Auburndale report 97-03-22

3-22-97 Speedway Pays Tribute To John Nemechek; Former Competitor Auburndale, FL In a demonstration of support and compassion for the family of John Nemechek every car in the pit area this Saturday night carried with it...

3-22-97

Speedway Pays Tribute To John Nemechek; Former Competitor

Auburndale, FL

In a demonstration of support and compassion for the family of John Nemechek every car in the pit area this Saturday night carried with it a dedication to the memory of the former competitor at both Auburndale and former Lakeland speedways. The 27 year old Nemechek succumbed to injuries sustained in a racing crash in Homestead, Florida while competing in a NASCAR truck event. The American Flag was flown at half staff, speedway personnel wore black arm bands, and a special moment of silence was observed all to pay tribute to the fallen comrade. A final lap was also run in tribute by the number 8 which was the final number John used in competition prior to his injuries. John followed his brother Joe into racing and both brothers competed at the Auburndale and Lakeland tracks during the mid eighties. Joe, who was the track champion in the Late Model division at Auburndale and went on to achieve the NASCAR Busch Grand National Championship title, handed down his mini stock racer to John who worked his way through the ranks to eventually compete in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, one of the premier divisions of NASCAR. The solidarity and dedication of competitors and fans alike demonstrated again the strong and caring attitudes shared throughout the racing community. Every winning driver this evening took special time to point out their race dedication to the Memory of John Nemechek. Ray Cuzzone went wire to wire after starting on the pole of Late Model Sportsman feature to score his first win of 1997 in the 97 Country WPCV Firebird. Giving chase at the line were Ollie Harbin, Bud Bronson, Billy Jones and Bryan Storer. In the Street Stock Division, Keith Schoonover finally turned his season around by posting the win. David Williamson, Westley Bass, Travis Roland and Michael King rounded out the top five. Rockin’ Rodney Davis showed his tribute to John by flying a black flag from his number 89. Davis went on to capture the Figure 8 portion of the nights events by nearly an entire straight away over Denny Meyers Sr., Joey Catarelli, Denny Meyers Jr. and Mark Nagy. The Florida Legend Series made their first stop of 1997 at Auburndale Speedway and Ed Brown survived the caution filled event to win the feature. David Logan pressured Brown to the line with Paul Schrien Jr., David Froehlich and Tony Meehan completing the top five finishers. Other winners during the evening were Jerry Wilt in Modified Mini Stock, Terry Jones in 4 Cylinder Pure Stock Feature A, Matthew Craig 4 Cylinder Pure Stock Feature B and Greg Bacon in V8 Pure Stock. Racing action continues this Saturday night at 7 PM on the ¼ mile oval. A special Easter Egg Hunt is planned for the kids, all regular divisions along with the Kids Club will be in action. Top Five Race Results Saturday Night March 22, 1997

Figure 8 Feature 1. Rodney Davis 2. Denny Meyers Sr. 3. Joey Catarelli 4. Denny Meyers Jr. 5. Mark Nagy

Florida Legend Series 1. Ed Brown 2. David Logan 3. Paul Schrien Jr. 4. David Froehlich 5. Tony Meehan

Late Model Sportsman 1. Ray Cuzzone 2. Ollie Harbin 3. Bud Bronson 4. Billy Jones 5. Bryan Storer

Street Stock 1. Keith Schoonover 2. David Williamson 3. Westley Bass 4. Travis Roland 5. Michael King

Modified Mini Stock 1. Jerry Wilt 2. Tony Davidson 3. Don Ezell 4. Gary Brown 5. Randy Storer

Race Results form 3-22-97 continued

V8 Pure Stock 1. Greg Bacon 2. Daniel Clough 3. Ted Anderson 4. James Wright 5. Daniel Sasnett

4 Cylinder Pure Stock Feature A 1. Terry Jones 2. Larry Chumney II 3. Reggie Ware 4. Greg Case 5. Chip Burton

4 Cylinder Pure Stock Feature B 1. Matthew Craig 2. Wayne Weaver 3. Tim Ward 4. David McCaulley 5. Dave Fair

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