Contributed by: ACT Staff
Allen Lumber Street Stock and Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen Top Contenders
Bunker Hodgdon – After two straight years in third position in the final point standings, Hodgdon looks ready to make the jump. The former Junkyard Warrior Champion remains in the 2011 championship car, and with a year of bonding between the two, may have his best shot at the title ever in 2013. Hodgdon can be aggressive when he needs to be, and with the right amount of consistency, will look to capture his first Street Stock crown in 2013.
Tommy Smith – Tommy “Thunder” has the longest history in the Street Stock division of anyone, and the most decorated, too. He has amassed 25 victories - 11 more than any other driver - and has come close to winning championships before. He’s fresh off a fourth-place, three win, season last year, and will look to capitalize on his momentum in the same car in 2013.
Jamie Davis – Davis has been a top ten contender for a handful of years now, and with a new car in 2012, tied for the most top fives in the division with 10. He struggled with engine troubles in the early part of last season. Once he figured out the car toward the end of the year, he was a force to be reckoned with. Now that his ride seems under control, it will be up to Jamie to stay out of trouble and claim his first Street Stock title.
Dave Whitcomb – The 2012 Eddie Carroll Memorial Sportsmanship Award winner has been the king of consistency, but has never had it all come together for a championship season. He has qualified for every race he has attempted since the end of his rookie year in 2008, and has been a top contender in each of the last four seasons. He has earned the respect of the division; now it’s time for him to make a run at his first title.
Greg Adams – Adams is no stranger to the division, as he is the only one of this crew who has already won a Street Stock title. Two seasons ago he was the victor in one of the closest point battles in Street Stock history, making a daring last-lap, three-wide move to claim the title. In 2013, he will return in a brand new car. Adams knows what it takes to win a championship in this tough division, and will look to do it again this season.
Honorable Mention: It is unknown if Champion Nick Pilotte will race the full schedule in 2012. Street Stock Veteran Alan Maynard should return to a full schedule after a gruesome wrist injury last season, and former Junkyard Warrior Champion Donny Yates will return in 2013, but it is unclear if he will run a full season. He has only run partial schedules in all of his Street Stock seasons thus far.
Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen
Shawn Fleury – Fleury finished a close third in the championship battle in 2012, but he has something none of the others on this list do: two previous Tiger Championships. He knows what it takes to earn the crown jewel, and after notching his 13th feature win in 2012, he solidified himself as the second all-time winningest driver in the division. He has to be a favorite for the title in 2013.
Brendan Moodie – The runner-up from a year ago proved he has what it takes to be in the championship hunt. He’s no stranger to the Tiger division, but after missing his first title by just two points in the final race of the year, Moodie will be out for revenge in 2013. Judging from 2012 he has a good shot, as both champions of the Tiger and Street Stock divisions recovered from near-wins in the previous year to take the crown. Moodie will look to follow suit.
Eric Badore – Badore has been a top contender for the last few seasons, inching closer and closer every year to his first Tiger title. Badore showed his championship strength in 2012 when, after transmission issues in qualifying, his team put the car back together to make the rear of the field and recover for a top ten. That kind of grit is what should have his competitors worried.
Mike Ziter – Ziter placed inside the top five in the year-end point standings for the second year in a row in 2012, and led the division with 13 top tens in his 17 starts. He has proven to be one of the most consistent racers in the entire division, and if he can put it together in 2013, will be tough to beat.
Mike Martin – With a brand new car and fresh off a career year, this former Junkyard Warrior Champion looks ready to take the next step. He led the points early in the season last year, and proved he could run with the best when he finished second in the longest event of the Tiger season: The Heritage 100. He’s a quick learner, and has done nothing but improve since his entrance into the division.
Honorable Mentions: 2012 Tiger Champion Bobby Therrien, Josh Demers, and Jason Allen all will be running Late Models as well in 2013 and may not run a full Tiger schedule.