St. Augustine Speedway Top Gun Finale

TOP GUN FINALE SET FOR NOV. 19 ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA -Two St. Augustine, Fla. natives, Scotty Lagasse Jr. and Jay Farris are set to square off in what many are calling "the most unique finale to any motorsports challenge series ever conceived". On...

TOP GUN FINALE SET FOR NOV. 19

ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA -Two St. Augustine, Fla. natives, Scotty Lagasse Jr. and Jay Farris are set to square off in what many are calling "the most unique finale to any motorsports challenge series ever conceived". On Nov. 19 these drivers will climb into the cockpits of two AT 6 "Texans", a renowned World War II Fighter Trainer to battle it out in an actual aerial dogfight courtesy of North American Top Gun, Inc. The winner of the dogfight competition will have the honor of being titled the first ever St. Augustine Speedway Top Gun.

Both Farris and Lagasse earned the right to take part in this "for fun" portion of the competition by compiling the highest point totals in their respective tiers following the on-track portion of the series conducted over the past two months.

Under the rules established by the speedway drivers received points for not only their finishing position, but also for advancing their position on the racetrack as recorded by their starting and finishing positions and their for qualifying abilities. The scores for each event were then weighted using a formula that calculated the amount of competition they faced in that event based on an average car count for that division.

Lagasse's toughest competition in tier one, which included competitors from the Late Model, Snap-On Sportsman and Rick's Muffler Modified divisions, was fellow Late Model driver Leo McCullough of Homosassa, Fla. McCullough, an incredible racing story in his own right as a 70-year-young grandfather competing weekly with talented drivers one quarter his age, trailed the college freshman by less than two points at competition's end.

David Hitchcock, a Snap-On Sportsman regular finished with the third highest total followed by Kenny Hall, Tiny Cline and Cline's son, Davie Cline, all of St. Augustine. In tier two, made up of the Thunder Truck, Hobby Stock and Mini Stock divisions, Mini Stock driver Jay Farris of St. Augustine edged out neighbor and good friend Mickey Leth for the top spot. The ranking was Farris' first career taste from the championship cup at St. Augustine. And he now has the honor of representing tier two in the second cockpit for the finale of this incredible event.

Hobby Stock driver Chris Manucy of St. Augustine survived a dismal round three score to hold on to the third position while Thunder Truck driver Ricky Cooper of Elkton steadily increased his round totals to finish fourth. Hobby Stock driver and Middleburg resident Bart Heck rounded out the top five in tier two.

The winner of the aerial competition will ultimately be named the 1999 St. Augustine Speedway Top Gun at the Annual Awards Banquet on Nov. 20.

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