With three quarters of the 2016 short track racing season completed, we take a look at some of the important notes and numbers from the third quarter.
All New All American: Every driver who led at the All American 400 led the race for the first time in their career. Casey Roderick led a race high 141 laps before Bubba Pollard claimed the top prize.
Solid as a Rock: Casey Johnson is the first driver since Joe Shear in 1987 to win the main events on Saturday & Sunday at the Rockford National Short Track Championships. Johnson won in Super Late Model and a Big 8 type Late Model.
How Sweet It is: Nick Sweet has got this Milk Bowl thing figured out. The now three-time race winner is only one win off the record held by Robbie Crouch. Sweet has won three of the last four races and won two segments this year which has not been done 2011.
Southern Star: With as intense as Super Late Model competition has been these numbers are startling. Bubba Pollard’s win at Five Flags Speedway (FL) made him the only driver to win a Southern Super Series race in every year since the series birth. He has also won at least one of the Blizzard Series races for nine years in a row. In that time he has won a total of 12 races.
Top 10 Class: Andy Seuss has finished in the top 10 in the last 17 consecutive NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour events. If you add up the last three years it’s 32 of 34. Unfortunately for Seuss, his streak will end there with the disintegration of the southern tour.
A Fun Week: Perhaps one of the strangest times of year is when the All American 400 and the Winchester 400 are run on consecutive weekends. A few years ago Ross Kenneth won both. This time around, Bubba Pollard didn’t make an attempt to sweep the two prestigious events after winning the All American 400.
No Wins: Curtis Gerry will go down in history as the NASCAR state Champion for Maine in 2016. But he did so without winning a single race at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. Surprisingly, the same feat was pulled off by Dave Farrington, Jr. in 2014.
Add Me a Crown: Steve Carlson won the NASCAR Whelen All American Series state title in Wisconsin, again. This marks the fourth year in a row. He won a fifth in 2007 when he won the national title. If you think that’s a lot, how about Keith Rocco? He’s the king of Connecticut for the ninth year in a row. How about them apples?
First Time Club: The PASS South Super Late Models produced their fourth first-time winner at Hickory with Tate Fogleman going to victory lane. That’s three first-time winners in a row.
Another One: Johnny Clark’s win at White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH) made it 13 years of 14 years with at least one win in PASS North competition. Clark has 38 career PASS wins since his first in 2003.
Good Batting Average: Eddie MacDonald is 5 for 9 in the wins department when it comes to ACT races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Eddie Mac has passed 116 cars in those five wins.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor
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