Clauson Tabbed Non-Winged DOTY

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Bryan Clauson, seen here after his recent win at the 2014 Chili Bowl, won his second consecutive USAC National Sprint Car championship in 2013. (Photo: Ginny Heithaus)
Bryan Clauson, seen here after his recent win at the 2014 Chili Bowl, won his second consecutive USAC National Sprint Car championship in 2013. (Photo: Ginny Heithaus)
Bryan Clauson, seen here after his recent win at the 2014 Chili Bowl, won his second consecutive USAC National Sprint Car Championship in 2013. (Photo: Ginny Heithaus)

KNOXVILLE, Iowa — Bryan Clauson, who just won the Chili Bowl Nationals, has been named the 2013 Driver of the Year by the North American Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll voting panel of media members, promoters, sanctioning officials and manufacturers for the second time.

The United States Auto Club (USAC) sprint car champion earned 13 of the 16 first-place ballots cast in the year-end poll.

Drivers ranked second through fifth, respectively, are King of Indiana Sprint Series champion Dave Darland, Kevin Thomas Jr., USAC-CRA champion Damion Gardner and Midwest Sprint Car Series title winner Jon Stanbrough.

Darland captured three first-place votes and will receive the “Wild Card Award” for his exciting non-winged sprint car performances in 2013, while his sprint car owners, Carla and Steve Phillips, will receive the non-winged sprint car “Team of the Year” award for their first time.

Sean Buckley of “Flip the Switch Indiana Sprint Cars” on MAVTV will receive the North American Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll “Media Member of the Year” honor.  Jim O’Connor of the Kokomo Speedway will earn the “Promoter of the Year” title for the third time.

Christopher Bell will receive the 2013 North American Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll Rookie of the Year award and Joe Devin of DRC Chassis will receive the “Builder/Manufacturer of the Year” honors for the sixth time.