This weekend’s Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA® Super Tour (HST) – hosted by SCCA’s Glen Region June 2-4 at Watkins Glen International (WGI) – is the second-to-last “regular season” event on the 2023 schedule. All that remains after this is the WeatherTech Chicago Region® June Sprints® happening June 23-25 in Elkhart Lake, WI, at Road America. So, this is a good time to check in on the Hoosier Super Tour Nationwide Points standings.
As a refresher, the Hoosier Super Tour Nationwide Points tabulation consists of a driver’s best six finishes in the 10-weekend series, plus results from the National Championship Runoffs being held September 23 - October 1, 2023, at VIRginia International Raceway. Race winners earn 25 points, and 21 points go to runners-up. Points are then doled out to others starting with 18 and descending to a single point for the 20th finisher. That means competitors in the chase for a Hoosier Super Tour Nationwide Points championship can enter the Runoffs with as many as 150 points, and the ultimate winner could have as many as 175 points.
Per SCCA’s General Competition Rules, ties in championship standings are resolved based on the finishing position of drivers at the Runoffs. If tied drivers do not participate at the Runoffs, ties are resolved by records of first-place finishes, then second place, then third, and so on as needed; including any finishes beyond a driver’s best six results. If two or more drivers have identical records, they are deemed tied for a championship.
With that in mind, let’s take a gander at what could change at WGI this weekend with as many as 50 points up for grabs. Of course, fans can follow the action live and online for free thanks to the Hoosier Super Tour enhanced video and audio presentation found at the SCCA Official YouTube channel and SCCA Inc. Facebook page.
50 Points at Stake
In the Formula 600 (F6) class, F. Russell Strate Jr. currently leads the standings with 130 points. Jack Walbran sits third with 113 points, and with 50 points you have James Weida and Keith Joslyn. Both Weida and Joslyn are entered in the WGI HST weekend, so they could make up a lot of ground in the points over two days.
Caleb Shrader is the current leader in Formula Enterprises®2 (FE2) with 150 points, but he will not be at WGI this weekend. Charles Russell Turner, however, will be at The Glen, and he sits second in the FE2 standing with 142 points. A good performance on the weekend in FE2 could certainly put Turner in the catbird seat moving forward.
Shrader is also the current points leader in Spec Racer Ford Gen3 (SRF3) with 133 points. But once again, he won’t be at The Glen this weekend. Who will be at the track is Denny Stripling, the fella sitting second in the standings with 119 points. Also on the SRF3 entry list is Bobby Sak, the competitor sitting third in the standings with 97 points. That certainly makes this race group one to monitor over the weekend.
Formula Vee® (FV) contestants always put on a great show. They also have something fun brewing in the points race as Donnie Isley currently leads the hive with 136 points, followed by Quinn Posner with 100 points. But Isley and Posner won’t be at WGI to up their tally. Instead, we’ve got Jonathan Weisheit, Chris Jennerjahn and Trevor Carmody on the FV entry list. Weisheit currently sits third in the standings with 79 points, Jennerjahn fourth with 74 points, and Carmody is not too far back in seventh with 68 points. Weekend results from WGI could shuffle up the FV standing significantly.
Super Touring® Lite is interesting as the top two points earners will both be at WGI this weekend. You’ve got Danny Steyn, who leads the pack with 150 points, followed by Amy Mills with 117 points. However, Steyn has maxed out his points for the “regular season,” which means all he can do is try to limit the points earned by Mills over the weekend.
There are far too many interesting points developments to be covered in this article concerning the HST weekend at The Glen. Check the Hoosier Super Tour Nationwide Points spreadsheet for the classes that are of most interest to you.
Photo: Amy Mills, driving the No. 37 car in Super Touring Lite car, will be looking to add to her Hoosier Super Tour Nationwide Points tally during this weekend’s activities at Watkins Glen International.
Photo by Jeff Loewe