Thomas Named Non-Winged Driver Of The Year

Kevin Thomas Jr. in 2017. (Dallas Breeze photo)

KNOXVILLE, Iowa — Kevin Thomas Jr. has been named the 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 first time.

The 2017 Indiana Sprint Week champion and Perris (Calif.) Oval Nationals winner earned seven first-place ballots cast in the year-end poll.

Those drivers ranked second through fifth, respectively, are USAC National Sprint Car champion Chris Windom (four first place votes), Justin Grant (one first place vote), Tyler Courtney and USAC/California Racing Ass’n champion Damion Gardner.

Rounding out the top 10 are C.J. Leary, Chase Stockon, Thomas Meseraull, Brody Roa and Robert Ballou and R.J. Johnson.

Sam McGhee, owner of the Sam McGhee Motorsports No. 11, earned the 2017 non-winged sprint car Team of the Year award.

Tyler Courtney will receive the Wild Card Award for his exciting non-winged sprint car performances in 2017, while Logan Seavey will receive the 2017 non-winged sprint car rookie-of-the-year award.

Pat Sullivan, of Sprint Car & Midget Magazine, will receive the North American Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll Media Member of the Year honors for the third time in his career.

Jim O’Connor of Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway (his fifth time) and USAC’s Levi Jones (his first such honor) will each receive the Promoter of the Year Award.

Jeff Swindell of Swindell Bleeders will receive the Builder/Manufacturer of the Year honors for the first time.