Scofield Picks Up A Door-Banging Win At Orlando by Elgin Traylor
Spirited Battle With Russell In 50-Lap Super Late Model Shootout
Jeff Scofield picked up yet another win on Friday night, this time in the Brighthouse Challenge Series.
Early on in the 2007 campaign, it’s apparent that Jeff Scofield is picking up right were he left off in 2006.
He picked up win number four this season at Orlando SpeedWorld in the opening round of the Brighthouse Challenge Super Late Model Series. The action up front was an all-out sprint as fast qualifier Tim Russell chased Scofield lap-after-lap.
Russell looked low several times, only to have Scofield slam the door each time. Later, Russell would make a bid for the high groove, only to have the defending FASCAR Sunbelt Super Late Model Series Champion pinch off his line to maintain the lead.
In the end, Scofield pulled out about two-car lengths to seal the win over Russell.
“We started on the pole and it was our race to lose,” said Scofield. “Timmy (Russell) and I got into it a little bit and we had a little rough driving. But I think we proved we had the better car at the end of the race.”
The racing up front never got real physical, as only a few bumps or nudges were exchanged. A few cars in the back felt the brunt of the battle as the field stacked up a couple of time as a result of the leaders.
Defending Brighthouse Challenge Series Champion B.J. McLeod watched the race for the
lead all night from the third spot, where he would eventually finish. Michael Williams was fourth with Chad Pierce in fifth.
Russell saw it different, but was happy with the chance to run at Orlando before next week’s Sunbelt Series race.
“We had the fastest car on the race track and couldn’t get by the leader,” said Russell. “Other then take him out, I did everything I could to get around him. Were not aloud to test here before next week’s race, so tonight helped a lot.
"I think we got it dialed in pretty much like how we had our Limited Late Model car here in 2005 when we won both races, were looking forward to Friday night’s race.”
Scofield and Russell have finished first and second three times already this season with Scofield having the two-to-one advantage. They also were first and third at the Peter Orr Memorial 100.
The next Brighthouse challenge race will be April 28th at New Smyrna Speedway
Tim Russell (#36) battled hard with ewventual winner Jeff Scofield at Orlando.