Jorden Wakeley and Susan Vigland should have done enough Sunday to have the titles wrapped up, but there are some interesting battles behind that won't be decided until Beard of Zeus on March 7.
Wakeley's win pushed him a full seven points clear of Sean Kickbush, which means he needs only to finish within 6 spots of the "Banana Man" to keep his series lead and take his second points title. The battle for third should be the most interesting, with Rob Goepfrich moving all the way into third place and with some breathing room ahead of Ryan Kennedy. Jason Lowetz slid out of the top five after completing only two laps on the day. Rob can certainly hold third place, but he'll need to be within 8 spots of Kennedy, and also keep tabs on a slew of high-finishing but low starts like Chris Kushman. Kennedy and Kushman will finish the series with only three starts, but can still make a podium if they finish high up. Dan Jansen and Jason Lowetz could also challenge for the final spot, but they'd need a lot of luck to jump that high.
Vigland is six points clear of teammate Michelle Howard in the women's standings, with Beth Collins now third after Kim Thomas did not start ControversiALE. It'll be a big haul for the Hagerty women, and their first series win after three straight years of Einstein Racing keeping the title in the team. Collins third, too, is worth note, as she could have tried to repeat as Master's champion, and instead challenged in the Open. Very cool to see.
The Women's Masters is over, with Dawn Cluchey taking full points. It'll be a point of pride for her to race the Open women in the final race, and she's been looking more than tough enough to have placed in that category as well.
The Men's Masters is close, but it's all down to Craig Webb. After a rough start to the series, Webb won Sunday and took over the series lead by a single point over Chris Hansen, who was third on Sunday. Jack Kline has jumped up after missing the first race of the season, now sitting ninth overall after placing second on Sunday. It's big Dave Hintz who will be looking to make a run at second overall. He sits in third in the series, with a flying Thomas Klaver now fourth overall.
The final circuit race on March 7 should favor the quick and the fast, with only 1 short ascent on tap and the rest taking riders over fast, flat, and wide-open trails perfect for pack racing, sprints and some big changes in the points.