Each week, this will be the column that takes a look at a division’s past weekend of racing, combined with the week ahead to highlight what should be on the minds of all race fans.
We’ve done a couple of articles in this series for the Canadian Vintage Modifieds, and the diversity of winners never ceases to amaze anybody. I mean, how many classes in the province can say they have seen six different winners in 13 races this year?
The more things change, the more they say the same can also be said, though, in watching the season put together by past series champion TJ Marshall. He has not finished worse than fourth this season, giving him an average finish of 2.2308, even better than the last time we checked in.
The small snag that we saw for Quintin Murdoch has now been erased, courtesy of a trip to victory lane on July 2. Could he start stringing the wins together once again? That will be something to keep in mind after back-to-back checkered flags the first two weeks. On the flip side, Steve Murdoch has not scored a top-five since his lone trip to victory lane, with a best finish of seventh since.
If you did not believe us when we said to keep an eye on Ricky Willigar, we hope that you are now listening as he added another checkered flag to his collection on July 2. For the record, that marks two victories and only one finish off the podium in his last seven races. Marshall may be the man to watch and the hottest driver on the tour, but Willigar is still giving him a run for the money.
The last time we wrote this piece, we predicted the next two new winners would be Mike Podd and Rodney Rutherford. Can we have an award for knowing the trends to follow in the series, as both followed through. Podd was victorious on June 18, followed by Rutherford a week later.
Scott Tonelli still remains on our list of next drivers to keep an eye on, with a 11 top-10’s this season including a season-best third. You also cannot ignore Joe Arsenault with 10 top-10 finishes including a pair of top-five’s, or Jake Gilbert who debuted with a pair of top-five’s on July 2.