Randy Rusnell has had the dream season.
13 features. 10 feature wins. 13 top fives. 13 top 10s.
26 heats. 17 heat wins. 25 top heat top fives.
With those stats alone, you can see where this is going. Heading into the final night of the season at Sunset speedway, Rusnell has a 60 point lead over Lane Zardo. In other words, all he has to do is start he feature and he is the champion.
Now that sounds easy but we have seen drivers get wrecked or blow a motor in practice or the heats, resulting in them being done for the night. You can ask Rusnell as he knows that from experience. He had a timing belt go during the second heat one night – you know, the one heat that he didn’t finish in the top five. However, he still managed to start the feature. He jumped behind the wheel of Steve Cashmore’s car, started at the back and drove it to a third place finish.
So the thing is anything is possible, but most likely, Rusnell will be your 2013 Super Stock Champion, making it back-to-back championships.
2011 Super Stock Champion Lane Zardo sits second (as previously mentioned) after a win, 12 top fives and 13 top 10s. Zardo is 55 points ahead of Paul Maltese who sits third so he’ll most likely stay second.
Maltese sits third with seven top fives and 13 top 10s, 18 points ahead of Paul Geniole Jr. Geniole Jr. currently sits fourth after a feature win, 10 top fives and 13 top 10s. Look for Geniole and Maltese to both battle hard as if Maltese slips up a little, Geniole could grab the third spot.
Cayden Lapcevich sits fifth in points despite missing a night mid-year due to a big wreck with six top fives and nine top 10s in 12 features. He is 147 points out of fourth so he can’t do no better than where he is. However, he does have to watch as he is only eight points out of sixth in points. Currently sitting sixth in points is Steven Wilson with one top five and 12 top 10s in 13 starts.
There was debate as to whether Wilson is a rookie or not this year. To be a rookie, you must start the year with five or less starts under your belt. Last year, Wilson ran three races in August and two races in September so therefore he is still classified as a rookie this year. If Wilson has a solid finish, he will be your 2013 Rookie of the Year.
However, there is possible that he could drop out of that spot. Nick Tooley, who is also a rookie, currently sits seventh in points despite some bad luck this year, only five points behind Wilson. If Tooley can have a good run while Wilson runs into trouble, we could have a switcheroo happen.
Even if Tooley is unable to capture the crown, this year should be considered a success for the third year driver. He has gained speed throughout the whole season, getting stronger with each week under his belt. Most of the year he has finished just outside of the top 10 in the feature, though last month, he scored his first feature top 10 with a seventh on August 31st.
Dan Archibald will most likely finish no better than eighth in points, where he sits currently, as a result of missing a night earlier this year and being 84 points out of seventh. Archibald has one win, seven top fives and nine top 10s in 12 starts this year.
If Archibald runs into problems, rookie Coltin Everingham could capitalize as Everingham is only 12 points out of eighth. Everingham has also gotten stronger each week this year and was running in the top five during his heat on August 31st when his motor let go. Everingham has yet to score a feature top 10, though has four heat top fives this year.
Dennis Cybalski sits 10th despite missing a couple of nights, only six points behind Everingham. Cybalski has been a front running car so if he can bring his A-game on Saturday night, he could very well move himself up in points. He has six top fives and 10 top 10s this year.
Well the championship is pretty much locked up, there is much more left to fight for, with regards to other positions and the feature win on Saturday night. With this being the last feature of the year, every driver will be looking to top Rusnell for the last one of the season so don’t miss the action on Saturday night.