A last look at the second-half leaders

November 29, 2012 0 Comments

Will we ever see No. 9 at Quincy Raceways again?

Here’s a quick glance at the remaining classes and which drivers have performed the strongest in the second half of recent seasons. Some thoughts:

– Check out the stock cars. Terry Houston has won four straight “second-half” titles. No other driver in any other series can claim that. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that he has won two track championships and never finished lower than third in the points in any season during that span.

– A driver who came close to Houston’s feat in recent years was Steve Carlin in the hobby stocks. He led in second-half points in three of four years (he shared the “title” twice), which reminded me we were missing “The Cap’n” last year at the track. Carlin was only on hand a few times this season, and now that this class has been eliminated, will we ever see No. 9 again? (Before his eventual induction into the Quincy Raceways Hall of Fame, that is.)

– Look at the five drivers I listed in the sport mods under “career leaders” — which, of course, was just this season — those are mighty impressive names, and three of them are still “kids” in a racing sense: Bobby Anders, Tanner Klingele and Brad Holtmeyer. (And even the “old men” in this series, Tony Dunker and Joe Bliven, are hardly over the hill. That’s why this class is so interesting when you gaze at the future.)

STOCK CARS SECOND-HALF POINTS LEADERS

2012: Terry Houston, 328 points
2011: Terry Houston, 332
2010: Terry Houston, 188
2009: Terry Houston, 224
2008: Jeff Mueller, 342

SECOND-HALF POINTS CAREER LEADERS

1. Abe Huls, 1,230 points
2. Terry Houston, 1,072
3. Jerry Jansen, 1,021
4. Andrew Griffin, 972
5. Aaron Brocksieck, 793
6. Steve Steinkuhler, 697
7. Kevin Tomlinson, 642
8. Gabe Harrison, 599
9. Doug Huls, 514
10. Chris Wibbell, 496

SPORT MODS SECOND-HALF POINTS LEADERS

2012: Tony Dunker.

SECOND-HALF POINTS CAREER LEADERS

1. Tony Dunker, 389 points
2. Bobby Anders, 368
3. Joe Bliven, 366
4. Tanner Klingele, 357
5. Brad Holtmeyer, 348

SPORT COMPACTS SECOND-HALF POINTS LEADERS

2012: Austen Becerra, 391 points
2011: Seth Woodruff, 425

SECOND-HALF POINTS CAREER LEADERS

1. Seth Woodruff, 804 points
2. Kim Abbott, 736
3. Brandon Lambert, 598
4. Robert Thompson, 467
5. Craig Bangert, 452
6. Casey Kendrick, 407
7. Austen Becerra, 391
8. Austin Uppinghouse, 370
9. Casey Lambert, 336
10. Bryce Baker, 315

HOBBY STOCKS SECOND-HALF POINTS LEADERS

2012: Brian Hoener, 434 points
2011: Nathan Anders, 465
2010: Bobby Anders, Steve Carlin, 233
2009: Adam Scott, Steve Carlin, 261
2008: Wes Mayfield, 353
2007: Steve Carlin, 359

SECOND-HALF CAREER POINTS LEADERS

1. Steve Carlin, 1,693
2. Jake Powers, 1,384
3. Jim Powell, 1,268
4. Justin Bartz, 1,260
5. Nathan Anders, 1,231
6. Tanner Klingele, 1,176
7. Jeremy Buss, 1.163
8. Nathan Hayes, 1,056
9. Adam Scott, 832
10. Brandon Symmonds, 817

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