Officials from the United States Racing Association have announced the official 2018 national, regional and track points standings for the Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series, as well as three special USRA-sanctioned touring series.
Among them are six national champions, 10 regional champions and 58 track champions. In the national points battles, three racers are first-time USRA national champs, one earned his second title and two drivers claimed their record-setting fifth crown in their respective classes.
From early spring until early fall, everybody was chasing Darron Fuqua in the USRA Modified division—and they never caught him.
Chalking up 18 feature victories among his 29 top-five finishes in 34 starts, the 33-year-old from Mayetta, Kan., set sail with numerous wins early on and kept his foot on the gas all the way to the finish line in netting his first USRA national title.
Fuqua, who won the USRA Modified feature in 2015 at the Summit Racing Equipment USRA Nationals, added a track championship at the Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., en route to becoming the first driver from the Sunflower State to capture the USRA Modified national crown.
He is the 12th different champion in the 14 years that the USRA has named a national champion in the division.
C.A. Nix of Lawton, Okla., had another strong season at his hometown track and the Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla., as well as the Touring Outlaw Modified Series (TOMS) where he finished fourth in the series standings, but he’ll have to settle for runner-up honors for second straight year.
Mount Ayr, Iowa’s Dennis Elliott parlayed a track championship at the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo., into a third-place finish in the national points after winding up tenth last season while Texans Troy Taylor and Wendall Bolden round out the top five points-earners.
Two-time USRA Modified national champ Brad Waits wound up sixth in the standings, followed by Josh Angst, Clyde Dunn Jr., Ryan Gillmore and Jake Timm.
USRA Modified national champion Darron Fuqua of Mayetta, Kan.
Final 2018 USRA Modified national points:
1. Darron Fuqua, Mayetta, Kan. … 4483
2. C.A. Nix, Lawton, Okla. … 4220
3. Dennis Elliott, Mount Ayr, Iowa … 4184
4. Taylor Troy, Midlothian, Texas … 4162
5. Wendall Bolden, Greenville, Texas … 4154
6. Brad Waits, Rochester, Minn. … 4108
7. Josh Angst, Winona, Minn. … 4086
8. Clyde Dunn Jr., Sunnyvale, Texas … 4085
9. Ryan Gillmore, Springfield, Mo. … 4052
10. Jake Timm, Winona, Minn. … 4044
Previous USRA Modified national champs include Jason Cummins (2017, 2010), Lucas Schott (2016), Jake Gallardo (2015), Fito Gallardo (2014), Matt Dotson (2013), Brandon Davis (2012), Johnny Bone Jr. (2011), Greg Skaggs (2009), Brad Waits (2008, 2007), Larry Herring (2006) and Ron Luitjens (2005).
CP-Carrillo Central Region presented by MVT – Darron Fuqua, Mayetta, Kan. (Modified); Kevin Anderson, Kansas City, Mo. (Stock Car); and Chase Galvan, Bonner Springs, Kan. (B-Mod).
The CP-Carrillo Central Region includes track points earned at the Caney Valley Speedway in Caney, Kan.; I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo.; Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo.; Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.; and Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo.
Lucas Oil Speedway, Wheatland, Mo. – Darron Fuqua, Mayetta, Kan. (Modified); J.C. Morton, Springfield, Mo. (B-Mod).
1 Darron Fuqua 4483
2 C.A. Nix 4220
3 Dennis Elliott 4184
4 Troy Taylor 4162
5 Wendall Bolden 4154