Florence Motor Speedway

The second Bandit race at Florence Motor Speedway in Timmonsville, South Carolina was held on Saturday, September 2nd. Although it rained heavily during the afternoon the track was dry by race time. Chris Kikelhan will be driving the #00 since the #01 engine is blown.

Looking good

Heat Races

Heat Race #1 saw the #17 jump into the lead followed by the #16 where they both stayed.

Start: 55 - 17 - 02 - 16 - 7 - 3 - 26
Finish: 17 - 16 - 55 - 7 - 02 - 3 - 26

Heat Race #2 started and ended with Morgan's #88 in 4th as he tested the truck for hidden issues from the big wreck at Highland Rim Speedway.

As the first lap started the #63 got into the back of #88 trying to squeeze between #88 and #14. The #63 broke 88's left fender bracket and marked the back bumper before he slammed into the wall and then off the track; his axle broke preventing a return to the race. There was a full restart without further incident.

Start: 54 - 00 - 27 - 88 - 14 - 63 - 4
Finish: 14 - 27 - 54 - 88 - 00 - 4 - 63 (DNF)

Passing 17

Challenge Races

In Challenge Race #1 the #16 worked hard to pass #14 who nearly lost his 2nd place finish to the #3.

Start: 14 - 16 - 7 - 55 - 3 - 02 - 26
Finish: 16 - 14 - 3 - 7 - 55 - 26 - 02

Morgan took the #88 from 4th to 1st in Challenge Race #2, winning by a nose on the home stretch! The #88 passed #54 in the first lap and the #27 in the third lap. It took longer to run down the #17 that he passed at the finish line.

Start: 17 - 27 - 54 - 88 - 4 - 00
Finish: 88 - 17 - 27 - 54 - 4 - 00

A-Main Race

The A-Main Race had a 12-truck inversion, meaning that the fastest trucks started in the back and the slowest trucks (except the 13th place #02) started in the front.

The #88 started in ninth place. With a lot of bumping early in the race, #17 got into #88s left rear wheel slicing the outside tire. The #88 stayed on track and kept moving up, from ninth to fifth, then sixth as #14 passed him. With eight laps to go the #88 was in fourth behind 3, 14, and 27, then he passed #27 for third. The #17 made contact with #16 resulting in a caution and a restart. The #4 went off track when he got into the marbles on the restart. With two laps to go #88 passed #3 for second, and then raced side-by-side with #14 all the way to the finish. Just before the finish line #88s rear swung out sending him across the line sideways... and in second. The #3 caught #88s rear and spun out. With the rest of the trucks trying to avoid contact just past the finish line, the #02 plowed into the back of #16. There was a lot of bumper testing, but no injuries.

Start: 26 - 00 - 4 - 55 -54 - 7 - 3 - 27 - 88 - 17 - 16 -14 - 02
Finish: 14 - 88 - 3 - 17 - 27 - 55 - 16 - 54 - 26 - 00 - 02 - 4 - 7 - 63 (DNS)

Points Leaders

Points Standing

Morgan holds on to third place!

Truck # Driver Points This Race Cumulative Points
14 Ricky Rude 450.5 4007.5
16 Tommy Boileau 389.5 3888.0
88 Mike Morgan 406.0 3865.0
17 Justin Ball 389.5 3820.0
03 Allen Boles 356.0 3487.0
01 Chris Kikelhan 241.5 3143.5

 

Videos & Photos

Rude steals checkered in crazy Florence finish!--Minimizer, 10/9/17

Bandit livestream, entire event--Minimizer, 10/7/17

End of A-Main Race from 88s onboard camera--Powershift Performance, 10/7/17

looking good

Turn 4

Heading for the lineup

Autograph a shirt

Autographs

Autographs

88 in third

Drift to finish second

flat tire