Countdown to 2014: Sport compacts

November 17, 2013 3 Comments

2014countdownIt’s mid-November, and that means it’s time for our first predictions for the new season. We’ll start with those wild and crazy sport compacts, which for the second straight season were Austen Becerra’s world and the rest of the drivers were simply passing through.

Here’s how we see 2014 shaking out — at this point in time:

SPORT COMPACTS 2014

The champ: Austen Becerra will be favored to make it two straight titles. How can you pick against a guy who has won 19 features in 1 1/2 seasons? How long until some car owner puts Becerra in a modified, or even a late model?

The runner-up: We see Kim Abbott finishing second for a third straight season, again coming up just short in her quest to be the first female track champ in Bullring history.

Seith Woodruff (36w) and Brandon Lambert (14L).

Seith Woodruff (36w) and Brandon Lambert (14L).

Third place: Brandon Lambert. I’m anxious to see if he can maintain how strong he looked the last six weeks or so of this season. If he does, he might be a solid pick for the runner-up position.

Dark horse: We’re waiting to hear about two-time series champ Seith Woodruff’s 2014 plans. If he does return to this class, we’ll pencil him in as the No. 3 selection. Also keep an eye on the continued development of Alex Baker.

Disclaimer: These picks are based on Pat Dunker and Lightning Laine Van Zant moving to sport mods. If those plans change, we’ll revise these picks down the road.

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  1. SKIPP says:

    SORRY TO THROW SAND IN YOUR K.Y. STEVIE…..BUT, IT LOOKS LIKE ME AND MY BOYS ARE STICKIN WITH THE 4-BANGERS FOR 2K14…MY KNOWLEDGE LIMITS (AND BANK STATEMENT) PROHIBIT THE MOVE TO SPORTMODS , AND , SOMEBODY HAS TO TRY AND KEEP THAT “DEUCE-DEUCE” FROM WINNING ALL OF EM.
    HOPEFULLY WE CAN PUT UP SOME SORT OF CHALLENGE FOR HIM AND THAT “PINK CAR SUPERSTAR”
    GOT MY NEW AND IMPROVED #3 AT THE SHOP NOW , FIXIN TO PUT THE TURBO IN NEXT WEEK….

    SEE YA’LL IN MARCH….!!!!!!!
    .
    EVERYBODY’S SECOND FAVORITE #3…………SKIPPER

  2. seighinger says:

    Thanks for the update, Skipp! This is one of the ways we find out about changes of plans at this time of year. The next update will probably be around the first of the year. Good luck with that turbo, li’l buddy … bwahahahahah ….

  3. Lightning Laine says:

    LIGHTNIN’ will run the 2014 season in the sport mods!
    Good luck to all my sport compact buddies in the 2014 season!

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