The 2018 Challenge Cup Series is set to wrap up at Watkins Glen this weekend. Increases in participation have brought a large number of different drivers to the podiums this year. As a result, both the Overall and Masters division championships are not a sure thing for the leaders.
Barrett Kingsborough sits atop the Overall division. With a win at New Jersey and podiums almost everywhere else he’s collected a healthy 164 points. Matt Clark sits second with 142 points. Barring any misfortune, Kingsborough should take the top spot, though Clark, coming away from a win at the most recent CCS event at Summit, and previous strong finishes at the Glen may pressure Kingsborough to stay out of trouble.
In the Masters division Dean Curtis has a significant lead with 141 points after three wins and finishing consistently well. Sherman Engler, with 117 has also managed three wins this season and has a mathematical chance of taking the championship, if Curtis falls out of the top ten. Sam Ryan and Mark Farnham could have a battle for third and potentially play a role in who gets the top Masters spot for the season.
With a number of capable and potential spoilers entered this weekend, possible challenges at the front could upset the current order in both divisions.
Among drivers new to the series, 16 year-old Ian Hornish has shown consistent improvement in his pace during the season, and earned enough points through round four to lock-in Rookie of the Year honors.
The 2018 Challenge Cup series will be settled after the Saturday afternoon feature race. We hope to see you at the year-end party on Saturday evening.