1) GONNA GIT YOU SUCKA
It doesn’t matter what side you’re on when it comes to the whole “revenge” debate. A guy spins you, so you spin him out in retaliation. It’s been going on far before the past two weeks and it’ll go on for as long as people are crazy enough to strap into racecars. No matter what, it makes for some high drama, makes fans and gives people plenty to talk about.
2) HIRSCHY GETS THE BOOT
Right after the checkered flag in the Whelen Mod Tour finale, Matt Hirschman was told by one of his car owners that he won’t be back next year. Talk about a buzzkill. Hirschman still has one of his owners intact, and with his success lately, rest assured he won’t be without a ride somewhere in something next year.
3) TC = TOUR CHAMP
Ted Christopher had worked a long time for his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Championship. He got it in the best way possible – by winning the final race of the year at Thompson. For a guy that’s won just about everything else in Modified racing, the title only cemented TC as one of the best Modified drivers of all-time.
4) CHECK YOUR MATH
It is said that everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame at some point, well in PASS National SLM competition, John Stancill got his 15 minutes as a champion. Stancill celebrated the championship with some smoky burnouts and got to hoist the title trophy, but a few minutes later, a check of the stats showed that Cassius Clark was actually the titlist. Other series and tracks take note – make sure you do the math before you give anyone a trophy.
5) YANKEES IN THE WORLD SERIES
Long Islander Tony Ferrante showed up for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season finale at Thompson International Speedway (NY) with a New York Yankees paint scheme on his Modified. That’s the only way this year that the Yankee pinstripes will be in the World Series.
6) KIMMEL GETTING IN ON IT
For the last few years, nine-time ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion Frank Kimmel has seen the series he’s dominated get overrun by development teams and trust-fund kids getting good rides due to big paychecks. Kimmel’s old team even went the development route, leaving him to take everything in-house. But now, Kimmel’s looking to get in on the big-money development game as an owner in 2009.
7) DECKED OUT
Billy Decker had one of those years where whenever he was at the track, chances are he was in victory lane. With 10 race wins on the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series this year, he won the title easily, making him a favorite in some of the big-money races at the end of the year. Even though he won some small-block Dirt Modified races, he was shut out of the big-three year-end races.
8) OUT IN STYLE
When the Blackmer family announced they were taking over Berlin Raceway (MI), their days as car owners in the Upper Midwest were numbered. That left their driver Brian Campbell with nothing to do but go out and win the big races at the end of the year before they bowed out. Mission accomplished, as Campbell won the “Boyne at Berlin” race, a show sponsored by the Blackmer’s company at the track they will soon run.
9) BROOKS’S BALLPARK
This is the time of the season Ricky Brooks looks forward to all yearlong – the big late-season Super Late Model shows. Brooks, arguably the most notoriously strict tech guy in all of short track racing, is never shy to throw guys out who bend or break rules. Brooks even brought a chassis dyno to tech for the Pro Late Models at South Alabama last week. Who knows what toys Brooks will have in his arsenal come the Snowball Derby this December.
10) AUGIE HEATING UP
Speaking of the Snowball Derby, it looks like defending Snowball Champion Augie Grill is stepping up his game at just the right time. Grill’s Pro Late Model victory in the Alabama 200 at South Alabama Speedway was the perfect set-up for the Snowball weekend, where until the checkered flag flies on December 7th at Five Flags, he is still the reigning champ.