The “Greatest Show on Dirt” completed their annual West Coast swing last weekend as they wrapped things up at Keller Auto (Kings) Speedway and Perris Auto Speedway. It was another successful trip for many, a disappointment for some, and a blunt realization for a select few who did not achieve their goals.
However, in this article, we’re not about to be subjective and judge drivers based on our own personal expectations. No…that hardly seems fair. What we can do is delve into the behind-the-scenes numbers. We’ll touch on the obvious facts and give you a few others that you’ll only find here. You know, those silly stats that only the diehard race fans give rat’s behind about. So let’s get to it.
0 rain-outs over the 1 1/2 month stretch spent out west
1 top 5 finish for five different drivers (Dollansky, Jason Johnson, Hirst, Thorson, Allard)
2 quick time awards for Joey Saldana, Brad Sweet, Paul McMahan & Shane Stewart
4 wins for Donny Schatz, leading all drivers
5 heat race wins for Craig Dollansky & David Gravel, leading all drivers.
5.3 avg. finish for Shane Stewart, best among the drivers
6.5 avg. starting spot for Andy Forsberg, best of all drivers. He only entered 2 events.
9 top 5 finishes for Donny Schatz and Shane Stewart
10 DNQ’s for Jojo Helberg, most of all drivers
12 top 10 finishes for Donny Schatz
13 drivers that entered every World of Outlaws race
14 World of Outlaws races were contested at 10 different tracks
14 different drivers led at least 1 lap
17.8 avg. start position for Jacob Allen, worst among contracted drivers
19 sprint car drivers that failed to make a Main Event
20 different drivers that recorded a Top 5 finish
22 drivers won heat races
31 different drivers that recorded a Top 10 finish
40 positions advanced for Donny Schatz, leading all drivers
50 positions lost for Rico Abreu, who also recorded 2 wins, worst among all drivers
$50 difference in the winnings of Shane Stewart and Donny Schatz
77 different drivers that entered a race on the West Coast
81 laps led by Shane Stewart, most of any driver
$125 earned by Ryan Bernal, Rowdy McLenon, Pat Harvey & Billy Butler. Each entered 1 race
175 laps led by non-tour members
440 total Main Event laps ran
$57,550 Shane Stewart’s winnings, topping all drivers
$651,075 paid out to the drivers over the 14-race swing