Grassroots racing fans are in for a treat this Saturday night as the Brandon Ford Wheel Man Series Sportsman will be going 99 laps around Citrus County Speedway in the second running of the High Kick 99. The three-segment race modeled closely after the famed Milk Bowl, will feature more than 30 Sportsman drivers vying for the chance to “kiss the donkey” at the end of the night.
“This weekend’s race is so exciting with the change up of format compared to what we normally see on a regular big race night,” said Citrus County Speedway promoter Cameron Ray. We have a huge car count set for this weekend’s race, so there is a lot of excitement coming in with that. Plus, it’s Halloween night, which always brings a lot of kids and families out. It’s awesome to see all the kids that get to meet and greet the drivers in their Halloween costumes.”
Brainchild of series owner Steve Dorer, the High Kick 99 features three 33-lap segments in which the field is inverted twice. Driver’s receive points based on where they finish each segment. The driver with the least amount of points at the end of the night is declared the overall winner.
“The Brandon Ford Wheelman Series has worked very hard to put on an entertaining and unconventional race format for the drivers and fans,” said Series Promoter John Chance. “Last year’s inaugural High Kick 99 was a success, and we learned several things that we think will make this year’s race even better. Our points championship battle is tight with at least five drivers still having a shot to win the season long championship battle with only two races left. We look forward to seeing everyone at Citrus County Speedway this weekend. We can’t wait to see who pulls out the win and gets to kiss the donkey.”
Last year’s Wheel Man Series champion and inaugural High Kick 99 winner Patrick Thomas will be making an appearance as one of the favorites to repeat.
“Winning the first High Kick 99 was one of the biggest wins of my career,” said Thomas. “We’re excited for this year with two chances to win. I’ll be driving Chad Allman’s CFA No. 67 car as a hired gun and Daniel Webster will be driving my No. 25 Right Foot Down Motorsports car. Hopefully one of us can pull off the win and park it in victory lane.”
Meanwhile, rival racer Jesse Henley looks to claim the Donkey as his own.
“We look forward to this race every year,” said Henley. “It is very unique and different from the normal shows. I like how strategy comes into play along with aggression. Traffic will play a big factor into getting to the front. You have to be cautiously aggressive to make it to the front and not get caught up in a wreck.”
Regardless of who you’re cheering for, the High Kick 99 is shaping up to be one heck of a shootout Saturday night. Fans who can’t make it to Citrus County Speedway can watch it live on Speed51.TV with a monthly or annual subscription by clicking here.
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