When it comes to career regional super-late-model victories, Gary Stuhler is still the man in charge.
This week I'll wrap up my look at the area's career win leaders in the top divisions by examining at the super-late models and the super sportsmen. The late models first.
With just four active drivers in the top 10, there was just one position change, although three of the four did win races this season. Still at the top of the list by a large margin is Stuhler. "The Beast from the East" scored just one win this season, but that win pushed his total up to 341 career late-model wins. Stuhler also has a few wins in other stock-car classes.
Denny Bonebrake remains second with 212 career wins. Buddy Armel in third is also over the 200 win mark at 202. Did you know that before his stellar late-model career, Armel raced the bugs that preceded the sprint cars in this area? Armel has a couple of wins in those, too.
Ronnie McBee is fourth with 187 wins, while Rodney Franklin rounds out the top five with 181.
Sixth-place Scott Haus pushed his late-model win total up to 176 this season. Haus has also won in the sprints, modifieds and some other stock-car classes. He is the only driver to have won at Williams Grove in a sprint, late model and modified.
Tom Peck is seventh with 171 career wins. Of course Peck later moved to the NASCAR Grand National Series, where he never scored a win, but did rank in the top five in the season points a few times.
York's Rick Eckert moved past Jimmy McBee into the eighth position. Eckert's seven wins this season leave him with 166 career late-model wins, which is one more than McBee's 165.
Bobby Goodling rounds out the top 10 at 124.
Super sportsmen: On the super-sportsman side of things, there are just two active super-sportsman drivers in the top 10 on the win list, so things haven't changed much there, either.
Brogue's Gary Wolford is still far ahead of his competition here. Sorry Gary, but my research didn't find anymore wins this season, so the total super-sportsman win count still stands at 145 for Wolford.
Here's an interesting stat. Right now the next three drivers are separated by just two wins. Johnny Murphy is second on the list with 83 wins, while Larry Jackson is third with 82. Dillsburg's Rich Eichelberger won once this season, which moved his total up to 81 wins.
Russ Smith is fifth with 69 wins, and Dwight Leib is sixth with 68. Frankie Herr won three times this season to push his career win total up to 66. If he does that again next year he can move up to a tie with Smith for fifth.
Fred Putney Sr. is eighth on the list with 59 wins, while Howie Locke and Bobby Weaver stand tied for ninth with 48 wins each.
The next active driver on the list is Carmen Perigo Jr., who is in 13th spot with 40 wins.
Others: While my records aren't complete for any other area divisions, there are two guys who raced limited-late models this season who bear a mention here.
Dover's Gene Knaub won 11 races with the limited-late models this year. That means that in the last six years, Knaub has won 72 limited-late-model races around the area -- an impressive stat.
More impressive is that Knaub has been so good in so many classes of racing. He started with the old semi-late class and won 10 times with those cars before moving to the 358 sprint cars. Knaub won three times in the 358s before moving to the sprint cars. While he never won in the sprints, he did get as close as a second-place finish at Lincoln. Steve Smith won that race.
Then Knaub suffered a back injury and stepped away from racing for a while. Eight years ago he returned in Susquehanna's Xtreme stock class, where he won nine times, before moving into the thundercars at Lincoln. He won eight times there, and then moved into the limited-late-model class for the past six seasons. Add all the wins together and Knaub passed the 100-win mark this season.
The other is York's Carl Billet. Billet won three limited-late-model races at Susquehanna this season and another point title there. Billet has won 56 limited-late-model races at Susky, and he had won 57 at Silver Spring before it closed. Add in four at Lincoln and a pair each at Williams Grove and Bedford, plus single wins at Path Valley and Heston, and his total comes to 123. And that's only the ones I've recorded. He's probably got a few more, somewhere, so the total is probably more than 125.
Billet also raced super-late models for a number of years midway through his career, and has won 52 races in those cars as well, so his career win numbers should be at least 177 wins in just those two classes of late models.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dis patch. He can be reached at sports@yorkdis patch.com.