Leary Named Non-Winged Driver Of The Year

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C.J. Leary has been named the North American Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll driver of the year. (John DaDalt Photo)
C.J. Leary has been named the North American Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll driver of the year. (John DaDalt Photo)

KNOXVILLE, Iowa — Reigning USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series champion C.J. Leary has been selected as the North American Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll driver of the year.

The announcement was made Wednesday night in Tulsa, Okla., during the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals.

The voting panel, consisting of media members, promoters, sanctioning officials and manufacturers, selected Leary based on his strong season that saw him capture the USAC National Sprint Car title, the Indiana Sprint Week crown and the Oval Nationals title at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

Leary earned seven of the 13 first-place ballots cast by voters. Tyler Courtney received five first-place ballots and Kyle Cummins received one.

Courtney was ranked second in the poll, followed by Brady Bacon, Cummins and Kevin Thomas Jr. Justin Grant, Chris Windom, Damion Gardner, Thomas Meseraull and Chase Stockon rounded out the top-10.

The Reinbold Racing/Underwood Motorsports No. 19AZ team that Leary drove for last year earned team of the year honors for the first time.

Courtney (his second) and Cummins will share the Wild Card Award for their exciting non-winged sprint car performances, while Dustin Clark will receive the 2019 non-winged sprint car rookie of the year award.

Richie Murray of USAC and Patrick Sullivan of Sprint Car & Midget Magazine (his fifth) were named the recipients of the North American Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll media member of the year honors. Joe Spiker of Lincoln Park Speedway and Paragon Speedway received promoter of the year honors for the first time.

John Godfrey of Spike Chassis received the builder/manufacturer of the year award for the fourth time.

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