1) Naughty Austin
Austin Dillon DQ'ed and Crew Chief Lance Dieters punished for shock violations at Adirondack. Points lead lost. Dumped Peyton Sellers out of the lead on the track. Not a banner night at Adirondack for the #3 team. CWES may only be a stepping stone for Childress' grandson, but at least play by the rules boys.
2) Let Me Check My Schedule
In order for Super Late Model racing to survive in the Southeast, series have to do a better job scheduling. Lanier has SLMs for the first time this Saturday, going right up against a PASS South race just up the road. CRA announced this week a big-money show at South GA the same weekend as a Florida's Governor's Cup at New Smyrna in November. There are only so many cars to go around!
3) Two In a Row for Kobyluck
When the DEI cars placed first and second in the first CW East practice at Adirondack, it looked like the show was over. But Matt Kobyluck put the hammer down when it counted and won his second straight battle against the Cup teams – and took the point lead with Dillon's DQ.
4) Matt Hirschman Won't Stop Winning
We've officially run out of things to say about this kid. Put a fork in us.
5) Passing of Pack-Man
The Southern Modified ranks lost one of its brothers this week in Brian Pack. Pack was one of the few drivers in the Southern Mod ranks that was well-liked by both the fans and his fellow competitors. He will be missed by many including us at 51.
6) No Shortage of ASA MWT Fans
An announced crowd of almost 15,000 for a Super Late Model race? The ASA Midwest Tour had their premier show at Iowa Speedway two weeks ago and packed 'em in. Sure a couple Cuppers were there, but a Tour regular (Tim Schendel) sent the fans home with a smile.
7) Surprising Stancill
Trevor Sanborn and Corey Williams have won the PASS National events so far this season. Neither would be a surprise if they were the National point leader. Neither is. Rookie John Stancill is having a consistently strong season to lead the National Points.
8) What Could Ramstrom Do?
Corey Williams and Trevor Sanborn both unsuccessfully knocked on the door of victory lane in PASS North, only to move to PASS South and kick some serious tail. That kind of makes us wonder how well PASS North’s hottest non-winner (So far) Derek Ramstrom would do racing in warmer climates.
9) Big Changes at Concord
Concord Motorsport Park (NC) adds Pro Late Models as headline division in '09. LMSCs were the top dogs, but car counts have been horrid with puny crowds weekly. A change was needed, but was this the right one?
10) Robbie Crouch Back
Six-time ACT Late Model Champion Robbie Crouch had to take a few years off recovering from Prostate Cancer. What better way to prove he conquered cancer than to win your first ACT race since 1988? Many in New England celebrated Crouch's latest triumph.