By Jane Smith
Now that you think I am crazy, that is the number of
cars that were in the Florida Pro race at Columbia
Motorsports Park, "The Little Trees Road to Charlotte"
Sunbelt Super Late Model 125, and the All American
Challenge Series at DeSoto Speedway.
Yes, points will definitely change in these three Super
Late Model series. Dick Anderson and Jay Middleton, who
race both the Florida Pro and Sunbelt Super Late Model
series, went to Florida Pro.
Anderson, who leads the points in both series, had a
smaller margin of lead in the Florida Pro than the
Sunbelt so naturally he would go to the one that would
be in more jeopardy.
Jay Middleton, who was second in points for Florida Pro,
also races both Pro and Sunbelt. He also has a good
point standing in the Sunbelt but not second so
naturally he would go for the gold and be happy with
Jimmy Cope, Justin Drawdy, B.J. McLeod are all in the
top points at the All American Challenge. But you will
see them in a Sunbelt race too. But on August 31, none
could afford to not be at the track where they had the
Travis Kittleson, Doyle Boatwright and Mario Gosselin
won August 31. It was not a good night for any of
the point leaders or even some of the top five's.
Sure, everyone would like to see more cars in a big
Super Late Model Series but when you have three in the
same night, 15 - 17 - 19 was not bad. None of the
fans were disappointed as each saw "Big Boys" at each
When so many Super Late Model Series run in a state,
and run on the same night, not everyone will be happy.
But after seeing the final results for each series,
no one was disappointed either. Fans saw some great
racing and some of Florida's best.
Just think, maybe someday in the future, those 51 cars
could be at the same track and what a show that would
be. Anderson, Cope, Drawdy, McLeod, Sloan, Pletcher,
Middleton, Finney, Willoughby, Powell, Kay, Franklin,
Kittleson, Fritts, Good, Williams, Cook, Keene Sr. &
Jr., Scofield, Bigley, Emery, DiCandio, Sawyer, Rogers,
Warren, Lawrence, Bresnahan, Froelich, King, Bramlet,
Pierce, Black, Flynn, Carlton, Staggs, Strong, Boyd,
Faulk, Johnson, Allison, Ebersole, Lovelady, Murphy,
Russell, and the topping to a perfect cake Pete Orr.
Now that would be a race to see. But in the mean time,
the next Sunbelt Super Late Model Series race will be
September 13 at Orlando SpeedWorld. All American
Challenge Series will run on September 21 at DeSoto
Speedway and the schedule has not been determined for
Florida Pro but they have September 21 marked for a
race. And don't forget Sebring is coming on September
28 and 29 - a road course.
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