IT'S THE TEDDY AND EDDIE SHOW IN FLORIDA by Jeremy Troiano
Featherlite Mod Regulars Dominate Opening Night For Mods
In fact, Teddy and Eddie were just seconds away from putting the fourth, fifth and sixth place cars a lap down. That is a pretty impressive feat for just 25 laps of action. And unfortunately for the competitors, it could get worse.
"It is a new car, so we are still searching for things to make it even better," said Christopher. "We are having some issues with the brakes, but if we get that figured out, then I think we can make this car even better than it ran tonight."
But couldn't that be a very scary thought for everyone else?
It was almost like they were in a class of their own.
NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series competitors Teddy Christopher and Eddie Flemke Jr. dominated the opening night of Tour-Type Modified race at New Smyrna Speedway. The duo ran one-two for the entire race and crossed the finish line more than a half-lap ahead of third-place Robbie Summers.
"I've been coming here a while and I know what it takes to win here. Sure, that can be a scary thought, but I know there are some other guys that can step it up and get right up there with us. I like winning here.
"This is a really good way to start the week out," continued Christopher, who was the 2001 NASCAR Weekly Racing Series National Champ. "I think we can only get better, but this is only night one. We have a lot more racing to go and who knows what may happen."
For Flemke, it was just like another Featherlite race, but this one was in the "Sunshine State," someplace the second-generation driver hasn't been to with his modified for nearly 25 years.
Teddy Christopher picked up the first Modified win of Florida Speedweeks in dominating style.
"I am looking forward to this whole week because it's my first time down here since 1978," Flemke told us. "My car owners live in North Carolina and they come down here every year on vacation and they finally said they wanted to bring our car down here. This is great. It's kind of like my vacation. It is snowing really bad back home in Connecticut, so I am happy to be here, even though it is actually kind of chilly here too."
"We just bring what we do with the tour down here, that's all," added Flemke. "Teddy is a strong competitor and the guy to beat, especially down here, but so are we. We've got a brand new car for the first time. It should be an interesting week. There are going to be plenty of guys who will get better and I am sure we will slip up every now and then."
Defending Speedweeks Champion Summers fought hard to get to third, while Dan Meservey and Donny Lia rounded out the top-five competitors.
Despite 37 cars on the entry list, many notables were missing from the list including former Mod Tour champ Jamie Tomaino, Mike Ewanitsko and Charlie Pasteryak, who won races during "Speedweeks" last year. In fact, only 23 cars showed up for the first night's competition.
The SK-Mod of Tom White crashed hard in a warm up session just before the race and failed to make the start.
Frank Wainwright was involved in the only heavy crash of the race when he got loose coming off turn four and slammed into the outside wall.
Jerry Synons won the Florida / IMCA Type Modified feature.
ASA competitor in 2002, Jason Boyd, is running double duty by competing in both the Limited Late Models and Florida Modifieds. He finished third in the Modified race.