After an exciting season lasting from the very start in April to the very end in September, Sunset Speedway fans know they got delivered the action they wanted throughout each event. In the end, it was Gord Shepherd picking up his first career Sunset Speedway Championship. However, he wasn’t the only driver who racked up numbers.
Let’s take a look back at the season by looking at how the numbers tallied together.
No. 3 of Ryan Kimball won two feature races this year en route to finishing fourth in points.
4 drivers scored more than 15 top-10s this season – Taylor Holdaway, Gord Shepherd, Travis Hallyburton and Nick Goetz.
4.625 was Shepherd’s average finish en route to winning the championship. Holdaway, who finished second in points, had an average of 5.458
5 drivers scored more than nine feature top-fives this season – Holdaway, Shepherd, Mike Bentley, Travis Hallyburton and Goetz.
6 different drivers set the quickest time in time trials throughout the season.
7 feature victories for Holdaway led the way this season.
No. 9 of Brandon Watson won a pair of features during his limited schedule this season.
10th of September marked the final night of points competition, and what better way to end the season then with Tom Walters winning the very last feature of his career. After 47 years of racing, the member of the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame made the decision to retire. With three laps to go, Walters was able to get by Goetz on the late race restart to score the victory.
11 points was all Shepherd won the championship by over Holdaway
13 drivers won a feature this past season
No. 14 of Thayne Hallyburton scored his lone feature victory of 2016 on May 28. He was able to escape the winner after holding off Goetz and Sean Cronan in the late stages of the event. Hallyburton finished the season ninth in points.
14.922 seconds was the quickest lap in time trials set this season, coming on May 28 courtesy of Holdaway.
18 top-fives by Shepherd led the way of all drivers this season.
21 drivers scored at least one top-five this season.
22 top-10s by Shepherd led the way of all drivers this season.
No. 24 of Goetz opened the year well with his lone feature victory of 2016 on opening night. It was a barn burner of an event for the fans as he went back and forth with Jason Hathaway throughout the entire 35 lap affair. Goetz finished the season eighth in points.
No. 28 of Maltese had one of his better late model seasons, finishing seventh in points with 11 top-10s.
29 drivers scored at least one top-10 this season.
30th of July saw Chris Morrow pick up his lone feature victory of the season after enduring a year full of bad luck. Starting on pole, Morrow led flag-to-flag, including holding off Holdway in a late race restart.
No. 39 of Travis Hallyburton visited victory lane twice during the season, with his first win coming on September 17th. He finished the season third in points.
No. 44 of Scott Wylie was able to score his first career Sunset Speedway feature victory on August 6.
No. 46 of Lane Zardo scored his first career victory on August 20th this season. It was a stellar performance as the rookie led flag-to-flag in the 35 lap feature from the pole. Zardo finished fifth in points in his rookie season.
No. 48 of Dwayne Baker visited victory lane twice during the second half of the season.
No. 69 of Al Inglis finished 10th in points with four top-10s.
No. 76 of Cayden Lapcevich won the Pinty’s Series Championship this year, but he also won a Sunset Speedway feature on June 17th. He was able to score the victory following a late race battle for the lead with Holdaway.
No. 81 of Brittney Gresel picked up the Most Improved Driver Award at the banquet after finishing sixth in points with nine top-10s, including a pair of top-fives.