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Advanced Medical Labs Late Models - Travis Staats

Starts - 6
Wins - 0
Top Fives - 3
Top Tens - 4

After a tough start to the 2016 racing season, defending track champion Travis Staats was able to turn the season around ripping off top five and top ten finishes with some of the best drivers in the state of Florida which included Donnie Chappell, Jason Fitzgerald, Mark Whitener, and Kyle Bronson on a regular basis.

Staats came into 2016 with a new 2015 Rocket Chassis from the Big Frog Racing Stable along with a new powerplant wanting to defend his track championship title from the previsous year. Even though Staats did not find victory lane in the late model division, he did win events in the Mini Stock and recently Thunderstock divisions beating out the dominant David Showers Jr. on the final official points race of the season.

Along with his Rocket Chassis machine, Staats is sponsored by Evergreen Pest Conrol, Action Automotive, AR Machine, Astor Bait and Tackle Supplies, and A&M NAPA Auto Parts.

 

 

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Mercedes Benz of Daytona Beach Florida LTD. Late Models - Paul Shead

Starts - 13
Wins - 0
Top Fives - 8
Top Tens - 13

Paul Shead came into the 2016 with one goal, have a fun year and see where the season takes his race team. When the final checkered flag dropped Shead would beat out Michael Ridgeway Jr. for the overall track championship.

Even thought 2016 did not produce a win for the Barberville, FL native, Shead was still one of the most consistant drivers of 2016 in the Limited Late Model division. Shead would only fail to start one race during the season and never finished outside the top ten on his way to his first overall points championship at VSP.

Shead also started racing in the Modified division in the Gary Grove Racing #7P and has been tapped to run that machine full time in 2017 along with his Limited Late Model.

Shead drives a custom built chassis which he and his brother, Steve Shead, build together. The car is sponsored by LMS Tractor Services, Hometown Auto & Transmission, Eriks Event Management, and BMF signs.

 

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Daytona Sportswear Modifieds-Garret Stewart

Starts - 12
Wins - 4
Top Fives - 11
Top Tens - 11

Garret Stewart came into 2016 starting his season off with the DIRTcar Nationals getting valuable seat time in his family owned Elite Chassis #67. That seat time translated into another championship run as the drivers out of Leesburg, FL won back to back track championships for the first time in his young career.

The Modified championship battle came down to the wire as Hunter Gustafson and 2014 track champion Larry Burkins were right behind Stewart every step of the way. The deciding factor was the consistency of Stewart as he would not miss a race the entire season and only finished outside the top five one time when mechanical issues struck the #67 machine.

Stewart also gained valuable seat time on a national level in 2016 as he would make the long trip to Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH for the first time putting on a show for the fans and nearly coming away with a consi win until mechanical issues hit the #67 machine.

Stewarts' Elite Chassis is powered by Elite Racing Engines along with sponsorship from Salt Death Fishing, Stewart Electrical, and B4 Signs and Graphics.

 

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Allen Plumbing Hobby Stocks - Trevor Gamble

Starts - 12
Wins - 3
Top Fives - 12
Top Tens - 12

Trevor Gamble has proven to be one of the best Hobby Stock drivers VSP has ever seen in recent years. The division has been dominated by Donnie Ashford over the past few seasons, but in 2016 Gamble was finally able to put together a championship year staying consistent and winning at the right time on his way to his first ever track championship at VSP.

Gambe started out the season behind the eight ball as he would miss the first points race, but would put together a string of finishes that included 10 top five finishes and 12 top 10 finishes to cap off the season. Gamble would also find victory lane three times in 2016 beating out 2015 track champion Ashford in two of those three races.

Gamble, a De Leon Springs native, is also apart of the Volusia County Sheriffs department and is on the K-9 unit working long hours along with also being on call most weekends. Numerous times Gamble would not get to the track until after hotlaps and still run up front with the help of his crew.

Gamble drives a custom Hobby Stock built in house and is sponsored by Satisfaction Dry Wall, Wayne Auto Fire Sprinklers, and CRC Racing.

 

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Revolution Racing presented by BOZARD Ford V8 Thunderstocks - David Showers Jr.

Starts - 16
Wins - 11
Top Fives - 16
Top Tens - 16

David Showers Jr. started off the season running in the Thunderstock division as well as the Limited Late Model division and even recorded a win early on in the season. The real success story comes in the Thunderstock class as the St. Augustine resident put together the most dominate season in VSP history winning 11 times during the points season along with numerous big race wins including the biggest payday of his career, The Iron Man 100 paying $10,000.

The domination of Showers' season also includes the domination of the Showers Racing team as his father, David Showers Sr. took home two Iron Man Series wins along with the prestigious Benny Corbin Memorial at North Florida Speedway adding to the success story of the Race Team. New comer Ben Hutto also was added to the team in 2016 and would finish third to 2015 champion Alan Peacock in the final points standings.

Showers' Thunderstock is powered by H&R Racing Engines with sponsorship from Microburst RC Boats, River Rat RC Track with support from Bob & Nancy.

 

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Gary Yeomans Performance Parts Mini Stocks - Dalton Walker

Starts - 10
Wins - 0
Top Fives - 8
Top Tens - 10

Dalton Walker cam into the 2016 racing season as a quiet underdog of sorts. His race team had little sponsorship and a smaller budget compared to some of the other race teams. Walker would prove to be another example of consistancy as he would capture his first ever track title at VSP when the season came to a close.

Much like Paul Shead's and Travis Staats' championship run, Walker did not find victory lane in 2016, but never finished outside the top 10 and only finished outside the top five two times the entire season as he would beat out last years Gladiator champion, Brad Fender, by over 100 points in his second season in the division.

The Daytona Beach native finished second twice in 2016 and was one of the most liked drivers in the pits each and every Saturday night as well as one of the fan favorites.

 

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Gary Yeomans Performance Parts Gladiators - Dustin Carter

Starts - 14
Wins - 8
Top Fives - 13
Top Tens - 13

Dustin Carter came into the 2016 season as a rookie having not raced a full bodied race car in nearly 16 years. He would quickly turn in his yellow rookie stripes as the Sanford, FL native would rip off eight wins and only finish outside the top four one night the entire 2016 racing season.

Carter quickly became another fan favorite after winning the first race of his career beating out car builder and veteran racer Reid Christensen to the checkered flag and a $650 payday. Carter would go on streaks as well closing 2016 out winning three in a row and five of six. The worst finish of Carters season came after an engine failure while battling for the lead in another $500 race for the Gladiator division.

Carter's #5 was powered by a Chevy engine and sponsored by Integrity Painting, Christensen Racing Performance, Youngs Enterprises, Action Automotive, Accu-Force Shock Dynos, GT Products, and Lane Automotive.

 

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