Barberville, FL – In spite of the dark clouds overhead and the high winds, the weather did not stop racing at Volusia Speedway Park. With Ocala Speedway rained out the night before, the drivers were ready for some dirt racing and so were the fans.
Two Boy Scout Troops made the trip from Jacksonville to help open the Saturday night show. Troop 522 and 26 presented the flag during the National Anthem and a few Scouts also were made “official” flagmen throwing the green flag for the racers. This was a thrill not only for the Scouts but also for the fans. Next year, 2010, the Boy Scouts will celebrate their 100th anniversary and this is one of the best organizations there is for young men these days.
Six Thunder Stocks ran the feature race with Scott Mooers on the pole and taking his fourth win in that division. Mooers quickly took the point on the green followed by Tommy Roberts, Doug White, James Sullivan, III and Todd Roberts. Todd Roberts quickly took over fourth as Sullivan went to fifth.
Lap 3 sees Sullivan go into the pits, done for the night as Richard Calmes takes over fifth. Lap 5 sees Todd Roberts and Tommy Roberts doing some great side-by-side action for the fans but Tommy Roberts holds his postion in second keeping Todd in third.
Mooers holds on for the checkered taking his fourth win of the season followed by Todd Roberts, Doug White, Tommy Roberts and Richard Calmes. Todd Roberts took the heat win.
Alan McCafferty had the pole for the 20 car field for the Street Stocks. But it was Grady Christian who quickly took the point over McCafferty, Charles “Bubba” Christian, D.J. Nobles, and Steve Oldaker. But the yellow comes out on lap 1 for debris on the track which may have come off the #89 car of William Palmeri. The debris is quickly cleared and the race goes back green on lap 1.
Once again Grady Christian takes the point over Charles “Bubba” Christian, Alan McCafferty, D.J. Nobles, and Charlie Macnichol. The caution comes out again on lap 3 for Michael Tovet who has stopped dead still on the backstretch close to the pit entrance. Tovet looks to have a flat and is quickly towed into the pits.
The race goes back green on lap 3 as Grady Christian leads the way over Charles Christin, Nobles, Macnichol and McCafferty. Lap 6 sees Oldaker take over fifth from McCafferty as McCafferty slides to sixth. Lap 7 sees James Smith take his machine to the pits, also done for the night. The halfway flag is thrown as Grady Christian leads the way over Charles Christian, Nobles,
Macnichol, and Oldaker.
Lap 12, Steve Mooers puts heat on McCaffety for sixth but McCafferty holds his position. Lap 12 sees the yellow come out once again for debris on the track which seems to be a lead weight on the frontstretch from one of the cars. No number on the weight, so no one knows which car has lost it.
Twelve cars are left from the original 20 that started on lap 12 as the cars now go single file for the restart. Grady leads the way over Charles followed by Macnichol, Oldaker, McCafferty, Mooers, Mark Maresca, Justin Simons, Matthew Holbrook, Mick Kulak, and Kenny Sowers. Lap 16 sees Steve Mooers off the pace and by lap 17, Mooers has retired his ride to the pits for the night.
Grady Christian holds on to the point to take the win followed by his nephew Charles “Bubba” Christian, Charlie Macnichol, Steve Oldaker, and Alan McCafferty. Steve Oldaker and Grady Christian took the heat wins.
McCafferty, who also races an asphalt modified, hopes to enter the big Modified race at Bronson Motor Speedway in a few weeks.
There were 18 Modifieds in the field for their feature race with Dale Murray on the pole. But it was a very short green as James Erickson and Wayne Allen, Jr. got together on the frontstretch close to the flagstand on lap 1. Both were fine and able to return to racing at the rear of the field.
The field is realigned for the restart as Jason Davis quickly takes the point over Barry Sheffield, Dale Murray, Jimmy Carter and Rob Underwood. Davis seems to be on rails going around the track with only three wheels touching the surface.
James Erickson hits the frontstretch wall on lap 4 but continues racing. Murray and Carter are doing some great side-by-side action as they battle for third. Davis is leaving the field way behind him as Carter passes Murray and takes over third. Suddenly the caution comes out on lap 11 for Dale Murray who has spun in turn 4. Murray is fine but must go to the rear for the restart.
Davis once again takes the point on the green followed by Sheffield, Carter, Nick Kirkus, and Underwood. Carter puts the heat on Sheffield on lap 16 and takes over second as Sheffield goes to third followed by Kirkus and Underwood. Davis continues to the lead the way and takes the checkered for his second win of the season followed by Jimmy Carter, Nick Kirkus, Barry Sheffield, and Robert Underwood. Jason Davis and Jimmy Carter won the heat races.
Sixteen 4 Cyl Challengers were in the field for their feature race with Hank Goodrich on the pole. Goodrich quickly took the point followed by Dalton Strehle, RJ Glaser, Danny Lunn, and Daniel Laird. Lunn quickly takes over second from Strehle as Strehle slides to fifth and Mark Comitale in fourth. Lunn now puts the heat on Goodrich and takes over the point. Suddenly on lap 4,
Glaser slides backwards in the field to seventh.
Lunn continues to lead the way over Tony Laporta, Comitale, Goodrich, and Strehle. With no cautions in the race, Lunn is able to hold on to the point and take his first feature win of the season over 3 time winner Tony Laporta, Mark Comitale, Hank Goodrich, and Dalton Strehle. Mark Comitale and Dalton Strehle took the heat wins.
Steve Shead had the pole for the Sportsman field with 23 cars in the line-up. But before a lap was down, the yellow comes out for Dan Lane, Sr. who was spun in turn 1. A complete restart is in order as Shead takes the point over Ken Hall, Sr., Alan Peacock, Shaun Daugharty, and Trevor Gamble. Daugharty quickly puts the heat on Peacock taking over third as Peacock goes to fourth.
Daugharty puts the heat on Shead and quickly takes over the point with Shead in second followed by Hall, Sr., Gamble, and Peacock. The caution comes out on lap 4 for Karl Heinz Haas who has hit the backstretch wall. The wrecker goes out quickly with Haas done for the night.
The race goes back green with Shead on the point followed by Daugharty, Gamble, Hall, Sr., and Danny Vogel, Jr. Daugharty once again takes over the point. Lap 5 sees Peacock retire his machine to the pits as Daugharty leads the way. Vogel and Shead get together on the backstretch but no yellow is thrown as they both continue on. Halfway is shown as Daugharty leads the way over Trevor Gamble, Ken Hall, Sr., Danny Vogel, Jr., and Todd Ponce.
Lap 11 sees Mike Haney with problems as he slows on the frontstretch and is stopped at a dead standstill. The yellow is thrown for Haney’s hurt machine. The race goes back green on lap 12 with 18 cars running.
It is a single file restart as Daugharty leads the way over Gamble, Vogel, Jr., Hall, Sr., and Ponce. Ponce puts the heat on Hall, Sr. and takes over fourth as Hall, Sr. goes to fifth. Gamble puts the heat on Daugharty on lap 13 but Daugharty will have nothing to do with it and holds on to the point keeping Gamble in second. It is Daugharty on the bottom and Gamble on the top
but Daugharty holds on to the point.
The caution comes out on lap 18 for Ponce who has spun off turn 4. Ponce rejoins the field in the rear for the restart. The field is realigned for the restart but it is a bad start as Ken Hall, Sr. tries to make it two wide and it is a single file restart.
At this time, Ponce takes his car to the pits, done for the night. Daugharty once again holds the point on the green followed by Vogel, Jr., Gamble, Hall, Sr., and Shead. Lap 18 sees Gamble and Hall, Sr. get together in turn 1. Hall’s hood goes flying in the air as Gamble has a flat tire. Both are done for the night after a very good run.
Fourteen cars are now left for the restart as Daugharty leads the way over Vogel, Jr., Shead, Garret Stewart, and Richard Wells, Jr. Daugharty, who has been nicknamed “The Destroyer” takes the checkered followed by Danny Vogel, Jr., Steve Shead, Garret Stewart, and Richard Wells, Jr.
Alan Peacock, Shaun Daugharty, and Ken Hall, Sr. took the heat wins.
Next Saturday, April 4, it is 4 for 44 night at Volusia with Daytona Dodge Chrysler Late Models, Budweiser Modifieds, Taylor Racing Products Sportsman and the UMP DIRTcar Street Stocks. The 4 for $44 package includes admission for 4 adults PLUS 4 hot dogs and 4 iced teas or coffee.