Sunset Speedway August Mini Stock Review
I know each article I come up with some clever title….but I’m out of idea so that’s why it’s short. Sorry Minis.
Okay…beyond that, let’s just say it was a crazy month for the Mini Stock drivers. Three different drivers graced victory lane throughout the month. Brandon McFerran and Warren Paxton visited twice, while Nicole Podewils picked up his first victory of the season. Beyond our winners, though, let’s just say we were treated to what our Minis are known for – crazy racing three and four wide.
On August 3rd, McFerran started mid-field and made his way to the front to pick up the victory, making it a hat trick for him on the night.
On August 11th, Paxton started mid-pack and made his way to the front, passing Steve Belanger on a restart with 13 laps to go. Eric Yorke finished second as he had closed the gap between himself and Paxton in the final laps, but couldn’t get by Paxton. Gehrig Halliday finished third followed by Belanger and Miles Tyson.
On August 17th, Nicole Podewils made her way through the traffic and past Ben Melenhorst on lap 15 to take the lead and her first feature victory of the season. Billy Swartzenburg slipped by Brandon McFerran in the closing laps to take second. Paxton and Yorke rounded out the top five.
McFerran picked up his fourth feature victory of the season after passing Melenhorst on lap 20 for the lead and holding Paxton off till the final caution came out on lap 23 of 25. Trevor Hemingway got sideways off of turn two and blocked up the track, resulting in Kendra Adams making hard contact with the side of Hemingway’s car. In behind, McFerran would dodge the wreck while second and third place runners Paxton and Melenhorst would come together trying to get stopped. Though due to being involved after the initial time of caution, Paxton would get to finish second with Melenhorst third. Halliday and Samantha Shaw rounded out the top five.
Paxton picked up his sixth feature victory of the season at the end of the month after grabbing the lead from Ken Townsend on lap 11. Paxton held off Billy Melenhorst to grab the victory. Townsend got third followed by Tyson and Yorke.
Best Heat Average of August – Brandon McFerran – 1.2
Brandon McFerran had the best average finish for the month of August in the heats with an average of 1.2. McFerran had eight wins and a pair of seconds in the 10 heats ran this past month.
Nicole Podewils had the second best average with a 1.5 with a pair of wins and a pair of seconds in the four heats that she ran this month.
Ben Melenhorst ran eight heats this past month of the possible 10 and had the third best average at a 1.75 with four wins, a pair of seconds and a pair of thirds.
Billy Swartzenburg had the fourth best average at a nice even 2. He ran a pair of heats this past month at Sunset Speedway, winning one while finishing third in the other.
Of the drivers that ran all 10 heats this month, Eric Yorke had the second best average at a 2.2 with three heat wins this month.
Miles Tyson ran four heats this month and had the sixth best average overall at a 2.25 with his first career heat win coming last weekend.
Points leader Warren Paxton had the third best average of those who ran all 10 heats this past month at a 2.5 with three heat wins.
Gehrig Halliday and Lance Foster tied for the next spot on the list, each with an average of 2.9.
Best Feature Average of the Month – Billy Swartzenburg and Warren Paxton – 2
So there’s two names mentioned here as they both had the best average. Fair?
Billy Swartzenburg ran only one feature this past month, finishing second, while Warren Paxton ran all five features this month and had an average finish of second across them. Paxton won a pair, while finishing second, fourth and second in the other three.
Miles Tyson had the third best average at a 4.5 after finishing fifth and fourth in his pair of starts this past month. Look for this to possibly win a feature in the final month of racing at Sunset Speedway.
Billy Melenhorst had the fourth best average at a fifth. He drove his own mini stock to an eighth place feature finish, and then drove his brother’s mini stock to a second place feature finish a week later.
Eric Yorke had the second best average of the drivers that ran all five features this month, clocking in with a 5.2. Yorke started the month off with a fifth, followed by a second and a fifth. He had a ninth place finish two weeks ago after being deemed as an involved car on a lap nine incident, though bounced back to pick up another fifth.
Lance Foster had the third best average of the month of the drivers that ran all five with a 6.4. Foster had a fourth to start off the month, followed by a sixth, a ninth, a sixth and a seventh.
Scott Simmons made one start this month and came home with a solid seventh place feature finish.
Ben Melenhorst clocked in with an average of 8.5 after running four features this month, with a best finish of third, twice. The finish that hurt Melenhorst both in points and in the averages was the 22nd on August 10th after being involved in a mid-race incident.
Terry Clodd clocked in with an average of 9.75 for ninth overall after running four features this year, with a best finish of eighth on August 3rd.
Nick Clarke and Nicole Podewils tied for 10th on the list overall with a 10th place average. Podewils had a win mid-month, though finished 19th in her other feature start of the month due to the wheel falling off her Mustang mid-race. Clarke, meanwhile, made one start this year and finished 10th.
Brian Love ran all five features this month and had an average finish of 10.2 to give himself the fourth best average of the drivers that ran all five. Love’s best finish of the month was a seventh on August 10th.
Brandon McFerran is fifth of the drivers that ran all five features this month with a 10.6. McFerran won a pair of features, though also suffered a 24th place finish due to being involved in a wreck, and a second 24th place finish after distributor problems.
What to Expect in September
Simply put, you’ll have some more crazy racing as we’ve become used to it.
Unless Warren Paxton runs into problems, he will be your 2013 Mini Stock Champion.
Keep an eye on the battle for rookie of the year as Shawn Gerrior leads Steve Belanger by one point with Kendra Adams third in the ranking, seven points behind Gerrior.
As far as feature winners, Brandon McFerran and Paxton look to be your best bets, but you may see Ben Melenhorst, Eric Yorke or Miles Tyson break through.