Believe it or not, we’re about halfway through the season already. With that in mind, we decided to take an in-depth look at the numbers from the year so far in this edition of By the Numbers.
0: It’s almost hard to swallow, but Josh Berry has no CARS Tour Late Model Stock Car wins in 2018. The defending series champion has been close, but the bad luck bug has found him several times. Look for this to change in the second half of the year.
2: A few weeks back we saw Bubba Pollard and Brian Campbell spin and win in separate events. Pollard did it at Burch Run Speedway (MI) while Campbell did it at Berlin Raceway (MI). It’s a rare feat and to see it twice in a weekend is rare. We know we are likely missing a few more that have done it this year, but we saw Casey Roderick spin in the first Blizzard race and come back to finish second. Recovering from a spin is trending this year.
5: Bobby McCarty likes new stops with his Autos by Nelson Motorsports team. They currently lead the CARS Tour Late Model Stock Car standings and thats on the strength of four wins in what were his first Late Model starts at each of those tracks. He also won the Hampton Heat 200 at Langley last summer in his first trip there.
Lanlgey Speedway: Hampton Heat 200
Carteret County Speedway: CARS Tour
Ace Speedway: CARS Tour
Tri-County Motor Speedway: CARS Tour
Hickory Motor Speedway: CARS Tour
2: Bobby Measmer Jr. picked up his second win of the season at the legendary Bowman Gray Stadium. His second win gives the first year points chaser more wins than veteran Tim Brown on the season.
3.9: A little under the radar is the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East point leader. Tyler Ankrum has been a short track fixture for the last several seasons, and now his full scale car career is off and rolling. In his rookie campaign he is on top of the standings with a 3.9 average finish. He’s run every race in the top 10 and has completed every lap this season. He won the first of two twin races at South Boston.
7: Bubba Pollard picked up his seventh win of the 2018 season this past weekend at Montgomery Motor Speedway. Pollard has won seven races at seven different tracks in six different states. He had not raced at Montgomery in three seasons.
8: Scott Bloomquist recently won the Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora Speedway (OH) for the eighth time in his career. His eight wins in 21 starts in this event might be one of the most impressive items on his racing resume. He has four wins in the World 100 at the same track. He has never won both in the same season.
9: The Super DIRTCar Series will run nine times during the month of July in New York and Canada. That’s impressive considering that most schedules aren’t more than nine races in some series.
2762: There are 2,762 miles between Evergreen Speedway in Washington state and Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Preston Peltier has won the Summer Showdown each of the past two years along with the Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory. An impressive feat considering the two tracks are so far apart.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
-Photo Credit: Ken Kelly Photo