(Scott Moseley captured his second checkered flag in two days on Tuesday afternoon in the Masters class / Photo Credit : LWPictures.com)
INVERNESS, FL : Following a day off the track, race teams return to Citrus County Speedway on Thursday for the third day of competition of this year’s Little Gator Legend Cars Winter Nationals. The first two have featured 18 very competitive and sometimes rough races and have helped to shape the championship races over these final two days.
On Tuesday, the first and currently only feature to go green-to-checkered without a caution was the Pro division as Zack Miracle joined Braden Langille as winners in the class this week. Langille came home with a strong second place and holds a 3 point advantage over Miracle as they head into their doubleheader on Thursday. With three events still remaining the Pro class championship is wide open. The top five are only separated by 15 points as Chris Lilly is in third 14 points behind with William Cox and D.J. Canipe tied for fourth a mere 15 points behind.
The Legend Masters division is quickly becoming the “Scott Moseley Show”. The McDonough, Georgia driver has dominated the first two features in the Dennis Lambert prepared ride. Shakopee, Minnesota’s Tim Brockhouse and Centreville, Maryland’s Mike Weddell sit 12 points behind Moseley with three events to run. Friday will prove to be a long and pivotal day for the “Crazy Old Men” as they will run their double features on championship day.
The Legend Semi-Pro division was wild and crazy on Tuesday, however Janson Marchbanks was able to drive his Farbo Motorsports prepared car to two victories and now holds a 24 point lead on Tyler Chapman with two races left. Monday’s winner Tommy Good rebounded to finish third in the second race on Tuesday after a controversial finish to the first feature left him 23rd and fifth in the standings.
On the quieter side, 860 Motorsports teammates are currently in positions 2nd, 3rd and 4th. With Tyler Chapman in second, Conner Jones in third place 34 points behind and is just one point ahead of Dean Lambros.
The Legend Young Lions division has been a hotly contested class the first two days. Mark Nahrstedt Race Cars driver Jaiden “Moose” Reyna captured both wins on Monday and almost had a third on Tuesday until a faulty fuel pump cost him the win. Reyna was still able to come home in second and holds a slight 9 point lead on Ladyga Motorsports’ Landon Rapp. Rapp has scored two seconds and a third this week to keep within in striking distance of the week-long title.
The Bandolero divisions have put on some great racing this week and with two days still to run expect that to keep up. Chapel Hill, North Carolina’s Kaleb Bradley drove his #44 Tretow Racing Bandolero to two feature wins on Tuesday afternoon. With Whitney Meggs having a strong week, including a win on Monday, she currently holds a 1 point lead over Bradley with two events remaining on the schedule. Carter Russo has been quiet, but quick all week long and is just 11 points behind Meggs for the lead, while Jacob Bradley is just another point behind in fourth overall.
Aiden Garcia has dominated the Bandolero Bandits division this week and would be cruising to a Winter Nationals championship, however a disqualification following his first win on Monday has left the Easley, South Carolina driver 88 points behind with two races left. Alex Meggs inherited the win on Monday and leads Garrett Gumm by just three points as they head into Thursday. Gumm qualified on pole Tuesday and appeared to be in position to get his first win of the week, but he just ran out of laps. Ayrton Brockhouse in third and Luke Morey in fourth are still within striking distance of the championship.
The final division racing this week are newbies, or the Beginner Bandoleros as they are known. While this class does not score points on a national level, they are being calculated this week to place the drivers for the Winter Nationals title. Karter Beattie and Olivia Murray have split the wins in the first two race and are 3 points apart in the standings. The Beginners will race once on Thursday and conclude their week with two features on Friday afternoon.
Following the racing and practice session on Thursday is the annual Little Gator Legend Cars Pit Party. All teams are encouraged to hang around for an evening of fun and relaxing times with the fellow racers before the final day of action this week.
Thursday, February 13th Schedule :
|7:00 AM||Pit Gates Open|
|8:00 AM||Registration Opens|
|9:00 AM||MANDATORY Drivers Meeting / Awards|
|9:30 AM||Practice Begins – 1 Round Per Class||6 Laps|
|Qualifying Follows Practice||3 Laps|
|12:00 PM||Feature Racing Begins|
|Legends Pro Division – Feature #1||25 Laps|
|Bandolero Outlaw Division||20 Laps|
|Legend Young Lion Division||25 Laps|
|Beginner Bandolero Division||20 Laps|
|Legend Semi-Pro Division||25 Laps|
|Bandolero Bandit Division||20 Laps|
|Legend Master Division||25 Laps|
|Legend Pro Division – Feature #2||25 Laps|
|END OF SHOW…………..Optional Practice Follows|
Legend Pro Standings
|10.||5X||George Tomko, Jr||156||41|
Legend Master Standings
Legend Semi-Pro Standings
Legend Young Lion Standings
Bandolero Outlaw Standings
Bandolero Bandit Standings
Beginner Bandolero Standings
|4.||31||Darren Krantz, Jr||175||19|