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.

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.

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