A late surge at the online poll carried Wietholder past Steven DeLonjay in a ballot that attracted just 230 voters. That’s the lowest total of any class so far in the annual postseason ballot.
1. Dave Wietholder, 88 votes, 38 percent
2. Steven DeLonjay, 73 votes, 32 percent
3. Kelly Bartz, 32 votes, 14 percent
Others: Michael Long, Shawn Deering, Robbie Reed, Chris Spalding, Adam Birck, Russ Coultas, Jake Griffin.
The award is Wietholder’s first. He is the fifth different winner in the modified voting in as many years.
MODIFIED DIRT-Y DRIVERS OF THE YEAR
2013: Dave Wietholder
2012: James Leffew
2011: Todd Reed
2010: Jared Schlipman
2009: Tony Dunker
Up next is the final DIRT-y ballot, this one for the late models. Voting will run through midnight Friday.