Memorial Weekend Events
May 27, 2017
Gates Open: 12 PM
Start Time: 12 PM
Saturday 5-27…. Freedom Fest Vet-Raiser
Kids Zone, Concerts, Car Show, Food Trucks & More !
Saturday 12 p.m. – 9: p.m.
Monday 5-29…… Wet n Wild Event
Huge water slides, Bounce Houses, DJ, Food Trucks, Concerts
Monday 3-9:30 p.m.
Adult: $15 Saturday, $10 Monday
Child: Ages 5-12 - Saturday $7, $10 MondayFamily 4 Pack Not available for thee events
Includes 2 Adult and 2 Child Admission Tickets. Normally $40.00, buy the Family 4 Pack and Save– Just $32.
Pit Passes: $30
Dave’s Results Story
MONOPOLI HOLDS OFF MCDUFFIE TO WIN SSCS PRO TRUCKS AT AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY
Saturday night, Auburndale Speedway was the only asphalt race track to run in
the State of Florida as several either had scheduled the week off or canceled
due to an “iffy” weather forecast. Well, the weather turned out sunny and hot
for the most part at the “Bull Ring” and when some odd-looking clouds began to
build just before intermission, track officials moved the show along quickly
although nothing materialized weather-wise as the fans went home happy after a
full action-packed show that was completed in just over two hours and 15
It was also Armed Forces Night at the Speedway sponsored by Harvest Meat
Markets. Veterans and current military members from all branches of military
service were recognized during pre-race ceremonies.
The big event of the evening saw the Sunshine State Challenge Series Pro
Trucks running for 50 laps. Qualifying turned out to be very interesting to
say the least. SSCS point leader Tommy Kelly missed the call to bring his
truck to the infield, so he left from the pit exit and got just one lap of
time. That was all Kelly needed, though, as his single lap of 14.496 seconds
was the quickest of the 17 Pro Trucks entered. However, Kelly was set down in
tech for being too low on ride height. Third-fast qualifier Cody Martell also
lost his lap in tech for coming in underweight. “Forgot to put gas in the
truck… our own fault,” said Martell. Fifth fastest Austin Pickens also did
not pass post-qualifying tech and his team opted to load up and leave rather
than start from the tail of the field leaving 16 trucks on the starting grid.
When all was said and done, the 14.515 lap turned in by Becca Monopoli ended
up as fast time with Donnie Burkhalter second quick at 14.567 and Corey Bigley
third at 14.590. Bigley would earn the pole for the 50-lap headliner with
Burhalter to his outside while fast qualifier Monopoli would start fourth
outside of newcomer James Armas.
The initial start was aborted as several trucks went around or got minor
damage in turn one including Nick Haag, Steven King and Kelly. Both Haag and
Kelly pitted for quick repairs then continued. The second start was much
better as Burkalter grabbed the early advantage but, admitting his truck was
“tight” all night, gave way to Monopoli and Cody McDuffie who took over first
and second places on the sixth lap.
From there, the duo sped away from the field and began a wild duel that got
even crazier every time the pair hit lapped traffic. Kelly charged from the
rear and took fifth from Bigley on lap 15. Danny Anderson passed Burkhalter
for third on lap 23. From that point it was a Monopoli/McDuffie show as they
raced tooth and nail all the way to the checker as the race ran all 50 laps
under green flag conditions. Monopoli just held off McDuffie at the stripe
for her first win of the year here although it was her third win during the
month of May between three different race tracks.
Both drivers expressed their displeasure with the slower trucks that were
being lapped. “I really don’t think some of these drivers know what the
move-over flag means,” said Monopoli in victory lane. “I gave him (McDuffie)
the outside lane but he kept getting blocked off. I just tried to hold my
line but even that wasn’t easy to do tonight,” she said. Monopoli was driving
a truck sponsored by Q Auto & Injury Attorneys, Florida Sheriff’s Youth
Ranches, Progressive Racing Engines and AMF Chassis.
“I really think I has the faster truck,” said McDuffie of his Southern Air
Compressor-sponsored machine. “Every time I would get a good run a lapped
truck would get in the way. Congratulations to Becca, though, she drove a
great race,” he said.
Danny Anderson took a “satisfying” third spot. “Well we showed the classic
Anderson style,” said the third place finisher. “Got to the track a little
late and took no real no practice. Since it was extremely hot and practicing
in that heat doesn’t make a bit of sense, we just ran two laps to scuff in the
tires and qualified. There’s my problem! I either need to learn to qualify
better or pick better pills because both of those tasks, I’m horrible at.
Started eighth and ended up third with no incidents from anyone so I’ve got to
be pleased. Needed a caution to catch those first two and that never
happened,” he said.
Kelly made a late pass on Burkhalter to take fourth while Burkhalter settled
for fifth. “I knew Tommy was leading the points so I didn’t give him the
position but I wasn’t going to get in his way, said Big Donnie.” The 50 green
flag laps were a disadvantage to Kelly who “simply ran out of time.” Bigley
held on to take the checker in sixth trailed by Mike Kohut while Martell, King
and Armas rounded out the top ten.
Mike Hubbard held off all challengers through 25 laps of racing and two
caution flag periods to score his second V-8 Bomber feature win of the year.
Hubbard, who took some time off from racing and has really just been back
full-time this season, admitted he has been surprised at how good his car has
been running thanks to a lot of hard work from his crew. On the opposite end
of the spectrum was second place Brandon “Bones” Duchscherer. “We last raced
three weeks ago,” he said. “Backed the thing off the trailer and it’s just
been sitting there in the weeds. Decided about seven o’clock to load it up
and go racing and end up second,” said Duchscherer.
For the second week in a row, Bobby Mobley drove Bubba Healey’s new Camaro to
a third place finish followed by Brey Holmes and Ricky Norman who turned in
his best effort of the year. Carl Thompson, Jr. raced Hubbard hard early for
the lead but dropped back to sixth at the finish. David Purvis was seventh
while Healey drove an older car out of his stable to eighth ahead of rookie
driver Andrew Whitlock. Those were the only cars running at the end as James
Wright III was credited with tenth ahead of Danny Burchfield, Chuckie Harrison
and Jeff McCaw. Rich Petruzzelli did not start. Heat races were won by
Burchfield and Wright.
Heat winner Donald Gatlin led the first six laps of the Mini Stock feature
only to begin slowing with engine issues. As Gatlin fell off the pace and
ultimately out of the event, Chris Narramore, Sr. grabbed the lead and went on
to score yet another 2017 win although Chuck Frazier had his car back in
action and he gave Narramore fits the whole way. Colt Cecil, last week’s
first-time winner, battled a “tight” car to third in front of John Cummins,
Jr., Fred Martin, Danny Leet, Gatlin and Bruce Cozad.
With Showtime Speedway near St. Pete having the night off, Ken Smith decided
to come over and give Auburndale a try, and he’s now glad he did. Smith,
nicknamed “Captain Chaos,” was running a 1991 Acura Integra and had DOT tires
on it compared to the other drivers running racing tires in t5he Scrambler
class. Smith was told by his crew that he was “trying too hard” in his heat
and should “just slow down a bit” during the feature. The idea worked as
Smith blasted to the lead at the drop of the green in the Scrambler feature
and was never headed in the all green flag race.
Keith Cantrill started well back in the field and fought his way to second
but, even though he felt his car was faster, was too far behind to deal with
Smith without benefit of a yellow flag that never came. Glenn Swanson had an
ignition box go bad in his Saturn during his heat race but he fixed the
problem and drove to a nice third place ahead of point leader Dustin Wilson
and first heat winner Anthony Carroll. Chucky Harrison was sixth ahead of
Andy Travis, Shane Bennett, Gilbert Corbin, second heat winner William Kerns,
Anthony Brown and David Gray.
Russell Bush topped heat winner Doug Higbie, Doulas Herrin, Jr. and Bill
Rychel to win the Mini Cup feature.