Championships on the Line as Season Winds Down

23 Aug

This weekend will mark the final Saturday off for racers and their teams on the America First Credit Union Super Oval as the focus will shift to the IHRA-sanctioned drag strip.

With that being said, just four nights of racing remain on the oval track for the 2011 season.

In fact, last week I found myself a little down as I wondered where this 15th anniversary year had gone. It seems like only yesterday we were making our way out for the first test and tune back in April. Now, I am hearing talk of the holiday season. Really?! (Not to mention I am watching Monday Night Football on ESPN. Tis the season, I suppose.)

At any rate, racing still remains and championships need to be decided. Therefore, I will try my best to give an update on some of those title fights you’ll want to keep an eye on these final four weekends.

(Note: There is no mention of the Maverik Modifieds or Young Automotive Sprint Cars Series because I will be writing seperate stories about them next week.)

Let’s begin with the Mini Cups. This season has been all about No. 9 Kori Combs. The young lady out of Tooele, Utah has dominated, and the real battle has been for second. That belongs in a nice dogfight between Zach Nielson and Tracy Rider. By the way, Combs has a 65-point leach on Nielson.

The Figure-8 stock cars have a pair of former champions duking it out for the championship. No. 70 Tracy Eaton is holding a 27-point lead on No. 10 Dave Fleishman. These are two guys who know how to win in these cars. Others worth mentioning are No. 4 Trevor Solomon who is 54-points back and No. 48 Al Jones who is 56-points out of the lead. Anything could still happen.

The Hornets find themselves with five teams who have an opportunity to claim the top prize. The current points leader is No. 20 Cale Perkins. The problem for Perkins and his team is that they only hold a one-point lead over No. 88 Braxton Sainsbury. No. 16 David Baity is just 13-points back in third, with No. 31 Dana Combs and No. 18 Daniel Calligaro 18-points out of the top stop. Talk about a close battle. That’s what it’s all about!!!

In the Super Stock class it is the No. 69u of Mike Wade who currently leads No. 25 Dillion Lawrence by a total of 15-points. Lawrence had led the points early in the season, but the old veteran Wade was able to catch and pass the 25. Still, 15 points is not a comfortable lead. Also fighting is the No. 77 of Barry Egolf. The 2010 Super Stock champion is 66-points back.

Finally the Ford Focus Midgets finds the No. 28  of Jimmy Waters holding a two-point lead over No. 24 Chuck Groat. Waters is trying to double-up on championships between the midgets and the Young Automotive Sprint Car Series. Groat is trying to best his boss. Should be fun to watch this one.

Well, so there you have it. While we may down to our final four nights of racing on the oval track, these championships will be fun to watch.

See you on September 3, 2011.

Russ Sala Jr.