One of the most anticipated and competitive battles in all of short track racing won’t be held on a racetrack this year. Racecar setups and pit crews aren’t important in this one, either.
This competition is based solely on the fans of Late Model racing across the United States and Canada.
For the fourth-straight year, ARBodies.com is presenting the Speed51.com Late Model Most Popular Driver Award. As in years past, drivers from several regions of the country and various weekly racing venues will be included on the ballot and Speed51.com, the most trusted website for asphalt short track racing news, will host the MPD voting. The balloting process begins Thursday, July 15th and continues through the Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway (FL) from December 1st – 5th.
“The Speed51.com Late Model Most Popular Driver Award is one of the most hotly-contested races that we’ll see, on the racetrack or off, all year long,” said Mike Twist, Editor of Speed51.com. “Team don’t have to worry about spending a fortune on tires, travel or a big motor to win this race either. A track champion and young upstart have just as much of a chance at winning the competition as long as they have earned enough fans off the track. It’s really a case of where a nice guy will win.”
The MPD program began in 2007 with Florida and Alabama Pro Late Model regular Andy Pugh taking the fans’ vote. The 2008 voting, ASA Midwest Tour regular Nick Murgic received the most votes. In 2009, the MPD voting expanded from Pro Late Model, Super Late Model and Late Model Stock touring series to include weekly tracks that have Late Model divisions that utilize the Approved Body Configuration (ABC) body style. Ross Kenseth, son of former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Matt Kenseth, took in the most votes in a close vote with another Cup Champ’s kid, Chase Elliott and Texan Dillon Spreen.
In 2010, the voting process will include all ABC-body touring series and weekly divisions at tracks throughout North America, as well as the Sunoco National Tour. Votes will be cast on Speed51.com, with the winner being announced after the Snowball Derby.
This year’s winner will receive an ABC “Package A” kit from ARBodies.com, the leader in short track racing bodies.
“AR Bodies is excited to be a part of the Speed51.com Late Model Most Popular Driver Award,” said Jerry Criswell of AR Bodies. “Every year, we hear about drivers trying to ‘stuff’ the ballot box because this award means so much to them. In fact, last year, Speed51.com officials told us that over 45,000 votes were received for this award. That is amazing for that many votes to be cast in a MPD contest.
“It is great to get to award a driver this certificate for their accomplishments, but to award one that recognizes his popularity among his peers and his fans is very special to us.”
AR Bodies has become an innovative leader in the ABC body field, which was developed several years ago to help create a uniform set of body rules for Late Model series and tracks throughout the country, while also offering the bodies at an economical price for racers. But one lucky racer won’t have to worry about shelling out the bucks for a new body, as the MPD this year will receive one courtesy of AR Bodies.
“AR Bodies is dedicated to providing racers everywhere with innovative, aerodynamically sound race bodies and components. As a founding member of the ABC Body Program, we have been able to help steer and guide Late Model racing throughout the country and hope we have had a part in helping every racer achieve their goals.
“Currently we are looking at the future of auto racing in the United States and are very concerned at its state. AR Bodies is using the “Most Popular Driver Award” to help at least one racer keep their equipment on the track and looking good. Hopefully, we are able to help them move forward in their racing careers.”
For a driver to be included on the ballot he or she must be in the top 10 in points in their respective late model touring series or the top five of their local track series prior to the cut-off date of July 6th. If a track is not listed in the balloting, Speed51.com did not receive information from that specific facility.
For more information on AR Bodies, visit them online at www.arbodies.com.
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