The 2019 season will begin for the most popular west coast Super Late Model touring series this weekend when the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series kicks things off at Irwindale Speedway (CA). We get you ready for another season in this edition of “By the Numbers” on Speed51.com.
1: Only once in series history has a driver won back-to-back titles in the series. Derek Thorn did so in 2016 and 2017.
2: Craig Raudman, the driver of the No. 2 Super Late Model, will begin his farewell tour this weekend at Irwindale Speedway. This will be Raudman’s final full-time season with Dave Reed Racing.
9: The 2019 season will once again feature a nine-race schedule stretching from March to November.
35: This week’s press briefing showed that 35 Super Late Models are entered for the first race of the 2019 season.
37: Carlos Vieira is one of the quiet giants in the series with 37 career top-10 finishes. He’s still seeking his first win and he’s not missed an SRL race in nine years.
43: The SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour will compete at Madera Speedway for the 42nd and 43rd times in series history. Jeremy Doss and Jacob Gomes won the two races at Madera in 2018. Eight of the first 12 races in the series were run at Madera.
46.2%: It’s Derek Thorn’s world and we are all just living in it. Thorn has won 46.2% of the races he’s competed in. He’d have to win six races straight to get to 50%. The law of averages say that’s just unreachable, but then again he’s won 16 of his last 29 starts.
55: The margin of points that Jeremy Doss bested Eric Schmidt by to win the SRL title.
175: There have been 175 points-paying races in the SPEARS SRL Southwest Series.
The New Class: Cole Moore led the 2018 rookie class after recording three top five and six top 10 finishes. He was fourth in the final point standings. Kyle Neveau and Jack Wood were second and third in the rookie class, while finishing 11th and 12th in the overall point standings.
Thirsty for More: After winning the SRL title back in 2006, Eric Schmidt returned to the SRL series full time and had eight top-five finishes in nine races. He ended up second in the points to Jeremy Doss.
History Rewind 2009: M.K. Kanke won three of the first four races and logged solid runs down the stretch to win the series title. Seven different drivers visited victory lane in 10 races.
Top SRL Winners
1 Derek Thorn 36
2 Jim Pettit, II 16
3 M.K. Kanke 10
4 Jeff Anthony 9
5 Jeremy Doss 8
Former SRL Champions
2018 Jeremy Doss
2017 Derek Thorn
2016 Derek Thorn
2015 Jacob Gomes
2014 Derek Thorn
2013 Jim Pettit, II
2012 Derek Thorn
2011 Jim Pettit, II
2010 Jonathon Gomez
2009 M.K. Kanke
2008 Jim Pettit, II
2007 Dave Byrd
2006 Eric Schmidt
2005 Jason Fensler
2004 Steve Belletto
2003 Ron Strmiska, Jr.
2002 Jeff Anthony
2001 Nathan Tucker
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
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