With the month of July 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. After all, the Signs of Innovation Mini Stocks at Sunset Speedway have endured a rough month with one featured shortened following four big incidents in the first half of the event.
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.
2 is the best feature average finish for any driver for July, held by Daniel Montanari after he finished runner-up in each of the four features.
2 back-to-back tough weekends have resulted in valuable ground lost for Cameron McGlashan in the points standings, and a heightened determination to get back to victory lane on Saturday night.
2.5 was the second best average finish for any driver for July, held by Nic Montanari, as he and his brother were the only two drivers to place in the top-five in every feature for the month.
3 feature wins for Eric Yorke and Nic Montanari lead all drivers so far this season.
3rd place finish for Bob Phinnemore on July 22 marked his first top-five of the season. He backed it up with an eighth-place finish last weekend.
3 top-10’s for Lisa DeLeeuw in July have things looking up for her new car this year.
3.67 was the third best average finish for any driver for July, held by Johnny Paradzinski, as he continues to find his groove after winning last year’s Mighty Mini Championship.
4 different drivers have won the four b-mains ran to date this season – Paxton, Dylan Holmes, Dave Crumbie and Stefan Woyslaw.
4 drivers have scored more than five feature top-fives thus far this season – Nic Montanari, Yorke, Charlie Smith and Daniel Montanari.
4.36 is the best average finish held for any drivers for the whole season to date, held by Daniel Montanari.
5 is the second-best average finish for any driver for the whole season to date, held by Warren Paxton. Notably, he has only ran four features this season.
5th-place finish for Chandler Bos on July 29 marked his first top-10 of the 2017 campaign. Happy to see after a scary fire earlier this year.
5.09 is the second-best average finish for any driver that has ran all 11 races this season, which is held by Eric Yorke. This includes the DQ, which could have adjusted his average to below the fifth-place mark following nine top-fives this year so far.
5.36 is the third-best average finish for any driver that has ran all 11 races this season, which is held by Nic Montanari.
7 different drivers have won a feature thus far this season.
8th was the worst finish posted by Stefan Woyslaw over the course of July.
9 feature top-fives for Yorke lead all drivers thus far this season.
10th on last Saturday night for Randi Seguin was nice to see, after she was one of several drivers to suffer significant damage on July 22.
No. 10 of Doug Butler struggling with mechanical problems and no top-15’s in his last three starts is a total surprise.
11 points is all Daniel Montanari leads his old brother and defending series champion Nic Montanari by in the series standings entering August 5.
11 heat wins for Daniel Montanari leads all drivers thus far this season.
11 feature top-10’s for Daniel Montanari leads all drivers thus far this season, and means he has yet to place outside of the top-10 this year. His worst finish was 10th on June 3.
14 drivers have scored at least one feature top-five this season to date.
15 drivers have scored at least one heat victory this season to date.
25 drivers have scored at least one feature top-10 this season to date.
No. 85 of Charlie Smith was consistent through the first half of the season, but a pair of finishes outside of the top-20 in his last two starts have the team looking for a turnaround.