Whenever the Sunoco Challenge Series hits the high banks of Auburndale Speedway (FL) fans can expect some of the best Super Late Model racing in the state of Florida. Saturday night at “The Bullring” didn’t disappoint. In this installment, the second race of 2016, in front of a packed grandstand, Joe Boyd pulled the upset win in a race filled with carnage.
“It was great, you know. We had a good car all weekend long, practicing and everything, and it came together there in the end,” Boyd told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “We got a rough start there and got sent to the back for no reason really, but I recovered from it. We’ll take it.”
Boyd, who started on the outside of the front row after an invert, didn’t have an easy path to victory lane. He battled Florida Super Late Model ace Jesse Dutilly early for the lead before getting shuffled back on a lap 45 restart and spinning a few laps later.
It only took Boyd a few laps to rejoin the front runners after the spin, and he was able to take advantage of a lap 62 spin by Dutilly to begin challenging for the lead. Boyd made his way around the outside of Anthony Sergi on lap 71 and never looked back on his way to victory lane.
Sergi came back from being a lap down early on to take home runner-up honors.
“I tried to get out of the mess (the rear of the field), but we got in the mess in the beginning,” Sergi explained. “We got a lap down, got our lap back, and got back up to second. I’m not mad about it. I kind of wore the tires off trying to get back up front, so I think if we just didn’t get in that mess we could have been a contender for the win. We led a couple laps. I was happy with my restarts today and it was a good race.”
Polesitter Mike Franklin avoided the early carnage and rounded out the podium in his No. 12D.
“This place is a tight little bull ring, it’s what the fans come out to see. Every time we come here it produces a lot of action-packed racing, and when they do the double-file restart it makes it even that much better,” Franklin said.
“I had a blast man, Sergi, this is the first time I’ve really ever raced against him. I’ve heard a lot about him, and he definitely has a future in the sport, because we just raced five or six laps side by side and he never abused me or used me up. “I can’t really say that about everybody out here.
The Sunoco Challenge series will continue April 23 at Desoto Speedway.
-By Allick Jorgensen, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @AJorgensen24
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