Most exciting series?

July 22, 2014 6 Comments

2014QRLogoThe most exciting series this year at the Bullring?

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.

Stock car drivers Abe Huls and Terry Houston (97) battle for position.

Stock car drivers Abe Huls and Terry Houston (97) battle for position.

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
Modifieds, 1.30
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.

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  1. TEAMFOURBOSS says:

    CURIOUS TO SEE THE LIST OF 10 SPORTMOD FLAG TO FLAG VICTORIES 2012 TO PRESENT

    #3

  2. Drone says:

    KENNY D , LAST SUNDAY WAS A PERFECT NIGHT. TRACK WAS TWO GROVE, BURGERS HOT N JUICY, BEER ICE COLD. SO STOP BEATING YOUR SELVES UP.

    THE ONE AND ONLY
    DRONE

  3. seighinger says:

    Tony,

    You are the career leader in flag-to-flag wins in the sport mods with 5. Jim Gillenwater has 2.(FYI, the series has 11 all together, counting one in the four races in 2011.)

    Most of, if not all, of your flag-to-flags came when you started deep in the field with the invert and passed everyone by the end of the first lap.

  4. showstopper says:

    Way to feed Dunker’s ego Stevie. I agree, great night at track last week. Great to see a good car count for the late models. No complaints here. Sure were alot of boos for Dunker in victory lane? Does he have the illegal motor back in the #3? Flyby is in the know, maybe he will enlighten us on that subject? Kenny D. I have a suggestion for next years IL sprint week. Lets make Quincy stop #5. Put out some sort of point fund for the 5 races or a bonus to win 3 or 4 or all 5 features. Would have been perfect this week with no late models racing. Just a thought. I will be at Tri-City and Jacksonville supporting MOWA. One final note: Congrats to my buddy Pratt. Started 4th and finished 7th. Improving more every week. LOL

  5. hw says:

    poll ? answer knoxville

  6. TEAMFOURBOSS says:

    AND HERE HE IS THE MAN OF THE HOUR…………..SHOWWWWWSTOPPER!

    EGO? ITS CALLED SELF ESTEEM & SELF CONFIDENCE. JUST WANTED YOU TO HEAR THE BACK OF THE PACK TO THE FRONT STORY FROM DIRTY STEVE.

    GREAT LM CAR COUNT? YEA IT ONLY COST AND EXTRA $3600 PURSE & YOU THE FAN $3 OR $5 MORE TO DOUBLE THE FIELD & WATCH FINISH WITHIN 1 SPOT WERE YA START LATE MODELS.

    FLYBY IS BUSY FINISHIN UP CONTRACT WORK AT HIS MOONLIGHT JOB BEFORE THEY CLOSE UP SHOP

    AND THEM BOOS WERE 50% “TEAM 3 HATER NATION” (A.K.A – #73 FANS) 5% WERE PEOPLE THAT “HATE ME CUZ THEY AINT ME” & 45% WERE MY “BOO BOYS” STANDING UNDER THE SCORING TOWER.

    THE “FASTER THAN A UMP POWERPLANT” IN THE #3 IS FOR SALE EACH & EVERY SUNDAY AFTER THE CHECKERS FLY, GRAB YOUR CHECKBOOK… A TOW TRUCK & COME SEE US, ANYMORE TECH QUESTIONS LOOK FOR THE FAT CHICK IN THE SPANDEX STANDING BY THE KLEENEX & EATIN THE CHEESE, SHE KNOWS ALLLLL THE RULES

    BRING ON THE SPRINTS, THEY MAKE FOR AN AWESOME TRACK
    AWESOME TRACK 3 WEEKS IN A ROW TOMMY DIRT

    #3

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