Charity Race Weekend
December 15, 2018
Gates Open: 5 p.m.
Start Time: 7 p.m.
The Bristol Family “Making a Difference” Charity Race Weekend
Saturday Night 15th – S&C Street-stock 50 Laps !
Sunday December 16th – Pro-Truck 113 Laps !
Plus DAARA Antiques, Q Mini-stocks, Legends, Scrambler 4 cyl Open & More !
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Child: 5-12 $5
Dave’s Results Story
WILD AND CONTROVERSIAL FINAL LAPS NET J. R. GARCIA VETERANS 50 PRO TRUCK WIN
AT AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY
It was yet another cool but comfortable night for racing as Auburndale
Speedway saluted the nation’s veterans and the fans were treated to one of the
best Pro Truck races in recent memory here. The big evening of action was
presented by J. C. Penny Realty with assistance from Butler Mortgage, Macaw
Signs, The Trophy Shop of Winter Haven and Frazier Lawn Care. A beautiful
custom-made fleece blanket was presented to the Pro Truck winner by Geiswite
Creations. The honor guard was provided by AMVets post 32.
The Veteran’s Memorial Pro Truck 50 was the big race of the night and 24 teams
squeezed into the pits to do battle. Time trials were very close but once
again, for the fifth time this year, West Palm Beach driver Derek Pugh was the
fastest. Pugh tripped the clocks at 14.579 seconds to edge Jason Lester who
turned a lap at 14.655. J. R. Garcia was third quick at 14.679 followed by
point leader Cody McDuffie and rookie Pro Truck driver Colt Hensley who had
the best qualifying effort of his young career.
Pugh has not been very lucky this year with the pill draw for the inversion so
he decided to have his girlfriend draw the pill this time and she pulled a
six, much better than the 10’s and 12’s Pugh had been pulling recently. That
placed sixth-fastest Jessica Murphy on the pole with Hensley to her outside.
Murphy was making her first start here since last year’s charity race but she
quickly showed she was ready for business as she blasted out to an early lead
while Hensley settled into second.
McDuffie was making his patented charge to the front and he sped by Hensley
for second on lap nine as Hensley got stuck in the high groove and slipped
back several spots. Lap 11 saw a big tangle going into turn one involving
Hensley and Leroy Moore. Danny Anderson had to take evasive action and ended
up on the dirt bank surrounding the turn one light pole. Anderson continued
none the worse for wear but Hensley and Moore were done for the night. Bret
Holmes’ bad luck streak continued as he had already dropped from competition.
Following the restart, Murphy and McDuffie began to put on a show, swapping
the lead back and forth lap after lap as the fans were enjoying every minute
of it. That all came to a stop on lap 18 as Carter Brown spun in turn two to
bring out the yellow flag. For the second week in a row, Jamie Sullivan’s
night ended early as she took her machine pit side.
On the restart McDuffie got the measure of Murphy and took over the point
while Jason Lester also got by for second. Lap 23 saw another caution, this
time for Colt Cecil who was into the wall in turn three. Cecil’s truck needed
a tow to the pits while Kristen Clements took her truck in for service but
Both Lester and Murphy did not want to restart on the outside lane so that
allowed fourth place Pugh the opportunity to restart the race from outside of
McDuffie. Now it was another side-by-side battle from the front spot and Pugh
actually led lap 30 before slipping back as Lester and Murphy re-claimed
second and third. William Kerns spun in turn two to bring out the fourth
caution of the race on lap 36.
Again, second-runner Lester decided to stay in behind McDuffie while Murphy
opted to give the outside lane a try for the restart. Murphy was driving a
fantastic race and inched ahead to lead lap 37 before McDuffie got a bumper in
front just before Bryton Horner brought out the yellow for a spin in turn
McDuffie and Murphy continued their door-to-door battle for the lead on the
restart while Garcia now made his presence felt by sliding into third spot.
Action was slowed again on lap 45 as Rich Clouser got into Adam Briggs going
into turn three with both spinning out. This while they battled for the
eighth spot. Clouser, who had a mechanical issue during hot laps and missed
qualifying, started 24th and had worked his way to ninth before the incident.
This time it was Lester who decided to restart from outside of McDuffie while
Murphy and Garcia lined up on the inside behind the leader. Then the
controversy began. Going through turns three and four following the restart,
the top three trucks all made contact with Lester spinning around. Opinions
then became mixed as to what happened. Some said Murphy hit McDuffie from
behind sending him into Lester. Others say Lester came down on McDuffie
causing him to check up while some other opinions said McDuffie just got out
of shape causing Murphy to hit him. Several caution laps were run before an
official ruling was made with all three – McDuffie, Lester and Murphy – being
penalized to the back of the field for the restart. An upset Murphy drove her
truck to the pits while McDuffie and Lester stayed out.
All of a sudden, J. R. Garcia found himself in the lead and he made the most
of it leading the last five circuits in his Ambassador Racing School special
to claim the win. For Garcia, who has raced his truck sparingly during recent
seasons, it was his first trip to victory lane “in recent memory,” according
to him. Pugh grabbed the second spot and gained ground on point leader
McDuffie who managed to work his way back up to a seventh place finish. Going
into the season finale for the class on November 15, McDuffie is just ten
points up on Pugh. Danny Anderson came back from his near miss with a light
pole to nab third place and sits third in points, 18 back of McDuffie. Adam
Briggs had his best career Pro Truck finish in fourth while Billy Carlbert,
Jr., driving a freshly refurbished truck that was absolutely beautiful,
struggled early with his set up but drove steady to net fifth place. Rounding
out the top ten were Jimmy Frazier III, McDuffie, Brandon Martin, Carter Brown
Garcia was quick to thank his race team in victory lane. “I was in North
Carolina working all week and these guys took a truck that was bent up front
to back from last week and made it run like a top. These guys are the reason
we’re here tonight,” said Garcia. “We really should have won,” said Pugh
after his second place effort. “We had the truck to get the job done, just
could not get into position and those guys out front were really going at it.
We gained some points so we’ll head to the last race of the season in three
weeks and try and close things out on top,” he said. Anderson was pleaded
with his third place finish after a wild beginning. “Can’t complain… I just
need to figure out how to qualify better and get a chance to run up front the
whole race, he said.
The Sportsman class were set to end their 2018 point season with a 50-lap
contest. However, just seven cars showed as many teams are preparing for big
season-ending big-money events at 417 Speedway and New Smyrna Speedway next
weekend. The race was trimmed to 30 laps and it began with Brooke Storer on
the pole. Despite a torn ligament in her ankle that had her on crutches all
day, Storer managed to lead the first six laps before Brandon Morris stormed
From that point Morris was in a class of his own as the full 30 circuits went
green to checker. Morris was well in front of a great battle for second that
saw George Gorham, Jr. just edge L. J. Grimm at the line. Storer persevered
to claim fourth earning enough points to the secure the 2018 Auburndale
Speedway Sportsman championship. Bobby Mills took fifth trailed by Rick Reed
and Charlie Brown.
After winning the heat, Chris Narramore, Sr. grabbed the lead from David
McCaig on lap three and drove to victory in the Q Mini Stock feature race that
went from green to checker with no yellow flags. The win was Narramore’ Sr.’s
ninth of the year, tying him with his son Chris Narramore, Jr. for the most
wins in the class this year while Narramore, Sr. also earned yet another track
championship. Narramore, Jr. came home second on this night ahead of Bruce
Cozad, Reggie Ware II and McCaig. Fred Martin did not start after a heat race
bout with the wall.
In victory lane Narramore, Sr. indicated this would be his final race as a
driver saying he will try and re-start the “Kid’s Club” class next year for
young drivers aged 9-16 with no racing experience. His son in victory lane
said “We’ve heard this retirement stuff before… I’ll believe it when I see
it,” he joked.
Kenny Uhl, Jr. led the opening six laps of the Modified Mini Stock nightcap
but no one was going to stop Chris Spring on this night. After wining the
heat, Spring blasted by Uhl and drove to an easy win as this race also went
green to checker. Spring was in a different zip code at the end as he took
his third win of the season and claimed yet another track point title for
himself. Levi Parsons came home second ahead of Uhl, Tim Scalise and Richard
Brown. Johnathan Case, Jeff Firestine and Mike Prevatt rounded out the
It’s yet another track championship for James Wright III as he dominated the
action in the V-8 Bomber class. After picking up the heat win, Wright wrested
the feature lead from Danny Burchfield on the second lap and sped away to his
ninth win of the year. George Gorham, Jr. picked up the Bubba Healey ride for
the night and was all over Wright but could never make the pass settling for
his second second-place effort of the night. Burchfield held on for third
followed by Jeff McCaw, Jody Gill, Travis Todd and Jimmy McCleod. Ronnie
Abney broke a rear end during hot laps and was unable to start.
Just three Scramblers were in action and Fred Wilson won the heat race by
default after the cars of Danny Burchfield Sr. and Danny Burchfield, Jr. both
broke during the race. Neither Burchfield car could be repaired so no feature
race was run.
Next week it’s the “Night of destruction” at Auburndale Speedway featuring the
School Bus Figure-8 race and for the first time, an RV Demolition Derby plus
lots more craziness. The track will be dark for a week to clean up the mess
before the season-ending points championship November 24-25th that will feature the “Gobbler 125” for the Super Late Models and 50 lap Pro-truck finale.