Harvest Meat Market Family Savings Night
March 03, 2018
Gates Open: 5 p.m.
Start Time: 7 p.m.
Harvest Meat Markets Family Savings Night !
$10 Grandstand admission for everyone 13 & up !
Where’s The Beef V-8 Bomber 40 plus…..
Street-stocks, Q Mini-stocks, Mini-cups & Fig 8
New Pure Stock Class Debut
$1 Hotdogs, Popcorn & Small Fountain Drinks !
We no longer accept credit cards, there is an ATM on site for your use, Thank you
Seniors 55+: $10
Child: 5-12 $5Family 4 Pack NA for this event
Family 4 Pack – 2 Adults and 2 Kids (5-12)
Dave’s Results Story
LAWHORN TAKES WILD MOD MINI RACE SATURDAY NIGHT AT AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY
It was Harvest Meat Markets Family Night at Auburndale Speedway Saturday with
fans being treated to $10 general admission, $1.00 concession stand specials
and some outstanding competition including one of the wackiest races in recent
Headlining the show was the Ground Hog 40 for the Modified Mini Stocks and 15
race teams signed in to do battle… little did they know the race would turn
into an outright war…
Qualifying saw several top drivers fail to turn a lap due to various
mechanical ills. Ray Miller was already done for the evening after problems
in hot laps trimming the qualifiers to 14 but defending track champion Chris
Spring, veteran John Lawhon and Clint Holmes were not able to make a
qualifying effort because of various issues. All would be able to start the
feature although from the back of the starting grid.
Making his first start here since 2013, Fred Harrison would eventually set
quick time of 15.066 seconds topping the 15.460 lap of Kelly Hahn and Ken
Nurse, Jr.’s lap of 15.471. Dave Davis and Scott Bumgardner rounded out the
top five in time trials. T. J. Tanners surprised everyone by qualifying sixth
in a Q Mini Stock converted to a Mod Mini for the night.
Harrison drew a seven for the inversion placing Jamie Dixson and Tanner on the
front row for the start. At the initial drop of the green things got crazy
coming off turn two as Dixson was spun scattering the field but no serious
damage resulted. At that point Dixson opted to give up his pole slot and
begin the race from the back of the field.
The inside row moved up one position and that placed Bumgardner on the pole
where he led the opening two circuits before Nurse zipped by to assume the
point as Harrison had already moved up to third then quickly got by Bumgardner
for second. Bumgardner was relegated back another spot by Dave Davis on lap
seven while Harrison continued his charge taking the lead from Nurse on the
The first caution flew on lap 17 as Chris Spring suddenly slowed on the track
then did a lazy spin on the back stretch victim of an axle problem that was
the same reason he missed his qualifying laps. Lawhorn, after also not
turning a time trial lap, was charging hard and took fourth from Bumgardner on
the restart. From there things went awry for Bumgardner as he brought out the
caution flag twice for back-to-back spins on laps 19 and 20.
Just after the restart on lap 21 things got crazy coming off turn two as
Lawhorn was tapped into a spin sending several cars spinning and crashing.
When all was said and done the cars of Kelly Hahn and Chris Falkner were done
for the night and several others including Tanner, Davis and Tim Scalise had
damage but were able to continue. Lawhorn and Davis were sent to the rear of
the restart line-up but by now there were just seven cars on the lead lap as
Harrison had been setting a blistering pace.
Undaunted, Lawhorn quickly moved back up to fourth by lap 24. Bumgardner went
for another spin on the back stretch during lap 27 and eventually pulled off
the track. Yellow again flew on lap 29 for debris in turn two.
The restart saw Lawhorn move into second place and begin to mount the first
serious challenge Harrison had seen all night. Scalise spun on lap 31 to
bring out the caution yet again. This allowed Lawhorn to restart next to
Harrison and he made the most of it by grabbing the lead. Lawhorn started to
pull away but soon thereafter it was time for caution flag number eight as
Marshall Parr spun in turn two during the 36th lap.
On the restart Harrison and Nurse got locked together shoving Harrison up the
track. Jamie Dixson, trying to thread his way through, got spun into the turn
two wall with Harrison getting loose trying to avoid him and going into the
wall himself. After the incident, Dixson climbed from his car then did not
stay with the car (a violation of track rules) and he was disqualified from
what ultimately would have been an eighth place finish. Despite considerable
damage to the front of his car, Harrison continued in the event.
After the restart Nurse seemed to catch fire as he began to place tons of
pressure on Lawhorn for the lead. Coming off turn four on the final lap Nurse
forced his way to the inside and the pair crossed the stripe in a near dead
heat with Nurse declared the winner by about two inches at the line… however
this is where things got really crazy.
Celebrating what would have been his first career win, Nurse decide to do some
“donuts” which, again, is now a violation of track rules after a similar
situation where a car doing a celebratory burn-out hit a track rescue vehicle.
Thus Nurse was disqualified and the win was awarded to Lawhorn who already
was expressing his displeasure with Nurse for the turn four move that he made.
Things got a bit “testy” in victory lane but eventually things calmed down
and Lawhorn had his winning photos taken.
Dave Davis wound up in second spot with Tim Scalise third and Harrison
bringing his wounded mount home fourth. Clint Holmes was a lap down and the
only other car running at the end battling a sick engine but still claimed
fifth spot. Everyone else was either a DNF or a DQ. Although Tanner fell out
of the running late he still was credited with sixth ahead of Parr,
Bumgardner, Hahn, Falkner, Spring, Rachelle Rudolph, Dixson and Nurse.
Easily the best race of the night was in the Q Mini Stocks as John Cummin, Jr.
won the heat race then led the open 14 laps before Bruce Cozad zoomed to the
point. It looked like Cozad would end the win streak of Chris Narramore, Sr.
but Narramore had other ideas as he snuck by Cozad on the inside coming off
turn two on the final lap to score his second win in a row. Cozad was a close
second while Cummins held on for third ahead of Chris Narramore, Jr., Donald
Gatlin, Fred Martin, Fred Wilson and Tav Gary.
Although Bubba Healey made the V-8 Bomber feature a run-away, taking the win
by a full straight, the race for second was nothing short of fantastic but a
heatbreaker for Jeff McCaw who saw a third place effort go by the wayside on
the final lap following a wild scramble that saw Brandon Duchscherer move up
three spots to a third place finish behind Healey and Aaron Holmes. James
Wright III claimed fourth ahead of Danny Burchfield. Sixth went to second
heat race winner Eddie Hartin in front of Jody Gill while McCaw was relegated
to an eight place effort ahead of David Purvis, Edward Schultz, Adam Briggs,
Wesley Rounds and Gordon Weaver. Duscsherer won the first heat.
Brey Holmes led all the way to take the Mini Cup feature with Douglas Herrin,
Jr. right in his slipsteam but never able to mount a challenge. Heat winner
Russell Bush was third ahead of Clay Samuels, Bryton Horner, Maria Martins,
and Bill Rychel. Adam Briggs did not start.
Steven O’Steen led all the way to claim the Street Stock feature over Bobby
Mobley, Ross Francisco, John Smith and Justin Sullivan. O’Steen also won the