The 2015 Spring Season got underway last week for the Sim Auto Racing Association, after an offseason that lasted just over one month. During the opening week of the season, the total car count across all five divisions was 168 cars, in which 68 different drivers ran at least one race. Before heading into Week #2 of the season, let’s take a look back at the Power Rankings from Week #1.
10. Travis Warling
Travis came oh-so-close to winning the Legends championship last season, and he came back this season and kept his car up front and finished up with a 3rd place finish on opening night. A good start to the season means Travis is on his way to being in contention once again.
9. Bill Brown
Bill is new with us this season, but it was known before he joined that he knew how to be up front in a Super Late Model. And he did just that by leading a few laps and finished off his run with a 3rd place finish. With more solid finishes like that, Bill should stay solidly near the top of the SLM standings.
8. Fred Moreau
Fred is another driver who came close to winning a title last season in the Super Late Models, but came up just short. At Iowa on Thursday, he qualified up front, led some laps, and finished off the strong run in 2nd. With a podium finish, Fred made it known that he plans to battle for the title once more.
7. Kevin J Myers
Kevin started his week off on a high note by finishing 2nd in the Legends race and then 4th in the SK Mod race on opening night. He also led some laps and ran up front of the Pro Late Model race, before getting caught up in an incident. When Kevin stays out of trouble, we’ll be seeing plenty more finishes like we did on Monday night.
6. Ryan Borges
Ryan had a very solid first season with us last season, and he picked right up where he left off. He scored a top 10 finish in the Legends race, a 3rd place finish in the SK Mod race, and a 5th in the Pro Late Model race. He didn’t have as much luck in the Super Late Model race, but the top 5 and top 10 runs are what we’ve gotten used to from Ryan.
5. Justin Brooks
Justin started his season by returning to victory lane in the Pro Late Model race at Iowa, his first win in the division since his last race at Concord last season. He wasn’t able to get into the session in time for the Super Late Model race or he might of picked up another win. Justin will need to work himself out of a small hole if he wants to defend his SLM title.
4. Ty Majeski
Surprisingly, Ty did not pick up any wins this week, but he did look pretty fast like always in both races he ran in. He led a bunch of laps in the Street Stock race but came up just short and finished 2nd after pitting. Then in the Pro Late Model race he led more than half the laps before finding trouble later in the run. We won’t be surprised if we see him in victory lane next time out.
3. Matt Rolfe
Matt had a solid week overall to start off the season. He started with a 8th in the Legends race after an incident early on, then backed it up with a 2nd and some laps led in the SK race. He also picked up a 4th in the Street Stocks and a 9th in the Pro Late Model race, but found trouble in the Super Late Model race. Look for some more solid runs like those this season.
2. Cody Kelley
Cody started off his week with a 5th in the Street Stock race, and got better as the week went on. He improved up to a 2nd place finish in the Pro Late Model race, and kicked it up another notch to pick up the Super Late Model victory. We’ve gotten used to Cody running up front last season, so we should be seeing plenty more of it this season.
1. Bill Martin
5 top fives in 5 Races, 4 podium finishes, 3 wins in 2 nights, and a #1 in the Power Rankings. That pretty much sums up Bill’s week after he went 3 for 3 to start off the season by picking up the first 3 wins of the season. He then led a pair of laps in the Pro Late Model race before finishing 3rd, and then led some laps in the Super Late Model race before finishing 4th. One thing’s for sure, Bill didn’t lose any speed during the offseason, and we don’t really expect him to either.