Brandon “Bud” Kaeding, Campbell, CA, 320
Mike Kirby, Lomita, CA, 210
Bobby East, Speedway, IN, 178
Dave Darland, Lincoln, IN, 143
Jon Stanbrough, Jamestown, IN, 114
Levi Jones, Olney, IL, 106
Josh Wise, Riverside, CA, 103
Michael Lewis, Noblesville, IN, 91
Troy Rutherford (1), Ojai, CA, 76
Kevin Briscoe, Mitchell, IN, 59
Tony Elliott, Kokomo, IN, 45
Tony Jones, Garden Grove, CA, 40
Dickie Gaines, Mitchell, IN, 38
Charles Davis, Jr., Buckeye, AZ, 30
Eric Gordon, Indianapolis, IN, 30
Bob Ream, Jr., Glendale, AZ, 25
David Steele, Tampa, FL, 24
Brad Bumgarner, Chico, CA, 20
Mike Knopf, Santa Maria, CA, 20
Steve Ostling, Corona, CA, 19.
receiving multiple votes: A.J.
Anderson, Alan Ballard, Michael Burthay, Ronnie Clark, Bryan Clauson, Shane
Cottle, Shane Hollingsworth, Tony Hunt, Jason McCord, Brian McLish, Adam
Mitchell, Aaron Pierce, Boston Reid, Jeremy Sherman, Mike Spencer, Danny
Sheridan, Brian Tyler, Eric Wilkins.