Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Indiana, was named the 2018 “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 2018 USAC National Sprint Car champion counted the Eldora Four-Crown sprint and midget features and the “Tony Hulman Classic” amongst his wins. “Sunshine” earned all eleven first-place ballots cast in the year-end poll.
Those drivers ranked second through fifth, respectively, are defending Non-wing Driver of the Year and Perris Oval Nationals champion, Kevin Thomas Jr., 2018 Indiana Sprint Week champion Chris Windom, Justin Grant, and USAC/California Racing Association (CRA) champion Damion Gardner. Rounding out the ‘top ten’ drivers are CJ Leary, Chase Stockon, Brady Bacon, Brody Roa and Dave Darland.
The Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing No. 7BC team with Tyler Courtney at the wheel, earned the 2018 non-winged sprint car “Team of the Year” award.
CJ Leary will receive the “Wild Card Award” for his exciting non-winged sprint car performances in 2018, while Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Jason McDougal will receive the 2018 non-winged sprint car “Rookie of the Year” award.
Mike and Tim Truex of Loudpedal Productions will receive the North American Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll “Media Member of the Year” honors for the fourth time in their career. Tom Helfrich of the Tri-State Speedway will receive his third career “Promoter of the Year” Award.
Joe Devin of DRC Chassis will receive the “Builder/Manufacturer of the Year” honors for the eighth time.
The North American Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll is an annual awards program of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Foundation, Inc., of Knoxville, Iowa.All awards will be distributed in 2019 at tracks and other locations throughout North America.
2018 Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll Top 20
1. `Tyler Courtney, `Indianapolis, IN, `1,100
2. `Kevin Thomas Jr., `Cullman, AL, `660
3. `Chris Windom, `Canton, IL, `375
4. `Justin Grant, I`one, CA, `265
5. `Damion Gardner, `Concord, CA, `234
6. `CJ Leary, `Greenfield, IN, `229
7. `Chase Stockon, `Fort Branch, IN, `208
8. `Brady Bacon, `Broken Arrow, OK, `197
9. `Brody Roa, `Buena Park, CA, `142
10. `Dave Darland, `Lincoln, IN, `135
11. Thomas Meseraull, San Jose, CA, 57
12. `Robert Ballou, `Rocklin, CA, `49
13. `Austin Williams, `Yorba Linda, CA, `44
14. `Charles Davis Jr., `Buckeye, AZ, `40
(tie) `Jake Swanson, `Anaheim, CA, `40
16. `Carson Short, `Marion, IL, `39
17. `Ryan Bernal, `Hollister, CA, `20
18. `Isaac Chapple, `Willow Branch, IN, `18
19. `Jason McDougle, `Broken Arrow, OK, `16
20. `Chad Boespflug, `Hanford, CA, `13
(tie) `Steve Drevicki, `Reading, PA, `13
(tie) `Austin Liggett, `Tracy, CA, `13
First Place Votes - Tyler Courtney 11.