BITHLO, FLORIDA - Larry Osteen of Clermont, FL in his Central Florida Auto Express Chevrolet outlasted a battered field at Orlando Speedworld winning a FASCAR Goodyear Challenge Series 100 on Friday night. Osteen started on the pole and led all...
BITHLO, FLORIDA - Larry Osteen of Clermont, FL in his Central Florida Auto Express Chevrolet outlasted a battered field at Orlando Speedworld winning a FASCAR Goodyear Challenge Series 100 on Friday night.
Osteen started on the pole and led all 100 circuits outlasting 14 Late Models in a 28-car starting field. Eleven Late Models were in the pits for hopeful repairs before lap three during a very ugly race. Osteen survived a race 14-car ending race loss during 10 cautions.
"I don't know how we stayed out of trouble, but thank God we did, because we've had those problems in the past," said Osteen. "Just be there at the end is what it's all about."
Jason Boyd of Orlando, FL had the speed once again, setting fast time in his Classic Corvette's Chevrolet turning the three-eighths mile oval in a second lap qualifying speed of 96.84 mph. Boyd's chance of winning his 14th straight special events race ended in the opening lap when he wrecked just past turn three after making contact with Wayne Morris of Mulberry, FL. Boyd's car was a crunched piece of sheet metal while the Michael Holley Chevrolet driven by Morris would finish second.
"We went into one and two and Wayne Morris was a little impatient," said Boyd. "He got into Mike Murphy and stayed into him. I jumped on the outside and I guess he saw me coming so he drove up into me and I did a wheel-hop and it shot me into the wall."
Morris felt things were just a little bit different than what Boyd had described. "We were going three wide down the back straightaway and I got underneath Murphy coming up off two," said Morris. "I could have stayed there and we probably would have wrecked."
"I tried to have a little patience and I got off the throttle to let those two back down - I didn't want to make it three wide going into three. I guess Jason was full bore behind me and when I got out of throttle he jumped my right rear. I couldn't get any lower on the race track."
"If Jason wants to blame me I guess that's his deal," Morris said.
In lap-82, Mike Hovis of Ft. Myers, FL clipped the race leading Osteen sending him spinning in turn two, but was ordered to the rear and the winner was back up front. Morris held the second spot holding it for good the fourth time in lap-87 and stayed with it until the finish.
"The car got tight in the middle of the race and toward the end," said Morris. "I don't know if a tube got bent in the rear end, but it wasn't as good as I expected it to be."
Tim Harrington of Ft. Lauderdale, FL finished third in his Red Rock Ranches ride after passing Sammy Graham of New Smyrna, FL in lap-87 and staying out of trouble. "I wish I could tell you staying out of trouble was talent, but it was pure luck," said Harrington.
Osteen crossed the stripe followed by Morris and Harrington. Rounding out the top-five were Graham and Doug Samion of Orlando.