POINT LEAD IN HAND, SELLE COMMITS TO REMAINDER OF TUNDRA SCHEDULE
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PORTAGE, Wis. (June 10, 2013) – There was no surprise in Brandon Selle’s mind when he set fast time and recorded a fourth place finish at Golden Sands Speedway in TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Round One on May 27. The surprise came later when he found out he was the TUNDRA point leader.
Due to passing points – and his move from 14th to fourth – Selle, of Dale, Wis., exited Golden Sands with a four-point lead over Round One Winner Dalton Zehr. After some consideration, and a conversation with the crew, Selle decided to commit to the remaining five races in 2013 and chase the TUNDRA title.
“We were going there thinking we would have a good day and ended up having one,” said the 2010 Golden Sands Champion about Round One. “Finishing fourth, I didn’t think we were going to have the points lead.”
TUNDRA utilizes a modified passing point system adopted from previous seasons. Every driver in the feature field receives a point per car passed. This season, however, the fast qualifier sets the maximum amount of passing points any driver can accumulate through the race. For example, with Selle’s fast time, the maximum amount of passing points any driver could have gained was 13 (the amount Selle would have gained by moving from 14th to first).
The point system is put into place to reward drivers who qualify well, and those who make the most moves in the feature event.
“I never raced with rules like that. It’s actually kind of nice,” Selle said. “It rewards you to get fast time when normally you get penalized for it.”
The story could have been much different for Selle as the traffic jam in front of him took some time to open. “We were pretty much locked in there for 15 laps. It ended up breaking open when we passed a couple cars,” he said. “With the pick a lane we ended up passing a lot of cars under caution which helped a lot.”
As a former Golden Sands Champion, and a driver who has attended many events at the track, Selle was unsure of what to think when TUNDRA came to town. He admitted that he didn’t know much about TUNDRA and had some brief conversations with Frank Kreyer about the series. He said he was pleased to see the level of competition that arrived on Memorial Day.
“[There were] a lot more cars than I expected were going to be there,” Selle said. “There were some pretty good drivers that showed up.”
With the certainty of his home track behind, Selle has turned his focus to nurturing his point lead at Jefferson in Round Two on June 22. Unlike many other TUNDRA Travelers, Selle does have some familiarity with Wisconsin’s Action Track. Not too much though.
“I’ve been there twice and raced there once. I can’t even remember the year when the (Wisconsin) Challenge Series was there,” Selle offered. “It’s a very unique track. I wasn’t that good at it, so it’ll be interesting.”
Because of the amount of time that has passed since his last visit to the quarter-mile Selle has tossed away the notes from his first visit. “It’s going to be basically like going there blindfolded.”
However, Selle does have the benefit of a racer who was on hand the last time Super Late Models were at Jefferson. Chris Wimmer finished 15th in a visit to Jefferson in 2008. Selle said he’ll be sure to check with Wimmer for some baseline notes.
Aside from a visit to Jefferson, a couple other wild cards jump out at Selle for the remainder of the 2013 season. LaCrosse is a track where very few Super Late Model regulars have much experience other than Oktoberfest. Marshfield and Golden Sands present the same familiarity, but Slinger will present a similar challenge as Jefferson.
“I’ve run Slinger a handful of times. I actually like that place,” Selle said. “I went down there for the Nationals a couple years ago. It didn’t go so well, but I think we’ll be all right.”
TUNDRA Round Two is scheduled for Saturday, June 22 at Jefferson Speedway. Pit gates open at 1 p.m. with practice beginning at 2 p.m., fan gates opening at 3 p.m., qualifying at 5 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. TUNDRA will be joined by the Mid-American Stock Car Series and the Jefferson Hobby Stocks and Road Warriors.
Jefferson Speedway is located at W8135 US Hwy 18 just outside Jefferson, Wis. For more information visit www.jeffersonspeedway.com.
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