Storer triumphant in Limited Late Model Sportsman at Auburndale. By Larry Vergon Auburndale, FL: Robbie Storer came through the field to win the Limited Late Model Sportsman 25 lap feature after starting outside the fourth row. Storer, in the...
Storer triumphant in Limited Late Model Sportsman at Auburndale. By Larry Vergon
Auburndale, FL: Robbie Storer came through the field to win the Limited Late Model Sportsman 25 lap feature after starting outside the fourth row. Storer, in the No. 1 Monte Carlo was able to make crucial passes on the outside, then opened up a sizable lead by the finish. Keith Schoonover, driving his No. 27 Camaro, had probably his best race of the year, leading early and coming home second at the finish. Thomas Poff finished third in his No. 51 Camaro, minus most of the front end sheetmetal after an incident in his heat race. Jimmy Castleberry finished fourth in the No. 88 Monte Carlo, followed by Dave Dunkin in the No. 71 Grand Prix. Heat wins went to Storer and the No. 18 "Cow Car" of Billy Jones.
In the 25 lap Modified Mini Stock feature, Marlon Lynn came home first in the No. 0 Mustang. Lynn started 13th and drove through the field for the win. Eugene Davidson started 9th and drove to the front early, but an incident in the first turn sent him to the rear on the restart. Shawn Williams was just ahead of Lynn at the start and finished second in the No. 94 Capri. Travis Roland finished third in the No. 49 Mustang, followed by points leader Randy Storer in the No. 90 Charger, and Pops Weatherford in the No. 1 Mustang. Heat races were won by Storer and Bo Davis in the No. 67 Pinto.
Street Stock action was fast and furious, with Westley Bass earning the win with outside passes in the No. 63 Monte Carlo. Bass started the event in 13th and worked his way to the front, tightening up the already close points race with Robert Hight, who finished second in the No. 13 Monte Carlo. Hight started the race right behind Bass and came to the front, but had to settle for the runner up spot. Ron Lofquist was third in his No. 49 Thunderbird, after a 15th starting position. David "Wormy" Farina finished fourth in the No. 98 Buick Regal, and Steve Ware was fifth in the No. 95 Monte Carlo. Paul Gibbs won the first heat race in his No. 2 Monte Carlo and David Williamson won the second in the No. 12 Monte Carlo.
The Top Cops made the trek to Auburndale, and the Gold Shield class feature was won by Chris Hollenbeck of the St. Pete Beach PD in his No. 28 Malibu. Second was Keith Muncy of the Sarasota Co. Sheriff’s Office in the No. 72 Camaro. Clark Wagner of the Pinellas Co. Sheriff’s Office was third in the No. 27 Nova, Rick Penton of the Hollywood PD was fourth in the No. 99 Regal, and Butch Yancey of the Pinellas Co. Sheriff’s Office was fifth in the No. 48 Camaro. In the Cruiser class, Rickey Beasley of the Sarasota Co. Sheriff’s Office was the feature winner in his No. 21 Camaro, followed by Phil Riles of the St. Pete Beach PD in the No. 28 Monte Carlo. Steve Wagner of the Pinellas Co. Sheriff’s Office was third in the No. 10 Nova, Rodney Tower of the St Petersburg PD was fourth in the No. 94 Firebird, and Gary Lush, of the Tarpon Springs PD was fifth in the No. 7 Impala. Hollenbeck won the Gold Shield heat race and Beasley took the heat race win in the Cruisers.
The Pure Stock 4 Cylinder 15 lap feature saw Reggie Ware the winner in the No. 06 Charger that looked very much like the former No. 75. Ware started 13th and drove to the front for the win. Wayne Weaver was second at the checkered flag in his No. 58 Charger, after starting 10th. Weaver, second in points, was followed by Chris Kingham, first in points, in his No. 68 Charger, after starting 12th. Hugh Williams, driving his No. 88 Charger was fourth, followed by Gary Green in the No. 46 Pinto. Tony Elrod Jr. and Billie May won the heat races.
V8 Pure Stock was won by Dave Davis in the No. 32 Regal with a new paint scheme. Davis took advantage of a pole position start and led all the way. Carl Thompson came home second in the No. 75 Monte Carlo, followed by Lee Hawkins in the No. 36 Grand Prix. Brian Donohue came from 10th at the start to finish fourth in his No. 97 Monte Carlo, and Daniel Clough was fifth in his No. 08 Monte Carlo, up from 9th at the green. The heat races were won by Davis and Dustin Breeden in the No. 80 Monte Carlo.
The Racing for Kids Club was on hand for competition, with Larry McCormack and Aaron Williamson waging a side by side battle for the win in the Senior division. McCormack took the won with Williamson having to settle for second. Richie Acres was third in his last Kids Club race. He will move to the regular Saturday night wars next season, as he will be 16 and eligible for regular competition. The Junior Division (the one where an adult rides shotgun) was also a spirited battle with Stephen Sears making a pass to take the lead and holding off Jason Deaton for the win. Sean Bass was third.
This coming Saturday, October 24, Auburndale Speedway will be closed for the NASCAR Goody’s Dash event at USA International Speedway in Lakeland. We will return to racing on Saturday, October 31 with a 100 lap SARA Sportsman event, Modified Mini Stock, Street Stocks, Four Cylinder Pure Stocks, and Pure Stock V-8’s.