June 14th, St. Augustine, FL - The Tattoo Dee's Old Rooster Mini Stock division race takes on new significance this weekend with the special 50 lap, $1,000 to win Action Heating & Air Mini-Rama. It could not come at a better time, as the ...
June 14th, St. Augustine, FL - The Tattoo Dee's Old Rooster Mini Stock division race takes on new significance this weekend with the special 50 lap, $1,000 to win Action Heating & Air Mini-Rama. It could not come at a better time, as the competition within the division has reached new levels over the past several weeks.
"Victory Lane has taken on a different look every week," says speedway manager Louis Smith. "We've seen a healthy number of different winners and top five finishers since the beginning of the season. This race could belong to anyone."
Mickey Leth and Troy Kruse have posted the most impressive outings lately, while Jake Hartley and Jody and Jason Miller have also run strong. Jay Farris, the 2000 points leader, has consistently placed in the top five but is yet to win since the season's onset. Mike Smith's second place run last week adds another name to the list of contenders. Leth was last year's Mini-Rama champion.
"It's always healthy for a division when you see this kind of mix," Smith says. "It's great for the fans, and 50 laps will really mix it up. There's a lot more that goes into a 50 lap race - fuel, set-up, there are a lot more variables involved."
Adding to the drama is young Mike Stover, Jr., who at 12 years old became the youngest driver ever to compete in an ARA-sanctioned event, placing 8th in the Mini Stock event. Stover is expected to enter in this weekend's event. The Mini-Rama will likely be without defending Mini Stock champion Kevin Burkett, who broke his collarbone two weeks ago and is expected to be sidelined for at least a month.
Todd Ponce will have his hands full in the Sportsman division, with the opportunity to claim his own $500 bounty. Ponce, who has won seven in a row dating back to the second week of the season, has seen the bounty increase $100 each week with no other driver able to defeat him. At $500, Ponce can now win the money himself with a victory.
Donnie Oden managed to widen his narrow lead in the Late Model division Saturday, adding both a qualifying and charger point over Larry Osteen, who moved into second place over Jeremy Fitch. Fitch, running second at the time, was caught up in a late race accident with Scott Lagasse, Jr. and was forced from the race.
Chris Manucy managed a slight points gain on race winner Brad Pilinko in the Alpha Communications Hobby Stock division, though still trails Pilinko by close to 20 points as the division approaches the midway point in the season. Jody Stratton held onto third in points despite a non-finish.
The Thunder Trucks remain crowded at the top, with Ron Thomas, Wade Lynn and Les Burl all in contention. Ricky Cooper is lurking behind the three in fourth place, while Alan Moore, Jody Turner and Mike Ponce are embroiled in a battle for fifth.
Robert Deal has taken a commanding lead in the Rick's Muffler Modifieds over Chuck Cumby and Jimmy Britts, heading into an off week for the division. Marc Kinley remains in fourth while Jason Lowe has jumped into the top five. Modifieds will return to action June 24th.
A large crowd is expected this weekend as part of WSOS Muuuuusic Night at the Races. The St. Augustine radio station has been offering family packs on the air as giveaways over the last two weeks in appreciation of Father's Day, June 18th.