Hoppy Hopkins; Sport Compact Sportsman Champion
The Sport Compact Sportsman category is one reserved for 4 Cylinder domestic or 4/6 cylinder foreign body vehicles. After finishing second last year in Sport Compact Pro’s final points standings, Bud Kuhns was wanting to improve one position in the SC-Sm class. At the first event, he had to hope his racing machine would be able to earn him the victory after Matt Gerharter took over .05 of a second advantage on the starting line in the final round. Kuhns made it into the final by going through David Dixon and defending SC-Sportsman Champion Hoppy Hopkins en route to the final round. Likewise, Gerharter took out Carolyn Williams and Thomas Major on his march to the finals. In the finals, Kuhns found himself .054 of a second behind Gerharter on the starting line, but was able to finish him off at the top end running a 17.372 on his 17.32 dial, while Gerharter slowed by over three tenths of a second.
The next weekend on May 25th, Bud Kuhns and Matt Gerharter made it a repeat final from the previous points event. For Kuhns, the final round came about by defeating Jody Kelly, and then earning a single pass for the victory. Gerharter’s wins came against Carolyn Williams and Hoppy Hopkins. In the final round, Gerharter gave it his all but was unable to get around Kuhns, as he finished with a runner-up for the second straight event. With two straight wins, Kuhns had a points total of 140 points, leading over second place Gerharter (100) and third place Hopkins (80). However, we shortly learned Hopkins was tired of losing in the second round!
June 30th’s Sport Compact Sportsman category showed intense racing desire after incoming points leader Bud Kuhns was eliminated in the first round. After the dust settled, Thomas Major was the one who claimed victory after defeating last year’s champion Hoppy Hopkins. Wade Campbell made the lone semi-final appearance.
At the next weekend on July 20th, Hoppy Hopkins was able to score the victory over Bud Kuhns by virtue of his slight starting line advantage. Thomas Major was the lone semi-finalist, in an extremely closely decided double-breakout finish of just .048. Now with four events complete, the points were as follows: Kuhns still holding first with 210, Hopkins with 190, and Major in striking distance with 170 points.
At the second to last event, Hoppy Hopkins and David Chun Jr did battle in the final round, with Hopkins getting the win after Chun Jr ran too far off his number. With Hopkins earning 30 more points than Kuhns, the top two spots were now swapped, with Kuhns going into the final race of the season one round out of a tie for the lead.
At the final event of the Sport Compact Sportsman season, it was Pro Bracket regular Nicholas Shepherd getting the win over Bud Kuhns, with Shepherd driving ‘the family car’ ’05 Acura TL. Hoppy Hopkins and Thomas Major were the semi-finalist. Hopkins’ early exit put the writing on the wall for the Season Championship, but when Kuhns lost the next round everything went into tiebreaker mode. Both racers had earned 290 points over the six race series (averaging over 48 points per race). Both racers had 9 round wins. Both racer’s attended six races. In the matter of head-to-head racing however, there was no tie. With three wins vs two losses, the 2013 Sport Compact Sportsman Champion was crowned…Hoppy Hopkins!
Listed are final points standings in order of position, driver name, total points, and round wins.
1. Hoppy Hopkins, 290 Points, 9 Round Wins
2. Bud Kuhns, 290 Points, 9 Round Wins
3. Thomas Major, 230 Points, 5 Round Wins