AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (11-14-98) Elkins wins Late Model Sportsman at Auburndale. By Larry Vergon Auburndale, FL: Richard Elkins Jr., the newest Auburndale Points Champion in Limited Late Model Sportsman,...
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Elkins wins Late Model Sportsman at Auburndale.
By Larry Vergon
Auburndale, FL: Richard Elkins Jr., the newest Auburndale Points Champion in Limited Late Model Sportsman, started on the outside of the front row of the 25 lap Feature and led every lap for the win. Elkins, driving his No. 55 Camaro, did not have an easy win in the feature, as he had to fend off Eddie King and Howard O’Steen. King was using all his years of experience and the recently found improvement in the performance No. 16 Thunderbird to try to get by Elkins until he cut a tire at lap 12. With King out of the race, O’Steen, who had advanced from 7th at the green to third, took up the chase for the lead in his No. 86 Monte Carlo. O’Steen tried all of his moves on Elkins for the remainder of the event, but had to settle for the runner-up spot at the checkered flag. Ollie Harbin finished third in the No. 65 Lumina, giving him second place in the season points chase. Keith Schoonover drove a strong race in his No. 27 Camaro to earn the fourth place payoff. Tracy Raven took a night off from his travels and placed fifth in the feature in the No. 29 Monte Carlo. Elkins feature win made it a clean sweep for the night as he also won the his heat race. In the Modified Mini Stock 25 lap feature, Kevin Boykin drove his No. 80 Daytona from a 7th starting position to the lead early and then held off Randy Storer in the No. 90 Charger for the first place money. Storer, starting beside Boykin in the fourth row, was right with Boykin the whole race, but was unable to get around for the win. Storer and crew celebrated his Points Championship with the release of helium filled balloons during the victory lane ceremonies. Jay Kaminski drove to third at the finish in his No.7 Capri, from a 13th starting position. Bob Storer came home fourth in the No. 15 Shadow, up from 12th at the green and Billy Groover brought the No. 94 Capri home in fifth. Kaminski and Randy Storer won the heat races. In Street Stock, only 30 points separated Robert Hight and Westley Bass going into the last night of the points race, and Hight was forced to another car as his No. 13 Monte Carlo was unable to compete in
the feature. Billy Jones started on the pole and led all the way for the 25 lap feature win in the No. 33 Chevelle. Michael King lined up third at the start in his No. 96 Monte Carlo and chased Jones the entire race to take second. James Wright III was third at the finish in the No. 56 Monte Carlo after starting 7th. Fourth was Ron Lofquist in the No. 49 Thunderbird, and Westley Bass finished fifth in the No. 63 Monte Carlo in his quest to take the points championship from Hight. Hight was able to bring an unfamiliar car, the No. 69 Chevelle of Jeff Warren, home in ninth and clinched the Points Championship for 1998. Heat wins went to Travis Roland in the No. 07 Monte Carlo and Jones. The Pure Stock 4 Cylinder points race was even tighter, with only 22 points separating Chris Kingham in first and Wayne Weaver in second coming into the nights racing. In the 15 lap feature, Weaver drove his No. 58 Charger to the win from a 20th place starting position. Kingham, driving his No. 68 Shelby Charger, started inside Weaver in 19th, and drove to third at the checkered flag, clinching the Championship. Theresa Craig drove a strong race in her No. 52 Charger, starting on the pole and leading all but two laps to finish second. Joe Thomas, in the No. 25 Mustang, was in the hunt all race long, running second most of the way and finished fourth. Tim McKenzie brought his No. 3 Charger home in fifth after a 16th place starting position. Heat race wins went to Kingham and Tony Elrod Jr. V8 Pure Stock’s 15 lap event was won by Brian Donohue in the No. 97 Monte Carlo. Donahue started 12th and worked his way through traffic for the win. He was followed across the finish line by Greg Bacon, who started 10th in the No. 60 Monte Carlo, and made a last lap pass of his father for the runner-up spot. Rick Bacon was third in the No. 91 Malibu, followed by Shadow Felter in the No. 31 and Dustin Beeden in the No. 80. Heat wins went to Donahue and Felter. Donnie Harp won the Point Championship in V8 Pure Stock. Congratulations to the Season Points Champions, Richard Elkins Jr, Randy Storer, Robert Hight, Chris Kingham, and Donnie Harp. Tickets are available at the speedway office for the 1998 Awards Banquet to be held Sunday December 6, at the Auburndale Civic Center. Tickets may be purchased through November 21 at the Auburndale Speedway office. Auburndale Speedway is participating in a Food Drive for the New Life Children’s Home. Nonperishable food items may be dropped off at the Speedway office Tuesday through Saturday, through November 21. This coming Saturday, November 21, Auburndale Speedway will host the it’s annual Demolition Derby. Also on the program will be the Modified Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, Four Cylinder Pure Stocks on the Road Course, Pure Stock V-8’s, Dwarf Cars and 4 Cylinder Powder Puff.