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14 December Race at Full Throttle has been
Rescheduled for 7 Dec
Billy Campbell Finishes Big After Bad Crash in
First Lap Ousts Kevin Campbell
Annual Eddie Brann Memorial saw several open wheel divisions competing at Full
Throttle Speedway on 16 November. The Outlaw Modifieds accepted the
invitation to join the other open wheel divisions but the late addition to the
race schedule caught a outlaw regulars unable to participate.
Nevertheless, those teams that participated put on a show that only the Outlaw
Modifieds can. Past Outlaw Champion Billy Campbell outlasted Mike Endee to
take the feature race.
The heat race
was won by Billy Campbell (00) with Mike Endee (26) and Kevin Campbell (19)
following behind. Billy drew a "0" for the feature line up inversion
giving himself the pole position.
green flag fell for the feature event, Billy fired and pulled ahead with the
rest of the field bunched up behind him. Kevin Campbell (19) and Mike
Endee (26) charged from the last row down the backstretch. Coming out of
turn 4, the 22 car driven by Jim Lafreniere and Kevin Campbell (19) made
contact causing Campbell's car to flip then slide backwards up the racetrack
ending with the back of the 19 on top of the retaining wall and tear a bit of
the catch fence.
It has been
over a decade since an Outlaw car ended up on its lid. Just as the former
event, Kevin Campbell was able to walk away from the scene unhurt. Truly a
testament to the safety features (roll cage, restraint system, etc) built into
the cars and Outlaw rules, everyone drew a sign of relief to see that Kevin was
track crew removed Campbell's car, the field was regrouped for a complete
restart. Billy Campbell (00) jumped to an early lead which he would not give up
despite a charge from Endee in the 26. Campbell and Endee chased each other just
as they did in the previous Outlaw race on 5 October race here at Full Throttle.
This time, however, it was Campbell who came out on top after 20 caution free
laps. Paul Richards Sr. (61) was third, Jim Lafreniere (22) was fourth and
Kevin Endee (5) was fifth.
Outlaw Modified race is the season double points finale scheduled for 7 December
at Full Throttle Speedway.
Mike Endee Leads Nose to Tail Threesome to
Checkers at Full Throttle Speedway
Modifieds visited Full Throttle Speedway for the third time this season.
Fans were treated to a tight three car battle at the front of the heat and
features races. Reigning Outlaw Champion Mike Endee took the feature win
with Billy Campbell and Tom Meyer right behind.
(51) sported a new car with a colorful wrap.
His interior is made primarily of mirror like polished aluminum panels that was
beautifully bead rolled.
brought the 61 back after a two race hiatus. Mechanical problems kept
Richards out of the heat race and sent him home early.
Lafreniere was last seen on 31 August in a horrific wreck at Showtime Speedway.
With Jim's thumb/wrist having healed better than the #56 he was driving, Jim was
on hand to take the wheel of the Wild Blue 22 owned by race director Ric Mills.
Jim's car broke (burnt piston) before the start of the heat race, ending his
The heat race
served as a harbinger of the feature event with Billy Campbell (00) leading an
eight lap, three car, freight train of Endee (26) and Meyer (04) across the
finish line for the win. Campbell's pill draw would invert the entire
field for the start of the feature race.
(5) took the pole position with Patton (51) on his outside. Patton get a
good jump at the green flag an pulled the outside line of Endee (26) and
Campbell (00) behind him. Meyer (04) was caught behind Kevin Endee (5) and
had to let the entire field pass before getting to turn one before he could
clear Endee (5). With the low line cleared in front of Endee (5),
Mike Endee (26) dove below Patton (51) in the middle of turns one and two.
Billy Campbell (00) followed Mike Endee (26) low, crossing in front of Kevin
Endee (5). Mike Endee (26) and Billy Campbell (00) started pulling away
while Meyer (04) worked his way around Patton on lap two.
pull out to a 10 car length lead over Campbell (00) with Meyer trying to play
catch up after the slow start. On lap six, Campbell (00) slid sideways
coming out of turn two headed toward the infield. Billy saved the car by
snapping it first to the right then straightening it out. Meyer following
behind checked up then passed around the outside. Later Billy said he
"thought he saw a mole and tried to hit it".
now in second, chased Endee (26) trying to make up time. Campbell (00)
wanted his second spot back had his sights on Meyer. On lap eight,
Campbell caught Meyer's bumper coming out of turn four. Campbell nipped at
Meyer's bumper for a full lap and made a run underneath Meyer in turn one of lap
9. Meyer held Campbell off coming out of two and pulled ahead by 5 car
lengths. Endee (26) meanwhile held a comfortable half straightaway lead
debris gathered the field on lap 12. Endee (26) on the inside didn't fire
when he got to the restart box so Meyer (04) had to check. When Endee did
fire, Campbell (00) was ready and dove below Endee just past the start finish
line. Both had a great jump on Meyer (04) and ended up going into turn one
side by side. Campbell (00) and Endee (26) stayed side by side for all of
lap 12. Campbell began pulling ahead of Endee on lap 13 establishing a two
car length lead. Mike Endee (26) fought back and caught Campbell in turn
three of lap 14. With a lot of pull coming out of turn four, Endee was
able to pull along side of Campbell. Meyer had a great view of the two
battling for the lead as he drew close behind. Mark Patton (51), running
fourth, kept up behind Meyer five car lengths. Meyer hadn't worried about
Patton in the first half of the race, but since the restart, Patton's car looked
much more competitive forcing Meyer to watch his back side while Endee and
Campbell fought for the lead.
On lap 17,
the top three were spread by four car lengths Endee to Campbell and four car
lengths Campbell to Meyer. Patton fell to ten car lengths behind Meyer.
With five to
go, things really started heating up with Campbell (00) gaining on Endee (26)
and Meyer (04) closing to within a car length behind Campbell. Endee saw
the Campbell challenge coming and re-established his lead at five car lengths
but Meyer kept after Campbell. On the white flag lap, Endee maintained his
comfortable five car length lead but Meyer wasn't through with Campbell.
Endee needed to only finish clean out of four for the win. Making a dash
to the low side in turn three, Meyer tried to make a run at Campbell.
Campbell protected the low side out of four forcing Meyer to switch to the high
side for a run. The cross over cost Meyer and Campbell was able to hold on
to second with Meyer half a car length behind on the outside. Patton
finished fourth with an impressive run and Kevin Endee finish fifth.
It's been a
rough year at the previous two visits to Full Throttle Speedway for the reigning
Outlaw Champion, Mike Endee. In the May Race, Mike ended up in the turn
three/four wall with a hung throttle and in the June race broke a cam while
leading. Though he admittedly "slept" through the lap 12 restart, Mike
drove a great race and put on a good show battling with Billy Campbell.
race is 2 November at Showtime Speedway.
Kevin Campbell Wins Third 2013 Outlaw Modified Feature at Showtime Speedway
It seems to
most short track series after long gaps between races, drivers have a can be a
little over anxious or lack rhythm upon returning to the track. This may
have been the case when the Outlaws visited Showtime in their previous race
after having not raced between 22 June and 31 August. They certainly more
than made up for it in Saturday’s race when the Outlaw Modifieds were back at
Showtime Speedway in true form and put on a great show that ended with points
leader Kevin Campbell taking the checkers in an impressive feature win over Mike
Endee. Kevin notched his third feature win for the 2013 season after starting
the season with back to back wins (at Showtime and Auburndale).
heavily on the minds of all Outlaw drivers was the condition of 2009 Outlaw
Modified Champion, Billy Campbell. Just prior to the heat race, Billy
experienced difficulty breathing and was taken by ambulance to the hospital as a
precaution. The Outlaw Modifieds family care deeply for the well being of all
its members and hope that all is well for Billy. The hospital report was
that Billy suffered case of overheating/dehydration. Robert Campbell was on hand
and reluctantly agreed to take the wheel of the 00. Certainly, his thoughts
were not on racing but the condition of Billy.
The heat race
was the first indication that the Outlaws were going to put on a good show. Tom
Meyer (04) led from his starting pole position but had pressure from behind by
Ric Mills (22), Mike Endee (26) and Kevin Campbell (19). On the white flag lap,
Campbell (19) showed his power catching Meyer in the backstretch and pulled
along side going into turn three. Campbell nearly won the drag race to the
checkers with Meyer coming out of turn four. Meyer edged Campbell by less than
half a car length as the cars crossed the start finish side by side.
With no cars
inverted for the feature line up, Meyer conceded that he had nothing for Kevin
Campbell who would be starting on his outside of the front row. “My car was
just a little loose”, Meyer said, “but the way Kevin was able to drive below me,
hold his line and nearly beat me to the finish line was pretty impressive”.
When the field
took the green flag for the feature race, it was all Meyer (04) could do to keep
up with Campbell (19) on his outside. About the only thing Meyer had in
his favor was the preferred inside lane, but that did not last long. On lap three, Campbell would clear Meyer
with little effort. Mike Endee (26) started in the fifth spot and moved to the
outside around Mills (22). Before the feature race, Endee said “with only 15 laps, I
have to work fast to have any hope of winning this thing”. Endee, too, saw what
Campbell accomplished in the heat race and knew it would be an uphill battle.
Meyer stuck to the inside and on lap four, Endee motored by with his eyes set on
Campbell. Ric Mills stayed on Meyer’s rear bumper just like “old times” between the
two. Robert Campbell (00) and Kevin Endee (5) followed Mills.
It took several
laps after clearing Meyer for Endee (26) to catch Kevin Campbell (19), coming to
within two car lengths. Catching and passing are two different things.
Campbell was fast, real fast, and had a good handle on his car. It was almost
déjà vu from the Outlaws last race at Showtime with Kevin Campbell leading and
Mike Endee chasing. In that race, however, Endee bided his time and found
an opening when Campbell pushed ever so slightly up the track to get by for the
win. Not this time, though. Campbell would not err. Endee
would close the gap a
couple times but Campbell was able to hold his line and out power Endee opening his lead
to four car lengths. Endee would close again, this time even closer than
before. No worry for Campbell, he made no mistake and showed plenty of power to
keep Endee safely behind him.
Campbell (19) took the win
with Endee (26) chasing but not catching. Meyer (04) was third after pulling
away from Mills (22). Robert Campbell (00) finished fifth and Kevin Endee (5)
sixth. After the race, Endee said all he needed was “another five laps and I
would have had him”. We will never know; Campbell looked pretty stout at
shall see if Endee has anything for him at the next Outlaw race on 5 October at
Full Throttle Speedway.