This weekend the final rounds of the 2015 Winter Heat Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, will take place for Legends and Bandolero racers, and the points championships are far from decided.
Legends drivers will race three features over the two-day event on Saturday and Sunday, February 7th and 8th, while Bandolero drivers have just two features left to determine the series champions.
While the points to date might tell a bit of a story on who might have a chance at the championships, everything is still wide open, especially with the one drop and the potential of a DQ (that is factored into a driver’s best seven of eight points finishes). Also, LN verified Wednesday with INEX a driver can drop a missed race, meaning racers that have missed one race to date are still in it to win it all.
Here is a look at the points to date with Bandoleros having completed six of eight features and Legends with five of eight completed.
Daniel Wilk has had a perfect season to date, and is the only driver in the entire Winter Heat Series to not be beat. His six Bandits division victories has earned him 600 points, and barring a major disaster like missing one of the two final races or getting disqualified, Wilk will be the Bandits champ. William Robusto (537), Cameron Bolin (527), Bryson Ruff (505), and Isabella Robusto (480) round out the top five.
Matthew Davey has a couple wins in the Outlaws division and currently is in the P1 position with 577 points. Eddie Fatscher is fourth in points with 491 total, and on the surface it doesn’t appear he could win the championship, but that is where the points system comes into play. Fatscher has four victories and a fourth, not racing one of the six races to date. If the series ended right now with only five of the six points finishes counting, Davey and Fatscher would be tied in points with the tie-breaker going to Fatscher with the most wins. So if both show up to race both races this weekend, it will be a tight battle for the championship. Kayla Lyons (554) and Roy Hayes (528) are second and third in points with Trevor Rizzo (368) in fifth.
LEGENDS YOUNG LIONS
A wild round five feature jumbled the points standings at the top of the Young Lions standings. Chase Purdy jumped up to the top spot with 479 points with Alex Reece with 470 points riding in second. Matthew Thomas dropped from the lead to third with 462 points, but with three races left and only seven of eight races counting, any one of these three drivers can win the championship. Austin Green (449) and Dawson Cram (410) are fourth and fifth.
LEGENDS SEMI PRO
Dillon Faggart and Christian Eckes have finished in the top-two spots in every Semi Pro feature to date with Faggart entering victory lane five times and Eckes once. Faggart’s 497 points leads Eckes’ 488 points. With three races left though and fairly large Semi Pro fields, it is too early to tell if one of these two are for sure shoe-ins for the championship. John Holleman (445), Alex Murray (429), and Chase Campbell (406) round out the top five.
Joey Padgett had one slip-up earlier this year in the Pro division, finishing 10th, but all the rest of his results are in the top two, including one victory, which has him on top of the points with 469. Way back in sixth is Michael Torres with 397 points as he missed one race, but he has three wins and a second to his credit. That means if he races the final three races, he will be a factor in the championship. Brandon Gdovic (442), Reid Wilson (438), and Henri Tuomaala (434) are the top five.
Scott Whitaker leads the Legends Masters division points with 466 over Rodney Tharp with 463, and each have two victories. This is the tightest points battle (without factoring in the “drop”) in the Winter Heat Series with Ron Mander (458) and Robby Faggart (454) in third and fourth. Back in fifth is Bruce Silver with 382 points as he missed last week, but once the drop is factored in, he is right there in the mix as well. The last three races should prove interesting as the elder Legends drivers have been pretty rowdy for the top spot this year.
For the full point standings per division to date, click here.