The state of Maine may rank 41st in population, but the Pine Tree State showed up to the Speed51.com virtual voting booth in droves to vote for the 2017 ARBodies Late Model Most Popular Driver. With thousands of votes counted, a pair of drivers from the state will be awarded prizes for receiving the most votes during the voting period.
Former Oxford 250 winner Glen Luce of Turner, ME received more votes than any other Late Model driver to earn the honor of being called the 2017 ARBodies Most Popular Driver. Luce, who finished second in the 2017 Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North standings, beat out over 500 drivers from all over North America to win the award.
“It makes you feel really good. It’s awesome. That’s the first I’ve learned of it being all over the country,” Luce told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “It’d be one thing if it was just in our state or our series, but to say that it was all over the country is quite an award. I’m kind of taken back a little bit I guess, in a good way.
“It’s quite an honor. It’s almost like winning the (Oxford) 250. I didn’t know what to say after. I wasn’t really expecting it and I’m very honored. I appreciate all the votes. It obviously says something about our team and our accomplishments, that people must have thought something of it if they voted for us.”
Luce was shocked to hear that he won the award, but explained how he believes his fan-first approach helped contribute to earning top honors.
“We try to be there for the fans,” Luce stated. “If they don’t come out and pay the tickets to get in, we’re not going to have a series. We try to reach out to the fans and I guess I’m as big of a fan as anybody.”
For being voted by the fans as the 2017 Late Model Most Popular Driver, Luce will receive a free white “A” package body kit from ARBodies, located in Greenbrier, Tennessee. ARbodies has been the presenting sponsor of the MPD voting on Speed51.com since its inception in 2007.
While Luce took home top honors, fellow Maine native Andy Saunders will also earn a prize of his own.
In addition to awarding the overall Late Model Most Popular Driver Award, ARBodies is also committed to supporting the short track stars that compete weekly at their local short track.
Saunders, a weekly competitor in the Super Late Model division at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME), tallied more votes than any other weekly driver in the nation. As a result, Saunders will receive a $750 ARBodies product certificate.
Saunders also finished second in the overall Late Model Most Popular Driver. Hunter Jack (JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour), Kodie Conner (PASS South), Raphael Lessard (ARCA/CRA Super Series) and Trevor Huddleson (Kern County & Irwindale) completed the top five.
During the 11-year history of the Speed51.com Most Popular Driver Award presented by ARBodies, 10 different drivers have won the award. The list of winners includes Raphael Lessard (2016), Cole Williams (2013 & 2015), Ronnie Osmer (2014), Kenzie Ruston (2012), Josh Berry (2011), Trey Mitchell (2010), Ross Kenseth (2009), Nick Murgic (2008) and Andy Pugh (2007).
ARBodies has become an innovative leader in the ABC body field, which was developed several years ago to help create a uniform set of body rules for Late Model series and tracks throughout the country, while also offering the bodies at an economical price for racers. ARBodies also offers cutting-edge body technology for a wide range of short track racing cars and trucks.
For more information on ARBodies, visit them online at www.arbodies.com and follow them on Twitter, @arbodies.
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