Winchell Wins Final Goodyear Challenge Late Model 100 at
OCTOBER 30, 2004
1. #57 Joe Winchell
2. #04 Doug Samion
3. #15 Jason Boyd
4. #9 Rich Clouser
5. #1x Chuck Burkhalter
Jason Boyd Gets it Done In Goodyear Challenge
Samsula, Fla. (October 16, 2004) In front of a packed
house, Jason Boyd of Orlando drove his way to claim the
Goodyear Challenge Late Model 100 at New Smyrna
Speedway. Boyd, who set fast time, drew the three pill
for inversion putting Rich Clouser of Palm Bay on the
pole for the feature event.
Only one caution for an accident marred the almost
cautionless 100 lapper making it almost all green laps
which made for a very good race for the fans.
Clouser took the point on the green followed by Joe
Winchell, Jason Boyd, Jerry Artuso and A.J. Curreli. The
yellow came out in the early part of the race for Donald
Roberts and Ali Zargaren who got together coming off
turn 4 hitting the frontstretch wall. Neither driver was
hurt but both were out of the race early.
Clouser held the point on the restart as Winchell and
Boyd were having their own side-by-side action for
second. Winchell was able to hold the position as Boyd
settled back into third. Martin Pierce, running sixth,
was making his charge on Curreli for fifth but Curreli
was able to hold the position. Top ten were Rich Clouser,
Joe Winchell, Jason Boyd, Jerry Artuso, A.J. Curreli,
Martin Pierce, Sam Watts, Travis Wilson, Greg Kaouk, and
The yellow came out strictly to check Joe Winchell's car
which had begun to smoke. Boyd had reported to his
spotter that he had oil on his windshield. Winchell was
checked and found to have no leak so the race went back
green on lap 28. Clouser still held the point but
Winchell found his hands full once again with a hard
charge from Boyd. This time Boyd was able to make the
move and take over second with Winchell settling into
A.J. Curreli was now on the move going for fourth from
Artuso. Artuso was not strong enough to hold off Curreli
as he slide back to the fifth position. Clouser now had
his hands full as Boyd was on the hunt for the point.
Clouser did a great job of protecting the lead but Boyd
proved that he had the stronger car and took over the
point with Clouser in second. Top ten were Boyd, Clouser,
Winchell, Curreli, Pierce, Arutso, Watts, Wilson, Kaouk,
Winchell's car began to smoke again and seemed to lose
some of it's power. Curreli took advantage of this
passing Winchell and taking over the third place
position as Winchell settled into fourth.
On lap 75, Sam Watts who was running seventh retired
from the race after his pit crew determined that his car
was no longer raceable. Boyd was now on his way to
Victory Lane when Travis Wilson began to smoke while
running eighth and he retired from the race.
Boyd found it clear sailing as he won the Goodyear
Challenge 100 followed by Rich Clouser, A.J. Curreli,
Joe Winchell, Jerry Artuso, Greg Kaouk, Martin Pierce,
Doug Samion, Bill Ostriker, and Charles Kopach.
Tate Pierce, who has been in every Goodyear race this
year, broke his rear-end in hot laps and was not able to
make the race. The next Goodyear Challenge Late Model
100 will be October 30, 2004 at Columbia Motorsports
1. #15 JASON BOYD
2. #9 RICH CLOUSER
3. #1 A.J. CURRELI
4. #57 JOE WINCHELL
5. #5 JERRY ARTUSO
Auto Racing: Lehigh Acres' Sumasky holds off
field to win at Charlotte County Speedway
June 4, 2004
Like Jimmie Johnson, who
dominated this past Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 by
winning from the pole at the Lowe's Motor Speedway
near Charlotte, N.C., Joe Sumasky won from the pole
at the Charlotte County Speedway in Punta Gorda this
past Saturday night.
Sumasky was able to hang on
for the checkered flag ahead of hard-charging Joe
Winchell and third-place finisher Mike Franklin Jr.
in a 100-lapper for the limited late models.
"Joe (Winchell) raced me
clean," said Sumasky, who has worked his way up the
ladder over the years at the 3.8-mile, paved Punta
Gorda oval. "It's been quite a while since I won one
of these. I think it was the first race last year."
Sumasky, who hails from
Lehigh Acres, pocketed $2,000 for his victory. His
win makes it four different winners in the five
100-lappers so far this year. Winchell has won
A field of 19 cars started
the race, with just nine finishing.
Pacifier 100, Limited Late
2. Joe Winchell
3. Mike Franklin Jr.
Winchell Outlasts King in Late Model 100 at Charlotte County
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. Jan. 25, 2004 Joe Winchell and Eddie King are
names that go back to the early days at Charlotte County
The two hadn't raced at CCS in recent years, but were back at
the Punta Gorda paved oval Sunday, chasing the $2,000-to-win
purse in the Limited Late Model 100.
Winchell started on the pole, momentarily lost the lead to King
just past the halfway mark, but then bumped back up front and to
the checkered flag.
"This is a good place to race", said Winchell, who hails from
Davie. "I've always like it here. (Owner) LeRoy (Davidson) busts
his butt to put on a good show for the fans here".
And so did Winchell and the 22 other Limited Late drivers.
"I love to play the game", said Winchell, who went a year
between races in Punta Gorda. "I'm 47 years old. I'm not going
to go race in NASCAR or anything. I just love to race".
"I just do it for the fun of it", said the veteran Ford driver
out of Lakeland.
King, driver of the No. 16 car, took over the second spot after
a big pileup claimed the car of Steve Arnold.
The cars of Arnold and Morrison were both totaled in a five-car
pileup on the back straightaway on lap 36.
King pressured Winchell up to lap 65 when the two cars caught up
to a big group of lapped cars.
King was able to dive underneath Winchell and take the lead. It
lasted for just four laps when Winchell tapped King and drove by
him on lap 70.
King was still in it until lap 95 when he was slow coming out of
four on a restart. Mike Hovis out-dragged him down the front
Hovis finished second. Randy Fox was third. Bobby Beauchemin was
fourth. King slipped all the way back to fifth.
"You get caught on the outside here,
you're going back", King said.
"It's a shame because I was gonna tap on (Winchell's) door and
pay him a little visit. I felt like I owed him one".
Joe Winchell claims
First Feature Win for Goodyear Challenge Late Models at New
Samsula, Fla. (May 8, 2004) Night weather could not have
been any better for the Goodyear Challenge Late Model 100 at New
Smyrna Speedway as twenty seven of the finest Late Models showed
up for the third race of the 12 race series.
Twenty six cars qualified but before the race even got close to
green, Kenny Hankins of Auburndale and Bill Ostriker of Ridge
Manor had problems. Hankins lost his motor and Ostriker hit the
wall during practice destroying the front and rear-end of his
car. Wade Lynn of St. Augustine qualified but was unable to
start the race.
Jason Boyd of Orlando thought he had the pole with his 18.579
but when Ontario's Jerry Artuso came out, Boyd lost the pole to
Artuso's 18.533 lap. Brad May of Orlando was third with a 18.619
followed by Martin Pierce of Sanford with a 18.647 and Rich
Clouser of Palm Bay with a 18.652. Artuso pulled nine putting
Chuck Burkhalter of Clermont on the pole for the 100 lap event.
Drivers were introduced to the fans and it was time to "go
racing". Doug Samion of Orlando quickly jumped to the point on
the green followed by Chuck Burkhalter, Joe Winchell, Steve
Smith and Rich Clouser. Clouser passed Smith taking over fourth
as Smith slipped to fifth. But with only 1 lap down, the yellow
came out for Bill Manfull who spun on the backstretch. Bobby
Newton and Don Hess also spun avoiding Manfull. Manfull was sent
to the rear with Newton and Hess given back their spots as
Manfull was the reason for the caution.
The race goes back green on lap 4 with Samion on the point
followed by Joe Winchell, Rich Clouser, Chuck Burkhalter, and
Jason Boyd. Boyd puts the pressure on Burkhalter and takes over
fourth then passes Clouser for third as Burkhalter falls
backwards and Steve Smith takes over fifth.
By lap 11, Winchell and Boyd are doing some very serious
side-by-side motions as neither gives to the other. Just as it
heats up, the yellow comes out on lap 13 for Manfull who has
Lap 15, Samion holds the point but Boyd takes over second with
Winchell sliding to third followed by Clouser, Steve Smith,
Martin Pierce, Jerry Artuso and Bray May. By lap 17, there is a
new leader, Jason Boyd. Bobby Newton brings out the next yellow
on lap 20 when he spins in turn 2.
Lap 22 sees the green with Boyd, Samion, Winchell, Clouser,
Smith, Artuso, May, Tate Pierce, Burkhalter, and A.J. Curreli in
the top ten. But only 4 laps later, Glen Morris brings out the
yellow as he and Travis Wilson get together in turn 4. Morris
hits the frontstretch wall with Wilson spinning. Morris is fine
but done for the night, Wilson rejoins the field in the rear.
Lap 35 sees the green but before lap 36 was even thought of, the
yellow comes out again as Artuso taps Smith with Smith spinning
and involving Greg Kaouk and A.J. Curreli Artuso and Smith are
fine but Curelli is forced to pit for the night with Kaouk going
on the hook ending his good night. Artuso is sent to the rear
for the restart.
Lap 38 sees the green with Boyd on the point but on lap 39,
caution comes out for Dewayne Bryan who has spun and is sent to
the rear for the restart. Back to green but a short green as
Boyd and Samion get together coming down the frontstretch.
Samion climbs the front stretch wall almost flipping over and
hitting very hard. Samion luckily is fine but his car is
Boyd goes onto pit road with a very damaged Late Model. Boyd's
crew works feverishly to repair his car making several stops but
Boyd is able to return to the racing field in the rear before
the green comes out again. Lap 44 sees the green with new leader
Joe Winchell followed by Rich Clouser, Martin Pierce, Brad May
and Tate Pierce.
By lap 46, the top ten are Winchell, Clouser, Pierce, May, Tate
Pierce, Smith, Burkhalter, Don Hess, Charles Kopach and Jerry
Artuso. But five laps later, Jeff Colburn brings out the yellow
as his new Late Model loses the engine. Colburn is forced to
retire very disappointed after a good run for his first Late
Ten laps later, lap 61, the green comes back out with Winchell,
Clouser, Martin Pierce, May and Tate Pierce in the top five. But
five laps later, lap 66, the yellow is thrown again for Duane
Schubert of Crossville, Tenn. Schubert pits under the yellow and
Lap 68 sees Rusty Baker of Williston and Bobby Newton of
Astatulo get together on the restart. Newton hits the pit
entrance wall and is done for the night as Baker is able to
continue. The race goes back green on lap 72.
May and Martin Pierce go side-by-side for third with May taking
the position by lap 74. Top five are now Winchell, Clouser, May,
Pierce and Tate Pierce. Artuso, Boyd and Don Hess get together
on lap 78 bringing out the yellow. All are fine but sent to the
rear of the field for the restart. The race resumes on lap 82
for two laps as the yellow comes out on lap 84 for Arutso who
spun in turns 1 and 2.
The race is then red flagged as someone is leaking rear-end
fluid on the track. The cars are stopped on the frontstretch,
checked with Jim Keating being sent to the pits for the leak.
Keating's crew works hard and stops the leak with Keating
returning to the racing field before the green comes back out
losing no laps.
Lap 86 sees the restart with Winchell, Clouser, May, Pierce,
Tate Pierce, Smith, Burkhalter, Boyd, Kopach, and Wilson in the
top ten. But on four laps go down before the yellow comes out
again for Jerry Artuso who has hit the turn 2 wall and Manfull
spinning after the caution was thrown. Artuso retires for the
night with Manfull in the rear.
The last ten laps must be under green with no more caution laps
being counted. The race resumes on lap 90 with Winchell, Clouser,
May, Martin Pierce and Tate Pierce in the top five. But only one
lap later, the yellow comes out as Steve Smith has hit the
frontstretch wall. Smith is fine but done for the night.
Lap 91 goes green as Winchell leads the way but lap 92 is yellow
for Don Hess who has spun in turns 3 and 4. Hess retires to the
pits. Race goes green on lap 93 as Boyd takes over fifth putting
Tate Pierce sixth.
But lap 94 sees the yellow as Boyd, Martin Pierce and May try to
go 3-side in turn 3 and all getting together. It is obvious that
Pierce is angry and he taps Boyd under yellow for spinning him
out. Boyd break-checks Pierce on the backstretch under caution
and Pierce is sent into the pits for unsportsmanlike conduct for
hitting Boyd under caution. Boyd and May are sent to the rear
for the restart for causing the caution.
The races goes by green on lap 94 with Winchell, Clouser, Tate
Pierce, Chuck Burkhalter and Charles Kopach in the top five.
Boyd and May work their way up quickly as Kopach is running
fifth with May and Boyd right behind him. Coming to the
checkered, Boyd gets overanxious taking out not only May but
also Kopach. Boyd does cross the line for fifth but is
disqualified for unsportsman like conduct.
Joe Winchell of Davie takes his first feature win followed by
Rich Clouser, Tate Pierce, Chuck Burkhalter, and Travis Wilson.
In Victory Lane, Winchell thanks the crowd for coming and is
extremely excited about his win. The next race for the Goodyear
Challenge Late Models will be June 5th at USA International in
Lakeland with the USAR Hooter's Pro Cuy Series.
1. #57 Joe Winchell, Davie
2. #9 Rich Clouser, Palm Bay
3. #81 Tate Pierce, Zephyrhills
4. #1 Chuck Burkhalter, Clermont
5. #62 Travis Wilson, Bartow