[SIZE=“4”][QUOTE=Jimmy McKinley;86527]Just want to say, “THANK YOU” to Auburndale and Jim Fenton for putting this event together.
Unfortunately, I can’t make it down there, since I’m now in Ohio. Talked to my brother Scott this past weekend, and he told me he and my dad Jim are gonna try and make it over there and see what all’s going on.[/QUOTE]
Jimmy ? I spoke to your dad earlier today. As you mentioned in prior communications he had originally intended to make it over with the #12 car for the race but unfortunately it wasn?t in the cards so he & Scott are still planning to come & watch. I?m looking forward to seeing him again after low so many years from back in the Sunshine & Golden Gate days.
As far as the rest of the roster goes, here?s what I know so far;
I have personally spoken to the following drivers / teams that are planning to compete.
#51 ? Stephen Nasse. Stephen, dad Jeff Nasse and crew are bringing the car down from their new location in North Carolina just for this event. Buggy Pletcher (Crew Chief) is expected to arrive with the hauler sometime Friday. Unfortunately the Nasse family just lost a loved one this past weekend (Stephen?s Grandmother) and the service is on Friday. Needless to say they will be hard-pressed for time to get the car dialed-in given all that?s going on. As some of you may already know, Bryan K. Wescott, Sr., whose memory we are honoring with this race, is Stephen?s Uncle. We appreciate the effort Stephen, Jeff and his team are going through to be a part of this special event.
#64 ? Joe Winchell. I spoke with Scott Baker & Joe to learn that they have put out extra effort to get the #64 SLM of Jim McCoy?s ready for Joe to drive in this event. Thanks guys!
#10 ? Steve Dorer. Racecar Engineering. Thanks Steve for the recommendations & suggestions today & congrats on your last-lap pass by Chase Elliot to win the Redbud 300! Looking forward to seeing you at this race.
Additional drivers / teams that have committed to Auburndale Speedway officials;
#84/#77 ? Wayne Anderson.
#07 ? Jeff Scofield.
#81 ? Anthony Campi.
#5 ? Joe Boyd.
#75 ? Dave Pletcher.
#87 ? Keith Lilley.
#42 ? Jonathan Guy.
#52 ? Dillon Jackson (Stephen Nasse?s old car).
#19 ? Kevin Macy.
#33 ? Daniel Webster.
#5K ? Daniel Keene, Jr.
#22 ? David King.
#88 ? Howard O?Steen.
#7 ? Daryl Shelnut.
#157 ? Jason Rendell.
#23 ? Mike Smith.
#53 (old #407) ? Jason Vail.
I?m also told that Justin Drawdy?s SLM will be there driven by crew chief Dennis Green.
I also spoke to Mike & Travis Cope who?s #26 SLM is still down with engine woes suffered during Travis?s win at NSS this past September 3rd in Race #10 of the FUPLMS series. However they?ve assured me that even though it wasn?t looking good, if they can get it back together in time they will be there with bells on.
Many others have said they are coming through 3rd. party sources however I?m hesitant to list them without having direct contact.
Since this is one of the best paying SLM asphalt events (if not THE BEST) in the state of Florida this year rest assured it is stacking up to be one hell-uva race so you don?t want to miss it!
Thanks again to Auburndale Speedway for all they?ve done with helping us and hosting this special event for the Wescott family including keeping their prices down to regular event rates instead of raising them to special event rates.
This is a good effort towards allowing families to attend without costing an arm and a leg for an evening?s full of excitement & entertainment.