Saturday, May 8, 2010
Ted Christopher No. 1 in NASCAR Hunter Index
Ted Christopher, on the strength of winning the Spring Sizzler on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, has the No. 1 spot in the Hunter Index, despite only one first-place vote. He beat out Keith Rocco, winner of four Modified races in Connecticutt, by one point for the top spot in the Hunter Index.
Eric Holmes won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series race at Phoenix International Raceway at the beginning of the month and came in fifth in the Hunter Index.
David Mayhew, my No. 1 driver in the Hunter Index and the co-leader in the West Series standings after two races, was an honorable mention. He is tied with Greg Pursley, a Canyon High of Canyon Country graduate, for the lead in the West Series standings. Mayhew is the only driver in the West Series with two top-five finishes, which is why he is at the top of my list.
Here is a look at how I ranked the top-15 drivers. Go to NASCAR HomeTracks.com for the NASCAR’s Hunter Index top 10.
1. David Mayhew – He has two top fives in two races and tied for the lead in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West standings.
2. Greg Pursley – He was third in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Phoenix International Raceway and is tied with Mayhew for the lead in the West Series standings.
3. Eric Holmes – He won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series race at Phoenix and moved up to third place in the West Series standings.
4. Paulie Harraka – It was a rough race at Phoenix for Harraka. After winning the West Series season opener at All American Speedway in Roseville, he was 29th at Phoenix and went from first to eighth in the West Series standings.
5. Ted Christopher – He won the Spring Sizzler, the second race in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, at Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut for a record sixth time.
6. Nick Joanides – He won a NASCAR Super Late Model race at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale, but blew an engine in his car later in the month.
7. Justin Johnson of Las Vegas – He won his first NASCAR Super Late Model race at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale and took over the lead in the Super Late Mode standings at the track.
8. Dusty Davis – Johnson’s teammate at Vision Airways Racing also won the first NASCAR Super Late Model race of his career at Toyota Speedway.
9. Rafael Martinez – The driver from the NASCAR Mexico Series won the first two races of the season, including the one at Nuevo Autodromo de Queretaro. He has a 25-point lead in the Mexico Series standings.
10. Keith Rocco – His four wins have come at three different tracks in Connecticut. The only time he didn’t win a race last month was when he finished second in a Sunoco Modified race at Thompson International Speedway.
11. Eric Schmidt – He has won three NASCAR Late Model races in a row at All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif.
12. Philip Morris – The two-time NASCAR Whelen All-American national champion won two races at Motor Mile Speedway in Virginia.
13. Justin Johnson of Durham, N.C. – The reigning NASCAR Late Model champ at South Boston Speedway in Virginia has also won a race at Motor Mile Speedway.
14. Bobby Santos III – He won the pole and the season-opening Modified race at Thompson International Speedway.
15. Cole Whitt – The leader in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East did not race last month. But he didn’t lose a race either.
Photo: David Mayhew, right, was my vote for No. 1 in the NASCAR Hunter Index. But the co-leader in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West standings only earned an honorable mention in the consensus Hunter Index voting.