Auburndale results 97-05-31

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************************************************************************ PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ************************************************************************ (5-31-97) O’Steen Returns to the Winners Circle at Auburndale Speedway by Gene Crane Auburndale, FL - Howard O’Steen won the 25 lap Late Model Sportsman feature and regained the point lead Saturday night at Auburndale Speedway. O’Steen worked his way through the pack to hold off Ray Cuzzone and a charging Jeff McCaw at the finish. Cuzzone’s run to second was not without incident as he and Richard Todd tangled early in the event to bring out the first caution. The right front of the WPCV Firebird was damaged by not enough to sideline Cuzzone. The charge by Jeff McCaw came up just a bit short as McCaw was able to get by Cuzzone only to have the caution fly for a spin involving Tony Poff and R J Romano. McCaw had to return to third for the restart and could not get by Cuzzone at the finish. Billy Jones and Don Carroll rounded out the top five finishers. The finish of the Modified Mini Stock 25 lap feature saw a wild final lap shoot-out as the two leaders; Brian Whittington and point leader Randy Storer; spun exiting turn two. The half lap run to the checkers became a battle between Don Ezell and Bobby Judah, who were running third and fourth at the time. Ezell was able nip Judah at the line to take the win by inches. Tony Davidson, Kevin Boykin and James Wood completed the top five and Whittington and Storer were 11th and 12th. Several spins and crashes highlighted the Mini Stock main including a hard crash which eliminated the cars of Donnie Howell, Rick Sirmans, Chris Spring and Johel Chaves from competition. Traffic stacked up exiting turn four as several cars got together near the front of the pack. The Sirmans car spun and was collected by Chaves and Spring. Howell was in the middle of a three wide battle and found the right side of Sirmans Pinto facing him. Howell collided with the right side of the Pinto at the rear tire and both cars were done for the night. Pro Figure 8 action saw Charlie Meyers lead the closing laps of the 20 lap feature. Jim McPeak led much of the event but was sidelined after a crash with John Heise. Rockin Rodney Davis advanced to second by the times the checkers were waved and Denny Meyers was third. Scott Box, who travels the country racing Figure 8 events from Michigan to Florida, was on hand but was swept up into several incidents during the night and eventually had to park his number 99. Street Stock action saw Phillip Sorrell pocket the winners share of the purse for the 25 lap feature. Sorrell took the win over Westlet Bass who fought his way from deep in the pack to run second. Mark Bell was third followed by Eugene Merrill and Ron Abney Jr.. Johnny Vaughn led his own kind of parade to the finish as he cleaned house in both the heat and feature for the V8 Pure Stock division. Bob Gorsuch and Donnie Harp repeated their second and third place finishes in the heat by running second and third in the feature. Ted Anderson and Greg Bacon completed the running order of the top five for the 15 lap feature which was run without a caution. Scott Taylor went wire to wire to claim the Pure Stock 4 Cylinder win over Matthew Craig and Jim West. The 15 lap feature also went caution free which compliments the 26 drivers who started the event. Racing continues this Saturday night June 7th with the Pro Figure 8 cars again in action along with Late Model Sportsman, Street Stocks, Modified Mini Stock, Pure Stock V8 and Pure Stock 4 Cylinder divisions. Pit gates open at 4 PM, Grandstands at 5 PM and the first race of the night takes the green flag at 7:10 PM.

RACE RESULTS FOR 5/31/97 4 CYLINDER PURE STOCK FEATURE A Car Position Number Driver Name Hometown 1 16 Scott Taylor Auburndale, FL 2 56 Matthew Craig Plant City, FL 3 63 Jim West Kissimmee, FL 4 70 Dusty Robinson Lakeland, FL 5 23 John Bews Lake Wales, FL 6 52 Teresa Craig Plant City, FL 7 74 Billy Standridge Lakeland, FL 8 58 Wayne Weaver Winter Haven, FL 9 96 Larry Chumney II Auburndale, FL 10 84 Daryl Habbershaw Winter Haven, FL 11 50 Bob Bennett 12 83 Chip Burton Winter Haven, FL 13 3 Terry Jones Zephyrhills, FL 14 24 Jan Mason Winter Haven, FL 15 54 Greg Case Winter Haven, FL 16 61 Doug Bowen Lake Alfred, FL 17 4 Brandon Pitts Lakeland, FL 18 68 Chris Kingham Winter Haven, FL 19 64 Richard McArthur Kissimmee, FL 20 98 Devon McCaulley Mulberry, FL 21 46 Gary Green Kissimmee, FL 22 97 David McCaulley Lakeland, FL 23 00 Tim Ward Eagle Lake, FL 24 89 Greg Blankenship Dade City, FL 25 67 Dave Fair Lakeland, FL 26 06 Reggie Ware HEAT RACE #1 Car Position Number Driver Name Hometown 1 16 Scott Taylor Auburndale, FL 2 63 Jim West Kissimmee, FL 3 97 David McCaulley Lakeland, FL HEAT RACE #2 Car Position Number Driver Name Hometown 1 56 Matthew Craig Plant City, FL 2 68 Chris Kingham Winter Haven, FL 3 54 Greg Case Winter Haven, FL

RACE RESULTS FOR 5/31/97 8 CYLINDER PURE STOCK FEATURE Car Position Number Driver Name Hometown 1 19 John Vaughn Lakeland, FL 2 69 Bob Gorsuch 3 31 Donnie Harp Winter Haven, FL 4 60 Greg Bacon 5 4 Ted Anderson Winter Haven, FL 6 08 Daniel Clough Lakeland, FL 7 10 Kim Scheffler-Hays Auburndale, FL 8 56 James Wright III Auburndale, FL 9 91 Rick Bacon Winter Haven, FL 10 41 Leon Foy 11 32 Dave Davis 12 96 Daniel Sasnett Auburndale, FL HEAT RACE #1 Car Position Number Driver Name Hometown 1 19 John Vaughn Lakeland, FL 2 69 Bob Gorsuch 3 31 Donnie Harp Winter Haven, FL

RACE RESULTS FOR 5/31/97 FIGURE 8 FEATURE Car Position Number Driver Name Hometown 1 A2 Rob Wilson 2 89 Rodney Davis 3 A1 Denny Myers Sr. 4 A3 J.R. Myers 5 A5 Denny Myers Jr. 6 4 Danny Hamilton 7 A11 Mark Nagy 8 14 Jim McPeak 9 A8 John Heise 10 15 Joey Catarelli 11 99 Scott Box 12 28 Scott Gullett

RACE RESULTS FOR 5/31/97 LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN FEATURE Car Position Number Driver Name Hometown 1 86 Howard O'Steen Lakeland, FL 2 97 Ray Cuzzone Lakeland, FL 3 34 Jeff McCaw 4 18 Billy Jones Winter Haven, FL 5 02 Don Carroll Polk City, FL 6 1 Tony Poff Haines City, FL 7 25 R. J. Romano Lake Wales, FL 8 51 Thomas Poff 9 6 Richard Todd Auburndale, FL 10 65 Ollie Harbin Bartow, FL 11 75 Robbie Storer 12 94 Donnie Hamilton HEAT RACE #1 Car Position Number Driver Name Hometown 1 51 Thomas Poff 2 65 Ollie Harbin Bartow, FL 3 34 Jeff McCaw

RACE RESULTS FOR 5/31/97 MINI STOCK FEATURE Car Position Number Driver Name Hometown 1 19 Don Ezell 2 87 Bobby Judah 3 53 Tony Davidson Winter Haven, FL 4 80 Kevin Boykin 5 69 James Wood Winter Haven, FL 6 96 Joey Catarelli 7 84 Randy Teston Dade City, FL 8 57 Jason Rendell Lakeland, FL 9 25 Jeff Snell 10 46 Donnie Lockard Winter Haven, FL 11 6 Brian Whittington Winter Haven, FL 12 90 Randy Storer Zephyrhills, FL 13 7 Jay Kaminski Lakeland, FL 14 03 Johel Chaves Bartow, FL 15 77 Lee Davis Lakeland, FL 16 28 Joe Spears Bartow, FL 17 23 Chris Spring Auburndale, FL 18 5 Rick Sirmans 19 01 Donald Howell Wahneta, FL 20 1 Pops Weatherford Auburndale, FL 21 67 Bo Davis 22 00 Steve Alderman Sr. HEAT RACE #1 Car Position Number Driver Name Hometown 1 7 Jay Kaminski Lakeland, FL 2 69 James Wood Winter Haven, FL 3 90 Randy Storer Zephyrhills, FL HEAT RACE #2 Car Position Number Driver Name Hometown 1 77 Lee Davis Lakeland, FL 2 5 Rick Sirmans 3 87 Bobby Judah

RACE RESULTS FOR 5/31/97 STREET STOCKS FEATURE Car Position Number Driver Name Hometown 1 67 Phillip Sorrell Polk City, FL 2 63 Westley Bass Lake Wales, FL 3 11 Mark Bell Polk City, FL 4 98 Eugene Merrill Polk City, FL 5 64 Ron Abney Jr. Mulberry, FL 6 1 David Roberts 7 89 Michael King Davenport, FL 8 17 Mitch Hawk Winter Haven, FL 9 24 Shawn Harper 10 69 Jeff Warren Bartow, FL 11 34 Scott Yutzy Lakeland, FL 12 4 Jeff Neixner 13 95 Steve Ware Polk City, FL 14 07 Travis R. Roland Davenport, FL 15 27 Keith Schoonover Haines City, FL 16 3 Chuck Steele Auburndale, FL 17 28 Scott Gullett Lakeland, FL 18 08 Robert Gullett Sr. Lakeland, FL 19 72 Ed Hill 20 6 Larry Chumney Auburndale, FL 21 12 David Williamson Mulberry, FL 22 13 Robert Hight Intercession City, F 23 39 Charles C. Deaton Jr. Lakeland, FL HEAT RACE #1 Car Position Number Driver Name Hometown 1 63 Westley Bass Lake Wales, FL 2 95 Steve Ware Polk City, FL 3 64 Ron Abney Jr. Mulberry, FL HEAT RACE #2 Car Position Number Driver Name Hometown 1 12 David Williamson Mulberry, FL 2 3 Chuck Steele Auburndale, FL 3 98 Eugene Merrill Polk City, FL

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