Following a week off because of the high temperatures, the action resumes at Quincy Raceways Sunday night with a full schedule involving all series.
There are just two months left in the points season — which is hard to believe — so let’s capsulize each of the weekly classes as we head into the final third of the schedule:
Driver of the Year (so far): Since the start of the season, the most dependable car on the track has belonged to Jason Perry. It’s no accident he leads the points pursuit.
Top accomplishment (so far): The improved car count in this series, thanks to the move to UMP. And a year from now, those numbers should be even higher.
Second-half surprise: Keep an eye on Mark Burgtorf. He’s closing fast in the points race and he’ll likely not miss any more Sunday nights.
Driver of the Year (so far): Dave Wietholder gets the nod here, but Steven DeLonjay, Michael Long and Jared Schlipman will be applying some heat down the stretch.
Top accomplishment (so far): That two of the foursome of Wietholder, Long, Schlipman and DeLonjay have finished first and second in 13 of 14 features.
Second-half surprise: Shawn Deering will probably not win the series title, but he will make it a little more difficult for whichever driver does. He enters Sunday night with four straight top-five feature finishes.
Driver of the Year (so far): Tony Dunker, hands down. He’s won eight of 13 features.
Top accomplishment (so far): Dunker being so dominant. He’s caught some flack for winning so much, but people hate the Yankees, too.
Second-half surprise: Keep an eye on young Brad Holtmeyer. He gets better and better each week.
Driver of the Year (so far): Abe Huls, who has raced in Quincy 12 times this season — and won eight main events. (Actually, that should be eight for 11, because one week early in the season he was unable to start the feature because of mechanical issues.)
Top accomplishment (so far): Huls has won every feature he’s raced in but one since May 6 — and that night he finished second.
Second-half surprise: Looks like Gabe Harrison finally has his early season problems figured out.
Driver of the Year (so far): This is a three-way tossup-up between Jake Powers, Brandon Symmonds and fast-charging Tanner Klingele. Right now, we’re going to split the award between those three drivers.
Top accomplishment (so far): Powers’ performance in the first half of the season completely dominated the competition — but the second half of the season has not been as kind. As a result, there is an interesting battle for the title that also involves Symmonds and Klingele.
Second-half surprise: Former champ Steve Carlin has been looking more and more racy each week since he returned to the track. Let’s see how that No. 9 is running by the end of the season. He might be planning to make a charge for that sixth track championship in 2013.
Driver of the Year (so far): The one constant — who is also the points leader — has been Seth Woodruff. He has been solid all season.
Top accomplishment (so far): Austen Bercerra winning four straight features. He goes for a fifth Sunday night.
Second-half surprise: When Pat Dunker came out of more-than-a-decade’s worth of retirement no one knew what to expect. Besides having the sharpest car on the track, he’s proven to be a wheel man, too.