Voting Panel

Chris Economaki
Editor/Publisher, National Speed Sport News
Dr. Dick Berggren
Executive editor, Speedway Illustrated
Eli Gold
TV and Radio Broadcaster
Bob Jenkins,
TV Broadcaster
Ken Squier
TV Broadcaster
Steve Ballard
Writer, Indianapolis Star
Lewis Franck
Correspondent for Reuters
Mike Harris
Motorsports Editor, AP
Ed Hinton
Writer, ESPN.COM
John Sturbin
Senior Writer, RacinToday.com
Mike Vega
Writer, Boston Globe
Steve Waid
Vice President of Editorial Development, NASCAR Scene
Jim Pedley
Managing Editor, RacinToday.com
Bob Varsha
TV Broadcaster, Speed Channel
Mike Brudenell
Detroit Free Press
Nate Ryan
Writer, USA Today
Terry Blount
Writer, ESPN.com
Dustin Long
Writer, Landmark Newspapers,/ National Motorsports Press Association President
Tom Jensen
Senior NASCAR Editor, SpeedTV.com
Jenna Fryer
Motorsports Writer, The Associated Press
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Harvick Cleans Up In Driver Of The Year Voting

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NASCAR's Kevin Harvick was a double winner in Driver of the Year balloting. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Tim Parks)

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NASCAR’s Kevin Harvick was named a double winner by the Driver of the Year Award voting panel on Wednesday. Harvick was named winner of the Fourth Quarter DOTY and also winner of the year-ending overall 2014 DOTY.

The awards cap a season in which Harvick won his first Sprint Cup championship.

“I’m pretty excited about it,” Harvick said of becoming a DOTY winner. “It’s a great honor.”

Driving the No. 4 Budweiser Sprint Cup Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014, the 39-year-old Harvick won three races in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup playoffs – including the final two events.

He won five races total last season and now has won 28 races during a Sprint Cup career which began when he took over the seat of NASCAR Hall of Famer and seven-time Cup champion Dale Earnhardt, who died after a crash on the final lap of the season-opening Daytona 500 in 2001.

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Cup’s Johnson Adds DOTY To His Award Pile

Tuesday, 13 Aug, 2013 – 8:36 | Comments Off

Jimmie Johnson had a winning second quarter of racing. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

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Leading his series’ points standings and tied for its lead in race victories, NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jimmie Johnson has been elected the second-quarter winner of the Driver of the Year Award.

The five-time Cup champion tallied more than twice the points of his nearest challenger in the quarterly voting by an elite panel of American broadcasters and journalists.

Johnson bookended the period – May 18 to July 7, which coincided with the Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and ended with the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona – with victories.

Johnson said he appreciated the media’s acknowledgement of his achievement by voting him the second-quarter DOTY winner.

“It’s always nice to be recognized for the work we do,” said Johnson.  ”The No. 48 Lowe’s crew has been performing every week and we have had some big wins including the All-Star race. I’m proud of the work our entire team has put in and it’s showing on the track.”

Barry Schmoyer, President of the Driver of the Year Foundation, said, “if you looked up the definition of champion, on and off the track, you’d find Jimmie Johnson there. His drive for six titles certainly picked up speed as the summer season began.”

In the voting, the 37-year old Johnson, who drives a Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports, had 14 first-place ballots and totaled 147 points under the DOTY points system.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, who drives the DHL Dallara/Chevrolet for Andretti Autosport in the IndyCar series, had one first-place vote and tallied 65 points.

Tony Kanaan, the Indianapolis 500 winner who drives for KV Racing Technology, finished third with two first-place votes and 64 points. NASCAR driver, Matt Kenseth, winner of the first quarter DOTY this season, also had one first-place vote.

A total of 23 drivers scored points in the second quarter voting.

In its’ 47th year, the Driver of the Year title is unique. The panel of 18 leading journalists and broadcasters from across the U.S. – including RacinToday.com’s John Sturbin, Mike Harris and Jim Pedley – determines the winner. In quarterly voting, 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 during an upcoming race weekend.

Information on the award may be obtained from Driver of the Year Foundation, PO Box 49827, Sarasota, Florida 34230 or from (941) 379-2318 or email: barrydoty@yahoo.com

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Kenseth Wins First DOTY

Thursday, 23 May, 2013 – 8:23 | One Comment

Matt Kenseth smoked the field in the Driver of the Year's first-quarter vote. (RacinToday.com file photo by Brian Lawdermilk)

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Matt Kenseth’s offseason race shop move from Concord to Huntersville, N.C., continues to pay dividends, as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star emerged as first quarter 2013 winner of the Driver of the Year award.

Kenseth, the 2003 Cup champion, crushed the opposition in voting among a nationwide panel of 18 print/website journalists and broadcasters, scoring twice the points of his nearest rival in his first season with Joe Gibbs Racing.

During the quarter that ended on May 12th, Kenseth scored wins at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway before notching his first career win in the Southern 500 at historic Darlington Raceway. Kenseth also posted two poles and led 781 laps.

The quarter was not without controversy, however, as Kenseth, crew chief Jason Ratcliff and owner Gibbs were penalized by NASCAR after the win at Kansas Speedway, when post-race inspection of the engine in the No. 20 Dollar General/Husky Toyota Camry revealed a piston rod out of specification (too light). Originally docked 50 championship points, that penalty subsequently was reduced to 12 points by the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel. All other components of Kenseth’s original penalty also were rescinded.

The Wisconsin native was taken aback when informed of his selection by the DOTY panel. “It’s always an honor whenever you’re selected for any kind of award from the media or the fans,” said Kenseth, who finished seventh in the final 2012 Chase for the Sprint Cup standings. “I never even thought of receiving this award, so it’s pretty cool to have been selected for this.

“There’s really not a lot that I can take credit for though, because it’s truly a testament to everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing and how fast the cars are that they’ve given us to start the season off with. I feel like all three of our JGR teams have been fast and competitive at every track this year and capable of winning each week. We have a really great group and I think that we learn a lot and work together in order to be successful.”

Kenseth, 41, moved to JGR after a stellar 14-year career at Roush Fenway Racing, where he was the de facto franchise driver for team-owner Jack Roush. Kenseth won 24 Cup races in Roush Fenway Fords, including Daytona 500 titles in 2009 and 2012.

“Usually it takes a little while for a team to jell, but Kenseth and the entire JGR team behind him have hit the ground running – and running for another Sprint Cup championship,” said Barry Schmoyer, president of the DOTY Foundation.

Kenseth earned 10 first-place votes and totaled 110 points under the DOTY point system. IZOD IndyCar Series regular James Hinchcliffe, a two-time winner in the No. 27 Team GoDaddy.com Dallara/Chevrolet fielded by Andretti Autosport, received one first-place vote and 55 points.

Kyle Busch, one of Kenseth’s JGR teammates, finished third with two first-place votes and 50 points following strong performances in NASCAR’s Cup and Nationwide series. Takuma Sato, first Japanese driver to win an IndyCar Series race, was recognized with one first-place vote following his victory on the Streets of Long Beach for A.J. Foyt Racing.

Fifteen drivers scored points during the quarter, with four panelists failing to vote. In quarterly voting, points are awarded on a declining 9, 6, 4,3,2,1 basis.

Originally known as the Martini & Rossi and in its 47th season, Driver of the Year is the oldest award of its kind for motorsports in North America. In addition to the quarterly votes, the Driver of the Year is determined via secret ballot at season’s end. Brad Keselowski, the 2012 Cup champion for Penske Racing, added his name to the list of award-winners last year.

Kenseth will receive a trophy and Tissot wristwatch at a race weekend to be determined.

Further information on the award may be obtained from the Driver of the Year Foundation, P.O. Box 49827, Sarasota, Fla., 34230; by calling Schmoyer at (941) 379-2318 or via email at barrydoty@yahoo.com

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Keselowski Named Winner Of 2012 DOTY Award

Thursday, 6 Dec, 2012 – 10:01 | Comments Off

Brad Keselowski was named winner of the prestigious Driver of the Year award on Thursday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Brad Keselowski capped off The Year of the Beer Thursday when he was named winner of the 2012 Driver of the Year award.

The 28-year-old NASCAR Sprint Cup champion from Rochester Hills, Mich., won the DOTY honor by earning 18 votes from the panel of 19 media members who participate in the annual balloting.

The only other driver to receive a vote for the prestigious 46-year-old award was IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport.

By becoming a DOTY winner, Keselowski joins such elite company as Mario Andretti (first winner of the award), Dale Earnhardt, John Force, A.J. Foyt, Jimmie Johnson, Nigel Mansell, Richard Petty, Emerson Fittipaldi, David Pearson and Jeff Gordon.

“To be honored with the 2012 Driver of the Year is a great way to cap off our championship season,” Keselowski said. “The (drivers) list is definitely a ‘Who’s Who’ in the history of racing. It gives me great pride to see my name there with the likes of Mark Donohue and Mario Andretti, drivers who have transcended one particular discipline or series, and are considered some of the best to ever sit in a race car.”

Keselowski, driver of the famed No. 2 “Blue Deuce” Dodge Charger of Penske Racing, won five Cup races in 2012. During the 10-race, season-ending Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship playoff, he refused to buckle to

Brad Keselowski takes the top season-ending award. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Gregg Ellman)

pressure put on him by five-time champion Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports.

At season’s end, Keselowski helped give legendary team-owner Roger Penske his first Sprint Cup championship.

“It was a terrific 2012 season by Brad and the entire Miller Lite Penske Racing team,” said Penske, who also owned the car driven by Mark Donohue, second person to win Driver of the Year.

“With five race victories and consistent and productive finishes over the course of the long season, the team put itself in a good position for the Chase,” said Penske, at 75 the winner of a record 15 Indianapolis 500s. “Over the final 10 races of the year, Brad and the team raised the bar and ran aggressive, smart and disciplined races to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. We are proud of all Brad has accomplished this season and we certainly congratulate him on winning the 2012 Driver of the Year award.”

Penske Racing, which began running Cup races in 1972, ended the longest non-championship streak among current ownership. Best previous finish for teams fielded by “The Captain” in the Cup championship standings was second in 1993 with Rusty Wallace, the 1989 champion for car-owner Raymond Beadle.

In addition to his five wins, Keselowski posted 13 top-five and 23 top-10 finishes during the 36-race schedule.

After winning the championship, Keselowski stood in Victory Lane at Miami-Homestead Speedway guzzling down beer from an oversized glass and would later admitted to having a bit of a “buzz” through his many rounds of interviews with the media.

Keselowski, who said he likes to do things a little bit differently than other drivers, repeatedly put his human side on display after winning his championship. He said his post-season goals included dating a celebrity and purchasing a military tank.

Keselowski also was named winner of the fourth quarter DOTY on Thursday in a separate vote.

The Driver of the Year award, originally known as the Martini & Rossi, is the oldest of its kind for motorsports in North America. It is presented annually, as are the four quarterly DOTYs.

Voting members are selected from the ranks of top journalists and broadcasters. Voting currently is conducted under the stewardship of Barry Schmoyer, president of the Driver of the Year Foundation.

In September 2012, the last founding media member of the award, Chris Economaki, passed away at age 91.

Keselowski will be presented with his DOTY trophies and Tissot watches that go to winners during a ceremony to be held next year.

Information on the award may be obtained from the Foundation at PO Box 49827, Sarasota, Fla., 34230; by calling Schmoyer at (941) 928-3033 or emailing him at barrydoty@yahoo.com.

The complete list of Driver of the Year award winners:

2012-Brad Keselowski

2011-Tony Stewart

2010-Jimmie Johnson

2009-Jimmie Johnson

2008-Tony Schumacher

2007-Jimmie Johnson

2006-Jimmie Johnson

2005-Tony Stewart

2004-Greg Anderson

2003-Ryan Newman

2002-Cristiano da Matta

2001-Jeff Gordon

2000-Bobby Labonte

1999-Dale Jarrett

1998-Jeff Gordon

1997-Jeff Gordon

1996-John Force

1995-Jeff Gordon

1994-Dale Earnhardt

1993-Nigel Mansell

1992-Bobby Rahal

1991-Michael Andretti

1990-Al Unser Jr.

1989-Emerson Fittipaldi

1988-Bill Elliott

1987-Dale Earnhardt

1986-Bobby Rahal

1985-Bill Elliott

1984-Mario Andretti

1983-Bobby Rahal

1982-Darrell Waltrip

1981-Darrell Waltrip

1980-Johnny Rutherford

1979-Darrell Waltrip

1978-Mario Andretti

1977-Cale Yarborough

1976-David Pearson

1975-A.J. Foyt Jr.

1974-Bobby Unser

1973-David Pearson

1972-Bobby Allison

1971-Richard Petty

1970-Al Unser Sr.

1969-Lee Roy Yarbrough

1968-Mark Donohue

1967-Mario Andretti

Voting Panel

Dr. Dick Berggren, executive editor, Speedway Illustrated and FOX Sports NASCAR racing analyst; Eli Gold, TV and radio broadcaster; Bob Jenkins, retired TV broadcaster; Ken Squier, TV broadcaster; Lewis Franck, correspondent for Reuters; Mike Harris, senior writer, RacinToday.com; John Sturbin, senior writer, RacinToday.com; Mike Vega, sports writer, Boston Globe; Steve Waid, retired editor, Winston Cup Scene Illustrated; Jim Pedley, managing editor, RacinToday.com; Bob Varsha, TV broadcaster, SPEED; Mike Brudenell, sports writer, Detroit Free Press; Nate Ryan, motorsports writer, USA Today; Terry Blount, motorsports writer, ESPN.com; Dustin Long, motorsports writer Media Group USA, National Motorsports Press Association president; Tom Jensen, senior NASCAR editor, speed.com; Jenna Fryer, motorsports writer, The Associated Press; Holly Cain, writer, NASCAR.com; Marty Reid, TV broadcaster, ESPN.

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Keselowski About To Be Showered by Awards

Wednesday, 28 Nov, 2012 – 9:02 | Comments Off

The award season starts right now for Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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On a to-do list topped by “Date a celebrity,” 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski has added “Buy a tank” en route to what appears to be the inside track to the Driver of the Year award.

We’ll get to that possible tank purchase by “Bad Brad” in a moment.

But first, fourth quarter and final ballots for DOTY are due at noon today from a 21-member panel of national motorsports journalists and broadcasters. A panelist since 1996, it seems to me that Keselowski is a lock to add his name to a distinguished list of DOTY winners that began with open-wheel icon Mario Andretti in 1967 and saw Tony Stewart honored after clinching his third Cup championship one year ago.

“Yeah, it’s an award that’s been around for some time,” Keselowski said during a recent national teleconference. “I think I won the quarterly last year during the summer. So those awards aren’t something that you should take lightly, for sure. So it would be nice to win it. We’ve done some great things this year that I’m very proud of, along with many other drivers. I wouldn’t be ashamed to not win it. But on the flip side, it would mean a lot to me to (win it).”

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Hunter-Reay Wins Third Quarter DOTY Award

Monday, 24 Sep, 2012 – 15:50 | One Comment

Ryan Hunter-Reay was third-quarter winner of the Driver of the Year Award. (INDYCAR/LAT USA)

Recently crowned 2012 IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay has been named recipient of the Driver of the Year Award for the third quarter of the 2012 season.

Hunter-Reay, who drives for Andretti Autosport, beat NASCAR’s Brad Keselowski in the voting.

The panel of 21 broadcasters and journalists gave 10 first-place votes to Hunter-Reay, who totaled 138-points. Keselowski received six first-place votes and totaled 105-points. Two panel members did not vote in the third quarter.

In the third quarter, the Texas-born Hunter-Reay, had wins at Toronto and Baltimore.

“I’m honored to have been voted Driver of the Year for the third quarter,” Hunter-Reay said. “With every driver that races on four wheels in America being eligible, it’s humbling to know that the media voted for me.”

Barry Schmoyer, President of the Driver of the Year Foundation, said, “while the voting is open to all drivers racing in the U.S., there’s a certain pride that an American has won the IndyCar title for the first time since Sam Hornish accomplished it in 2006.”

Erica Enders, an NHRA Pro Stock driver, was third in the points and garnered two first-place votes and 55 points. Antron Brown, who races in the NHRA’s Top Fuel division, was fourth with 39 points.

Denny Hamlin, the only other driver to receive a first-place vote, was fifth with 34 points.

A total of 18 drivers scored points in the third quarter voting.

In its’ 46th year, the Driver of the Year Award, is unique. The panel of journalists and broadcasters from across the U.S. determines the winner. In quarterly voting, points are awarded on a declining 9, 6, 4, 3, 2, 1 basis. Hunter-Reay will receive a trophy and a Tissot wristwatch to be presented at a time and place to be determined.

“I have to thank my crew and everyone at DHL, Sun Drop and Chevy for all their support – this year just gets better and better,” Hunter-Reay added.

Further information on the award may be obtained from Driver of the Year Foundation, PO Box 49827, Sarasota, Florida 34230 or from (941) 379-2318 or email: barrydoty@yahoo.com

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Sprint Cup’s Jimmie Johnson Wins Second-Quarter DOTY

Wednesday, 18 Jul, 2012 – 8:37 | Comments Off

Jimmie Johnson was named the winner of the second quarter Driver of The Year Award on Wednesday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

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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 barrydoty@yahoo.com.

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Power Wins First-Quarter Driver Of The Year Award

Tuesday, 24 Apr, 2012 – 8:37 | Comments Off

Will Power jumped to a narrow win in first-quarter voting for the prestigious Driver of the Year Award.. (INDYCAR/LAT USA)

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The IndyCar Series’ Will Power was named winner of the Driver of the Year panel’s first-quarter award, it was announced Tuesday morning.

Power edged NHRA Funny Car driver Robert Hight by a single point to earn the award, which goes to the top driver in United States-based racing series. It is voted upon by a panel of 21 racing-media members.

Power, who drives a Chevrolet-powered Dallara DW12 for Team Penske, has won two of the first three races on the 2012 schedule. He won on the Barber Motorsports Park road circuit in Alabama and on the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach’s street circuit.

The Long Beach victory was earned despite the fact that all teams using Chevrolet engines were penalized 10 spots on the starting grid.

“I think my guys feel very confident no matter where we start now that it’s always possible,” Power said after his most recent victory at the Toyota Grand Prix in Long Beach, California.

The Australian driver also won the pole for the season-opening IndyCar Series race in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Power will head to Sao Paulo, Brazil for this weekend’s race with the series points lead.

“It is a great honor to be recognized by such an elite panel,” Power said of winning the first-quarter DOTY. “This award is a testament to how hard the Verizon Team Penske crew has worked this year and we hope to keep it going for the rest of the season.”

Power had eight first-place ballots and totaled 99 points under the Driver of the Year voting system.

Hight, who drives the Auto Club Mustang for John Force Racing, also recorded eight first-place votes and totaled 98 points.

“I don’t recall such a close quarterly vote,” Barry Schmoyer, president of the Driver of the Year Foundation, said.

Power won the third quarter in 2010 by two points, Schmoyer said.

There has only been one tie in DOTY history – in 2002 when Cristiano da Matta (then in Champ Car) took the annual title in a tie-breaker over NASCAR’s Tony Stewart based on points earned in the quarterly tallies.

Greg Biffle, who led the Sprint Cup Series in points for the quarter – which ended with his victory at Texas Motor Speedway – finished third with two first-place votes and 78 points.

A total of 16 drivers scored points in the third quarter voting.

In its’ 46th year, the Driver of the Year Award is unique. The panel of 21 leading journalists and broadcasters from across the U.S. determines the winner. Votes are held quarterly. A year-end vote determines the overall Driver of the Year.

Panelists vote for six drivers in quarterly voting and points are awarded on a declining 9, 6, 4, 3, 2, 1 basis.

Power will receive a trophy and a Tissot wristwatch to be presented at a race weekend at to be determined.

“I certainly take pride in winning this award and want to thank everyone on the panel,” Power added.

Schmoyer is a businessman and sportsman of Sarasota, Fla.

Further information on the award may be obtained from Driver of the Year Foundation, PO Box 49827, Sarasota, Florida 34230 or from (941) 379-2318 or email: barrydoty@yahoo.com.

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Cup’s Stewart Is Driver Of The Year Award Winner

Wednesday, 14 Dec, 2011 – 8:35 | Comments Off

NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Tony Stewart was named winner of the 2011 Driver of the Year Award today.

Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart is the 2011 Driver of the Year Award winner. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Christa L Thomas)

Stewart, the 2011 Cup champion, was awarded the honor by a panel of leading motorsports journalists and broadcasters.

Stewart, co-owner with Gene Haas of the Stewart-Haas Racing team for which he drives, also was the leading vote-getter in balloting for the separate Fourth Quarter Driver of the Year Award announced Tuesday.

“I have a lot of pride in this,” Stewart said of sweeping the season-ending DOTYs. “This is an award that comes from a highly esteemed group. These are the awards that mean the most.”

Stewart, Cup champion in 2002 and 2005 with Joe Gibbs Racing, won his third championship with dramatic flair. Winless heading into the 12-driver, 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship, the Indiana native won five times during the playoffs.

He started the final race of the year in second place – three points behind Carl Edwards of Roush Fenway Racing. In that race – the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway – Stewart finished first and Edwards second. They tied in points but Stewart earned the championship on tie-breaking criteria as he won more races during the season than Edwards (5-1).

The DOTY is the oldest and most prestigious award of its kind. In its 45th year, DOTY encompasses all racing series and drivers in North America. A panel of 19 leading journalists and broadcasters from across the country cast votes this year for the quarterly and final winner.

Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet Impala, topped the vote in a landslide. Stewart earned 15 votes in the final secret ballot. Edwards, Dario Franchitti of the IZOD IndyCar Series, Jason Meyers of the World of Outlaws Series and NHRA Top Fuel world champion Del Worsham all received one vote. Stewart previously won DOTY in 2005, after his second Cup championship.

In the quarterly voting, Stewart beat Edwards and Meyers, garnering all but one of the first-place votes.

“The last quarter was a history-maker, for sure,” said Stewart, a 40-year-old native and resident of Columbus, Ind. “There are so many champions honored this way (the award). It’s just amazing. I don’t know how to put it into words. It’s truly an honor.”

Barry Schmoyer, president of the Driver of the Year Foundation, said, “It’s certainly ironic that last year’s vote involved a spirited debate, but this year’s was a slam dunk. Stewart’s come-from-behind victory at Homestead will thrill fans for ages.”

Stewart will receive trophies and Tissot wristwatches at a later date. Further information on the award may be obtained at Driver of the Year Foundation, PO Box 49827, Sarasota, Fla., 34230; by calling (941) 379-2318 or at barrydoty@yahoo.com.

The complete list of Driver of the Year Award winners:

2011-Tony Stewart

2010-Jimmie Johnson

2009-Jimmie Johnson

2008-Tony Schumacher

2007-Jimmie Johnson

2006-Jimmie Johnson

2005-Tony Stewart

2004-Greg Anderson

2003-Ryan Newman

2002-Cristiano da Matta

2001-Jeff Gordon

2000-Bobby Labonte

1999-Dale Jarrett

1998-Jeff Gordon

1997-Jeff Gordon

1996-John Force

1995-Jeff Gordon

1994-Dale Earnhardt

1993-Nigel Mansell

1992-Bobby Rahal

1991-Michael Andretti

1990-Al Unser Jr.

1989-Emerson Fittipaldi

1988-Bill Elliott

1987-Dale Earnhardt

1986-Bobby Rahal

1985-Bill Elliott

1984-Mario Andretti

1983-Bobby Rahal

1982-Darrell Waltrip

1981-Darrell Waltrip

1980-Johnny Rutherford

1979-Darrell Waltrip

1978-Mario Andretti

1977-Cale Yarborough

1976-David Pearson

1975-A.J. Foyt Jr.

1974-Bobby Unser

1973-David Pearson

1972-Bobby Allison

1971-Richard Petty

1970-Al Unser Sr.

1969-Lee Roy Yarbrough

1968-Mark Donohue

1967-Mario Andretti

The Driver of the Year Voting Panel:

Dr. Dick Berggren, executive editor, Speedway Illustrated; Eli Gold, TV and radio broadcaster; Bob Jenkins, TV broadcaster; Ken Squier, TV broadcaster; Steve Ballard writer, Indianapolis Star; Lewis Franck, correspondent for Reuters; Mike Harris, senior writer, RacinToday.com; Ed Hinton, motorsports writer, ESPN.com; John Sturbin, senior writer, RacinToday.com; Mike Vega, writer, Boston Globe; Steve Waid, vice president of Editorial Development, NASCAR Scene; Jim Pedley, managing editor, RacinToday.com; Bob Varsha, TV broadcaster, Speed Channel; Mike Brudenell, writer, Detroit Free Press; Nate Ryan, motorsports writer, USA Today; Terry Blount, motorsports writer, ESPN.com; Dustin Long, motorsports writer, Landmark Newspapers/ National Motorsports Press Association president; Tom Jensen, senior NASCAR editor, SpeedTV.com; Jenna Fryer, motorsports writer, The Associated Press.

– Jim Pedley can be reached at jpedley@racintoday.com

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Keselowski Voted Driver Of Year For Third Quarter

Thursday, 22 Sep, 2011 – 6:21 | Comments Off

Brad Keselowski is presented with his Driver of the Year Award for the third quarter of the 2011 season by panel members Ed Hinton of ESPN.com, Lewis Franck of Reuters, Mike Harris of RacinToday.com and Michael Vega of the Boston Globe. (Photo by Nigel Kinrade)

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NASCAR’s Brad Keselowski emerged from a summer of mettle-testing pain to top balloting in third quarter Driver of the Year voting, leading a unique 1-2 sweep for team-owner Roger Penske.

Keselowski, who drives for Penske’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, earned 10 first-place ballots and 117 points under the DOTY voting system. Meanwhile, Will Power _a Penske teammate and championship leader in the IZOD IndyCar Series _ registered five first-place votes and 108 points.

The results marked the first time in the DOTY award’s 45-year history that one team-owner had two drivers from different series finish 1-2 in the voting.

“To have Penske Racing finish 1-2 in the third quarter Driver of the Year award voting is a pretty special feat for everyone back at the shop,” said Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger. “It’s an honor to accept this award on behalf of Penske Racing and everyone on this team. We’re not finished here. We want to be the team holding the trophy after Homestead.”

Penske Racing prepares its NASCAR and IndyCar teams at the same facilities in Mooresville, N.C.

The third quarter included 10 Cup races up to and including the event at Richmond International Raceway on Sept. 10, when the 12-driver field for the Chase for the Sprint Cup was finalized. During that span, Keselowski recorded two wins, four top-five and seven top-12 finishes.

Keselowski’s victory at Pocono Raceway on Aug. 7 and a runnerup result on the road-course at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International on Aug. 15 were recorded within days of breaking his left ankle during a test session at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga., on Aug. 3. Keselowski also finished third at Michigan International Speedway on Aug. 21 and won on Bristol Motor Speedway’s daunting half-mile on Aug. 27.

Combined with an earlier victory, Keselowski secured one of two wild card spots for the Chase, NASCAR’s 10-race postseason that began at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., on Monday.

Racing in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series, Keselowski won at Kentucky Speedway on July 8 and at Lucas Oil Raceway near Indianapolis on July 30. A total of 11 NNS events were contested during the quarter.

“It’s nice to be recognized when you have put in a lot of hard work, and this team has worked as hard as any team that I’ve been around,” said Keselowski, 27, a native of Rochester Hills, Mich. “The driver puts in five percent of the effort, but gets 95 percent of the credit. The credit should go to (crew chief) Paul Wolfe and everyone on this team that didn’t settle for how we ran earlier in the year. As a result we now have three (Cup) wins, a spot in the Chase for the Championship and the third quarter Driver of the Year award.”

Power, driver of the No. 12 Verizon Dallara/Honda, won three of six IndyCar Series events contested during the quarter _ on the Streets of Edmonton on July 24; on the natural terrain Infineon Raceway layout in Sonoma, Calif., on Aug. 28 and the new Streets of Baltimore circuit on Sept. 4.

A 30-year-old native of Australia, Power is locked in a battle with three-time/reigning IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti of Target Chip Ganassi Racing for the 2011 driver’s title.

Versatile NASCAR star Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing, the first quarter DOTY winner, received two first-place votes and was third overall with 67 points.

Greg Anderson, NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock ace and 2003 Driver of the Year, earned one first-place vote. Another first-place vote went to NASCAR’s Kevin Harvick _ who exited Chicagoland Speedway as the Chase points-leader.

Eighteen drivers were recognized during third quarter voting by a nationwide panel of 21 motorsports journalists. In quarterly voting, points are awarded on a declining 9, 6, 4,3,2,1 basis, while the overall DOTY vote is conducted via secret ballot at year’s end.

Chase contender Carl Edwards of Roush Fenway Racing was voted second quarter DOTY winner.

Keselowski will receive a trophy and a Tissot wristwatch during ceremonies at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., this weekend.

Barry Schmoyer, Florida-based businessman and sportsman, is president of the Driver of the Year Foundation. Information on the award may be obtained from the DOTY Foundation at P.O. Box 49827, Sarasota, Fla., 34230; by calling (941) 379-2318 or email at barrydoty@yahoo.com.

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Driver Of The Year History

Auto racing was in the throes of transition in 1967.  A.J. Foyt became the first three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 and also the only driver to win the grand race in both a roadster and a rear-engine car.  Young drivers like Mario Andretti, Gordon Johncock and Al Unser were pushing out the old guard [...]

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Quotes

“There is no higher compliment on your driving. Of all the awards, this one is special. The criteria go directly to your performance. It carries an awful lot of prestige.”
– Mario Andretti

“It’s an honor to be named Driver of the Year ... It’s something I take a lot of pride in, especially since one of the guys I’ve always looked up to in racing, A.J. Foyt, won this award back in 1975."
– Tony Stewart

“I said it in December, and I’ll say it again – this award is dedicated to our Army Strong soldiers Their teamwork and passion are inspiring and a huge part of our drive to be successful.”
-Tony Schumacher.

Previous Recipients

2011-Tony Stewart
2010-Jimmie Johnson
2009-Jimmie Johnson
2008-Tony Schumacher
2007-Jimmie Johnson
2006-Jimmie Johnson
2005-Tony Stewart
2004-Greg Anderson
2003-Ryan Newman
2002-Cristiano da Matta
2001-Jeff Gordon
2000-Bobby Labonte
1999-Dale Jarrett
1998-Jeff Gordon
1997-Jeff Gordon
1996-John Force
1995-Jeff Gordon
1994-Dale Earnhardt
1993-Nigel Mansell
1992-Bobby Rahal
1991-Michael Andretti
1990-Al Unser, Jr.
1989-Emerson Fittipaldi
1988-Bill Elliott
1987-Dale Earnhardt
1986-Bobby Rahal
1985-Bill Elliott
1984-Mario Andretti
1983-Bobby Rahal
1982-Darrell Waltrip
1981-Darrell Waltrip
1980-Johnny Rutherford
1979-Darrell Waltrip
1978-Mario Andretti
1977-Cale Yarborough
1976-David Pearson
1975-A.J. Foyt
1974-Bobby Unser
1973-David Pearson
1972-Bobby Allison
1971-Richard Petty
1970-Al Unser, Sr.
1969-Lee Roy Yarbrough
1968-Mark Donohue
1967-Mario Andretti