The pavement side, the Southern Sprintcar series, crowned Florida’s first pavement sprint car champion in the post-Dave Steele era on November 19.
That was the day that the series declared John Inman as the 2017 driver champion after he won the November 18 feature race in Punta Gorda and officially had an insurmountable lead in points.
Matt Kurtz, 2016 Top Gun Sprint Series champion with crew at East Bay Raceway Park, Gibsonton, FL, Saturday, December 3, 2016.
The dirt side, Florida’s Top Gun Sprint Series, experienced an event that took away one of the series’ most important benefactors.
For the second time in the past three years, AJ Maddox went into the final Top Gun series race of the year sitting in second place in season-long points, and then passed points leader Matt Kurtz in the final points calculation after the race was over, winning the Top Gun driver championship for the second time in the past three years (20). East Bay Sprints race at East Bay Raceway on September 26, 2015.Florida’s Sprint Car Series End 2017 Seasons This Weekend Story and Photos by Richard Golardi November 30, 2017 Both of Florida’s touring sprint car series – the Southern Sprintcar Shootout Series, and the Eagle Jet Top Gun Sprint series – end their 2017 regular seasons this weekend.The Southern Sprintcar series will race at Punta Gorda’s 4-17 Southern Speedway on Saturday, and the Top Gun series will race at the track that has been a staple of the series for years, Gibsonton’s East Bay Raceway Park, also on Saturday.There is only one remaining sprint car track championship in Florida, the East Bay Sprints at East Bay Raceway, and they also have one remaining race on Saturday, December 9.Both touring series experienced significant events earlier this month.
Steele also is in first place on the all-time Florida sprint car win list (wins during the “modern era” in Florida since 1969) with 100 wins.