Davis shows the way in Modified Mini-Stock 50 at Auburndale. By Larry Vergon Auburndale, FL: The Modified Mini-Stock 50 lap Special Event at Auburndale Speedway was won by Lee Davis in his No. 77 Pinto. 33 cars attempted to qualify for the big...
Davis shows the way in Modified Mini-Stock 50 at Auburndale. By Larry Vergon
Auburndale, FL: The Modified Mini-Stock 50 lap Special Event at Auburndale Speedway was won by Lee Davis in his No. 77 Pinto. 33 cars attempted to qualify for the big event, with Jay Kaminski taking the pole position with a qualifying time of 15.872 around the quarter mile oval in his No. 7 Capri. Teammate Shawn Williams was the only other car to post a sub 16 second time with a 15.988 in his No. 94 Capri.
The top 20 qualifiers were locked into the feature, with the remaining 13 cars in the 12 lap Consolation Race, fighting for 8 spots in the feature. Marlon Lynn, in his No. 0 Mustang, won the Conci and the right to start 21st in the 50 lap feature. Also transferring were Bobby Judah in the No. 16, James Wood, Daryl Habbershaw, Steve Jones, Steve Alderman Jr., Terry Jones, and David Johnson.
The start of the 50 lap feature saw Jay Kaminski jump into the lead with Shawn Williams close behind. At the end of lap 7, Davis passed Williams for second, and the caution came out almost immediately as Kaminski spun in turn 1. Kaminski had apparently experienced terminal problems with the car, as he never rejoined the race. Davis inherited the lead due to Kaminski's misfortune, and lead the rest of the way to the finish.
Williams stayed in contention the whole race, and closed in on Davis' Pinto 2 laps from the end, but coud not mount the charge needed to pass Davis. Bob Storer came home third after starting 9th in the No. 15 Shadow, followed by Randy Storer in the No. 90 Charger, up from 11th at the green. Travis Roland rounded out the top 5 in his No. 49 Mustang, coming all the way from 16th starting position.
Richard Elkins Jr. won the 25 lap Limited Late Model Sportsman feature from the outside of the second row. Elkins had been battling car problems in the No. 55 Camaro for several weeks and broke his new race engine. He put the old engine back in, and was rewarded with the victory. Ollie Harbin started the feature from the inside of the third row in his No. 65 Lumina and drove a strong race to finish second. Jimmy Castleberry drove the No. 36 Camaro to third with a couple of late race passes, followed by Billy Jones in the No. 18 Grand Prix, and Robbie Storer in the No. 1 Monte Carlo. Elkins won his heat race, with Dave Dunkin second in the No. 71 Grand Prix and Castleberry third.
28 cars started the Street Stock 25 lap feature with Mike Harrison starting on the pole when Tom Yutzy elected to start at the rear of the field. Harrison lead all the way for the win in the No. 88 Monte Carlo. David Williamson started seventh in the No. 12, and finished a close second. Michael King, in the No. 96, came through the field from 19th starting position to finished third. James Wright III finished fourth in his No. 56 Monte Carlo, after a 14th place start. Robert Hight rounded out the top 5 from a 20th starting spot in his No. 13. Heats were won by Harrison and Larry Chumney in the No. 6.
The 15 lap feature for the Pure Stock 4 Cylinder class saw 27 cars take the green. Chris Kingham, who started 17th, barely took the lead at the white flag and held on for a photo finish win in the No. 68 Charger. Mark Soule, who started 11th and led several laps in the late stages in his No. 76, wasn't about to give it up without a fight; but lost at the finish line by less than a foot. Billie May finished third in her No. 77 after starting the feature 15th. Wayne Weaver came home fourth from his 21st starting spot and Randy King rounded out the top five from his 19th starting position. Heat wins went to Tony Elrod Jr., in the No. 70, and Billy Standridge in the No. 74.
The V8 Pure Stock 15 lap feature was won by Mike Pitts, up from his 9th starting spot. Pitts used the outside groove to pass, and enjoyed a comfortable lead at the checkered flag. Johnny Vaughn debuted his new No. 77 and came home second. Bob Gorsuch brought his No. 69 home third from a 12th starting spot. Fourth went to Brian Donahue, who started 11th, and Donnie Harp filled out the top 5 in his No. 31 after starting 14th in the field. Pitts and Ron Reed won the heat races.
Saturday, August 22, will see Dwarf Cars added to Auburndale's regular lineup of Limited Late Model Sportsman, Modified Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, Four Cylinder Pure Stocks, and Pure Stock V-8's.