NASCAR Whelen All-American Series News
Division I Championship Comes Down to Two
Sep 7, 2006 - updated Sep 7th, 2006 5:13pm
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. --
(Sept. 6, 2006) – The magic number is 1,094 and the championship race is down to just two drivers.
In the hunt for the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Division I championship, Tim Karrick, of Basehor, Kan., has established a new standard. Karrick, who competes at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. as well as Linn County Speedway in Pleasanton, Kan., finished second in last Friday’s dirt Modified race at Lakeside and clinched the NASCAR point lead there for good.
As the NASCAR points champion at Lakeside, Karrick is guaranteed a spot on the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Division I leaderboard and he’ll finish no worse than second in the standings. His 1,094 point total – based on his best 16 finishes – is the minimum amount of points he’ll collect towards the NDWS Division I title, which carries a $25,000 bonus at the end of the year. Karrick can potentially increase this total, but even if he does not, that’s the minimum number any other driver would have to reach, to have any chance of taking the lead for themselves.
Karrick won’t need to look very far or wide to keep tabs on the contenders – his high standard has eliminated all but one driver. The only driver remaining with a mathematical chance of beating Karrick to win the $25,000 NDWS Division I title is Motor Mile Speedway’s Philip Morris, of Ruckersville, Va.
The pressure is on both drivers as the season winds to a conclusion and there are a few scenarios facing each driver.
* Morris has three races remaining at Motor Mile Speedway, a .416-mile asphalt oval located in Radford, Va. If at least 21 cars compete in each of those final three races (ensuring maximum NASCAR bonus points for Morris) and Morris finishes second in one of those events while finishing third in the two remaining races, he will win the NDWS Division I championship – even if Karrick wins his last two races of the season.
* Along with the remaining races at Motor Mile, Morris can take advantage of additional events at nearby NDWS Division tracks such as Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C. or Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville, S.C., to potentially increase his point total by competing in more races.
* Karrick can add to his 1,094-point total if he collects at least 134 NASCAR points in his final two events. There are a few scenarios that deliver those points to Karrick, depending on the number of cars competing in the final feature events at Lakeside and Linn County.
* If Karrick does not increase beyond his current 1,094-point total, he can still win the championship although Morris could grab the lead by collecting at least 128 NASCAR points in two of the three remaining races at Motor Mile Speedway.
NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series
Division I Leaders as of Sept. 5 (best 16 points finishes)
Driver, Hometown, Home track, NDWS points
1. Tim Karrick, Basehor, Kan., Lakeside Speedway, 1,094 points
2. Philip Morris, Ruckersville, Va., Motor Mile Speedway, 1,084
3. John Allen, Chanute, Kan., Linn County Speedway, 1,074
4. Lynn Hardy, West Valley, Utah, Rocky Mountain Raceways, 1,048
5. Junior Miller, Pine Hall, N.C., Bowman Gray Stadium, 1,012
6. Randy Porter, Easley, S.C., Greenville-Pickens Speedway, 998
7. Rodney Cook, Reidsville, N.C., Ace Speedway, 954
8. Greg Edwards, Poquoson, Va., Langley Speedway, 942
9. Drew Herring, Benson, N.C., South Boston Speedway, 938
10. Deac McCaskill, Raleigh, N.C., Southern National Raceway Park, 916
11. Jamie Stephens Jr., Conyers, Ga., Lanier National Speedway, 894
12. Ricky Bilderback, Rockton, Ill., Rockford Speedway, 858
13. Randy Benson, Rockingham, N.C., Caraway Speedway, 824
14. Bobby Babb Jr., Windham, Maine, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, 798
15. John Sandquist Jr., Austintown, Ohio, Mansfield Motorsports Speedway, 754
16. Robb Touchette, Lake Stevens, Wash., Evergreen Speedway, 636
New to the top 16:
Deac McCaskill, Raleigh, N.C.
Randy Benson, Rockingham, N.C.
Dropped out of the top 16:
Sherman Davis Jr., Fayetteville, N.C.
Brad Brinkley, Sanford, N.C.
For more information, contact:
Jeremy Davidson, NASCAR Public Relations, (386) 681-4173 or email@example.com