2013 Season Preview: GCP Engines Sport Mods
WHEELERSBURG, OH-One of the most talked about classes heading into the 2013 season is the GCP Engines Sport Mods. The class grew from three cars scoring points in 2011 to 26 cars scoring points in 2012. The class is expected to grow even more in 2013 as lots more new drivers are entering the class. Full fields most weeks in 2013 are expected.
While a lot of the talk this offseason has been about the growth of the class, there are also several other storylines to look at with the GCP Engines Sport Mod division as we get ready to start the season. The first storyline will be can Eric Dennison repeat as track champion in 2013? Dennison was the driver to beat in 2012, claiming the track championship with five feature wins, seven top fives, and ten top tens. Dennison debuted a new car at the Fall Playday Test N’ Tune last October and will be one of the main drivers everyone will have to beat if they want to claim the 2013 GCP Engines Sport Mod track championship.
A huge storyline in 2012 that will be an even bigger storyline this season is the youth movement this class is experiencing. The future of dirt track racing in this region can be seen with this class. 17 year old Tony Whitt Jr. led the youth movement last season as he picked up two feature wins on the year. 13 year old drivers Colten Wright and Brianna Robinson also turned many heads last season as Wright finished second in points with seven top fives and ten top tens while Robinson scored one top five and three top tens in only four races. Tyler Smith, another 13 year old driver, made his debut at the last race of the season and was running fourth before having a flat tire. It will be a lot of fun seeing how this excellent group of young racers perform this season. More young drivers are expected to join the class this year.
Another storyline to watch for this year is whether or not some of last years top contenders can break through and claim their first career SOS wins. Tim Scarberry and Kenny Parsons were two of the fastest cars all season in the class and finished top five in points despite getting a later start to the season. These two drivers contended for wins nearly every week but weren’t able to get their first career SOS wins. Both Scarberry and Parsons are drivers expected to visit victory lane in 2013 and will no doubt be strong contenders for the 2013 championship.
The biggest storyline heading into the 2013 season for the class will no doubt be the amount of great racing that we will see. This class has such an excellent mix of drivers as we have young drivers, adult age drivers who are racing for the first time, and experienced racers who have made the switch to the Sport Mods. When you combine those types of drivers together you see great side by side racing and lots of different winners. When you add the new drivers getting into the class this year along with last years group of drivers the result is a highly competitive class that is sure to produce a lot of excitement.
GCP Engines returns as the title sponsor of the class for 2013. GCP Engines will once again be providing a cash points fund to the top five drivers in points. The GCP Engines Sport Mods are scheduled to race a total of 20 times at SOS this season. Brushcreek Motorsports Complex in Peebles, Ohio has also picked up the class running under the exact same rules package as SOS to give the class a track to race at on Saturday nights. The largest race of the season at SOS for the GCP Engines Sport Mod division will be on Friday, May 17th with the “Robinson’s Auto Sales & Parts Sport Mod Championships” paying $400 to win and extra money throughout the field.
The 2013 season at SOS unofficially get’s underway with a couple of pre-season Test N’ Tune days on Saturday, March 23rd and Saturday, March 30th. The season officially get’s underway with Opening Night on Saturday, April 6th featuring Late Models-$2,000 to win, Modifieds, GCP Engines Sport Mods, and Pure Stocks. For more information visit www.southernohiospeedway.com.