Lakeland USA results 97-02-09

USA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY Press Release Contact: Gene Crane crane@magicnet.net Jackaroo Pro-Cup 250 Lakeland, FL Chad Chaffin started from the pole and won the inaugural USAR Jackaroo Pro-Cup 250 Sunday at USA International...

USA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY Press Release

Contact: Gene Crane crane@magicnet.net

<<<FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE>>> Jackaroo Pro-Cup 250 Lakeland, FL Chad Chaffin started from the pole and won the inaugural USAR Jackaroo Pro-Cup 250 Sunday at USA International Speedway. Chaffin led the field to turn one and shared the lead with Marty Ward and Jerry Rector before finally capturing the checkered flag. Mario Gosselin after starting deep in the field would work his way through to finally finish second followed by Rector. Marty Ward led the event early and was working his way back towards the front when a left rear tire caused him to pit on lap 231. The late race stop dropped Ward 2 laps behind the leaders at the finish. The race was slowed by 13 caution flags including one red flag to clean up the front straight after a 8 car crash. No injuries resulted from the altercation but the cars of Lester Lesneski, Dave Craddock, Doug French, Tim Clayton, Jerry Knowles, Ronnie Sewell and Bill Thomas were towed to the pits. Eventual second place finisher Mario Gosselin was also involved but was able to continue with only body damage on the left rear of his Jackaroo Steakhouse Monte Carlo. The race became a strategy game between Ward, Chaffin, Gosselin, Eddie Sharpe and Jerry Rector with Rector stretching the life from his Goodyear Eagle tires to lap 214. Ward pitted early on lap 90 with Gosselin and Chaffin electing to attempt a single stop run to the finish. A caution on lap 121 for a spin by Jimbo Mann short changed the leaders attempt to hold on to the half way point. Chaffin, Gosselin, Rector and Gary Laton headed for service on pit road; handing the halfway point bonus to Ward. Rector was the first of the leaders who pitted to leave pit road by taking on gas only. Ward would later pit on lap 157 during caution for rightside tires moving Rector to the front. Rector held off all challengers for 22 laps when his tires finally were worn out forcing a visit to pit road on lap 214. Young Orlando sensation Brad May, who was already 2 for 2 in competition at New Symrna Speedway this weekend, started the race from the outside pole and hovered within the top 8 until his Chevrolet Lumina slowed and came to rest on lap 88 between turns 3 and 4. The motor apparently overheating and sidelining the number 70. The next event scheduled for the USA International Speedway is April 25th and 26th with the USAR Modifieds, Sportsman and Hooters Cup divisions returning to the 3/4 mile oval. The Hooters Cup Series moves next to the Volusia County Speedway for a 200 lap event on Saturday February 15th.

Top 20 Finish results USAR Jackaroo Pro-Cup 250 Lakeland, FL 2-9-97 Finish Start Pos Pos Car Driver Hometown 1. 1 84 Chad Chaffin Symrna, TN 2. 21 10 Mario Gosselin Lake Wales, FL 3. 16 77 Jerry Rector Fountain Inn, SC 4. 10 92 Brad Means Forest City, NC 5. 5 97 Marty Ward Marietta, SC 6. 25 94 Shane Russ Myakka, FL 7. 27 50 Doc McKinney Ft. Pierce, FL 8. 6 74 Gary Laton Albemarle, SC 9. 26 4 Wally Fowler Campobella, SC 10. 31 91 Jimmy Doyle Hendersonville, NC 11. 11 12 Tim Edwards Tryon, NC 12. 19 5 Kent Strickland Bloomingdale, GA 13. 32 95 Johnny Mackison York, PA 14. 30 1 Don Satterfield Spartanburg, SC 15. 39 52 James Cottrill Poca, WV 16. 36 62 Ronnie Grinestaff Manchester, PA 17. 35 98 Jeff Jones Spartanburg, SC 18. 23 2 Kevin Heath Denver, NC 19. 22 35 Robin Caldwell Chesnee, SC 20. 20 65 Sammy Potashnick Sikeston, MO

Sportsman 100

Brad May led wire to wire to win the 100 lap sportsman event late Sunday afternoon at USA International Speedway. May who is competing on both coasts of Florida this weekend dominated qualifying by winning the pole Saturday afternoon then driving to New Symrna Beach to win his second Limited Late Model race of the weekend at New Symrna Speedway. An anxious May had to endure a lengthy late race yellow following a lap 75 crash involving 6 cars. No injuries were sustained in the incident which consumed 11 laps under the caution. May spurred the pace truck to pit road on the restart and led Bobby Shelton, Richard Elkins Jr., Joe Bowser and Doug Moff to the line. During the closing stages Shelton was able to close to within a car length of May but at the end it was May taking the win by 8 car lengths.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Chad Chaffin , Mario Gosselin , Kevin Heath , Tim Edwards , Brad Means , Jeff Jones