The Triple Threat Series was an idea that gives competitors a chance to race for something else. It was a three race series that gave outsiders a chance to compete for Speedbowl glory without needing to commit to a full season. It also gave full time competitors a chance to fight for a championship, if their seasons got off to a rocky start but they’ve turned it around as it progressed. Or if these drivers are just all out dominant, they can add the Triple Threat crown in with the regular season accolades. It all comes to a head tomorrow afternoon where we also crown our 2021 SK Modified® champion.
Todd Owen currently leads in every point standings the Speedbowl has to offer in 2021 for the SK Modifieds®. In the Triple Threat Series, he leads Cory DiMatteo by only 4 points.
Owen has finished one spot ahead of him both times out, which is what’s keeping these points close. Sitting in 3rd and still within striking distance is Joey Gada who is 7 points out of the lead. Rob Janovic Jr and Anthony Flannery round out the top 5, being 12 and 16 points from the top spot.
Like with the Triple Threat Series points, the cream has risen to the top in the overall season standings for the SK Modifieds® with Todd Owen leading Cory DiMatteo by 9 points. DiMatteo has 2 wins to Owen’s 1 win, but Owen has only missed the top 5 once this season and finished in the top 10 every race. DiMatteo has missed the top 10 once which is what’s making the difference.
Mathematically still in the equation and 20 points out of the lead sits Joey Gada. He was able to get a win back on the second week of the season, and has been quietly running up front ever since. 20 points is a lot to make up, but it’s still possible.
Our defending 2020 champion Tim Jordan is currently in 4th place, and while he came on around the mid point of the season winning 3 in a row, and a fourth which was a Fast Five Series race, he won’t be able to overcome the 34 point deficit to contend for the crown.
It’s been a 2 car show in the Late Models this season, but in Triple Threat action Ray Christian III is fairly safe at the top with an 11 point lead over Jason Palmer. Ray would have to finish worse than 10th in the next race to give anyone a chance at picking him off the top spot. The rest of the top 5 is in a tight battle however, with 4 points separating the group. Charles Bailey III is 1 point behind Palmer, with Keith Scalia and rookie Isaiah Newcomb in 4th and 5th.
Doug Curry has turned up the heat in recent months during his rookie season in the Street Stocks capturing 4 wins in a row, with 2 of them being Triple Threat races. He is currently 11 points ahead of former regular season champion, Shawn Gaedeke. Shawn has had a challenging season so far, but this Triple Threat series could be redemption for his team. In 3rd, and only 1 point out of 2nd place is Nick Hovey. The rest of the standings are pretty tight, with positions 4 through 13 separated by only 10 points. Eric Lutz and Tyler Cinamella round out the top 5.
There’s no doubt that Tommy Silva has really come alive this season. He’s currently 2 for 2 in the Triple Threat Series, as he currently leads Chris Garside by 7 points going into this weekend.
One cool thing this series does, is it allows drivers a chance to compete for something else. Sitting in 3rd place and 10 points out of the lead, Kevin Moore. Kevin has missed 6 races this year, so an overall season championship is out of the question, but he still has a shot at the Triple Threat title.
Rounding out the top 5 is Jared Roy in 4th, 14 points back, and tied for 5th is Nick Pappacoda and Hailey Beal, 17 points back.
The SK Light Modified standings are the closest, and the math seems simple. At the top we have Wayne Burroughs Jr., who is only 1 point ahead of 2nd place Buddy Charette. Both drivers have 1 win a piece, with Charette finishing 1 spot worse than Burroughs did, when the other driver won. Each point paying position is separated by 1 point, except the winner who receives 3 points instead. Buddy needs to win, or finish 2 spots ahead to take the top spot away and these 2 drivers are always in the front.
Also in contention and rounding out the top 5, Jason Chapman, RJ Marcotte, and Johnny O’Sullivan are separated by only 2 points. Chapman is 7 points from the lead so mathematically there’s still a chance for the group to launch to the top.
Johnny O’Sullivan has been a dominant factor this season in the Saturday night Legend Car division, winning half of the races to date. He currently leads Brody Monahan by 7 points going into the weekend. Brody has been showing much improvement in the second half of the season and has a feasible chance at taking the title, but will need a bit of luck in his favor. Should Brody win, the 51 would have to finish worse than 6th. Something O’Sullivan has not done yet this season.
Scott Limkemann sits in 3rd place, 11 points out of the lead and Scott Kinsman sits 4th, 14 points out.
There’s only one way to get in on the action, and that’s to come on down to the Speedbowl tomorrow night, October 2nd! The drama unfolds on our last regular Saturday night event of the season. Pit gates open up at 12:30pm, Practice and Grandstands at 2pm, Heat races at approximately 4:15pm. Pit passes are $35, General Admission is $22, kids aged 6-12 are $12, and all kids 5 and under are free. We’re off the following week, but when we return it will be the Finale on October 15th through the 17th. For more information and details on upcoming events, please visit us on Facebook or at www.speedbowlct.com