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Inverness, Fla. - The Myakka Brokers Southern Pro Truck Series headed back to Citrus County Speedway in Inverness, Fla. where Bruce Gaskins had grown up racing on the fast quarter mile semi-banked oval. Gaskin proceeded to show the large field of trucks that he knew the fast way around the track and in the process he and Series Points Leader Butch Yoakam, who also considers the track his home, put on a show for the fans that kept them on their feet for the entire 75 laps.
Butch Yoakam set the fast time in qualifying with a lap of 14.74 seconds and after the draw and redraw found himself on the outside pole with Gaskins in the Southern performance Coatings/AZTEC/Simms Furniture Ford F- 150 on the pole. Gaskins took the lead into turn one as the green flag flew with Yoakam right on his tailgate, a position he would occupy for almost the entire race. As the pack of snarling late model trucks sorted themselves out in the opening laps, Jeff Sloan settled into third place with Hubert Simmons Jr. fourth and Scott Bramlett in fifth.
It was a battle royal all around the track as the trucks got spread out, but the hardest fought battle was right at the front where Yoakam was determined to pass his friend and rival Gaskins. Seemingly every lap Yoakam would try a different line or a different strategy to try and get around the cagey Gaskins, but despite getting alongside on a number of occasions, he could never make the pass stick.
The battle for third place was also going hot and heavy as Sloan in his Ford attempted to hold off the efforts of leading Rookie of the Year contender Simmons. Bramlett was in fifth and playing a wait and see game as he maintained a steady pace and probed for an opening. Further back in the pack, the trucks were two and sometimes three wide as they fought for position, and soon they had more to contend with than each other as the leaders entered lapped traffic.
Gaskins showed just how good his truck was set up as he went high and low in passing the slower traffic, but at no time was Yoakam more than a length behind him. Then on lap 47 Yoakam got the run he needed off turn two and using the top groove he blasted by Gaskins who was trapped behind a slower truck. There was another truck in the high groove, heeding the move-over flag, and with Yoakam just a truck length ahead, the truck that was holding Gaskins up suddenly picked up the pace and shot ahead carrying Gaskins with him and back underneath Yoakam in the process. By the time they reached the flagstand it was again Gaskins in the lead with Yoakam on his tail.
Scott Bramlett and Rusty Dixon moved past Simmons to take fourth and fifth, but for Bramlett it was his last hurrah as the MSD went out on his truck and he was forced to retire to the pits. The leaders were lapping the track at a terrific rate and many trucks were finding themselves a lap or more behind the front quartet who continued to battle for position with ten laps left in the race.
Over the final laps, Yoakam tried everything in his vast bag of tricks to get past Gaskins including a little ‘chrome bumper’ but all to no avail as Gaskins was equal to every challenge. Sloan and Dixon were also hotly contesting third place but the youngster was unable to pass the more experienced veteran in front of him.
When the checkered flag flew it was Gaskins with his first win in Series action with Yoakam in the Pasco Aluminum/Goodwin Construction/Meadowwood Homes Ford reluctantly settling for second place. Sloan had a steady run bringing his Roy Brown Lincoln Mercury/Auto Sport Paint and Body Ford for third and Dixon in the Myakka Brokers/Jimmy Cope Race Cars/T.C. Koon Transmissions Ford had shown the aggressiveness of youth in finishing fourth. Simmons came home fifth in his Simmons Construction/Castriota Chevrolet/Cross Bar Ranch Chevrolet.
The Myakka Brokers Southern Pro Truck Series now moves on to Bert Ashleman’s Columbia Motorsports Park in Lake City, Fla. for its next race on Saturday, April 10th.
Race Result (Top 15) 1. Bruce Gaskins 75 Laps 2. Butch Yoakam 75 3. Jeff Sloan 75 4. Rusty Dixon 75 5. Hubert Simmons Jr. 74 6. Mike Gamache 74 7. Ronnie Barnett 74 8. Eddie Hartin 74 9. Jason Williamson 73 10. Mark Manfredi 73 11. George Receveur Jr. 70 12. Scott Bramlett 53 13. Tommy Caveney 44 14. Gail Haynes 20 15. Rob Lyons 16
John Kaiser, SPTS