Justin Reed will enter the 2013 season with the longest active streak of consecutive top-five points finishes at the Bullring — 6. Reed is just one of three drivers with streaks of four or more straight top-five finishes, which proves at least two things:
* Parity has arrived at 8000 Broadway. There are more consistent contenders in most of the classes than ever before. Gone are the days — for the most part — when a small circle of drivers dominated certain divisions for years at a time.
* Changing of the guard. We’re in the midst of a changeover of drivers. New wheel men are coming in (late models), one longstanding class has been eliminated (hobby stocks) and new classes are part of the weekly schedule (sport mods, sport compacts). Add to that list some drivers who once competed in a class such as the hobbies now moving to stock cars or sport mods.
It all adds up to more drivers finishing high(er) in the points standings in more classes more of the time.
ACTIVE TOP FIVE POINTS STREAKS GOING INTO 2013 SEASON
6: Justin Reed, late models
5: Steven DeLonjay, UMP modifieds
4: Terry Houston, stock cars
STREAKS THAT ENDED IN 2012
9: Steve Carlin, hobby stocks
4: Jim Powell, hobby stocks
3: Andrew Griffin, stock cars
RECORD BY CLASS
Late models: Terry Gallaher, 21
UMP modifieds: Hank DeLonjay, 11
Stock cars: Terry Houston, 4 (active)
Hobby stocks: Steve Carlin, 9 (2012 was last season for class)
Sport compacts: Seth Woodruff, 2; Kim Abbott, 2
Sport mods: Five with 1.