(8-23-97) Storer Wins Late Model Feature at Auburndale Speedway By Gene Crane

Auburndale, FL--97 Bryan Storer won the 25 lap Late Model Sportsman feature Saturday night at Auburndale Speedway. The evening featured the Allison Legacy cars and the Super Mini Cup cars joining the weekly divisions. Special guests to the speedway were members of the Auto Racing Legends Club. Starting from the pole, Storer sped to the win over Don Carroll and Howard O'Steen. Bart Weatherford and Ray Cuzzone rounded out the top five. The final lap was marked with a grinding crash on the backstretch involving Robert Hight and Rookie of the Year contender Tony Poff. Poff, who is also third in the point standings, had the roof ripped off of his Monte Carlo. Both drivers were uninjured, the cars however were heavily damaged. The Allison Legacy cars visited the semi-banked quarter mile and Robby Glen scored the win over Jim France, Ron May, Mike Allen and Renny Davis. The Super Mini Cup cars spiced up the action when the number 53 of Gary Gallagher flipped upside-down and slid into the outside wall in turn two. Gallagher was uninjured in the crash and settled for eleventh after winning his heat earlier in the evening. The feature win went to Mike Rudder followed by Butch Miller, Steve Smith, Jim Klienhans and Jerry Stinson. The Street Stock division was not to be upstaged and supplied their own brand of bump and grind. Jeff Warren maintained a six car length advantage to lead every lap enroute to the win. Paul Gibbs, Steve Ware, Travis Roland and Michael King completed the top five. Point leader Westley Bass encountered problems during hot laps damaging the right rear axle. Bass would make the start for the 25 lap feature and advanced into the top 10 before being involved in one of several restart crashes on the backstretch. The most serious incident occurred during a mid-race restart when Ron Abney Jr. slammed the outside wall at the end of the backstretch heavily damaging the right side of his Monte Carlo. David Hartin won his heat and the 25 lap Modified Mini Stock feature. Point leader Randy Storer finished second followed by Lee Davis, Johel Chaves and Corbin Gibbs. The Mini Stocks will run a special 50 lap Labor Day Weekend race this coming Saturday night. James Wright scored another win in the V8 Pure Stock feature over Daniel Sasnett and Greg Bacon. Reggie Ware was victorious in the 4 Cylinder Pure Stock division with John Bews and Billy Standridge second and third. The point standings continue to heat up in several divisions. Westley Bass lost ground to Michael King with the spread shrinking to just 22 points in the Street Stock division. Ray Cuzzone added 20 points to his lead in the Late Model Sportsman division. The battle for the second spot tightened to 25 points although both second place Ollie Harbin and third Tony Poff both experienced difficulties during the night. Randy Storer padded his lead in the Modified Mini Stock division point standings but Lee Davis passed Don Ezell for the second spot and are separated by only 8 points. An Antique and Classic Car show will kickoff the Labor Day Special racing evening next Saturday afternoon. The Modified Mini Stocks will highlight racing with a 50 lap feature. A Ladies Enduro Powder Puff event will also be on tap. A special road course event for the Pure Stock 4 Cylinder division is scheduled on September 6th along with the Kids Club and regular divisions. September 13th will feature a special grudge match between V8 Pure Stock driver Kim Scheffler-Hays and TV32's Haywood Henson. Hays and Henson will utilize Legend cars which will also be in attendance for the final visit for the Florida Legend Series for 1997. Pro Figure Eight cars will also join the lineup with the regular weekly divisions. The Late Model Sportsman cars will run the Budweiser 50 on Saturday night September 20th. The regular weekly divisions will be in action and an IRL show car will also be present. Fans can register for a chance to win tickets to the Indy 200 at Walt Disney World Speedway to be drawn that night. LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN RACE RESULTS FOR 8/23/97 FEATURE Car Pos Number Driver Name Hometown 1 15 Bryan Storer Zephyrhills, FL 2 02 Don Carroll Polk City, FL 3 86 Howard O'Steen Lakeland, FL 4 29 Bart Weatherford Lakeland, FL 5 97 Ray Cuzzone Lakeland, FL 6 51 Thomas Poff 7 92 Freddie Phelps 8 34 Jeff McCaw Winter Haven, FL 9 71 Dink Sullivan Orlando, FL 10 44 Jimmy Ballard 11 13 Robert Hight Intercession City, F 12 1 Tony Poff Haines City, FL 13 7 Ray Griffin 14 2 Steve Alderman Sr. Plant City, FL 15 65 Ollie Harbin Bartow, FL 16 5 Dale Poff Haines City, FL 17 18 Billy Jones Winter Haven, FL 18 36 Jimmy Castleberry LEGACY RACE RESULTS FOR 8/23/97 FEATURE Car Pos Number Driver Name Hometown 1 35 Robby Glenn Jacksonville, FL 2 41 Jim France Daytona Beach, FL 3 68 Ron May Neptune Beach, FL 4 12 Mike Allen Jacksonville, FL 5 56 Renny Davis Ponte Vedra, FL SUPER MINI CUP RACE RESULTS FOR 8/23/97 FEATURE Car Pos Number Driver Name Hometown 1 0 Mike Rudder Zephyrhills, FL 2 32 Butch Miller Ft. Lauderdale, FL 3 28 Steve Smith Lakeland, FL 4 6 Jim Klienhans Ft. Lauderdale, FL 5 9 Jerry Stinson Haines City, FL 6 7 Randy Davis Cocoa, FL 7 1 Jeff Clark Miramar, FL 8 00 Buddy Smith Zephyrhills, FL 9 5 Richard Thompson Ft. Lauderdale, FL 10 63 Doug Capps West Palm Beach, FL 11 53 Gary Gallagher Lakeworth, FL 12 3 Thomas North Plantation, FL 13 43 Tony Schroeder Miami, FL MINI STOCK RACE RESULTS FOR 8/23/97 FEATURE Pos Number Driver Name Hometown 1 14 David Hartin 2 90 Randy Storer Zephyrhills, FL 3 77 Lee Davis Lakeland, FL 4 03 Johel Chaves Bartow, FL 5 99 Corbin Gibbs 6 80 Kevin Boykin 7 46 Donnie Lockard Winter Haven, FL 8 87 Bobby Judah 9 53 Gene Davidson Winter Haven, FL 10 57 Jason Rendell Lakeland, FL 11 88 Bo Hall 12 23 Chris Spring Auburndale, FL 13 33 Tim Riviere 14 10 Matt Watts 15 69 James Wood Winter Haven, FL 16 52 Gary Brown Lakeland, FL 17 19 Don Ezell 18 7 Jay Kaminski Lakeland, FL 19 11 Raymond Smith Auburndale, FL 20 71 Thomas Reese Zephyrhills, FL 21 6 Brian Whittington Winter Haven, FL 22 67 Bo Davis 23 01 Donald Howell Wahneta, FL 24 1 Pops Weatherford Auburndale, FL 25 06 Daniel Walker 26 92 David Myers Bartow, FL STREET STOCKS RACE RESULTS FOR 8/23/97 FEATURE Pos Number Driver Name Hometown 1 69 Jeff Warren Bartow, FL 2 2 Paul Gibbs Plant City, FL 3 95 Steve Ware Polk City, FL 4 07 Travis R. Roland Davenport, FL 5 89 Michael King Davenport, FL 6 13 Robert Hight Intercession City, F 7 6 Larry Chumney Auburndale, FL 8 49 Ronald Lofquist Auburndale, FL 9 14 Tim Roark Plant City, FL 10 08 Robert Gullett Sr. Lakeland, FL 11 17 Mitch Hawk Winter Haven, FL 12 3 Chuck Steele Auburndale, FL 13 27 Keith Schoonover Haines City, FL 14 01 Jesse Hall Polk City, FL 15 75 Walt King Winter Haven, FL 16 63 Westley Bass Lake Wales, FL 17 64 Ron Abney Jr. Mulberry, FL 18 5 Jason Bennett Winter Haven, FL 19 12 David Williamson Mulberry, FL 20 35 Ken Breathitt Lakeland, FL 21 02 Terry Aaron 22 82 Mike Wilson 23 90 Thomas Barnhill Jr. Lake Wales, FL 24 8 Randy Hedrick

4 CYLINDER PURE STOCK RACE RESULTS FOR 8/23/97 FEATURE Car Pos Number Driver Name Hometown 1 06 Reggie Ware 2 23 John Bews Lake Wales, FL 3 74 Billy Standridge Lakeland, FL 4 24 Jan Mason Winter Haven, FL 5 84 Daryl Habbershaw Winter Haven, FL 6 96 Larry Chumney II Auburndale, FL 7 54 Greg Case Winter Haven, FL 8 58 Wayne Weaver Winter Haven, FL 9 42 Hubert Baker Jr. Auburndale, FL 10 73 Shawn Williams Kathleen, FL 11 26 Shane Bennett 12 3 Terry Jones Zephyrhills, FL 13 76 Mark Soule 14 25 Joe Thomas Palm Harbour, FL 15 46 Gary Green Kissimmee, FL 16 4 Brandon Pitts Lakeland, FL 17 8 Michael Seeright Haines City, FL 18 9 Fred Martin 19 75 Bill Sumner Jr. 20 64 Richard McArthur Kissimmee, FL 21 52 Teresa Craig Plant City, FL 22 50 Bob Bennett 8 CYLINDER PURE STOCK RACE RESULTS FOR 8/23/97 FEATURE Car Pos Number Driver Name Hometown 1 56 James Wright III Auburndale, FL 2 96 Daniel Sasnett Auburndale, FL 3 60 Greg Bacon 4 31 Donnie Harp Winter Haven, FL 5 10 Kim Scheffler-Hays Auburndale, FL 6 46 Randy King Auburndale, FL 7 7 Rick Partain Lake Wales, FL 8 91 Rick Bacon Winter Haven, FL 9 9 Tommy Dopson Haines City, FL 10 28 Rodney C. Wyatt Loughman, FL