It has been an eventful season of short track racing throughout North America. With three quarters in the books, we take a look at the third quarter (July, August & September) in this edition of “By the Numbers” on Speed51.com.
2: It may have only been his second career PASS North victory, but Gary Smith’s win at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME) last month was monumental as he’s now won at every oval in the Pine Tree State.
3: Jeff Fultz picked up his third win on Labor Day at Winchester Speedway (IN).
4: Peyton Sellers won the track title at South Boston for the fourth time in his career.
5: Jason Corliss became the fifth driver to win back-to-back Milk Bowl’s at Thunder Road in Barre, Vermont. He needed a last-lap pass to pull it off. He’ll have a shot at a record three straight in 2019.
7: Bubba Pollard is a perfect seven-for-seven in his Pro Late Model after picking up the big $50,000-to win-race in Canada and the Allen Turner Tune-Up 100 at Five Flags in September. Along the way he’s also won at the Florida Governor’s Cup, the Snowflake 100, SpeedFest, the Baby Rattler and the Master of the Pros.
8: Tyler Roahrig has been claiming all the Outlaw Super Late Model crown jewels over the last few years. He has four Summer Sizzler wins, a pair of Kalamazoo Klash wins and now a pair of Glass City 200 crowns.
14: Maine driver Ben Rowe returned to victory lane at his favorite race track in New Hampshire. Rowe picked up his 14th career win at White Mountain Motorsports Park and 10th career win in PASS North. Rowe has wins in PASS North, PASS Modifieds, ACT, and both the defunct IPSC Series and NEPSA tours.
18: Georgia Super Late Model ace Bubba Pollard now has 18 Blizzard Series wins at Five Flags Speedway.
19: How about this? Jonathan Brown set a record for most top-five finishes (19) in a season at Bowman Gray Stadium in the Modifieds. As far as we can tell, this feat had never been accomplished in records that we can locate.
44: Matt Hirschman had to wait 44 races over 10 years before won a race again on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Hirschman went to victory lane at Oswego Speedway on September 1. His previous win was at Chemung Speedrome (NY) on October 5, 2008.
50: Despite not winning the track championship at Bowman Gray Stadium, Tim Brown still managed to pull off a numbers feat that turned our head. Brown won both legs of twin 50’s on the same night. He’s the only driver to ever pull off that feat.
100: Billy Moyer Sr. picked up his 100th win in the Summer Nationals “Hell Tour.” The win came at Thunderbird Raceway (MI). His first win came back in July of 1986.
275: Donny Schatz scored win number 275 of his World of Outlaws career during the night before the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway (OH).
350: Mobile, Alabama driver Dave Mader, III picked up his 350th career win in an event at Montgomery Motor Speedway. Mader is a former Snowball Derby winner and a multi-time NASCAR champion.
600: Scott Bloomquist captured the 600th career win of his career at Lucas Oil Speedway (MO). The victory was his 92nd and all-time leading win in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.
28,300: Bubba Pollard was the recipient of a $28,300 check after winning the 45th Annual Oxford 250 in his first attempt.
-Story by Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51.com / John A. Miller