BATAVIA, NY – The shortened 2020 point season is quickly coming to an end this Saturday and with it are a host of battles that are worth watching.
This Saturday will crown six championships at the Genesee Speedway. It will also be a night to celebrate a season that was able to stay afloat despite the absence of fans on all but two nights.
Two championship races that come in as the most likely to produce excitement will be found in the sportsman and street stock divisions. Four-time Track Champion Kyle Inman enters the final race with a five-point advantage over up-and-coming Cam Tuttle. Veteran Dave Conant is also in the mix, just eight points back with his impressive streak of five straight top-4 finishes. Inman has once again been the standard in the division in 2020, winning four Stirling Lubricants Sportsman races on the 1/3-mile this season, although two came in non-point contests. Inman will control his own destiny, but it will require perhaps a second-place effort in the 25-lap feature to get “one for the thumb”.
The Yasses Trucking Street Stock battle has Bill Taylor and Jesse Qutermous separated by four points with a race remaining. Neither driver has visited Victory Lane this season, but both are in contention for their first Genesee championship off the strength of their drives through the pack to salvage top 5s or better when things looked bleak. Qutermous stayed in the hunt last Saturday using a loaner car after injuring his potent No. 2q in heat race action. It may take a win from either driver to decide this one.
Two championship chases could be categorized as “moderately close” as we approach Saturday. The Cornerstone Lasik Late Models see Jimmy Johnson 15 points up on three-time and defending champion JJ Mazur. Johnson, who has won four races this year, is in search of his first career title and only needs to produce a semi-quality result in his No. 39J to secure the crown. It’s a similar scenario for Dylan Duhow, who is in good shape to claim the inaugural Novice Sportsman Championship at Genesee. Duhow is 17 points ahead of Tim Nies.
Each of the mini stock divisions have a pair of drivers well in control of their destiny this week. In the Pellegrino Auto Sales Mini Stocks Brad Whiteside carries a 31-point lead in pursuit of his first title. This will enable Whiteside to claim the crown by simply taking a green flag. The same can be said in the DML Sealing Bandits, where Jake Bansmer is also 31 points ahead off the strength of seven wins in eight starts this season.
While Saturday is Championship Night, should rain become an issue the possibility of utilizing this Sunday as a rain date is a possibility. Forecasts show rain may move out before Saturday Afternoon but just in case Genesee Speedway officials want to ensure racing occurs this weekend.
Genesee Speedway is hopeful to run a few more races in late September and perhaps in to October. The next race after this weekend is slated for Saturday, September 19 with a show featuring the standard six pack of divisions. Keep in mind that despite all of this excitement, spectators are not permitted, despite Governor Cuomo’s decree to allow seemingly far more “unsafe” activities to resume.
Pit gates will open at 4:00 p.m. and will require crew members to wear masks when moving around or when social distancing cannot be maintained. Racing will start at 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.Genesee-Speedway.com.