The Florida Super Late Model scene was back at it Saturday night under the lights at Auburndale Speedway in Winter Haven, Florida as Chris Fontaine got the monkey off his back to claim the first win of the year for his Glenden Enterprises team. To do so he had to hold off top flight contenders Josh Todd, Brandon Duscherer, Joe Boyd, and George Gorham Jr.
“It was great to be able to get back up front. The guys put together a great car for me. Both of them helped me practice it and between the three of us we worked out what we wanted. Our qualifying didn’t go well but we got to start up front with the pill draw and the car stayed with me this time,” Fontaine told Speed51.com post race.
Last time out Fontaine held the lead for the majority of the race, but fell back late due to an untimely penalty. That said, Fontaine said it isn’t worth it to dwell on what could have been.
Open Wheel Modified regular Josh Todd gave Fontaine a run for his money in the final fifty laps to claim his second, second-place finish of the season in his No. 0 machine.
“Wow. Two seconds. We were pretty quick. Just didn’t quite have enough motor to drive underneath him. Towards the end the car started overheating when I got stuck behind him. So I backed up, got low, and got the car cooled off. The car got tight going in and a little snappy free coming off when I tried driving underneath him. We’ll go home, work on it, and try to get a little more horsepower, come back and see what we can do.”
Third-place went to 14-year-old phenom Jett Noland who battled an ill-handling car for the majority of the night.
“We were doing good until about the 70thlap but then we started losing our breaks. But then we got the yellow flag, we got the brakes cooled down. Then we started running 30-40 laps and the brakes started going out again towards the end. I barely had any brakes.”
The next race on the Sunoco Super Eight series at Auburndale Speedway will be June 30th, though Florida race fans won’t have to wait that long for plenty of great Super Late Model racing. Next week 417 Southern Speedway in Punta Gorda, Florida and Showtime Speedway in Clearwater, Florida will have a Saturday-Sunday double feature expecting to bring out all the best drivers from across the state.
Race fans can catch the skinny of what went down Saturday Night in Speed51’s Speed Central coverage by clicking here.
-Story by Allick Jorgensen, Florida State Editor – Twitter: @AJorgensen24
-Photo credit: Speed51
Sunoco Super Eight Late Model Series Unofficial Results:
Auburndale Speedway – Winter Haven, Florida – May 12, 2018
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