Howard O'Steen wins at Auburndale Oval Auburndale, FL -- Howard O'steen led the final three trips around the quarter mile Auburndale Speedway to win the Limited Late Model Sportsman feature over Thomas Poff and Keith Schoonover. O'steen...
Howard O'Steen wins at Auburndale Oval
Auburndale, FL -- Howard O'steen led the final three trips around the quarter mile Auburndale Speedway to win the Limited Late Model Sportsman feature over Thomas Poff and Keith Schoonover. O'steen started from the outside of the third row and worked his way to third behind Poff and Ollie Harbin. The right front of Harbin's car was damaged while under a mid-race caution but on the restart Harbin was able to slip by Poff and O'steen followed. O'steen challenged on several occasions but unable to complete the pass for the lead until Harbin finally had the car slip out from under him with a possible victory in sight. Richard Elkins drove to a fourth place finish and the season championship for the Limited Late Model division. David Rogers completed the top five.
Robert Hight started 7th on the grid and survived an eight car pileup exiting turn two to win the Street Stock feature. Hight had an eight point advantage over Westley Bass was aided in his championship quest when Bass was also swept into the crash heavily damaging his mount. Mitch Hawk Jr. and Ron Lofquist, two other survivors of the incident, finished second and third. Ted Head and fourth place pointman Larry Chumney rounded out the top five. Hight will need only to finish 16th or better in the final point race for the season to clench the championship for 1998.
The Modified Mini Stock feature was a Ford parade led by Jay Kaminski, who started from the ninth position. Lee Davis worked his from the rear of the field to finish second followed by Marlon Lynn and Dusty Robinson. Jason Rendell broke up the Ford domination by placing his Mazda fifth at the ended of the 25 lap contest. The fifth place run for Rendell allows him to close to within 7 points of Bob Storer for the four spot in the point standings. Randy Storer has claimed the division title for the second straight year.
Jason Todd motored to the Pure Stock V-8 feature win followed by Greg Bacon and James Atkins. Wayne Weaver beat Tony Elrod Jr. and Chris Kingham to the stripe in the 4 Cylinder Pure Stock feature.
Action in the Kids Club saw Jason Deaton pick up the checkered flag in the Junior Division and Freddie Lucas took the honors in the Senior class.
The season winds towards conclusion with final night of points racing will be this coming Saturday night. Saturday night November 21st will headline a huge Demolition Derby with $1000 on the line for the winner. Entry information and other details can be obtained by contacting the speedway office.