Leonard McCue Commits to Sponsorship for
Dan Curl Jr Memorial Race, 22 July
As a travelling series, the
Outlaws Modifieds and Leonard McCue have crossed paths several times over the
years. These meetings have become more frequent now that Showtime Speedway
has reopened. Apparently, Leonard likes what he sees in the series:
drivers helping drivers, family atmosphere and plenty of competitive racing
excitement. Leonard was particularly impressed with the 14 car field,
equaling that of the Super Late Models at Full Throttle Speedway this past
As a result, Leonard McCue
announced that Q Motorsports will help fund the purse for the upcoming Dan Curl
Jr Memorial Race at Full Throttle Speedway on 22 June. The first Outlaw
Modified Dan Curl Jr Memorial Race, consisting of two 25 lap features with one
overall winner, was held in 1997 and has become the most prestigious Outlaw race
every year since. To make matters even more exciting, after qualifying by
time trial for the start of the first race, the finishing order from the first
race is completely inverted to start the second race.
The Outlaw Modifieds are grateful
to Leonard McCue and his Q Motorsports Family for offering his support to our
Campbell Tops 14 Car Field at Full Throttle Speedway
Jones Leads Outlaw Modifieds in Exciting 'Show'
at Showtime Speedway
Showtime Speedway is quickly becoming a
favorite stop for the Outlaw Modified Series. Race fans were rewarded with a
thrilling race as this was the Outlaws third visit to Showtime with Raymond
Jones becoming the third different winner.
The Outlaws welcomed Cliff Wilman in the
#00 all the way from North Carolina. Cliff is expecting to make at least half
of the Outlaw races this season. Asked why he would choose to race with the
Outlaws rather than a local track in NC, Cliff will tell you that it is the
family atmosphere unique to the Outlaw series. “I was just so taken by the way
driver helps driver in this series, I just had to be a part of it; I have never
seen anything like it before”. Cliff was sporting a new “body wrap”; deep blue
with lightning strikes.
Kevin Campbell, winner of the first two
Outlaw events this season, was also sporting his new “body wrap” on his car.
“Hours and hours of work”, he said. “If we learned anything, it’s that we’ll
pay somebody to do it the next time”. Nevertheless, Campbell's #19 and Wilman's
#00 were looking really good.
Antonio Gonzalez had his #9 car at
Showtime and broke a water reservoir during practice. Thanks to Robert Campbell
for coming up with a replacement before race time so the Outlaws could enter
their full field of ten cars.
Jim Lafreniere was on hand again to take
the wheel of the Harold Perry 56 car. Kevin Endee handled the driving duties of
the other Perry car, the #5. Mark Patton was back for his second outing in his
The first heat race was won by Raymond
Jones (28) ahead of Meyer (04) and Gonzalez (9). After a late race caution,
Rice (22) won the second heat race handily over Wilman (00) and Patton (6). The
inversion for the feature line up was two cars, putting Rice on the pole with
Jones on his outside.
The ten Outlaws took the green flag and
ran side by side through turns one and two. Down the backstretch, Rice (22),
Jones (28) and Meyer (04) started pulling away. Meyer (04), running behind Rice
on the inside, got his car a little sideways coming out of turn four and opened
a gap for Jones (28) to move down from the outside. The top three, Rice, Jones
and Meyer, then ran in a line to pull away from the field. Gonzalez (9) was
running fourth on the inside of Wilman (00). Mike Endee (26) pulled ahead of
the 56 of Lafreniere and was able to align himself behind Gonzalez.
On lap 4, Endee (26) was able to work
his way under Gonzalez (9) for the fourth spot. On lap 5, Campbell (19) was
able to follow Endee (26) under Gonzalez as well. The 5 car of Kevin Endee
pulled to the infield.
The top three of Rice (22), Jones (28)
and Meyer (04) continued pulling away from the rest of the field. Jones found
an opening low out of turn four on lap 6 and made a run at Rice in the lead. By
the time they got to turn one, Rice felt the pressure from Jones and dove low to
protect the bottom, forcing Jones to back off.
On lap 12, the top three, running nose
to tail, ran up on the lap car of Mark Patton (6). As the three cleared the lap
car, Jones applied pressure to Rice’s rear bumper. Coming out of turn four on
lap 13, Rice (22) drifted high, opening the door for Jones (28). Jones had a
good run out of four to pull along side of Rice across the start/finish line and
into turns one and two. Jones didn’t let up and took his car all the way down
to the wooptie doose through turns three and four. Jones run out of four had
him beating Rice to the line to complete lap fourteen. Rice (22) wouldn’t let
up, though, as he flanked Jones’ right rear through turns one and two while
Meyer (04) pulled up on Jones’ rear bumper. Jones and Rice ended up going three
wide out of turn two as they made their way around the lap car of Patton (6).
Jones (28) cleared Rice (22) on the
front stretch of lap 16 with Meyer (04) falling in line behind Rice. Rice drove
into turn one hard and bumped Jones rear end causing him to check up. With Rice
on the binders, his car drifted up just enough for Meyer (04) to pull under
Rice. Meyer led Rice in a drag race down the backstretch and was able to
complete the pass for second out of turn four.
(26), fourth, was holding off the challenge of Campbell (19) in fifth as the two
were gaining on Rice in third. As Endee’s car crossed the start/finish line on
lap 17, smoke started billowing from the 26 machine. Endee pulled his car to
the bottom of the track and into the infield moving Campbell up to fourth. On
lap 18, Lafreniere (56) slid sideways in the middle of turns three and four
right in front of Meyer (04) and Rice (22) to bring out the only caution in the
With seventeen laps in the books, the
field bunched up two by two for the restart. Unfortunate for Meyer (04) as this
left him on the outside of Jones (28) with Rice (22) behind Jones. Meyer tried
to keep up with Jones but had very little grip on the outside. Rice followed
Jones on the inside line and eventually cleared Meyer. Campbell (19), who
restarted on the outside behind Meyer, was able to find an opening on the low
side ahead of Gonzalez (9) and pulled up along the inside of Meyer. Meyer had
plenty of speed down the straight aways but had trouble keeping up with Campbell
who had the preferred inside line through the turns. Campbell (19) and Meyer
(04) battled for the third spot while Rice (22), who had used up his tires
trying to stay ahead of Jones (28) early in the race could not close within
three car lengths of Jones.
Jones (28) maintained his three car
length lead to finish ahead of Rice (22) for the win. Meyer (04) held his own
in the side by side battle with Campbell (19) until turn four, of the final lap,
when Campbell slid his car sideways causing Meyer to check up. Campbell (19)
was able to gather the car and finish ahead of Meyer for third. Gonzalez (9)
followed Meyer for fifth. Wilman in the 00 finished sixth with Lafreniere (56)
and Patton (6) finishing seventh and eighth.