Secondly, the bad news. The weather forecast does not look promising for the weekend, thanks to the peripheral effects of Hurricane Isaac or Tropical Storm Isaac or whatever it is tormenting the Gulf Coast region.
So it looks like we might have some extra down time on our hands again Sunday evening. If so, chew on these following thoughts. I’d like to hear you think:
Steadiest driver of the year: Jason Perry is not leading the points by accident. Week in, week out, the driver of the No. 27 car has, for the most part, run near the front. Mark Burgtorf also deserves to be in the conversation, but his two missed points week kind of watered down his overall impact on the title chase.
Biggest surprise: Clint Kirkham has definitely elevated his game to the next level in what to date has been his finest year in a late model.
Where have you gone?: Joey Gower and Dustin Neese.
Steadiest driver of the year: The obvious answer is Steven DeLonjay, who is zeroing in on his second series title, but Jared Schlipman deserves to be int he mix, too. Neither driver has endured any serious “downs” to go with all of their “ups.” The tiebreaker between the two would be DeLonjay’s victories, but Schlipman has been as dependable as any driver in any division.
Biggest surprise of the year: Not many figured Russ Coultas to be a major player at the beginning of the season, but he currently sits a solid ninth in points in a division where a top-10 standing is nothing to make a blonde joke about.
Where have you gone?: Donovan Lodge and Jim Roach?
Steadiest driver of the year: Tony Dunker. What else can you say about someone who has finished first or second in all but one feature?
Biggest surprise of the year: The overall lack of cars.
Where have you gone?: Jim Gillenwater and Brandon Dale?
Steadiest driver of the year: Abe Huls. He has Dunker-esque numbers, but those two missed features will cost him a second track title.
Biggest surprise of the year: Michael Larsen’s continued improvement. If the season were to start over today, he would have to be considered a major player.
Where have you gone?: Chris Wibbell and Andrew Griffin?
Steadiest driver of the year: Jake Powers, Tanner Klingele and Brian Hener have had more exclamation points, but the steadiest driver overall has been Brandon Symmonds, who has finished in the top five of the feature 14 times out of a possible 17. Symmonds is currently second in points, three behind Powers and two ahead of Klingele.
Biggest surprise of the year: Nathan Anders leaving the class for the stock cars, then sport mods.
Where have you gone?: Jim Powell and Jim Brown.
Steadiest driver of the year: Seth Woodruff, who if not involved in a crash, will normally wind up with a podium finish (or close to it).
Biggest surprise of the year: Austen Becerra’s domination of the second half. If not for the victory runs of Dunker and Huls, he would have earned more attention for all of those second-half victories. (And an honorable mention tip o’ the hat to Skippy Dunker — No. 5 in your program, No. 1 in your heart.)
Where have you gone?: Craig Bangert and Bill Michel?