King takes Top Spot in SARA Late Model Sportsman 100 at Auburndale. By Larry Vergon Auburndale, FL: Eddie King made an inside move at the end of the first lap of the SARA Late Model Sportsman 100 in his Scottyâ€™s Thunderbird to take the...
King takes Top Spot in SARA Late Model Sportsman 100 at Auburndale.
By Larry Vergon
Auburndale, FL: Eddie King made an inside move at the end of the first lap of the SARA Late Model Sportsman 100 in his Scotty’s Thunderbird to take the point, which he never relinquished. King held off strong challenges from several drivers as the field battled behind him. Bobby Shelton, in the Commercial Forming Monte Carlo, followed King’s move to the lead and ran second, holding off fast qualifier Wayne Morris for several laps until Morris, driving the Bradshaw Industrial Monte Carlo, was able to get by and lock himself onto King’s rear bumper. Morris, a former track champion at Auburndale, tried all the moves he had ever learned to try to get by King for the lead. On a Lap 57 restart he was able to get his nose inside King as they went into turn 1, but King held him off, and the two continued their nose to tail battle, followed closely by Jonny Kay in the Extensions Plus Grand Prix. Suddenly, on lap 88, Morris pulled out of line and slowed, giving second to Kay. Morris dropped back about 5 positions, then returned to racing speed. Kay kept the heat on King for the remaining laps, but was unable to make a pass and settled for second at the finish. Rusty Baker, driving the Aircostal Helicopter Monte Carlo, was in the hunt all race long and came home third, from a ninth starting position. Dwayne Dempsey, driving the C.D. Roma’s Camaro, was involved in an early race incident and had to go to the rear of the 25 car field at the restart. Dempsey drove through the field to finish fourth. Wayne Morris gained a couple of positions after his earlier problem, and took fifth at the checkered. Richard Brinson, in the Heil A/C and Electric Grand Prix, turned in a strong run to finish sixth after starting 23rd. Sonny Hughes, in the Redman Homes Monte Carlo, and Dan Crowe, in the other Aircostal Helicopter Monte Carlo, finished seventh and eighth respectively, the last cars on the lead lap. Rounding out the top ten were Tracy Raven, in the Lilly’s A/C Monte Carlo, and Brent O’Neill in the ROL Gaskets Monte Carlo.
The Modified Mini Stock 25 lap feature was won by Eugene Davidson in the No. 53 Charger. He started 9th and drove to the front early. Bob Storer drove his No. 15 Shadow from an 8th place start to the runner-up position. Marlon Lynn brought his No. 0 mustang home in third, up from sixteenth at the green. He was followed by Jay Kaminski in the No. 7 Capri, who had taken the green in thirteenth. Lee Davis rounded out the top 5 in his No. 77 Pinto. Davidson built a comfortable lead, but Storer, Lynn, Kaminski and Davis made up a freight train that circled the quarter mile oval lap after lap with all trying to avoid a mistake, but looking for a slip by the others. With about 8 laps to go Davis dropped back a few car lenths, but the three car draft behind Davidson stayed together all the way to the chedkered flag.
In the Street Stock feature, Paul Gibbs in the No. 2 Monte Carlo, started on the pole and led all 25 laps for the win. Gibbs was slated to start on the outside of the second row, but three cars failed to show for the starting lineup and he inherited the pole position and was not to be denied the win. Jason Bennet started third in his No. 5 Grand Prix and dogged Gibbs the whole race, but took home the second place money at the finish. Travis Roland was third, after starting fifth in his No. 07 Monte Carlo and Steve Ware, in the No. 95 Monte Carlo was fourth. Mike Pitts brought the No. 69 Chevelle home fifth, up from 15th.
The Pure Stock 4 Cylinder 15 lap feature was won easily by Tony Elrod Jr. in his No. 70 Daytona. Elrod started 13th and assumed the lead shortly after the half way signal. Tim McKenzie took second in the No. 3 Charger after a 12th starting spot. Chris Kingham was third in the No. 68 Charger, up from 15th at the green. Jeremy Hodnett brought the No. 95 Mustang home in fourth, followed by Wayne Weaver, who started 17th, in the No. 58 Charger.
V8 Pure Stock’s 15 lap event was won by Greg Bacon in the No. 60 Monte Carlo. Bacon began the event in 7th and worked his way through several cautions, and the field in front of him, for first place money. Carl Thompson brought the No. 75 Monte Carlo under the checkered flag in second, after taking the green 12th. Daniel Clough was third in the No. 08 Monte Carlo, and held off Shadow Felter, substituting for Donnie Harp in the No. 31 Monte Carlo. Fifth went to Dave Davis in the No. 32 Buick Regal, keeping the Monte Carlos from sweeping the top five. Auburndale Speedway sponsored a Halloween costume contest at intermission. The under 5 age group was won by Brook Storer, Christopher Andrews was second and Taylor Clark was third. In the 6-11 age group the first place prize went to Brian Kirk. Josh Rose was second and Brandy Thompson third. The 12 and up age group was won by Tina Myers. J.R. and Nicky Harper won second place and Ashley McCloud was third. First place awards were presented in all classes by Auburndale Speedway, while The Racing for Kids Club sponsored the second and third place prizes. Treats were handed out to all the children present by the SARA drivers, who had their starting lineup on the track while the judging was going on. The Racing for Kids Club also awarded the Go-Kart to the winning raffle ticket holder.
Tickets are available at the speedway office for the 1998 Awards Banquet to be held Sunday December 6, at the Auburndale Civic Center.
Auburndale Speedway is participating in the Newlife Children’s Ministries’ Food Drive. Nonperishable food items may be dropped off at the Speedway office Tuesday through Saturday, through November 21.
This coming Saturday, November 7, Auburndale Speedway will host the regular lineup of Limited Late Model Sportsman, Modified Mini Stock, Street Stocks, Four Cylinder Pure Stocks, and Pure Stock V-8’s; plus the Allison Legacy tour, Gordon Motor Sports, and the Racing for Kids Club. The annual Demolition Derby is scheduled for Saturday, November 21 and entry forms may be obtained at the speedway office.