KNOXVILLE, Iowa — For the sixth time in his career, Donny Schatz, of Fargo, N.D., 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 2013 Knoxville Nationals winner, who had 23 wins with the World of Outlaws, earned 13 of the 23 first-place ballots cast in the year-end poll.
Those drivers ranked second through fifth, respectively, are eight-time WoO winner and overall WoO champion Daryn Pittman, Paul McMahan, Tim Kaeding and Central Pennsylvania Point Series and Williams Grove Speedway champion Fred Rahmer.
Rounding out the ‘top ten’ for the season are Craig Dollansky, Sammy Swindell, All Star Circuit of Champions champion Dale Blaney, Joey Saldana and Steve Kinser, respectively.
Pittman earned 10 first-place votes, while his sprint car owner Kasey Kahne will take the Team of the Year honors.
Christopher Bell will receive the “Wild Card Award” for his exciting ‘410’ sprint car performances in 2013.
Dominic Scelzi of California, a competitor with the Golden State King of the West Series, has earned the Rookie of the Year award. Due to a tie in voting, Roger Slack & Tony Stewart of Eldora Speedway and Brian Stickel of Knoxville Raceway will share the Promoter of the Year honors.
Phil Plant of Ti22 Performance/GF1 chassis will earn the Builder/Manufacturer of the Year honors for the ‘410’ poll. For the second year in a row, 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.