Chaney improved upon his second-place effort of 2008 (he was 17th in the category in 2009) with a scorecard that was highlighted by a pair of wins and a trip to the semifinals. His season began at the division opener in Dallas, but a first-round loss was less than the Claremore, Okla., racer had aimed for, and the victory at Texas Motorplex went to Allen, Texas, driver Bill Devine.
While other competitors in the South Central made their way to Houston Raceway Park for the meet schedule the second weekend in June - including Tim Hebert, who would win the event and go on to finish third in the division - Chaney pointed his hauler north and traveled to Route 66 Raceway near Chicago for the Division 3 meet. He went to the quarterfinals, picking up steam in Chicagoland, and trucked on back to his home state where he drove his GT/HA '92 Camaro to victory at Tulsa Raceway Park over Allan Patterson. Killing time before the Belle Rose match at No Problem Raceway, Chaney went back out on the road and scored another victory at the West Central contest at Cordova Dragway Park. Though he also competed in Topeka and at the division closer in Noble, Okla., Chaney's semifinals performance in Belle Rose would be the final race necessary to count towards his final tally.
Bayou Boyz Racing's Slate Cummings, of Ponchatoula, La., was second in the division with a runner-up at Noble's Thunder Valley Raceway Park and a trip to the semifinals in Dallas helping his cause.
Chaney is the first Division 4 Super Stock champion outside of the Emmons brothers since the title went to Larry Stewart in 2004; Jerry Emmons was the titlist in 2005, 2006, and 2008, and Gary Emmons earned the honors in 2007 and 2009 - with brothers Terry and Harvey III also posting Top 5 finishes over the course of the past decade.
Just short of three months later, Simoneaux made major headway when he raced at the out-of-division event in Atlanta and won before moseying over to Belle Rose the next week to earn points for a semifinals effort. Cummings was pushing hard all season, claiming the crown in Tulsa and posting points for a runner-up in Noble. With one shot left in the barrel, Cummings went west to Las Vegas, where his quest was stopped in the second round; he was 76 points back from Simoneaux and would be the No. 2 man in Stock.
Jimmy Hidalgo Jr. was third in the region, and David Latino, who saw the inside of the Belle Rose winner's circle, was No. 4. Jimmie Hutto Jr. scored in Houston and rounded out the top 5.
A strong season should have been expected when Lopez raked in four rounds in Super Comp and won Super Gas at the division's opening meet, where Burleson, Texas, racer Austin Williams took top honors in Super Comp. As often is the case in Super Comp, the year produced a mixed bag of winners, but Williams would go on to finish second, just 20 points behind Lopez at season's end.
Mike Pevey, of Friendswood, Texas, raced to the Houston final and ran a smidge closer to the index to oust Westley Scott, and in Tulsa, Richard Pierson drove his rail to a final-round meeting with Todd Piper, who broke out. Pevey and Pierson would be, respectively, sixth and fifth in the region's standings at the conclusion of the year based on their triumphs, and Shawn Carter, though winless, steadily collected rounds to be No. 4 in the final count. Ross Laris, hailing from Raceland, La., held the No. 3 spot in the South Central competition after scoring big down south in Belle Rose.
Nelson, Lopez, and Lewis were all in attendance looking for those dwindling available markers, but they each exited early.
Nelson, Lopez, and Tommy Phillips, who was the No. 5 best points-earner in the Super Gas race in the division, each saw final-round win lights at South Central meets. Anderson was a semifinalist in Dallas, but the victory that brought home the most critical points was recorded outside of the region at the meet in Earlville, Iowa.
Parker and Dew each won a round in Houston, where Luling, Louisiana's Val Harmon topped Clint Ribgy in the final, and in Tulsa Parker inched up on Dew with runner-up marks to his quarterfinals points. The out-of-division meet in Topeka was a popular attraction for the Division 4 competitors and gave Jason Owens the opportunity to move up the ladder with his final-round performance.
Back home, the Belle Rose points meet brought Charlie Owens up to speed with a runner-up, but the big winner was Parker, who surged ahead of Dew with his first victory of the season. The final two events he contested - an out-of-division race in Reynolds, Ga., and the last one at home in Noble - produced nil for Parker, while Dew rallied for remaining marks with a round-win in Reynolds and a very close semifinals finish in Noble. Michael Britt, of Italy, Texas, finished strong by racing to victory in Noble, but the final tallies showed Parker as the division's best with 341 points to Dew's 320 and Britt's 319. Charlie Owens brought home a final count of 310 and Jason Owens was right behind with 309 marks.
Brenda Kay, of Humble, Texas, rode her '85 GSXR to victory in Houston, defeating local racer Paul W. Holman, and then in Tulsa, Coweta, Oklahoma's Ricky Martin - who would finish fourth at season's end - and Jerry Pomilla, the eventual final occupier of the division's Top 5, battled in the final round. Pomilla, aboard an '85 Suzuki, got the nod over Kawasaki-wielding Martin.
McCullah and Hayabusa-powered Brown went to the mattresses again in Topeka, this time with McCullah getting the win light aboard his Suzuki, but the tables turned again when they returned home to race at Belle Rose; Brown was the victor and McCullah was runner-up.
With the rest of the competition fading into the background but a few still within reach, the rivalry brewed. Brown bowed out in the first round in Noble and McCullah went a couple of rounds before sitting back to watch as his challenger hit the road for Sin City. Las Vegas was a bust, though, producing not a round win for Brown, and the title went to McCullah on the basis of 337 points to Brown's 326.
Division Four Super Stock Top Ten Point Standings Pos Driver Points Events 1 Bryan Chaney 364 7 2 Slate Cummings 289 8 2 Tim Hebert 289 6 4 Byron Latino 256 6 5 Jared Swinehart 235 6 6 David Latino 227 4 7 John Clegg III 226 6 8 Joe Teuton III 214 10 9 Mike Trumble Jr. 184 4 10 Lloyd Wofford Jr. 183 5 Division Four Stock Top Ten Point Standings Pos Driver Points Events 1 Jody Simoneaux 386 7 2 Slate Cummings 310 8 3 Jimmy Hidalgo Jr. 288 5 4 David Latino 287 7 5 Jimmie Hutto Jr. 266 7 6 Wes Neely 245 6 7 Jimmy Hidalgo 244 5 8 Verne Buchanan 223 5 9 Sammy Pizzolato 214 5 9 Austin Ford 214 5 Division Four Super Comp Top Ten Point Standings Pos Driver Points Events 1 Jeff Lopez 338 7 2 Austin Williams 318 6 3 Ross Laris 297 7 4 Shawn Carter 295 7 5 Richard Pierson 277 5 6 Mike Pevey 275 6 7 James Carter 274 7 8 Tommy Phillips 264 7 9 Lloyd Parfait 263 8 10 Mike Fox Sr. 262 8 Division Four Super Gas Top Ten Point Standings Pos Driver Points Events 1 Craig Anderson 351 8 2 Bart Nelson 320 6 3 Jeff Lopez 310 7 4 Jimmy Lewis 309 8 5 Tommy Phillips 307 7 6 Audie Wood 256 6 7 Jay Bunce 255 6 7 Wes Neely 255 6 9 Aaron Tatum 224 5 10 Joe Harper 223 6 Division Four Super Street Top Ten Point Standings Pos Driver Points Events 1 Clint Parker 341 8 2 Ray Dew 320 8 3 Michael Britt 319 6 4 Charlie Owens 310 8 5 Jason Owens 309 8 6 Ray Todd 266 8 6 Tim Watson 266 7 8 Val Harmon 256 7 8 Larry Carter 256 6 10 Regan Wilson 255 7 Division Four Sportsman Motorcycle Top Ten Point Standings Pos Driver Points Events 1 James McCullah 337 7 2 Ben Brown 326 7 3 Michael Nash 272 7 4 Ricky Martin 251 5 5 Jerry Pomilla 228 6 6 Robert Sanders 207 7 7 Brenda Kay 190 2 8 Mike Hudson 185 5 9 Raegan Gentili 184 6 9 Rich Gentili 184 5