While you could’ve called Tuesday night the best of the week, it makes some of the events that happened on Wednesday a little disappointing despite another night of solid racing.
For starters, fans at home missed critical laps during the Tour Type modified feature, and that was main event for Wednesday with their 75-lap John Blewett Memorial. The stream went down at the end of the Florida Modified event, before coming back up just in time for the green flag. It then crashed once again halfway through, causing fans to miss a couple cautions and 15 circuits in total.
However, how much can you complain when Fanschoice.tv is offering the service for free, compared to pay-per-view as every other big Late Model event appears to be now?
John Blewett Memorial
Once again, the Tour Type Modifieds showed why they are one of the best classes to watch in the entire country.
Thankfully, fans got to see the beginning of the race as they will be talking about the move that Doug Coby pulled to get the lead from Ryan Preece, with the perfect high-to-low maneuver. However, it wouldn’t last with Preece doing as fans expected following last night’s dominating performance – back around and set to head away from the field.
Preece wouldn’t get the checkered flag, though, ultimately losing the lead to Matt Hirschman on a restart. The move didn’t please Preece with him saying, “He jumped the restart again and its complete bullshit.” By the way, those who were watching via FansChoice.tv missed that moment.
Either way, it didn’t matter as Hirschman was able to pull away and score the victory while Preece faded back outside the top-five with an ill-handling car.
After winning on Monday night, Coby has become the king of rebounding in the following events. He was able to drive up to a third-place finish on Tuesday after running mid-pack most of the night, while coming back from a pair of incidents on Wednesday for another top-five. Experience, everybody.
Super Late Models
After winning the past two nights, Bubba Pollard was expected to carry that into the fourth night of competition. However, that wasn’t the case as he ran just inside the top-five, really never a factor for the win.
That’s going to hurt in the standings as his biggest competitor, Brad May, got out front early and ran a textbook race en route to the victory. For the record, that’s three runner-ups and a win in four nights of racing.
Jared Irvan appeared to be having the perfect comeback, running up front all night en route to a second after getting caught up in an incident a couple nights ago. Unfortunately, Ricky Brooks spoiled the party as he found Irvan to be too light in post-race technical inspection.
Carson Kvapil was the benefactor, watching his third-place finish turn into a runner-up. It marks a very impressive rebound following a rough night that brought harsh criticism on Tuesday.
After numerous complaints from fans the past couple of nights, the Florida Modifieds were able to clean up their act on Wednesday, ultimately putting on one of the best features that we’ve seen. It came down to a classic veteran battle between Wayne Parker and Augie Grill, with a short track twist as a bump-and-run on the last lap allowed Parker to get the checkered flag ahead of Grill.
The best part? Grill wasn’t even mad, giving Parker a congratulatory hug and recognizing that he “had it coming” following contact together earlier in the week, and that it was “good, hard racing.” The respect between competitors like that will go a long way as it will just allow them both to bring out the best in each other.
It marks a positive rebound for Parker after getting taken out in someone else’s mess on Tuesday, too.
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