If there is one given at the Bullring, it’s that the second half of the UMP modified season will belong to Steven DeLonjay.
For four of the last five seasons, DeLonjay has collected more track points than any other driver in the series. That, more than anything else, is why he has two track titles and no overall finish lower than third.
DeLonjay, who will turn 21 in December, is the epitome of the definition of a finisher. In all but one of those five seasons, the son of 13-time track champ Hank “The Crank” DeLonjay has stumbled out of the gate, falling behind in the points race. But it’s those dominating performances down the stretch that have always allowed him a podium finish by season’s end.
Here’s a look the modifieds’ second-half performances in recent seasons:
MODIFIEDS SECOND-HALF POINTS LEADERS
2012 (UMP): Steven DeLonjay, 609 points
2011 (UMP): Steven DeLonjay, 766
2010 (UMP): Steven DeLonjay, 383
2009 (UMP): Donovan Lodge, 478
2008: Steven DeLonjay, 334
2007: Michael Long, 364
SECOND-HALF POINTS CAREER LEADERS
UMP Era (2009-2012)
1. Steven DeLonjay, 2,161 points
2. Jared Schlipman, 1,864
3. Shawn Deering, 1,725
4. Dave Wietholder, 1,704
5. Michael Long, 1,401
6. Tony Dunker, 1,150
7. Robbie Reed, 1,140
8. Jake Griffin, 1,120
9. James Leffew, 970
10. Ryan Meyer, 945