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Check for Crane Cams $50,000 bonus goes uncashed as Bobby East takes win in Sprint Car race while Dakoda Armstrong scores in Midget feature ORLANDO, FL (Dec. 7, 2007) - A capacity crowd of 8,000 at Orlando Speedworld witnessed two different drivers take the top features of the evening at the 3rd Annual MOPAR-PRI Sprint & Midget Classic Presented by DHL. As a result, no one earned the $50,000 Crane Cams bonus which was to be paid to the driver who won both the Sprint Car and Midget races.
2004 USAC Champion Bobby East of Brownsburg, IN, ran away from the rest of the field in the Sprint feature, which then placed him at the back of the grid for the subsequent Midget race. East tried valiantly to move through the field in the Midget race, but had to settle for 15th. 2004 Kenyon Midget Champ Dakoda Armstrong of Middletown, IN, jumped into the lead on the first lap and led for the remaining 39, taking the win.
With NASCAR legendary driver David Pearson serving as Grand Marshall, the MOPAR-PRI Sprint & Midget Classic presented by DHL was held in conjunction with the 20th Annual PRI Trade Show, drawing show attendees and local Orlando race fans who filled both the permanent and temporary bleachers and were treated to an exciting evening of racing at the venerable track in nearby Bithlo.
In addition to four major racing events, the evening had a little bit of everything a race promoter such as Steve Lewis, who also produces the PRI Trade Show, could design, in order to treat the crowd to a special evening. This included the entrance on-track of a DHL delivery truck, provided by the event's presenting sponsor, which brought a giant check for $50,000 as a teaser to East, providing him with the incentive to try and win his second race of the night, from the 24th slot. However, the bonus was not to be paid.
This was the third Premier Racing Entertainment event at Orlando Speedworld, which hosted the race for an appreciative motorsports industry crowd, many of whom were transported by motorcoaches directly from the PRI Trade Show, as well as a loyal base of local Orlando and Bithlo race fans. The PRI Trade Show is holding its annual event at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando and will complete its three-day show on Saturday, Dec. 8th.
"Once again, I think the drivers and teams put on a great show, and this was a terrific evening for the fans, the racers and our sponsors," said Lewis. "It was an outstanding night of racing."
Greg Goess, Jr. of Greenville, SC, took the Legends win in the first race of the night, while Jordon Pennington, Mishauaka, IN, finished first in the Ford Focus Feature.
Outdoor Channel will carry three 30-minute shows featuring race coverage from Orlando SpeedWorld produced by Masters Entertainment. Broadcast dates will be announced soon.
Associate Sponsors included Cometic Gasket, Performance Friction, JE Pistons, Calico Coatings, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Fuel Safe, HANS Performance Products, Circle Racing Wheels and Magneti Marelli.
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