SUNBELT SUPER LATE MODELS LAKELAND, FLORIDA - Wayne Anderson put it together right on time with a loving end of race nudge winning the Racing For Kids FASCAR Sunbelt Super Late Model Series 125 Saturday night at USA International Speedway after...
SUNBELT SUPER LATE MODELS
LAKELAND, FLORIDA - Wayne Anderson put it together right on time with a loving end of race nudge winning the Racing For Kids FASCAR Sunbelt Super Late Model Series 125 Saturday night at USA International Speedway after starting 18th in his Air Frame International ride.
I'll tell you what, it was a great race," said a smiling Anderson in Victory Circle. "Jeff (Scofield) was getting a little lift up off the corner and we were good."
Anderson took the point in lap 119 securing victory in a race that produced 10 cautions finishing with only 13 of 28 starting Sunbelt cars. Being in the lead or top five wasn't the place to be for many.
The USA victory was Anderson's first on the three-quarter mile high-banked oval after two top five and several top-10 finishes.
"We ran two seconds earlier this year and I was really discouraged this afternoon," said Anderson. "We were off a little bit and qualified 18th, but all that matters is where you finish."
A tough driving Jeff Scofield followed Anderson across the stripe followed by a consistent driving B. J. McLeod. Rounding out the top five were Dwayne Dempsey and Chris Fontaine.
"Experience got me," said Scofield. "Can't blame Wayne (Anderson) for the loving bump - he just moved me - he didn't get rid of me. After all the cautions and the little accident on the restart when the tires lifted, I can't complain about second place."
"Wayne races every week that makes up for a little error in the car," said Scofield, who hasn't raced in five months.
"We weren't quite enough to hold off Wayne and Jeff, but we had a good night so I feel lucky to finish where I did with the car in one piece," said McCloud
Taken out of competition due to several race wrecks were Jimmy Cope, Dick Anderson, David Rogers, Aric Almirola, Jacob Warren, Justin Drawdy, David Froelich, James Powell III, Jonny Kay and Jay Middleton just to name a few.
Almirola set fast time turning USA in 20.782 seconds or 129.92 mph during his second lap, driving the R&S Autobody car.
The field started straight up with Cope taking the lead on lap one followed by Almirola, Rogers, Powell and McCloud.
With Cope leading, Dick Anderson worked McCloud hard and by lap 12 Cope opened a 12-car lead over Almirola and Rogers. Racing slowed in lap 14 as Dick Anderson and Powell tangled in turn one. Dick Anderson was finished for the evening and Powell returned, but was no longer competitive.
With Cope still in charge Rogers pressured Almirola for second and Drawdy was tracking McCloud down for third.
By lap-35, a leading Cope was followed by Almirola, Rogers, Scofield and Drawdy. The running order remained the same through 56 laps. In lap 57, Rogers drove by Almirola for second and was on the move trying to run Cope down.
On the restart it was Cope, Rogers, Scofield, Almirola and Drawdy. During lap-67, Drawdy went by Almirola, who was hung out and fell behind McCloud dropping to sixth.
Rogers continued his hot pursuit for the point and passed Cope for the lead, but Cope appeared to come down on Rogers and both departed for the evening.
After all was sorted out it was Scofield now in the lead in lap-74 with Drawdy, Almirola, McCloud and Wayne Anderson following.
The top five changed again in lap-91 as Almirola went by Drawdy for second and the fast qualifier was on the move again. Almirola worked Scofield hard for the lead, but a lap-94 caution unfurled slowing his charge.
The restart was Scofield, Almirola, Drawdy, McCloud and Wayne Anderson.
During lap-97 restart there would be a top five change again as Scofield and Almirola would tangle as would Jacob Warren and Fain Skinner, who made contact on the front straightaway wall during the caution.
The restart in lap-101 would be Scofield, Almirola, McCloud, Wayne Anderson and Dempsey. It didn't take long to slow the field again as the next restart went yellow with Almirola going into the turn two wall and losing another fender.
Scofield held the lead in lap-103 now followed by McCloud, Wayne Anderson, Dempsey and Chris Fontaine.
Froelich put his car upside down on the front straightaway on a lap 115 restart, but was uninjured.
On the restart it was Scofield and Wayne Anderson, who moved quickly into second slipping by McCloud.
Wayne Anderson went low in turn one to take the lead from Scofield with a quick nudge and some early patient driving. Finishing behind Scofield in third was McCloud, Dempsey and Fontaine.
GOODYEAR CHALLENGE LATE MODELS
Veteran Larry Osteen used both patience and experience in lapped traffic claiming victory in the Racing for Kids FASCAR Goodyear Sunbelt Series 100 on Saturday night at USA International Speedway.
Osteen had a busy triple-header night running a Sunbelt, Goodyear and Pro-Modified feature.
"The crew did a great job," said Osteen, driving his Florida Auto Express Super Late Model car. "It was just hooked up and that makes it easy to drive."
Sean Murphy held the point until Osteen passed him in lap 94 with a little nudge, but still was a very dominant car this night.
"The car ran great tonight, but toward the end it got a little loose and Larry got under me and bumped me out of the way," said Murphy. "It was a great race and he (Osteen) raced me clean. I'm just glad we came out of here in one piece."
Jason Boyd of Orlando in his Tom Donnelly Plumbing ride was third. Rounding out the top five were Brent O'Neill in the ROL Gaskets ride and Chad Pierce in the Architectural Sheet Metal car.
Bobby Beauchimin set fast time turning USA in 21.564 seconds during his second lap for a speed of 125.21 mph in a 27-car qualifying field and drew the number five for inversion.
Osteen, Chad Pierce and O'Neill each posted exact runs for second, third and fourth place speeds of 124.84 mph.
Murphy led from the opening lap and by lap-13, O'Neill, Beauchimin, Osteen and Pierce were scrambling for a run at the leader.
Joe Sumasky spun on the back straightaway slowing the front running cars and on the lap-21 restart it was Murphy, Beauchimin, Osteen, Jason Boyd and O'Neill.
Osteen worked Beauchimin hard for second, but backed off for his next charge. In lap-28, Boyd slipped by Osteen for third.
At halfway it was still Murphy, Beauchimin, Boyd, Osteen and O'Neill.
Osteen mounted his charge again in some close side-by-side racing trying to pass Boyd and did so by lap-52. Osteen was once again moving quickly in an effort to take second from Beauchimin doing so in lap-63.
The running order was now Murphy, Osteen, Beauchimin, Boyd and O'Neill on the restart.
Murphy opened a huge lead in lap 68, but a caution in lap-69 slowed his fast-moving progress. In lap-75, Osteen was moving on the leading Murphy.
Beauchimin pushed to the wall in turn two in lap-86 and the running order changed to Murphy, Osteen, Boyd, O'Neill and Pierce.
Osteen took the point in lap-94 with a nudge of Murphy in turn two and crossed the stripe in the final lap followed by Murphy, Boyd, O'Neill and Pierce.