With the month of May in the books for racing, it seems the perfect time to check in on who’s hot so far this year based on statistics alone.
While known as the By the Numbers piece in the past, this season will see a bit of a change in how it’s conducted. Notably, these statistics will also include the finishes from the opening night of racing on April 29.
1 feature is all the Late Models have completed, with mother nature not treating their pair of scheduled nights kindly. Kevin Albers picked up the win ahead of Shawn Chenoweth, Mark Burbridge, Hudson Nagy and Kenny Forth.
2 drivers have finished in the top-10 every Pure Stock event so far – Mark Thorne and Courtney Scott. For Scott, she has posted a pair of top-fives, with a runner-up on May 21.
2 victories for Nic Troback lead the way for the Super Stocks thus far in 2017. Notably, he has yet to finish outside of the top-four this season with those wins back-to-back. His success so far gives him the best average finish of drivers to run every night so far at 2.17, ranked highest of any driver.
No. 03 of Jake Gilbert may have won two Mini Stock features, but he’s also blown two motors as well. It’ll be interesting to see how that shakes out with regards to points.
3 victories for Wayde Thorne lead the way for the Pure Stocks thus far in 2017. Notably, those wins were scored back-to-back, including the sweep on May 13.
3 victories for Russ Aicken lead the way for the Mini Stocks thus far in 2017. Notably, this past Saturday (May 27) was the first race day this month he did not visit victory lane. His success so far gives him the best average finish of drivers to run every night so far at 1.875. It actually ranks him second-highest on the chart overall, if you include Billy Schwartzenburg with a win and runner-up on opening night.
3 drivers have scored five or more top-fives in 2017 – Mark Thorne, Doug Moir and Andy Wheller.
3rd is the finish Gary Slama scored in both his starts for the lowest average finish of Pure Stock drivers. McFerran’s four top-fives also equal a third average for the tie, but that comes under fire with a listed disqualification by track officials.
4 drivers have finished in the top-10 every Mini Stock event so far – Allie Dilner, Aicken, David Gallinger and Rich Schwartzenburg. Gallinger has a best finish of third on May 13, while Schwartzenburg’s season-best came on May 21st with a third.
5 competitors have won at least one Pure Stock feature this season – Mark Thorne, Wayde Thorne, McFerran, Clinton Kerkhof, and Gilian Hills.
5 competitors have won at least one Mini Stock feature this season – Billy Schwartzenburg, Gilbert, Aicken, Jake Watson and Shawn Taylor.
5 competitors have won at least one Super Stock feature this season – Chris Howse, McFerran, Troback, Kevin Gallant and Steve Ecker.
5 drivers have finished in the top-10 every Thunder Car event so far, along with one tag-team effort giving the No. 31 (Gallant and McFerran) a top-10 each race so far.
6 top-fives for Howse, Troback and Carson Nagy mean they haven’t placed worse than fifth in the three nights of competition so far. Howse won the season opener, while Nagy has come close to his first career victory with a runner-up on April 29.
8 top-fives for Mark Thorne means he has yet to place score worse than fifth in the four nights of competition so far. He has scored two victories this year, with the most recent on May 21. His success so far gives him the best average finish of drivers to run every night so far at 3.175. It actually ranks third-highest on the average chart overall, if you include drivers running less than the full schedule to date.
8 top-fives for both Aicken and Dilner means they have yet to finish worse than fifth in four nights of competition so far. While Dilner has not visited victory lane, she posted a runner-up to Aicken on May 21.