NEWARK, N.Y. --
For his efforts, Phelps will receive a 2014 Royal Purple product sponsorship valued at $2500 and $250 of merchandise along with the one-of-a-kind award.
Designed to showcase "driver performance", the Driver of the Year goes to the TNTSS racer with the best overall winning package throughout the entire 2013 season. For a run to qualify it had to be a win in eliminations, green on the tree for both competitors and not a break-out. And the driver had to meet criteria for minimum number of runs and events. In other words, only rounds the driver genuinely earned are counted.
And while Phelps wasn't the highest points earner in 2013, he put some very impressive runs in the books. His average package was a mere 0.032 through all thirteen TNTSS events. The next closest driver was 0.037 making this an even more impressive performance.
Phelps is no stranger to success in the TNTSS. He's finished fourth in points in both 2011 and 2012. "We came into the year with high hopes for 2013," commented Phelps. "The competition this year was the toughest I've ever seen it."
"I want to thank Kyle Neal at Royal Purple and Andy McJannett at Performance Improvements for sponsoring this award along with Joe Boniferro and Ted Barnes for all they do setting all these things up and running this series. I'm also thankful that my wife, Audrey, could make it to more races this year as she is as eager to go as I am," he added.
Phelps' 1969 Nova has a 468 engine backed by a powerglide transmission and is capable of elapsed times in the 10.30 range at 130 mph.
2013 Performance Improvements Driver of the Year, Lubricated by Royal Purple (Top Ten)
Average Package 1 Harry Phelps 0.032 2t David Surmatchewski 0.037 2t Gary Saska 0.037 4 Ted Barnes 0.039 5 Chris VanBaalen 0.041 6 Jim Thomson 0.043 7 Ryan Boniferro 0.046 8 Sam LoVetro Jr 0.048 9 JJ Jablonski 0.052 10 Gary Kerl 0.057
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