One of the Southeast’s most popular touring series, the Wheelman Racing Series, will return to action this Saturday night at 4-17 Southern Speedway in Florida. As we get ready for that race, let’s take a look at which Sportsman drivers have flexed the most muscle thus far during the 2020 Wheelman Racing Series season.
1. Brooke Storer– No one is hotter on the Wheelman Racing Series right now than Brooke Storer. After two races, Storer has an overall average finish of 1.5 and picked up a victory at Citrus County Speedway, her first victory since August 2018 at Auburndale Speedway. Storer and crew chief Jason Boyd have hit their stride early in the season.
2. Jesse Henley– Kicking off 2020 with a win at New Smyrna Speedway after JR Beckner’s disqualification, Henley is poised to pick up where he left off in 2019 with a top-five series points finish and a run at the series title. With a handful of races scheduled for Citrus County Speedway, a track he’s experienced plenty of success at, Henley is set to be a championship threat
3. Jeff Scofield– In a surprise to many, the longtime Super Late Model ace has come to play in the Wheelman Series sandbox in 2020. After building a Sportsman in 2018 and hitting a few select races a year in 2019, it appears Scofield is ready to make a run through the Wheelman Series ranks. Picking up two top-five finishes in his first two starts definitely puts an exclamation point at the end of the sentence.
4. Brandon Morris– Morris is one of the more consistent racers in the Wheelman Series. With finishes of sixth and second in the first two races, he’s off to a hot start. Though Morris only visited victory lane once in 2019, it’s safe to consider him a contender for a win week in and week out.
5. Matthew Green– The young gun Matthew Green has made strides in 2020. After pairing up with Jason Boyd in late 2019, he’s elevated his game from a mid-pack racer to a top-five finisher in less than six months. His drive through the field at Citrus County on February 29 was inspiring and shows the potential he has going into the rest of the season.
6. Jake Perkins– Perkins is a newcomer to the Wheelman Series in 2020. Though he’s not new to the Florida short track racing scene. Racing Super Late Models throughout the Central Florida area since 2011, Perkins has followed the ever-growing trend of drivers flocking to Sportsman for a more competitive and cost effective place to race. With two top 20 finishes in the first two races, it’s safe to say he’s found a home here.
7. Rex Struble– Fresh off his 2019 Wheelman Series championship runner-up finish, Struble has struggled to fire off in 2020. While he has two top 10 finishes to kick off the season, fans are used to seeing him finish in the top five. Look for Struble to ramp up his game and battle his teammate Jesse Henley more heading into the remainder of the season.
8. Devin McLeod– Known as one of the most versatile racers in Central Florida, McLeod took a step back from the Wheelman Series halfway through the 2019 season while his team built a new car. Debuting at New Smyrna Speedway with a top-five finish, it appeared that the gamble paid off. But backing it up with a ninth-place finish in his first race back at Citrus County leaves the Robert Todd Racing crew searching for more speed.
9. Colton Bramlett– After being parked at one point in 2019 due to poor performance in the classroom, Bramlett has made strides since his return. On his current trajectory, he’s poised to eclipse his four top 10 finishes in 2019 and continue his upward trend.
10. Adam Briggs– Briggs is a Wheelman Series regular looking for some stability during the 2020 season after a wild 2019. With finishes of 12th and 13th, he’s shown signs of improvement so far. He’ll look to continue that upward trend.
Dilon Sivils– Sivils was the 2019 Wheelman Series Rookie of the Year with a fourth-place finish in points. But his 2020 season hasn’t yet yielded the same results through two races. Time will tell if he can turn his season around.
Bryton Prevatt– Prevatt is a Wheelman Series newcomer and has shown some growing pains in his first two starts.
Joe Hamilton– Hamilton had four starts in 2019 and is looking for more in 2020.
JR Beckner– Beckner crossed the finish line first at New Smyrna Speedway but was disqualified due to a weight violation. Since then, he only has a 13th-place finish to his credit at Citrus County Speedway in February. He’ll look to rebound and replicate his 2019 championship podium finish.
-Story by: Allick Jorgensen, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @AJorgensen24
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