Florida drivers hold their own in series

In a sport that stereotypically is considered native to the Carolinas and Virginia, the Sunshine State maintains a formidable presence in the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series. Lakeland and Polk County alone account for five competitors expected for the...

In a sport that stereotypically is considered native to the Carolinas and Virginia, the Sunshine State maintains a formidable presence in the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series. Lakeland and Polk County alone account for five competitors expected for the Discount Auto Parts presents the Pennzoil 150. Leading the list is the two-car team of veterans George Crenshaw and Bradley Junction's Edward Howell who combine for a total of 11 series wins. Add to the mix a pair of new and recent drivers, second year driver Keith Roggen and rookie Tony Hargraves. The full house is completed with part-time campaigner Derrick Kelley. Outside of the Polk County Posse expect to see Orlando's Roger Sawyer, with a win already this season, make a serious bid for the win along with former Rookie of the Year Orange Park's Jimmy Britts, who is also no stranger to the Winners Circle. Doug Gainey of Bunnell, Bobby Dayton of Homestead and Scott Krehling of Naples complete a perfect ten Floridians entered for the fourth annual contest. Keith Roggen, a product of the Racing for Kids Club in Polk County, has flirted with victory after setting fast time recently at Myrtle Beach Speedway only to tangle with lapped traffic and have hopes of the first career Dash win disappear. Tony Hargraves is new to the Dash Series in 2000 and has competed in PARTS Pro Truck Series competition along with Legend cars. Derrick Kelley has stacked up 2 wins at USA International Speedway since the last visit by the Goody's Dash Series, the most recent by nudging out the win by only .001 of a second. The 1995 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Rookie of the Year, Jimmy Britts, also laid claim to the similar NAPA Filter Rookie of the Year title for the Dash series in 1999. Additionally, record books reflect 2 wins for the former Winston Cup fabricator. Roger Sawyer scored his first ever series win earlier this year at Bristol while part-time competitor Scott Krehling looks to prove his abilities after a winning career in Kart racing. Increasing his racing schedule each year for the past five years, Bobby Dayton of Homestead, looks to improve upon his career best finish of fifth which he earned here at USA in 1997. Palm Coast's Doug Gainey pilots the number used by the 1993 series champion Rodney Orr. Racing with a team which can tie it's roots directly back to Orr and includes sponsorship from Orr's father, they are searching for the combination and are looking forward to their first trip to Victory lane.

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