With three events now in the books the points battles are heating up in every one of the core four divisions that compete at Franklin County Speedway during every race. The Memorial Day Bash on Sunday afternoon could heat up these battles even more.
In the Late Model Stock Car division the absense of a couple of key point competitors in last weekends Commonwealth Clash could play a role in how the championship is decided. Despite having a win and you’re in chase format similar to NASCAR, missing races plays a part in how the competitors are seeded into the second round and even how many points they’re awarded. Ross “BooBoo” Dalton came into the last race as the points leader but missing twin features moved him back to sixth, 47 points out of the lead.
Dennis Holdren who has been the most consistent driver this season but remains winless in the Late Model division took over the points lead while Kyle Dudley picked up two wins and closed to within four points of the top spot. Despite being taken out of the first race after contact with Wesley Thomason, Devin Steele moved up to third in the points just 14 markers back from the leader. Daniel Hutson and Jonathan Hall are tied for fourth in points only three points behind Steele.
With a 100-lap feature for the Late Models on tap, Holdren will still be looking for his first win but he’ll also be looking to gain valuable points to stay ahead of Dudley for the championship. With Dudley’s three wins on the season he’s the leader of the Chase grid and is hungry for more. Dalton, Mike Looney and Kelly Kingery will be fighting to get back in the mix for the championship after missing the last race.
Two points separates the entire top five in Mini Stock points standings right now. Following a wild night of twin races for the division that saw two new winners on the season, first race winner Dennis Holdren has the top spot by just one point over second race winner Chad Burnopp. A three way tie for third just two points back includes the most recent winner Cole Martin, Brian Turner and Josh Phillips.
These five drivers are expected to keep the points tight all season long as the passing points keeps the field tight with some guys starting at the front and finishing there while others move from the back of the pack to the front and gain those valuable points. Drew Holdren, the points leaders brother finds himself atop the passing points standings despite missing the second race of the season. He’s passed 12 cars which is twice as many as Turner and Phillips have passed placing them in a tie for second in passing points.
In the V8 Street division another wild race has vaulted Steve Worthington back into the points lead by virtue of his win and five valuable passing points he gained en route to the triumph. Division dominator saw his day come to an end as his water pump broke but after crashes and disqualifications he managed to finish in third position. Which salvaged what could have been a bad points day. Worthington leads the points by just two over Warsing. James Woods is third with Mark Arrington and Mike Worthington completing the top five in points.
Though his day didn’t end like he might have expected after charging up to third position, Steve Brodie who missed the first two races of the season is looking to climb his way back into the thick of the championship battle. He passed three cars en route to a fourth place finish which gave him a good jump start to rally back from a 64 point deficit to the points leader currently. Passing points could play a pivital role for a driver to get himself back in championship contention.
Just 10 points separates the top three in the U-Car points standings much like last years championship battle that saw the best four drivers compete for the championship on the final night. So far Tony Housman is undefeated this season with three wins in a row and six in a row dating back to the end of last season. Hot on his heels is Mike Reed and WJ Altizer who are both looking to unseat him from victory lane. Housman and fourth place points contender Doug Brown have scored the most passing points with four on the season to date.
The points battles will continue to heat up and shake out as event number four for the 2017 season is set to take place this Sunday night in the Memorial Day Bash. Race begins at 7pm with a 100-lap Late Model Stock Car race on the card as well as the first appearance by the Modifieds and single features for the Mini Stocks, V8 Street and U-Cars.
Adult tickets are $10, Youth tickets (5-12) are $5 and children four and under get in free. Veterans and active military with ID will receive half price grandstand admission on Sunday night.
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