It was another wild night at Auburndale Speedway, in Winter Haven, Florida, as the stars of the Sunoco Challenge Series battled it out for 100 laps around the three-eighths mile bullring. At the end of the night, it came down to two drivers – Jeff Scofield and Joe Boyd – fighting for the win in a fierce battle. Scofield would end up coming out on top for his first series win of 2016.
“Great car. Great team. You know, everybody comes together to make this possible for us and we just got lucky,” said Scofield after the race. “It played in our favor, we got to the lead, Joe (Boyd) passed me, I was kind of riding, I fell asleep, he passed me, we passed him back, he passed me, and then finally there at the end once we got close I just gave her all she had and I think we pulled away a little bit there. But good hard racing, just luck played on our side and we’ll take it.”
A field of 21 drivers started the event but just a handful of laps in, attrition started to set in as drivers started leaning on one another for the same real estate.
Even fan favorite Jesse Dutilly got into some trouble as he worked his way through the dense field.
“I made a huge mistake, it was my fault 100%. I ran over a competitor (Mike Franklin’s No.12D) and it totally was my fault, so I wish he could have gotten his spot back, he didn’t and I owe him one there. That’s short track racing, I didn’t know he was under me and I was told, I didn’t hear him, and so it was unfortunate.”
Fifty laps later, Mike Franklin’s night would completely go up in smoke as his car caught fire in turn four. He quickly escaped and the fire was suppressed, but the damage was clearly done to his car and his on-track relationship with Dutilly.
Dutilly would go on to finish third, as the witness to a fantastic lap-by-lap battle for the win between Boyd and Scofield.
“It was a great race. Those two were battling. I was able to get up to them and I feel like we had three close cars,” Dutilly told Speed51.com powered by JEGS in a post-race interview.
Boyd, who would end up second, agreed with Dutilly about the excitement of the race.
“That was a great race,” he said. “You know, if the fans didn’t get a show tonight I don’t know what they’d be asking for. I think we did a hell of a job.”
Dylan Bigley and Billy Bigley completed the top five on Saturday night.
The Sunoco Challenge Series picks back up May 21 at Desoto Speedway.
Sunoco Challenge Series 100 Unofficial Results:
|16||12D||Mike Franklin Jr.|
-By Allick Jorgensen, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @AJorgensen24
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