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has a super-secret Stalker project
he will be driving with Shane
Chinnon-Rhoden. Jeremy and
Jeff Ellerby, Chris Kunkel, and
Bob Tunnell in the ex-Cashmore
car are all capable. But our
money is on Mark Huffman
with a strong new motor.
We’ll hope Patty Tunnell has
a DML class to run against.
Jason Minehart and Mark
Sawatsky have been chasing the
E Modified championship for years.
Jeff Kiesel just keeps tweaking
his KFR Sprite, and we don’t
expect to ever see a repeat of last
year’s perfect storm that ended
his streak of 11 wins. There’s a
chance that Bob Tunnell will install
a bigger engine in his car and
try EM, but with no development
time, we don’t think it’s time to
pick against Kiesel just yet, even if
we were sure about the change.
EML continues the Kiesel
tradition. Shawn Kiesel
should make it 10 in a row.
We get to say Kiesel again
for F Modified, as Zak Kiesel
has not let college interfere
with being fast. Jason Hobbs
has been in second place a lot
recently, and that seems likely
to continue in September.
Andie Albin took the
championship in FML last
year. We aren’t seeing any
reason she can’t repeat.
Kart Modified had a long
streak of Paul Russell wins, but
Lefty McLeod seems to have
taken over. He’s had a great
year, wet or dry, so we expect
him to make it two in a row. Dan
Wendel and Tom Harrington may
make the top three a repeat.
And, for Kart Mod Ladies, we
have to pick the ever-quick Dana
Gill in KML. But if Kate Regannie
shows up, this will be a race.
in a variety of fascinating cars,
but we’re leaning toward Zach
Morgan with his all-wheel-drive
advantage in the not unlikely case
of a wet course for at least a day
since he’s also fast in the dry.
A Modified epitomizes the “we
don’t see them during the year”
and the “we don’t know if they
are going to make the trip in
September” situations. Given
that, we’ll go with last year’s
runner-up in the Acme Special,
Sawyer Awald. The car is clearly
fast, and he’s now had a full
year to get accustomed to it.
a serious threat. Greg Maloy and
last year’s runner-up Brandon
Lavender will also be in the mix.
CML should have a class, and
Sue Eckles is fast in anything
she drives. Krystal Lavendar
has wins to her name, so don’t
inscribe the trophies just yet.
D Modified has several fast
drivers to watch. Brian Garfield
B Modified is a lot like A
Modified. We have not seen
them much this year, but the
Ellams are just too quick not to
pick. Tom Ellam will be chasing
son Matt Ellam. Zach Moore was
quick at Spring Nationals, and
Brad Fish could make us wrong.
C Modified at least gives us a
list of names to choose from, and
we don’t get to see them running
head-to-head much except when
it really matters. Eric Clements
and new co-driver Anthony
Porta will certainly contend. Ben
Martinez will be trying to make it
two wins in a row. Barry Ott and
co-driver David Fauth are always
We anticipate Mark Madarash to be the one to beat
in CP (LEFT), with Mark Huffman pulling out the win in
DM (BELOW) against tough competition. In Kart Mod
(BOTTOM), Lefty McLoed should be able to back up his title.
“D Modified has several
fast drivers to watch…
but our money is on
Mark Huffman with a
strong new motor”