June 18, 1999 S.A.R.A. LATE MODEL WAR EXPECTED TO SPILL OVER TO ST. AUGUSTINE SHOWDOWN ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA.-As the June 26 date for the premier touring Late Model show in the state of Florida, the S.A.R.A. (Southern Automobile Racing ...
June 18, 1999
S.A.R.A. LATE MODEL WAR EXPECTED TO SPILL OVER TO ST. AUGUSTINE SHOWDOWN
ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA.-As the June 26 date for the premier touring Late Model show in the state of Florida, the S.A.R.A. (Southern Automobile Racing Association) Key Bank and Trust Late Models draws closer, St. Augustine Speedway officials and fans are keeping a eye on the latest developments in that Series. What we're seeing is a full-blown war being waged amongst the point leaders, Dwayne Dempsey of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Wayne Morris, of Mulbery, Fla. These two have already locked bumpers and on several occasions this year and locked horns even more frequently in their individual quests for the Series title. There's little doubt that the feud will carry over to the Central Mobile Homes "100" on June 26 at the St. Augustine speed plant. But Dempsey and Morris are just two of the high profile names scheduled to appear in this, the first ever appearance of the S.A.R.A. Late Models to St. Augustine Speedway. Also expected to be among the more than 30 drivers that will attempt to qualify for the 24-car field, are such familiar names as five-time Florida track champion, Dave Duncan, of Lakeland Fla., former USA Late Model Series Champion, Kevin Durden, from Archer, Fla., Haines City's Mike McCrary Jr., another USA Late Model standout, Eddie King of Bartow, and rookie sensations, Bryan Washburn, Jeff Scofield and Robbie Storer. It's an All Star cast involving some intense rivalries between some excellent Late Model race teams. In addition to the S.A.R.A. regulars, local St. Augustine Speedway Late Model standouts, David Clegg, David Showers, Larry Osteen and Scott Lagasse are also expected to be on hand for the marathon event and are well prepared to defend the home turf against the invading tour. The 100-lap feature for the S.A.R.A. teams carries a total purse of $10,200 will, of course, headline an evening's race schedule that will also include the regular lineup of Snap-On Sportsman, Muffler Man Modifieds, Thunder Trucks, Mini Stocks and Hobby Stocks. Grandstand gates will open at 2:30 PM with qualifying getting started at 6 PM. Qualifying heats for both, the local divisions and the S.A.R.A. Late Models will roll off at 7 PM and the features will be getting underway promptly at 7:45 PM.
Tickets will be on sale at the speedway ticket office the night of the race for $12 for adults, $8 for military and seniors (age 55 and up), and $5 for children 6-12. Children under 6 will, as always, be admitted free.