By Ray Hamill — The final event of the Redwood Acres Raceway season will be held this weekend, with Mic Moulton holding onto a slender lead as he tries to clinch his fifth Mid-City Motor World Late Models division season title.
Moulton has dominated the main events all summer, winning five of the six races, but has been unable to shake David Henderson, who has been right behind him all the way.
Going into the final night of action, Henderson sits just 15 points back of Moulton, with everything still to race for.
And for Moulton, the strategy remains the same.
“Well, I think it’s kind of like the last one,” he said. “We just have to keep sticking to our game plan and not change things up.”
It’s a strategy that appears to work for the Eureka native, who is also going for his third straight track title.
Adding to the intrigue this weekend, there will be more cars than usual traveling to Eureka for the featured Dennis Wendt Memorial race, including Brandon White, the only other driver to win a Late Models main event at the raceway this season.
With his lead, Moulton could likely secure the championship with a conservative race, but he says that goes against his and his team’s nature.
“As long as we’ve got a shot to win, we’re going to try and win,” he said.
As for any nerves leading up to the season finale, now that he’s so close to a landmark championship, Moulton says it’s not something he’ll think about much once the racing gets under way.
“Once the race is going, you’re just in the zone,” he said. “The adrenaline is pumping and you’re doing your job, and it’s all reaction. It’s just the waiting around (that gets to you).”
Eureka’s Mic Moulton closes in on another title in the Mid-City Motor World Late Models Challenge Series at the Redwood Acres …
Dane Nissen currently sits third in the season standings, with Kenny Demello and Scott Baker rounding out the top five.
The Late Models are just one of six local divisions that will be decided at this weekend’s 26th Annual Fall Spectacular, with a couple of others going down to the wire.
In the new and highly-successful Bandoleros cars, Lane Anderson holds a slender 10-point lead over Aiden Kimberling and can ill-afford a late letdown if he wants to be crowned the division’s inaugural champion.
There’s also an intriguing battle for third, with Kadence Mace just five points in front of Malessa Miles. Trey Daniels rounds out the top five.
In the NorthCoast Lighting & Electric Legends division, Chris Lawrence tops the points standings, with Tyler Peach the only driver who can catch him.
The two have enjoyed an entertaining battle all summer, but Lawrence’s 39-point lead will be hard to overcome, and he only needs to start the main event to clinch the title.
The Legends also features a tight battle for third, with top rookie Aiden Daniels 12 points ahead of veteran Brent Mack.
Katina Baker is currently fifth, with Kylie Daniels and MKinzy Uselton right on her heels.
In the Fortuna Wheel & Brake Bomber division, Jim Redd is closing in on his first championship in 10 years, and holds a comfortable 46-point lead over Wyatt Roach.
Sam Brown and Ryan Walters will likely remain third and fourth, respectively, although there is another exciting battle for fifth, with nothing separating Bethany Rapp and Doug Way going into the final event.
In the Compass Community Credit Union Roadrunners division, points leader Nick Ford has already clinched the 2018 track championship with an 81-point lead over second-placed Tim Ratzlaff.
Lindsey Zito, Amanda Lohr and Ronny Crump complete the top five and look likely to remain in their current positions.
In the Humboldt Hydroponics Mini Stocks division, Brian Murrell Sr. holds a 29-point advantage over Eugene Palmer in second and will look to clinch the title this weekend.
Scott Taylor is locked in the third spot, with Trevor Eacret fourth and Brett Murrell fifth.