Despite qualifying fourth (ahead of both Fredric Aasbo and Vaughn Gittin Jr) and earning an incredible fifth consecutive podium, Chris Forsberg’s lead on the championship remains unchanged from the 59 points it stood at after New Jersey due to this year’s points structure. Both Forsberg and Aasbo earned 4.5 points for qualifying (4th thru 8th qualifiers earn the same amount of points), and although Forsberg earned a spot on the podium in front of all of the cameras while Aasbo remained on the sideline in 4th place, the elimination of the 3rd place battle gives both 3rd and 4th place drivers the same amount of points. Vaughn Gittin Jr fell from just 65 points behind to 113 points behind due to his early Top 32 exit, while Kenneth Moen fell from 111 points behind to 146 points behind after his top 16 exit, nearly eliminating him from the championship chase.
The top qualifier effort combined with the win (a perfect slate for only the seventh time in history and the first time since Long Beach 2013) moves McNamara up from eighth to fifth in the championship table.
Here’s how the points stack up after five of seven rounds of competition.
1. Chris Forsberg 421.5 points
2. Fredric Aasbo 362.5 points
3. Vaughn Gittin Jr. 308.5 points
4. Kenneth Moen 275.5 points
5. Darren McNamara 263 points
6. Odi Bakchis 243.5 points
7. Justin Pawlak 226 points
8. Dean Kearney 215.5 points
9. Robbie Nishida 191 points
10. Forrest Wang 183.5 points
11. Conrad Grunewald 176.5 points
12. Michael Essa 164.5 points
13. Ryan Tuerck 162 points
14. Ken Gushi 156 ponts
15. Tyler McQuarrie 153.5 points
16. Matt Field 153 points
17. Charles Ng 137 points
18. Chelsea Denofa 134.5 points
19. Kyle Mohan 124 points
20. Daijiro Yoshihara 122.5 points