The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series has now become a three-horse race heading into the final two points-paying weekends of 2016 between Matt Bowling, Keith Rocco, and Ty Majeski. With Majeski making it a trio at the top of the standings, there is one more contender looking to make it a quartet this coming weekend, California’s Trevor Huddleston.
The 20 year old Late Model hot shoe from Agoura Hills, CA has already made a name for himself on the Left Coast, winning a track championship at his hometrack of Irwindale Speedway and taking the California state championship in 2015. In 2016, he is poised to do the same once again, but this time with a shot at the national title.
“It feels pretty awesome. We’ve had a great year so far, everybody on the West Coast is rooting for us and helping us along. I can’t be thankful enough. The last West Coast guy was Greg Pursley way back when, so it’s good to get California back out there,” Huddleston told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.
Huddleston is one of the drivers who has dominated a single track in 2016, collecting 10 wins at Irwindale so far and having a high average finish. It is the only way to keep up with other top drivers who run multiple tracks as Huddleston does not have the luxury of having a wide assortment of alternate tracks to run week after week.
“We’ve only been able to run 21 races. That’s still enough for a full 18 but it’s pretty difficult to run with the people who run 30 or 40. But, we’re doing our best.”
This past weekend with Late Models taking the week off at Irwindale, the team decided to take a chance on Saturday, making the long drive out to the Arizona desert to run at Tuscon Speedway. It is a trek that might have kept his title hopes alive.
“We figured we might as well. We were trying to go to the closest track for national points. I’ve never raced there before, we went out there and came home with the win. I couldn’t be happier with the finish there.”
Huddleston is fourth in the national points just 39 points behind leader Matt Bowling. Huddleston returns to Irwindale for the track’s season finale on Saturday, looking for another win while looking to close out the track championship. As for where they go from there, that all depends on how he and his national rivals do this weekend.
“We’ll take a look at the national points following this weekend, hopefully we can come home with a win or second place to improve. If all goes well, hopefully we’ll be making a trip up to Colorado National Speedway, another place I’ve never been, just to see if we can get some more points. Again we’ll see how it is after this weekend if we’ve got a shot.”
Huddleston will also look to defend his position from Lee Pulliam who sits fifth just 15 points behind.
-By Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com State Editor (CT, MA, Long Island) – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo Credit: Roger Seymour Photo