With six victories, Bruce Aldrich Jr. won the head-to-head driving competition against Ron Wrenn Jr. on Thursday afternoon at Monticello Raceway. Wrenn had four wins on the 12-race program in the battle between two of the top three names on the 2013 North American dash standings list.
Wrenn, who leads the standings, won the first race to take the lead but heading into the final contest, he needed to win and have Aldrich, who stands third on the win list, finish last in order to win the competition. That didn't happen as Wrenn finished second and Aldrich was third, leaving the final standings at Aldrich 114 and Wrenn 96.
"I was nervous before the day started but after meeting Ronnie and driving against him I settled down," Aldrich told Monticello publicity director John Manzi afterward. "He's a good guy and a really good driver but I'm sure I had a slight advantage by knowing the horses and the trainers. Still, it was great to get a chance to drive against Ronnie, especially in this competition.”
The two drivers were able to pick their mounts in each race on an alternating basis and remarkably the two finished one-two in some fashion in six of the 12 races. Most winners were low-priced horses, with Aldrich also scoring a win with Carscot Review in Race 6 and paid $21 for a $2 ticket.