Believe it or not, we’re already a quarter of the way through the 2019 short track racing season. While the intensity of the schedule will certainly pick up over the next few weeks, there’s already been a lot of great racing to look back on. In this edition of “By the Numbers” on Speed51, we take a look back on the first quarter of the 2019 short track racing season.
2: Giovanni Bromante made some noise by winning his first two Super Late Model starts with the Southern Super Series. He kicked things off by winning the Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway and followed it up by winning the first Blizzard Series race of the year at Five Flags Speedway. By virtue of winning the first two races, he leads the Southern Super Series points.
4: Brandon Sheppard did something that had never been done before when he won all four of the World of Outlaws races during the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park during Florida Speedweeks.
5: Justin Bonsignore has now won five consecutive NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (CT). The feat is so special that we included a list of drivers who won four in a row but not five. He’s also won seven of his last 11 at Thompson.
8: Casey Roderick gave car owner Ronnie Sanders his second win and eighth podium finish in the Baby Rattler at South Alabama Speedway. The impressive part is those eight top-five finishes have come from six different drivers including Sanders.
12: With his victory in the PASS North season opener at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, DJ Shaw has now won at 12 different tracks on the circuit. Add in his Eastern Bunny 150 victory at Hickory Motor Speedway and he has won at 13 tracks in PASS competition.
13: The Pro Late Models extended the streak of not having a repeat World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing champion since the division was established in 2007. That’s 13 years with 13 different champions and 47 different winners at New Smyrna Speedway’s signature event.
14: Connor Okrzesik, the driver of the No. 14 Super Late Model, grabbed the attention of the Super Late Model world when he defeated NASCAR Cup Series star Kyle Busch to win CRA SpeedFest 2019 at Crisp Motorsports Park.
18: Bubba Pollard won the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing Super Late Model week-long championship, marking yet another historical milestone in his career and an 18th straight season with no repeat SLM champions at the World Series.
22: Bubba Pollard recently added to his Late Model win list with victories at Southern National and Hickory Motor Speedway. With those two victories, he has now won races at 22 different race tracks during his Late Model career.
26: By our count, Matt Hirschman has now won at 26 tracks in his career after he picked up a win at Richmond during the PASS Commonwealth Classic.
31: Ronnie Silk broke a 31-race NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour winless streak with his victory at South Boston Speedway at the end of March. It was the 11th career victory for the 2011 tour champion.
64: A rich part of racing history will die in 2019 as the Hoosier 100 will be held for the 64th and final time at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. USAC officials have announced that the event will potentially shift to another venue.
85: Brett Hamm has led 85 of 90 laps thus far in the 2019 Carolina Clash Season.
172: The number of laps completed in the Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway. The race was originally scheduled to be a 300-lap race; however, the mixture of a local power outage and darkness forced officials to call the race off and declare Ty Majeski the winner after 172 laps.
1991: The year that Tour-type Modifieds and Super Late Models last ran a doubleheader at Richmond Raceway. PASS pulled off the feat 28 years later during the Commonwealth Classic at the end of March.
Big Shows: It’s only fitting that Lee Pulliam scored the win in the Old North State Nationals. With previous wins in the Martinsville 300, Myrtle Beach 400 and Hampton Heat 200 he has now won just about everything under the sun in Late Model Stock competition.
Like Daddy: It only seems fitting that Tony Hirschman won his final start at Richmond in 2001 and his son Matt Hirschman got the job done in 2019 in his first start at the track.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor
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