LITTLE LAGASSE PICKS UP FIRST ST. AUGUSTINE WIN ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA.-Scotty Lagasse, of St. Augustine, Fla. qualified his No. 22 Uni First Chevrolet Monte Carlo on the pole a scant 4/100 of a second faster than another St. Augustine...
LITTLE LAGASSE PICKS UP FIRST ST. AUGUSTINE WIN
ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA.-Scotty Lagasse, of St. Augustine, Fla. qualified his No. 22 Uni First Chevrolet Monte Carlo on the pole a scant 4/100 of a second faster than another St. Augustine native, Todd Ponce. Lagasse took advantage of that coveted inside front row starting position, and went on to lead all 50 laps to capture his first hometown win in Saturday's Winston Racing Series Snap-On Sportsman Division at the St. Augustine Speedway, Fla. Ponce, who was looking for his fourth straight win at the St. Augustine half-mile, gave the 18-year-old, second generation driver a run for the money through the early laps of this event, but his run abruptly came to an end on lap 14 when the No. 007 car coasted to the infield, out for the day. With Ponce out of the picture, Lagasse stretched his advantage over runner-up Don Halliday, of Jacksonville, Fla. through the middle portion of the race until Halliday was finally able to put his No. 99 on Lagasse's rear bumper as the two negotiated slower traffic. Halliday may have closed the gap, but there was no way around. Lagasse fought off the challenge and went on to win, going away. Kenny Hall, of St. Augustine shook off the mechanical gremlins that had been plaguing him in recent weeks picking up a much needed third place finish, Bo Allen, and Tiny Cline rounded out the top five. The 50-lap, Late Model feature went to division point leader, David Clegg, of Bunnell, Fla., but he had to battle with Larry Osteen's No. 22 the entire distance. Osteen dropped in behind pole sitter Clegg, when the green fell and managed to keep himself glued to Clegg's bumper for the duration. But once again, being in position to make the pass and actually being able to complete the pass were two entirely different matters. Clegg eventually pulled off the one car length victory. "We're getting better every week," said Clegg in victory circle. "We're still not where we want to be, but we're a whole lot better than we were. The car tightened up quite a bit there at the end, and I was beginning to wonder if we could hold Larry off, but I think he was off just a little too, so we managed to stay in front of him." Nolan Wilson picked up his second straight, third place finish to move up two spots in the point standings while a couple of visiting drivers, Mike Faulk and Ron McCreary came home fourth and fifth, respectively. The Double Point, Muffler Man Modified feature got the crowd on their feet in a hurry as George Thrift, of Fernandina Beach, Fla. and Jimmy Britts, of Orange Park, Fla. took up their battle where it left off last week. Britts began his assault on Thrift following a caution on lap 17 after storming through the field from his ninth place starting position. The two drivers waged a war of bumpers and nerf bars with Britts diving under Thrift at every opportunity. But the young Thrift never flinched. He kept his composure, kept the No. 44 headed in the right direction to capture his sixth feature win in nine attempts this year. Robert Deal, running third was getting a good close look at the mayhem in front of him, perhaps a little too close of a look, as the No. 15 slowly started to give ground to the leaders. The apparent logic being, get out of the way of the shrapnel, and who knows, maybe pick up a win. But Thrift and Britts ran each other clean, and Deal was forced to settle for the third place money. Behind Deal, Jamie Carter crossed the line in fourth, moving up a position in the point standings, and Chuck Cumby Finished fifth. In the Thunder Truck division, Ricky Cooper picked up his second straight win beating out Alan Moore and Ron Thomas as the front three crossed the finish line nose to tail. Mark Lento and Andy Waldron closed out the top five several truck lengths back. St. Augustine's Grady Lundquist brought a cheer from the crowd when he jumped into the early lead in the 20-lap Hobby Stock feature and then, just as quickly, silenced them as his red No. 7 shot straight to the turn one wall and making heavy contact. Lundquist's racer was damaged substantially in the incident but he was uninjured. Rodney Norman, running second at the time of the accident, inherited the lead on the restart and just barely edged out Jimmy Bunn and Seth Caudill in a finish that brought all three leaders to the line in an incredible three wide formation. Randy Moody and J.W. Mixon sped to the checkers in fourth and fifth. In the 20-lap Mini Stock Feature, Joey Haslauer picked up his first feature win this year, in a flag to flag affair over Steve Thompson and Mickey Leth. Divisional Point leader, Kevin Burkett and Jay Farris rounded out the top five in their feature. Well, we were wrong about last week being the last Wild Card race at St. Augustine Speedway. This week the Thunder Trucks lined up for the 5-lap Dash for Cash between four drivers in that division who have yet to visit victory lane in 1999. Now, we can scratch one more name off that list. Racing veteran Paul Grynewicz Sr. won that event over Andy Waldron, Paul Grynewicz Jr. and Mark Lento. The thunder rolls on next Saturday night, June 12th at the St. Augustine Speedway with action in all six divisions, including a double points event for the Winston Racing Series Snap-On Sportsman Division. A large field of Sportsman drivers are expected to be on hand for this double points event. Grandstand gates open at 4:30. The action gets underway with qualifying at 6:00 PM. and heat racing at 7 PM.
ST. AUGUSTINE RESULTS FOR 6-5-99 SNAP-ON SPORTSMAN 1. 22-Scotty Lagasse 6. 42-Nick Pilinko 2. 99-Don Halliday 7. 58-Les Burl 3. 3h-Kenny Hall 8. 17-Ronnie Tillman 4. 60-Bo Allen 9. 37-Scott Smith 5. 3c-Tiny Cline 10. 05-David Hitchcock
LATE MODEL STOCK 1. 07-David Clegg 6. 99-Kenneth Durden 2. 22-Larry Osteen 7. 09-Rusty Baker 3. 18-Nolan Wilson 8. 74-Jody Turner 4. 25-Mike Faulk 9. 54-Randy King 5. 9-Ron McCreary 10. 21-Donnie Oden
RICK THE MUFFLER MAN MODIFIEDS 1. 44-George Thrift 6. 42-Tuffy Carrigg 2. 14-Jimmy Britts 7. 00-Mark Kinley 3. 15-Robert Deal 8. 2-Russ Miscally 4. 18-Jamie Carter 9. 17-Mark Bergman 5. 88-Chuck Cumby 10. 41-John Kellum
THUNDER TRUCKS 1. 21-Ricky Cooper 6. 8-Brent Hobbs 2. 1-Alan Moore 7. 88-Robert Gorman Jr. 3. 16-Ron Thomas 8. 40-Paul Grynewicz Sr. 4. 07-Mark Lento 9. 48-Tovia Grynewicz 5. 52-Andy Waldron 10. 44-Paul Grynewicz Jr.
HOBBY 1. 53-Rodney Norman 6. 54-Bert Heck 2. 11-Jimmy Bunn 7. 43-Randy Rosenfeld 3. 88-Seth Caudill 8. 97-Bucky York 4. 6-Randy Moody 9. 18-John Rolling 5. 33-J.W. Mixon 10. 28-Scooter Hicks
MINI STOCKS 1. 14-Joey Haslauer 6. 13-Jake Hartley 2. 6-Steve Thompson 7. 5-John Thigpen 3. 8-Mickey Leth 8. 88-John Hopke 4. 30-Kevin Burkett 9. 23-Danny Freeman 5. 33-Jay Farris 10. 83-Curt Messina
WILD CARD (THUNDER TRUCKS) 1. 40-Paul Grynewicz Sr.
UNOFFICIAL ST. AUGUSTINE SPEEDWAY POINT STANDINGS AS OF 6-5-99
SNAP-ON SPORTSMAN 1. 3c-Tiny Cline 444 6. 05-David Hitchcock 302 2. 3h-Kenneth Hall 432 7. 60-Bo Allen 292 3. 007-Todd Ponce 396 8. 27-Jason Garver 284 4. 17-Ronnie Tillman 360 9. 79-Jim Fogarty 250 5. 58-Les Burl 354 10. 6-Tommy Rupp 246
LATE MODEL 1. 07-David Clegg 414 6. 21h-Chuck Hiers 238 2. 22-Larry Osteen 402 7. 54-Dustin Chambers 218 3. 74-Jody Turner 324 8. 18-Nolan Wilson 178 4. 21o-Donnie Oden 306 9. 17-Scott Cordon 150 5. 23-Toby Sims 270 10. 13-Chris Tedder 146
MUFFLER MAN MODIFIEDS 1. 44-George Thrift 454 6. 14-Jimmy Britts 330 2. 88-Chuck Cumby 410 7. 8-Justin Moore 308 3. 18-Jamie Carter 390 8. 12-David Hollingsworth 308 4. 15-Robert Deal 380 9. 42-Tuffy Carrigg 282 5. 2-Russ Miscally 372 10. 27-John Galbreath 274
THUNDER TRUCKS 1. 21-Ricky Cooper 386 6. 22-Mike Haney 256 2. 1-Alan Moore 374 7. 23-Lee Sims 224 3. 52-Andy Waldron 340 8. 28-Wade Lynn 208 4. 88-Robert Gorman Jr.316 9. 16-Ron Thomas 162 5. 8-Brent Hobbs 288 10. 07-Mark Lento 148
MINI STOCK 1. 30-Kevin Burkett 452 6. 8-Mickey Leth 334 2. 33-Jay Farris 414 7. 13-Jake Hartley 332 3. 6-John Hopke 382 8. 74-Mickey Gibbs 324 4. 5-John Thigpen 350 9. 6-Steve Thompson 312 5. 1-Vern Rozier 334 10. 83-Curt Messina 302
HOBBY STOCKS 1. 53-Rodney Norman 482 6. 64-Bart Heck 342 2. 28-Scooter Hicks 424 7. 21-Brad Pilinko 332 3. 21m-Chris Manucy 380 8. 6-Randy Moody 312 4. 7-Grady Lundquist 356 9. 97-Bucky York 298 5. 88-Seth Caudill 350 10. 65-Bobby Giles 210
Points are unofficial and subject to audit.