Johnson Named Top 360 Sprint Car Shoe

Jason Johnson holds a 56 point advantage over second place Johnny Herrera going into the season finale. (Jimmy Jones photo)
Jason Johnson was named the 360 sprint car driver of the year for the fourth time. (Jimmy Jones photo)

KNOXVILLE, Iowa — Jason Johnson was voted the 2012 Driver of the Year by the North American 360 Sprint Car Poll voting panel of media members, promoters, sanctioning officials and manufacturers for the fourth time.

Johnson, the American Sprint Car Series national tour champion, earned 13 of the 16 first-place ballots cast in the year-end poll.

Jason & Bobbi Johnson earned their second “Team of the Year” award as well.

Those drivers ranked second through fifth, respectively, are Wayne Johnson, two-time Driver of the Year Shane Stewart, Brady Bacon and United Sprint Car Series champion and 2002 Driver of the Year Tim Crawley.

Rounding out the ‘top ten’ for the season are California Sprint Car Civil War Series champion Andy Forsberg, Central Pennsylvania 358 Point Series champion Pat Cannon, Empire Super Sprints (ESS) champion Chuck Hebing, Tony Bruce Jr. and Johnny Herrera.

Short Track Nationals runner-up Christopher Bell earned the North American 360 Sprint Car Poll Rookie of the Year title in his first full season of winged 360-cubic-inch sprint car competition.

Chris Moss of Roush-Yates Engines earned the Builder/Manufacturer of the Year honors for 2012.

In addition, Allan Holland of will receive the Media Member of the Year award for the sixth time, although he has also won the 410 poll honor twice. Tracey Clay of the I-30 Speedway in Arkansas earned her third Promoter of the Year award, while Kyle Larson will receive the Wild Card Award for his exciting 360 sprint car performances in 2012.

Interestingly enough, Larson won the same award this year from the North American 410 Sprint Car Poll voting panel and claimed all three of the same awards in 2011 (‘410’, ‘360’ and Non-Winged).