Full Throttle Sim Racing Administrators have announced the starting driver lineup for the 2018-A racing season.
First off, we want to thank each and every driver that has participated in the 2018 Preseason Thunder races, especially those who have made multiple events, participated last season and those who have contributed time, money and effort into making FTSR what it is today. We are very excited about where we are heading and cannot wait for this season of racing to kick off.
We have so many great and talented people participating at FTSR, both on and off the track. With that being said, we knew the process was going to be difficult. We regret having to tell drivers that they are not approved, but also feel it is a necessary step to provide the level of competition and quality that league members deserve. During the process, our focus has never been to pick the best drivers on the racetrack, but rather those who attend regularly, those whose personalities and attitudes mesh well with current members, those who have car control and did not cause accidents regularly and those who have shown respect towards others. In short, drivers on the list were chosen based on attendance, personality, car control and respectfulness. The ideal league member is one who has a good, strong combination of these characteristics.
So, without further ado, here is the starting driver roster for the 2018-A FTSR racing season:
|Cup Series - 40||National Series - 36||Truck Series - 45||ARCA Series - 42|
|Adam Edwards||Adam Edwards||Adam Edwards||Adam Edwards|
|AJ Browning||Andrew Packer||Andy Whicker||Andrew Packer|
|Andrew Garrels||Andy Whicker||Bernard Person||Bernard Person|
|Andrew Packer||Bernard Person||Billy Hargrove||Billy Hargrove|
|Andy Whicker||Billy Hargrove||Bob Wells||Bobby Mayse|
|Bernard Person||Bobby Mayse||Bobby Mayse||Brandon Elder|
|Billy Hargrove||Brandon Elder||Brandon Elder||Brian Conklin|
|Brandon Elder||Brian Rainville||Brian Rainville||Brian Rainville|
|Brian Rainville||Brodie Hannah||Brodie Hannah||Brodie Hannah|
|Brodie Hannah||Bryan Bliss2||Bryan Bliss2||Bryan Bliss2|
|Bryan Bliss2||Chad Clinger||Chad Clinger||Chad Clinger|
|Chad Clinger||David Hensley||Chris Etchepare||David Hensley|
|David Hensley||Dean Doucet||David Hensley||Dean Doucet|
|Dustin Musil||Dustin Schwingle||Dean Doucet||Dustin Schwingle|
|Dustin Schwingle||Ernie Ludwig||Dustin Schwingle||Ernie Ludwig|
|Ernie Ludwig||Jake Balmain2||Ernie Ludwig||Jack Stroski|
|Jacob Greider||James Efaw||Jack Stroski||Jake Balmain2|
|James Efaw||Jay Mies||James Efaw||James Efaw|
|Jay Mies||Jeff Bratten||Jason Speer||Jason Speer|
|Jeff Bratten||Jeff Gilmore||Jay Mies||Jay Mies|
|Jeff Gilmore||Jeffrey Marble||Jeff Bratten||Jeff Bratten|
|Jeffrey Marble||Jerry Walters||Jeff Gilmore||Jeff Gilmore|
|Jerry Walters||Jon Adams||Jeff Sharp||Jeffrey Marble|
|Jon Adams||Jon R. Borst||Jeffrey Marble||Jerry Walters|
|Jon R. Borst||Joshua Cox||Jerry Walters||Joe Ahlin|
|Justin M Wilson||Kevin Cochran||Joe Ahlin||Jon Adams|
|Kevin Cochran||Kyle Zimmer||Jon Adams||Jon R. Borst|
|Kris Hohn||Micheal P Blackner||Jon R. Borst||Joshua Cox|
|Kyle Zimmer||Raul Martinez3||Joshua Cox||Kevin Cochran|
|Loren Personett||Richard Hinds||Joshua Geer||Kris Hohn|
|Micheal P Blackner||Royce Scrivano||Justin B White||Micheal P Blackner|
|Raul Martinez3||Sherwood Williford||Justin M Wilson||Mike Grandy|
|Richard Hinds||Stephan Hamel2||Kevin Cochran||Raul Martinez3|
|Royce Scrivano||TJ Bartel||Kris Hohn||Richard Luckey|
|Sherwood Williford||Todd Stanton||Kyle Zimmer||Royce Scrivano|
|Spencer R Owens||William Long||Micheal P Blackner||Shawn Russell|
|Stephan Hamel2||Mike Grandy||Sherwood Williford|
|Stephen LouAllen||Raul Martinez3||Stephan Hamel2|
|TJ Bartel||Richard Hinds||TJ Bartel|
|William Long||Royce Scrivano||Todd Stanton|
|Shawn Russell||Tyler Marble|
|Sherwood Williford||Willy Howells|
Note: Drivers who miss 3 consecutive races in a single series without prior notification will be removed and required to reapply.
If you find that your name is not on the list, there could be a few reasons. Honestly, this came down to car control or attendance, as we had no drivers fail to make it based on attitude or respect issues. Many drivers simply did not attend enough races and practices to make a fair assessment, while others seemed to have stability issues while on the track. Many of those who raced often but missed the list have shown great attitudes and awesome personalities, but just weren’t quite up to par when it came to car control. We hope that these drivers will continue to work to improve and will reapply to join us in the future.
We will begin purging drivers from the series rosters immediately. Registration for all series is also now closed, however we will be accepting referrals from current members. We will allow drivers approved in a series to apply to other racing series within FTSR as they wish by notifying a league administrator of their intentions to do so, but drivers in lower series may require an evaluation when moving up into a higher series. We also may reopen registration later in the season as well. At that time, drivers who did not make the list are welcome to reapply.
We look forward to a season of great racing and memorable moments. Thank you again to all make FTSR what it is and we wish all drivers good luck and happy racing in the 2018-A racing season!
- FTSR Administration