In the top levels of NASCAR, the road courses “ringers” are guys like Ron Fellows or Boris Said who land rides for the few road races on the schedules of NASCAR's top three divisions. The thing is, a road course “ringer” hasn't won a NASCAR Cup-level race yet. However, down in the minor leagues, a road course “Ranger” is getting very used to winning. Canadian Andrew Ranger has gone two-for-two on the road courses in NASCAR's K&N Pro Series this season - winning the West race at Infineon Raceway (CA) and just this past weekend in the East Series race at Lime Rock Park (CT).
Meanwhile, there was a good old-fashioned ringer in the Lime Rock NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race. Former NASCAR Busch North Series regular Dale Quarterley hopped into the Darling Motorsports #52 Modified that was recently vacated by Chris Pasteryak and he won. We don't expect to see Quarterley in any oval Mod races this season, so for now he's batting 1.000 on the Tour in 2010.
Same Old Story
The more things change, the more that they stay the same. Sammy Swindell outgunned Steve Kinser for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car victory at Huset's Speedway (SD). That isn't something out of a 20-year-old headline either. It happened last week as the two open-wheeled Legends kept their rivalry current. It was Swindell's 270th career WoO feature victory. Meanwhile, Kinser has well over 500 A-Main victories on his WoO resume.
Two Big Streaks End By One Position Each
Nobody has ever won four PASS Super Late Model victories in a row, but entering last weekend, there were two drivers who were in line to do such a thing. Andy Loden entered the PASS South race at Greenville-Pickens Speedway on a three-race win streak. Up in PASS North, Johnny Clark had already gone three-in-a-row entering the Canaan event. Ironically, both drivers ended up finishing second in their features though and left the record book intact.
Still Going…and Going…and Going…
A few weeks back, one of the voters for the Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week compared Bobby Santos, III to the Energizer Bunny because he kept going and going and winning and winning. But when it comes to racking up victories this year, neither Bobby or Bunny have anything on Keith Rocco. This past weekend, Rocco notched his 16th SK/Sunoco Modified feature victory of the season - and we've barely entered the month of March! Not surprisingly, Rocco leads the national standings in the race for NASCAR's overall Whelen All-American Series championship.
Still Racing After All of These Years
Jack Ingram has just been announced as one of 25 finalists to make it into NASCAR's Hall of Fame in its second induction. But the long-time Late Model Sportsman and NASCAR Busch Series driver isn't done quite yet. Ingram ran last weekend's UARA-Stars Late Model Stock Car show. Ingram ran strong before being sidelined early by mechanical problems.
Hitting the Streets
Something that is sadly lacking in many forms of short track racing these days is promotion. But you can't say that about DIRTCar racing. In an effort to expose that style of dirt racing to the general public, a gaggle of big-block DIRT Modifieds lined up behind a police escort and paraded through downtown Syracuse, New York this week - during a lunch hour. We'd wager that more than a few newly exposed bystanders will now venture out to the track to see what this type of racing looks like on the track.
This weekend in the ARCA Racing Series event at Iowa Speedway, Frank Kimmel will make his 400th career series start. Kimmel started in the series 20 years ago and has since racked up 74 victories and a record nine championships. We're not really sure what to say about his 400th career start because an accomplishment that impressive speaks for itself.
Cutting the Tire Bill
One of the biggest objections to small teams tackling big money open shows is the fear of a large tire bill. Well, the management of Oxford Plains Speedway (ME), “gets it”. They are limiting teams to the purchase of no more than eight new tires for qualifying races and the main event at next week's TD Bank Oxford 250. Teams can still burn up as many tires as they wish in two days of practice, but that's on them. At least the track is trying to save teams money in an effort to attract weekly teams from across New England who don't have much of a budget to work with.
Remember to Use the Shift Key
One of this editor's pet peeves is to see NASCAR typed out as Nascar. After all, it's an acronym and not a noun. Most racing people just know this, while mainstream American can be forgiven by maybe not realizing it. Then again, I used the word “most”. Just this week, a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track sent out a press release referring to their sanctioning body of choice as “Nascar”. Come on people - you know better! Or at least you darn well should.