The Big 10
Speed51.com's Take On the 10 Biggest Stories From the Week That Was In Short Track Racing
1)  DQ LEAVES BAD TASTE
We are putting serious thought into pitching Dairy Queen to sponsor a new section on our website called "House of DQ.”  This week in the Short Track world, disqualifications have ruled the headlines. Burt Myers, Jeff Choquette and Trevor Sanborn were the guilty parties this time around.  


2) MOHEGAN CHAMPION
Kudos to Matt Kobyluck for beating out the "Cup affilated" teams of the new-look NASCAR Camping World East Series to win the 2008 title. It's been a long-time coming for the veteran driver but the wait was worth it. He clinched in Dover and gets the chance to race at Stafford for the win knowing he has the championship all locked up.


3)  LIKE SON, LIKE FATHER
Matt Hirschman, one of the hottest drivers in the Northeast, isn't the only Hot Hirschman. While Matt made his second career start in the Camping World East Series at Dover Friday and ran the NASCAR Whelen Mod show at Martinsville Saturday.  His old man Tony made a return to the seat of a Modified for the first time in a year and made it count, winning the  prestigious Race of Champions at Oswego Speedway for a third time.


4)  BENNY AGAIN?
Benny Gordon won again in USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series competition this weekend for about the 417th time this season. We’ve run out of things to say after a Gordon win, so we’ll just have to think something witty up for next time. At least the series doesn’t race until next month at Southern National, so we have a little bit of time to think about that.


5)  DON'T FORGET ABOUT ME
Lost in all the post-race hubbub about Burt Myers’ DQ from the Mod race at Martinsville is rookie Ryan Preece’s then-second, now-overall win at the “paper clip.”  Sure, the 17-year-old Preece “won” the Northern Mod portion of the event regardless, but now he’s the real winner.  Now, what to do with the grandfather clock?  Think an Xbox can fit on top of it? 


6)  EARNHARDT OUT
Kerry Earnhardt wants his son to earn it and doesn't want him handed things. Word is that Jeffrey Earnhardt's dedication to the DEI Camping World East program was in question. So, they took him out of the seat for the final two races of the season.


7)  ROWE TO STAY AFLOAT
There’s an age-old question in racing on whether car or driver is more important. To help settle this, consider what happened this past weekend in the PASS 300 at Beech Ridge. Maine Racing Legend Mike Rowe won that race last year with the #2 Super Late Model. He won the PASS season opener at the same track this year too. But Rowe has been suspended from PASS North for the rest of the season, so development driver Katie Hagar filled his seat at the Ridge this time. Hagar didn’t even make the show.


8)  ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
When are short track series going to realize that sometimes the only way to make shows interesting is to have double-file restarts throughout the feature.  We won’t name  series names guilty of being fond of the single-file restarts, but the drooling fans in the grandstands should be a primary indicator of what we’re talking about.


9)  COME OUT & PLAY PINKHAM
David Pinkham was recently penalized from an apparent victory in the True Value Modified Racing Series event at Thompson for a bump and run on the final lap on Ted Christopher. Pinkham disagreed with the penalty and felt that TC was mirror driving. Now, he has voted with his feet. Despite a top five points perch in TVMRS, Pinkham as a no-show for last weekend’s event at All-Star Speedway (NH).


10)  BOWL WITH THE ARCA BOYS
Race fans in the vicinity of the ARCA race at New Jersey Motorsports Park this Friday have the chance to go bowling alongside some of the ARCA drivers.  Sounds hokey, sure, but perhaps some other short track series can take note.  Instead of your touring series showing up to the track Saturday morning, race Saturday night and be long gone from town by the time the sun comes up the next day, maybe get the surrounding community involved and make some new fans,  so – gasp – people actually show up to your races!