L.B. Skaggs wins Open Wheel Modified Race

The race the fans were waiting for was the Open Wheel Modifieds, who were lined up straight from their heat race finish. Two fast cars sat on the front, it was Ted Head on the pole and Steve Arnold outside while returning driver Terry Vaughn and L. B. Skaggs were second row. The green flag dropped, and dropped and dropped as there were four cautions in the first two laps and some heated tempers. After a few points of the black flag to the drivers by the flagman and cars lined up were they should be instead of were they wanted to be, it was back to racing. Arnold was out to the lead while being chased by L.B. Skaggs, till Skaggs made the move and passed Arnold on lap fifteen. A lot of good hard racing going on behind the leader for position but when the checkers flew, it was L.B. Skaggs that had the fastest car and wining the race. Steve Arnold of Cape Coral was second and Eric Rudd of Naples was third.

Street Stock had a caution free twenty five laps that saw the top three cars run bumper to bumper the entire race and it could have been any ones race. It was Bobby Fischer of Naples in the lead while Ryan Pancoast of N. Ft. Myers second and Richard Nelson of Port Charlotte was third that made it look like a 3 car train race. Was Fischer going to hang on and break Pancoast’s winning streak, five laps to go and still bumper to bumper. Three laps to go, Pancoast takes it to the outside and makes the past on Fischer to bring home his third win in a row and making it his ninth win in nine races. After a “lengthy” tech inspection, all drivers were awarded their finishing positions, with Fischer second and Nelson third.

Outlaw Modifieds were here to race the Merle Caswell Memorial Challenge Race that qualified for position and saw the 19 of Kevin Campbell of Tampa set fast time but would start in the rear for the feature. It was Ric Mills of Arcadia that led the first lap until Mike Endee of North Port took over the lead on lap two and ran the entire race as the leader. Fast qualifier Campbell chased Endee the entire twenty five lap feature but came up short finishing second and Mills hung on to round out the top three.

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