This past week at South Boston we had some of the best racing we have seen all season long in each of our four divisions. There was plenty of side by side racing, outside passes, door to door banging, and non-stop action all around. With just two races remaining in the season for each series, points battles are getting tighter, and when drop weeks come into effect, things will surely be shaken up all throughout the points.
Let’s take a look back at Week 10 at SoBo:
10. James Linkiewicz (Prev Rank: 6th (-4)) & Kenny Lindsley (Prev Rank: 4th (-6))
Both James and Kenny have been a mainstay in these Power Rankings all season long, and have been near the top of the SLM and PLM standings all season as well. But both of these drivers missed this past week’s races at SoBo which drops them down in the rankings, but we’ll give them a drop week here as well and they both come in at #10. We’ll see if these guys are able to race at IRP next week and rebound to move up the rankings.
9. Kevin J Myers (Prev Rank: NR (+))
Kevin moves up into #9 in the rankings this week after a couple of really strong runs in the Twin 75 races in the PLM division. He finished in the runner up spot in race #1 and finished 4th in race #2. Then in the SLM division he won his heat race to start on the pole for the feature, and looked to have possibly the car to beat as he led early on. But computer issues forced him up into the wall and ended his night early. Kevin has been climbing up the PLM standings so we’ll look to see if he can continue to put strong runs together.
8. Dale Owen (Prev Rank: NR (+))
Dale has been running pretty decent the last couple of weeks, but this past week at SoBo he had one of his best weeks to date across all four divisions. He started off the week in the Legends sitting 3rd on the final restart and watched the leaders wreck as he drove by for the win. He backed it up with a 3rd in the Street Stocks, and 5th and a 7th in the Twin 75 PLM races, and then finished the week off with another 7th in the SLM race. His average finish for the week was a 4.6. Dale continues to improve so we’ll see how strongly he can finish out the season.
7. Stan Bragg Jr. (Prev Rank: NR (+))
Stan made an appearance in these rankings a couple weeks ago, and he jumps right back into them moving right up into 7th. Just like Dale, his average finish this pas week was a 4.6 as he had some strong runs in all four divisions. He also snuck by the wreck in the Legends race and barely finished in the 2nd spot to start off his week. His worst finish of the week was in the Street Stocks with an 8th, but rebounded nicely with a 3rd and a 4th in the PLM races, and then a 6th in the SLM race. Stan has been pretty close to breaking through for a win a couple times this season so we’ll see if he can finish off the season on a high note.
6. Brian Tedeschi (Prev Rank: 7th (+1))
Brian jumps up to #6 this week, but he started off the week with a rough 20th place finish in the Legends race. He would rebound pretty well the next night though and battled to a 4th place finish in the Street Stocks. The 4th place finish helps keep Brian in the points hunt in the SS standings, but he’ll have to finish off the last two weeks pretty strongly if he wants to take home the title. So we’ll look to see if Brian can keep his car near the front and make things interesting in the points.
5. Clay Snider (Prev Rank: 8th (+3))
Clay moves into the 5th spot this week, partly due to other drivers missing last week’s races, but Clay’s consistency is enough reason to solidify him moving up in these rankings. He ran just 1 race this week and wound up with a solid top 5 in the Legends, which was enough for him to still hang onto the Legends points lead by 94 points heading into the last couple weeks of the season. Clay won last season’s SS championship with extreme consistency, so we’ll see if that same consistency pays off enough for him to win the Legends championship this season.
4. Matt Rolfe (Prev Rank: 5th (+1))
Matt had another decent week this past week at SoBo. He started off with a 3rd place finish in the Legends race, which keeps him in striking distance of the points lead in that division. Then he backed it up with a 5th in the SS race, and maintains a 40 point lead in those standings. His PLM Twin 75’s started with him blowing an engine in race #1, but rebounded up to a 5th place finish in race #2, but he wouldn’t have as much luck in the SLM race though and wrecked early for a 15th place finish. Matt is in contention for two championships, so we’ll look for him to finish out the season strongly.
3. Jacob Linkiewicz (Prev Rank: 3rd (+0))
Once again Jacob put together some strong runs in the PLM and SLM divisions. He finished 7th and 6th in the Twin 75 PLM races, and improved on that with a 5th place finish in the SLM race. Jacob sits in 2nd in the PLM points right now, and in the SLM points he hangs onto a 170 point lead, which puts him in a really good position to take home that championship. So we’ll look for Jacob to finish the season strong and see if he can’t end up with a championship in hand as well.
2. Justin Brooks (Prev Rank: 2nd (+0))
Justin put together another couple good runs this past week. In the SS race, he was part of a great battle for the lead all throughout the race but would end up getting late contact and spun, ending up with a 9th place finish. But he recovered in the SLM race by leading most of the laps and holding off a late charge to take home the victory, and took over the top spot in the SARA career wins lead with 20 wins. Justin moves back to 3rd in the SS standings, but is still in contention so we’ll look to see where he ends up after these next two weeks.
1. Ty Majeski (Prev Rank: 1st (+0))
Since joining earlier in the season and running full time in the PLM division, Ty has been setting a torrid pace. He started on the pole for the first half of the Twin 75 races, and went on to lead every lap for the victory. Then in race #2 he would miss the grid and went down a lap early, but got the lucky dog and battled his way up through the field to sweep the Twin 75 races. That makes 6 wins out of 10 races in the division and he’s taken a 102 point lead in the standings. As long as everything goes smoothly, Ty has put himself in position to take home the PLM championship at the end of the season.
New This Week: Name – Finishes
-Kevin J Myers – 2nd & 4th PLM, 21 SLM
-Dale Owen – 1st Legends, 3rd SS, 5th & 7th PLM, 7th SLM
-Stan Bragg – 2nd Legends, 8th SS, 4th & 3rd PLM, 6th SLM
Dropped Out: Name – Finishes
-Jeff Ramsdell – No races
-Joshua Kotten – No races