Sunday, February 26, 2012

Done On The Dirt In Florida

With Billy Moyer's win at Volusia Saturday night the dirt track portion of Speedweeks drew to a close and from all reports it sounded like the racing was pretty darn good over the two week period. It has been a long time since I have made the trip south in February and now that I am finished with writing tuition checks hopefully I can work at least a long weekend back into my budget in 2013. Definitely a trip that every race fan should set as a goal at least once!

I wonder if James Finch pulled Kurt Busch aside after the Nationwide race and reminded him that he doesn't have a Penske budget. A fifth-place finish and a car that can be used again is better then sending it to the scrap heap by trying to throw an ill-advised block on the final turn of the final lap. Finch groused about how many times Landon Cassill brought back a bent car last year, I wonder how many times Busch can destroy them until he is sent packing?

Looks like the 500 will be fighting persistent light rain today, but hopefully they can get it in as I think the racing has been fascinating there this week.

Here are the All Florida Late Model point standings following a great Speedweeks:

1 Steve Francis Ashland KY 25

2 Darrell Lanigan Union KY 22

3 Dennis Erb Jr. Carpentersville IL 20

4 Don O'Neal Martinsville IN 19

5 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg TN 16

6 Billy Moyer Batesville AR 14

7 Josh Richards Shinnston WV 14

8 Rick Eckert York PA 10

9 John Blankenship Williamson WV 9

10 Shane Clanton Locust Grove GA 9

11 Jimmy Owens Newport TN 8

12 Austin Hubbard Seaford DE 7

13 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville GA 6

14 Mike Marlar Winfield KY 6

15 Shannon Babb Mowequa IL 6

16 Christian Augspurger Palm Beach Gardens 5

17 Devin Dixon Apollo Beach 5

18 Keith Nosbisch Valrico 5

19 Kyle Van Sickle Jacksonville 5

20 Ray Cook Brasstown NC 5

21 Dennis Franklin Gaffney SC 4

22 Mark Whitener Middleburg 4

23 Randy Korte Highland IL 4

24 Bub McCool Vicksburg MS 3

25 Chub Frank Sugar Grove PA 3

26 Clint Smith Senoia GA 3

27 Donnie Moran Dresden OH 3

28 Ryan Van Sickle 3

29 Tyler Reddick Corning CA 3

30 Eric Jacobsen Seacliff CA 2

31 Jack Nosbisch Jr. Riverview 2

32 Gregg Satterlee Rochester Mills PA 1

33 Jared Landers Batesville AR 1

34 Jimmy Mars Elk Mound WI 1

35 Kyle Bridges Moultrie GA 1

36 Pat Doar New Richmond WI 1

Just two more weeks until we go racing here in the upper Midwest as the Springfield Raceway kicks things off on March 10th with the rescheduled Turkey Classic. Just might see you there if my Panthers aren't playing for a state championship.

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