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The V8 StockCar Group made their annual trip to the legendary high banks of Daytona August 8 and 9 running with the Central Florida Region SCCA
at their double SARRC event. Racers were met with sunny skies and 90 plus degree temps making a track that is tough on man a machine even tougher. With V8 GT-1 points leader Dave Machavern and his Tommy Riggins Corvette unable to make this round, the V8 GT-1 class looked to be a shootout between Charles Wicht in his winged Monte Carlo, and Doug Harrington and Bill Reid in their Pinnacle Motorsports prepped Rocketsports Corvette's. The three took to the track for the Friday test day with Wicht and Harrington cutting laps in the 1:52's with Reid about a second back. In the afternoon session the SB2 Chevy motor in Wicht's ex Kevin Harvick ventilated itself, putting Wicht and his hopes of another win on the trailer.
About half of the V8 field participated in the test day.

On Saturday, with Wicht out and Reid missing qualifying, Harrington easily took the class and overall pole with a record setting clocking of 1:52.239.
Buddy Hendricks was second in his beautiful Camaro with Mike Kern's FuelClinic.com Camaro third. Richard Smith took the V8 GT-2 pole in his tube frame RX7 and set a new standard for the class with a time of 2:05.442, Sebring winner Doug Wilson was second in his BMW M3.

In the Stock Car classes Lee Arnold was on the point in the V8 SPO class followed by Danny Foster in the Coors Light/Outback Dodge and Bubba Longbottom in the Nannabanna Pontiac Grand Prix. In the V8 GTA class Tony Amico blasted the class track record with a spectaclular 1:58.096, with
Nascar Nationwide driver Scott Lagasse Jr was right behind him at 1:58.528.

At the start of Saturday's race, Harrington rocketed away from the rest of the field in his 800 H.P. missile. There was plenty of action behind him though as Tony Amico and Lagassee were waging a war in V8 GTA with Gregg Rodgers and Henry Gilbert in his V8 GT-1 Corvette in the thick of it as well. Bill Reid and Ray Webb were making entertaining charges from the back in their fast GT-1 cars. Both had problems in qualifying and didn't get a time. The duo were now ripping through the field heading for the front. In the V8 SPO class Danny Foster was soon having it all his way as Lee Arnold went out on lap 2 due to driveline issues. In V8 GT2, Doug Wilson quickly ran down Richard Smith when Smith's rotary powered racer developed a high rpm miss.

At the Checker, Harrington easily took the overall and V8 GT-1 win, but hard charging Bill Reid made it up to second overall and in class with Henry Gilbert and Ray Webb coming home third and fourth respectively in the class. Tony Amico got the V8 GTA win when Lagassee spun in the international horseshoe on the last lap. Lagassee quickly recovered to come home second with Texan Gregg Rodgers third.
Danny Foster got the V8 SPO win over Bubba Longbottom and Doug Wilson outdistanced the V8 GT2 field for his third series win.

Sunday brought the same weather but changes in the competition. Overall pole winner Doug Harrington felt he had over- rev'd the motor in the morning qualifying session and decided to call it a weekend rather than risk a major failure. Bill Reid also had mechanical issues and packed it in.
That put Henry Gilbert in his Sports Car Driving Experience Corvette on the pole with Scott Lagasse Jr along side. At the start, Gilbert, with a horsepower advantage led into turn one with the determined Lagasse on his tail. Lagasse, was late braking into each corner, but also was quick back on the gas keeping the relatively underpowered GTA racer wound up. Gilbert was able to keep Lagasse at bay but on lap four the race was red flagged to treat and transport a Porsche racer whose car had caught on fire in the tri-oval. The driver was transported to an area hospital. The race was re-started and Gilbert quickly found his racer had some kind of suspension issue and slowed his pace for safety's sake.
Lagasse took the lead, one he would not relinquish, running consistent lap times the rest of the way. Back behind Lagasse, Amico and Roger Reuse were going at it tooth and nail. At the checker Amico held off Reuse for 2nd overall and in class. Gilbert held on to finish fourth overall and first in
V8 GT-1. Ray Webb, in the Kenco V8 GT-1 Olds had made another daring charge to the front from the back, making it second overall with two laps to go, but succumbed to a motor problem at that point. Michael Kern took second in V8 GT-1 in the FuelClinic.com Camaro. Danny Foster got his second win of the weekend in the V8 SPO class in his Nascar cup Dodge with Bubba Lonbottom again coming home second. Doug Wilson notched his fourth V8 GT2 win of the year, putting him into a tie for the class points championship with Corvette racer Bob Mayer. Scott Thompson came home second in the class in his STO type Corvette.

The V8 Series thanks the Central Florida Region SCCA for another outstanding job handling the logistics of a race weekend that had over 300 entry's in all the groups.
V8 Radio on Racetalkradio.com will feature race reports and commentary from Scott Lagasse Jr and Danny Foster, check it out.

Next up for the group is Sebring Raceway, September 5 - 6, 2009.

The V8 Series thanks its' marketing partners: SCCA, Atlanta Region, Road Atlanta, RaceTalkRadio.com, TrackTek Race Fuels,Hoosier, Goodyear, Mo's Gold,Howe, FiveStar, RaceCar Engineering, DRP, RacingJunk.com, Roehrig-Enders, GrassRoots Motorsports Magazine, Racing Limo's, Dash Racewear, SaferRacer, Randy Lajoie and Hess Racing Products.