Hobby Stock Driver of the Year: Aaron Brocksieck

October 3, 2008 6 Comments

Aaron_brocksieck_act More than anything else, it was Aaron Brocksieck’s consistency that eventually separated him from the rest of the hobby stock division at Quincy Raceways.

The consistency that saw him produce more top-five and top-10 performances than any driver in the series also propelled him to the first Stevie Dirt Hobby Stock Driver of the Year award.

Brocksieck, 32, who clinched his first track championship Aug. 24 following a late-season duel with Wes Mayfield, is also the headliner of the inaugural Hobby Stock All-Dirt team that features four other drivers distinguished by first- and second-row selections. (That’s right, first and second "rows," not first and second "teams." This isn’t football, it’s racing.)

Drivers of the Year and All-Dirt teams for the stock car, modified and late model divisions will also appear in this space in the coming days.

Selection of Driver of the Year was based on a variety of categories, including track points, Stevie Dirt regional rankings (applicable in the late model and modified classes) and a host of statistical categories that have appeared in this space throughout the season.

Beyond the raw numbers, the most impressive item about Brocksieck was his ability to stay out of trouble and finish races. All of those top fives add up over the course of a five-month Sunday night grind.

STEVIE DIRT DRIVER OF THE YEAR PROFILE: AARON BROCKSIECK

Aaron_brocksieck_4608 Residence: Camp Point, Ill.
Track points: 577, 1st
Total victories: 9, 2nd
Feature victories: 4, 1st-tie
Second places: 2
Heat victories: 5, 4th-tie
Top 5s: 11, 1st
Top 10s: 15, 1st-tie
Feature points: 553, 1st-tie
Second-half points: 350, 2nd
Heat points: 24, 4th
Herald-Whig Performance Points: 134, 4th
Driver Dominance Index: .895, 1st
Driver Dependability: .975, 1st
Feature laps led: 35, 5th
Notable: This was Brocksieck’s third season in the series, and he improved each season. He was ninth in points in 2006 and third in 2007 before his breakthrough campaign.
Comment: If Brocksieck returns to hobby stocks in 2009 he’ll be the favorite to make it two titles in a row, but don’t be surprised to see him in a stock car next spring.

STEVIE DIRT ALL-DIRT FIRST ROW: Wes Mayfield, Steve Carlin

Wes Mayfield

Residence: Hull, Ill.
Track points: 576, 2nd
Total victories: 7, 5th-tie
Feature victories: 4, 1st-tie
Second places: 3
Heat victories: 3, 6th
Top 5s: 10, 2nd-tie
Top 10s: 14, 3rd
Feature points: 553, 1st-tie
Second-half points: 353, 1st
Heat points: 23, 5th
Herald-Whig Performance Points: 141, 3rd
Driver Dominance Index: .893, 2nd
Driver Dependability: .917, 3rd
Feature laps led: 22, 7th
Notable: Mayfield won both the midseason and season championship races, but missed the track title by one point. If he would have added a track championship to those other accomplishments he would have been the first "triple crown" winner in this division since Dave Wietholder in 2001.
Comment: This was Mayfield’s first full season in the series in 11 years and he comes THAT close to a championship. What will the second time around hold?

Steve Carlin

Residence: Hannibal, Mo.
Track points: 565, 3rd
Total victories: 8, 3rd-tie
Feature victories: 2, 5th-tie
Second places: 2
Heat victories: 6, 2nd-tie
Top 5s: 9, 4th-tie
Top 10s: 15, 1st-tie
Feature points: 537, 3rd
Second-half points: 340, 3rd
Heat points: 28, 2nd
Herald-Whig Performance Points: 123, 5th
Driver Dominance Index: .876, 3rd
Driver Dependability: .969, 2nd
Feature laps led: 55, 2nd-tie
Notable: By Carlin’s standards, this was an off season, but he will enter 2009 when the opportunity to overtake — or at least move within striking distance of — series legend Eddie Dieker in some notable career categories. Carlin now trails Dieker in total victories (91-73), feature wins (39-27), heat victories (51-45) and career points (5,731-4,846).
Comment: Not only did Carlin’s feature victory total tumble from 12 to 2, he went almost five months between checkered flags. He won on April 6 and did not finish first again until Aug. 31

STEVIE DIRT ALL-DIRT SECOND ROW: James Leffew, Jim Powell

James Leffew

Residence: Quincy, Ill.
Track points: 511, 6th
Total victories: 10, 1st
Feature victories: 4, 1st-tie
Second places: 3
Heat victories: 6, 2nd-tie
Top 5s: 10, 2nd-tie
Top 10s: 12, 4th-tie
Feature points: 485, 7th
Second-half points: 319, 5th
Heat points: 26, 3rd
Herald-Whig Performance Points: 163, 1st
Driver Dominance Index: .792, 6th
Driver Dependability: .868, 4th
Feature laps led: 73, 1st
Notable: Leffew tied for the series lead in feature victories, had the most total wins and missed by one heat victory of topping that category.
Comment: Once Leffew develops the consistency of a Brocksieck or Mayfield, he may be unstoppable.

Jim Powell

Residence: Hannibal, Mo.
Track points: 535, 4th
Total victories: 8, 3rd-tie
Feature victories: 3, 4th
Second places: 3
Heat victories: 5, 4th-tie
Top 5s: 9, 4th-tie
Top 10s: 12, 4th-tie
Feature points: 523, 4th
Second-half points: 328, 4th
Heat points: 12, 6th
Herald-Whig Performance Points: 161, 2nd
Driver Dominance Index: .816, 5th
Driver Dependability: .807, 5th
Feature laps led: 55, 2nd-tied
Notable: Powell’s fourth-place points finish was his best-ever in this series, topping a fifth place in 1999.
Comment: Powell tinkered for a few years in the modifieds, but this is the series where he is strongest and demonstrated that in the second half of the season.

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  1. hs fan says:

    can’t argue with any of those picks, but whether or not aaron is in hobbies next year or not i think carlin will be the driver to watch.

  2. hs fan says:

    can’t argue with any of those picks, but whether or not aaron is in hobbies next year or not i think carlin will be the driver to watch.

  3. LML says:

    you’re right about brocksieck, he’s improved each year and is very deserving of this.

  4. LML says:

    you’re right about brocksieck, he’s improved each year and is very deserving of this.

  5. QR regular says:

    The hobbies were fun to watch this year. i just hope there are more of them in ’09.

  6. QR regular says:

    The hobbies were fun to watch this year. i just hope there are more of them in ’09.

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