Sprint Cup’s Jimmie Johnson Wins Second-Quarter DOTY
Jimmie Johnson on Wednesday was named the Driver of The Year Award winner for the second quarter of 2012 racing season.
The award, which was voted upon by an elite panel of 18 broadcasters and journalists, covered racing in American-based series during the period running from April 22nd to July 1st.
Johnson, the five-time Sprint Cup Series champion, had two NASCAR points-race wins (at Darlington and Dover) and a non-points victory in the annual Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway during the quarter.
Johnson, the only four-time winner of the annual year-ending Driver of The Year Award, was a happy quarterly winner after learning of his selection.
“It’s been awhile since I’ve had one of these, I’m excited,” Johnson said. “Especially (considering) how well Ryan Hunter-Reay (of the IZOD IndyCar Series) has been running. The recognition of what goes on over time (in the voting), it’s awesome.”
Barry Schmoyer, president of the Driver of the Year Foundation, said, “Jimmie Johnson is a champion all of the time. And the panel takes his performance very seriously.”
In the quarterly voting, Johnson, who drives the Lowe’s No. 48 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, had six first-place ballots and totaled 81 points.
Hunter-Reay, who had two victories in the quarter (Milwaukee and Iowa) driving No. 28 Team DHL/Sun Drop Citrus Soda Chevrolet Dallara DW-12 for Andretti Autosport, earned two first-place votes and tallied 71 points.
Joey Logano, who raced in both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series, had a Cup victory in Pocono and three Nationwide wins and that netted him third place in the quarterly voting with one first -place vote and 51 points.
Ron Capps, a Funny Car driver in the NHRA, and World of Outlaws sprint car driver Sammy Swindell, each had two first-place votes.
A total of 20 drivers scored points in the second-quarter voting.
In its 46th year, the Driver of The Year Award is unique. The voting panel, comprised of 21 members, determines the winner. Three panelists did not cast votes in the quarter.
In the quarterly balloting, panelists cast votes for six drivers in order of preference. Points are awarded on a declining 9, 6, 4, 3, 2 ,1 basis.
Johnson will receive a trophy and a Tissot wristwatch to be presented at a race weekend at to be determined.
Further information on the award may be obtained from Driver of the Year Foundation, PO Box 49827, Sarasota, Fla., 34230; or by calling (941) 928-3033 or emailing Schmoyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.No Comment