On a chilly and cool evening in Clewiston Florida 15 USA Sprints traveling from all parts of Florida including New York,Pennsylvania and Colorado blasted the the new track surface at Hendry County Speedway. Some onlookers mentioned that the ...
On a chilly and cool evening in Clewiston Florida 15 USA Sprints traveling from all parts of Florida including New York,Pennsylvania and Colorado blasted the the new track surface at Hendry County Speedway. Some onlookers mentioned that the competition was some of the best racing they had seen in a while. There were 3 heat races with a total of 15 cars participating in the exhibition. The Track was smooth and slick for Heat race #1 The #22 Bob Schaffer would take the Win followed by Tim George #1 and Sean Namor #10n. Heat #2 saw Mike Shroeder ease out to a comfortable lead and never was headed and he went for the win followed by Bruce Durden # 17 and RC Roper # 92. Heat #3 Ron Armstrong shot out of a cannon but was closely followed but the #30 Joe Wengard and newcomer # 24 Bob Parrow. The field was split into 2 features because the exhibition was to give the fans some extra racing and also allow some of the new Rookies to shake down their cars. The USA Sprints Racers knew that the changing track conditions would become a challenge as they lined up for the features.
The A-Main feature lineup saw 8 cars take the green with the #22 of Bob "Thunderfoot" Schaeffer driving the Budweiser car on the pole followed by Mike "Hollywood" Shroeder # 6 on the outside pole. "Tiny" Tim George in the # 1 & RC Roper "The Racin-Cowboy" # 92 went from the 2nd row followed by Sean "Zippy" Namor # 10n and # 17 Bruce Durden in row 3. David "Skeeter" Kelly # 12 and Shane Kreidler from Jupiter in the car # 52. "Thunderfoot" Schaeffer rocketed off turn 4 to take the green as the pack missiled down into turn 1 with a shower of mud,clay and sand that blasted the crowd senseless. Schaffer in from his flight from Colorado was "flyin high" as his new J & J Chassis mount was really hooked big time. He was stalked by the # 6 of Shroeder. RC Roper from Fort Myers was just back of both the front runners. Roper and Shroeder were once again poised in waging a fierce battle. They went back and forth for 12 laps with neither driver giving and inch. Tires bumping and wheels banging all throughout the race with all the drivers in tight battles throughout the field. Positions swapped back and forth and with a blink of the eye David "Skeeter" Kelly sliced his way thru the field just waiting for his next victim. Time would run out on "Skeeter" as Thunderfoot Schaeffer would lay claim to his First ever USA Sprints victory. Kelly would settle for second followed by Mike Shroeder,Tim George and RC Roper whom the latter 3 were all under a blanket at the Checkered. All the drivers agreed it was one of most fierce & competitive battles they had run in a long time!
The B-Main cars rolled out unto the Track and it was apparent that they too were ready for a rumble. Pennzoil Sponsored Ron "Happy" Armstrong a former USAC pavement specialist led from the drop of the green with Joe Wengard #30 from Tampa in tow. They were closely followed by Bob Parrow who was driving in his first USA Sprints Race. Parrow a New York Super Modified standout soon found the groove and steadily put pressure on Wengard. Meanwhile Mike Davis Jr. was making his way from deep in the pack to join the 3 USA Drivers in a battle royale. Up front Ron Armstrong was distancing himself from the group and getting his sprinter hooked up big time on low side. On lap 12 Parrow slowly pulled his car into the pits with a flat right rear tire. This moved Davis Jr. a USA Rookie who is now piloting the former Tony Pinero Thundercross Championship car # 3 into third place. Mike Lynn was working his way into contention in the #11 Andy "Hammer Down" Kelly mount to make a good showing for himself in his first ride ever. Way out front The # 56 of "Happy" Armstrong was finding the Track to his liking and continued to pull away lap after lap. As the race progressed on this cold Winter night in Clewiston Armstrong was lapping most of the field to run away and make known that at age 54 he can "still cut the mustard". Armstrong took the Checkered followed by Joe Wengard and Mike Davis Jr.,Mike Lynn and Scott Rocchio in the #16 from Port St. Lucie rounding out the top 5.
Track Owner Mike Mininga (a racer himself) and USA Race director "Chip" Charles Stick were very impressed by the hard fought but very clean racing. That is the magic of the USA Sprints so look forward to another trip down south to Hendry County Speedway on April 3rd. Next Race for The USA Sprints will be The 2nd Annual "Florida Limited Sprintcar Winternationals" on February 13th and 14th at Orange County Speedway in Bithlo Florida. Tim George who won the overall 2003 Speedweeks Title will be back again to defend his Championship against Shane Kriedler 2003 Thundercross Champion and RC Roper who Won last years first Speedweeks Race as well as all the USA Sprints Stars. Make sure to be there and see the very exciting USA Sprints Southern Thunder Tour. Call Lou at Orange County Raceway at 407-568-9668 for directions and other racing information.