Harvest Meat Market Family Savings Night !
August 25, 2018
Gates Open: 5 p.m.
Start Time: 7 p.m.
Modified Mini-stock Cut of Beef 50
Chopped Beef Demo Derby
$1 Hotdogs, Popcorn, Small Fountain Drinks or Tea !
Plus ……V-8 Bombers, Street-stocks,
Q Mini-stocks, Scramblers & Mini-cups
Seniors 55+: $13
Child: 5-12 $5Family 4 Pack $32
Family 4 Pack – 2 Adults and 2 Kids (5-12)
Dave’s Results Story
HOT DAY LEADS TO HOT NIGHT OF RACING AT AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY – SCOOBY-DO FINALLY GETS HIS PRO TRUCK WIN – MARTIN A FIRST-TIME WINNER
To say it was a hot, humid day at Auburndale Speedway was an understatement as race teams sweated their way through preparations for a big night of racing action. Although the temperature dropped a bit after sunset, drivers still had to deal with very humid conditions that made it tough on everybody.
Despite the sweltering conditions, a great crowd turned out to watch the action that included a pair of 50-lap contests. The first was for the ever-popular Pro Truck class and the second was a special challenge race involving Street Stock drivers who normally compete at Citrus County Speedway and Showtime Speedway.
The Pro Trucks were out in force with 22 signing in with all of them surviving the very hot conditions during practice and presenting themselves for qualifying. Time trials once again saw Cody McDuffie click off the fastest lap at 14.568 seconds good for the $100 Fast Qualifier Award put up by J. C. Penny Realty. That company partially sponsors the truck of Jason “Scrappy” Lester who ended up with second quick time after Derek Pugh was set down in post-qualifying tech for a weight infraction. Third through fifth fastest were Becca Monopoli, Leroy Moore and Nic Haag.
McDuffie, as is usually the case, did not do well with the pill draw as the top eight trucks were inverted for the start. That put Todd Haag on the pole flanked by Big Donnie Burkhalter who quickly shot out to the lead after Haag was able to keep a nose in front for lap one. Meanwhile, Lester, who started seventh, was already up to third place and was challenging Brey Holmes for second until the first caution of the race appeared on lap eight as William Kerns spun off turn four.
Lester was on a rail and he slipped by Burkhalter as the field completed lap nine while fast qualifier McDuffie had now made his way up to fifth. Monopoli sped under Burkhalter for second on lap 14 with McDuffie doing likewise two laps later to nab third as Burkhalter was beginning to have brake problems.
The field was about to take the half-way signal from starter Julian Mullis when Colt Cecil and Carter Brown tangled in turn three to bring out the yellow with Adam Briggs spinning to avoid things. For the restart, Monopoli opted not to start outside of Lester allowing McDuffie to move up to second for the restart. The field came by to complete lap 25 with Lester holding sway over McDuffie, Monopoli, Holmes, Brennon Pletcher, Burkhalter, Moore, Billy Carlbert, Jr., Pugh (up from last on the starting grid after his qualifying DQ) and Danny Anderson.
Monopoli’s decision to start from the inside in third place worked out just fine as she slipped under McDuffie to re-claim second place on lap 27 as McDuffie’s truck was not working the outside lane like it usually does. Shortly thereafter it was caution flag time again as Brown and Kerns tangled in turn four. Again Monopoli chose the inside line and again quickly passed McDuffie for second with Pletcher digging hard and passing McDuffie for third on lap 31 although McDuffie returned the favor four laps later.
The yellow flag flew yet again on lap 38 as Briggs spun in turn four. This time both Monopoli and McDuffie decided to restart on the inside row. That allowed Pletcher the opportunity to restart outside of leader Lester and he took up the challenge. However, by lap 40, the top three again were Lester, Monopoli and McDuffie all hugging the inside lane. Pugh was continuing his charge from the back as he took fifth spot on lap 43.
Things changed abruptly with three laps to go as McDuffie saw an opportunity and dove low going into turn one but got into the side of Monopoli’s truck with both going for a spin. McDuffie was then ordered to the back of the restart line-up for causing the incident while Monopoli retained her second spot although, yet again, she opted to restart behind Lester allowing Danny Anderson to restart second. Anderson slipped back quickly, though, and tangled with Burkhalter in turn four one lap after the restart. Anderson went to the rear for the next restart while Burkhalter headed pit side, completely out of brakes.
Again it was Monopoli choosing to restart behind Lester for the green-white-checker finish and that placed the surging Pugh on the outside pole for the restart. It was not the place to be however as Lester sped to victory putting his popular “Scooby-Do” truck in victory lane for the first time this season here. Monopoli held on for a close second while Pletcher slipped under Pugh on the final lap to complete the podium. Fifth went to Carlbert with Holmes, Nic Haag, Kristen Clements, McDuffie and Todd Haag rounding out the top ten.
“It feels so good to finally get a win here at this track,” said Lester. “I know there’s some people up there in the stands that don’t like me, probably for good reason, but I proved here tonight that I can run a good, clean race and get a checker on top of it. This truck was all torn up after the New Smyrna race two weeks ago and I can’t believe we got it ready for this race… and to have it run so great right off the trailer, it’s just awesome,” he continued. “I really think Becca had the faster truck but she raced me clean. We’ve had some issues in the past but we are working through that and I think this race proves it tonight,” added Lester.
Monopoli defended her restart tactics saying “I wasn’t going to give this race away by restarting on the outside. The track was so slick it was the only option.” Third place Pletcher was a bit stunned in victory lane. With still only just a few career races under his belt he can’t believe the way things are going for him. “That was one crazy race,” he said. “I can’t believe our team is doing so well. I really have to thank my mom and dad for believing in me and giving me this great opportunity.” said Pletcher.
The Citrus County Speedway/Sunshine Speedway Street Stock challenge saw Citrus standout James Peters set quick time at 15.717 seconds with Casey Hall, who runs both tracks, second quick at 15.761. Brandon Duchscherer, Dennis Wilson and Billy Carlbert, Jr. completed the “fast five.”
The night would end early for Peters, though. Hall jumped out to the early lead before Peters and Duchscherer crashed on the back stretch. Duchscherer took blame for the incident. “My power steering went out right after the start,” he said. “He came down a bit, just good hard racing, but I couldn’t turn the car fast enough to get out of the way and hit him,” said Duchscherer. The impact tore the left front tire off Peters’ car and he slid to a stop in turn four after also dropping considerable fluid on the track resulting in a red flag condition. Duchscherer took his car to the pits but was able to return to the action.
From that point it was “all Hall” as Casey Hall raced to a fairly easy win despite three late race caution flags. Dodge Carlbert made a late charge to nab second place while Duchscherer came back to claim third despite having no power steering! Billy Carlbert, Jr. was fourth while Wilson faded to fifth late after challenging Hall early on. Rounding out the finishers were Casey Rounds, Thomas Meyer, Sammy Coghill, Buzz Amspaugh, Wesley Rounds and Peters.
The Street Stock racers picked up some extra cash on top of the purse with Peters earning an extra $25 for setting fast time courtesy of Mr. Eric Shane. Tree Musketeers also put up several awards with Hall getting an extra $75 for his win plus $25 for leading at half-way. Peters also got $25 from Tree Musketeers for finishing last.
The Modified Mini Stocks had a nice field on hand in preparation for next week’s big 50-lapper presented by Harvest Meat Markets. Steve Gill was back at Auburndale Speedway for the first time in recent memory and he won the first heat while defending champion Chris Spring won the second heat.
Both heat winners started their 25-lap finale from the front row but it was Gill who set sail pulling out to a straightaway lead before the only caution of the race flew on lap 17 when Matt Cummins spun off turn two while being lapped just barely being missed by second-running Spring.
On the restart Gill’s car seemed to falter a bit and Spring dove under him to take the lead away on lap 18. Gill turned up the wick again and was all over Spring the remainder of the race with the pair nearly taking each other out a couple of times. Spring managed to hold on for his second win of the season over a visibly upset Gill who expressed his displeasure with Spring immediately in Kelly’s Used Cars/Nexcel Investments victory lane.
Gill continued to go at it with track officials and eventually said something that led to him being disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct. “It’s Auburndale… and rubbin’ is racin’,” said Spring.
Clint Holmes was awarded second place with Steve Gainey third and Justin Ryan fourth. Tim Scalise took fifth followed by Rachelle Rudolph, Richard Brown, Cummins, Macky Mongold and Levi Parsons.
The Q Mini Stock class saw two first-time winners on the night. David McCaig took his first win in the heat race then Fred Martin came home the winner of the 25-lap feature for the first time.
Martin led the first five laps of the feature before being passed by Chris Narramore, Sr. Martin and Chris Narramore, Jr. then got into a great battle for second while Narramore, Sr. appeared headed to an easy victory. With a couple laps left, Narramore, Sr.’s car began to slow down and it was barely running as he headed into turn three on the final lap.
“I just moved up and go out of the way,” said Narramore, Sr. not wanting to cause a wreck. “Fast Freddy” then drove by to take the win while Narrame, Sr. somehow managed to hang on to second over his son with McCaig fourth in front of Bruce Cozad. Brian Potvin did not start the feature.
The win was sweet for Martin who spends Saturday afternoons mounting tires for racers at the track before going racing himself. His car recently received some new skin and new nose at the Narramore race shop and he was quick to thank them for all their help setting up his car.
The point leaders were back on top in their respective V-8 Bomber and Mini Cup classes. After winning the heat, James Wright III started sixth but took the lead from David Purvis on the second lap of the V-8 Bomber 25-lap headliner. A lap 22 caution flag brought the field back to Wright and Cody McDuffie gave it his best shot before settling for second behind Wright who tallied his sixth win of the year. Craig Cuzzone drove to a nice third place finish over Brandon Duchscherer (subbing for the vacationing Danny Burchfield, Sr.) and Jody Gill. Rounding out the finishers were Purvis, Jammie Dunnahoe, Jr., Wesley Rounds, Steven O’Steen, Jimmy Cloud and Justin Sullivan.
Douglas Herrin, Jr. led all the way to win the Mini Cup feature, his seventh of the season although Brey Holmes gave him a good run driving a new car with a “Camaro” body. Maria Martins took third over Russell Bush. Three drivers, Bill Rychel, Bryton Horner and last week’s winner Clay Samuels had mechanical problems during the heat race (also won by Herrin) and were unable to start the feature.