Wednesday, December 24, 2014

2014 Preditions ....A Look Back at How bad 1 man can make himself look.

Hello and welcome once again to Central PA Racing Scene. I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.   Today I want to take a look back at my predictions I made back before the beginning of the 2014 racing season. While I dont think I did to bad with my bold and some not so bold predictions, it should be fun to take a look and see just how big of a fool I made myself look.

Lets start off with Williams Grove Speedway.

I predicted Donny Krietz Jr. to win the 2014 track championship. My reasoning was while I thought the 27 team with driver Greg Hodnett was the top team in the area, I figured with Greg being the full time paid driver they would miss to may races going for big money around the country. I was right in that regard, as the 27 team did travel, what I couldn't count on was the luck the team would have with rain outs at the speedway. Greg would win the 2014 track championship but not by much over my prediction Krietz. It was close most of the season, so I would say I did pretty good at almost getting that one right.

In the 358 division I guessed right. Kevin Nouse would back up his 2013 Track Championship and more less walk away with his 2nd consecutive track Championship at the historic track.

At Lincoln Speedway I was darn close once again. I predicted "The Edge" Brian Montieth to claim his 5th track championship and at 1 time it was looking really good for the popular driver, but bad luck and just an all round bad season by the teams standards saw them scratch and claw all season to only end up 2nd in points falling 240 points back of Alan Krimes in his bid. Krimes who won twice early in the season and would be a model of consistency the rest of the season.

In the 358 division I predicted Jeff Rohrbagh to claim the championship but I also said it would come down to him and the eventful track Champion Chase Dietz. I'm going to have to take 1/2 credit for calling that one even if I'm stretching to claim victory.

At Port Royal I picked Blane Heimbach to go back to back at the Speed Palace and damn it I just missed out on that 1 as well.  Blane would end up 3rd to the two drivers I said would make a challenge for the championship Mike Erdley and eventful track Champion Ric Lafferty. Man I just cant catch a break in my 410 predictions.

At Trail Way Speedway I hit the mark right on the dot as I predicted Big Brad McClelland to walk away with the 2014 track Championship.

At Selinsgrove Speedway I was not even close. I predicted Pat Cannon and Pat didnt even make it to the half way point in the season before making the jump to the 410 division and running at Port Royal Speedway. Mark Smith would go on to win not only the most races but also the track championship at the fastest half mile on the east coast.

So how bad did I actually do? Not so bad if you will give me partial credit for most of my picks. I hit all the 358 drivers ruight on the money and except for Port Royal where my guy finished a close 3rd, all my 410 picks finished 2nd to the track champions. I would say I did ok, but I promise next year I'm hitting a home run and getting them all correct..... Yeah right.

With that I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year, Im hoping to have my 2014 season in review posted sometime in the near feature. I'll be taking another NOT so serious look at the racing season through the eyes of Lynn Shaffer and his awesome Thunder in the PA Mountains 2014 season review. Until then you can hit me up on twitter @BillMcIntyreIII or leave a comment here in the comment section.

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