By Rob Lee
LAKE CITY, Fla. (Sept. 7) – Racers and fans have listened to that clock tick and watched the calendar.
That calendar will have counted down 42 days when the green flag flies again at North Florida Speedway this Saturday Sept. 10.
The opener to the second half of the NFS season Saturday has a lot to watch for.
First and foremost it is the final Thunder Stock preparation for the Benny Corbin Memorial in two weeks. Since the BCM was set to hit the NFS 3/8-mile clay oval car counts have shot off the charts, including two nights pushing the 30 mark.
How competitive has that Thunder Stock class been? Eight different drivers have visited Victory Lane in ten races. But consistency is what leads the class.
Kris Salyards does not have one of those wins, but is on top of the class with an eight point advantage over Andy Olson. Trey Spradley, Willard Driggers and Nelda King round out the top five. Only Olson and Driggers have taken that checkered flag first in 2016 of that group.
Late Models, Hobby Stocks and Box Stocks also hit the clay.
Adam Bedenbaugh now sports the Incredible Hulk on the hood of his Snow Brothers Chassis. It is not like the hometown driver needs super power after his convincing Late Model win to close out the first half.
Devin Walker’s three wins late in the first half propelled him to the top of the Hobby Stock standings, but just by two markers over Jerry Fortner.
Kids are encouraged to get into the action with the second Box Car event during intermission.
Also, Lake City’s own Parker Blankenship will be signing his new Hero Card for the first 50 fans at some point during the evening.
Gates open at 5 p.m. with the first green flag scheduled to fly at 7:30.
For more information log on to northfloridaspeedway.com, the track’s Facebook page or call 386-754-8800. Also, log on to the Slidin’ Sideways at North Florida Speedway Facebook page