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Feb 9

THOMSON AND DILLON FIRST TIME WINNERS IN WILD SPEEDWORLD LEGENDS ACTION

  There was plenty of red-hot racing action Friday afternoon during the 4th
Annual Winternationals at Orlando Speedworld to help offset a sunny but very
cold day.
  It just didn't seem like anybody actually wanted to win the Legends Car pro
Division feature.  In the first 15 laps, Brandon Thomson, Nick Pistone and
Craig Goess, Jr. traded the lead five times before a turn two tangle between
Roger Austin, Jr. and Kory Abbott slowed the action.
  Goess asserted himself out front with Pistone right on his bumper until the
two made contact on lap 20 with Goess spinning.  Both were sent to the rear of
the field allowing Paddy Rodenbeck to assume the lead.
  Rodenbeck was looking for two in a row, as he led Cole Miktuk at the restart
only to see Pistone pound the wall in turn three on lap 23 to slow the action
once again.  On the restart, Rodenbeck and Miktuk made contact with Rodenbeck
looping his machine, and, for the second time in the race, the first and
second place cars were placed at the back of the pack for the restart.
  Thomson inherited the lead at this point and raced to his first win of the
Winternationals taking the checker just as Rette Causey hit the wall in turn
three with Rodenbeck doing likewise in turn four.  Both drivers were OK.
  Following Thomson to the checker were Jason Dunn, Thomas Hartensveld, Jr.,
Brandon Dunn and Cameron Patrick.  Thomas Van Wingerden, Scott Knox, Kyle
LaPier, Abbott and Kyle Beattie rounded out the top ten.
  Thomson, Rodenbeck and Pistone won the heats.
  Things were even crazier in the Legends Car Masters Division feature
starting off on the opening lap when Clay Hair gave a little "pay back" to Cy
Harvey stemming from an altercation the day before.  Race Director Brad
Hockaday, not willing to deal with such shenanigans, gave both a last row
starting spot for the restart.
  The second try starting the race wasn't much better as Doug Hall spun going
into turn one.  the field was then set up in single file running order for the
third try at starting the race with Cotton Spry setting the pace until lap
seven when Hair tagged Larry Friddle going into turn three.  Bruce Little came
along and tagged Friddle's car and even though he was not the cause of the
incident, Little was the only one to leave the track on the hook.
  Tim Brockhouse took up the chase on Spry until the two came together on lap
11 sending both to the rear of the field handing the lead over to Florida
veteran Andy Logan.
  Logan was looking good as he led the next seven laps but it was time for the
leaders to get in trouble again as Logan was tagged by second-running Brian
Weimer coming out of turn two.  Again, both front runners were relegated to
the back for the restart.  Also, at this time, it was determined Spry's car
was leaking oil and he was forced from the race.
  Local Speedworld regular Jimmy Rodriguez now assumed the lead for a one lap
dash to the checker.  The West Palm Beach driver had never won a feature event
in his career and had Hair right behind him for the restart.
  Despite being sent to the rear twice, Hair was not to be denied as he
managed to spoil a huge upset by taking the win at the stripe by the length of
his front bumper for his third victory in four Winternationals races.
Rodriguez settled for a very close second over Cy Harvey, a resurgent
Brockhouse and Gary Bursey.  Mike Verhaagh, Hall, Friddle, Rick Whitmore and
Logan completed the top ten.  The pair of Masters Division heats were won by
Spry and Harvey.
  The Legends Car Semi-Pro feature was tame by comparison and saw the fourth
winner in as many days.
  Ty Dillon snared the lead from Zach Stroup near mid race and sped to the win
ahead of Stroup and point leader John Stancill.  Stancill's third place run
came from the back of the starting grid after he had to switch to a back-up
car following a hard heat race crash.
  Josh Williams came home in fourth with Chelsea Schillig fifth.  The
remainder of the top ten consisted of J.R. Allen, who led the opening five
laps, Zach Zimmerly, Travis Baer, Tony Sansom and Jimmy Norman.
  Heat races for the Semi Pros were won by Allen, Williams and Stroupe.
  Results of the Legends Car Charger Division feature were frozen following a
protest of the engine in apparent winner Matthew Stover's car.  Unofficially,
Stover took the win, his third of the Winternationals, over R.S Senter, Curt
Britt, Dalton Bergman and Randy Garven.
  In the Bandelero Bandits it was Dillon Bassett taking his second win of the
week over Nicholas Stroupe, Critter Saile, Evan Bell, Bodie Bellinger, Layne
Clifton, Zoey Guignardi, Jesse Kirila, Blake Jones and Zachary Harris.
Bellinger and Stroupe won the heats.
  The Bandelero Young Guns feature fell to Ryan Glenski, also his second win
of the week.  Trailing Glenski to the checker were Chad Fincum, Ronnie
Bassett, Jr., Donovan Ponder, Meghan Dillner, and Bryce Walker.  Bassett was
the heat race winner.
  Thomas Van Wingerden won his third Thunder Roadster main event of the week
taking the win over heat winner Jesse Bunnell, Steve Carter and Tom Clarke.
  Action for the 4th Annual Orlando Speedworld Winternationals concludes
Saturday afternoon starting at 1:30PM.
 

 

 

 

 

 

       

 

       

 

       
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