Boyd masters Desoto as SARA wraps up 2001 season Tampa, Fl As the 2001 season came to an end The Southern Automobile Racing Assoc. would roll into Desoto Speedway on Saturday night November 3rd for a night of tight racing. Joe Boyd of...
Boyd masters Desoto as SARA wraps up 2001 season
Tampa, Fl As the 2001 season came to an end The Southern Automobile Racing Assoc. would roll into Desoto Speedway on Saturday night November 3rd for a night of tight racing. Joe Boyd of Riverview, Fl driving the All American Steel and Tubing Monte Carlo would score the win in the American Freedom 125.
With the Sunoco Run for the Pole qualifying over and Doug Moff of Ft. Myers, Fl. setting fast time it was time to get the race under way. Tony Amico and Wayne Morris would take the green from the front row. Morris would grab the early lead going into one with Jason Boyd following a close second. As the pair raced hard for the lead it would start to get heated for the first spot, as both drivers were in a hot points race themselves. All was going good until lap 10 when Jason Boyd would make his move going into three. It appeared Boyd would get a fender under Morris and contact was made sending both cars spinning, Morris would retire for the night with suspension problems and Boyd would be sent to the rear.
Doug Moff would then take lead on the restart and looked to be on cruse control looking for his first win of the season. As the race went on Joe Boyd would be running one of his best races of the year saving the car and tires for the end of the race. But on lap 35 Moff's misfortunes would be Boyd break. Going into turn three Moff would make contact with a lapped car and would spin, also involved would be 2001 champion Bobby Beauchemin and Brad Barkis. Moff would go to the pits for repairs as Joe Boyd would just make it thru the accident and would take control of a race that it didn't appear being the leader was the place to be.
The race would be slowed three more times over the final 90 laps for minor spins. During all the action Jason Boyd would still be charging hard to get back to the front and would move into second by lap 100. The final 25 laps would be the Boyd and Boyd show as Jason did all he could do the to reel in Joe but it was not to be. Joe Boyd would hold on for his first win of the season. Following the Boyd duo to the checkered was 2001 champion Bobby Beauchemin, Edward Howell and recording his best finish of the year Donnie Duchesne in 5th place.
The Checkered Flag Graphics and Race Car parts hard charger was awarded to Donny Duchesne and Bent O'Neill as the both tied for the most cars pasted. The Jarrett Bodiford Ford Rookie of the race honors went to Chad Allman. The ARP race car bodies Half Way leader was Joe Boyd. Rounding out the top 10 at the checkered flag was Brent O'Neill, Chad Allman, Ronnie Skipper, and Matt Brune from Giddings TX. was 9th and the Rookie of the Year Joe Sumasky would come back from early troubles to round out the top 10.
The 9th annual award banquet will be held on January 19, 2002 at the Crowne Plaza, Sabal Park in Tampa, Florida. For more information on the SARA series of the 2002 schedule contact the SARA office at 813-623-2621 or check out the web site at WWW.Sararacing.com