St. Augustine Speedway Report 1999-06-26

DEMPSEY DOMINATES SARA SHOOTOUT ALLEN TAKES FIRST W.R.S. WIN ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA (June 26, 1999) - Dwayne Dempsey, of St. Petersburg, Fla. led from flag to flag to capture his third Southern Automobile Racing Association, Key Bank and Trust...

DEMPSEY DOMINATES SARA SHOOTOUT ALLEN TAKES FIRST W.R.S. WIN

ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA (June 26, 1999) - Dwayne Dempsey, of St. Petersburg, Fla. led from flag to flag to capture his third Southern Automobile Racing Association, Key Bank and Trust Late Model win Saturday night in the Central Mobile Homes 100 at St. Augustine Speedway. St. Augustine native, Scotty Lagasse, Jr. pressured the 35-year-old driver for the entire race but fell just short of picking up the biggest win of his career when his last lap assault on Dempsey culminated in a grinding, four car pile-up against the turn four wall. Amidst the jeers and the chorus of boos that greeted Dempsey in victory lane, he remarked, "Wow, this is just like being home in St. Pete". "I gave Scott the whole outside," Dempsey continued. "But he wanted to jump to the inside down there. I can't help that. I've got to go where I've got to go. That's racing." Dempsey then tossed a rolled up, autographed, souvenir T-shirt over the fence and into the crowd. But what would normally have become a cherished souvenir for a lucky race fan, promptly made a return trip back over the fence in a show of displeasure. In addition to Lagasse, the turn four incident also collected the No. 07 car of Jeff Scofield, of Riverview, Fla. and Mike McCrary, Jr. of Haines City, Fla. Both had been running in the top five in the closing laps of the race. Dempsey's archrival in the SARA Series, Wayne Morris, of Mulberry, Fla. was the eventual second place finisher followed by Bobby Shelton, of Delray Beach, Kevin Durden, of Archer, Fla. and Sonny Hughes of Bradenton. The NASCAR Winston Racing Series, Snap-On Sportsman event also came to a raucous conclusion as Todd Ponce, driving a car, owned and normally driven by Nick Pilinko, and Bo Allen's, No. 60 Chevrolet tried to occupy the same piece of real estate as the pair raced to the checkered flag. The ensuing collision resulted in Ponce spinning the No. 42 car and Bo Allen picking up his first St. Augustine Speedway win of 1999. An obviously agitated Ponce, recovered to finish third in this event, and wound up pointing an accusing finger at Allen in victory lane as the two exchanged pleasantries. "Todd apparently doesn't remember doing exactly the same thing to me a few weeks ago," said Allen. "Well, I remember. The only difference is, I wasn't running up front then, but I am now." Kenny Hall, a driver who has found himself in similar controversial situations in the past, picked up the runner-up spot and almost seemed mystified by the fact that he was just an innocent bystander as this dispute raged on either side of him. David Hitchcock and Tiny Cline rounded out the top five in this Winston Racing Series event. In the Thunder Truck division, it appeared that Toby Sims had finally stopped Ricky Cooper's string of four consecutive wins and collected the $200.00 bounty by edging across the finish line just in front of Cooper's No. 21 Chevrolet. However, when Sims was requested to present his engine for the post race inspection, the St. Augustine native declined to do so, thereby forfeiting the win and receiving a disqualification for his evening's efforts. The net result was that Cooper was awarded the win, stretching his current unbeaten streak to five races, and further increasing the bounty on his head to $300.00. Alan Moore, Brent Hobbs, Andy Waldron and Wade Lynn finished out the top five in this event. George Thrift, of Fernandina Beach continued his stranglehold on the Muffler Man Modified Division by winning his fifth feature in the last six starts and his eighth in 13 events this year. Thrift was chased across the line by Tuffy Carrigg, Robert Deal, Justin Moore and Jamie Carter. Kevin Burkett drove his No. 30 to his first Mini Stock victory in 1999 and Jimmy Bunn picked up his second straight Hobby Stock win. A special thanks is expressed to Garber Ford Mercury of Green Cove Springs for allowing St. Augustine Speedway the use of a brand new Ford F-150, NASCAR Special Edition Pick-up Truck as the new Official Pace Truck of the Speedway. St. Augustine Speedway will be closed for the Fourth of July weekend but will reopen on July 10 with a full slate of the most exciting racing show in Florida.

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