GRAHAM TRYING TO MAKE IT HAPPEN IN 2016
Live Oak , Florida's Dale Graham a young 16 year old racer with a mind of his own is trying to accomplish in 2016 what he just missed in 2015 a Championship in the Florida Outlaw E-Mod Series and by doing so will reap the rewards handed out by two major sponsors in the series Hoosier Racing Tires and Sunoco Race Fuels.
2015 FOES fans witnessed a torrid battle all season long by Graham and eventual champion , third generation racer Chase Collins of Jacksonville , Florida.
Graham although dejected overlooked his loss claiming the two race throw away actually making him lose more points than others caused his deficit vowed that 2016 would be different.
With the two race rule not in effect in 2016 Dale enjoyed a rather healthy lead early on in the season but now finds Starke , Florida's "racin" Jason Garver closing in only 9 points behind with Trenton , Florida's Shane Taylor in third 100 markers behind.
Dale does most of his own set up work and has a in house engine shop working his own motors with the help of dad Roger and support from mom Teresa.
Dale's plan for the rest of 2016 to win races if possible but more importantly finish in the top three if possible with a slew of hungry hitter's coming on board late season to the Florida Outlaw E-Mods with other tracks now winding up their season this will be no small task.
Garver who has been on a win streak in the last month in area E- Mod track division racing is aiming his Eat More Beef / Ocala Stockyards/ Henry Hodges Construction / B4 Signs & Advertising / Koury / JCM [Johnny Collins Motorsports] / Hersey's Taxidermy / Dixie Speed Racing #27 missile directly at Graham but Graham is quick to point out that his will to make up for 2015 is strong and the American Auto Body / B4 Signs and Advertising / Hales Auto Parts / Graham Auto #14 intends to try and keep it up front.
With just a few races left in the series before the season ends Thanksgiving weekend at North Florida Speedway in Lake City , Florida November 25th and 26th when a new Hoosier Racing Tire / Sunoco Race Fuels 2016 Florida Outlaw E- Mod Champion will be crowned Bendinrules Magazine will keep you updated on each race.
THUNDER STOCKS IMPRESSIVE VENUE IN 2016
Part of the reason I make North Florida Speedway my home is because of all the tracks I've been to I feel the best racing and the best competitors and most of all the best fans visit NFS each and every event.
I've labeled the Lake City , Florida "speed plant" affectionately "the little track on the edge of town".
The fans are definately opinionated yet knowledgable about their racing and no where can you feel a family atmosphere than a Saturday night in the stands.
One of the most popular divisions in 2016 has been the Thunder Stock division.
As of this writing 72 different Thunder Stocks have raced one time or another in a points race at North Florida Speedway and that count doesn't include the competitors at the recent "Benny Corbin Memorial" a non points race that saw almost 60 cars wheel around trying to get into this prestigious race.
More than a dozen different winners have been in victory lane in 2016 enjoying their pictures being taken by track photographer Robert Wing and post race interviews and almost all of the 72 plus have a story to tell about their race teams and their career.
Most consist of residents from Lake City , Live Oak , Jacksonville , Starke and Gainesville but many come from as far south as Okeechobee and as far North as Brunswick , Georgia.
Last years 2015 champion Karlin Ray hauled faithfully from Inverness , Florida to win his championship a 2 and a half hour drive one way.
This years point battle is interesting as local guy Andy Olson right now has a 47 point advantage over Kris Salyards with Mayo, Florida's , Nelda King a lady with a story to tell herself about besting cancer and coming back to race and currently third in points with her consistent runs throughout 2016 leaving her 86 markers behind the leader Olson.
With a hand full of races left in the season things could change up in a hurry and the fans are already picking names of who they think will come out on top.
Bendinrules Magazine will continue to cover the Thunder Stocks and all racing at NFS and the Florida Outlaw Series on our website right through until the season ends before we fire up the new season starting in January of 2017.
SMITH AND BREWER LEAD FOUR WAY BATTLE FOR POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP IN FOMS
The 2015 point chase for the Florida Outlaw Micro Sprints Series chase went down to the last race and it's appearing as though we have another one in 2016 as the point chase is closer than ever before .
As of last race 9-24-16 for the FOMS , Ocala , Florida's Robbie Smith has taken over the point lead away from St. Pete's Kenny Brewer by a mere two points but don't count out the likes of Lithia , Florida's Robby Hoffmann or Casselberry , Florida's David Hall as things will be really heating up leading to Championship weekend come "Turkey Trot" time at NFS November 25th and 26th with the season finale and the Atlantic Powder Coating / Walt Arnold Power Line Service "Twin 40's".
Smith a "young gun" cut his teeth in the micro sprints at a small 1/4 mile track in Ocala , Florida in 2012 and quickly became a constant winner.
Moving on part time in 2013 to the bigger tracks and full time in 2014 Robbie started winning almost right out of the box on the half miles and in 2016 has dominated racing in other series around Florida.
The road on the Florida Outlaw Micro Sprints Series has been a little tougher though as now St. Pete , Florida resident Kenny Brewer has been the FOMS star early in the season.
Kenny transplanted himself along with his dad Mike from the state of New Mexico after meeting a bunch of Florida racers in the shootout for micro's in Tulsa , Oklahoma and the big Belle-Clair Speedway race in Belleville, IL .
Deciding Florida was worth a try they sat out most of the 2013 season while they found work and a steady place to live but in 2015 misfortune struck the racer as he severely broke his wrist in a accident at North Florida Speedway requiring surgery for some metal.
2016 has found Kenny on a mission leading the points most of the year with several wins in the Florida Outlaw Series and several at other tracks around Florida.
David Hall also has enjoyed some great success in 2016 with wins in the FOMS ,USCS and several other tracks around Florida.
Driving a entry out of the Todds Motorsports garage with owner Dirk Miller he is quick to point out that none of it would be possible without the help of his boss Mr. Miller and while David keeps himself extremely busy maintaining a three car team he always has time to wear a smile and spend a few minutes talking racing.
A few wins to end the season could find Casselberry , Florida's Hall in the fight only 54 points 4th in point standings behind leader Smith.
The sleeper in this whole deal could be Lithia , Florida's Robby Hoffmann also driving a Todds Motorsports entry Hoffmann has only a 22 point deficit behind leader Smith but a recent accident at a wingless show when driver Eddie Moss Jr. was racing Hoffmanns usual ride messed up the #66 "ultra bullet' fairly well.
Since then it has been fixed but will it be enough to carry Hoffmann to a Championship come Thanksgiving Weekend when the season finale takes place to crown a 2016 Hoosier Tire / Sunoco Race Fuels Florida Outlaw Micro Sprints champion.
Bendinrules Magazine will keep you updated right up to the final two races at North Florida Speedway when the Atlantic Powder Coatings / Walt Arnold Power Line Service " Twin 40's" takes place November 25th and 26th.