After practice and qualifying concluded Saturday evening, the American V8 Stock Car series arranged a party for fans, sponsors and competitors catered by the Hooters restaurant in Savannah, Georgia. The series wishes to thank Jeff and Donna Fletcher who hosted the event at their race shop located near the track. Everyone enjoyed chicken wings, cold drinks and conversation. And the Hooters girls even fired up Jeff’s late model dirt track racer for the crowd.
Earlier Saturday afternoon, the series also arranged a chili party for fans, sponsors and competitors during the Sports Car Club of America drivers meeting. Jeff Emery and Joe Hooker won a pair of DRP Performance goodies packs given away during the chili party. Each pack included two cases of Valvoline motor oil, brake fluid, parts cleaner, tie-downs, duct tape, American V8 Stock Car series t-shirts, and Sunoco and Goodyear hats.
Jeff Emery also won the 15-lap series feature race on Sunday, despite encountering problems with lapped traffic. Lee, Joe Hooker, Mark Higdon and Jim King (currently first, second, fifth, and sixth, respectively, in the series points chase) took the checkered flag at Roebling Road in second, third, fourth and fifth place. During the race, John Limback, who drove Jeff Fletcher’s #07 road racing stock car, had a problem in turn one. And Tad Segars won the Spector Racing “hard luck” award after getting stuck in the sand trap in qualifying and the race.
Roebling Road was the first round to offer competitors double series points this season. Series drivers still have one more opportunity to earn double points this year at Road Atlanta on November 6 and 7, 2004. The American V8 Stock Car series has scheduled their season finale as part of the American Road Race of Champions weekend.
The top three finishers in the series points championship will receive custom-made race trophies. The top three drivers, as well as other competitors, will also receive contingency awards.
In related series news, Tony Ave, who has raced at the professional and amateur level in the Grand-Am, Trans-Am, SCCA Club Racing and other road racing series, indicated recently that he planned to get heavily involved in the American V8 Stock Car series next season. Tony recently moved to Mooresville, North Carolina.
Recently, “Wild” Bill Smith, who raced his Dodge stock car in the SCCA SPO class at Roebling Road, had an accident in his ex-Tommy Ellis #99 Goo-Goo Clusters stock car during an SCCA SARRC race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He’s fine but he’ll have to repair the damage to the car.
Again, Lee Arnold, the “driving force” behind the American V8 Stock Car series, would like to thank the sponsors (Goodyear, Sunoco, Spector Racing, Five Star Racecar Bodies, Racecar Engineering, Racing Electronics, DRP Performance, Mintex Racing, Howe Racing Enterprises and Tex Racing) for their continued support of the series throughout 2004.
Lee also wanted to congratulate his Uncle Don’s Arnold Motorsports team for winning two of the five NASCAR Craftsman Truck races they’ve competed in this year with Todd Bodine behind the wheel. Lee is currently considering the feasibility of allowing NASCAR trucks to compete in the American V8 Stock Car series.
For a race schedule and more information about the American V8 Stock Car series, and the upcoming round at the American Road Race of Champions at Road Atlanta, please go to v8stockcar.com. The series also plans to post a 2005 race schedule on its web site soon.