Lakeland, FL - Central Florida standout racer LJ Grimm is no stranger to victory lane in a wide variety of different cars and classes, but a prestigious Wheelman Series victory has slipped him by until this past weekend. Grimm would make his way from his seventh-place starting spot to battle inside and out to move his way to second-place and have one of the best battles of the season with Brandon Morris running side by side and swapping the lead multiple times before ultimately claiming his first Wheelman Series victory and taking home the Blue Gator Tiki Bar & Restaurant first time winners award.
Twenty of the best sportsman racers in Florida made their way to Citrus County Speedway for Round 12 of the Brandon Ford Wheelman Series presented by Gagel’s Auto Parts and powered by Sunoco Race Fuels.
On a cool fall night full of Halloween festivities for the kids, Grimm would prove to have plenty of treats for the fans topping the charts with a blistering new track record of 14.034 seconds. Grimm would go on to pull a seven for an invert giving the front row to Brandon Morris and Colton Bramlett.
After posting the third-quickest time in qualifying, Robbie Yoakam would start scratch on the field after a post-qualifying ride height infraction. Yoakam would prove his third-place qualifying effort was no fluke, passing inside and outside and driving his way up to a very respectable fith-place finish and winning the Velocita Hot Shoe Award.
Points leader Jesse Henley kept his streak on consistent runs alive, qualifying fourth, starting fourth and finishing fourth. Henley and the entire Liberty Tax team kept their eyes on the prize racing a very clean and methodical race giving them 11 top 10s and seven top-fives in 12 races.
After surrendering his normal ride at the last Wheelman race to run his family owned open wheel modified, Devin McLeod was back in the Lewis Racing owned No. 5 and right back to his old ways qualifying third, starting fifth and putting together a solid third-place finish in only his second race in the team’s new Finish Line Fabricating sportsman.
Another race and another second-place run for Brandon Morris. Morris, who qualified seventh and was inverted to the pole, battled Grimm restart after restart swapping the lead multiple times before surrendering the lead. Morris now has three second-place finishes in a row and has a firm grip on second-place in points with one race to go.
Other series notables include Joe Winchell who worked his was as high as third and ended up sixth. Brooke Storer, who participated in NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program earlier in the week was back in action posting another good run, finishing seventh. Perennial truck series winner, Tommy Kelly pulled his sportsman out once again and was on his was to a top five run before a late race altercation would put him to the rear of the field. Kelly was able to get back to eighth-place.
The next scheduled event for the Brandon Ford Wheel Man Series is Saturday, November 24th at 4-17 Southern Speedway. For more information about the Brandon Ford Wheel Man Sportsman Series, find us on our Facebook page @WheelManSeries.
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