Cometic Crew Chief and S&S Volvo Laps Completed Awards Still Up for Grabs at Kansas

Cometic Crew Chief and S&S Volvo Laps Completed Awards Still Up for Grabs at Kansas

A pair of ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards year-long special awards are still up for grabs entering the season finale next Friday night at Kansas Speedway.

The battle for Cometic Crew Chief of the Year is still up in the air, as Jeff Stankiewicz, crew chief for Sheldon Creed (No. 28 United Rentals Toyota), leads Kevin Reed by 36 points heading into the Kansas race. The award is determined by adding the starting position and finishing position for each crew chief's driver in each race; a perfect score for a race is two points. The registered crew chief with the lowest score at the end of the season is the winner. Reed won the Cometic Crew Chief of the Race Award at Lucas Oil Raceway when driver Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota) won from the pole for a perfect score of two points.

The S&S Volvo Long Haul Award is also still up for grabs as Travis Braden (No. 27 MatrixCare/Consonus Healthcare/Liberty Village Ford) has completed 2,669 laps, just 29 more than championship leader Sheldon Creed. There are 100 laps of competition remaining in the 2018 season, so if Braden completes at least 72 laps at Kansas he will clinch the Laps Completed title for 2018.

Eckes and his Venturini Motorsports team swept the special awards at the Shore Lunch 200. In addition to Reed's crew chief of the race award, Eckes earned the General Tire Pole Award, his second of the season, the Scott Rookie of the Race award, the Protect Plus Halfway Leader award, and the Valvoline Lap Leader award.

Chandler Smith (No. 20 Smith General Contractors/Craftsman Toyota) clinched the Valvoline Lap Leader Award with a dominant 299 lap lead over Sheldon Creed after the Shore Lunch 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway. Christian Eckes led 171 laps at LOR to pick up the award for the Shore Lunch 200.

Zane Smith (No. 41 LaPaz Margarita Mix/ICON Vehicle Dynanmics Toyota) has scored 424 points in the battle for the Scott Rookie Challenge, and it's mathematically impossible for second-place Chase Purdy (No. 8 Bama Buggies Toyota) to catch him. Final determination of the award winner is based on Rookie of the Year points, character, conduct, and a vote by the ARCA competition committee. The Scott Rookie Challenge winner will be announced at the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards awards banquet on December 9 in Indianapolis.

Matthew Miller, owner for Sheldon Creed, locked up the General Tire Superspeedway Challenge at the series' last superspeedway event at Pocono Raceway. He has a 300-point advantage over Coy Gibbs in second. Bill Venturini, owner of the No. 15 Toyota entered for Michael Self at Kansas, is just five points behind Gibbs, while Doug Fuller, owner for Zane Smith, is just 50 points out of second.

Miller also leads the R.E. Lightning Challenge by 380 points over Fuller, with Gibbs 420 points out of the lead.

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