From the first event in May to the very last feature in September, the season at Sunset Speedway was filled with a ton of highs, and a couple of lows, as the Sauble Falls Tent and Trailer Park Limited Late Model Parks put together one of the most competitive seasons to date.
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. But here is your fabulous end of year review….
2 feature wins for Taylor Holdaway was a surprise, after watching him score seven in 2016. He started the year decently, though fell off through the second half.
2nd of September is a date that Jordan Latimer will never forget ever in his career as it marked his first career Late Model feature victory.
2.71 was the best average finish set across the entire season, with the mark set by Gord Shepherd.
3 drivers finished in the top-10 of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Standings Division I Standings – Shepherd, Nick Goetz, and Rick Spencer-Walt
4.5 was the second-best average finish across the entire season, set by Goetz.
5 competitors set quick time this year – Shepherd, Ryan Kimball, Holdaway, Goetz, and Travis Hallyburton. Shepherd and Goetz were the only repeat pole sitters.
5 feature wins for Spencer-Walt certainly helped en route to finishing third in points this year.
6 feature wins for Goetz led him to a runner-up finish in the standings. By the way, he only won a single feature in 2016.
6 drivers scored at least 20 feature top-10’s this season – Shepherd, Hallyburton, Spencer-Walt, Goetz, Holdaway, and Chris Morrow.
7 quick times for Goetz led all drivers this season. Shepherd was the only other driver close to the mark with five.
8 drivers won a feature this season, which was much lower than the high of 12 set in 2016.
9 feature wins for Shepherd led all drivers this season – a much higher mark than just a pair en route to his championship in 2016.
10 top-10’s for Mike Wilkinson in 2017, compared to just a pair the year before, have him certainly in consideration for Most Improved Driver. His hard work paid off, too, as he finished 10th in points.
No. 14 of Thayne Hallyburton visited feature victory lane twice this season.
14.835 seconds was the quickest time set in qualifying all year, by Goetz on June 17. Goetz went on to win that feature, followed by an 18th-place finish in the second event.
18 drivers scored at least one top-five this season.
20 top-10’s for Morrow showed how consistent he was all year long, and it paid off en route to finishing ninth in points.
23 drivers scored at least one top-10 this season.
26 top-fives for Shepherd led all drivers this season, and proves just how consistent he was across the 28 features. Only he and Goetz scored more than 20 top-fives this year, too.
28 top-10’s for Shepherd means he did not fail to finish outside of the top-10 once this season.
No. 28 of Paul Maltese was the highest ranked driver in the year-end points without a feature win in eighth, but he certainly came close. He led laps in one of the year-end features, before being passed in the late stages for the lead.
No. 29 of Kimball only ran four features this year, but he made the most of those with two feature wins.
No. 39 of Travis Hallyburton visiting victory lane on June 24 certainly helped ease the struggles in which the brothers faced this year in a roller coaster campaign.
No. 54 of Danny Benedict didn’t get a win during the regular season, but he scored his first career win in a big way by being victorious in the Velocity 250.
56 points separated Gord Shepherd and Nick Goetz at the end of the season.