Good Morning All,
I'm back and I'm sure you're all thrilled, but it's a free country and you choose to read my opinions. Anyway after two weeks in Florida, JD is the Lucas Oil points leader, not a surprise there, but Bloomer is 14th! He's not off to a good start but I'm sure a soaked tire here and there will have him right back in the top 3. McCreadie also struggled at East Bay, but picked up the win and the gator in the big block last night. Overall, the racing at East Bay was the best I've seen in recent years. Catch the Lucas Oil series next at Atomic on March 16th.
At Volusia, Bloomquist improved, but what was most surprising to me was Chris Maddens performance in the BWRC house car that JD struggled in last year. While Sheppard won the finale, Madden took home the big gator and the DIRTcar Nationals championship. JD looked like he was going to seal up the championship until Richards took out Culp early collecting JD and Overton. Overall the racing was good, but East Bay was better.
Two local drivers made the tow to Volusia, 2016 Lucas Oil rookie of the year, Colton Flinner, and Mike Norris piloting the fast and faithful "Miranda." Norris was able to make the show a couple of times and continues to impress me, if big money backed him I truly believe he could hang with either tour. Flinner on the other hand continued his lack luster performance that we saw on the Lucas Oil tour. He is running for World of Outlaws rookie of the year this year against seven other drivers. You can catch the Outlaws next on March 9th at Smoky Mountain Speedway.
I look forward to local racing starting up and heading back to Florida next year. Until then, I hope you all enjoy the Daytona 500 today, good luck to Ryan Blaney. He starts third an excellent position to stay out of trouble and have a shot at the win.
Till next time,