The Outlaw Modifieds have added two races tot he 2014
schedule. Both races are scheduled for Three Palms Speedway in Punta Gorda.
Added race dates are:
30 August and 8 October
Endee's Seems Unbeatable with Fifth 2014 Win
made it a near perfect 5 of 6 in feature wins for the 2014 Outlaw Modified
season with another caution free win at Showtime Speedway.
Modified teams came to compete but Billy Campbell (00) suffered a devastating
blow when he spun a bearing during the practice session and reducing the field
to five cars. With only five cars, the heat race was cancelled.
lined up for the feature with Kevin Endee (5) on the pole and Ric Mills (22) on
the outside front row. During the hot laps prior to the race, Endee’s car
started blowing water. Kevin took the car to the rear and the front row was
realigned with Mills on point and Meyer (22) to his outside. Mark Patton (51)
lined up behind Mills and Mike Endee (26) behind Meyer.
and Meyer (04) took the green flag driving side by side for the entire first
lap. Meyer had a hard time keeping his car straight on the outside through the
turns but make up for it in the straight aways. Mike Endee (26) haunted the
pair from behind waiting to see which would gain an advantage. Mark Patton (51)
hung in following the top three while Kevin Endee (5) faded. On lap three,
Meyer’s car just couldn’t handle the turns on the outside and, with a little
slip, fell behind Mills. Mike Endee to advantage of the opening left by Meyer
and darted to the outside of Mills going into turn 3.
and Endee (26) raced side by side for the next several laps. Meyer (04) found a
little more grip just half a groove down from Endee and caught the pair.
Endee’s car was glued to the outside. On lap seven, Mills stayed low coming out
of turn two. Meyer stuck the nose of his car between Mills and Endee as if to
try going three wide down the back stretch. Meyer got his bumper between Mills’
right rear and Endee’s left rear but the space wasn’t wide enough to get his
front wheels between them. As the three approached Kevin Endee (5),
threatening to put him a lap down, Kevin took his car to the infield as the
water leak was getting worse.
off, fell behind Mills, and tried to get under him coming out of turn four.
That didn’t work either as Mills protected the inside. On lap ten, Mills’ car
got just a little sideways coming out of turn two and Meyer tried the three-wide
once again down the back stretch. Again, he could only get his bumper between
Mills and Endee, but no further.
As Mills (22)
kept his car low to protect the inside over Meyer (04), he started losing ground
to Endee (26). On lap twelve, Endee pulled a half car length ahead of Mills.
On lap 13 it was a full car length and Meyer started to challenge Mills from the
outside. Going into turn four of lap 14, Meyer drove his car deep into the turn
and alongside Mills. Meyer kept it straight coming out of four and the two had
a drag race down the front straight. Meyer’s momentum through turns one and two
propelled him a head of Mills.
For the last
five laps, Meyer chased Endee, pulling within a half car length several times
but to no avail. The two put some distance between them and Mills with Patton
not too far behind him. Endee (26) won comfortably over Meyer (04) with
Mills (22) ending up third and Patton (51) fourth. Kevin Endee watched the
end of the race from the infield for fifth.
question is: Can anyone beat Mike Endee? Mike has won five of the six feature
races this season. The only race Mike did not will was the result of an
untimely spin while attempting to pass Dan Akard for the lead. Most stock cars
are set up for either handling or for horsepower. A handling car is driven
through the turns but needs to make an early apex low in the turn like that of
Meyer (04) or Nelson (80). A high horsepower car drives deep into the turns,
slows way down, turns and then rockets off with brute bottom end horsepower much
like Billy Campbell (00) or Doug Hopper (15). Endee’s car has a lot of power
and handles, but what makes him so fast is that he can maintain control all the
way around the turns on the outside of the track. Watching his line says a lot
about Endee’s car, especially at a track like Showtime that has no outside
groove. So, if any of the Outlaw Modified drivers have a shot at beating Mike
Endee, they had better figure out how to drive the outside without their rear
ends slipping out from under them in the turns.
Endee's Starts New Win Streak by Winning Both
Dan Curl Memorial Feature Races
The Dan Curl
Jr. Memorial race is always a special event for the Outlaw Modified Series. The
race is highlighted by two 25 lap features, a complete inversion of the field
between races and the overall winner based on the combined finish from both
has been tough to beat all season. Mike took advantage of a miscue by Billy
Campbell in Race One and DeSoto Speedway took advantage of four top running cars
in Race Two leading to a sweep of both features by Mike Endee.
The night was
made even more special with additional prize money from Series Sponsor Q Auto
and Accident Attorneys. The Q Auto and Accident Attorneys also had a “Q Readers
and Racers” event in the main grandstands, prior to the race, where 200 books
were given to youth race fans. Five Outlaw Modified drivers: Dan Akard, Ric
Mills, Mike and Kevin Endee and Tom Meyer helped distribute the books.
Dan Akard has
been running strong in the past couple races and had high hopes for the Dan
Curl. Paul Richards made his first race of the year and couldn’t wait to take
to the DeSoto banking. Richard Nelson, a strong competitor joining the series
this year in the #10 formerly driven by Robert Campbell, would be racing in his
first Dan Curl race. Cliff Wilman, owner of the 00 driven by Billy Campbell,
surprised family members by making the trip down from North Carolina to root for
second place finisher in the past four Dan Curl races, had nothing but trouble
from the time he arrived. Just unloading the car, Meyer broke off his exhaust
tip. Missed all but one practice due to a failed battery and scattered lead
ballast down the front straight away when e bolt holding the ballast broke and
ended up having to use the winch battery from his trailer. All that before the
first green flag and it didn’t get any better for him after that.
Race 1 had
Richards (61) on the pole with Nelson (80) on the outside. The outside line got
a great jump with Nelson clearing Richards in turn 1. Mills (22) and Akard (14)
stayed high with Mills getting by Richards and Akard battling him door to door.
On lap 2, Akard dove low to get under Richards in turn 1. Campbell (00) and
Mike Endee (26) followed Akard low and both were able to make the pass on
Richards going into turn 3.
(80) stretched his lead over Mills (22), Akard (14), Campbell (00) and Endee
(26) formed a line to chase them down. On lap 5, Campbell drove deep into turn
1 to get around Akard then Endee followed to get around Akard down the
backstretch. Meyer (04) worked his way around Akard on lap 6. Campbell and
Endee made their way to the front by first chasing down and passing Mills on lap
8. On lap 9, Campbell showed his might again by driving deep through turn 1 to
get around Nelson. Endee was right behind and took Nelson on the outside
through turn 3.
stretched his lead over Endee (26) by 8 car lengths as the two pulled away from
the rest of the field. Endee pushed hard and slowly chipped away at Campbell’s
lead. By lap 17, Endee found himself within 4 car lengths of Campbell. On lap
22, Endee slipped a little sideways in turn 4 and by the time he gathered it in,
Campbell’s lead was back to 8 car lengths.
not relent but was running out of laps. Endee closed again to within 4 car
lengths on Campbell on the white flag lap. Campbell drove deep into 1 as he had
earlier in the race to get around Nelson and Akard. This time, however, the 00
washed up in the turn. Campbell over compensated just a bit and got the car
pointing to the infield. By the time Campbell straightened his car Endee was
there, on the outside, at the exit of turn 2. Endee and Campbell had a drag
race down the back stretch with Endee having a slight advantage going into turn
3. Campbell got a little sideways in turn 4 trying to beat Endee on exit.
Endee motored out of turn 4 with the lead and took the win with Campbell right
behind. Richard Nelson (80) finished third followed by Mills (22), Meyer (04),
Akard (14), Richards (61) and Kevin Endee (5).
After Race 1,
Meyer complained that his car was “making a strange tire scrubbing noise through
the turns” and backed off a bit. Upon inspection, Meyer found that he broke a
stud in the right front hub and the other two lugs had loosened up. Without
time to repair the stud and not wanting to take any chances, Meyer elected to
start Race two from the rear and pull off after the first lap.
(5) and Paul Richards (61) started in the front row for Race 2 with Dan Akard
(14) and Richard Nelson (80) in row two. At the green flag, the outside line
again took off and left the inside line in their wake. By the time the cars
entered turn 1, the entire outside line passed pole sitter Endee. With Nelson
jumping to an earlier lead. On lap 2, Mike Endee (26) moved under Richards in
turn 2 for the second spot. Meyer (04) who planned on parking his car followed
Endee mounting a challenge from the inside on Richards. Going into turn 3,
Richards crossed in front of Meyer from the outside down to the apron.
Richards’ car started a slow slide through turns 3 and 4, pointing his nose to
the infield. When Richards corrected at the turn 4 exit, his car snapped hard
right and nosed into the wall. Meyer went high to elude Richards but had the
cut his car hard left as Richards headed up the track. Richards impact into the
wall spun his car around backing him into the wall a second time. Meyer was
able to get by, but not without clipping the front of Richards’ car. So much
for pulling off after one lap; afterward Meyer said, “how could I? I started
last and was vying for third on lap 2”.
put Mike Endee (26) on the outside of Richard Nelson (80). Endee wasted little
time, he passed Nelson out of turn 2 and hade Campbell (00) on his rear deck.
Nelson put up a good fight against Campbell but eventually gave up the second
spot on lap 4 in turn 2. On lap 6, going through turns 1 and 2, Nelson broke
his right front suspension and drifted up to the wall on exit of turn 2. How
Nelson didn’t hit the wall was a sign of great driving, saving the car.
Nelson’s exit marked the second car succumbing to the DeSoto stress on the right
The lap 6
restart whittled the field down to 5 cars with Endee on the pint and Campbell to
his outside. Campbell held tough on the outside of Endee all the way around to
turn 3 when Endee was able to clear Campbell. Endee pulled out to a comfortable
4 car length lead. Campbell wasn’t prepared to give up until lap 10 when a
broken right front heims joint launched his right front spring and showered
sparks from his undercarriage for the ¾ lap it took to safely pull to the
With only 4
cars left in the field, and Endee comfortably leading, the checkered flag came
out on lap 15. Endee had swept the two Dan Curl Jr. memorial features with Dan
Akard finishing second. Ric Mills was third and Kevin Endee fourth.
result for the memorial race had Endee (26) on top, Ric Mills (22) second and
Campbell (00) third. Dan Akard (14) was fourth, Nelson (80) fifth and Kevin
Endee (5) sixth.
Billy Campbell Breaks Endee's Streak
It was a
bittersweet night for Billy Campbell. Winning the Outlaw feature at DeSoto
Speedway turned out to be the easy part. The hard part was knowing that
his grandfather, Harry Campbell, would not be there to congratulate him.
Harry passed on the Sunday before the race. He himself was a racing Sprint
Car champion and a member of the Outlaw Modified family for well over a dozen
surrounded the track all afternoon. It drizzled but never really rained
hard; just wet enough to be a nuisance. Eight Outlaws showed up to see who
could top Mike Endee's perfect streak of three wins in a row. Dan Akard
brought the 14 team out for his first race since the season opener.
Richard Nelson (80)
won the heat race in a car that Harry Campbell build. Richard drew an "8"
to invert the entire field for the feature starting grid. That put the 5
of Kevin Endee on the pole with Akard (14) on the outside.
Akard pulled the
outside line with Mills (22), Meyer (04) and Endee (26) at the green flag.
Nelson (80), starting last on the inside, fell in behind Endee to join the
freight train. Going into turn 3, Meyer pulled along the inside of Mills
(22) for the second spot. Meyer and Mills drove side by side for the
entire second lap and through turns 1 & 2 of lap 3. Meyer finally
completed the pass on Mills in the back stretch and took Endee with him.
In the fourth lap, Endee dove below to get by Meyer (04). Nelson (80)
followed Endee on the inside while Campbell (00) closed in behind Meyer on the
outside. Meyer and Campbell used the outside to pull ahead of Nelson but,
entering turn 1 of lap 5, Meyer drifted high which opened the door for Campbell.
Campbell crossed down low ahead of Nelson and passed Meyer down the back
had established a pretty healthy lead. Endee (26), Campbell (00), Meyer
(04) and Nelson (80) lined up to chase Akard down. By lap 8, Endee came
within striking distance of Akard. Campbell made a run under Endee in turn
1 but slid up the track and lost a lot of ground. This gave Endee no
worries about challenging Akard for the lead. On lap 10, Endee drove deep
into turn 3 on the high side, then cut down low trying to pass Akard on the
inside coming out of turn 4. It is hard to say whether Akard was
protecting the inside or thought that Endee was still on his outside; but either
way, Endee was not expecting Akard to keep his car low out of turn 4.
Endee was carrying so much speed in trying to make pass that he had to bail out
to avoid hitting Akard. That spin brought out a rare Outlaw caution
and would sent Endee to the rear.
On the restart, it
again was the inside line led by Akard that did not fire. As the outside
line led by Campbell (00) and Nelson (80) drove off, Meyer (04), had to take
evasive action toward the infield and check up to avoid hitting Akard. The
rest of the inside line stacked up but when Akard fired, he drove hard to regain
the second spot behind Campbell, dropping Nelson to third, in front of Endee as
they raced into turn 1.
As the leaders
approached turn three of lap 11, Nelson (80) looked to the inside of Akard (14).
Nelson slid up and tried to challenge Akard on the outside coming out of four.
Endee (26) decided he wanted a part of the action and worked around the outside
of Nelson through turns one and two. Campbell, meanwhile, enjoyed
stretching his lead. Endee made a charge passing Akard on the outside
through turns one and two of lap 13.
The field stretched
itself out in single file, albeit 5 car lengths between each of them by lap 15.
By lap 18, Campbell's lead over Endee (26) was 3/4 of a straightaway and Akard
(14) was safely riding in third, Meyer (04) was trying to find a way
around Nelson (80) for fourth. Both Meyer and Nelson were clearly having
handling challenges but neither wanted to end up in the fifth spot.
Further back in the
field, the 22 of Mills and 51 of Patton were having quite the battle of their
own. On lap 21, Patton caught Mills, was able to get under Mills in turn
three of lap 22 and completed the pass in the backstretch of lap 23.
Campbell, who broke
the Endee streak of three straight feature wins, was rather emotional in the
winners circle. Billy gave honor to Harry Campbell and dedicated his win
to him. Endee finished second and Dan Akard posted his first career top
three finish. Congratulations to Dan. Richard Nelson was fourth,
Meyer fifth Patton sixth and Mills seventh. Kevin Endee did not finish.
Outlaw Modifieds Mourn Loss of Harry Campbell
William Campbell, 82, passed away Sunday, May 25, 2014 at his residence. He was
a Christian man. Harry was the patriarch of the Campbell racing family and a
long time friend of the Outlaw Modified Series. He built many #1 race cars
for the series.
was an auto mechanic by trade and was a Hall of Fame Sprint Car racer and
champion. He raised tropical fish on a fish farm in Florida. He was good at
everything he set his mind to do.
survived by his wife, Sarah Campbell of Georgetown; four children, William and
Diane of Dade City FL, Roy Campbell of Bradenton, FL, Linda and Hardy Crisp of
Cleveland and Robert and Linda Campbell of Dunedin, FL; nine grandchildren;
seven great-grandchildren and one brother, Stephen Campbell of Pinellas Park,
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Campbell family guest
Mike Endee Perfect in 2014 with Third Win
Mike Endee is perfect for 2014
with three feature wins in as many races. The Outlaw Modifieds are also
perfect in completing their third caution free feature, 75 total laps, for 2014.
As one driver put it afterward, "the only way to beat Endee, as fast as he is
right now, is to drive a perfect race".
It started as a soggy Saturday
with all central Florida short tracks cancelling for rain...except Showtime
Speedway. Showtime had scheduled a "Making Dreams Come True" for CuRED
Racing to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. On hand would be the
Boy of the Year Nezden and Girl of the Year Kyanna to ride the pace car and
present trophies. As the late afternoon rain slowed to a drizzle, speedway
promoter Robert Yoho said, "this one is for those to kids, we are going to put
on a show for them, no matter what". At Showtime, Robert Yoho normally
gets what he wants, even a break in the weather. And what a show it was.
Showtime Speedway drew over 100 race cars including winged/non-winged sprints,
super late models pro trucks and a double feature street 8's. Racing began
at 7PM and wasn't over until just past 12:30AM with no intermission.
On hand for the Outlaws was
Richard Nelson (80) who made an impressive Outlaw debut in the last race at
DeSoto. Mark Patton brought his "other" #51 car after taking a hot oil
shower from the one he brought to DeSoto.
All drivers seemed to complain
about a tight track during practice and most made big adjustments to improve
handling. Billy Campbell arrived after practice was over, much to the
misfortune of Meyer (04) who started behind Campbell in the heat race. "I
was all over Billy's bumper through the turns but didn't dare go underneath".
With a push Campbell's front wheels were turned left as the car drifted up the
race track. "You never know when it would catch and come back down", Meyer
said. Campbell took the heat race with Meyer right behind. Richard
Nelson suffered a more disappointing fate in the heat race as a miss at the end
of the straight away during practice developed into a miss all the way around
the track. It took many hands and even more opinions to narrow the problem
to a faulty power valve with a replacement graciously provided by Ric Mills.
The feature line up had Patton
(51) on the pole with Ric Mills (22) to his outside. As the field reached
turn 1, Mills led the outside line ahead of Patton. Through the turn,
Meyer (04) crossed low ahead of Patton and powered out of the turn ahead of
Mills for the lead. On lap 2, Nelson (80) got by Patton with Campbell (00)
and Endee (26) following. Meyer stretched his lead while Nelson in third
dealt with second place Mills.
By lap 5, Meyer's lead was nearly
a full straight away while Nelson (80) , Campbell (00) and Endee (26) finished
off Mills and fought amongst themselves in a tight battle for second.
Endee managed to get around the outside of Nelson on lap 6 with Campbell behind
Nelson. As long as they were vying for position, Meyer drove comfortably
away but once Endee, Nelson and Campbell hooked up nose to tail, they drew a
bead on Meyer to chase him down.
Meyer said he actually slowed down
to allow Endee to catch him on lap 8. Meyer said, "Once I saw Endee in
second and coming on strong, I figured if I couldn't beat him with horsepower, I
would have to do it with handling, but I will have to drive perfectly, so I
better cool my tires".
Meyer and Endee put on a great
show running in a tight battle for 10 laps. Meyer kept to the inside and
drove off the corners really well. Endee, committed to the outside, sailed
into the turns trying to get enough grip to get around Meyer. Several
times, Endee nearly pulled it off with the two coming out of the turns side by
side. Twice, on lap 13 and on lap 15, Endee's car washed up the track and
slid back three car lengths before mounting a new challenge. The battle
between Meyer and Endee was exciting to watch and it slowed both cars enough for
Nelson (80) and Campbell (00) to join in the fray.
Finally, on lap 17, Endee (26) had
enough grip on the outside to slide by Meyer coming out of turn 4. Meyer
tried to fight back but got his car a little sideways drifting up the track.
So much for "driving perfectly", Nelson and Campbell saw Meyer open the door
with his miscue and took full advantage. Nelson pulled along the inside of
Meyer down the front stretch and into turn 1. Campbell stayed right on
Nelson's bumper and held Meyer up on the outside coming out of one.
Campbell cleared Meyer down the back stretch.
And, with that, the field was set
for the finish running the next 7 laps nose to tail with Endee (26) out front,
Nelson (80) in second, Campbell (00) third and Meyer (04) with Mills (22) right
behind. Mark Patton (51) and Kevin Endee (5) rounded out the field.
Endee may have been perfect
through three races in 2014, but the exciting show the Outlaws put on at
Showtime is a good indication that there is plenty of good competition right
behind him. Anyone of several drivers could drive that "perfect race" to
beat Endee. The only question is who will it be and when? For now,
Endee has been flawless.
Two Feature Wins in a Row for
at DeSoto Speedway
Wasting no time, Mike Endee works
his way through the field to win the caution free Outlaw Feature at DeSoto
Speedway to take his second feature win of the season.
It was the Saturday before Easter
and the Outlaw Modifieds donated 10 Easter baskets for a fairly large crowd of
young race fans.
The Outlaw Modifieds welcome racer
Richard Nelson to the series. Richard bought the #10 from Robert Campbell
and rebranded it with the #80. The car was always competitive with Robert
Campbell behind the wheel. Richard comes to the series with an impressive
driving resume, so this should make for a very competitive addition to the
Tom Meyer (04) drew the pole
position for the heat race. Meyer held off a threat from Billy Campbell
(00) but managed to hangon for the heat win. the heat race was no so kind
to Mark Patton (51). Mark had fought a bit of a front seal oil leak during
the warm-up hot laps. During the heat race, the damn broke and Mark was
showered with hot oil. Mark was OK, but the car was done for the night.
Following the heat race, Meyer drew a "2" for the feature race inversion,
putting Billy Campbell on the pole.
Taking the green flag, Campbell
took the early lead, beating Meyer into turn 1. Meyer fought back on the
outside of Campbell down the back stretch. Nelson (80) worked under the 22
of Mills to take the third spot.
On lap 2, Mike Endee, starting
last due to winning the previous Outlaw race overtook Mills and challenged
Nelson for third place. While Campbell (00) stretched his lead, the 04, 80
and 26 drove in a nose to tail battle to sort out second place. Meter had
it and was pretty fast around turns one and two, but was having trouble all
night in turn 3. Bottoming out at both ends of the speedway, the bumps in
turn 3 upset his chassis so he couldn't take the turn at full speed. Meyer
stayed low and Nelson (80) gladly took the outside line around Meyer in turn 4
of lap 4. Endee (26) saw the same opportunity around the outside but Meyer
held him off, again until turn 3 where Endee was able to complete the pass.
Campbell (00) established a
comfortable lead with Nelson, Endee and Meyer running nose to tail 10 car
lengths behind. On lap 8, Endee (26) worked his way to the outside of
Nelson (80) and was able to get by coming out of turn 4 on lap 8.
While Endee was chasing down
Campbell, Meyer was able to fight his way back around Nelson coming out of turn
4 on lap 10. On lap 11, Endee (26) caught Campbell (00) but Campbell put
up a good fight. Endee worked his way under Campbell in turn 4 of lap 12
and the two ran side by side until Endee was able to complete the pass down the
backstretch of lap 13.
Endee (26) started pulling away
from Campbell (00) and Meyer (04) was comfortable ahead of Nelson (80) as the
field stretched out. Trying to give Endee one last run, Campbell slid his
car sideways in turn 4 of lap 19. Campbell saved the car from going all
the way around, but caught a piece of the infield trying to straighten it out.
That was more than enough for Meyer and Nelson to get by Campbell.
By lap 20, Endee had a full
straightaway advantage over Meyer who, at this point, seemed to be content with
a second place run given his handling problems in turn 3.
Endee easily took the feature win
with Meyer finishing second. Richard Nelson made a great showing for his
Outlaw modified debut by finishing third. Cambell had to settle for fourth
after sliding his car through turn 4. Mills (22) finished fifth and Kevin
Endee (5) sixth.
Mike Endee Starts 2014 Season with Feature Win
at DeSoto Speedway
Kevin Campbell Crowned Champion at Outlaw
Modified Awards Banquet
Outlaw Modified Awards Banquet was held on 25 January and hosted by Don and Jill
Delaney, owners of series co-sponsor Electric Motors Lift Station Service.
Jill Marie was on hand representing series co-sponsor Q Auto & Injury Attorneys.
The event this year was extra special as
many notable series legends were in attendance including Steve and Philip
Bringham, George Sands, Ted Katie and Lance Hoverson and many, many, more.
Series founding teams of Kevin Endee, Harold Perry and Craig Sherar are still
active and were also on hand for the festivities.
The top 10 trophies were provided
by Q Auto & Injury Attorneys through Dudley's Trophies in Pinellas Park.
Dudley's did a superb job crafting the 2013 trophies and the Outlaw Modified
Series thanks our sponsor Leonard McCue for making this year's trophies
something to remember.
The Delaneys really outdid
themselves, making this a banquet to remember. Jill Marie delivered a
message from Leonard McCue which portrays our 2014 racing season as something to
get really excited about. Stay tuned!!!!