It would be almost impossible to question Terry Houston’s consistency in a stock car, so it’s little wonder he continues to hold on to the No. 1 all-time ranking in that 6-year-old series.
What was lost by some in Abe Huls’ one-sided march to this year’s track title was Houston’s runner-up finish in the points pursuit. Houston — a.k.a. the “Mayor of Mount Sterling” — has never finished lower than third in stock car points. Here’s a breakdown of those finishes:
Terry Houston stock car points finishes
2008: did not race
Huls, however, is not far removed from the consistency Houston has demonstrated. Huls, ranked No. 2, has four finishes of third or higher. What arguably “cost” The Honest One the No. 1 ranking is a seventh-place finish in 2011. Huls also finished 10th in 2008, but that was the year Houston did not race, so that season is pretty much of a wash.
Houston, Huls and No. 3 Jerry Jansen have been the series’ stalwarts. Of the Nos. 4-10 drivers, four did not race this season and the other three (Kevin Tomlinson, Jeff Mueller and Michael Larsen were on hand for only a combined handful of events. Larsen’s season was cut short by injury.
STOCK CARS ALL-TIME RANKINGS (2008-13)
Drivers receive ranking points on a 15-10-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale for their position in the final top 10 points standing each season. Ties are broken by number of championships, second-place points finishes, top five points finishes, top 10 points finishes, etc.
1. Terry Houston, 58 points (2 titles)
2. Abe Huls, 53 (2)
3. Jerry Jansen, 33
4. Aaron Brocksieck, 28 (1)
5. Andrew Griffin, 24
6. Kevin Tomlinson, 18
7. Steve Steinkuhler, 17
8. Jeff Mueller, 15 (1)
9. Chris Wibbell, 14
10. Michael Larsen, 12
Active drivers, minimum 6 points
Gabe Harrison, 11
Jake Powers, 8
Brandon Savage, 6
Jim Powell, 6