Just after the midpoint of the 2015 racing season, it should come as no surprise that Seymour, Wisconsin’s Ty Majeski continues to lead in the point standings for the inaugural “Kulwicki Cup” award. The special contest among the seven drivers who are part of the Kulwicki Driver Development Program (KDDP) will reward the winner a check for $54,439 at the organization’s awards banquet in Charlotte this December.
“Ty has 11 big feature wins this year and continues to lead in the standings, but Reagan and Steve are certainly keeping things interesting up at the top,” said Tom Roberts, KDDP executive director. “All three drivers have had incredible breakout seasons so far. The competition has far exceeded our expectations and I’m confident the battle for the inaugural Kulwicki Cup will hold a special spot in short-track racing history. It’ll likely be a major topic of conversation for many years to come.
“I’m certainly proud of those three drivers, but I’m equally delighted in seeing the progress made this season by all of our other drivers,” said Roberts. “All seven competitors have displayed measurable growth in their skills on and off the track. They all have such exceptional personalities and have been nothing short of spectacular in representing our organization. The drivers, their family members and support crews have all become so synonymous with the great special character trait we have labeled as ‘Kulwicki Pride.’
“Yes, it’s a battle for a big prize at the end of the season, but the quest for the huge check certainly hasn’t diminished the level of camaraderie that exists among this great group of competitors,” Roberts said. “They all have developed a genuine concern for each other and cheer one another on each and every week. It’s so apparent that they are dedicated to keeping Alan’s memory and legacy alive and continue to educate new generations about him and what he stood for.”
As of today (August 20), the Kulwicki Cup point standings look like this:
1 – Ty Majeski – 614
2 – Reagan May – 515
3 – Steve Apel – 500
4 – Dave Farrington Jr. – 291
5 – Cole Williams — 278
6 – Justin Crider – 192
7 – Bryce Napier – 162
The points are tabulated by the KDDP’s unique three-measurement system. Four times during the 2015 season, the seven-member advisory board are asked to rank the overall job the drivers are doing on and off the track in representing the organization (from first to seventh). First-place votes are worth 70 points; second gets 60 points; third awards 50; fourth 40; fifth 30; sixth 20 and seventh 10.
Board members are given 10 “discretionary bonus points” that they can allocate for activities they feel are exceptional in representing the organization. In the most recent voting, drivers received considerable bonus points for their social media skills, fan interaction and various activities outside the race track. The final aspect of the system awards the drivers “competition points” for their on-track success. Race wins award 10 points, with 2nd-5th-place finishes getting 6 points, 6th-10th 4 points, 11th-15th 2 points and 15th-plus 1 point.
As of today (August 20), the KDDP “competition points” shape up like this:
1 – Ty Majeski – 130
2 – Steve Apel – 118
3 – Reagan May – 110
4 – Dave Farrington Jr. – 66
5 – Cole Williams – 60
6 – Justin Crider – 19
7 – Bryce Napier – 18
The next driver assessment/points update by the KDDP board is scheduled for early October, with the final results and award winner being announced on November 17.
“I feel as though our advisory board members couldn’t have done a better job in selecting the seven drivers we have during the inaugural season for the KDDP,” Roberts added. “Knowing Alan Kulwicki to the extent that I did, I am confident that he would share in the great pride I have for our drivers, our board members and the progress our organization has made during its first year in existence.”
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About the KDDP:
The Kulwicki Driver Development Program (KDDP) was established in 2014 by the family of late NASCAR Champion Alan Kulwicki for the purpose of helping worthy drivers toward reaching their dreams while at the same time keeping Alan’s memory and legacy alive. The Program provides drivers with financial assistance along with support in publicity, marketing, sponsorship development, industry networking and relationship building. Based in Concord, N.C., the KDDP is a non-profit organization with the mission of playing a significant role in developing the next era of America’s short-track racers while educating new generations about the life, passion and values of the 1992 NASCAR Champion.
– KDDP press release & photos