The second quarter of the racing season is complete, so let’s break it down in 51’s “By the Numbers.”
3: Did anyone notice that we had three first time winners at Bristol in the Late Model action? Darrell Wallace Jr. (or Bubba Wallace) won the CARS/SSS/CRA Super Late Model race. Myatt Snider won the CARS Tour Late Model Stock race, his first in the series. Finally, in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Pro Late Model race, Cole Williams won his first race in the series. Three races, three first time winners to each series.
3: Matt Hirschman won the big money Seekonk race for the third time in his career, tying him with Doug Coby for the most. It seems like Hirschman has won every big money race more than once.
6: Make it a six-pack for Brian Campbell at Toledo Speedway (OH). Campbell now has four ARCA/CRA Super Series wins, a JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour win and a Glass City 200 win. Toledo is Campbell’s playground for now.
6: He’s got a six and now Lee Pulliam is set to go for another this weekend. Pulliam has been a terror in the South Boston 200 which runs on the fourth of July weekend. You have to go back seven years to find a winner other than him. He’s racing for lucky number seven this July which for any event in any region is a remarkable number.
7: Scott Blomquist won the Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora for the seventh-time in his career.
8: Casey Roderick has won eight times this season in Pro Late Model action making him the driver with the most wins thus far in the Pro Late Model division.
8: North Carolina Modified Ace Burt Myers now has eight wins on opening day at Bowman Gray Stadium. That total now ties him with rival Junior Miller for the most of any driver in the 200-lap race which is always the longest event of the season.
11.446 – How fast is fast? We can ask Derek Griffin who turned a lap of 11.446 in practice at Thunder Road in practice for the PASS race this year. The asphalt was new and the grip was up resulting in the track record being set. Now it’s an unofficial lap, but still the number is impressive.
80% – In baseball if someone fails 70% of the time they are considered good. It’s the batting average formula that shows hitting .300 or 30% is good. But what if you hit .714 or .800? That’s the reality for Ty Majeski on the ARCA Midwest Tour. He’s won four of the first five races this year and he won six of the nine he ran last year. That’s .800 for this year and .714 over the two seasons.
83: If someone told me I would win as many races as my car number I would pick a low one to make sure I got it done. The famous blue number 83 Hayes Jewelers machine is a constant visitor to victory lane and now he’s reached a total the same as his car number. For the record, he is the all-time wins leader at Bowman Gray Stadium.
99: Did you know that the Pro All Stars Series has produced 99 different winners in Super Late Model action in the north and south combined? Sitting just short of the century mark the series has been a fixture in both regions for several years. PASS North’s first race was in 2001 while the south series started in 2006.
100: Bret Hearn won his 100th Big Block Modified race at Lebanon Valley and the 898th win of his career. 100 wins at one track is impressive, but 898 is more impressive.
100: Former NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National champion Philip Morris has already bagged some milestones this season. Morris won his 99th, 100th and 101st feature event at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Virginia. Very few drivers reach the 100 win mark in their careers and very few win 100 at one venue. The multi-time champion could be on his way to another title this season
300: Most drivers don’t get to run 300 races and most never get to do it in the same series. Ben Rowe is the PASS Iron man having run all the points races in the north and over 50 in the south. Later this year he will make his 300th PASS Late Model start. Due to rainouts we don’t know which race for sure will be his 300th.
759: By our rough calculations Jeff Choquette has led 759 laps this season on his way to a few wins around the southeast region. However he dominated the Redbud 300 and the Rattler 250 and didn’t win. He did win last night in the Clyde Hart Memorial and those laps are included.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
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