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For the seventh 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 2014 Knoxville Nationals winner and World of Outlaws champion, earned 23 of the 24 first-place ballots cast in the year-end poll.
Tony Stewart, owner of the Donny Schatz sprint car, earned his seventh Team of the Year honor, though three of those have come from the North American Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll.
Those drivers ranked second through fifth, respectively, are WoO regular Daryn Pittman of Oklahoma, UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions champion Dale Blaney, 2014 Kings Royal winner Kerry Madsen and World of Outlaws regular Paul McMahan of California. Rounding out the top 10 for the season are Joey Saldana, 2014 Williams Grove Speedway champion Greg Hodnett, Brian Brown, Brad Sweet and David Gravel. Blaney earned one first-place vote.
Rico Abreu of California received the Wild Card Award for his exciting 410 sprint car performances in 2014.
Austin Hogue of Pennsylvania, the top rookie at the Lincoln and Williams Grove tracks this past season, has earned the Rookie of the Year award in the 410 division of the North American Sprint Car Poll. Brian Stickel of Knoxville Raceway has captured the Promoter of the Year honors for the second consecutive year.
Jack & Bonnie Elam of J&J Auto Racing will earn the Builder/Manufacturer of the Year honors for the ‘410’ poll. For the first time, the Media Member of the Year award will go to Ralph Sheheen of SPEED SPORT Magazine.
The North American 410 Sprint Car Poll is an annual awards program of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum. All awards will be distributed in 2015 at tracks throughout North America. The awards were announced on the second day of the 2015 Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Okla.
CREDIT: Nat’l Sprint Car Hall of Fame