Looking back on the entire Late Model season, a lot of people will be talking about Tom Walters and Mike Bentley. However, when it came to September, they were the drivers that stole the headlines.
On September 1st, it’d be Mike Bentley taking the victory after working his way through the field and passing Jason Witty for the lead with nine laps to go. Walters would get second, followed by Chris Morrow, Scott Beatty and Taylor Holdaway. Heat wins went to Morrow, Bentley, Kevin Cornelius and Holdaway.
On September 15th, Walters would make his way to victory lane after working his way through the field and passing Morrow for the lead with three laps to go. Morrow would finish second, followed by Holdaway, Witty and Sean Grosman. Heat wins went to Bentley, Walters (x2) and Morrow.
The feature victory for Walters capped off his season in style as he would take home his 30th career championship. It was a textbook season for the veteran as he won the championship through consistency, scoring a top finish in each of the 14 feature this year, including 10 top fives. When it came to the heats, he would score 21 top fives in 28 heats.
When it came to the features, Walters had the best average finish for the month with a 1.5 after scoring a second and a first. Morrow had the second best average at 2.5 following a third and a second. The third best average went to Holdaway at a fourth following a fifth and a third. The success for Holdaway Motorsports comes after struggling during the first half of the season. Scott Beatty had the fourth best average with a 5.5 while Bentley had the fifth best average at a sixth.
In the heats, the best average finish went to Walters with a 1.5 following two wins and two seconds. Bentley had the second best average at a second while Morrow and Beatty tied for the third best average at 2.5. Cornelius had the fifth best average at a third.
On the final night, it looked as if Bentley had a strong car and could cap the season off with his sixth feature victory. However, contact with Davey under caution at lap 17 would cut Bentley’s tire, resulting in a trip down pit road. Bentley would come back to finish 11th.
Bad luck struck also for Gary Elliott on the final night as he would suffer a blown motor during the heats.
On September 1st, mechanical problems struck for Jason Witty as he would go for a spin while running third and then be done for the night after something in the front end broke.
After finishing every feature in the top 10 all the way up to September, Sean Cronan was looking to end 2012 on a good note. However, it wouldn’t go as he would’ve hoped as he’d finish 11th and 14th in the last two features of the season.
While battling for wins in August, Cornelius would run into some struggles with the car in September as the 2011 division champion would finish seventh and eighth in the final two features of the season.