There’s been no slowing C.E. Falk out of the gate around Virginia’s short tracks this year and that smoking start to the season has landed the Norfolk Beach, Va. driver at the top of the May edition of the NASCAR Hunter Index power poll.
After winning a 300-lap opener at South Boston (Va.) Speedway, the 24-year old Falk won twice at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va., and also swept twin features at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va.
“Falk is racing with his third crew chief in as many seasons and it’s not slowing him down,” said Damien Sordelett, sports writer with the Danville (Va.) Register & Bee.
The NASCAR Hunter Index, which debuted in 2010, is a monthly poll that highlights standout performance for the previous month across NASCAR’s developmental divisions, which includes touring divisions and the weekly short track Whelen All-American Series.
Drivers are voted on by a panel that includes 14 media members from across North America and two representatives from NASCAR. Voters rank a top-15 each month with drivers being ranked with 15 points for first place, 14 points for second place through the list.
Falk edged NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver George Brunnhoelzl III at the top of the poll by three points. Brunnhoelzl has two wins in four Southern Modified Tour starts this year.
Falk earned five of the 16 first place votes in the poll. Five other drivers earned first place votes. Brunnhoelzl earned three first place votes. Thirty eight drivers earned at least one vote.
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West points leader David Mayhew was third in voting with two first-place votes. NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Dirt modified driver Duane Howard from Grandview Speedway in Bechtesville, Pa. was fourth in the voting and had four first place votes. NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points leader Ron Silk was fifth in the voting with one first place vote. Greg Pursley, coming off a win in the K&N Pro Series West, also had a first place vote and was sixth.
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East driver Brett Moffitt was seventh. Toby Porter (Greenville-Pickens Speedway/Whelen All-American Series), Chase Elliott (K&N Pro Series East) and Deac McCaskill (South Boston and Southern National Raceway Park, Kenly, N.C./ NASCAR Whelen All-American Series) rounded out the top 10.
Keith Rocco of Wallingford, who competes on the Whelen Modified Tour and also in an SK Modified at Stafford Motor Speedway and the Waterford Speedbowl, earned honorable mention status.
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