SANTOS WINS AS CARL EDWARDS/ R.E. TECHNOLOGIES RACING SCORES THREE TOP TEN FINISHES AT USA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY LAKELAND, Fla. -- December 13, 2006 -- Bobby Santos III scored Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing's first win in the ...
SANTOS WINS AS CARL EDWARDS/ R.E. TECHNOLOGIES RACING SCORES THREE TOP TEN FINISHES AT USA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
LAKELAND, Fla. -- December 13, 2006 -- Bobby Santos III scored Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing's first win in the Premiere Racing Association Big Car Series Wednesday night at USA International Speedway in Lakeland, Florida. Santos' teammates, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Cameron Dodson brought home top ten finishes in their first PRA starts.
Bobby Santos III, driving the No. 99 Ford powered Beast, qualified third turning a time of 20.197. Marc Jessup took the pole with a time of 19.827 around the ¾ mile oval. Bobby Santos however won the draw and would start on the pole but the fast Jessup would get by Santos to take the lead early in the race. The winner of the August PRA Big Car race at Stafford Motor Speedway would conserve his equipment and later retake the lead from Jessup. Fellow Ford powered driver, Bobby East would pressure the Franklin, Massachusetts native. The Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing team would then use a red flag to make a few minor adjustments to the No. 99 Ford powered Beast. Bobby Santos III was able to pull away when the race resumed winning by a straightaway.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. qualified the No. 135 Dynotech J&J 7th quick turning a time of 20.301 in his first race in a PRA Big Car. When the green flag flew, Stenhouse dropped back to 10th driving behind veterans to learn in his first pavement race. The Olive Branch, Mississippi native pulled behind PRA Big Car Series points leader Chet Phillip who was running in 6th place. Stenhouse would finish 7th recording his first PRA top 10. Phillip would go on to claim the PRA Big Car Series Championship with his 4th place finish.
Cameron Dodson qualified the No. 35 Gaerte J&J 13th quick Wednesday with a time of 20.381 in his first PRA race. The Greenfield, Indiana resident would move towards the front in his first time driving for Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing. In the final laps, Dodson followed his teammate Stenhouse in a pack of cars to record his first PRA Big Car top ten, finishing 8th.
"All three of our talented drivers drove great races tonight," said team manager Chris Santucci. "Bobby Santos III drove a flawless race tonight to get the win. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. gave the series points leader space in the final laps and learned from him. Cameron Dodson worked with the car to pull off a top ten finish. All three of these drivers showed that they have bright futures."
Unofficial full results from Wednesday night's race can be viewed in the Live Trackside section of the team's website at www.retechracing.com.
STENHOUSE RECIEVES DOUBLE HONOR
Wednesday was a big day for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Before climbing into his No. 135 Dynotech J&J Big Car, the dirt sprint car driver learned that he had won two national awards. Tom Schmeh announced earlier in the day that Stenhouse would receive the 2006 North American Sprint Car Poll "Wild Card Award" in both the 360 and 410 winged sprint car divisions. This is only the second time in the history of the voting that a driver has claimed that honor in both the winged 360- and 410-cubic-inch sprint car polls in the same year. Erin Crocker first performed that feat in 2003. Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing alum, Donny Schatz, claimed the 2006 North American 410 Sprint Car Poll "Driver of the Year" award. The North American 410 Sprint Car Poll is an annual awards program of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Foundation, Inc., of Knoxville, Iowa. The polls voting panel is made up of media members, promoters, sanctioning officials and manufacturers.