A tradition in the game of hockey awards "Three Stars of the Game" following the conclusion of each contest. Beginning this month, we're bringing a similar concept into the world of short track racing. Each month, Speed51.com will recognize the "Five Stars of Short Track Racing" presented by Five Star Race Car Bodies.
Here are the Five Stars of Short Track Racing for the month of September:
#1 Star - Aaron Reutzel
There was nobody more dominant in the short track racing world during the month of September. Overall, Reutzel tallied six All Star Circuit of Champions victories and secured his second straight ASCoC championship. To make his list of accomplishments even more impressive, two of Reutzel's victories came against the Pennsylvania Posse at Port Royal Speedway and Williams Grove Speedway. He also added a win during the 4-Crown Nationals at the historic Eldora Speedway to end the month.
Dutilly has never struggled to put his No. 30 Super Late Model in victory lane. However, the competition he was wining against often raised questions when it came to debating just how good he is. Dutilly ended those debates this past month when he scored his first Blizzard Series victory at Five Flags Speedway in the final tune-up for the Snowball Derby. He followed that up one week later by scoring a $10,000 victory in the Full Throttle 100 against a strong field at Citrus County Speedway, establishing himself as a favorite in big events throughout the state of Florida.
#3 Star - Bubba Pollard
Pollard took the short track world by storm during a two-week span during the middle of the month. He kicked things off by scoring his second consecutive Canadian Short Track Nationals victory at Jukasa Motor Speedway, a win worth $75,000 (CAD). One week later after a short turnaround, Pollard loaded up his trailer and made his way to Lucas Oil Raceway for the inaugural Speed51 Super Select. Competing against a field of Super Late Model all-stars, Pollard flexed his muscles and collected $12,000 in prize money.
#4 Star - Max Blair
When it comes to regional Dirt Late Model competition, there was nobody better than Max Blair in September. The 29-year-old from Pennsylvania proved his mettle against national stars by winning the World of Outlaws Late Model Series race at Stateline Speedway (NY). He then followed that up by sweeping the final two events of the ULTIMATE Northeast Super Late Model Series season at Thunder Mountain Speedway (PA).
#5 Star - Matt Hirschman
"Big Money Matt" did big money things during the month of September, performing well in some of the biggest events of the Modified season. Hirschman kicked things off by winning the postponed Tony/Tommy Memorial at Lancaster National Speedway on U.S. Open weekend. He then followed up that performance by winning one of the most prestigious events in motorsports, the Race of Champions 250 at Lake Erie Speedway.
-Text by Speed51 Staff