Championship Drive: Travis Pavlackyadmin
New school and old school went toe-to-toe in 2019 as Fred Vigil’s front-wheel drive Dodge Neon and Travis Pavlacky’s rear-wheel drive pickup dueled for the Factory Motor Parts Mini Stock championship. Vigil rode a wave of momentum into 2019 after a string of strong finishes to close out the prior year, while Pavlacky, one of the busiest drivers at the quarter-mile, focused his attention on a division title.
Vigil struck first, claiming back-to-back victories to start the year. But Pavlacky struck back with a strong showing to begin May. After a victory on May 4 the Fruitland, Idaho racer was wrecked out of the lead in the division’s next race, the aptly named Wendy’s Smash-O-Rama. At this critical juncture Pavlacky sat fourth in the standings, a full 81 points back of Vigil.
Pavlacky would score eight victories in the division’s final ten race nights, and only be outscored by two racers over that span. The only cars to beat Pavlacky to the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe were the front-wheel drive machines of DJ Sirani and Justin Carson. Both Sirani and Vigil outscored Pavlacky in the division’s final race, but their push came too late and Pavlacky took the Factory Motor Parts Mini Stock title by 163 points.