NASCAR DODGE WEEKLY SERIES NEWS & NOTES - NEW ENGLAND REGION * Strunk holds his own in regional rankings * Jarvis, Berndt and Bonney hope to challenge for championship DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 13, 2003) - In classic David vs.
NASCAR DODGE WEEKLY SERIES NEWS & NOTES - NEW ENGLAND REGION
* Strunk holds his own in regional rankings
* Jarvis, Berndt and Bonney hope to challenge for championship
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 13, 2003) - In classic David vs. Goliath form, Jeff Strunk continues to lead the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series New England Region standings.
Strunk, playing the role of "the little guy," has the fewest wins (2) of any of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series regional leaders. Weighing in as Goliath, drivers such as Virginia's Mark McFarland, a Late Model Stock Car star at Old Dominion Speedway, lead their regions with an iron fist. McFarland leads the Atlantic Region standings with a whopping 14 feature victories. At Tri City Speedway in Illinois, Tom Seets Sr. leads the Heartland Region with 13 wins and Jerry Robertson is closing in on the 2003 Northwest Region championship with 10 Late Model wins at Colorado National Speedway near Denver.
Yet, for the past six weeks, Strunk has hung in there, maintaining his lead in the highly competitive New England Region - home to the last two NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series national champions (Ted Christopher in 2001 and Peter Daniels in 2002).
Strunk, the defending Modified track champion at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa., has kept up his lead on the strength of 11 top-five finishes in 12 starts. His consistency in this category is as good as any of the other regional leaders across the nation, even if he's managed fewer trips to victory lane.
Wet early season weather meant a slow start for Grandview's drivers and many other competitors across the New England Region. As a result, Strunk may end the season with fewer than 18 starts, the minimum number needed for a driver to be eligible for a NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series regional title. In order to boost Strunk's chances for the regional championship, Grandview Speedway has extended their NASCAR season to include the Sept. 20 weekend (the track's original schedule included a final NASCAR-sanctioned night of racing on Sept. 6).
Regional championship contenders Dwight Jarvis, of Ascutney, Vt., Eric Berndt, of Rocky Hill, Conn., and Scott Bonney, of North Chelmsford, Mass., are under equal pressure to complete 18 races before the Sept. 21 deadline, thanks to the same weeks of rainy weather that have plagued Grandview this season. Whatever the regional championship outcome, 10 weekly competitors will share more than $142,000 in post-season awards at the series annual awards banquet in Nashville, a good result whether you're David or Goliath, rain or shine.
<pre> THIS WEEK'S TOP 10 ... Driver Home Track Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 CPI Change* 1. Jeff Strunk Grandview Speedway 12 2 11 11 .7708 - - 2. Dwight Jarvis Claremont Speedway 11 2 10 11 .6773 - - 3. Eric Berndt Thompson Int'l. Speedway 11 2 7 10 .6727 +11 4. Scott Bonney Lee USA Speedway 11 3 9 11 .6655 +1 5. Bobby Babb Jr. Beech Ridge Motor Speedway 13 1 9 11 .6538 +1 6. Ed Reed Jr. Waterford Speedbowl 10 0 8 9 .6485 -2 7. Kerry Malone Stafford Motor Speedway 12 0 5 7 .6042 - - 8. John Fortin Riverhead Raceway 10 2 5 10 .5965 - - 9. Jeffrey Crowley Star Speedway 10 2 6 8 .5635 - - 10. Rick Houlihan Seekonk Speedway 10 0 5 9 .5545 - -