Veteran Dunkin Returns to Auburndale's Winner Circle by Gene Crane Auburndale, FLâ€” Dave Dunkin piloted his Blair Homes/Jack English Pontiac into the Winner's Circle Saturday night at Auburndale Speedway. Dunkin seemed on track to a second...
Veteran Dunkin Returns to Auburndale's Winner Circle
by Gene Crane
Auburndale, FL— Dave Dunkin piloted his Blair Homes/Jack English Pontiac into the Winner's Circle Saturday night at Auburndale Speedway. Dunkin seemed on track to a second place finish in the Mid-season Championships behind Bryan Storer, who jumped out front at the drop of the green. Storer led every lap until his Pontiac shut down exiting turn four while completing lap number 24. Dunkin slipped by Storer to take the win over a charging Richard Elkins. Jimmy Castleberry moved up to finish a solid third followed by Ollie Harbin and Westley Bass. Storer managed to limp back to the line to post a seventh place finish just behind Keith Schoonover.
Steve Ware led every lap en-route to the 25 lap Street Stock feature win. Travis Roland recovered from an accident in his heat race to post a second place run followed by Paul Gibbs, new point leader Robert Hight and Dave Roberts. Several spins slowed the pace of the feature but it was a crash in turn three during heat race number 1 that shuffled the point race considerably. Travis Roland and Richard Hight bounced off each other several times exiting turn two with Bass directly behind. As the Roland and Hight machines locked together, Bass swung to the outside. The two cars slid up the race track and collected Bass' Monte Carlo and pinched it between them and the concrete wall in turn three. Bass' mount, newly nicknamed "Yellow Pages", was put out of service for the night and Bass piloted Richard Hight's ride for the feature.
The 25 lap Modified Mini Stock feature saw Lee Davis back-up his heat race win by dominating with his Pinto. Kevin Boykin, who also captured the win in his heat race took second. Jason Rendell put the Mazda into third with a last lap pass on Shawn Williams. Williams dropped to fourth and Bob Storer rounded out the top five.
Greg Bacon moved out front early and sped to the win in V8 Pure Stock action. Willie Lacey scraped his way to second followed by Craig Corbin, Brain Donahue and Donnie Harp. With Bacon out front and Lacey finally able to shake traffic Craig Corbin was left to fend off the challenges of Donahue, Harp and Jason Todd. The quartet waged quite a battle over the second half of the event but Corbin held the challengers at bay in spite of being sideways on numerous occasions.
Tim McKenzie went to the head of the class in 4 Cylinder Pure Stock action. McKenzie took the lead early and never looked back. Wayne Weaver worked his way through the pack to claim second followed by Chris Kingham. Hugh Williams was shuffled to fourth in a three wide battle on the backstretch by Weaver and Kingham on the final lap and Randy King completed the top five.
The double points night of features brought a sense of urgency to many of the contenders for the year end championships in their respective divisions. Richard Elkins continues to dominate in the Late Model Sportsman division. Elkins carried an 84 point advantage over Ollie Harbin into the night's action and padded his lead by 14 additional points. Jimmy Castleberry, Thomas Poff and Keith Schoonover continue as the remainder of the top five.
Westley Bass dropped from the point lead in a very close battle in the Street Stock division. Bass had an 18 point advantage over Larry Chumney heading into the night and Chumney suffered from a motor problem during his heat race which sidelined him for the feature. With the misfortunes of Bass and Chumney, Robert Hight climbed into the point lead with Bass dropping to second. Dave Roberts takes over third followed by Travis Roland and Jason Bennett. Chumney falls to sixth due in part to the doubled points awarded for the evening. Defending champion Randy Storer continues to lead in the Mini Stock points race. Storer padded his lead over Eugene Davidson after Davidson could only muster a 13th place finish in his new Pinto Wagon. The top five remains unchanged as Kenny Uhl, Don Ezell and Travis Roland had only moderate success in the feature.
The points order remains unchanged in the V8 Pure Stock division. Donnie Harp is the point leader followed by Bob Gorsuch, Willie Lacey, David Davis and Brian Donahue. Scott Taylor saw his 22 point advantage in the 4 Cylinder Pure Stock division evaporate as Kingham took over the point lead. Taylor drops to second with Gary Green, Wayne Weaver and Tony Elrod Jr. completing the top five. Racing action continues next Saturday night July 18th with Twin Pro Figure 8 features highlighting the line-up of Street Stocks, Modified Mini Stocks, V8 Pure Stocks and 4 Cylinder Pure Stocks. Race Time is 7 PM, for more information contact the speedway office.