Independence Day Weekend normally serves as the unofficial halfway point of the racing season, and with that said we at Speed51.com powered by JEGS decided to take a look at some of the more impressive numbers from the first half of the 2016 Short Track Racing season. There is still plenty more to go so there is a chance to see more impressive or unthinkable numbers.
1.5: In six races at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL), Ty Majeski finished first or second in every race he competed in. He recorded an average finish of 1.5 and won the Super Late Model championship to start his 2016 season.
6: Lee Pulliam won the South Boston 200 for the sixth straight season. It’s hard to imagine that anyone will ever top the feat of winning a major Late Model Stock race six times in a row.
7: Seven races and seven faces. That’s the story of the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season as there has been seven different winners in seven races. No driver has repeated this year and only one driver has won more then one pole award.
8: Doug Coby has won eight of the last nine poles on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. He’s won five of those races. His total of 11 poles in the last two season is more then his win total (9).
9: The nine car of Brad May is leading both the Super Late Model points and the Pro Late Model points at New Smyrna Speedway. He could win the title in both classes.
10: There have been 10 Super Late Model winners in 10 races at Oxford Plains Speedway this season. A new handicapping system has put previous winners near the back of the field and created a lot of parity on a weekly basis. Glen Luce, Shawn Martin, Spencer Morse, Tim Brackett, TJ Brackett, Adam Polvinen, Ben Ashline, Scott Robbins, Gary Smith and Dennis Spencer, Jr. have all visited victory lane.
Under 10: No driver has yet to record 10 wins in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series battle for the National Championship. In the past there was always some one with a high win total come July.
11: After 11 races this season there have been nine different winners at Myrtle Beach Speedway. A year ago there were six different winners in 20 races, this year they going for a dozen or more.
13: “Super Matt” Sheppard built his own Dirt Modified team from the ground up, and thus far it’s a decision that’s paying off. Between weekly competition at Brewerton, Canandaigua and Utica Rome, and the Super DIRTcar Series, Sheppard has a total of 13 wins already in 2016.
15: Josh Richards leads the World of Outlaw Late Model points as he chases his record setting fourth points title. The jaw dropping number is that he has won 15 heat races in 20 starts. That’s getting it done.
43: Derek Thorn has won the most races or been tied for the most in the last five seasons of the SRL Southwest Tour. Thorn is the all-time series winner and has two wins this season which would make it a sixth straight year leading in the wins department. He has seven wins at the Bull Ring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
50: Ben Rowe’s win at Oxford in April was his first PASS win at OPS. The all-time series win leader has 50 career wins at 21 different venues.
55: There will be no 55th Tony Bettenhausen Memorial classic at Illiana Motor Speedway. The track has closed and thus it looks as if one of the longest running races will come to an end. If it does take place it will not be at Illiana.
70: Rockford Speedway went dirt for the first time in their near 70-year history. The World of Outlaws Late Models came to town and the crowd showed their support of the unique night in northern Illinois.
91: Ty Majeski has won six of eight races dating back to last season in the ARCA Midwest Tour series. The number are astonishing as he’s only three wins away from the record for most series wins.
600: Jamie Tomaino surpassed 600 starts on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. The number will never be duplicated. A driver at the age of 18 running 15 races a year would need to race for 40 years. This is will be one of the last great iron man stories in Short Track Racing.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ElginTraylor
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