In The News 2010



45th Annual Florida Governor's Cup 200
November 20, 2010

Limited Late Model - 50 Lap
November 19, 2010

1. 11 David Rogers 19. 23 Jimmy Weller
2. 36 Tim Russell 20. 96 Ben Kennedy
3. 64 Joe Winchell 21. 26 Travis Cope
4. 88 Justin Larson 22. 7 Chad Pierce
5.  9 Rich Clouser 23. 5 Joe Boyd
6. 119 J.R. McMickle 24. 60 Chad Atkins
7. 70x James Glover 25. 02 Mike Finn
8. 4B Alan Bruns 26. 33 Casey Caudill
9. 70 Jeff Choquette 27. 92 Jeff Scofield
10. 127 Kule Maynard 28. 31 Aaron Pierce
11. 12 Corey Freed 29. 89 Jimmy Crowe Jr
12. 84 Wayne Anderson 30. 07 Steven Simpson
13. 29 Mallory Harvey 31. 52 Tom Molloy
14. 12x Travis Kittleson 32. 34 Shaughn McCormick
15. 90 Rebecca Kasten DQ. 51 Stephen Nasse
16. 55 Billy Mowery DQ. 80 Brian Finney
17. 75 Marty Pierce DQ. 10 George Gorham Jr
18. 74 Ryan Lawler DNS. 86 Randy Anderson
1 57 Joe Winchell
2.  #11 Austin Kirkpatrick
3.  #17 A.J. Fuglenzi
4. #9 Rich Clouser
5. #54 Zach Harris
6. #119 J.R. McMickle
7.  #36 Ross Chostain
8.  #52  Dillon Jackson
9. #7 Amanda Ferguson
10. #00 Daniel Miller
11. #6 Richard Douglas
12. #26 Jessica Murphy
13.  #66 Jerry Symons
14. #9z Zack Donatti
15. #51 Chad Akins
16. #20 Anthony Sergi
17. #17x Ryan Lisak
18. #23 Joey Pletka
19.  #177 Ray Hester
20. #33 Bob Kleinhans
21.  #55 Todd Allen

Punta Gorda Speedway Results

Super Late Model


1.       7   Daryl Shellnut
2.     81   Anthony Campi
3    141   Travis Hanson
4.     84   Wayne Anderson

5.     10   Steve Dorer

6.   184   Devin Dixon

7.     59   Dustin Dunn

8.     51   Richie Anderson
9.     57   Joe Winchell
10.   33   Casey Cauhill
11.    2   Tom Styler

12.   31   Brian Blum

13.  119   Dalton Zehr

14.  2x    Blake Koch

15.  23   Todd Brown

16.  75   Dave Pletcher

17.  28B Dylan Bigley

18.   7x  Bruce Bennett

19.   1    Dean Feri

20.   5x  Steve Gill

21.   28   Billy Bigley Jr.

22.   23x Barry Bartlett

23.   11   David Weaver

24.   99   Josh Williams

25.   50   Perry Lovelady

26.   07   Jeff Scoffield

27.     5   Dan Ohleyer

28.   13   Mike Knotek D.N.S

The main feature of the night was the Super Late models for 100 laps, who were drivers from all over the state that started pulling into the Punta Gorda Speedway Friday night for practice and getting their motor homes and big rigs pulled into their spots for a long weekend. After a late Friday night of testing and tuning and again on Saturday the twenty eight drivers were as ready as they could be to put on a show for the record amount of fans that also come from all over to see these cars in action. Some of the big names of racing pulled out on the track to get ready to thrill the fans with one hundred action packed laps and that is exactly what it was. On the front row it was Jeff Schofield of Plant City and the last race winner Travis Hanson from Cooper city outside of him. The crowd was on their feet waving to the drivers as the flagman showed them one to go before the green. It was Schofield who got a good start and was out in front of Hanson to be scored in the first spot as they crossed the line on lap one. Schofield seemed to have a fast car and pulled away from Hanson but as he stated to lap the field on lap ten, instead of letting the leader go past him the lap car bounced off the outside wall and collected Schofield which ended Schofield’s chance of getting to the checkers. Fast qualifier Dave Pletcher gave everything he had to get by Hanson, but by lap twenty six Daryl Shelnut of Lake City who was a very familiar name of the speedway from years ago had another plan. Shelnut in the blue number 7 got to the inside of Pletcher to take over the second spot. One of the young guns of the race Anthony Campi from Sarasota who started back in the sixth row outside had made his way up through the field to take over the third spot by lap thirty nine. As Hanson, Shelnut and Campi were up front, there was a battle going on right behind them between the veteran drivers of  Wayne Anderson, Joe Winchell, Steve Dorer and Pletcher still trying to hang in the top fifth spot. On lap sixty eight Shelnut finally made the move on Hanson to take over the lead bringing Campi with him to second and Hanson dropped into the third spot. Shelnut had a smooth ride to the checkers after the bad ride he had getting to the track on Friday when he blew a right front tire on his hauler which caused severe damage and a seven hour trip to get to the track. Young Anthony Campi would come in second with Travis Hanson third Wayne Anderson and Steve Dorer would round out the top five. Track owner Kevin Williams made his way down to the winners circle to congradulate Daryl, the two use to race together back in the 90’s at the speedway.  




1.  -#07    Jeff Scofield
2.  -#81    Anthony Campi
3.  -#5      Joe Boyd
4.  -#36    Tim Russell
5.  -#10x  Steve Dorer
6.  -#92    Jason Hogan
7.  -#15    Jason Boyd
8-.  #22    David King
9-.  #42    Jonathan Guy
10. -#39   Tyler Laing
11. -#72   Keith Lilley
12. -#407 Jason Vail
13. -#97   Perry Lovelady
14. -#21   Brandon Anderson
15.  #57   Joe Winchell
16. -#6     David Hart
17. -#17   Ryan Lisak
18. -#10   George Gorham, Jr.
19. -#13   Ricky Diaz
20. -#18   Steve Tregear
21. -#33   Daniel Webster
22. -#49   Ron Lofquist
23. -#29   Tracy Raven
24. -#23   Rusty Ebersole
25. -#10c Talon Craft

Punta Gorda Speedway Races
October 2
, 2010

1.   141   Travis Hanson Cooper City
2.   10    Steve Dorer Lakeland
3    28    Billy Bigley Jr. Naples
4.   31    Brian Blum Morgate
5.   6      Jeff Scoffield Plant City
6.   2S    Tommy Styer Mirimar
7.   2k    Blake Koch West Palm Beach
8.   59    Dustin Dunn Jupiter
9.   28B  Dylan Bigley Naples
10. 23    Todd Brown Lake Panasoffkee
11. 7      Daryl Shellnut Lake City
12. 71    L.B. Skaggs N. Ft. Myers
13. 57    Joe Winchell Dade City
14. 33    Casey Caudill Port Orange
15. 1     Dean Ferri
16. 7x   Amanda Ferguson Montverde
17 13    Mike Knotek Labelle
18. 26    Jessica Murphy
19. 51   Richie Anderson N. Ft. Myers
20. 5     Bruce Bennett Orlando
21. 21   David Hart DNS Bartow


PASS South Super Late Models
 “Over the Mountain 150” - Hickory - Saturday - September 25, 2010


1 Preston Peltier
2 Ryan Blaney
3 Roger Lee Newton
4 Kyle Bonsignore
5 Jody Lavender
6 Trey Mitchell
7 John Batten
8 Mark Reedy
9 Jay Fogleman
10 Bradley McCaskill
11 Alex Fleming
12 Chris Bohlman
13 Jimmy Weller
14 Clay Jones
15 Matt Leicht  16 Kenzie Ruston
17 Steven Legendre
18 Tayla Orleans
19 Joey Coulter
20 Joe Winchell
21 Heath Hindman
22 David Quackenbush
23 Dean Clattenburg
24) Kyle Benjamin
25) Daniel Hemric
26) Andy Loden
27) Ryan Moore
28) Devin Jones
29) Justin Wakefield
30) Tim Pinion

Punta Gorda Speedway Races
are canceled due to rains

September 11, 2010

Joe Winchell qualified 6th fastest time.

Over 110 cars were packed in the pits with 22 late models taking time with Dave Pletcher having the fast time of 14.979 around the 3/8ths mile asphalt.  PGS will be closed for the next 2 weeks so all front gate tickets will be honored Oct 2.  Pit armbands will be honored when Super Late models return Oct 2.  Please visit for the Oct schedule. 


July 19, 2010

by Dave Westerman

Auburndale Speedway was the scene for plenty of red-hot racing on a very warm and muggy evening Saturday as Tim Russell survived a hectic 100 lap Late Model race to score his second win of the year here and cart a healthy $3,000 check back to his home in Longwood.

Once again the Late Model race teams came out in force with 27 cars filling the pit area. Russell fast time at 13.490 seconds topping Jason Vail’s best lap of 14.561. Daniel Webster’s 13.633 was good for third quick ahead of Joe Winchell and Chris Fontaine.

The top ten re-drew for their starting spots with Russell pulling a five. Fontaine drew the pole and Vail had the outside pole for the start. It was Fontaine jumping out to a quick lead as Vail got hung out to dry at the start as Webster slipped into second. The first caution of the race flew on lap five for a big pile-up in turn four involving Ryan Lisak, Raymond Lovelady, Rob Partelo and John Markovitch. All pitted for repairs but only Lovelady was unable to continue.

The first yellow set the pattern for the race as the caution would fly a total of 19 times. Both Vail and point leader Jeff Scofield were involved in separate early incidents requiring them to restart from the back of the field.

Michael Williams, making his first start of the year here, was the victim of a crash with Brian Dorer on lap 17.

Fontaine gamely held the point as Russell slipped by Winchell and began to hound second place Webster. Webster zipped by Fontaine for the point on lap 27 bringing Russell and Winchell with him. Fontaine was being freight-trained as he just couldn’t make his car work in the outside groove but he lucked out when Dorer and Markovitch tangled to bring out the yellow on lap 29.

Russell had his car working to perfection and he zoomed past Webster for the point on lap 39. Lap 50, half-way, saw the eighth caution flag of the race as the field was slowed once again with Russell leading Webster, Winchell, Joe Boyd, Jonathan Guy, Anthony Campi, David King, Kevin Ingram, Steve Tregear and Tyler Laing to the crossed flags.

For the remaining 50 laps, Russell not only had to fend off Webster but had to deal with even more yellow flag periods and the extreme heat and humidity that was beginning to take a physical toll on the drivers.

Winchell slowed on the track with problems and dropped out on lap 70. As the race wore on, Russell and Webster pulled away after each restart only to see another caution flag come out to slow things. The final ten laps saw plenty of wild action as Perry Lovelady got turned into the turn three wall ending his evening. Three laps later, Vail and Laing got tangled up with Laing’s hood flying up just after the restart to bring out the 19th, and thankfully, final caution of the night.

Russell had no problem holding off Webster to the checker to grab his second win of the year in Late Model competition here. Boyd had a steady run to claim third while Campi took fourth and Scofield rebounded for a top five finish to stay on top of the points. Fontaine also came back to claim sixth with Jonathan Guy, Vail, Ryan Lisak and Danny Maddox rounding out the top ten.

Ricky Diaz drove all the way from Miami, showed up just before qualifying getting no hot laps at all beforehand, but held his own to finish 11th as the only other car to complete the grind.

LATE MODELS (100 Laps):

1-#36 Tim Russell
2-#33 Daniel Webster
3-#5 Joe Boyd
4-#81 Anthony Campi
5-#07 Jeff Scofield
6-#47 Chris Fontaine
7-#42 Jonathan Guy
8-#407 Jason Vail
9-#17 Ryan Lisak
10-#82 Danny Maddox
11-#13 Ricky Diaz
12-#39 Tyler Laing
13-#6 David Hart
14-#49 Ron Lofquist
15-#50 Perry Lovelady
16-#9 Rob Partelo
17-#14 Jason Rendell
18-#18 Steve Tregear
19-#22 David King
20-#177 Ray Hester
21-#10 Talon Craft
22-#64 Joe Winchell
23-#54 Kevin Ingram
24-#71 John Markovich
25-#97 Brian Dorer
26-#32 Michael Williams
27-#7 Raymond Lovelady


SUPER LATE MODELS - June 11, 2010

  1. #11 David Rogers (7)
  2. #64 Joe Winchell (3)       
  3. #75x Marty Pierce (2)
  4. #92 Dick Anderson (11)
  5. #18 Jared Allison (8)
  6. #80 Brian Finney (9)
  7. #1 Tom Root (16)
  8. #13 Frank Alberson (19)
  9. #68 Russ Shaw (20)
 10. #88 Justin Larson (5)
 11. #36 Tim Russell (1)
 12. #96 Ben Kennedy (4)
 13. #75 Don Keithley (17)
 14. #12 Scott McKinley (23)
 15. #73 Sam Watts (6)
 16. #13 Bob Greene (22)
 17. #407 Jason Vail (21)
 18. #89 Jimmy Crowe Jr (13)
 19. #112 Steve Weaver (14)
 20. #22 Dusty Cornelius (10)
 21. #7 Dillon Jackson (15)
 22. #17 Robert Jenkins (18)
 23. #28 Mark Adams (12)
 DNS #12x David Green


1. #11 David Rogers
  2. #73 Sam Watts
  3. #88 Justin Larson
  4. #96 Ben Kennedy
  5. #64 Joe Winchell     
  6. #75x Marty Pierce
  7. #36 Tim Russell
  8. #18 Jared Allison
  9. #80 Brian Finney
 10. #22 Dusty

Rogers Tops Orange Blossom 100 at Orlando SpeedWorld

June 12, 2010


Orlando, FL (June 11, 2010) In spite of numerous cautions and three red flags, it was David Rogers who took the checkered and won the Orange Blossom 100 at Orlando SpeedWorld.

Twenty three cars qualified with Rogers setting fast time with a 13.648 followed by Sam Watts with a 13.668, Justin Larson 13.673. Ben Kennedy 13.692 and Joe Winchell 13.720. David Green was the only car who failed to qualify as he hit the turn 1 wall hard in Justin Drawdy’s No. 12 Super Late. Rogers pulled a 7 for the pill draw putting Tim Russell on the pole es thand Marty Pierce on the outside pole.

Russell, who became a first time dad on Tuesday, took the point on the green followed by Pierce, Winchell, Larson and Rogers. But it was a very short green as the first of many cautinos came out for Dusty Cornelius and Chuck Green who had gotten together in turn 4.

Mark Adams was the second driver who brought out the caution as he hit the turns 3 and 4 wall and took his machine into the pits, done for the night. Russell would take the inside, Winchell would take the outside for each restart as Russell quickly took the point over Winchell.

By lap 20, Larson had put the heat on Winchell and taken over second as Winchell went to third followed by Rogers and Pierce. With 41 laps in, Russell continued to lead the way as Winchell took back second followed by Rogers, Larson and Pierce. Winchell put the heat on Russell first taking the inside then the outside and eventually took the lead as Russell now had to settle for second.

The halfway point saw 18 cars left in the field as Winchell was the leader and Russell was second followed by Rogers, Larson and Jared Allison.

The first red flag of the race was thrown as Sam Watts and Jason Vail got together on the backstretch with Watts’s car sitting on top of Vail’s car. Watts was obviously not happy at this point as the safety crew went to work getting the two cars apart. Both drivers were fine, just not very happy. Watts’s car was pushed off the track and Vail was able to drive his #407 into the pits for crew attention. Both Vail and Watts were able to rejoin the field for the restart, just in the rear.

With 40 laps remaining, Winchell took the inside, Russell took the outside for the restart. It is now Winchell, Russell, Rogers, Larson, Allison, Dick Anderson, Finney, and Kennedy leading the way. Rogers puts the heat on Russell and takes over second as the caution comes out for debris on the track.

It is Winchell on the inside, Rogers on the outside as Winchell leads but not for long as Rogers takes over the point, the third leader of the night. Jimmy Crowe brings out the caution as he spins in turn 2 and joins the field in the rear for the restart.

Now it is Rogers on the inside, Winchell on the outside for the restart as Rogers takes the point over Winchell, Larson and Russell who are going side-by-side for third, Finney and Allison. Crowe hits the turn 4 wall hard as Vail spins avoiding Crowe and takes a wild ride. The race is once again red flagged for track clean-up.

With twenty five laps left, and three lead changes in those 75 laps, it is Rogers on the point followed by Winchell, Larson, Russell, Finney, Allison, Anderson, Kennedy and Watts. Allison takes over fifth with Anderson on his coat tail for sixth. Sam Watts brings out the caution on lap 89 and is black flagged due to the fact that that is his third caution and he is out of the race. He goes into the pits but not very happy about it all.

Ten laps to go and they must be green flag laps as Rogers takes the lead over Larson, Winchell, Russell and Pierce. Jared Allison spins in turn 4 bringing out the caution and rejoins the field in the rear for the restart.

Only one lap later, the red flag comes out again as Larson spins in turns 1 and 2 causing a massive pile-up involving Finney, Kennedy, Russell, Tom Root, and Don Keithly. Larson spun his tires on the restart causing the mass pile-up. All the cars go in except for the #75 and #1 who are tangled together. A few of the cars do make it back for the restart and the last nine laps of the race.

With Rogers on the inside and Winchell on the outside, Rogers once again takes the point over Winchell, Anderson, Pierce, Allison and Finney. All the sudden you see the #92 of Anderson taking a wild ride in the grass as he and Winchell have gotten together fighting for position. It is obvious that Anderson is not happy with Winchell but rejoins the field in the rear for the restart.

With no more cautions and eight cars left in the field, Rogers takes the point and looks to be a shoe-in for the win. Winchell challenges Rogers but Rogers has nothing to do with it and maintains the point as he crosses the checkered and wins the Orange Blossom 100.

May 29, 2010

   1. #11 David Rogers
   2. #9 Rich Clouser
   3. #96 Ben Kennedy
   4. #64 Joe Winchell         
   5. #127 Brandon Booth
   6. #9z Zack Donatti
   7. #23 Rusty Ebersole
   8. #68 Russ Shaw
   9. #34 Shaughn McCormick
 10. #7 Vince Keeler
 11. #13 Bob Greene
 12. #05 David Le Beau
 13. #33 Gary Fountain Sr
 DNS #112 Stephen Weaver 

   1. #36 Tim Russell
   2. #73 Sam Watts
   3. #96 Ben Kennedy
   4. #9 Rich Clouser
   5. #141 Travis Hanson
   6. #33x Daniel Webster
   7. #4B Alan Bruns
   8. #88 Justin Larson
   9. #9z Zack Donatti
 10. #127 Brandon Booth
 11. #29 Mallory Harvey
 12. #22 Dusty Cornelius
 13. #21 James Carter

 14. #64 Joe Winchell
 15. #84 Wayne Anderson
 16. #33 Jeff Choquette
 17. #61 Mario Gosselin
 18. #26c Travis Cope
 19. #119 JR McMickle
 20. #14 Mario Maresca
 21. #80 Brian Finney
 22. #05x David LeBeau
 23. #06 Mike Finn
 24. #13 Bob Greene
 25. #34 Shaughn McCormick



(04.24.10 - New Smyrna Speedway) The fans and racers came out in force on Saturday night for the 3rd running of the annual Billie Harvey Memorial 100 for Super Late Models, but few could have anticipated the incredible race they would witness as the drivers came together to put on an instant classic out on the track. The big race would be set-up perfectly by an equally thrilling Pro Truck feature, as well as appearances by other local weekly divisions. But it was the big 100-lapper that had the crowds on their feet for a race that will still be talked about for months to come, and set a high standard for the rest of the season.

A field of 26 cars would take to the track for the 3rd Annual Billie Harvey Memorial 100 with afternoon qualifying seeing #84 Wayne Anderson set the fast time and get the luckiest break possible in the pre-race pill-draw that saw him pull the number 1, meaning he got to keep his place at the front for the start. As the second race of the FASCAR Triple Crown, the field was jam-packed with competitive cars and the front rows read like a who's who of the cream of Florida Super Late Model racing - #36 Tim Russell, #96 Ben Kennedy, #9 Rich Clouser, #33 Jeff Choquette and #73 Sam Watts all sitting right up at the front with each one easily capable of getting to the front and winning the whole thing.
With pre-race driver introductions done and the cars out on track with hot engines and their tires warmed up, the green flag would quickly be waved but it took less than half a lap for the yellow lights to be back on and the cars again touring the track behind the pace truck. As Anderson blasted away and took the lead cars into turn 1, a spin at the back of the field for #34 Shaughn McCormick coming out of turn 4 as he got on the gas was followed by his struggle to restart his car, meaning the officials had no choice but to bring the race quickly back under caution. It took several attempts for McCormick to get his car in reverse gear and pull himself away from the front pit wall, but eventually he was back underway and a second start could be attempted.
This one proved even less successful than the first, and again McCormick found himself in the middle of the mayhem. The cars managed to all get through turns 1 and 2 this time, but with the leaders heading out of turn 4 to put the first lap in the books it was contact on the back straight between #14 Mario Maresca and #52 Matthew Stichmann that caused the two cars to spin high into the wall, taking out McCormick and #21 James Carter for good measure as they tried to make their way past. Despite this unfolding way off on the far side of the track it was easy for the fans to see the ensuing action, as Stichmann climbed out of his window and began kicking the bodywork of Maresca's stricken car, before clambering up onto the roof and jumping up and down in anger. Once back down on the ground he then attempted to get at the driver himself, only for the track officials to grab him and pull him back out of Maresca's door, dragging the incensed racer away from the scene to calm down. Incredibly Maresca and Carter would be pulled clear, Carter able to continue racing once the whole nose and wings of his car had been pulled off by his pit crew, but both McCormick and Stichmann were finished for the night. Stichmann would later be disqualified for his incredible antics on the roof of Maresca's car that had provided such entertainment for the crowd.
Naturally this necessitated a lengthy stoppage for the track to be cleaned up and the damaged cars - and angry drivers - removed, so the cars were brought to a halt on the front stretch and the red flag shown. The cars would restart and make a third attempt to start the race nearly 30 minutes after they had taken the first green flag, this time finally putting a complete lap in the books as Anderson and Russell took the initiative at the front to race side-by-side around the high banks. Joining them at the front was Choquette who swiftly showed Anderson his intentions with a hard hit to Anderson's rear bumper as the cars crossed the start-line, but this just spurred the pole-sitter on and he was soon rubbing against Russell's door, trying to push his nose in front and into the lead on the low side.
The two leaders would take the next few laps absolutely locked together before they began to hit the slower cars at the rear of the field, forcing Anderson to drop back behind Russell once he found the lower part of the track clogged with back-markers. The action would pause once more with 10 laps in the books as #06 Mike Finn lost control in turn 2 to bring the pace truck back out again. With caution laps counting for the longer races this year it would be lap 16 when the cars got back up to speed again, Russell and Anderson quickly reengaging at the front while Choquette fought with #88 Justin Larson for 3rd as Watts quickly broke away from the pack to round out the top 5.
There was nothing to choose between the leaders, and a similar battle was taking place for 3rd before Choquette managed to pull a slight advantage over Larson. Another caution was narrowly averted as #61 Mario Gosselin went high in turn 4 and brushed the wall, his car getting badly out of shape and Gosselin needing all of his extensive experience to regain control and straighten it back out again, dropping back down the field in the process but keeping the action under race conditions. The race would soon reach ¼ distance with Russell and Anderson as close as ever at the front, but with Choquette and Larson now joined by the hard-charging Clouser who had made his way around Watts and into 5th.
The gap at the front shortened dramatically just a couple of laps later as Anderson made a move on Russell, banging the #36 hard from behind in turn 4, causing both cars to get loose and struggle to regain composure. Backing off the throttle gave just enough time for the chasing cars to catch them, and suddenly the fans had a group of 5 cars all fighting it out for the lead, with Watts positioned ominously just a few lengths behind in 6th. Anderson would make his move as the race ticked over to 33 laps, trying a low-side pass out of turn 4 that Russell moved down to block. This just opened up a big door for Choquette on what was proving to be a much faster high groove, and he grabbed the opportunity with both hands to power around Anderson and snatch 2nd place for himself.
This would change the whole dynamic of the race as Russell now had Choquette on his tail, while Anderson suddenly found himself fending off the charge of Clouser behind him. Choquette would briefly take the lead with a charge down the back straight and around turns 3 and 4, but this lasted barely half a lap as Russell fought back to regain the lead heading into turn 1. Immediately to their rear Anderson and Clouser had again closed up and were looking for ways around Choquette. Anderson would once more look down the inside of Choquette, showing he hadn't learned his lesson as this allowed Clouser to copy Choquette's earlier move and go around Anderson, dropping him back to 4th.
Half-distance in the race would soon come around and now the action at the front was between a train of the top 6 cars, all running nose-to-tail around the track with Russell leading Choquette, Anderson settled behind Clouser for 3rd and 4th places, and Larson and Watts now running up at the front with the others. Just behind two more cars were charging their way forward in the shape of Kennedy and
veteran campaigner #64 Joe Winchell, who were both positioned nicely to take advantage of any slip-ups in front of them. Finally someone would break Russell's hold on the lead as the cars crossed the line to start their 53rd lap, Choquette pushing his way through on the low side out of turn 2 and sending Russell high up the track. Clouser would try his luck too, but Russell quickly slammed the door shut on him and set off after the new leader. Changes behind them would also see Watts finally working his way past Larson to cement his place in 5th position, right on Anderson's rear bumper.
Choquette would make the most of the clear track ahead of him and for the first time in the race the leader would pull away a noticeable lead over the field. He would soon start to pass lapped traffic, but this lead to the next big incident of the race, and one that changed the final result decisively. Coming around turn 4 Choquette would pass Gosselin, making his way back up the field after his earlier brush with the wall, but as the leader went past, Gosselin dramatically lost control of his car, spinning out wildly and smashing hard into the front straight wall just past the upper pit entry road. Thankfully the track crew would quickly confirm that Gosselin was OK, but for such an experienced racer to lose control so badly something had to be amiss. With the pace truck bringing the cars around slowly while the #61 was pulled clear from the wall, both Choquette and Russell were ordered down pit road to check for a possible oil leak that may have caused the wreck. Russell would quickly be waved away to retake his position on the front row, but Choquette was not so lucky, his car quickly shut off and a pool of oil easily visible on the pit lane surface as his car was pushed back into the pits. To add insult to injury his fire extinguisher would automatically fire off, shrouding his car in a cloud as he dejectedly climbed out with his race over for the night, while the track crews cleaned up his oil on both the track and pit road. Another red flag would be displayed to allow the lengthy clean-up process to take place without denying the fans of too many laps in what was rapidly becoming a classic race.
Just 15 cars would remain once the race got back underway with 67 laps gone, but
Winchell's slide up to the wall in turn 4 hurriedly bought the pace truck back out onto the track as Russell now found himself fighting with Larson at the front. Larson would try a charge to the front as he raced door-to-door with Russell once the green lights were back on, but as Russell leaned on him out of turn 4 Larson's car got loose and he was forced to scrub off some speed to regain control, letting Anderson and Clouser through. Larson was obviously still unsettled as he came around to complete the lap, spinning out in turn 4 and forcing Winchell and #9z Zach Donatti into emergency avoiding action, Donatti spinning out to avoid an even bigger wreck.
Yet another restart would see Anderson retake the lead as Russell just missed the start, but the #36 was quickly back up to speed and flying around on the high groove to retake his place at the front, and leaving Anderson to fend off Watts in 3rd, who was giving the 2nd place man a taste of his own medicine with some hard bangs to the rear of the famously hard-driving Anderson's car. But the racing would be interrupted again thanks to a spin in turn 1 for #4B Alan Bruns,
Winchell and #33x Daniel Webster. Bruns would head back to the pits for remedial work to his car, his crew incensed at the short yellow-flag period they were given to carry out their work, but more importantly he was followed into the pits by Anderson, who pulled over to his pit crew for them to jack his car up and look underneath. Sensationally they did not drop his car back down for him to charge back out onto the track, and the restart would come around with Anderson still sitting on the pit road with his car jacked up on one side. So, with 83 laps in the books, Anderson retired from a race where he had been a major contributor to all the excitement, settling for an awarded 15th place that barely began to hint at the great race he had run.
If Russell thought the removal of Anderson from the field would give him an easy victory, he was very wrong as suddenly the experienced campaigner he had been fighting for so long was replaced in his mirrors by two of the up-and-coming stars of Florida's Super Late Model racing scene, in the shape of Watts and Kennedy. The flag stand would soon be indicating just 10 laps to go, and Russell would have Kennedy right on his tail while Watts fought off Clouser in 3rd, leaving Clouser to race with #141 Travis Hanson, who was benefiting from his controlled, careful drive to get up to 5th place without any fuss or drama, avoiding all of the wrecks and incidents.
And then, with three laps to go, the race erupted into life once more as Watts planted himself firmly on Kennedy's rear bumper before diving down his inside to try for 2nd place. With Kennedy forced high up the banked corners thanks to Watts aggressive move, Clouser saw his chance and tried to follow Watts through, only for Watts to slam the door shut, followed by Kennedy making the same move and pushing Clouser back down to 4th. Russell would take the white last-lap flag with a slim lead over Watts, who was now using every ounce of his strength to wrestle his car around the track, blocking every line Kennedy looked at to defend his 2nd place.
The checkered flag would soon be waved to give Russell a tremendous win in what had been an incredible race, full of great racing and twists and turns that had the fans on their feet throughout the whole 100 laps. Watts would do enough to hold off Kennedy to claim a hard-fought 2nd place, while Clouser and Kennedy crossed the line side-by-side with Kennedy inching out ahead for 3rd.
"My dad told me a lot of stories about Billie (Harvey) and how he would give you the shirt off his back, so it's real special to remember him and win this race for the second time" said Russell in victory lane. "I was real loose and just trying to hang-on on those long runs and Jeff (Choquette) was able to get by me. I hated to see him go out of the race like that. That was some good hard racing."

Jeff Scofield tops F.A.S.T. Series at Auburndale Speedway

March 21, 2010 Auburndale Speedway; Winter Haven, Florida: Race scheduled for Saturday, March 20, 2010.

Port City Race Cars/AMF Chassis 100 Qualifying
It was another great day for racing, weather-wise, as 24 Late Models took to the track for qualifying at 5:30. Jason Vail in the No. 407 held fast time throughout most of the round with a 13.46 second lap, only to see Jeff Scofield in the No. 07 lay down a lap of 13.37 seconds. Qualifying was red-flagged at about midway as a result of a serious crash involving David King in the No. 22. King’s throttle appeared to hang as he entered his second qualifying lap, sending him hard into the first turn wall. He walked away uninjured.

The top six qualifiers subsequently drew for starting spots, with Scofield drawing the pole, third fastest qualifier Wayne Anderson (No. 84) drawing the outside pole, and Ron Lofquist (No. 49), Jason Vail (No. 407), Kevin Ingram (No. 21), and Tyler Laing (No. 39) rounding out the top 6.

Port City Race Cars/AMF Chassis 100 Resultsts
A multi-car wreck at the start of the Sunoco FAST Late Model feature, followed by a red flag while the damaged cars of Steve Avinger, Alan Bruns, Tyler Laing, and Andrew Carbonell were removed, set the tone for what would be a night of hard racing. When racing finally got underway roughly 20 minutes later, a lap two incident with Kevin Ingram (21) sent Wayne Anderson (84) spinning to the infield.

On lap 32, a caution sent Daryl Shelnut (77) to the rear, while Wayne Anderson moved back into the top five on lap 45. Meanwhile, a three-car battle between Scofield, Lofquist, and Vail continued at the front of the field, while Ingram and Wayne Anderson moved in to the top five.

On lap 65, Ingram and Wayne Anderson, running third and fourth, tangled again, sending Ingram into the first turn wall. Anderson was disqualified, finishing 24th.

On lap 32, a caution sent Daryl Shelnut (77) to the rear, while Wayne Anderson moved back into the top five on lap 45. Meanwhile, a three-car battle between Scofield, Lofquist, and Vail continued at the front of the field, while Ingram and Wayne Anderson moved in to the top five.

On the restart, Austin Kirkpatrick (85) took over third place, while Scofield and Lofquist continued their battle, with Scofield steadily pulling away. On lap 81, Randy Anderson and Joe Winchell (57) tangled in turn 2, sending the Rookie Anderson’s car to the pits while Winchell rejoined the field.

On lap 32, a caution sent Daryl Shelnut (77) to the rear, while Wayne Anderson moved back into the top five on lap 45. Meanwhile, a three-car battle between Scofield, Lofquist, and Vail continued at the front of the field, while Ingram and Wayne Anderson moved in to the top five.

The restart saw Scofield jump out to a three-car length lead, only to have the race go back under caution as Jeremy Gerstner (70) and Jason Vail collided in turn 2, sending Vail spinning to the infield. When the race resumed on lap 86, Scofield resumed command, building a straightaway lead by lap 90.

A caution on lap 98 caused by a spinning Ryan Lisak generated a final restart, but Scofield was not to be caught, leading all 100 laps of the Sunoco FAST feature. The race was slowed by seven cautions and two red flags.

1. #07 Jeff Scofield
2. #49 Ron Lofquist
3. #85 Austin Kirkpatrick
4. #407 Jason Vail
5. #127 Kyle Maynard
6. #09/50 Perry Lovelady
7. #21 Kevin Ingram
8. #57 Joe Winchell
9. #70 Jeremey Gerstner
10. #62 Johnny Gerstner
11. #82 Danny Maddox
12. #54 Ryan Lisak
13. #86 Randy Anderson
14. #42 Jonathan Guy
15. #77 Daryl Shelnut
16. #7 Raymond Lovelady
17. #04/60 Gayle Haines
18. #27 Cody Lane
19. #39 Tyler Laing
20. #4 Alan Bruns
21. #8 Andrew Carbonell
22. #69 Steve Avinger
23. #22 David King DNS
24. #84 Wayne Anderson DQ’D

Charlotte County Motorsport Park

Late Models  -  1/17/2010

1. 59 Dustin Dunn
2. 97 Patrick Starpoli
3. 48 Johnny Kay
4. 36 Gary Padula
5. 64 Joe Winchell
6. 8 Bobby Shelton
7. 11 David Weaver
8. 55 Scot Walters
9. 22 David King
10. 10x Donnie Varco
11. 13 Mike Knotek
12. 77 Ray Hester
13. 5 Joe Boyd
14. 10 Steve Dorer
#5 Steve Gill DQ for crew  
     member on racing surface
#7 Daryl Shelnut DQ for crew
     members on racing surface