1) MOVE ALONG
NASCAR announced their contestants in the fifth rendition of the Dive for Diversity combine. They take diversity drivers and give them a test to see what they can do to showcase their talents in front of NASCAR scouts. Great idea and it’s worked for many drivers. But, there are a few drivers that have had several shots in the combine and haven’t done much with it. Maybe it’s time for some of those drivers that have had a couple combine shots to disqualify themselves so a new crop of diversity drivers can have a shot.
2) NEVER GIVE UP
Dennis Wilder proved why a driver should never give up or settle for second place until the checkered flag has fallen. When Kyle Fowler’s spotter told him the car in his mirror was a lapped car, Fowler eased up in the final two laps of the GAS Pro Late Model season finale. Turns out, he wasn’t a lapped car – it was second-place Dennis Wilder. Wilder made the pass before Fowler realized it was for position and Wilder won the race while Fowler was left wondering what could’ve been – his first-ever Late Model win.
3) MAKIN' THE LONG HAUL
When 600 Racing and INEX, the builders and sanctioning body of Legends Car racing, made plans for their big annual event, the Legends Nationals, at Elko Speedway in Minnesota, they likely didn’t plan on gas shortages and sky-high prices wherever there was gas this past weekend. Still, Legends teams from across all four corners of the country made the long haul to Elko – 167 of them, to be exact, between Legends and Thunder Roadsters. That’s pretty impressive.
4) DR. SEUSS
When Andy Seuss was picked by the Riggs family to wheel the Advance Auto Parts ride on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, may people snickered. Why put a 21-year-old with not much experience in arguably the strongest car on the SMT? Seuss gave them all a big slice of humble pie by winning at Caraway.
5) DAN THE MAN
There’s no better way to win a series championship than to do it in victory lane. Dan Fredrickson, who’s built more like a linebacker than a racecar driver, blitzed the ASA Midwest Tour field at Oktoberfest at La Crosse (WI) over the weekend to earn the series’ championship.
6) KEEPS ON TICKIN'
Steve Carlson isn’t young. His hair’s closer to gray than anything else. But he can still whoop up on kids a fraction of his age whenever he gets behind the wheel. He took the La Crosse Oktoberfest ASA Late Model win and ran up front in the ASA Midwest Tour Super Late Model race there too. He’s a champion of NASCAR’s weekly racing and has won just about everything he’s wanted to win – and probably has a good shot to keep racing for a few more years to get the wins he doesn’t have yet.
7) CALL HIM "THE BUS DRIVER"
After the ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Talladega last weekend, phenom Joey Logano said he was “schooled” by Justin Allgaier. It’s hard to say Allgaier is a veteran, but he’s been around the ARCA ranks far longer than Logano – but with equipment far inferior to Logano’s Joe Gibbs Racing stuff at ‘Dega. Still, Allgaier was the bus driver and Logano was the school-kid just like everyone else in the field.
8) HIRSCHY ON THE MOVE
There was a time not too long ago this season that Ted Christopher seemed like a lock for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Championship. Someone forgot to give Matt Hirschman that memo, apparently. With Matty’s victory at Chemung last week, TC holds just a 55 point lead with just two events remaining on the schedule.
9) SOMETHING FOR THE MANTLE
Big late-season races mean cool trophies. Sure there’s prestige, bragging rights and big checks to come out of winning these end-of-year races, but ask the drivers and they’ll tell you they really like being able to bring home a guitar from Nashville’s All American 400 or the Winchester Rifle from the Winchester 400. Even the granddaddy of all short track shows, the Snowball Derby, has a cool globe trophy for the winner.
10) LONG SHOT?
Got nothing to do this Friday night and can conveniently get to the Florida Panhandle? Head over to Pensacola’s Five Flags Speedway and you could see history. Defending Pro Late Model track champ Sammy McMullen leads the points into the final night of racing, but by only four points over Johanna Long. Long, daughter of longtime Five Flags competitor Donald Long, could be the first female to win the track title at Five Flags. Don’t forget, she’s only 16. Could be a fun night at Five Flags.