How about the stock cars?
In terms of most lead changes in features, the stock cars are again leading the way, although at this point in the season it’s hardly conclusive because of all the rainouts. But one thing is certain, the stock cars have had more lead changes in main events than any other class over the past three seasons. (We didn’t begin charting this little tidbit until 2012.)
I don’t think it’s any accident or coincidence that the late models and modifieds are at or near the bottom of this kind of comparison. We talked last week about how the UMP system to establish starting feature lineups prohibits a lot of passing up front because that’s where the fastest cars usually begin. The IMCA system encourages passing with the invert format.
Here’s how the current season stacks up, as far as average number of lead changes per main event:
Stock cars, 1.50
Sport mods, 1.40
Sport compacts, 1.30
Late models, 1.00
Here’s how those five series stack up since the start of the 2012 season:
Stock cars, 1.49 (10 flag-to-flag feature victories)
Sport mods, 1.43 (10 flag-to-flag feature victories)
Sport compacts, 1.33 (8 flag-to-flag feature victories)
Modifieds, 1.14 (19 flag-to-flag feature victories)
Late models, 0.98 (19 flag-to-flag feature victories)
The most lead changes in a single feature since 2012:
Hobby stocks: 7, Aug. 12, 2012. (Class was discontinued after the 2012 season.)
Late models: 6, June 30, 2013
Stock cars: 5, July 20, 2014.
Sport mods: 4, May 27, 2012.
Modifieds: 4, 3 times, most recently April 14, 2013.
Sport compacts: 3, 10 times, most recently May 18, 2014.