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2002 Year in Review

2002 was Quality not Quanity for me, Thanks to LOTS of rain the first two months of the season, for the second year in a row I only saw 78 races, (77 of them Sprint Car races). But overall 02' was definatley the best season as far as great racing for me. I saw lots of Pa Posse, the All-Stars, URC, WoO, WoO2, KARS, URC USAC, SCRA, NAMARS, ESS, IRA and the Triathlon Sprints this season. Maybe, just maybe I can get back over 100 races in 2003.

410 Sprint Car Driver of the Year - GREG HODNETT, 21 wins, What a year! Seems like Greg won most of the big races in Central Pa in 02' and picked up three World of Outlaw victories on the way.
Limited Sprint Car Driver of the Year - CHAD LAYTON, 18 wins, For the second year in a row Layton dominated 358 Sprint Car racing in Central Pa and backed it up with a 10,000 dollar victory at Hagerstown behind the wheel of a 410 Sprint Car.
True Outlaw of the Year - Paul McMahan in Warren Johnson's U2. You never knew where this team would show up, they made tracks in 02'
Promoters of the Year - Jason McCahan & Jeff Weaver for bringing Sprint Car racing back to Clinton County Speedway/
Upset of the Year - Ed Lynch Jr. winning the Don Martin Memorial. This was not only the biggest upset but probably the most exciting and unbelievable race I've ever seen.
Most exciting driver of the Year - Damion Gardner, He drives wingless Sprint Cars like they have wings.
Comeback driver of the Year - Tyler Walker
Hardluck driver of the Year - Jack Sodeman Jr. Probably as fast as he has ever been, should have won some races but a victim of circumstances.
Quickest run shows of the Year - Once again, you can't beat Tri-City Speedway, always out of there early and on Sunday nights too.
Biggest Crowd of the Year - The National Open at Williams Grove, You couldn't fit another person in there with a shoe horn.
Best looking car of the Year - Blane Heimbach's Creasy Signs sponsered #12
Photographer of the Year - Tommy Hein, of course
Sponsers of the Year - Cindy Rowe Auto Glass and Middleswarth Potato Chips
Best track Food - Can't beat the Hot dogs at Lernerville.
Tire of the Year - Hoosier, Hands down
Best Race Paper of the Year - Hey I gotta go with RPM Racing News on this one, You can get your own subsribtion by calling.
News Website of the Year - Hoseheads continues to lead the way.
Picture Website of the Year - Jim Fisher's site is my favorite for pics. Champions page, The ultimate driver's list, and tons of great galleries.
Driver to watch in 2003 - Mark Smith, he should win some races in Central Pa. It will also be interesting to see what Len Thompson (cIII), Jimmy Hawley (70) do in their new rides.