WAUC 1310 AM Night !
June 23, 2018
Gates Open: 5 p.m.
Start Time: 7 p.m.
WAUC 1310 AM Presents !
Summer Slam Pro-Truck 50
Modified Mini-stocks, Q Mini-stocks & Mini-cups !
Kids Club Meets 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm ages 5-12 !
We no longer accept credit cards, there is an ATM on site for your use, Thank you
Seniors 55+: $13
Child: 5-12 $5Family 4 Pack $32
Family 4 Pack – 2 Adults and 2 Kids (5-12)
Dave’s Results Story
CRAZY PRO TRUCK 50 EVENTUALLY GOES TO CODY McDUFFIE – WINS V-8 BOMBER FEATURE
TOO AT AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY
Well, it was yet again “one of those nights” at Auburndale Speedway Saturday
evening with plenty of crazy goings-on mixed in with some great racing on FFA
Night sponsored by DARN Apparel. Fans had to “weather” a one hour rain delay
during the middle of the racing program that was followed by several long
caution and red flag periods needed to clean water and mud from the speedway
after various incidents.
The big race of the night would be a 50-lap contest for the Pro Trucks who
were just trying to get a show in after a pair of recent losses to Mother
Nature. Sixteen Pro Trucks were in the pits and 15 of those took time trials
minus the truck of Big Donnie Burkhalter who had yet to arrive at the track…
more on that later.
The most recent Pro Truck winner here, Derek Pugh of West Palm Beach, kept his
recent hot streak alive by setting quick time at 14.524 seconds just a tick
faster than the 14.540 lap turned in by Cody McDuffie of Bartow, the current
Pro Truck point leader. Windermere’s Nic Haag continued to impress by
clicking off the third quick qualifying lap followed by Jason “Scrappy”
Lester, Danny “Trumpy Bear” Anderson and Brennon Pletcher. As has been the
case recently, the re-draw did the top qualifiers no favor as the top ten
spots from time trials were inverted. After the autograph session at
intermission it was found the engine in Eddie Hartin’s truck had a broken
rocker arm and he was unable to start.
There was a fantastic moment that took place at the start of the Pro Truck
feature as little Ella Green, recently diagnosed as cancer-free, was assisted
to the flag stand where she dropped the green flag… a very touching moment
for herself, her family and the fans gathered in the stands.
With that big of an invert and a very “green” race track after the rain,
things would get off to a rough start as the first three attempts at going
green were quickly aborted. Anderson went for a spin after contact with Nic
Haag during the first attempt at a start. Anderson continued with
considerable cosmetic damage while Haag pitted with a flat tire. The second
attempt was no better as Jacob Nicoletti spun in turn one. Nic Haag was able
to get back on the speedway thus not losing a lap but the pole sitter, Brey
Holmes, headed to the pit area with no brakes.
The third try was also for naught as Carter Brown spun in turn three. “Mac N’
Cheese” was OK and returned to his spot in the line-up but Jason Lester went
to the pits for adjustments and returned to restart at the tail.
At this point, track officials decided they had seen enough and ordered a
single-file start. Colt Cecil led the opening circuit but quickly began to
fade as Brennon Pletcher took over the point. McDuffie made a quick run to
third spot but got trapped behind Cecil and eventually found himself all the
way back in seventh.
Lap eight would bring the first caution flag as Brown and Todd Haag tangled in
turn one. Both pitted but only Haag would return. Nic Haag also pitted a
second time but returned. Pletcher began to drive away from the field as
Anderson slipped by Derek Pugh for third on the 11th lap. Lester was charging
and he passed McDuffie for fifth on lap 13.
Mike Kohut had been running second but Anderson caught and passed him with
Kohut slipping all the way back to sixth before he could get back in line.
Nic Haag again had a right front tire go down and he brought out the yellow on
lap 18. Pletcher continued to look sharp up front on the restart as Lester
passed Anderson for second bringing McDuffie with him.
Things went clean and green until lap 37 when Lester went spinning wildly off
turn four. Lester felt he was “turned” by McDuffie while track officials saw
it differently as “good hard racing” in which Lester got his left front tire
into the water on the low side of turn four causing his spin. Lester was not
in agreement but reluctantly went to the back of the lead lap cars for the
From there everybody expected McDuffie to really put a charge on leader
Pletcher but it was not to be as Pletcher was just running too good holding
the inside lane. Burkhalter, who started 14th, got by Pugh for fourth
bringing Lester with him with Lester then passing Burkalter for fourth two
laps later. Pugh fell off the pace with a broken tie rod after scraping the
Pletcher, who is no relation to the Pletcher racing family from the St. Pete
area, held steady to the finish for his apparent first career win in just his
seventh Pro Truck race. That would all fall apart in tech as his truck was
disqualified for an issue with the axles. According to Brennon’s mom Pam, “As
we were removing the plate for inspection, we came to find out the axles we
had were not correct. The Pro Trucks at Auburndale run a solid axle and we
had no clue ours were wrong,” she said. “Later the tech guy also said those
axles did not win that race, that it was the guy behind the wheel,” she
McDuffie thus was awarded the win. The very tired driver (who was competing
in his second race of the night), had little to say other than the outside
lane, where he likes to run, “just wasn’t there.” Anderson ended up second
and said he was just happy to finish on the podium after seeing the condition
of the left side of his truck. Lester battled back for third and happy as
always that he gave the fans a “show.”
The fourth place run for Burkhalter almost did not happen. “I worked my job
at Manheim Atlanta (GA) until 4, boarded a plane at the Atlanta airport at
5:40, landed at the Tampa airport at 7:10 then got a ride to the area around
I-4 and State Road 33 in Lakeland where my wife picked me up and dove me to
the track,” he said. “Had it not been for the rain delay I would not have
made it on time. The truck had been on the trailer since the last time we ran
here, we hadn’t touched it. After backing it off the trailer we checked the
tire pressure, stagger and shocks and went at it cold turkey. Just drove
steady and stayed out of trouble and we get a fourth… what a day,” he
Fifth went to Kohut with Todd Haag, Cecil, Pugh, Nic Haag and Adam Briggs
rounding out the top ten.
Earlier in the evening McDuffie piloted owner David Hartin’s new V-8 Bomber to
a big win in the V-8 Bomber feature after a ding-dong battle with point leader
James Wright III that saw them trade the lead five times over the course of 25
laps. McDuffie made the final pass, using the outside lane, with two laps
left to secure the win over Wright, Danny Burchfield, Jammie “Wild Child”
Dunnahoe, Jr. and Jamie Castleberry.
Eddie Hartin came home sixth followed by Ronnie Abney, Jr., Brian Harbin,
Bobby Mobley and Gilbert Corbin. McDuffie also won the heat.
It was a first time winner in the Mini Cup class as 12-year-old Bryton Horner
won the heat race then led green to checker to score his first career victory
outdistancing point leader Douglas Herrin, Jr., Brey Holmes, Maria Martins,
Clay Samuels, Russell Bush and Bill Rychel.
It was back to normal in the Q Mini Stocks as Chris Narramore, Jr. took the
lead from heat winner Chris Spring on lap 13 then led his dad Chris, Sr. to
the checker for his fifth win of the season. John Cummins, Jr. was third
trailed by Bruce Cozad, Fred Martin, Jimmy Donahue, Spring (who fell out with
engine woes on lap 17), David McCaig and T. J. Tanner.
Chuck Frazier was back in action in the Modified Mini Stocks and made his
first start of the year a winning one dominating both the heat and feature.
Chris Spring came home second in the 25-lap headliner followed by point leader
Fred Harrison. Rachelle Rudolph had a fine run for fourth trailed by Tim
Scalise, Matt Cummins, Dave Barnett, Scott Bumgardner and Clint Holmes. The
later pair provided a scary moment on lap six when they collided head-on in
turn one. Both drivers emerged in OK shape.
It was win number four for Steven O’Steen as he won the heat then led all the
way to win the Street Stock feature over Ross Francisco, John Smith and Walt