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posted October 04, 2001 09:36 PM
Pinkerton leads I.M.C.A. rookie of the year parade
VINTON, Iowa (Oct. 4) - New division, same award.
Brad Pinkerton of New Sharon, Iowa, is the national I.M.C.A. Sunoco Modified rookie of the year for the recently completed 2001 point season.
The national award is the second for Pinkerton, who also scored top I.M.C.A. Sunoco Stock Car rookie honors in 1998.
Along with national and Dirt Works North Central Region rookie laurels, Pinkerton won the track championship at the Bloomfield, Iowa, Speedway, was second in the regional point standings and seventh nationally.
He had 14 feature wins, plus another 22 top five finishes in 51 starts.
A driver's first season in a new class is usually a learning one, but national rookies of the year in the four other I.M.C.A.-sanctioned divisions were also quick to make an impact.
Kris Walker of Oskaloosa, Iowa, also won the national Hobby Stock championship. David Trauernicht of Beatrice, Neb., was second in the national I.M.C.A. Sunoco Stock Car standings and Blake Mallory of Joshua, Texas, was third in the national Sprint Car ranks.
Rounding out that list of early achievers is Jeremiah Hurst of DeWitt, Iowa, who was fourth in the I.M.C.A. Sunoco Late Model standings.
Walker had 22 wins and another 23 top five finishes in 68 starts. He was also track champion at the Eldon, Iowa, Raceway.
Trauernicht maintained a busy pace in both the Modified and Stock Car divisions. He led all Stock Car drivers with 34 feature wins - Jeff Anderson had one more in features with at least 10 cars to earn the national crown - and had another eight top five's in 61 races.
Trauernicht also notched rookie laurels in the SCS Fabricating Northern Region, the first time the award has been given in the division.
Rookie of the year in the Destroyer Chassis Southern Region was Mike Greer of Garrison, Texas, sixth nationally and track champion at Heart O' Texas Speedway in Waco and Thunder Mountain Speedway at Rusk.
Greer had 17 feature wins and 24 more top five runs in 67 outings.
In his first I.M.C.A. season, Mallory had three wins and 16 top five's in 35 starts. Hurst complemented his regular weekly program with Deery Brothers Summer Series events. He won 11 features, with eight more top fives in 30 starts and was also second in the Deery rookie points race.