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Endee's Seems Unbeatable with Fifth 2014 Win
made it a near perfect 5 of 6 in feature wins for the 2014 Outlaw Modified
season with another caution free win at Showtime Speedway.
Modified teams came to compete but Billy Campbell (00) suffered a devastating
blow when he spun a bearing during the practice session and reducing the field
to five cars. With only five cars, the heat race was cancelled.
lined up for the feature with Kevin Endee (5) on the pole and Ric Mills (22) on
the outside front row. During the hot laps prior to the race, Endee’s car
started blowing water. Kevin took the car to the rear and the front row was
realigned with Mills on point and Meyer (22) to his outside. Mark Patton (51)
lined up behind Mills and Mike Endee (26) behind Meyer.
and Meyer (04) took the green flag driving side by side for the entire first
lap. Meyer had a hard time keeping his car straight on the outside through the
turns but make up for it in the straight aways. Mike Endee (26) haunted the
pair from behind waiting to see which would gain an advantage. Mark Patton (51)
hung in following the top three while Kevin Endee (5) faded. On lap three,
Meyer’s car just couldn’t handle the turns on the outside and, with a little
slip, fell behind Mills. Mike Endee to advantage of the opening left by Meyer
and darted to the outside of Mills going into turn 3.
and Endee (26) raced side by side for the next several laps. Meyer (04) found a
little more grip just half a groove down from Endee and caught the pair. Endee’s car was glued to the outside. On lap seven, Mills stayed low coming out
of turn two. Meyer stuck the nose of his car between Mills and Endee as if to
try going three wide down the back stretch. Meyer got his bumper between Mills’
right rear and Endee’s left rear but the space wasn’t wide enough to get his
front wheels between them. As the three approached Kevin Endee (5),
threatening to put him a lap down, Kevin took his car to the infield as the
water leak was getting worse.
off, fell behind Mills, and tried to get under him coming out of turn four.
That didn’t work either as Mills protected the inside. On lap ten, Mills’ car
got just a little sideways coming out of turn two and Meyer tried the three-wide
once again down the back stretch. Again, he could only get his bumper between
Mills and Endee, but no further.
As Mills (22)
kept his car low to protect the inside over Meyer (04), he started losing ground
to Endee (26). On lap twelve, Endee pulled a half car length ahead of Mills.
On lap 13 it was a full car length and Meyer started to challenge Mills from the
outside. Going into turn four of lap 14, Meyer drove his car deep into the turn
and alongside Mills. Meyer kept it straight coming out of four and the two had
a drag race down the front straight. Meyer’s momentum through turns one and two
propelled him a head of Mills.
For the last
five laps, Meyer chased Endee, pulling within a half car length several times
but to no avail. The two put some distance between them and Mills with Patton
not too far behind him. Endee (26) won comfortably over Meyer (04) with
Mills (22) ending up third and Patton (51) fourth. Kevin Endee watched the
end of the race from the infield for fifth.
question is: Can anyone beat Mike Endee? Mike has won five of the six feature
races this season. The only race Mike did not will was the result of an
untimely spin while attempting to pass Dan Akard for the lead. Most stock cars
are set up for either handling or for horsepower. A handling car is driven
through the turns but needs to make an early apex low in the turn like that of
Meyer (04) or Nelson (80). A high horsepower car drives deep into the turns,
slows way down, turns and then rockets off with brute bottom end horsepower much
like Billy Campbell (00) or Doug Hopper (15). Endee’s car has a lot of power
and handles, but what makes him so fast is that he can maintain control all the
way around the turns on the outside of the track. Watching his line says a lot
about Endee’s car, especially at a track like Showtime that has no outside
groove. So, if any of the Outlaw Modified drivers have a shot at beating Mike
Endee, they had better figure out how to drive the outside without their rear
ends slipping out from under them in the turns.