AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (9-13-97) Ham Returns to Legend Series with Win at Auburndale Speedway by Gene Crane Auburndale, FL=97 Robert Ham returned to the Florida Legends circuit in winning style and Howard...
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(9-13-97) Ham Returns to Legend Series with Win at Auburndale Speedway by Gene Crane Auburndale, FL=97 Robert Ham returned to the Florida Legends circuit in winning style and Howard O=92Steen used the outside lane to motor past early race traffic and run away with the win in the 25 lap Late Model Sportsman feature Saturday night at Auburndale Speedway. The Battle of the Sexes Grudge Match was won by Kim Scheffler Hays and Haywood Henson looks for a rematch. Robert Ham, the defending Florida Legend Series champion, made his first start of the season after running much of the season in the NASCAR Goody=92s Dash Series. The Daytona area driver worked his way to the front and opened up nearly a straightaway advantage over second place finisher, David Logan. Denny Hickman ran third followed by Paul Schrien and Andy Logan. In the Late Model division Howard O=92Steen was able to streak past Bart Weatherford and Johnny Gable as they battled for the lead. When the two got crossed up exiting the fourth turn, O=92Steen who had commited his ca= r to the outside groove motored past and was untouchable the rest of the way. Gable dropped out near halfway and Weatherford finished second ahead of point leader Ray Cuzzone. Former track champion Freddie Phelps posted his best run during his comeback with a fourth place finish.=20 Second place pointman Ollie Harbin completed the top five. The season points championship battle saw Ray Cuzzone gain four pints over Harbin and rookie Tony Poff is third. The 25 lap Street Stock feature saw Keith Schoonover dominate the event to take the win over Steve Ware and Robert Hight. Several spirited battles were fought throughout the field including the season championship points battle between Michael King and Westley Bass. The point leaders started deep in the 21 car field and battled side by side during the first half of the race. Bass would eventually get by King on the outside when the two were caught in slower traffic. Bass finished fifth behind third place pointman David Williamson and King had to settle for 12th. King now leads Bass by 36 markers for the championship. Newcomer Shawn Williams scored the win in the 25 lap Modified Mini Stock feature. Williams led during the first half of the event until Lee Davis staked claim to the top spot. Davis appeared to be enroute to the win until his motor exploded entering turn three on the 23rd lap. A brief fire erupted beneath the number 77 but was quickly extinguished.=20 Williams, who was second at the time, took over the lead and went on to the win. James Wood finished second followed by Jay Kaminiski, Jason Rendell and Rick Sirmans. It was the first feature win for Williams in the Mini Stock division after also winning his heat race earlier in the evening.=20 Pat Hughes was hounded the entire distance on his way to the win in the Pro Figure 8 feature by Rodney Davis. Action was tight in the crossover on several occasions until a late race caution caused by a collision which eliminated Danny Hamilton bunched up the field for the final three laps. Following Hughes and Davis to the finish were John Heise, Denny Myers Jr., and J.R. Myers. The 4 Cylinder Pure Stock feature win was probably a surprise for Wayne Weaver after exploding a motor during practice. A quick engine change had Weaver in the field for his heat race and when the checkers flew in the main Weaver was out front by half a straight. Jim West was second followed by Terry Jones, Doug Spargeon and Mark Soule. Daniel Clough put his new Chevy in the Winners Circle on its second night out. Clough won the 15 lap grind for the V8 Pure Stock division with Tommy Dopson second and Kim Scheffler-Hays third. Racing next Saturday September 20th features the Late Model Sportsman in the Budwieser 50. Prior to racing activities that evening several cars and drivers will participate in a remote broadcast and promotion to benefit the Make A Wish Foundation. Blair Homes is extending their local commitment to the national campaign supported by their supplier Fleetwood Industries. Fans are invited to come out and get their photos taken with drivers from Auburndale Speedway and also competitors in the upcoming NASCAR Goody=92s Dash Series event at USA International Speedway. Those in attendance will have a chance to win tickets to the Dash race as well rides in a race car at USA International with Fantasy Racing. LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN RACE RESULTS FOR 9/13/97 FEATURE Car=20 Pos Number Driver Name Hometown 1 86 Howard O'Steen Lakeland, FL 2 29 Bart Weatherford Lakeland, FL 3 97 Ray Cuzzone Lakeland, FL 4 92 Freddie Phelps 5 65 Ollie Harbin Bartow, FL 6 51 Thomas Poff 7 34 Jeff McCaw Winter Haven, FL 8 02 Don Carroll Polk City, FL 9 60 Jerry Wilt 10 1 Tony Poff Haines City, FL 11 6 Richard Todd Auburndale, FL 12 71 Dink Sullivan Orlando, FL 13 18 Billy Jones Winter Haven, FL 14 36 Jimmy Castleberry 15 46 Johnny Gamble 16 01 Bud Bronson FLORIDA LEGENDS SERIES RACE RESULTS FOR 9/13/97 FEATURE Car=20 Pos Number Driver Name Hometown 1 8 Robert Ham Daytona Beach, FL 2 06 David Logan Jupiter, FL 3 50 Denny Hickman Lakeland, FL 4 74 Paul Schrien 5 10 Andy Logan West Palm Beach, FL 6 3M Tony Meehan Tampa, FL 7 01 Eddie Lepine 8 57 Doug Longwell 9 47 David Chambers Hobe Sound, FL 10 5 Michael Ward Lake Mary, FL 11 101 Jack Gilbreath Sebring, FL 12 6 Tim Williamson Miramar, FL 13 32 Russ Allen Clermont, FL 14 2 Ed Brown Leesburg, FL 15 9 Jimmy Walker West Palm Beach, FL 16 12 Carl Garretson Eustis, FL 17 49 Art Anderson Dover, FL 18 22 Bill Smith Ormond Beach, FL 19 51 Gary White Clearwater, FL 20 90 Trish Koger Daytona Beach, FL 21 88 Jeff Blewitt West Palm Beach, FL 22 25 Dennis Ward Altamonte Springs, F 23 19 James Rodriguez 24 40 David Froehlich Loxahatchee, FL 25 76 Paul Cauter
STREET STOCKS RACE RESULTS FOR 9/13/97 FEATURE Car=20 Pos Number Driver Name Hometown 1 27 Keith Schoonover Haines City, FL 2 95 Steve Ware Polk City, FL 3 13 Robert Hight Intercession City, F 4 12 David Williamson Mulberry, FL 5 63 Westley Bass Lake Wales, FL 6 49 Ronald Lofquist Auburndale, FL 7 69 Jeff Warren Bartow, FL 8 46 Johnny Gamble Auburndale, FL 9 6 Larry Chumney Auburndale, FL 10 39 Charles C. Deaton Jr. Lakeland, FL 11 01 Jesse Hall Polk City, FL 12 89 Michael King Davenport, FL 13 3 Chuck Steele Auburndale, FL 14 17 Mitch Hawk Winter Haven, FL 15 28 Scott Gullett Lakeland, FL 16 5 Jason Bennett Winter Haven, FL 17 90 Thomas Barnhill Jr. Lake Wales, FL 18 96 Robert Faircloth 19 14 Tim Roark Plant City, FL 20 02 Terry Aaron 21 82 Mike Wilson MINI STOCK RACE RESULTS FOR 9/13/97 FEATURE Car=20 Pos Number Driver Name Hometown 1 94 Shawn Williams 2 69 James Wood Winter Haven, FL 3 7 Jay Kaminski Lakeland, FL 4 57 Jason Rendell Lakeland, FL 5 5 Rick Sirmans 6 6 Brian Whittington Winter Haven, FL 7 80 Kevin Boykin 8 96 Joey Catarelli 9 10 Matt Watts 10 87 Bobby Judah 11 53 Eugene Davidson Winter Haven, FL 12 84 Randy Teston Dade City, FL 13 03 Johel Chaves Bartow, FL 14 65 Chris McKeever 15 77 Lee Davis Lakeland, FL 16 19 Don Ezell 17 82 Paul Shell 18 90 Randy Storer Zephyrhills, FL 19 46 Donnie Lockard Winter Haven, FL 20 24 Richard Scruggs 21 47 Roland Cook Bartow, FL 22 99 Corbin Gibbs 23 67 Bo Davis 24 88x Jaysson Healey 25 36 Ted Sluss Plant City, FL 26 01 Donald Howell Wahneta, FL 27 26 Kenny Uhl 8 CYLINDER PURE STOCK RACE RESULTS FOR 9/13/97 FEATURE Car=20 Pos Number Driver Name Hometown 1 08 Daniel Clough Lakeland, FL 2 9 Tommy Dopson Haines City, FL 3 10 Kim Scheffler-Hays Auburndale, FL 4 60 Greg Bacon 5 96 Daniel Sasnett Auburndale, FL 6 56 James Wright III Auburndale, FL 7 88 Mike Harrison 8 7 Rick Partain Lake Wales, FL 9 15 Joe VanWinkle 10 31 Donnie Harp Winter Haven, FL 11 32 Dave Davis 12 91 Rick Bacon Winter Haven, FL 4 CYLINDER PURE STOCK RACE RESULTS FOR 9/13/97 FEATURE Car=20 Pos Number Driver Name Hometown 1 58 Wayne Weaver Winter Haven, FL 2 63 Jim West Kissimmee, FL 3 3 Terry Jones Zephyrhills, FL 4 15 Doug Spargeon 5 76 Mark Soule 6 56 Matthew Craig Plant City, FL 7 84 Daryl Habbershaw Winter Haven, FL 8 52 Teresa Craig Plant City, FL 9 16 Scott Taylor Auburndale, FL 10 24 Jan Mason Winter Haven, FL 11 54 Greg Case Winter Haven, FL 12 68 Chris Kingham Winter Haven, FL 13 25 Joe Thomas Palm Harbour, FL 14 27 Ken Murtauth 15 46 Gary Green Kissimmee, FL 16 8 Michael Seeright 17 67 Dave Fair Lakeland, FL 18 74 Billy Standridge Lakeland, FL 19 96 Larry Chumney II Auburndale, FL 20 83 Chip Burton Winter Haven, FL 21 61 Doug Bowen Lake Alfred, FL 22 26 Shane Bennett 23 75 Bill Sumner Jr. 24 06 Reggie Ware 25 40 Kevin Monday 26 23 John Bews Lake Wales, FL 27 11 Bill Henry Kissimmee, FL