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Inverness, Fla. - The thunder returns this coming Saturday night at Citrus County Speedway as the Southern Pro Truck Series makes another appearance at the fast quarter-mile speedplant. The race, originally scheduled for Desoto Speedway had to be...

Inverness, Fla. - The thunder returns this coming Saturday night at Citrus County Speedway as the Southern Pro Truck Series makes another appearance at the fast quarter-mile speedplant. The race, originally scheduled for Desoto Speedway had to be postponed due to the upcoming ASA event at Desoto Speedway. Citrus County Speedway has stepped in and given fans an extra opportunity to see the fastest trucks in the south.

Butch Yoakam is the hottest truck driver in the South as the series heads to the third event on the 1999 schedule as he won both the races run so far and established a significant lead in the points. The Newport Richie driver is the defending Champion and his flying Ford F-150 is proving hard to catch in the early season action. Second in the points after the first two events is leading Rookie of the Year contender Hubert Simmons Jr. in his Chevrolet while the third place position in the points belongs to Eddie Hartin. These drivers both have taken their turns at putting pressure on Yoakam but when the trucks take to the track at Citrus County, there will be plenty of others looking for the checkered flag.

Rusty Dixon has been fast in both the opening races, and only some minor mechanical difficulties have kept him from challenging for the lead. If he can find that little shred of reliability needed in his Ford, he could well become a first time winner this week. Another veteran competitor, and one well known to local fans, who will be looking to take Yoakam down a notch is Bruce Gaskins. Also piloting a Ford, Gaskins knows the Citrus County track as well if not better than Yoakam and would like nothing better than to take his old adversary down a peg.

Mark Manfredi in his Dodge is another top competitor who is desperate for a visit to Victory Lane, and after two less than sterling performances, nothing would inspire the MOPAR bunch than to whip the Blue Ovals. The Bow-Tie drivers are smarting after two Ford wins and are determined to put their Chevrolet powered machines back to the front and feel that Citrus County is the perfect time to exhibit the “GM Performance” edge. Scott Bramlett is familiar with success on the Florida pro trail, but dearly would like to win early on in his career as a truck racer. Fred Wagner, Steve Smith and Rob Lyons are other Chevrolet drivers who feel they desrve a share of the victory pie and will going all out to get it. There is also the lone Toyota of Todd Blevins who will be trying to fend off all the ‘American Iron’ as he attempts to put his T-100 in the winner’s circ

The action will all come to a head this coming Saturday night at Citrus County Speedway and the Late Model Super Trucks will be roaring for 75 laps of non-stop action. Get there early and grab a good seat as there will be little time to sit once the racing starts. This is short track racing at its best and its coming to Inverness March 27th.

John Kaiser - SPTS

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