Auburndale Speedway 98-06-20

PRESS RELEASE AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY Castleberry wins Limited Late Model Sportsman at Auburndale. By Larry Vergon Auburndale, FL: Jimmy Castleberry used the outside groove, and early race cautions, to grab the lead and the win; in a race...

PRESS RELEASE AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY

Castleberry wins Limited Late Model Sportsman at Auburndale. By Larry Vergon

Auburndale, FL: Jimmy Castleberry used the outside groove, and early race cautions, to grab the lead and the win; in a race shortened by problems with the track's lights.

Castleberry started the Limited Late Model Sportsman Feature outside the fourth row. Von Pope started tenth and had Castleberry in his sights when the caution, and then the red flag, stopped the race at the halfway mark.

Richard Elkins Jr. progressed through the field from his seventh starting position and finished third. Dave Dunkin started fourth, went to the rear of the field after an early altercation, then worked his way back to fourth at the caution/red flags. Westley Bass, in his second week behind the wheel of the Billy Jones "Cow Car" entry, came home in fifth. Ollie Harbin and Thomas Poff, last week’s feature winner, got together at th flag stand early in the feature event, sending Poff hard into the front stretch wall, bringing out one of several cautions. Poff was uninjured, but the right front of his car was damaged severely and was through for the night. Bryan Storer won the first heat race, while Poff repeated his heat race win of the previous week, in the second.

In the 25 lap Modified Mini Stock feature, 29 cars took the green, with Randy Storer working his way through traffic from his 14th starting position for the win. Lee Davis came home second, from a 23rd starting position, and was vying for the win at the checkered flag. Storer took the lead at about the halfway point and built almost a straightaway lead, before Davis took second and started to reel him in. Eugene Davidson started the feature 7th and finished third, followed by Jason Rendell, who started 18th, and Bob Storer, who started 20th. Randy Storer made it a clean sweep for the night, winning his heat race, while the other heat win went to Kevin Boykin.

24 cars started the Street Stock 25 lap feature, which turne into a Michael King benefit, as he started outside the 4th row, went quickly to the front, and built a half lap lead by the end of the race. David Roberts started 6th and raced hard to take the runner-up position. Jason Bennet finished third from a 17th starting position, while James Wright III finished fourth, after starting 16th, and Chuck Steele came home in fifth from a 13th starting position. An early race accident saw Steve Alderman Sr. hard into the outside retaining wall between turns 3 and 4. He got out of the car under his own power and was uninjured. Heat race wins were taken by Steve Ware and King, for another clean sweep.

A Pit Stop Competition was held at intermission, with LLMS teams changing right side tires and simulating a refueling. Bryan Storer’s pit crew won the event, with Ollie Harbin’s crew second, Von Pope’s crew third, Robbie Storer’s crew fourth, and Billy Jones’ crew fifth.

Due to the electrical problems, the feature events for the 4 Cylinder and V8 Pure Stock classes could not be run. Double features in both classes are scheduled for next week.

This coming Saturday, June 27, is the Fireworks Special, with the aerial fireworks to celebrate Independence Day and racing fireworks on the track. The lineup of Modified Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, Four Cylinder Pure Stocks (DOUBLE features), and Pure Stock V-8’s (DOUBLE features) will be on hand, ith Super Mini Cup cars, 4 Cylinder Powder Puff, and Kid’s Club racing joining the show.

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Drivers Lee Davis