Mid Season Break
September 09, 2017
Gates Open: 5 pm
Start Time: 7 pm
Mid Season Break
No Stockcar Racing until Sept. 9th
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Dave’s Results Story
MOTHER NATURE WINS IN THE END BUT FOUR FRESH FACES STILL GRACE VICTORY LANE AT
It looked like Auburndale Speedway was going to miss the rain that built up in
the distance just after racing began but a light drizzle began to fall around
8:30 pm and with the precipitation expected to last a bit longer, coupled with
very high humidity that would have made it difficult to dry the track, track
officials canceled the remainder of the program after four features had been
run. The Street Stocks, Mod Minis and Figure-8 cars would fall victim to the
wet stuff, though.
As stated previously, four classes did get to complete their feature events
and four drivers who either had not won in their class this year or had not
won in awhile took home the checkered flag.
The Legend Cars saw just two of the cars out of the potent SAR Racing team at
the track, one for last week’s winner Kyle Pitts while the other, the #5A car
normally driven by new daddy Michael Cherry, was assigned to Bobby Diestler
for the night.
Veteran driver Mike Verhaagh, who comes up from Ft. Myers to race here, had
his new car running strong and won the heat race, coming out on top of a great
four-way battle. Verhaagh had the pole for the feature but Diestler was on
the outside pole and quickly jumped to the point with Verhaagh settling into
second. As Diestler sped away from the field, Verhaagh was doing all he could
to hold onto second before Pitts slipped under him on lap 14.
With no cautions in the race, Pitts was too far behind to do anything with his
SAR teammate as Diestler hit his marks every lap and won by a comfortable
margin. For Diestler it was his first Legend Car win (after only a handful of
starts) and just his second overall victory at Auburndale Speedway. Pitts
raced home second with Mike Verhaagh getting his first podium finish of the
year in third. Point leader Alan Hiefnar was fourth trailed by Mike
Verhaagh’s brother Mitch Verhaagh in fifth. Rounding out the finishers were
Dave Fusco, Blake Boyette (in Travis Guard’s #31) and Cale Nolen.
The Mini Stocks had a very interesting night to say the least. During the
heat race, the fuel pump broke on point leader Chris Narramore’s machine and
he thought his evening might be over as John Cummins, Jr. raced to the
eight-lap heat win. Chuck Frazier offered his ride to Narramore for the
feature but several drivers and crew members went to work and replaced the
fuel pump on Narramore’s car to get him out in time for the 20-lap feature
Donald Gatlin, who gave everybody a scare the week before when he had to be
taken to the hospital after he had trouble breathing, looked like a “new man”
out there in the feature as he bolted out front and looked like he had a
chance of taking home his first win. However, the engine of his machine was
not in tune with Gatlin’s heavy right foot and it expired in a plume of smoke
going into turn one just after Gatlin had taken the crossed flags for half way
bringing out the caution.
Bruce Cozad took over for three laps only to see the caution fly again for a
turn three tangle involving Danny Leet and Fred Martin. There was some
“bumping and grinding” following the restart and Cozad slowed with a flat tire
to keep the caution out. After pitting for a “new shoe” Cozad returned to the
rear of the line-up as Chuck Frazier took over the top spot.
Despite heavy pressure late from Narramore, Frazier held on to claim his first
Mini Stock win of the year. Narramore and Colt Cecil were close behind in
second and third while Cummins took the checker in fourth ahead of Cozad,
Leet, Martin and Gatlin.
Clay Samuels found victory lane for the first time in quite some time in the
Mini Cup feature race that ran green to checker. Heat race winner Douglas
Herrin, Jr. was second ahead of Bill Rychel.
The Scramblers were on track when the rain began to fall but their race did
run eight laps before the red flag came out. The field was actually under
yellow at the time after Andy Travis and point leader Dustin Wilson had
tangled in turn three. Before that, William Kerns and Keith Cantrill had been
putting on a great side-by-side show for the lead. Kerns was leading at the
completion of lap eight and thus was declared the winner, his first in quite
some time. Heat race winner Cantrill was second followed by Bubba Healey,
Wilson and Travis.
Although the Street Stocks and Mod Minis saw their feature races called due to
the rain, they did get their respective heat races in with Steven O’Steen
taking the checker first in the Street Stock heat while Kenny Nurse, Jr.
topped the Mod Mini heat race.
Auburndale Speedway will now be closed for Stock Car racing until September
9th. Many big events are scheduled for the fall racing season and the new
Fellows Trucking Kids Club will debut on September 23rd.