James Leffew and Jared Schlipman have broken from the pack in the early voting for modified DIRT-y Driver of the year online balloting.
Leffew had 31.4 percent and Schlipman 28.3 percent of the vote as of 10:49 p.m. Thursday. Shawn Deering at 11.4 percent was running third after after more than 180 votes were cast.
Defending champion Tony Dunker and 2009 runner-up Dave Wietholder both had 4.3 percent of the vote and were sequestered near the back of the 10-driver field. The top 10 in the final track points standings were eligible for the ballot.
Voting for the mods continues through Oct. 6.