For most of the season, the conversation centered around which driver dominated his series the most — Tony Dunker in the sport mods or Honest Abe Huls in the stock cars. In the end, Dunker earned the distinction, but it was close.
Huls is the second driver we have picked — so far — as a Driver of the Year despite not winning his specific series championship. We selected Austen Becerra in the sport compacts, for much the same reason we have selected Huls. Both drivers missed a couple of features for one reason or another, but otherwise blew the doors off the rest of the class on just about every other Sunday night.
Terry Houston won his second track title in the stock cars, and it was much-deserved, but Huls enjoyed the most dynamic individual season in the five-year history of the stock cars at the Bullring. He won a record 11 features and did so in commanding fashion. During one stretch, the Honest One won six of seven and nine out of 11.
The best news, however, coming out of the stock cars was that they will be back in 2013. Track officials opted to breathe new life into the series and drop the hobby stocks. That means we’ll get to see if Abe can put together another season like this one.
5th ANNUAL STEVIE DIRT STOCK CAR ALL-DIRT TEAM
DRIVERS OF THE YEAR
2012: Abe Huls
2011: Aaron Brocksieck
2010: Terry Houston
2009: Abe Huls
2008: Jeff Mueller
2012: Terry Houston, Michael Larsen
2011: Terry Houston, Abe Huls
2010: Abe Huls, Steve Steinkuhler
2009: Kevin Tomlinson, Terry Houston
2008: Chris Wibbell, Dave Wietholder
2012: Jerry Jansen, Darin Weisinger
2011: Andrew Griffin, Jerry Jansen
2010: Andrew Griffin, Jerry Jansen
2009: Aaron Brocksieck, Chris Wibbell
2008: Steve Steinkuhler, Doug Huls