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Brennan named HTA Driver of the Year

January 09, 2012
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George Brennan, the 44-year-old driver from Monticello, N.Y., is Harness Tracks of America’s Driver of the Year for 2011, the rigorous achievement that remains the most difficult in the sport of harness racing to win.

Hard evidence again this year is the fact that of 3,631 drivers who competed for purses in North America last year, only six were able to finish in the top 10 in money won, races won and Universal Driver Rating System (UDRS) in-the-money percentages. The 2011 Award is Brennan’s first as HTA Driver of the Year.

Brennan’s trophy will be presented at United States Harness Writer’s 2012 Dan Patch Awards Dinner, Sunday, Feb. 12, in Orlando, Fla.

Under the HTA formula, points are awarded on the basis of 25 for first down to 1 for 25th in the standings in Money Won, Races Won, and UDRS, with a 25-point bonus for finishing in the top 25 in all three categories.  

Here are the complete top 10 standings:

Driver                                    Wins(rank)   Earnings(rank)    UDRS(rank)  Bonus Pts.  Total Pts.

1. George Brennan            754(2)             $14,534,520(2)     .412(2)             25                  97
2. Tim Tetrick                      746(3)               15,850,537(3)     .360(5)              25                 94
3. Dave Palone                  498(4)                10,485,209(8)     .386(3)             25                  88
4. Jody Jamieson             468(11T)            11,803,058(6)     .351(6T)          25                  78.5
5. George Napolitano Jr. 540(5)                 6,995,870(14)     .335(15)         25                 69
6. Brian Sears                   445(14T)          12,839,410(4)       .328(17)          25                 67.5
7. Dan Noble                     773(1)               Unplaced              .415(1)               0                 50
8. Ron Pierce                    479(10)            13,504,751(3)       Unplaced          0                 39
9. Scott Zeron                    539(6)               8,265,802(10)      Unplaced          0                 36
10. Eric Carlson               489(9)               Unplaced              .342(10T)          0                 31.5
(HTA)
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