BRONSON, FLORIDA -- Kevin Durden of Archer driving the Happy Hour Billiards Chevrolet ran flag-to-flag from the pole winning the FASCAR Sunbelt Super Late Model Series 125 Saturday night at Bronson (FL) Motor Speedway. Durden still faced a few...
BRONSON, FLORIDA -- Kevin Durden of Archer driving the Happy Hour Billiards Chevrolet ran flag-to-flag from the pole winning the FASCAR Sunbelt Super Late Model Series 125 Saturday night at Bronson (FL) Motor Speedway.
Durden still faced a few challenges, but had his driving technique down as always at his home track. There were a couple of handling problems, but the winner was quite up to the task.
"The car was just a little bit loose off the corner, but I'll tell you what, boy, that Progressive Motor when I got it straightened out it just was turning real good getting in, so I knew he (Powell) couldn't get up under me," said Durden. "I just knew if I could keep it straight for 125 laps it would be all right."
Wayne Anderson of Wildwood, FL driving the Pro Shocks Chevrolet turned the three-eighths mile oval in 13.232 seconds or 102.03 mph pacing a 21 car field in qualifying for top qualifying honors for the second straight night and drew number five for inversion.
A third place finishing Anderson had his Chevrolet on a rail for the second night in a row, but was sent to the rear three different times by FASCAR officials for jumping a restart and also bringing out the caution. But Anderson took it all in stride and put on a race show.
"You know, I'd think that they (FASCAR) officials were paying me to go back to the rear and make a show if I didn't know better," said a chuckling Anderson. "I'll guarantee you I wont see it (money) at the pay window."
"The car was good -- real good. It's a shame - it just shows that the fastest car doesn't necessarily win."
In lap 28, Durden was followed by eventual second place finisher James Powell III of Astor, FL driving the Natural Products Chevrolet and Aric Almirola of Tampa. FL. Fain Skinner of Live Oaks, FL was fourth and fifth was Jonny Kay of Deerfield Beach, FL.
"Yeah, we really did have a good car," said Powell. "I gave Durden everything I had except to knock him out -- I wasn't going to do that. He (Durden) drove us flat out and it was a good race. I really enjoy racing like that."
The caution came out in lap 46 when a multi car wreck in turn one involving Skinner, Michael Williams of Mims, FL, Perry Lovelady of Lakeland, FL and Mike Franklin of Homestead, FL finally turned to a red flag stoppage. No one appeared injured, but all the involved race cars departed.
In lap 55, it was Durden, Powell and Almirola. Jay Middleton of Lake City, FL was fourth and Anderson had worked his way back to fifth after an early trip to the rear.
At halfway it was Durden, Powell and Almirola. Anderson was now fourth and fifth was Middleton.
A lap 68 caution changed the top five except for Durden and Powell in first and second. On the restart it was Durden, Powell, Middleton, Mac Johnson of Gainesville, FL and Mike Bresnahan of Inverness, FL.
Durden now faced a stiff challenge from Powell in lap 89, but still held tight to the lead. Then in lap 90 with Durden and Powell one-two Bresnahan was now third, Middleton was fourth and Brock Oglesby of Ocala, FL was fifth.
Powell tried Durden on the outside in lap 98, but the leader held him off. In lap 100, Anderson moved into fifth and was once again in contention.
Durden, Powell, Bresnahan, Middleton and Anderson were running nose-to-tail in lap 105. Powell gave Durden a tap in lap 108, but still was unable to make a pass.
Anderson moved to fourth in lap 111 and third in lap 115 making another move to the front. In lap 117, Durden was followed by Powell and Anderson. Middleton was fourth and fifth was Kay.
During lap 121, Middleton went into the front straightaway infield and on the restart it was Durden, Powell, Anderson, Kay and Bresnahan. Middleton went to the pits following a race dispute involving his restart position.
Durden crossed the stripe followed by Powell and Anderson. Kay was fourth and Bresnahan was fifth.
The next FASCAR Sunbelt Super Late Model Series race will be at Citrus County Speedway on March 29th.