Lakeland USA results 97-02-07

PRESS RELEASE Lakeland, FL Mike Garvey posted fast time Friday night at the USA International Speedway as the USAR Hooters Cup cars prepare for Saturday’s Hooterade 200. Garvey piloted his Coors Silver Bullet Chevrolet around the ¾...

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Lakeland, FL Mike Garvey posted fast time Friday night at the USA International Speedway as the USAR Hooters Cup cars prepare for Saturday’s Hooterade 200. Garvey piloted his Coors Silver Bullet Chevrolet around the ¾ mile facility in 20.722 seconds to lead Dwayne Dempsey, Tony Walls, Freddie Query and Rookie of the Year contender Scott Wimmer as the top five. Many outstanding names in the 53 car field failed to make the top twenty cut including 1995 Hooters Cup champion Mario Gosselin, Mardy Lindley, Dick Anderson and Jody Ridley. Scott Wimmer led the rookie charge as Harold Fair Jr. and Ronnie Burkett completed the list of rookies to qualify. The USAR/SARA Modifieds ran Friday night following Hooters Cup qualifying and Jerry Symons led the final 6 laps to win the 50 lap contest. Jim Childers started from the outside of the first row and led the charge to turn one. Childers led 44 circuits holding off a charging Symons. The race was red flagged briefly for a turn one accident involving Rob Partelo and Randy Burch. Burch was uninjured however his race car required the use of a rollback to remove it from the speedway surface. Partelo was able to drive away and eventually finish fifth. Rounding out the top five finishers were Barry Willoughby, Dwayne Dempsey, Billy Mowery and Partelo. The Southern Pro Trucks made their debut at USA Friday with Randy Smathers taking the win over Dave McCabe, Brian Teeters, Wayne Metcalf and Jimmy Carter. This new series will run 20 events around the Central Florida area during the 1997 season. Second round qualifying begins Saturday afternoon at 12:30 to complete the 40 car starting field for the Hooters Cup lineup. Qualifying for the USAR Jackaroo Pro-Cup and the USAR Sportsman cars will follow the Hooters Cup qualifying runs and the Hooterade 200 takes the green flag at 4 PM. Sunday’s Jackaroo Pro-Cup 250 gets underway at 2 PM and the Sportsman 100 at 4 PM.

Results of first round qualifying USAR Hooters Cup Hooterade 200 Friday February 7th, 1997

Pos  Car   Driver                Hometown                Time        Speed
1     40   Mike Garvey                Suwanee, GA                20.722        130.296
2     70   Dwayne Dempsey        St. Petersburg, FL        20.735        130.215
3     81   Tony Walls                Albertville, AL                20.784        129.908
4      8   Freddie Query        Mooresville, NC                20.803        129.789
5     25   Scott Wimmer                Wausau, WI                20.825        129.652
6      1   Jimmy Cope                St. Petersburg, FL        20.837        129.577
7     45   Rich Bickle                Concord, NC                20.850        129.496
8      5   Bobby Gill                Dalton, GA                20.861        129.428
9     71   Harold Fair Jr.        Romulus, MI                20.863        129.416
10     2   David Jude                Kermit, WV                20.865        129.403
11    68   Matt Kenseth                Oak Creek, WI                20.875        129.341
12   172   Mike Franklin         Homestead, FL                20.896        129.211
13    28   Billy Bigley Jr.        Naples, FL                20.900        129.187
14    87   Steve Sauve                Saginaw, MI                20.902        129.174
15    16   Hal Goodson                Darlington, SC                20.925        129.032
16    11   Tim Felver                Owosso, MI                20.931        128.995
17    58   Darrell Brown        Birmingham, AL                20.938        128.952
18    72   Brian Ross                Plymouth, IN                20.938        128.952
19     6   Derrick Kelley        Auburndale, FL                20.967        128.774
20    31   Ronnie Burkett        Longwood, FL                20.977        128.712

Results of USAR/SARA Modified 50 Friday February 7th, 1997

Pos        Car        Driver                        Hometown                
1        66        Jerry Symons                New Symnra Beach, FL
2        74        Barry Willoughby        Port St Lucie, FL
3        6        Dwayne Dempsey                St Petersburg, FL
4        55        Billy Mowery                Clearwater, Fl
5        93        Rob Partelo                St Petersburg, FL
6        112        Raymond Lovelady        Lakeland, FL
7        71        Bobby Dixon                Riverview, FL
8        98        Jerry Yarbrough                Jacksonville, FL
9        56        Darryl Rudd                Panama, FL
10        67        Lee Raymond                Dayton, OH
11        22        Jeremy Pate                Pensacola, FL
12        28        Wray Schaffer                Lake Helen, FL
13        46        Monty Morgan                Monticello, Fl
14        4        Greg Edwards                Tampa, FL
15        23        Jim Childers                Riverview, FL
16        21        Matt Carroll                Tallahassee, FL
17        2        Richard Worsham                Niceville, FL
18        88        Buzzie Reutimann        Zephyrhills FL
19        17        Douglas Hoelzle Jr        Clearwater, FL
20        9        Wayne Heckle                Geneva, FL
21        83        Steve Mahannah                Springfield, MO
22        52        Steve Hauser Sr                Parrish, FL
23        51        Randy Burch                Middleburg Hts, OH
24        15        Rick Hall                Tampa, FL
25        78        John Lovelady                Lakeland, FL
26        60        Gary English                Orlando, FL
27        12        Bubba Hart                Panama City, FL
28        70        Steve Christman                Fort Wayne, IN
29        77        James Lovelady                Lakeland, FL
30        14        Richard Dimarco                Lutz, FL
31        121        John Carter Jr.                Belleview, FL

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Several incidents marred practice during Friday afternoon the most serious occurring late in the afternoon as Michigan driver Mike Hunter back his Hooters Cup car into the turn three wall. Hunter was transported to the hospital with a dislocated shoulder and several other non-life threatening injuries.

The pit area grew throughout the morning with a final Friday count of 53 USAR Hooters Cup Late Models, 46 USAR Jackaroo Pro-Cup cars, 33 USAR/SARA Modifieds and 27 USAR Sportsman Machines. Several more Sportsman cars arrived late Friday night after the conclusion of Friday nights program and USAR officials report 6 more Pro-Cup cars know to be making efforts to arrive for Saturday's qualifying round.

1995 Hooters Cup Champion Mario Gosselin is among the Pro-Cup cars yet to arrive. The Gosselin crew has been commuting between the speedway and thier Lake Wales race shop preparing the Hooters Cup car for Saturday's event and also finish the Pro-Cup car. The major hold up with the Pro-Cup car has been the powerplant. The engine was expected to arrive in Orlando Thursday however as of Thursday night it had not been placed on the dyno for final prep. Mario relates that the dyno pulls were made early Friday morning and was heading to the Orlando airport immediately after qualifying.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Rich Bickle , Matt Kenseth , Billy Bigley , Scott Wimmer , Brian Ross , Mario Gosselin , Mike Garvey