Tim Tetrick, harness racing’s 29-year-old driving star, has won Harness Tracks of America’s Driver of the Year honors for the third time in four years.
Tetrick edged six-time winner Dave Palone by half a point, 85.5 to 85, in the competition that requires a driver to finish in the first 25 nationally in money won, races won and in-the-money percentage standings.
Points are awarded from 25 for first to 1 for 25th in each of the three categories,with a 25-point bonus for finishing in the top 25 in all three. Only 7 drivers of 3,853 who drove in pari-mutuel races in North America last year accomplished that feat.
Tetrick led in money won, driving the winners of $16,485,409 in 2010; was second in races won with 720 (he holds the all-time record of 1,189 set in 2008); and was tied for 14th in in-the-money percentages with a .336 ‘slugging average,’ remarkable considering that he drove in 3,462 races,mostly at major tracks in the east.
Dave Palone, who finished second, tied with Tetrick for the title in 2008. Last year he was 3rd in wins with 674, 7th in money won with $9,815 earned by the trotters and pacers he drove, and 8th in-the-money drives with a .369 average.
George Napolitano, the sport’s leading race winner last year with 753, was third, George Brennan fourth, and Jason Bartlett fifth.
Here are the seven drivers who finished in the top 25 in all three categories, with their standings: