Florida Speedweeks has come and gone, but not without many memorable moments caught on the Speed51 Network’s cameras. Over the course of the two-week racing extravaganza on both dirt and pavement, there were plenty of controversies, hot tempers, wild crashes and elated winners. Let’s take a look back on the Top 10 moments from the Speed51 Network’s coverage of Florida Speedweeks 2016.
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1) Todd Gilliland Discusses Wild Finish to K&N East Opener
One of the craziest and most controversial finishes in the history of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East had the racing world abuzz on Valentine’s Day, February 14. A wild crash ensued on a lap that technically did not count in the record books, as the leaders had already been given a checkered flag. Sound wild? It was. Hear from the driver who stood in victory lane.
2) Stone Flips in a Wild Pro Late Model Race at New Smyrna
Vermont’s Todd Stone made the long haul to New Smyrna to compete in the Pro Late Model division during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. After all that preparation and travel, Speedweeks got off to an upside-down start for Stone. Check out the wild flip from on board Cole Anderson’s car here and see it in its entirety in the full race highlights here.
3) Laubach Splits Traffic, Traps Sheppard for the Win
The Super DIRTcar Series’ third night of action at Volusia Speedway Park featured one of the most action-packed finishes to any event during Speedweeks. Rick Laubach threaded the needle to make his way to the lead. Once there, he had to hold off a hungry pack behind him for the victory.
4) Majeski/Burton Spark Respectful Rivalry
Two up-and-coming stars on the scene built up a rivalry early in the 2016 season through the course of the World Series at New Smyrna Speedway. Ty Majeski, the Super Late Model division’s champion, and two-time World Series SLM winner, battled door-to-door on several occasions for victories. While the battles sometimes ended in some traded paint, both drivers left New Smyrna with respect for their rival. Hear from Majeski here and from Burton here about the World Series battles the two drivers had.
5) Thrilling Finish for Bandolero Outlaws at Orlando
While the seasoned veterans of short track racing battled throughout Speedweeks at New Smyrna, Volusia and beyond, the next generation of standouts were having their own series of short track battles in Legend Cars and Bandoleros at Orlando Speedworld. While action was the norm throughout the five-day extravaganza at Orlando, one finish had the pit area and grandstands abuzz. Watch the thrilling last-lap pass that won Casey Call a victory now.
6) SLM Leaders Tangle Throughout World Series Night 1
The tone was set early for the Super Late Model racers at the New Smyrna World Series, when contact was made by several of the leaders through the opening night’s 35-lap feature. Steve Wallace was right in the middle of things, as were Cole Anderson, David Rogers, Todd Gilliland and more.
7) “Super Matt” Takes Big Block Night 2 at Volusia
Matt Sheppard made the bold move to start up his own team in 2016 after parting ways with the Heinke-Baldwin Racing team, with whom the driver known as “Super Matt” saw much success. That decision paid off with a victory in just the second race of the season with his new home-built team.
It didn’t take long for the young stars of the Semi-Pro division of Legend Cars to get “slideways” at Orlando Speedworld. From the drop of the green flag, there was slicing and dicing up front and throughout the field.
9) Four Views from On Board Danny Johnson’s Car
Ever wondered what it’s like to man-handle a high-horsepower behemoth that is a Super DIRTcar Series big-block Modified? Now you can by riding along with “The Doctor” Danny Johnson from four on-board camera views. Watch the veteran racer wheel his racecar around Volusia with prescision.
10) Modified Tour Champs & More Battle at Bronson
While it was disappointing to see only five Tour-Type Modifieds show up to a $2,000-to-win show at Florida’s Bronson Speedway prior to the Modifieds hitting New Smyrna, the show the handful of drivers put on was impressive. Two NASCAR Modified Tour champions battled for the win up front, with one of them putting together an impressive burnout after taking the checkered flag.
– By Speed51.com Staff