AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (7-25-98) Storer leads Wire to Wire in Limited Late Model Sportsman at Auburndale. By Larry Vergon Auburndale, FL: Robbie Storer may have benefited in the 25 lap Limited Late Model ...
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(7-25-98) Storer leads Wire to Wire in Limited Late Model Sportsman at Auburndale.
By Larry Vergon
Auburndale, FL: Robbie Storer may have benefited in the 25 lap Limited Late Model Sportsman feature by Ray Cuzzone’s decision to start at the rear of the field, but proved he was the class of the field on this night. Cuzzone was scheduled to start on the pole, with Storer right behind him, but the 97 car was not up to usual form and Cuzzone elected to stay out of everyone’s way by going to the back. Storer put his No. 1 machine in the lead at the green flag and led all 25 laps for the victory. Ollie Harbin in the 65 kept the pressure on Storer all race long, but had to settle for second at the checkered flag. Richard Elkins Jr. ran third most of the race with Jimmy Castleberry in the 36 and Dave Dunkin in the 71 struggling to get around. Castleberry finally made the pass late in the race to take the third position, with Dunkin getting around Elkins on the last lap to come home in fourth. Elkins rounded out the top 5 in his No. 55 with a new paint scheme. Storer also won his heat race, with Castleberry second and Elkins third. In the 25 lap Modified Mini Stock feature, 24 cars took the green, with Jay Kaminski starting on the pole in the No. 7 Capri and leading all the way. Marlon Lynn started the event right behind Kaminski in the No. 0 Mustang, and chased him the whole race to finish second. Lee Davis, in the No. 77 Pinto, made a brave move in turn 3 to pass Wes Pyburn and Bob Storer late in the race and finished third, after starting in 20th. Pyburn in the No. 12 Pinto finished third, making it a "Ford" sweep of the top four positions. Bob Storer came home fifth in the No. 15 Shadow. Jay Kaminski had a clean sweep for the night, winning his heat race, while the other heat win went to Marlon Lynn. 26 cars started the Street Stock 25 lap feature with Robert Gullet Sr. starting on the pole and leading all the way for the win in the No. 08 Monte Carlo. Jeff Warren started ninth in the No. 69 and drove a strong race to finish a close second. Johnny Gamble, in the No. 46 Thunderbird, started sixth and finished third. Paul Gibbs, in the No. 2 Monte Carlo, came from 15th at the green to fourth. James Wright III rounded out the top five in his No. 56 Monte Carlo. Heats were won by Westley Bass in the No. 63 and Mitch Hawk Jr in his No. 17. The Pure Stock 4 Cylinder 15 lap feature saw Wayne Weaver come through the pack from his 14th starting position to take the win in the No. 58 Charger. Randy King, driving the No. 75 Charger, placed second from his 15th starting position. Tony Elrod Jr. came home third in his No. 70 Daytona, after starting 17th. The all Mopar top five was completed by two Lady drivers, Theresa Craig in her No. 52 Charger fourth and Billie May in the No. 77 Charger finished fifth. Heat wins went to Elrod Jr. and Weaver, with the clean sweep for the night. V8 Pure Stock was a wild affair as the cars all stacked up in the first turn of the first lap trying to avoid an altercation up front. Donnie Harp was the winner of the 15 lap feature, piloting his No. 31 Monte Carlo through the pack from his 14th starting position. Bob Gorsuch, in the No. 69 Olds powered Cutlass, started 15th and finished second. Greg Bacon, started next to Gorsuch on the outside of the 8th row, and came home third in his No. 60 Monte Carlo. Carl Thompson came from 12th at the start to finish fourth in his No. 75 Monte Carlo, with Craig Corbin in the No. 34 Monte Carlo finishing fifth, after starting 13th. Harp and "Slick" Willie Lacy won the heat races. The Super Mini Cup Cars were on hand in their scaled-down NASCAR style cars. Steve Smith in the No. 28 came all the way from his 10th starting position to take the win, followed by Bruce Smith in the No. 35, Chris Fountaine in the No. 47, Doug Smith in the No. 0, and Terry Tullis in the No. 54. Terry Lewis won the heat race. The Racing For Kids Club participated with their race cars Saturday night. 11 through 15 year olds driving with a "co-pilot" in the passenger seat! 11 year old Sean Bass won the Junior Division and 12 year old Aaron Williamson won the Senior Division. This coming Saturday, August 1, will feature our regular lineup of Limited Late Model Sportsman, Modified Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, Four Cylinder Pure Stocks, and Pure Stock V-8’s.