WESTGATE LOOKING FOR ANOTHER CHAMPIONSHIP
Former Sport 4 champion Dave Westgate is on top of his game once again this season. Westgate currently holds a 26 point advantage over his closest challenger and he already has two victories in the first seven races of 2017. Although the wins have been a strong point for him so far, he also has been able to put together plenty of consistent finishes. In the seven races, Westgate has all top 10 runs, including six finishes inside the top five.
Although he has the lead, Westgate surely will need to look in the rear-view mirror as Rookie of the Year contender Alexander “AJ” Manuel is just 26 points from the lead. Manuel started the season strong and much like Westgate, he has put together plenty of consistent finishes to keep him up in the standings. Last week, Manuel finished second in the feature — only trailing Westgate. The driver of the No. 88 also has one victory on the season, which came on July 14 — his first career trophy.
Behind the top two, Chris Pacheco has one victory on the season and sits third in the championship standings. On June 9, Pacheco carried the checkered flag and has finished inside the top 10 in every race this season except two of them. Although Pacheco is just 70 points behind, it will take a strong second half of the season if he wants to capture the crown. But don’t count him out just yet.
In fourth position in the updated standings is Rookie contender Sam Mattera, who has impressed everyone so far this season. The TTM Motorsports driver has herself fourth in the standings after having two consecutive strong finishes. Although Mattera is learning, she seems to have quickly picked up how to wheel the Sport 4 around the third-mile oval and it’s possible she finds herself carrying a checkered flag before long. She will enter the final seven races 80 points from the championship lead.
Rounding out the top five so far is the No. 77 with driver Jordan Lopes. Sitting 84 points from the lead, Lopes has put himself inside the top five with top 10 finishes in five of the first seven races of the season.
Behind him, Mike Glad sits in sixth spot, while Jason Poitras — who has one victory this season — is seventh so far. Tim Bolger Jr., Christine Cavallaro and Karlin Levesque round out the top 10. Levesque scored the victory on opening night, while Cavallaro has come close multiple times so far and if she continues to do what she is doing, she will breakthrough before long.
Six of the seven feature races left will be normal 20 lap main events, but on August 11, AJ Manuel, Chris Pacheco, Mikey LeFort and Dave Westgate will battle it out on the track to see who will be crowned the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series champion in a 25 lap feature.