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Dave’s Results Story
CODY McDUFFIE SURVIVES WILD FLORIDA PRO TRUCK SERIES RACE AT AUBURNDALE
Rain tried its best to dampen the spirits of everybody Saturday at Auburndale
Speedway but track owner Rex Guy would stick a dagger in Mother Nature and the
show went on despite a late start in front of a very good crowd… and it
would be a long night.
Persistent rain, heavy at times, fell at the track off and on between 2 and 5
pm as everything was put on hold. Just after 5, the skies began to clear and
it was time to dry the track and get to the business of racing.
The big event of the night would be a 50-lap point race for the Florida Pro
Truck Challenge Series and the pits were crowded as 32 Truck teams showed up
to do battle. Qualifying was held almost two hours late from its scheduled
time with 31 of the Trucks getting laps in as Jacob Nicoletti’s team was
thrashing on his machine after hitting the turn four wall in hot laps.
Quick time would again go to Derek Pugh who seems to have a handle on how to
get around Auburndale Speedway all by himself. Pugh’s lap of 14.364 topped
the laps turned by Cody McDuffie, Jason Lester, Becca Monopoli and Brent
Huber. The top 16 in time trials were locked in to the big show with
everybody else relegated to a pair of 15-lap B-Main qualifiers including Huber
who had to run one of the B’s after being set down in post-qualifying tech.
The top four in each race would move on to the 50 lapper that would start a
field of 24.
Huber worked his way through the field to claim the first B-Main trailed by
Adam Briggs, Shea Montgomery and Dodge Carlbert as those four moved on to the
feature. The night ended early for Bryton Horner, Carter Brown, Dave Fewox
and Nick White.
Leroy Moore, celebrating his birthday, led all the way to claim B-Main number
two with Billy Carlbert second and Jeff White third. Dylan Martin spun on lap
three but drove like crazy to grab the final transfer spot. Martin was making
his first start in his Pro Truck since a near-fatal motorcycle accident
several months ago. Failing to transfer were Nicoletti (who did a great job
considering his big wall hit in practice), Johnny Marra, Mark Kemick and Josh
The top six qualifiers were inverted for the start of the 50-lap contest
placing young Brennon Pletcher on the pole flanked by veteran Truck racer
Steve Darvalics who quickly powered his way to the lead at the drop of the
green. Caution was out quickly on lap five as Colt Cecil bit out a chunk of
the back stretch wall. Cecil pitted and was able to return to action..
Darvalics continued to set the pace but McDuffie was on the move taking second
from Monopoli on lap eight then blasting his way to the lead two laps later.
Pugh moved by Pletcher into fourth as McDuffie was already in lapped traffic
by the 16th circuit. At that point McDuffie was in a class of his own as he
had opened up a full straight lead by the half way mark. The top ten at lap
25 consisted of McDuffie, Darvalics, Monopoli, Pugh, Lester, Mike Kohut,
Pletcher, Rich Clouser, Danny Anderson and Richard Griffis.
Everything would change big time on lap 26, though, as the trucks running 3rd
thru ninth would all end up with damage after an altercation off turn two with
several lapped trucks. Pugh and Lester pitted as did Kohut who did not
return. Other machines with damage included Clouser, Pletcher, Shea
Montgomery and Jeff White. Both Pugh and Lester made it back out for the
restart which saw another multi-truck melee on the front stretch that ended
the night for Kristen Clements. Also receiving damage were the trucks of
Danny Anderson, Adam Briggs and Brent Huber although all would eventually
continue. Rich Clouser pitted his machine during the caution and did not
return. At this point 19 trucks were still in the running.
McDuffie continued to lead easily as Monopoli forged here was by Darvalics
into second on lap 29 only to see that pass negated when Martin spun around in
turn two. Jason Lester pitted to try and fix damage and returned minus his
hood and fenders but the right front of the truck had gone askew and he went
to the pits a final time and was later DQ’d to the rear of the field for an
McDuffie continued to overwhelm the field as the drivers managed to get all
the way to lap 36 before Jeff White spun in turn two. Three laps later the
red flag was out as Huber climbed over the left side of Anderson’s truck in
turn four, nearly getting on his side. Anderson was out of the event while
Huber returned briefly only to drop out soon after. Quite a bit of fluid and
debris littered the turn four area and it took close to 15 minutes to clean
up, adding to the long night.
Once the green flag came back out, the final 11 laps ran off without a hitch
other than a late front stretch spin by Billy Carlbert that starter Julian
Mullis was not about to throw another caution flag for. McDuffie took the
checker well ahead of Darvalics who had to hold off a hard-charging Monopoli
over the final laps. Pletcher held on for fourth while Brey Holmes had the
best race of his career, staying out of trouble all the way to score a fifth
place finish for a team that has been plagued with mostly mechanical issues
during the past year.
Pugh held on to finish sixth with Leroy Moore, Griffis, Briggs and Shea
Montgomery rounding out the top ten. Completing the finishers were Dodge
Carlbert, Martin, Cecil, Billy Carlbert, Jimmy Frazier III (who had a top ten
run end late when he hit the wall), Anderson, Huber, Colt Hensley, Jeff White,
Kohut, Clouser, Clements, Big Donnie Burkhalter and Lester. Burkhalter had a
tough weekend, blowing an engine in Friday practice then losing his brakes
early in the race.
Immediately after the Truck race finished, Dodge Carlbert climbed in his Pure
Stock car… then he went out and won the 20-lap feature after starting
scratch on the field.
Wild Child Jammie Dunnahoe, Jr, won the Pure Stock heat and had the pole for
the feature but broke a transmission coming off turn two on the opening lap,
scattering the field. Chuck Mathias held the top spot for ten laps but could
not hold off Carlbert who scored his second victory in a row. Aaron Holmes
was back behind the wheel on this night and he made a late pass to claim
second over Mathias, James Wright III, Kate Clouser (making her very first
start here), Matt McCrary and Dunnahoe.
Jason Bartram got a huge monkey off his back as his new car performed
flawlessly for once and he led start to finish to claim the 25-lap Sportsman
feature. Jamie Kennedy charged up to run on Bartram’s bumper over the final
laps but had to settle for second over Charlie Brown, Tom Zimmerman, Alexa
Anderson and Steven O’Steen. O’Steen was driving a car that he’ll be taking
to Bristol, TN in a few weeks and was doing a “shake down” run.
In other action, James Wright III led all the way to claim yet another V-8
Bomber victory trailed by Travis Todd, Bud Bronson, Ronnie Abney, Brian
Harbin, Brandon Love, Jimmy McLeod and Jason Sopczak. Wright also won the
Wilson Martins, Sr. topped the Mini Cup action over heat winner Maria Martins,
Leandro Martins, Bill Rychel and Russell Bush.
Chris Narramore, Jr. topped both the heat and feature in the Mini Stocks
outgunning Chuck Frazier, David McCaig, Freddy Martin and Tav Gary.
Guy Kolmel won his first career feature in the Scramblers leading Donnie
Mosman and Trenton Henick to the checker. Kolmel also was the heat race