Harvest Meat Market Family Savings Night
October 20, 2018
Gates Open: 5 p.m.
Start Time: 7 p.m.
Bomber Open 40 Laps
Q Mini-stock 30 Laps
Also in action …..
Street-stocks, Scramblers & Mini-cups !
$1 dollar hotdogs, popcorn and small drinks !
Seniors 55+: $13
Child: 5-12 $5Family 4 Pack $32
Family 4 Pack – 2 Adults and 2 Kids (5-12)
Dave’s Results Story
SEAN BASS TOPS WHEEL MAN SPORTSMAN – CHUCK FRAZIER DOUBLES UP IN MOD MINI/Q
Race fans were treated to some very exciting racing action as yet another
stout field of cars filled the pits Saturday night at Auburndale Speedway
under picture-perfect weather conditions.
The Wheel Man Sportsman Series was back in action at the “bull ring” and
brought 22 racing warriors to the show, and boy what a show they put on
starting with qualifying that saw third generation racer Sean Bass trip the
clocks at 14.167 seconds for the fastest lap. Veteran Richard Elkins, Jr. was
second quick but came up ten pounds light on the scales after his lap and he
was DQ’d forcing him to start at the back for the 50-lapper along with
apparent fourth quick timer Chad Rutherford who got set down for ride height.
Shawn Jenkins ended up with second fast time at 14.245 followed by Junior
Beckner, Brandon Morris and Brooke Storer.
Several drivers were making their first Sportsman start here including former
Charity Truck Race winner Tommy Kelly, former Super Late Model standout Jeff
Scofield, Citrus County Speedway regular Tommy Posavec and 61-year-old George
Alexander who has competed mostly at the big half-mile New Smyrna Speedway.
Bass pulled a seven pill for the invert but with two of the top seven having
to go to the rear for the start, only five cars were inverted placing Storer
on the pole with Morris on the outside of row one. Up in the flag stand to
drop the green flag was Bass’ grandfather Ronnie Luckock who for many years
was the flagman here when the track was known as Winter Haven Speedway.
Luckock had flagged events here featuring Sean Bass’s other grandfather, the
late Ernie Bass, Sr. and his dad Ernie, Jr. giving Luckock the opportunity to
start races being driven by three generations of the Bass family.
Storer, looking for her third straight win here, zipped out to the lead as
Beckner stuck right on her bumper for second while Bass moved by Morris into
third on the third lap as the fans were being treated to some awesome action
throughout the stout field.
Bass moved by Beckner for second on the eleventh lap but lost it right back as
he got trapped behind some lapped cars. Action continued under green until
lap 17 when Devin McLeod slowed to a stop in turn four to bring out the first
of what would be many caution flags on the night. McLeod made a quick pit
stop and returned.
Bass shot around Beckner into second on the restart only to see the action
slowed again on lap 20 for Jamie Kennedy’s spin in turn four. The racing got
really good after the restart as Storer and Bass battled side by side for the
top spot with Bass nosing ahead to lead laps 21 and 22 before Storer asserted
herself out front again. Lap 29 saw the next caution for a spin by Adam
Briggs in turn one.
Now it was Storer battling Beckner for the top spot as Beckner led lap 30 by a
bumper before Storer took over for laps 31 and 32 before Beckner came to a
halt at the top side of turn two after getting shuffled back in the field.
Beckner stayed on track and restarted from the back of the pack. Meanwhile,
veteran Joe Winchell was now third after starting eighth.
Bass finally had his chance on the restart and he dove under Storer for the
lead. Morris took third from Winchell on lap 36 just before a multi-car
altercation in turn four saw Wheel Man point leader Jesse Henley get turned
around off turn four. Another big jam-up took place off turn four just after
the restart with several cars getting resulting cosmetic damage.
Morris got by Storer for second on the restart before Winchell got jammed up
behind a slowing car and came to a stop in turn four to bring out yet another
yellow flag. Bass got a bad restart allowing Morris to take the lead however
that pass was negated when the caution came out immediately for Kennedy’s car
that was facing the wrong way in turn three. Damage to Kennedy’s car was
extensive and he needed a tow from the speedway.
Bass had a much better restart this time but it was fourth-running Aaron
Williamson getting shuffled back several spots. Jeff Scofield got turned
around by Elkins on lap 44 for yet another caution. Bass continued to motor
away but again saw his progress slowed by a big front stretch crash with three
laps to go. Beckner took a wild slide through the infield, nearly collecting
the turn two light pole, while Shawn Jenkins and Adam Briggs ended up against
the wall. Beckner continued but Jenkins and Briggs were done for the night.
On the restart Williamson spun in turn four with the cars of Colton Bramlett
and Tim Alexander receiving damage. The field did manage to complete the
final three laps under green as Bass took the checker several lengths in front
of Morris and Storer. McLeod drove back to fourth after his earlier problems
but got set down later in tech as his car was too low. That allowed Winchell
to claim the fourth position over his teammate Chad Rutherford. Beckner
rebounded to take sixth with Henley, Elkins, Tim Alexander and Williamson
completing the top ten. Fifteen cars were still running at the finish.
Bass was joined by his mom and dad, grandparents and his girlfriend after the
race making the victory lane celebration a real “family affair.”
The Modified Mini Stocks were also on hand for a 50-lap contest with 14 cars
taking time. Chuck Frazier, making just his second appearance of the year,
was clearly the fastest with his 14.970 lap easily topping the 15.092 lap of
Steve Gill who was behind the wheel of Mike Kerrivan’s #45 machine. Point
leader Chris Spring was third quick ahead of Bryton Prevatt and Levi Parsons.
Frazier pulled and eight for the inversion placing Clint Holmes and Tim
Scalise on row one for the start. However it was third-starting Kenny Uhl,
Jr. who grabbed the point at the drop of the green. Caution flew for the
first time on lap six for a Rachelle Rudolph spin in turn two then again one
lap later as Matt Cummins looped his mount in turn one.
Frazier mad a wild three-wide pass just after the restart to move into third
place behind Uhl and Gill. Lap nine saw a three car tangle between Jimmy
Wood, Richard Brown and Dave Barnett slow the action again. Following the
restart, Gill nosed in front to lead lap ten before Uhl asserted himself out
front again. Lap 14 saw Gill and Prevatt tangle up in turn two as both then
pitted with enough damage to eliminate them from competition.
Uhl was doing all he could to hold off Frazier but lap 19 saw Frazier take
over the point never to be headed. Spring moved into second on lap 26. The
final yellow flag came out on lap 36 as Jimmy Wood slowed to a stop in turn
four. From there, Frazier simply ran off and hid from the field as he won by
a full straight over Spring and a hard-charging Levi Parsons whose car seemed
to get stronger toward the end of the race. Uhl held on for fourth with
Cummins having a nice run for fifth. Scalise was sixth trailed by Rudolph,
Brown, Johnathan Case, Wood, Barnett, Prevatt, Gill and Holmes.
Frazier also brought out his Q Mini Stock car for the first time this year and
he would double up on the evening as he claimed both the heat race and feature
wins in the class.
After John Cummins, Jr. led lap one, Frazier took over and led the remaining
distance despite two caution flags that allowed the field to close on him.
Chris Narramore, Jr. came back from a spin to make a late pass on his dad
Chris, Sr. for second. Narramore, Sr. was third in front of Bruce Cozad,
Cummins, Jimmy McLeod, David McCaig and Fred Martin.
Frazier, who gets to race very sparingly because he runs two businesses,
Victory Golf Carts and Chuck’s Bobcat Services, has started three feature
races at Auburndale this year and won all three.
The V-8 Bomber feature was the only one of the night to run green to checker.
David Purvis led the first two laps before Bubba Healey took the point.
Healey led to lap 16 but could not hold off the flying James Wright III.
Point leader Wright took over and sped to his eighth win of the season over
Healey and Purvis. Jammie Dunnahoe, Jr., known as the “Wild Child,” came home
fourth after winning the heat, his first career victory. Adam Briggs was
fifth followed by Danny Burchfield, Bobby Mobley, Travis Todd, Ronnie Abney,
Jimmy McLeod and Buster Browne.
The Mini Cup feature was a great race between heat winner Brey Holmes and
eventual feature winner Bryton Horner. Holmes led the first ten laps before
Horner forged ahead for a lap. Holmes then led lap 12 before Horner took over
to lead the rest of the way slowed only by a lap 17 spin by point leader
Douglas Herrin, Jr. off turn four. For Horner it was win number two on the
season. Holmes held on for second trailed by Maria Martins, Wilson Martins,
Herrin, Easton Bush and Bill Rychel. Russell Bush was unable to start.