DIVISION BATTLES HEAT UP AT MIDWAY POINT
DIVISION BATTLES HEAT UP AT MIDWAY POINT
The halfway point of the season arrives this Saturday, July 7th with the annual Mid-Season Championships and fireworks. A few divisional leaders have locked in their halfway titles, but a few will be decided this weekend in front of what should be a large crowd of spectators celebrating our nation’s birthday. Positional battles within the top ten are heating up as drivers are beginning to jockey for their share of the year end point’s fund and awards. The top ten in each division will be honored at the end of the 2012 season this fall.
In the Jodeco Auto Sales Late Models, Racin Jason Williams has solidified his spot at the top of the standings. After finishing as the runner-up last season, Williams looks to have vowed to bring home the title in 2012. Last Saturday night’s winner has not missed an event this season and holds a strong lead over Shane Fulcher and Tod Darda heading into this weekend’s special event. Fulcher, Darda and Glenn Morris are in a tight battle for the second place spot. Brandon Miller currently leads the rookie of the year points, but has been absent for several weeks.
Thomas Mewborn has been shut-out from victory lane in the Newnan Bonding B Cadet division, but the current points leader has finished second an unbelievable seven times this season. Mewborn has the B Cadets defending champion Jeff Carter hot on his tail along with former Senoia Raceway champion Dow Kirkland hanging in there. Track rivals Marcus Caswell and Corey Paytong find themselves in a heated fight for the number five spot behind the consistent Johnny Stinchcomb. The rookie of the year chase is wide open as Josh Pitt, Mike Johnson, Bill Pitt, Justin Clark and Michael Stover have been inconsistent in the racing schedule.
After a slight hiccup in his racing schedule due to a family wedding, Clifton ‘Hog Head’ Moran has recaptured the Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stock points lead over Bill Brown. Moran has been dominant over the past season and a half with many drivers becoming frustrated by the former late model competitor’s intense racing and strong desire to win. Bill Brown remains ready to take advantage of any miscue by Moran while Rusty ‘Rocketman’ Johnson finds himself in a good race for third with rookie of the year points leader Dusty Jones. Mike Jenkins has also fought his way back into the hunt for third place in the overall standings. Blant Duke, Gary Brand, Zack Sockwell, Mike Parker, Winford Minnix, William Blair and John Landrum are fighting to gain their spot in the final ten to receive their bonus cash and awards.
Mini Stock point’s leader Stephen Hill decided to skip the three digit temps last weekend and now finds himself in a three team tussle for the top spot heading into this Saturday’s mid-season run. Hill holds a slight lead over Rocky Johnson and Brandon Bright as any of the three could jump a spot in the standings. Trey Wood, Erik Hogsed, Bo Chambers, Robert Caldwell and Tim Collier are in the top ten right now, but Brandon Libri, Brandon Creech, Michael Spencer and Joe Spencer could leapfrog those drivers and gain a spot. The rookie of the year award is open for the person who wants to take it away as Wood, Libri, Creech and Michael Spencer are leading the way. Victor Parrish, Tyler Sauls, Tim Pettigrew and Randy Brady could also make a run for the first year award.
David Johnson leads the Bomber division standings heading into the halfway point of the season. The Bombers car counts have fallen off dramatically after promoter Tim Moses assured the division at the beginning of the season that he would pay a strong purse and run them weekly.
The Mid-Season Championship is set for this Saturday, July 7th, but the races for the points will continue through the remainder of the summer. This weekend’s fireworks may conclude a special night of racing, but it is sure to be the spark for drivers heading into the stretch drive for their spot in the top ten at season’s end.