BRADENTON, FLORIDA - Jason Boyd had a perfect racing package - speed - handling and driving skills as he dominated a 32-car Late Model field Saturday night and won the Executive Racing School SARA Late Model 100 at Desoto Speedway. Boyd of ...
BRADENTON, FLORIDA - Jason Boyd had a perfect racing package - speed - handling and driving skills as he dominated a 32-car Late Model field Saturday night and won the Executive Racing School SARA Late Model 100 at Desoto Speedway.
Boyd of Orlando, Fla. took the point in lap-21 as he swung his GPC/Right Hand Man Chevrolet to the outside groove before lap-10 and then rocketed, unchecked, to victory lane.
"When I got to second, my spotter Leroy (Porter), said let's go, when he said that, I knew it was time to keep on the outside and put the hammer down," said Boyd.
"Our car worked real well on long greens and ran better as the race progressed."
Wayne Morris of Mulberry, Fla., driving the GGR Roofing Chevrolet, set fast time on the three-eighths mile Desoto powerplant just missing the track record. Morris had a time of 14.727 seconds or 91.67 mph. The track record is 14.726 seconds. Thirty-four cars qualified.
"The car feels real good," said Morris, following qualifying. "We had some minor problems earlier with the motor, but Progressive got that all straightened out very quickly."
Sonny Hughes of Bradenton, Fla., driving the Turner Tree and Landscape Chevrolet, was on the pole following the inversion, holding down the top spot for 20 circuits until a streaking Boyd went around him.
Several race cautions slowed the field and when speedy dry was put down on the surface during the yellow flag cautions it made for a very slick track. There were 10 race cautions for 30 laps.
"When the speedy dry got laid down the car was a little loose and we took it easy for a couple of laps," said Boyd.
As Boyd continued on his winning mission Morris and Bobby Beauchemin of Davey, Fla., driving the Don Robinson Concrete Chevrolet, hooked up in a duel for the second spot. The duo swapped the second spot four times before Morris finally secured it with 27 remaining circuits.
"The car got tighter later at night following qualifying," said Morris. "The longer the runs the tighter it got, but I think we were a little slower at the end."
Morris got the advantage for second when it counted, but Beauchemin knew where the chips were going to fall.
"Yeah, I mean we had a really good car at the end, but we had nothing for the blue 15 (Boyd) tonight," said Beauchemin. "Jason Boyd had everybody covered and I mean covered."
Michael Faulk of Ft. White, Fla. and Richard Kelley Jr. of Gulfport, Fla. were locked in a battle for fourth. Faulk in his Pierce Motorsports entry had the edge over Kelley, who kept his Gagel's Auto Parts ride in the hunt.
Morris set his sights on Boyd, but still had Beauchemin in tow. Boyd then opened a 15-car lead as Morris and Beauchemin were still going at it in lap-96 for second.
Boyd crossed the stripe followed by Morris and Beauchemin. Rounding out the top-five were Faulk and Kelley.
The next SARA Executive Racing School Late Model event will be at USA International Speedway in Lakeland, Fla., a Twin 100 race on June 2nd.