Mardi Gras Twin 50 Night
Gates Open: 5 p.m.
Start Time: 7 p.m.
Q Auto & Injury Attorney’s Pro-Truck 50
American Racer Sportsman 50
Also in action …
Street-stocks, V-8 Bombers, Legends, Mini-stocks
Scramblers & Mini-cups !
Child: 5-12 $5
Dave’s Results Story
GEORGE GORHAM, JAMES WRIGHT, MARIA MARTINS & DRIZZLE DOMINATE AUBURNDALE
SPEEDWAY RACING ACTION
Well, it was “one of those days (and nights)” at Auburndale Speedway as Mother
Nature teased and teased then finally put the clamps on a good night of
A light drizzle began falling during the afternoon just after the pit gates
opened. The precipitation was off and on for about an hour before the clouds
lifted a bit with a “sprinkling” of sunshine tossed in. At that time the
decision was made to go on with the show that would feature 50-lap races for
the Sportsman and Pro Truck Divisions.
The nine Sportsman cars that showed were combined with four Street Stocks for
a field of 13 cars. George Gorham, Jr., driving a car that his team has not
even had a chance to put the lettering on yet, was fastest at 13.935 seconds
with Keith Roggen close behind at 13.946 driving a brand new car that had just
been finished up that morning. No one else was close in matching the speed of
the top pair as Chad Rutherford was third quick at 14.288 ahead of teammate
Joe Winchell and Charlie Brown.
The top four in time trials were inverted for the start of the 50-lap run with
Winchell taking the lead from the pole. That lasted just five laps as Gorham
blasted his way to the front on lap six. Winchell admitted later that he had
a good car but had nothing for the rocket Gorham was driving and just “let him
The race ran the entire distance under green with Gorham stretching his lead
to a full straightaway over Winchell by the time the checker flew as Gorham
lapped everyone but the cars in the top five. Roggen didn’t display the speed
he had in qualifying but he drove to a steady third spot while Rutherford made
a late pass on Brown to secure fourth. Trailing fifth place Brown were Jamie
Kennedy, Tom Zimmerman, Steven O’Steen, Ross Francisco, Bobby Mills, Gayle
Haines, Jimmy Castleberry and Alan Seay.
Ron Abney, Jr. finally had his V-8 Bomber car running well and he led the
opening nine laps of the 30-lap feature but a caution flag allowed defending
track champion James Wright to move up and eventually take the top spot on lap
ten. From there Wright drove away from the field as Abney, Travis Todd and
Danny Burchfield began a huge battle for position. Some late race “rubbing”
allowed Burchfield to scoot by for second at the finish while Todd held on for
third over Abney. Brandon Love claimed fifth followed by Jimmy McLeod, Walt
Kirk, Jody Gill and Alan Seay. Wright is now two for two on the new season in
the V-8 Bombers.
Also two for two on the new year is Maria Martins after her second consecutive
Mini Cup feature victory. Maria’s brother Wilson Martins, Jr. led the first
five laps before being passed by Russell Bush. Bush held sway for a lap
before Maria zipped by. The young lady’s charge was slowed only by a lap 13
incident when Clay Samuels spun and was hit by defending track champion
Douglas Herrin, Jr. Herrin was towed from the track while Samuels continued.
By the end of the 25 laps, Martins had stretched her lead to a full straight
over second place Brey Holmes. Wilson Martins held on for third as the
sister-brother act finished on the podium together for the first time. Bush
took fourth ahead of Samuels, Bill Rychel and Herrin. Bryton Horner was
unable to start the race.
The Q Mini Stock/Scrambler feature actually got started but just as the green
flew the drizzle picked up again causing a couple of cars to spin out.
Eventually the red flag was displayed and the ongoing light rain coupled with
the very wet air forced track officials to “give in” about a half hour later.
The Pro Trucks never made it on the track for their scheduled 50-lapper but
they did get time trials in earlier in the evening. Veteran Steve Darvalics
was in the house and set the fastest lap at 14.451 seconds. The 14.491 lap of
Danny Anderson was good for second quick followed by Billy Carlbert, Jr.,
Brent Huber, Dodge Carlbert and Becca Monopoli. Fourteen Pro Trucks signed
in… not a bad field considering another track scheduled a Pro Truck race on
top of Auburndale (again) and that several teams were sitting out this night
getting prepared for the big Pro Truck races later in the week at New Smyrna
Speedway’s World Series.