With two races left in the 2017 season, the OSCAAR Pro Midget Championship standings are closer than they’ve ever been with intrigue surrounding who will walk away with the title.
Going into Flamboro Speedway’s Frostoberfest, Jordan Hanna leads Daniel Hawn by just 18 points.
Then behind them, the pair has a considerable gap between themselves in the field, before a good battle heats up for the fourth position.
Before we take to the track this weekend, here’s a glance at the season’s so far for the drivers in the thick of the battle, and how they’ve performed at each of the upcoming tracks.
Battle for First: Jordan Hanna vs. Daniel – 605 to 587
Hanna’s Season to Date: Through the first five races, Hanna was untouchable as he picked up the victory each week. He then placed second at Peterborough Speedway, before another three consecutive wins. Unfortunately, a mechanical failure took him out of contention at Flamboro, prior to a runner-up most recently at Grand Bend.
Hawn’s Season to Date: Hawn began the campaign with three straight runner-ups, before a mechanical issue took him out of contention at Flamboro. Since then, he has posted eight straight podium finishes with four victories. By the way, he has won the last three features.
Hanna’s Flamboro History: In six previous features, Hanna has three wins, to go along with three finishes outside of the top-five.
Hawn’s Flamboro History: In five previous features, Hawn has two wins, two runner-ups, and a 12th.
Hanna’s Peterborough History: In three features, Hanna has two wins and a runner-up.
Hawn’s Peterborough Speedway: In three features, Hawn has two runner-ups and a win.
Battle for Fourth: James Stanley, Ted Greenwood, Cassidy Marsh, and Steve Belfry
Analysis: There are just 12 points between Stanley and Greenwood, along with just six points between Marsh and Belfry. Notably, Marsh sold his car so he will not make the final two events, while Greenwood will not participate in Frostoberfest with Charles Prestley driving his car. However, all are considered here with just 31 points separating all four.
Stanley’s Season to Date: In 10 features this season, Stanley has scored nine top-10’s, including four top-fives. His season-best finish came in the most recent event at Grand Bend with a third.
Greenwood’s Season to Date: After missing the season opener, it’s been a mixed bag for the defending champion. He has six top-fives, but also scored three finishes outside of the top-10. He scored a season-best second at Flamboro in August.
Marsh’s Season to Date: After starting the year with six straight top-nines, Marsh failed to place inside the top-10 in his next four features.
Belfry’s Season to Date: The rookie has been up-and-down, scoring five top-10’s to go along with four finishes outside of the top-10. His best finish thus far is a sixth at Sauble Speedway in July.
Stanley’s Flamboro History: In three previous starts, Stanley’s best finish is a seventh.
Greenwood’s Flamboro History: In six previous starts, Greenwood has four podiums, to go with a pair of finishes outside of the top-eight. Notably, he scored a win at Flamboro last year.
Belfry’s Flamboro History: In his past two starts, Belfry has finished 12th and sixth.
Stanley’s Peterborough History: In his previous two starts, Stanley has a pair of sixths.
Greenwood’s Peterborough History: Although he finished 13th this year, he posted three podiums last year, including a victory.
Belfry’s Peterborough History: In his lone start, he placed ninth.