As the 2020 Brandon Ford Wheel Man Racing Series season starts winding down, the action keeps heating up. Saturday night’s 50 lap feature at Citrus County Speedway provided more incredible action, with wild wrecks, classic rivalries, upset victories and more. Fans were able to witness it all, but at the end of the day the trophy went home with Brooke Storer for the second week in a row after Adam Briggs failed post-race technical inspection.
Storer had a dominant car, set fast time in qualifying and drove through the field after the inversion. She looked to steal the show when clutch issues on a late race restart allowed Briggs to take the lead.
“I told my team, my dad and Jason (Boyd), on lap one that this was our race to lose,” Storer told Speed51. “Even though we were starting 12th, that thing fired off and I couldn’t have been more happy. I’ve never had such a good race car anywhere I’ve been. So, shout out to those guys. They make it possible for me, York, Air One, Eagle Steel, PFC, Eibach. To be able to park these guys in victory lane and get fast time two weeks in a row is really impressive and I couldn’t be more happy.
“It was very stressful,” Storer continued. “With 18 to go I felt it start slipping under green coming up off and I was like, ‘If this stays green, this will probably help up off [the corners] so we don’t spin the tires.’ But we had those two late race restarts where they took us three-wide by the flag stand because I was just sitting there hitting the chip and wouldn’t grab. Luckily, we held onto second.
“Adam drove a great race. He was there to jump when we weren’t able to capitalize on starting on the pole for that last restart. So, we stayed patient behind him because there was nothing else we could have done. Not the way we wanted to win the race by any means at all. But we’ll take it when we can.”
A dejected Adam Briggs caught up with Speed51 after learning of his disqualification, his second in the series in just as many weeks.
“They said our right front spring was too small. It measured right seven days ago at Punta Gorda. We came here with it and they said it shrunk. So, it is what it is. We drove from 22nd to first. What can you do? The Wheel Man (Series) has it out for us and it always will be. But we’ll be at Governor’s Cup with it, so we’ll see how it goes.”
Jake Perkins went on to finish second, his best finish yet in his Wheel Man Series Rookie of the Year campaign.
“I feel really good,” said Perkins. “We struggled in practice today, but I’ve said it a million times. I’ve got the best group of guys. We just never give up. That’s our Motto. So they just never gave up on this thing. We got it a little bit better for Qualifying and then got it even better for the race.
“It was a rocket ship for the first 25-30 laps, and then it got just a little bit too free up off to hold off Brooke. But all-in-all it was an awesome night. Definitely a good points night. This championship battle is really shaping up with two to go. So I gotta thank Captain Bob’s Airboat Tours, Perkins Dentistry, and the Blue Gator of Dunellon. All these guys that work on this thing. We do this part time for the fun of it, and for us to put this together and get a bunch of top fives. I just want to win for them. I just want to win for these guys so bad, and we keep getting closer. I know it’s coming. We’re gonna dig the rest of the year.”
-Story by Speed51 Staff
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Brandon Ford Wheel Man Racing Series Unofficial Results
Citrus County Speedway (FL) – September 26, 2020