The Brandon Ford Wheel Man Series closed out its season Saturday night at Citrus County Speedway with the inaugural High Kick 99. With 28 cars on site and fans pouring in from across the State of Florida, the triple 33-lap segment race didn’t disappoint as Patrick Thomas took home the checkered flag, the series championship and the coveted kiss with the donkey at the end of the night.
“Man, these guys really made me work hard this year,“ said an emotional Thomas in victory lane. “We came in with no expectations. We came in only to run the first race. I got a sponsor to go to the first race. We weren’t even going truthfully. But we got a tire sponsor and someone to pay for a hotel for us to go to Cordele, so we went up there and we won that race, and it kind of set the whole season in motion to keep going.
“My whole plan was to back off a little and not race as much this year, just go around to some different tracks and run some different races and really just not put as much into it. But we go to the first race and win. We go to the second race and run good. We go to the third race and run good, and it’s like here we go again, back racing for points.”
As for the high kick itself, Thomas was blunt about his performance.
“As for tonight we prepared a car that was good enough to win the race. It’s pretty cool,” Thomas continued. “I didn’t think we were going to do that. I knew Jesse (Henley) was going to be tough. I knew Brooke (Storer) was going to be tough. Those guys qualify so fast and they’re so good around here. I’m an outsider. I’m not a west coast driver. This is a west coast series. It just feels so good to come over here and compete with these guys, and to come here and get a second win and to wrap the season up means a lot.”
After the initial segment the race was shaping up to be the fight that Thomas predicted between Jesse Henley, Brooke Storer and himself. Though a chaotic second segment would shake up the top three, leaving JR Beckner and Rex Struble in the cat bird’s seat for podium finishes on the evening.
“Overall It was a great day,“ Beckner said. “I’ve been stoked up all week for this race. So to come here and run second tonight was pretty stout. I want to give a special thanks to Gagel Auto Parts, the Wheel Man Series and Brandon Ford. We had a great car. Just a couple incidents created a little bit of a problem there, but second overall is pretty good.“
“It was a lot of fun,” Struble said. “The segment thing was really cool. You got to see how your car was either up front or in the rear. You were around different cars the entire race and that was really cool to see how it went, and we had a blast. We got tore up a little bit, but not bad, and we moved forward. That was a plus.”
While another season has concluded for the Brandon Ford Wheelman Series, a few Sportsman races remain to close out the year. Many drivers have openly discussed running in the Outlaw Stock class at the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby, which fans can will be able to follow right here on Speed51.
A full on-demand video replay of Saturday’s High Kick 99 can be viewed now on the Speed51 Network by clicking here.
– Story by: Allick Jorgensen, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @AJorgensen24
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Brandon Ford Wheel Man Series High Kick 99 Unofficial Results:
Citrus County Speedway (FL) – October 26, 2019
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