NASCAR Hunter Index for June has Bobby Santos in the top spot. He received five of the six first-place votes. I was the lone dissenter, opting for Max Gresham from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East instead.
Santos is the first driver in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to win three of the first four races of the year. He also has three poles and leads the Whelen Modified Tour standings by 89 points over nine-time NASCAR champion Mike Stefanik.
Gresham won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series race at Iowa Speedway against the top drivers from the West and East Series. There were 40 cars in the race. He held off Ty Dillon on a green-white-checker flag finish to win his second race in a row. He also won the East Series race at South Boston Speedway in May.
There are four drivers from the West Coast in my top 15 for the Hunter Index. Eric Holmes came in at No. 3 after winning races at Douglas County Speedway in Oregon and Phoenix International Raceway in April.
Justin A. Johnson is No. 7 after winning three NASCAR Super Late Model races in a row at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale.
David Mayhew came in at No. 11 on my list. He was the highest finishing driver from the West Series at the Iowa Speedway race and was second at Douglas County Speedway.
Finally, Matt Scott is No. 15 after winning two late model races at All American Speedway in Roseville.
Here is a look at my top 15 and how the Hunter Index unfolded for May:
1. Max Gresham
2. Eric Holmes
3. Bobby Santos
4. CE Falk III
5. Keith Rocco
6. Craig Preble
7. Justin A. Johnson
8. Homero Richards
9. Justin T. Johnson
10. Brett Moffitt
11. David Mayhew
12. James Civali
13. Philip Morris
14. Jacob Gomes
15. Matt Scott
Photo: Max Gresham (18) narrowly beats Ty Dillon to the finish line in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series race at Iowa Speedway. It was Gresham's second win in a row in the East Series. (Credit: Meg Bestell-Eide)