L.B. Skaggs earned the nickname Watch This a couple of years ago after making the comment to a track official following a call that didn't go his way.
"Watch This" perfectly described Skaggs performance in Saturday nights 35-lap feature for Open Wheel Modifieds at Charlotte County Motorsports Park.
Skaggs kept his 71 car comfortably in front of a talented field of cars to grab the checkered.
Sean McLaughlin finished second in the 99 car after surviving a bump with Wayne Jefferson on lap 31. Jefferson, one of the top Open Wheel talents in the state, took his 61 car to the inside of McLaughlin at the end of the backstretch in a battle for the second spot. The 99 car went around and Jefferson was sent to the back for forcing the contact.
Always a gentleman, McLaughlin begged to differ after the race.
"I think Wayne got a bum deal on that," McLaughlin said. I cut down on him." Johnny Newsome was third in the 31 car.
The Outlaw Street Stock Series held its final points race of the season. Gary LaPlant nailed down the points title with a third point finish in the 50-lapper. The man who had a chance to catch him in points Rocky Reinhold had bad luck, getting caught up in a wreck on lap 7. The battle for first went back and forth between Ricky Bullard Jr. and Robert Crisp. Bullard led the first 33 laps before Crisp got his 38 car around the 10 car. Crisp went out to a cushion, but late in the race, Bullard pushed his car back into the picture for first. Crisp was able to hang on by a car length.
Many fans stuck around until the end to watch the Last Man Standing Figure 8 Boat Race. As usual, it was a very entertaining affair. Robert Mango Man Hendry had a two-race winning streak on the line. He gave it his best shot in a masterful performance. It came down to Hendry and Richard Dupont. Hendry already had a flat from taking out Wally Smith, but he chased down Dupont in a last ditch effort for victory. Hendry banged Dupont's boat hard, but Hendry's truck hit the wall hard. Dupont was still running, and hence, the last man standing. Hendry was shaken up and was taken to a local hospital.
In the Bonnie Scott Memorial 35-lapper for Thunder Trucks, Ray Jayne outdueled Randy Kile in a thriller.
Pro 4 was dominated by Peter Amelotte in the 95 car. Kirk Risner was second and Les Couch third. Chris Lucas hit the wall hard on lap 10 but jumped out of the car OK.
Dustin Perez captured the Modified Mini feature.
The Faster Pastor race had a familiar face turn up in victory lane Pastor Gary Gray of Venice Assembly of God. Gray inherited the lead when Scott Borden of First Alliance of Port Charlotte had to pit on lap 29.
Jeremy Faughn of Venice Assembly was second and Jim Ammerman of First Alliance took third.