1) Mods That Go Bump In the Night
Ryan Preece and Todd Szegedy were the class of the field in the Mod Tour race at Stafford. On the final lap, they touched. Szegedy spun. Preece was penalized by NASCAR. Jimmy Blewett won. While the crews and pit area observers stewed, the two drivers involved worked out their differences by the end of the weekend and expect to be racing hard against each other again this week at Thompson.
2) Give Him a Hantz!
Scott Hantz led when the rain came at Anderson (IN) and became the all-time leading CRA Super Series SLM winner. A true racer that can wheel anything anywhere, Hantz deserves this recognition.
3) Remembering JBIII
This Thursday marks one year since the Modified racing world lost John Blewett III in a crash at Thompson. Special tributes are planned at Thompson’s WMT race on Thursday with sales of tribute merchandise benefitting JBII’s son’s foundation. If you’re going, support the Blewett family, one of the closest and strongest families in racing.
4) The Middleton Show
The ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour has become Jay Middleton’s personal playground this year. Even with rules changes to keep his big motor down, Middleton keeps on chugging at tracks big and small.
5) Yellow Fever
The ACT Quebec Series race at Capital City Speedway this weekend was not a show for the casual fan. A two-hour rain delayed started things off, but a total of 22 caution periods during the 100-lap feature really took the cake. The series press release even called the race “ugly”. Ouch.
6) Not a Moment Too Soon
After nearly five years of knocking on the door of victory lane, only to have mechanical problems, wrecks and bumps from behind answer the door, Travis Benjamin won his first PASS North race. It was a biggie too – the Atlantic CAT 250 at Scotia Speedworld. We bet it won’t take nearly as long for win number two to come along.
7) Same Ol' Caisse
For several years on the Camping World East scene, Sean Caisse was a driver that many knew had talent, but those same people also knew he was a tad out of control. Just when it appeared that those critics would be silenced, Caisse was involved in an on-track ARCA tussle with Justin Allgaier that kept him out of victory lane.
8) Doin' It For the Kids?
Tuesday’s final night of the Summer Shootout Legends and Bandolero series at Lowe’s Motor Speedway saw point leaders getting verbally threatened to be dumped, an entire division revolting against the champion and a all-out brawl outside tech. And yes, the vast majority of the issues were caused by the “grown-ups,” not the kids behind the wheel. Lowe’s and INEX were not in control Tuesday, but luckily it was the last night and it won’t have to happen again ‘til next Summer.
9) Benny's the Bomb
Benny Gordon wins his fourth race of the season to earn his fourth USAR Hooters Pro Cup Northern Division title in five years. Dominant efforts or lack of competition? Maybe a little bit of both?
10) Hearn's Hundred
Brett “The Jet” Hearn recently scored his 100th career victory in the Super DIRTcar Series at Orange County Speedway in New York. Hearn now has won at least one Super DIRTcar race every year since 1995 with a tour-high 10 extra-distance wins posted in 2002. He’s been winning in the series since 1981. Not many drivers can say that they have won that many races in one series in their career. Add in Hearn’s record of 170 big-block Modified wins at Orange County, and only one word can describe it: domination.