John Wilson wins one for the Scott family and dedicates his win to the memory of Hank Scott.
Glenn Bidwell Jr. wins the $500 prize and the big trophy in the 30 Lap Modified Mini Stock Feature.
Tommy Hill gets a gift from David McCormack in …the last few laps of the Street Stock Feature.
5-18-2013 Clewiston, FL – The Modified Mini Stocks had their night to run for the $500 prize with 30 laps of racing on the Everglades Clay. This week the track was much better than the last several rain-affected weeks and the racing was exciting and very competitive. Driver introductions on the front straight gave the fans an opportunity to meet the drivers and see the cars close up. Once the green flag dropped it was Mark Barlow in the #31 car showing the fans he had figured out his new car and liked the view up front, Glen Bidwell Jr in his #26 car wanted that same view and fought hard for it. Glen and Mark traded the lead multiple times for the first ten laps as Larry Thacker Jr, Mark Thompson and Scott Thompson ran two and three wide behind them. Billy Howard lost power early on and Thacker Jr broke a rear end. By lap 17 Mark Thompson decided it was his turn to lead the race and four laps later broke a tie rod in his #28 Pinto while holding off Bidwell and Barlow. The #26 of Bidwell barely hung on to win with the #31 of Mark Barlow and the #32 of Billy Evans rounding out the top three.
The Limited Late Models and the Open Wheel Modifieds put on a great show but John Wilson in his Wilson Race Cars #64 did not get to see any of the excitement, he was too far out front. The modifieds of Wayne Hilderbrand, Scott Thompson and Bob Regula dueled on the slick, fast track behind John but had nothing for the #64 that was on a mission to win the race he wanted to dedicate to Hank Scott and the whole Scott family. It was fitting that after a day of services, family members made it to the race track. Hank would have approved and he was on the mind of everyone that knew him. Don Sniff worked his way past the battling modifieds and took home a podium finish in his #10 Limited right behind the #5 of Bob Regula.
Street Stocks started the feature races with David McCormack in his Wilson Race Cars #26 on the pole, David was enjoying the improved racing surface and appeared to be unstoppable. Tommy Hill, Brian Morgan, Gary Champion and Rick Osteen gave chase in their own battle for the runner up position. Tommy Hill was holding off Gary Champion convincing himself second place was probably ok when on lap 18 the flames shot out of the exhaust of the flying #26 car and handing Tommy a gift win. David coasted slowly into the infield wishing this week was only a fifteen lap feature. Gary Champion got second place honors followed by Rick Osteen and Brian Morgan.
It was an early night with no Thunder Stocks racing since last weeks big race took it’s toll on a lot of equipment in a very physical battle on a rough surface. We look forward to seeing who can make it back for the last two races of the first half before the summer break.
Next week is a much needed break for the track, the crew and the race teams. The next race is June 1st with the ground pounding Eagle Jet Top Gun Sprint Cars and the always exciting Gene Lasker promoting the message of Autism Awareness. Keep your eye out for promotional activities in the next two weeks and plan to make it out to the track for a great show.
See you there Saturday June 1st, and don’t forget to bring a friend.