Pick to click: Dave Wietholder wins his first feature of the season and takes over the points lead.
Best bet for a comeback: James Leffew, who finished ninth in points in 2012, has not yet been able to crack the top 10 feature finishers in his first two appearances of 2013.
That’s a fact, Jack: Only eight different drivers have managed a top-five feature finish the first five weeks of the season. Steven DeLonjay, Michael Long, Dave Wietholder, Shawn Deering and Robbie Reed have combined for 20 of the 25 top-five showings.
Pick to click: Tony Dunker. Maybe he should race backward around the track — like they did on occasion in those old two-man cruiser main events — to give the rest of the field a chance.
Best bet for a comeback: Joe Bliven, who had not finished lower than third in a feature until last Sunday’s ninth-place run.
That’s a fact, Jack: Last week’s feature was the quickest of the season at 19 minutes, 37 seconds. It was the first sub-20 minute main event of the year. The sport mods lead all five weekly series in total cautions.
Pick to click: Steve Carlin returns to victory lane for the first time since 2011.
Best bet for a comeback: Beau Taylor, who ran a rather pedestrian sixth in the feature last Sunday after two straight top-three finishes.
That’s a fact, Jack: Jake Powers is not only the lone rookie leading any of the points races, he’s one of just two with a current top-five position. Bucky Gallaher is a rookie in the sport mods and currently tied for fourth. (I’m not including Pat Dunker as a rookie in the sport compacts, but if you wish to you have my blessing.)
Pick to click: Points leader Kim “Don’t Call me Kardashian” Abbott wins her first feature of the season.
Best bet for a comeback: Craig Bangert, whose early exit last week cost him the series points lead.
That’s a fact, Jack: Kim Abbott is the only driver in the class to have run every feature lap this season.