Stevens Is The 2013 RacingSpectator.ca Driver of The Year
The fans have spoken and have voted Mike Stevens as the 2013 RacingSpectator.ca Driver of the Year.
Stevens, a multi-time feature winner on the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour who lost his life in August following an accident at Oyster Bed Speedway, edged out 17 year old teen sensation Sarah McKay in final round voting to take the 11th edition of the award.
When the final votes were tallied, the Salisbury, New Brunswick driver captured 29% of the final vote, 23 more votes than McKay when the last ballots were counted. Stevens won the first ballot in a landslide, picking up nearly 200 votes more than second place Emmett Donahue. In total, 24% of the nearly 300 votes cast over the month had Stevens name on it.
Stevens was the true definition of a racer. A sportsman on and off the track, Stevens would always greet fellow racers, crews, staff, fans and sponsors with a huge smile and would be one of the first to another competitors car should they have needed a hand. On the track, Stevens was one of the toughest drivers in the region, getting everything he could out of the #4 R. Stevens Mechanical Chevrolet every lap. That determination led to three wins on the most prestigious Late Model touring series in Canada, including two of the three at the famed Riverside International Speedway in 2012.
Runner-up McKay lit it up once she joined the Late Model ranks in 2013 after jumping from karts. She won the Martins Home Heating Sportsman Rookie of the Year at Speedway 660, finished 3rd in the Coors Light 125, made her first Pro Stock start at the CENTRE For Speed Atlantic Championships, and, in turn, won over a bunch of Maritime Racing fans. McKay stormed to the top five in the late going of Round One to punch her ticket onto the final ballot and even led the final voting entering the second week before Stevens took the lead for good in the last days of voting.