In short track racing, August can be a turning point for the racing season. ASA Member Tracks could see changes in their division point standings and the Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil ASA Member Track National Championship could see changes in its standings.
At some ASA Member Tracks, the point battle is already heating up. A change in the standings at the tracks could also shuffle the standings for the National Championship.
For example, Jeremy Miller has a four-point lead over Bobby Wilberg in the Late Model standings at Madison International Speedway in Oregon, WI. Because Miller is the track point leader his average falls within the group of other track leaders. This week Miller has an average of 3.1779, which puts him sixth overall among the leaders. If Wilberg was the track point leader, his average of 3.3810 would put him in fifth and closer to the other top four.
Another example is at Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, CA. Ron Daniel has a seven-point lead over Jeff Peterson in the track standings. Peterson is on a roll as he recently won his fourth feature of the year last Saturday night. Daniel has an average of 3.4407, which puts him fourth overall. Peterson has an average of 3.6043. If he was the track leader, he would third overall and not far behind second place.
The one person that everyone is chasing is Rodney Cook, the overall leader from Ace Speedway in Elon, NC. Cook has an average of 4.1540 and is still on a roll this season as he has eight feature wins, three-second place and one-third place finish in twelve events so far.
Not far behind Cook is Corey Jankowski, the current leader at Dells Raceway Park in Wisconsin Dells, WI. Jankowski has an average of 3.6300 and has collected four feature wins so far this year.
Bryan Wordelman from Rocky Mountain Raceways in West Valley City, UT is third overall with an average of 3.4958. Followed by Daniel in fourth.
Thomas Hill from Meridian Speedway in Meridian, ID rounds out the top-five with an average of 3.3523.
Along with the possible changes due to the great racing action at the ASA Member Tracks, there could also be some shifting due to the secret formula that is used to come up with the point averages in the National Championship. One of the factors is that in order for the formula to work accurately, a competitor needs to have at least 14 events on record. Some are close to that and could surpass 14 events this month. Others will be catching with the number of events and could possibly surpass that magic number in late August or early September. All of their events, up until September 26, 2010, will factor into their average for the National Standings.
"Each race is going to be very important at each ASA Member Track from now until the end of the season," Dennis Huth, ASA President said. "One hiccup could ruin the dream for one driver and be beneficial for another. The tension will be high at their shops as they prepare for their weekly event, and the tension will be high at the track. This is just starting to get good and fans need to see this in person at their local ASA Member Track."
You can review the standings at www.speednetdirect.com by clicking on the ASA Member Track logo at the top of the page.
The goal of the ASA Short Track National Championship is to activate a measuring system which takes into account many variables - such as field size, inversion, wins and number of races in a season - and create a level playing field to determine who is the 'best-of-the-best' of the ASA Member Track Champions nationwide.
Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil, sponsor of the American Speed Association National Short Track National Championship, is the same oil developed and used by Joe Gibbs Racing. The team sells the oil so racers across the country can have access to the latest technology in racing lubricants.
Joe Gibbs Racing is one of the premier organizations in NASCAR, currently fielding three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams, two NASCAR Nationwide Series teams and a driver development program. Based in Huntersville, N.C., and owned by Joe Gibbs - a three-time Super Bowl winner as head coach of the Washington Redskins and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame - JGR has competed in NASCAR since 1992, winning three Cup Series championships and more than 80 NASCAR races, including three Brickyard 400s and the 1993 Daytona 500.
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