New Prizes for Top Vote Getters in the 2011 Speed51.com ARBodies Late Model Most Popular Driver Award Balloting
Top Touring Series and Weekly Track Driver Eligible for Awards
51 Sports PR
For the fifth-straight year, race fans from across the short track racing world will be glued to their computer screens for one of the most anticipated and hotly-contested competitions anywhere.

It won’t take place on the track, however.  It will take place on the pages of Speed51.com, as for a fifth consecutive year, Speed51.com and longtime presenting sponsor ARBodies have partnered to present the 2011 ARBodies Late Model Most Popular Driver Award.

Beginning on September 1st, fans will be able to cast their vote for this year’s award for drivers of an Approved Body Configuration (ABC)-bodied Late Model touring series (top-10 in standings) or weekly track point standings (top-five from local tracks).  ARBodies, based in Greenbriar, Tennessee, has stepped up their support of the MPD Award in 2011 with the addition of a possible new prize for a lucky driver.

The overall Most Popular Driver will receive a free white “A” package ABC body from ARbodies.com.  In addition, if the Most Popular Driver is from a touring series, then there will be an award to the Most Popular Driver for the local track divisions.  The local track Most Popular Driver Award will be awarded a product certificate good for $750 off of an “M” Package ABC Body from ARbodies.

“We at ARbodies are proud to be able to once again sponsor the Speed51.com / ARBodies Most Popular Late Model Driver Awards, and in addition, expand our sponsorship to a second award,” said Jerry Criswell, President of ARBodies.  “We understand the struggle that many teams face weekly to meet budgets and keep with demand, because we are racers at heart.  Everything we do here at ARbodies is centered on making things easier and more efficient from the design of the bodies, to the vast amount of accessories to help solve many of the time consuming issues facing weekly racers.”

The MPD program began in 2007 with Florida and Alabama Pro Late Model regular Andy Pugh taking the fans’ vote.  In 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 tally with another Cup Champ’s kid, Chase Elliott, and Texan Dillon Spreen.  Last year, Texas native and PASS South regular Trey Mitchell won the overall balloting for the Most Popular Driver Award.

“The ARBodies Most Popular Late Model Driver Award is always one of our most exciting features on 51,” said Speed51.com founder and NASCAR on SPEED broadcaster Bob Dillner.  “With more and more drivers and teams using Facebook, Twitter and other social media to drum up support, the interest in this award and the sheer number of votes we’ve seen over the past few years has been incredible.  We know it’s going to be another close battle for this year’s MPD award and we’re proud to keep track of how things play out with the support of our longtime friends at ARBodies.  This award would not be possible if it wasn’t for their support and I hope the Late Model community supports ARBodies in return with their affordable and race-winning body technology.”

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 August 1st.  Tracks also have been encouraged to send their points as of August 1st to Speed51.com via elgin@51sports.net to ensure their drivers are included in this year’s balloting.  If a track is not listed in the balloting, Speed51.com did not receive information from that specific facility or series.

Voting for the 2011 Speed51.com ARbodies Most Popular Driver Awards will open on September 1st via a link on the front page of Speed51.com on that date.  Fans will be able to vote for one driver per day for the 2011 MPD Award.

To find out more about ARbodies, please visit www.arbodies.com.

For more information regarding the ABC body program, please visit www.abcbodies.com.

Speed51.com has become a leader in online motorsports information by focusing on the asphalt short track racing realm since 2001.  Since its beginning, 51 has grown into the most respected short track racing news source and is viewed by thousands of fans per day.  The site fuels fans’ short track appetite for NASCAR's K&N Series, NASCAR Modified Tours, ACT Late Models, the CRA Super Series, the Pro All Stars Series and Late Model Stock Cars from all across the country and much more.

For more information on Speed51.com, contact Matt Kentfield at matt@speed51.com.

2010 Most Popular Driver: Trey Mitchell.  (Norm Marx Photo)
2009 Most Popular Driver: Ross Kenseth
2008 Most Popular Driver: Nick Murgic
2007 Most Popular Driver: Andy Pugh