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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Carl Edwards Nabs Second Quarter DOTY Award

Thursday, 7 Jul, 2011 – 8:45 | Comments Off

Carl Edwards is presented with his Driver of the Year Award for the second quarter of the 2011 season by voters Terry Blount of ESPN.com, Lewis Franck of Reuters, Mike Vega of the Boston Globe.

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Carl Edwards’ podium prowess in NASCAR’s Nationwide and Sprint Cup series this spring has earned the popular Roush Fenway Racing driver recognition as second quarter Driver of the Year.

Edwards posted three Nationwide Series victories and another three runner-up finishes in 10 events – and added a signature win in Cup’s non-points Sprint All-Star Race – during the period from April 16 to June 26.

Edwards received eight first-place ballots and totaled 98 points from the DOTY’s 21-member media panel to outscore NHRA Top Fuel ace Del Worsham, who drew five first-place votes and 88 points.

“It’s a huge honor and I’m very proud to have won the second quarter Driver of The Year,” said Edwards, who earned the fourth quarter DOTY in 2008. “Just to be up for an award like that is huge, so to win it is spectacular.

“The people who really have earned this are the guys that build these race cars and my team. We have turned things around from a year ago. I have to imagine we weren’t even in the running a year ago, so my sponsors Aflac, Fastenal, Ford, Scotts …the guys building these race cars, Doug Yates everyone, have come together and been working really well.”

Edwards, driver of the No. 60 Fastenal/Scotts Ford Mustang, posted Nationwide victories at

Top Fueler Del Worsham was second in DOTY voting. (Photo courtesy of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series)

Nashville Superspeedway, Dover International Speedway and Michigan International Speedway – punctuating each with his trademark back-flip celebration. He also strung together consecutive runnerup results at Iowa Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway to dominate the series in which – per revised NASCAR rules – he is ineligible for the 2011 championship.

In Cup, Edwards won the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in his No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion; finished second at Darlington Raceway and third in the season’s first road-course event at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. Eleven Cup races were run during the quarter, which ended with Edwards leading Kevin Harvick of Richard Childress Racing by 25 points.

Worsham’s remarkable return to the NHRA’s Top Fuel ranks from Funny Car featured three victories, including two over Al-Anabi Racing teammate Larry Dixon, the three-time/reigning world champion. Driving the car Dixon wheeled to the 2010 championship, Worsham defeated Dixon in the second annual 4-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway at Charlotte, N.C., and at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas. Worsham also won the most recent national event at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

Worsham added a runnerup result to Spencer Massey at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., to end the seven-event quarter with a 61-point lead over the Texan. Massey posted back-to-back wins at Heartland Park Topeka and in Englishtown and added a runnerup finish at Norwalk in the Prestone/FRAM Dragster fielded by Don Schumacher Racing.

Dario Franchitti, the three-time/reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion, was third in the voting with 80 points and two first-place ballots. Franchitti, of Target Chip Ganassi Racing, won the first of two night races at Texas Motor Speedway last month and at The Milwaukee Mile. The Scotsman added a third-place result on the Streets of Long Beach during the seven-races contested in the period. Franchitti ended the quarter with a 20-point lead over Will Power of Team Penske.

In quarterly voting, points are awarded on a declining 9, 6, 4,3,2,1 basis. NASCAR’s Kyle Busch won the first quarter 2011 DOTY award in April with nine first-place votes and a 121-89 point margin over Edwards. Harvick placed third with 84 points. A total of 14 drivers scored points in the first quarter voting; 21 drivers were recognized during the second quarter. The final DOTY vote is determined by a secret ballot at season’s end. Five-time/reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports won the award for a record-tying fourth time in 2010. Jeff Gordon, Johnson’s HMS teammate, also is a four-time DOTY winner.

Edwards will receive a trophy and a Tissot wristwatch later this season.

Barry Schmoyer is president of the award, which was first presented in 1967. Further information may be obtained from the DOTY Foundation, P.O. Box 49827, Sarasota, Fla., 34230; by calling (941) 379-2318 or via email at barrydoty@yahoo.com

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Johnson Gets DOTY Hardware

Friday, 22 Apr, 2011 – 16:15 | Comments Off

Jimmie Johnson is presented with his 2010 Driver of the Year award by Barry Schmoyer (left), president of he Driver of the Year Foundations, and NASCAR president Mike Helton.

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Jimmie Johnson was presented with the 2010 Driver of the Year Award trophy last week during ceremonies at the International Hall of Fame dinner in Talladega, Ala.

Johnson, who in 2010 won his fifth straight Sprint Cup championship, was presented with the trophy and a Tissot watch by Driver of the Year Foundation president Barry Schmoyer.

The DOTY award is in its 45th year, making it the oldest award of its kind. It goes to the top driver in American racing.

The award is voted upon by a panel of 20 national media members.

In addition to honoring a yearly overall winner, the DOTY holds quarterly votes.

Johnson, who drives the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in the Cup series, has won the DOTY four times (2006, ’07, ’09 and 2010). He also was 2010’s first-quarter winner.

His DOTY streak was interrupted by NHRA Top Fuel driver Tony Schumacher in 2008.

The DOTY panel voted in a secret ballot for a single driver. NHRA Funny Car driver John Force received seven votes and NACAR driver Kyle Busch received one.

Mario Andretti and Darrell Waltrip each won the award three times.

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Jimmie Johnson Becomes Four-Time DOTY Winner

Wednesday, 15 Dec, 2010 – 12:21 | 9 Comments

Five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson on Wednesday was named the 2010 Driver of the Year. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Fresh off winning his fifth straight Sprint Cup championship, Jimmie Johnson was voted the winner of this year’s Driver of the Year Award, it was announced Wednesday.

The 2010 DOTY is the fourth the Hendrick Motorsports driver has been awarded in his career. He was also the winner of the prestigious award – which is voted upon by a panel of 20 leading North American broadcasters and motorsports journalists – in 2006, 2007 and 2009.

The only other driver to win four DOTYs is Johnson’s HMS teammate, Jeff Gordon.

“Awesome,” Johnson said after being informed of the award. “It’s an honor to win the award again. Among such tough competition, with the voting panel, who it is and how well versed they are in motorsports. It’s a huge, huge honor.”

Johnson got 11 votes from the 19 members of the panel who voted this year.

John Force, who won the NHRA Full Thottle Drag Racing Series’ Funny Car championship in 2010, received seven votes. Force, who won his 15th Funny Car championship this year, won the 1996 DOTY.

Kyle Busch, the NASCAR driver who notched victories in Sprint Cup, Nationwide and the Camping World Trucks series, received one vote.

The Driver of the Year Award is in its 44th season. It is the longest-running award program of

John Force was runner-up in Driver of the Year balloting. (Photo courtesy of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series)

its kind. Its first winner was Mario Andretti.

All drivers in major American racing series are eligible to win the DOTY.

Andretti and Darrell Waltrip were three-time winners of the award.

Members of the voting panel were invited to participate in a teleconference last week before casting their ballots. During that teleconference the merits of each of the candidates was discussed.

“This year’s pre-vote teleconference was one of the most spirited debates that I can recall,” said Driver of the Year Foundation president Barry Schmoyer. “Other drivers such as the NHRA’s Funny Car champion, John Force and Kyle Busch, who raced and won in NASCAR’s top three divisions, had their advocates.

“As many people have said already, it will be a long time before anyone will set the bar as high as Jimmie Johnson,” Schmoyer said.

Johnson, a native of El Cajon, Calif., won six Cup races in 2010 and now has 53 in his 10-year career in the series. He had 17 top-five victories in 2010.

He began the final race of the season in second place – 15 points behind Denny Hamlin. He ended the race at Homestead-Miami Speedway by finishing second to winner Carl Edwards and won the championship by 39 points over of Hamlin.

Johnson started the season strongly, winning two of the first three races and then three of the the first five.

He had just one victory in the Chase – the 12-driver, 10-race playoff at the end of the season – but had four podium finishes and seven top-fives finishes.

Johnson will receive a trophy and a Tissot wristwatch which will be presented at a place and time to be announced later.

The DOTY program is overseen by Schmoyer, 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 (941) 379-2318 or barrydoty@yahoo.com.

– Lewis Franck is a motorsports writer for the Reuters news service

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Power Wins 3rd Quarter DOTY

Wednesday, 6 Oct, 2010 – 9:06 | Comments Off

IndyCar driver Will Power receives his 3rd quarter Driver Of The Year Award from DOTY Foundation president Barry Schmoyer.

By Lewis Franck
Driver of the Year Panel

Open-wheel star Will Power’s breakout season now includes his selection as third quarter Driver of the Year by a narrow margin over NASCAR’s Kyle Busch.

Power, locked in a season-long battle for the IZOD IndyCar Series championship with Dario Franchitti, edged Busch by two points (109-107) in voting conducted by a national panel of 20 media members.

Power, 29, posted three victories and two second-place finishes during the quarter ending on Sept. 14. He received six first-place ballots and totaled 109 points under the DOTY’s scoring system which awards points on a declining 9, 6, 4, 3, 2, 1 basis.

“It’s definitely an honor to be named as Driver of the Third Quarter by the top motorsports journalists,” said Power, driver of the No. 12 Dallara/Honda fielded by Team Penske. “We’ve had an awesome season at Verizon Team Penske and without a great third quarter we wouldn’t be in the position we’re in _ winner of the Mario Andretti Road Course Championship and battling for the overall IndyCar title.”

Power is in his first full season with the team headed by Roger Penske, who originally signed the Australian to sub for Helio Castroneves during his federal income tax trial last year. In August 2009, Power’s part-time job at Team Penske came to an abrupt halt when he slammed into the side of the stalled car of series rookie Nelson Philippe during practice at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. Power suffered compression fractures in his back, and spent plenty of hospital sheet time pondering his future. Penske rewarded him with a fulltime ride, and Power since has emerged as IndyCar’s road-racing ace.

“I have to thank everyone at Team Penske and Verizon for all their hard work and support,” said Power, who will receive a trophy and a Tissot wristwatch from DOTY. The fourth quarter vote is scheduled for Dec. 1, followed by the final/separate ballot for 2010 Driver of the Year.

Busch scored seven wins in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck series en route to his runnerup position in the voting. Busch, of Joe Gibbs Racing, dominated Nationwide drivers during the quarter with four wins and a second and third en route to six first-place votes and 107 points.

Harvick, who drives for Richard Childress Racing in Cup, scored two victories during the quarter while leading the points chase. Harvick also posted a Truck Series victory to earn five first-place votes and 79 points.

Larry Dixon, the National Hot Rod Association’s points-leader in Top Fuel for Al-Anabi Racing, received two first-place votes and 73 points. Fifteen drivers scored points during the quarter.

In its 44th year, the Driver of the Year title is recognized as the oldest award for motorsports in North America. Barry Schmoyer, businessman and sportsman from Sarasota, Fla., is president of the Driver of the Year Foundation. Further information on the award can be obtained by writing the foundation at PO Box 49827, Sarasota, Fla., 34230; by calling (941) 379-2318 or via email at: barrydoty@yahoo.com.

– Lewis Franck is a member of the Driver Of The Year panel

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Cup’s Hamlin Is Second Quarter DOTY Winner

Saturday, 24 Jul, 2010 – 16:24 | 2 Comments

Sprint Cup driver Denny Hamlin was voted the Driver Of The Year Award for the second quarter of the 2010 racing season. Presenting Hamlin with his award at Indianapolis Motor Speedway were DOTY panelists Lewis Franck of Reuters, Terry Blount of ESPN.com, Nate Ryan of USA Today and Jenna Fryer of the Associated Press.

By Lewis Franck
Driver of The Year Panelist

It was virtually no contest as Denny Hamlin was voted second quarter winner of the Driver Of The Year Award.

Hamlin bounced back from knee surgery about one month before the second quarter began, and won three NASCAR Sprint Cup races and one NASCAR Nationwide series race in the period ending June 20th.

Driving the No. 11 FedEx Toyota owned by Joe Gibbs Racing, Hamlin was awarded the honor for the first time in his career.

“This is a great award and I want to thank everyone on the panel. This FedEx team had a great start to this 2010 season and we are looking to get back to winning races, and to be in position to make a strong run at a championship. It’s an honor to be listed among a lot of my fellow Sprint Cup competitors, and with a lot of great drivers in other series as well,” he said.

Hamlin, 29, had victories in the Showtime Southern 500, Pocono 500, and Heluva Good! Sour Dips 400. And, he won from the pole at Royal Purple 200 Nationwide race in the #20 Z-Line Designs Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Barry Schmoyer, president of the Driver of the Year Foundation, said, “Hamlin had been tapped by the media as a Cup contender before his knee injury. His success following the surgery shows what a true champion he is. I’m not surprised at the outcome. He and his team never let up.”

Hamlin took 12 first-place votes which was six times his closest competition; teammate, Kyle Busch. Hamlin’s scored 122 points according to the Driver Of The Year points system compared to Busch’s 56 points.

Dario Franchitti, the Indy 500 winner who drives the Target Chip Ganassi IndyCar, also had one first place vote and received 54 points.

Mike Edwards, the NHRA’s ProStock driver, also received one first place ballot finishing fifth, behind Larry Dixon in the Top Fuel division.

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

In its’ 44th year, the Driver Of The Year title is unique. A panel of 20 leading journalists from across the U.S. determines the winner. In quarterly voting, points are awarded on a declining 9, 6, 4, 3, 2, 1 basis. Hamlin will receive a trophy and a Tissot wristwatch was presented at the Brickyard 400.

A secret ballot determines the overall Driver Of The Year winner.  All motor sports drivers competing in U.S.-based series are eligible for the award, as are Americans racing elsewhere in the world.

“It’s an honor to be listed among a lot of my fellow Sprint Cup competitors, and with a lot of great drivers in other series as well. I hope I’ll be in the running for this award again this season,” Hamlin 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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Johnson Wins First Quarter DOTY

Wednesday, 5 May, 2010 – 10:47 | 2 Comments

Lewis Franck presents Jimmie Johnson with the First Quarter DOTY award and TISSOT watch.

On the track and in the media’s opinion, Jimmie Johnson was simply the best as he was voted the winner of the DRIVER OF THE YEAR for the first quarter of the 2010 racing season.

Johnson, the four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion and three-time DRIVER OF THE YEAR, led his series’ points standing and garnered the most first-place votes in the balloting by leading broadcasters and journalists in the United States.

The driver of the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet humbly reacted upon learning of his media accolade.

“I certainly appreciate the motorsports press recognizing the efforts of the No. 48 Lowe’s team and respect the competition we were up against,” Johnson said.

Johnson, 34, had a streak of three wins in four races, and six top-nine finishes in the first quarter, which ended on April 19th.

Barry Schmoyer, President of the Driver of the Year Foundation, said “Johnson’s performance is a lot like that tune, ‘Simply the Best’. He and his team perform like no others.”

In the voting, Johnson took 11 first-place ballots and totaled 129 points according to the DRIVER OF YEAR points system. Australia’s Will Power, the Penske Racing driver of the IZOD IndyCar Series No.12 Verizon car was second with two first-place votes and 101 points. Power won two of the four races, three poles and no finish worse than fourth.

John Force the 1996 DRIVER OF THE YEAR, racing in the NHRA’s POWERade Funny Car division was tied with NASCAR’s Sprint Cup driver, Denny Hamlin for third in the voting with 48 points. Force had three first-place votes and Hamlin had two.

A total of 18 drivers scored points in the first quarter voting, including fifth place Jason Meyers, from the World of Outlaws, who had one first-place vote.

In its’ 44th year, the DRIVER OF THE YEAR title is unique. A panel of 20 leading journalists from across the U.S. 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 at Infineon Raceway Toyota/SaveMart 350 weekend June 18-20.

“It’s been a good start to the season and I’m proud of what our team has accomplished so far,” Johnson added as he seeks an unprecedented fifth-straight Sprint Cup title.

. President of the DRIVER OF THE YEAR Foundation is Barry Schmoyer, businessman and sportsman of Sarasota, Florida.

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: HYPERLINK “mailto:barrydoty@yahoo.com” barrydoty@yahoo.com

– Lewis Franck is a member of the DRIVER OF THE YEAR panel of journalists

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Jimmie Johnson Earns Third DOTY Award

Wednesday, 16 Dec, 2009 – 17:09 | One Comment
Jimmie Johnson was honored as the 2009 Driver of The Year Award on Wednesday. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Jimmie Johnson was honored as the 2009 Driver of The Year on Wednesday. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

By Lewis Franck
Driver of The Year Panelist

Jimmie Johnson made more history Wednesday when he was named Driver of The Year Award for the third time in his career.

Johnson, who won his fourth-straight Sprint Cup championship in 2009, joins Mario Andretti, Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Gordon as three-time winners of the prestigious DOTY award.

Johnson also won the award in 2006 and 2007.

In its 43rd year, the DOTY is the oldest award of its kind.

The award is voted upon by a panel of 20 auto-racing writers and broadcasters. Drivers from all major American racing series are eligible for the award.

Johnson said he was surprised to be honored with the award for 2009.

“It’s fantastic, cool,” he said, adding, “It will take some time to sink in. Read more

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Johnson Wins Fourth-Quarter DOTY

Friday, 4 Dec, 2009 – 13:29 | Comments Off
Spint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson has been named winner of the Driver of the Year award for the fourth quarter of the 2009 season. (File photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Spint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson has been named winner of the Driver of the Year award for the fourth quarter of the 2009 season. (File photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

By Lewis Franck

It was virtually no contest; Jimmie Johnson was voted fourth-quarter winner of the Driver Of The Year award by an elite panel of broadcasters and journalists.

Johnson, the winner of the award in 2006 and 2007, wrapped up his fourth-straight NASCAR Sprint Cup championship two weeks ago at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

He then took 12 out of the 16 first-place DOTY votes and was the only driver named on all ballots. He earned 130 points.

Kyle Busch, his on-track rival, was second with 53 points. NHRA’s Robert Hight was third with 49 points.

Driving the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, Johnson had four wins, four poles and only one finish worse than ninth in the quarter, which started on Sept. 20th.

“If there was a NASCAR version of Mr. October, like Reggie Jackson was in Major League Baseball, Jimmie’s the one,” said Barry Schmoyer, President of the Driver of the Year Foundation.

“Especially since NASCAR instituted ‘The Chase,’ I can’t think of any one driver, any one team, that seems to hit all the marks in the 10-race playoffs. The vote is no surprise,” Schmoyer added.

Busch wrapped up his first championship in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for Joe Gibbs Racing. He also drove full time in the Sprint Cup series, and also scored wins in the Camping World Trucks Series. He received one first-place vote.

The NHRA’s Hight, who scored a Funny Car Championship for owner, John Force, (a DOTY winner in 1996) had two first-place votes. Dario Franchitti, who won his second IndyCar title, finished fourth in the voting with 41 points.

Top Fuel’s Tony Schumacher, last year’s Driver of the Year Award winner, was fifth.

A total of 14 drivers scored points in the fourth-quarter voting.

In it’s 42nd year, the Driver of the Year  is unique and the oldest award of it’s type.  A panel of 20 leading journalists from across the U.S. 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.

A secret ballot to name the 2009 overall winner was conducted last week and results will be announced soon.

Schmoyer is a businessman and sportsman from Sarasota, Fla.

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

– Lewis Franck is a member of the Driver of the Year voting panel

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Hornaday Is Third-Quarter DOTY Winner

Friday, 6 Nov, 2009 – 19:28 | Comments Off
Camping World Truck Series driver Ron Hornaday Jr. is presented his trophy and Tissot watch by voting-panel member Lewis Franck, left, and Driver of the Year president Barry Schmoyer. (Photo courtesy of Brian Czobat/Autostock)

Camping World Truck Series driver Ron Hornaday Jr. is presented his trophy and Tissot watch by voting-panel member Lewis Franck, left, and Driver of the Year president Barry Schmoyer. (Photo courtesy of Brian Czobat/Autostock)

By Lewis Franck
Driver of the Year Award

A fierce competitor in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck series, Ron Hornaday, Jr. looked a little stunned when he saw the trophy that went along with his election as Driver of the Year 3rd Qtr. 2009.

Many times the trucks race as a support series to NASCAR’s senior circuit, the Sprint Cup Series. But in winning the quarter he beat out names like Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon, and Tony Stewart in the minds of the leading broadcasters and journalists who vote on the award.

Hornaday also beat IndyCar drivers such as Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon.

On Saturday, before Hornaday’s race at Talladega Super Speedway, Driver of the Year president, Barry Schmoyer, presented the prestigious trophy and a Tissot watch to signify the event.

Hornaday was a humble recipient when he said, “First of all, that is a really big honor, but I should accept that trophy for KHI (Kevin Harvick, Inc.) and the whole team.

“You are only as good as your team and your truck. I have been real fortunate to drive for Kevin and DeLana (Harvick). They have given me great equipment to achieve that accomplishment. That really means a lot.

“To be the only Truck driver so far to win that, that is pretty cool. There are a lot of other Truck drivers that make me look good, to put on the good races we put on in the Camping World Truck Series, to be able to win that. So on behalf of all of NASCAR and everybody as well as all of KHI, thanks for that award that was pretty cool.”

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Trucker Hornaday Wins Third-Quarter Award

Friday, 25 Sep, 2009 – 8:00 | Comments Off
Hornaday becomes first trucker to win a Driver Of The Year award.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Hornaday becomes first trucker to win a Driver Of The Year award. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

By Lewis Franck
Driver of The Year Award

Ron Hornaday Jr., proved that age is no barrier as the 51-year-old was voted for the third-quarter winner of the Driver Of The Year award.

Hornaday, who drives in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, was named on more ballots than any other driver who was considered for the honor.

He easily beat closest rival, Ryan Briscoe of the IndyCar Series. Hornaday amassed 99 points to 82 for Briscoe. It was the first time that a driver from the truck series won the quarterly voting.

Hornaday, who drove the No. 33 KHI (Kevin Harvick Inc.) Chevrolet Silverado, had five consecutive victories and was driving-points leader in the quarter ending Sept. 12th.

“This is a very big honor,” Hornaday said. “It’s pretty cool to be the one chosen out of so many candidates. There are a lot of great race car drivers throughout all the series that are eligible for this award.

“This has been an amazing year in the truck series for myself and the No. 33 team.  I have to thank Kevin and DeLana (Harvick) for always giving me the best equipment and an opportunity to win week in and week out.”

Harvick, the 2007 Daytona 500 winning driver, said, “For Ron Hornaday, a full time truck series competitor, to win third quarter Driver of the Year says a lot for what he and his team have accomplished this season.

“Winning five consecutive races was truly an amazing achievement, as well as being in contention for his fourth series championship, when most guys arguably are at an age where they are considering retirement.  He just seems to get better with age, like a fine wine.  I think all of these factors combined really put his incredible season into perspective.”

Barry Schmoyer, president of the Driver of the Year Foundation, said, “What more can you add? I cannot recall someone of Ron’s age, running exclusively in the truck series, being a winner of this award. It confirms my pride in the panel to recognize the best drivers.”

In the voting, Hornaday took four first-place votes. Australia’s Briscoe, who drives the Penske Racing Dallara/Honda, also had four first-place votes.

NHRA Top Fuel driver Antron Brown was third in the voting with two first place votes and 63 points. Kyle Busch, who races in all three of the top NASCAR series, had three first-place votes and finished fourth with 54 points.

Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart, Donny Schatz and Mark Martin also received one first-place ballot.

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

In its’ 42nd year, the Driver of the Year award is unique and the oldest award of its type.  A panel of 20 leading journalists from across the U.S. determines the winner.

In quarterly voting, points are awarded on a declining 9, 6, 4, 3, 2, 1 basis. Hornaday will receive a trophy and be presented with a Tissot wristwatch.

“We are a tight group and we work very hard.  I’m very honored and cannot thank my team, Kevin and DeLana and all of our sponsors enough. This is really awesome” said Hornaday.

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.

Carl Edwards Nabs Second Quarter DOTY Award
Thursday, 7 Jul, 2011 – 8:45 | Comments Off
Carl Edwards Nabs Second Quarter DOTY Award

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Carl Edwards’ podium prowess in NASCAR’s Nationwide and Sprint Cup series this spring has earned the popular Roush Fenway Racing driver recognition as second quarter Driver of the Year.
Edwards posted three Nationwide Series victories and another three runner-up finishes in 10 events – and added a signature win in Cup’s [...]

Johnson Gets DOTY Hardware
Friday, 22 Apr, 2011 – 16:15 | Comments Off
Johnson Gets DOTY Hardware

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Jimmie Johnson was presented with the 2010 Driver of the Year Award trophy last week during ceremonies at the International Hall of Fame dinner in Talladega, Ala.
Johnson, who in 2010 won his fifth straight Sprint Cup championship, was presented with the trophy and a Tissot watch by Driver of the Year Foundation president Barry Schmoyer.
The [...]

Jimmie Johnson Becomes Four-Time DOTY Winner
Wednesday, 15 Dec, 2010 – 12:21 | 9 Comments
Jimmie Johnson Becomes Four-Time DOTY Winner

Fresh off winning his fifth straight Sprint Cup championship, Jimmie Johnson was voted the winner of this year’s Driver of the Year Award, it was announced Wednesday.
The 2010 DOTY is the fourth the Hendrick Motorsports driver has been awarded in his career. He was also the winner of the prestigious award – which is voted [...]

Power Wins 3rd Quarter DOTY
Wednesday, 6 Oct, 2010 – 9:06 | Comments Off
Power Wins 3rd Quarter DOTY

By Lewis Franck
Driver of the Year Panel
Open-wheel star Will Power’s breakout season now includes his selection as third quarter Driver of the Year by a narrow margin over NASCAR’s Kyle Busch.
Power, locked in a season-long battle for the IZOD IndyCar Series championship with Dario Franchitti, edged Busch by two points (109-107) in voting conducted by [...]

Cup’s Hamlin Is Second Quarter DOTY Winner
Saturday, 24 Jul, 2010 – 16:24 | 2 Comments
Cup’s Hamlin Is Second Quarter DOTY Winner

By Lewis Franck
Driver of The Year Panelist
It was virtually no contest as Denny Hamlin was voted second quarter winner of the Driver Of The Year Award.
Hamlin bounced back from knee surgery about one month before the second quarter began, and won three NASCAR Sprint Cup races and one NASCAR Nationwide series race in the period [...]

Johnson Wins First Quarter DOTY
Wednesday, 5 May, 2010 – 10:47 | 2 Comments
Johnson Wins First Quarter DOTY

On the track and in the media’s opinion, Jimmie Johnson was simply the best as he was voted the winner of the DRIVER OF THE YEAR for the first quarter of the 2010 racing season.
Johnson, the four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion and three-time DRIVER OF THE YEAR, led his series’ points standing and garnered the [...]

Jimmie Johnson Earns Third DOTY Award
Wednesday, 16 Dec, 2009 – 17:09 | One Comment
Jimmie Johnson Earns Third DOTY Award

By Lewis Franck
Driver of The Year Panelist
Jimmie Johnson made more history Wednesday when he was named Driver of The Year Award for the third time in his career.
Johnson, who won his fourth-straight Sprint Cup championship in 2009, joins Mario Andretti, Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Gordon as three-time winners of the prestigious DOTY award.
Johnson also won [...]

Johnson Wins Fourth-Quarter DOTY
Friday, 4 Dec, 2009 – 13:29 | Comments Off
Johnson Wins Fourth-Quarter DOTY

By Lewis Franck
It was virtually no contest; Jimmie Johnson was voted fourth-quarter winner of the Driver Of The Year award by an elite panel of broadcasters and journalists.
Johnson, the winner of the award in 2006 and 2007, wrapped up his fourth-straight NASCAR Sprint Cup championship two weeks ago at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
He then took 12 out [...]

Hornaday Is Third-Quarter DOTY Winner
Friday, 6 Nov, 2009 – 19:28 | Comments Off
Hornaday Is Third-Quarter DOTY Winner

By Lewis Franck
Driver of the Year Award
A fierce competitor in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck series, Ron Hornaday, Jr. looked a little stunned when he saw the trophy that went along with his election as Driver of the Year 3rd Qtr. 2009.
Many times the trucks race as a support series to NASCAR’s senior circuit, the Sprint [...]

Trucker Hornaday Wins Third-Quarter Award
Friday, 25 Sep, 2009 – 8:00 | Comments Off
Trucker Hornaday Wins Third-Quarter Award

By Lewis Franck
Driver of The Year Award
Ron Hornaday Jr., proved that age is no barrier as the 51-year-old was voted for the third-quarter winner of the Driver Of The Year award.
Hornaday, who drives in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, was named on more ballots than any other driver who was considered for the honor.
He [...]

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