Provisional entries locked-in for the finals
As we enter the finals next month, we acknowledge the achievements of those who have earned the right to be locked-in the grid for the last four rounds of the season! In addition to the 2019 Championship license holders, Sven Cammaerts, Bobby Zalenski, Erik Blixt, and James King, nine other drivers will now be joining them on the grid without needing to prequalify for the remainder of the season:
Dallas Pataska #19
This Radicals Online’s Dallas Pataska started his rookie season strong taking two early wins this season. Although he’s had some difficulty staying on the podium, he’s never finished outside the top 5, which has him sitting 3rd in the championship standings. We spoke to him a few weeks ago and he says he’ll be focused on taking some more podiums before the end of the season. Can he climb back to the top?
Tom O’Leary #10
Teammates with Sven Cammaerts, and looking for a solid finish in his first full season effort in 2019 is Tom O’Leary. Much like his teammate in years past, O’Leary has yet to capture victory, despite a season full of finishes in the top 5 or better. He’s also earned two hard charger awards this season. His strong performance this season has him 3 points ahead of rival Erik Blixt for 4th place in the championship. Can the Englishman hold off the Swede in the final stretch of 2019?
David Williams #81
Teammates with the infamous Bobby Zalenski, who took 8 wins in 2018 and captured the V8 SuperTrucks championship in 2017, David Williams has been learning from his teammate to put together a solid effort in his Rookie season also earning the hard charger award twice this season. Despite challenges resulting in regular battles up through the field, he’s taken a Top 10 or better in every race he’s started. Although 71 points outside the top 5, a mistake, by the leaders moving forward could change his prospects very quickly.
Martin Kapal #64
This V8 SuperTrucks veteran maintains to be a force to reckon in the mid-pack alongside long-time rival James King. Participation shortfalls in 2018 prevented him from earning a championship license for 2019, Can he stay on track to improve his 9th place championship finish from 2018 and earn a Championship License? We’ll have to wait and see.
Aaron Smith II #70
2019 has been his first full season effort since his debut in 2018. Smith has been constantly in the mix with Martin Kapal and James King, currently sitting between the two of them in the championship standings in 8th, and is leading the Amateur entries in the championship standings.
Paul Slavonik #88
This National Auto Sport Association amateur racer and published author has claimed 4 top ten’s in his rookie season. Paul Slavonik has a strong chance to earn a championship license in 2020, but he will need to rediscover the speed he had earlier this season to stay ahead of the other rookies on his heels.
Michael Scurlock #93
The Austrialian Rookie has put on quite the show in his debut season. Currently, the highest scored Pro-Am driver in the championship. Currently tied with Aaron Smith II & Conor Horn, as the rookie with the third best finish of the 2019 season Michael Scurlock will need to rediscover the speed from earlier this season to crack into the top 10 before the season’s end.
Andrew Caron #27
Another Rookie for 2019, Andrew Caron is RSR eSports’ highest scored driver this season. Although he had a slow start this season getting adjusted to the raw nature of stock cars, he’s started to come alive in the second half of the season challenging season veterans in the mid-pack.
Conor Horn #42
This privateer gone GOTeam Racing driver has evolved quite a bit this season. Conor Horn initially struggled in his debut back in March, however, he slowly improved and following joining GOTeam Racing, the New Jersey native has put on quite the show, even passing his teammate Danny Sollo in the championship standings. Still, within striking distance of a top 10 championship finish, can he pass his rivals that stand between him and a championship license for 2020?
Who are you pulling for as we head toward the closing rounds of the 2019 season?