TUCSON, Ariz. — The 2018 points season came to an end at Tucson Speedway with the Grand Finale on Oct. 27. Drivers in seven NASCAR Whelen All-American divisions were crowned, with only two champions defending their titles.
Brandon Farrington took the Super Late Model points lead early on and never looked back, defending his title by 67 points. Rookie of the Year Gary LaVoie Jr. finished eighth in points.
In the Super Truck division, Daniel Doherty fought his teammate Cody Cambensy for his back-to-back title winning by 23 points. Cambensy earned the Rookie of the Year honor with his second-place finish.
“Going into this year, we wanted to replicate the success that we had last year, as well as take on the challenge of competing for NASCAR Division 5 points in the Hobby Stock and Hornet divisions. I can’t thank Brad and JoAnn Corneliusen (car owners) enough for this great opportunity, as well as my family for always supporting me,” Doherty said of his successful 2018 season.
Austin Stewart took control of the Modified points in April and continued to stretch his lead finishing the season with a 113-point advantage over second. With just one win this season, Stewart took his first championship title in five years of Modified racing. Rookie of the Year Dale Kunz finished 11th in points.
“Hard work, dedication and smart racing paid off,” Stewart said.
After 17 years of racing, Dylan Jones’ dreams of a NASCAR championship came true when he drove his No. 26 Pro Stock to Victory Lane and the championship title with a 23-point lead over second. Rookie of the Year Jason Esry finished ninth in the final standings.
The Outlaw Late Model division was a nail-biter to the end. Hershel McGriff Jr. and Brandon Schilling battled for the points lead throughout the season with each taking multiple turns in the top spot. But in the end it was five-time winner Ricky Bogart taking the lead — by just three points — at the final race of the season, winning his first championship in more than 20 years.
“With two races already completed, we knew it would be a tall order to get anywhere close to the top of the points standings by the end of the season. And now, here we are with the championship,” Bogart said. “I can’t believe how it all came together in the end.”
With his seventh-place finish Marty Hussak is the Outlaw Rookie of the Year.
Driving her No. 57 Hornet to Victory Lane eight times in the 2018 season, Rookie of the Year and Champion Jennifer Hall took the title with the largest points lead of any division — 118.
“Racing is about having fun, and making memories.” Hall said. “And, I’ve had a lot of fun and made many memories!”
Eddie Benson set his goal on the Hobby Stock championship before the season began. Benson took the lead early in the season, lost it in August, but took it back in September. It came down to the final race for Benson, winning the championship by 26 points.
“I promised my family, friends and fans I was going to win the championship, and I’m a man of my word,” Benson said.
With two wins to his credit, Hobby Stock Rookie of the Year Brandon Zoll finished the season third in points.
Tucson Speedway will honor its 2018 champions and rookies at the annual awards banquet to be held in January.
Though the 2018 points season has come to an end, the asphalt on the 3/8th-mile oval will not be cool for long. The track again heats up on Nov. 24 for the Turkey Shoot and King of the Hill Open Competition. Also on hand will be the Arizona Vintage Sprints & Midgets. For information, visit www.tucsonspeedway.com.