Donny Schatz Is Top 410 Shoe For Ninth Time

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Donny Schatz (Chris Seelman Photo)

KNOXVILLE, Iowa — For the ninth 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 reigning World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion earned 17 of the 20 first-place ballots cast in the year-end poll. The other first-place vote-getters were Daryn Pittman, Jason Johnson and the late Bryan Clauson.

Tony Stewart, owner of the Donny Schatz sprint car, earned his ninth Team of the Year honors, though three of those have come from the North American Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll.

Those drivers ranked second through fifth, respectively, are Daryn Pittman, David Gravel, 2016 Knoxville Nationals winner Jason Johnson and Brad Sweet.

Rounding out the top 10, respectively, were Central Pennsylvania Sprint Car champion Greg Hodnett, Shane Stewart, Dale Blaney, Joey Saldana and National Sprint League champion Danny Lasoski.

Jason Johnson  will receive the Wild Card Award for his exciting 410 sprint car performances in 2016.  Matt Campbell of Pennsylvania and Kody Lehman of Pennsylvania will share the “Rookie of the Year” award in the 410 division of the North American Sprint Car Poll, due to a tie in the voting.

Steve O’Neal of Port Royal Speedway and Tony Stewart of the All Star Circuit of Champions will do the same for the Promoter of the Year honors.

The late George Fisher of GF-1 Chassis will earn the “Builder/Manufacturer of the Year honors for the 410 poll.  The Media Member of the Year award will again go to Kendra Jacobs and Steve Post of the MAVTV/MRN “Winged Nation” show.