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Two Citrus Speedway Officials Tops In Florida Short Track Racing

April 21st, 2009

Inverness, Fl.- If variety in racing is your cup of tea than Citrus County Speedway was the place to be Saturday night. Five regular divisions and four traveling series filled up the pits with 159 cars and provided a show that went from the DeSoto Champ Karts right up to the Open Wheel Modifieds. Also Tom Sherrill’s Florida Short Track Report web and internet broadcast team was on hand to honor Larry MacMillan as Florida Short Track Announcer of the Year and Brent Fults as the Florida Short Track Flagman of the Year, as voted by the fans in January. Joining the two local track officials was 12 year old Daniel Miller out of Tavares driving in the Bass Champions Challenge Series who won the Rookie of the Year as voted by the fans in December.

It wasn’t just another night at the speedway with unusual action in all divisions. With 10 features to run and heat races in most divisions it was a busy, busy night and we beat the 11 o’clock curfew by 25 minutes. Open Wheel Modifieds were added to the race card last Saturday night with the Mod Squad running a non points race this week. Only 10 cars made the show after a 22 car field last week. Robbie Cooper moved from 6th at the start to Victory Lane in their 40 lap feature only run. Dwayne Dempsey started  9th and was challenging for the lead when Cooper made the late pass when Mark Nelson and Keith Elliot had a run in on turn 1 ending their night in the late laps. Dempsey settled for second with Curtis Neumann crossing the line in his tire tracks. Billy Bechtelheimer Bobby Blake and former Mini Stock driver Ron Armillie made his rookie appearance in the Modifieds.

Dr. Mark Fallows was the man of the night in the Street Stock division as he launched his #007 from 6th to the point and held off the charges of Bubba Martone and David Foster in the final run for the flag for his first win of the season. Rounding out the top five were Rick Shahid and Brandon Elwood. A major crash occurred when Richie Smith lost power trying to make a run from the back of the pack to finish in the top 5 almost coming to a complete stop at the start finish line. Tim Alexander also coming from the back after a caution flag sent both cars to the rear came full bore on the outside lane trying to gain some position at the finish line crashed into the rear end of  Richie’s car pushing Richie into turn one and Tim came to a stop 15 to 20 feet behind. Both cars suffered major damage. Ritchie was taken to Citrus Memorial Hospital and at last word spent the night with possible back and rib injuries. Heat winners were Jay Witfoth and Tim Alexander.

The Pure Stock feature saw Curtis Flanagan launch his racer out of 5th to the point in short order and just totally smoke the whole 22 car field. He was leading by over a half lap when the caution came out for Tommy Smith getting caught up in a crash on turn one late in the race losing a left rear wheel in the collision ending his night and tightening up the whole field for the restart. No problem for Curtis who took the green for the restart and continued on to Victory Lane by a wide margin. The rest of the pack fought for positions in the final laps and pole sitter Glen Colyer made his best finish of the year in 2nd followed by Rick Shahid, Drew Matissek and John Drye taking the top five spots. Alex Wilder and Flanagan took their heat wins.

Twenty Two Four Cylinder Bombers made their 6th run of the season and Anthony LaPoint popped to the top of the points’ standings with his first career win. Bryson Ward drove from his 8th starting position and took advantage of a couple of wrecks that put him in a run for second at the checkered flag. Phil Edwards drove from 9th to third over last week’s winner Mike Ogren who started 22nd followed by 3rd starter Josh Fairchild who held the early lead and looked strong before his tires started giving way. Heat winners were Bryson Ward, Phil Edwards and Richard Kuhn.

The make up V8 Thunder Stock feature opened the night at 5:05 p.m. Levi Roberts made short work of the 15 car field as he went from the back to the front in the 20 lap race showing the patience of an experienced driver dealing with an entire rookie division. Cody Stickler, Arden Franklin, Shane Goff and Abe Lord rounded out the top five in the first race. In their regularly scheduled race, 20 cars took the green flag with 6th starter Randy Werstein out running Arden Franklin who was going for his 3rd win of the season chasing him across the line in second. Ron Sellers III locked down third over Cody Stickler and Thomas McKay.

Thirty one DeSoto Champ Karts took on the Citrus 3/8ths mile race course and put on one heck of a show running 4 and 5 wide throughout the race. This is a scorers’ nightmare from the tower and both tower and infield scorers had trouble keeping up with these Karts that usually are scored on transponders. Tracy Wilson was top shoe when all was said and done winning the 20 lap feature over Robin Pope and Dustin Chisholm who swapped that lead position on three different occasions in the final laps. One real bad crash into the front straight wall by Maurice Belcourt wrecked the car and the driver limped away.

Moving up to a little larger racer, 14 Mini Cup cars saw Jacob Calloway and Mike Holt take the wins in their heats races. When the checkers flew in their 20 lap main event Brady Marshal showed his muscle in the final laps for the win followed by Jacob Calloway, Mike Holt, Rick Cline Jr. and Rick Cline Sr. rounding out the top five. These little NASCAR look alikes will be making quite a few appearances at Citrus this season.

Daniel Miller the fans favorite for Rookie of the Year showed the Bass Champions Challenge Series just why he is a driver to contend with. Daniel started 7th in the 15 car field and took the point before the halfway point in their 40 lap main and was practically pushed across in the line by 13th starter Paul White when the checkers flew. Rounding out the top five were Brandon Williamson, Harvey Johnson and Jarrett Snowden. Jarrett Snowden won the heat race.

There were only 8 cars in the Florida Open Wheel Lites but plenty of action to keep the fans entertained. Rick Lundeen made the whole field aware of his presence as he overcame several runs at his lead but no one was able to overcome his strategy. Jeff Ripley went for the lead off turn three got into the low groove and the rumple strips that had him roll his car three times. After they put it back up on all four wheels he kept on going from the rear of the field and came back to follow runner up John Godwin across the line for a third place finish. Sonny O’Sullivan and Ray Gonzalez III rounded out the top five.

Wrapping up the month of April the Checkered Flag Sprints come to put on a big show along with Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, 4 Cylinder Bombers and the Bass Pro Challenge cars are back in action.

Mike Lawhorn Wins Curry Roofing Mini 100

April 13th, 2009

(Inverness, Fl.) In what was billed as the 1st Annual Curry Roofing Modified Mini Stock 100, 35 of the best in Florida made the trip to Citrus County Speedway Saturday night. Time trials put Robbie Yoakam on the fast track in qualifying, winning the Dennis Jones Race Cars $50 fast qualifier bonus.  He pulled the #18 pill inverting the top 18 qualifiers putting Mike Burke Jr. and Ronnie Allen on the pole and Clint Foley and Yoakam right in the middle of the 34 starters. Scotty Sharpe was unable to get his car running and did not start the race. When the green flew Mike Lawhorn made his way from third to first in the first few laps, setting the pace through the first 50 laps while the rest of the field tried to make their way through heavy traffic and battling numerous caution flags through lap 50 when the mandatory caution came out. The drivers and pit crews were limited to what they could do to their cars other than check tire pressures and refuel for the final 50 laps. Due to time limitations on the noise curfew the next five laps were run 1 at a time due to crashes before time ran out and the race was given the checkered flag at lap 55. Mike Lawhorn led 52 laps and picked up the winner’s purse plus and extra $400 in lap bonus money and several bonus prizes in his first win of the season. Three former Citrus Champions chased him to the finish line with Jim Smith, Robbie Yoakam and Clint Foley finishing in that order. By virtue of being sent to the rear on one of the early caution flags Foley picked up the Karnac.Com Hard Charger award with his 4th place finish. Rounding out the top ten were Rick Sirmons, George Neumann, James Ellis, Mike Bell, outside pole sitter Ronnie Allen and Jesse Henley.

Twenty two Open Wheel Modifieds made for quite a show in their 40 lap feature event plus three heat races. Ritchie Smith locked onto the point when the green flag flew and never let go despite several cautions flags. Keith Lilley made his first appearance at Citrus pay off putting the heat on Smith several times from his 4th starting position but when the checkers flew he settled for a solid second. Eighth starter Mike Wilson made his way through traffic to claim a third place finish over Mark Nelson who now holds the season point lead after 2 races. Jay Coleman started fifth and finished fifth to round out the top five. Heat wins went to Doug Miller, Curtis Neumann and Billy Bechtelheimer.                

Only 12 Sportsmen made the show and had to settle for a 25 lap feature race. JoJo Viverito wasted little time jumping from 3rd to the point to set the pace all the way to the checkered flag.  Tom Posavec came off the outside pole and just didn’t have enough to catch Viverito. Mike Veltman came with a new #5 on the side of his racer and moved from 10th to finish third ahead of Joey Catarelli who put the heat on in the final laps and leads the points after 4 weeks with 4 top five finishes. Ernie Reed moved from 7th to 5th to round out the top five.

Four Cylinder Bombers came to race with 18 cars registered. Sonya Heater set the pace in the early going off the outside pole coming off two wins at Bronson Speedway and the young lady is coming into her own at Citrus. Mike Ogren started 13th on his return to Citrus and proved that a front wheel drive can win making his pass on Sonya in the late laps to take the checkered flag being chased by defending Champion Richard Kuhn and Sonya holding out for third. Anthony LaPoint and Chris Eberly, in his new ride, rounded out the top five. Heat winners were Tim Scalise and Bobby Richardson. 

Tommy Smith made an exciting race out of the 19 car Pure Stock 20 lap feature, going for his 4th win out of five races only to come up short by one spot from his 18th starting spot. Drew Matissek launched his racer out of his third starting spot and set the pace for the entire 20 laps for his first win of the season. John Drye drove his way from 17th to third in a great run through traffic to lock down third ahead of Victor Shahid and brother Rick Shahid who stayed in the top five throughout the race from their front row starting positions.  Cory Swanston won the first heat and showed some promise in the feature until he crashed on the front straight ending his night. Tommy Smith locked down the win in the second heat.              

In the first race of the season Figure 8’s showed up in strength with 18 racers going for the intersection action. Robbie Aaron and John Baranauskas put on a terrific dual for the entire race coming off the front row and setting the pace all the way despite numerous red flags for wrecks along the way. Aaron took the win with Baranauskas right on his bumper at the checkered flag. Charlie Meyer held out for third after running second in the early going. Cliff Rousseau worked his way from 8th to 4th at the finish line followed by Eric Sharrone who started 12th in the line up.

The 11 o’clock curfew postponed the V8 Thunder Stock feature until next week. Added to the program will be the Open Wheel Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, 4 Cylinder Bombers, the Bass Pro Challenge, Florida Open Wheel Lites, DeSoto Champ Karts and Mini Cup cars. Also Tom Sherrill will present the awards from Florida Short Track Report to Florida Short Track Flagger of the Year Brent Fults and Florida Short Track Announcer of the Year Larry MacMillan during intermission. Joining them will be Daniel Miller the Rookie of the Year as voted by the fans and race teams during the month of December on the internet and he will be racing in the Bass Pro Challenge Saturday night.

Speedway Restarts Season with School Bus Figure 8′s

March 31st, 2009

Inverness, Fl. 3/28/09 – Citrus County Speedway restarted its 54th racing season with a loaded program that had the fans on their feet and ready to go racing. After a three week hiatus the Sportsman, Street Stock, Mini Stock and 4 Cylinder Bombers were more than ready to ride. The fans also got a look at racing history as the Daytona Antique Racing Association brought in race cars from back in the day so we old folks could reminisce about the good old days. The highlight of the night were the Figure 8 School Bus Races and the Boat Trailer race which had the crowd really worked up. During intermission 8 motorcyclists put on a demonstration that just added to the excitement of a wild restart to the 2009 racing season.

A short field of Sportsmen were unable to get enough cars to run heats so they raced in a 25 lap feature race with a 9 car field.
Former champion Mike Veltman is back in form after taking a year off and he set the pace from the green flag off the pole starting spot and Jo Jo Viverito gave him a side by side race for the first ten laps. Meanwhile Bobby Ervien worked his way from 6th to 3rd to join the mix for the top spot. They were 3 wide at one point when Ervien got the low groove and took the point and the win for his first of the year. Veltman had his hands full for the rest of the race to hold on to a second place finish just ahead of Joie Catarelli who worked his way from 7th in an attempt to finish 2nd for the third time this season and holds the point lead after 3 races. Rounding out the top 5 were Ernie Reed and Jo Jo Viverito.

The NAPA Auto Parts Street Stock 20 lap feature saw 16 cars take the green flag and pole sitter Steven Hise took the point from the get go and left the field in his dust for the entire race despite a couple of caution flags that took away large leads. David Foster started 7th and managed to work his way to second early in the race being chased by 15th starter Richie Smith who found his way into second when the checkered flag flew. Foster held out for third followed by 8th starter Dr. Mark Fallows and Rick Shahid rounding out the top five. Fallows took the win in the first heat race and David Foster locked down the second heat win.

Eighteen Mini Stocks came out getting prepared for a big Curry Roofing 100 lap special on April 11th. Robbie Yoakam and Clint Foley went into the 3 week break coming off top three finishes putting them at the back of the pack for the start. Mike Lawhorn and Mark Powers had a match race going for the point when the green flag flew for their 20 lap main. Powers looped his racer in the early going with Lawhorn inheriting the point. Meanwhile Robbie Yoakam and Clint Foley worked their way through heavy traffic to put on a big run for Victory Lane in the final laps. Clint locked down the point and wouldn’t give it up for his first win of the season followed by point leader Robbie Yoakam. Mark Powers maneuvered his way from the back of the pack after his spin to salvage a third place finish followed by James Ellis and Mike Lawhorn. Ironically the finishing car numbers on the score board were 7, 8 and 9 in that order. Foley and Yoakam shared the heat wins.

Twenty 4 Cylinder Bombers made the restart to the season rather interesting with the top three finishers getting a great starting
position with Phil Edwards and Jeff Eberly showing a lot of muscle in what turned out to be a three car run for the checkered flag.
Edwards came off the pole and was looking for his 1st win of the season while celebrating his birthday. Nathan Florian fell in behind Edwards and raced in a side by side run for the point with Eberly. At one point the three drivers were 3 wide when Florian managed to take the point and go on to win his second feature of the young season. Edwards settled for a solid second just ahead of Jeff Eberly. Meanwhile the battle for 4th, 5th and 6th, raged on behind the front three with Chris Snow outrunning Bobby Richardson and Josh Fairchild. Chris Snow and Florian took the heat wins and Florian comes out of week four with a 15 point lead in the race for the championship.

Turning back the racing hands of time the Daytona Antique Racing Association brought in 7 Midgets, 13 Stocks and 5 Sprint Cars and brought back a lot of memories for us old timers. Myron Cost took the win in the Midget heat race and Jerry Paquin took the win in the 15 lap feature. Frank Lendhart was top shoe in the Stock division winning his heat and the 15 lap feature with Pat McNair right on his rear bumper at the finish line. Shirley Morden won the second heat. And Dave Jarrett, Jay Yanke and Roy Campbell swapped the lead between them at least 10 times in their 15 lap Sprint race with Jarrett coming up with the win followed by Campbell and Yanke.

Travis Nichols held off the 16 Figure 8 School buses in the first of two races for the entire 20 laps. He battled with Mack Kersey for most of the race before Kersey lost power and parked it at the top of turn 3. Mike Gamache worked his way from 13th to hold out for a second place finish over Mike Hinde and Larry Triana. Fifteen buses took the green flag for race number 2 with Robbie Aaron taking the point from the outside pole and looked like he was going to run away with it until slower traffic bottled up the intersection and took the front end off of Robbie’s bus. Following that caution Dwayne Fults and Dustin Aaron ran into each other putting Dustin on his side just off turn two. On the restart Robbie’s father in law known as the Admiral was caught up in a three bus wreck and putting Pop on his side. He was able to walk away from that wreck. Only three busses were still running when Dwayne Fults took the checkered flag for the win. The only other bus in the lead lap was Gene Gamache and one lap down was Desperado Tom.

Eight of nine Boat Trailer racers took the green flag and Larry Welter Sr. left the rest of the field in his dust weaving in and out
of the slower cars with only one problem when his trailer turned over, then righted itself. He had lapped all but two cars when he
came off turn four looking at the checkered flag when his trailer became disconnected just 30 yards from the finish line taking him
out of the race. Thomas Peak came home with his boat gone but his trailer in tact for the surprise win followed by the only other car in the lead lap Don Welter and Wayne Calkins who held out for third. What a finish to a wild night.

Next Saturday the Super Late Models get back into business for their first points race of the year. Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, V8 Thunder Stocks and Mini Cup Cars round out the race card in week six of the 2009 season.

Larry MacMillan – P.R.

Neumann Takes Flag To Flag Win in L.M. 75

March 5th, 2009

(Inverness, Fl.) Citrus County Speedway closed out the first month of the 2009 season with the Super Late Models making
their first appearance of the year in a 75 lap special feature. Time trials set up the starting lineup with Dustin DesChamp taking his #51 hot rod through the clocks at a fast lap of 13.88 seconds and taking the United Speed World $100 bonus money. Herb Neumann Jr. won the pole starting position over the ten car field and from the drop of the green flag set the pace right to Victory Lane. DesChamp locked onto Neumann from the get go but give up the second spot to second fast qualifier Scott Grossenbacher after the first 15 laps. DesChamp chased Grossenbacher and hung onto third through several caution flags before he was being pressed by Dale Sanders who managed to avoid Dustin spinning off turn four bringing on a caution sending him to the rear of the field. Sanders locked onto third and held off the charges of Ron Lofquist right to the checkered flag. Rounding out the rest of the field in the finish order was John Gerstner, Dustin DesChamp, Todd Brown, Randy Plantz and Patrick Mennenga. Jeremy Gerstner gave up his ride to his brother John after the qualifying run left John’s car sidelined.

Ernie Reed came off the pole, set the pace for the 13 car field and picked up his first win of the season in the Sportsman 25 lap
feature. 2008 Figure 8 Champion Joey Catterelli worked his way from 11th to put the heat on Reed in the final laps for his second place finish for the second time in the early season that put him at the top of the points’ standings in his rookie year in the division. Bobby Ervien rolled from 9th to a third place finish followed by Mike Veltman who trails Catterelli by 4 points in the race for the crown. Defending Champion Tom Posavec started 5th and finished 5th as the competition is really flexing their horsepower early in the season. Sportsman only had 13 cars registered with a minimum of 14 required to run heat races.

Mike Stallnaker proved to be the man to beat in their 20 lap main event over the 19 car Street Stock field after taking the win in the first heat. On the pill draw Mike got a 5th starting position and had his work cut out for him to get the lead in a battle with pole sitter Mike Ruff and then assuming the lead when Tim Quick ran into mechanical problems while leading the race and pulling into the pits. Richie Smith won the second heat and after his win last week had to start at the rear of the field but as usual he worked his way through heavy traffic to lock down a second place finish. Point leader Jay Witfoth who won the first race of the year picked up a third place finish and holds a 3 point lead in their race for the 2009 championship. Dr. Mark Fallows started 10th and gave the front runners a run for the money in a race car that was questionable to even start during practice. Runner up in the points race Mike Ruff held onto the top five to round out the top five finishers.

It was a three car battle royal in the Mini Stock race for the checkers in their 20 lap feature run. Robbie Yoakam, James Ellis and
Clint Foley locked horns in the early going before Robbie went to the point and set the pace for the majority of the race for his
second win of the season and 9 point lead early in the run for the crown. Clint Foley gave him a run for his money but had to settle for second after taking the win in his heat. Clint trails Robby in the points’ race by 9 points. James Ellis came off the pole and managed to hold out for a third place finish over first heat winner Johnathon Camp and Mark Powers who ran a distant 5th.

Rounding out the night of point’s action was a 20 car field of 4 Cylinder Bombers. Sonya Heater launched her car from her 3rd
starting spot to the point after a side by side battle with Chris Snow who crashed early in a hard hit into the wall on turn 4. Her
next competitor was Anthony LaPoint who had to ride the outside lane for quite a while before he let Sonya take the lead. Meanwhile defending champion Richard Kuhn drove through heavy traffic from his 16th starting spot to put the heat on before making the pass for the win in lap 18 and again is at the top of the point’s ladder. Sonya finished second only to lose the position in post race inspection. Bryson Ward stayed in the top five throughout the race and inherited a 2nd place finish by virtue of the D.Q. Anthony LaPoint held out for third followed by Jeff Eberly and Shaun Cater. Heat winners were Bryson Ward and John DeGeorge.

Doug Rose turned up the heat with the Green Mamba Jet blasting away a derelict car that put on quite a fireworks display that the fans really enjoyed. You might say that the car was well done after Doug hit the after burner several times before he really cooked the car. His jet dragster was stolen 3 years ago and when he got it back it was in pieces. He had to totally restore it after it was stolen to get back into business.

Citrus County Speedway will be dark for the next three weeks while the County Fair lights up the midway and gets underway with numerous activities. The season will restart on the 28th of March with Figure 8 School Bus and Boat Trailer Races which are always popular with the fans. The Daytona Antique Racing Association will make their first trip to Citrus. Sportsmen, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks and 4 Cylinder Bombers will restart their 54th racing season at the historic venue.

Smith Brothers Take 2 Citrus Feature Wins

February 25th, 2009

Three weeks into the 2009 Citrus County Speedway racing season 102 race drivers put on a super show for some hard
core race fans who stuck it out through another cold night. Four regular local divisions were joined by two traveling series and you would have thought they were in midseason form going for the crown.

Twenty two Street Stocks managed to go for the entire 20 laps after their caution flagged shortened race of last week. The House of Pain race team certainly showed their dominance with Richie Smith turning up the RPM’s in his first Street Stock race of the season from his 8th starting spot and took the point in a few laps. He spent the rest of the race holding off hot shoes like 4th starter Jeff Stalnaker Jr., outside pole sitter David Foster, 6th starter Mike Stalnaker and 5th starter Dr. Mark Fallows to round out the top five at the checkered flag. Jay Witfoth put together the first win of the season and an 8th place finish from his 21st starting spot to share the early point lead with Mike Ruff who finished 2nd last week and 5th this week. Also tied for the top spot after two weeks is David Foster with a 5th place finish paired with his 3rd place finish this week. Heat winners were Richie Smith, Brent Cooper and Mike Stalnaker.

Four Cylinder Bomber action proved to be a highlight Saturday night with four of 18 starters battling for the win in side by side racing throughout their 20 lap feature run. Phil Edwards took the early lead and held on for the first 5 laps before giving up the lead. Nathan Florian battled with John DeGeorge until Justin Durbin made his way from 16th to the front of the pack finishing second to Florian and losing the spot in post race inspection. Defending Champion Richard Kuhn started 17th and again went to the top of the point’s ladder inheriting a 2nd place finish for the second week in a row after the D.Q. Phil Edwards stayed in the top five throughout the race and held on for a 3rd place finish ahead of John DeGeorge and Anthony LaPoint. Tim Scalise and LaPoint posted heat wins in week 2 of the Bomber division season.

Pole sitter Mike Hinde was up on the wheel in his Pure Stock racer for the first time this season. Richie Smith had taken the #142 to the winner’s circle last week and it looked like it would make it again until the final five laps in their 20 lap main event. Tommy
Smith moved from his 12th starting spot to put the pressure on his sponsor before Mike spun under the pressure in the final two laps. Experience was the winner with Smith taking the win after a 2nd place finish last week and the first win of the season moving him to the top in the Pure Stock Point’s race. Curtis Flanagan made his way from 18th to second riding in the tire tracks of Smith when the checkers flew. Bill Ryan started ninth and finished 3rd with Michael Martin locking in a 4th place finish on his first ride of the season. Chuck Franklin stayed in the top five right to the finish for all 20 laps. Heats winners were Tommy Smith, Bill Ryan and Curtis Flanagan.

The V8 Thunder Stock Rookies have run all three weeks of the season and have 3 different winners. After a second place finish last week Levi Roberts patiently picked his way from 14th to the point late in their main event and took his first win ever. The other two winners, Mathew Harris and Arden Franklin did their best to hold off the young 14 year old rookie and had to settle for 2nd and third in that order. Chris Watson and Scott Werstein rounded out the top five and could be a couple of rookies to watch through the season. Three wins by any one driver will move them up to Pure Stocks and begin racing for points.

The Florida Mini Cup Series brought in 16 of the Sprint Cup look alikes at a much smaller scale but they put on a very competitive
show. Mike Holt took the #24 Jeff Gordon look alike off the pole and held the lead for 5 laps before Brady Marshall launched the #20 to the point to take the field right to the checkered flag with numerous battles going on for position behind them. Brenton Franklin moved from 8th to a second place finish followed by Mike Holt who stayed in the top five throughout the race. Rick Cline Jr. held off Carlos Pinto in the Jimmy Johnson #48 look alike to round out the top five. Heat wins went to Corey White in the Carl Edwards #77 and Mike Holt.

The Bass Champions Challenge series saw Daniel Miller use up most of the 35 lap feature before he took the lead and the win ahead of Jarrett Snowden, Lanny Rubink, Paul White and Rowdy Gordon. Daniel Miller also took the heat win from his 9th starting position.

Next Saturday will be the finale at Citrus before the Citrus County Fair break and the early 4 weeks of the season will go out with a bang. Doug Rose will bring in his Green Mamba Jet, chain a derelict car to the back of his dragster, light up the afterburner and put on a fireworks display that will really warm up the speedway and blow the derelict car away. Super Late Models will see their first race of the season joined by the Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks and 4 Cylinder Bombers. The restart of the 2009 season will be on March 28th with the School Bus Figure 8′s, Boat Trailer Race plus Sportsman, Mini Stock, Street Stocks, 4 Cylinder Bombers and the Daytona Antique Racing Association in action.

Curtis Neumann Launches Citrus Modified Season With Win

February 18th, 2009

Inverness, Fl.– One hundred ten race cars in six divisions fired up week two of Citrus County Speedway’s 54th season on a cool
night of hot racing. The Modifieds, 4 Cylinder Bombers and Sportsmen divisions took on the 3/8ths mile oval for their first race of the year in the abbreviated kick off to the 2009 season. Citrus will race through February 28th before taking a 3 week hiatus for the Citrus County Fair activities. Opening ceremonies took time out for a moment of remembrance to David LaPearle who passed away on Friday at the age of 60. David is a former Late Model driver at the speedway, was very active with the Citrus County Fair board and was instrumental in getting a go kart series running at the track and promoting the Annual Antique Tractor and Truck Pull at the Fairgrounds which just wrapped up a very successful 10th year show at the Fairgrounds.

Open Wheel Modifieds opened their season with a 20 car field of heavy hitters and the ultimate outcome was a repeat of the last race of the year in 2008. Robbie Cooper, Mark Nelson and Billy Bechtelheimer took the wins in the first 3 heat races and on the
pill draw Troy Robinson and Curtis Neumann won the pole slots. When the green fell on the 40 lap feature Troy Robinson won the drag race into turn one and two as the front row ran side by side for the first couple of laps. Several caution flags slowed the action down due to minor crashes but the front end of the field was not affected with Robinson setting the pace with Neumann and Robbie Cooper in pursuit until the final 10 laps. The front three mixed it up with Neumann making the pass on Robinson and then holding off a late charge by Cooper leaving Robinson to finish third behind the two front runners. Rounding out the top 5 were Mark Nelson and Billy Bechtelheimer. Looks like a great season ahead for the Mod Squad at Citrus.

Fourteen Sportsmen opened their season with the heats won by Jo Jo Viverito and Mike Veltman coming back strong after taking most of last year off. Matt Blum won the pole on the pill draw and set the pace from the drop of the green flag to the checkered flag being pressed at the line by sixth starter Joey Catterelli who won the Figure 8 Championship in 2008 taking his first ride in the Sportsman division. Mike Veltman came off the outside pole and managed to hold off the rest of the field for a third place finish followed by 2008 points runner up Bobby Ervien and 2008 Point Champion Tom Posavec rounding out the top five.

Mini Stocks had a fifteen car field for the feature run and had trouble running 2 laps throughout the scheduled 20 lap main without
a caution flag coming out. This was their second week in the season points run and it looked like opening night jitters got the best of them when the time limit ran out on them and the race was cut to 15 laps. Travis Hoefler looked like he was on his way to his first Mini tock win but Brandon Strevels took it away from him on the restart into lap 13 for the win and Travis had to settle for second over 7th starter Paul Combast, 13th starter Mike Lawhorn and 15th starter Robbie Yoakam who took the first win of the season last week. Heat wins went to James Ellis and Robbie Yoakam.

A lot of the Pure Stocks are still in the reconditioning stage after the 2008 season but the field was loaded with talent and 23 cars started the feature. Richie Smith was pulling double duty again but had the success he was looking for in Mike Hinde’s #142 for his first win of the season. He started sixth pulled up behind pole sitter Cory Swanston and followed him for 18 laps before getting down to business in the final two laps and taking away the win at the checkered flag. Cory pulled up second but lost that position in tech inspection for an illegal steering box giving the spot to Drew Matissek. Curtis Flanagan moved up to third from his 11th starting position and was in the mix for the top 3 at the finish line. Rounding out the top five were Tommy Smith who moved from his 19th starting position and Richard Dinkins. Heat winners were Richie Smith and Richard Dinkins.

The scheduled 20 lap main for the 4 Cylinder Bombers was another race that just couldn’t outrun the clock and only got 10 laps in. Tim Scalise took the green flag and exploded a motor in turn one making for a long cleanup. On the restart the 19 car field
definitely wanted to win their first race of the year in the first lap. Caution after caution came out for a tough start to the
beginning of their season. When the mayhem was all over Shaun Cater out dueled Justin Durbin for the lead in lap 9 and continued on to Victory Lane with 2008 Champion Richard Kuhn giving him all the heat he could handle in the run for the checkers. Kuhn settled for a second place finish after winning the first heat followed by Justin Durbin, Nathan Florian and John DeGeorge. Richard Kuhn and Shaun Cater logged the heat wins.

Eighteen V8 Thunder Stock Rookies closed out the evening of racing with Arden Franklin picking up the lead in lap 6 and winning his first 20 lap main event. Early leader Darrell Demonbreun recovered from two minor wrecks to hold out for second followed by Matthew Harris, Thomas McKay and Ron Sellers III.

Next Saturday will see the Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, V’8 Thunder Stocks, 4 Cylinder Bombers, Bass Pro Challenge and the Mini Cup cars putting on the show for week 3 of the Citrus County Speedway racing season.

Closing out the first four weeks of the season on February 28th will be Doug Rose in the Green Mamba Jet Dragster completely blowing away a derelict car that makes for quite a fireworks show. The Super Late Models will run their first race of the year along with the Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks and 4 Cylinder Bombers. The Speedway will take a three week hiatus for the Citrus Co. Fair and restart on March 28th with the first of three scheduled School Bus Figure 8 and Boat Trailer races
this season plus The Daytona Antique Racing Association will put on a show with the Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks and 4 Cylinder Bombers restarting their 2009 point race and running right on through November 14th.

Super Sprint David Steele Wins TBARA Opener at Citrus

February 13th, 2009

Inverness, Fl. If the car count in the TBARA Sprint Car season opener is any indication of what is to come in 2009 then they
are going to have a terrific season ahead. Thirty of these high speed winged rockets turned up the horsepower qualifying for their
24 car 30 lap feature. Three heats and a B main later Bo Hartley took the pole and set the early pace with 5th starter David Steele took his time moving around the front four with Hartley spinning off turn 3 & 4 to bring on a caution sending him to the rear of the field. Steele finished off the rest of the field on the restart despite pressure from runner up Troy DeCaire to go on to take the first win of the season for the TBARA 2009 season. Two bad wrecks marred the high speed qualifying and main event. Ben Fritz seemed to have the B Main under control from the green flag until he and Wendy Mathis connected going into turn one putting Fritz up on the wall which he rode for about 100 feet before going over in his brand new ride that suffered a lot of damage. In the feature Bo Hartley took a wild ride from the rear of the field over the turn 2 wall rolling in mid air but was able to walk away from the scary wreck. Joey Aquilar, D.J. Hoelzle, Gary Gimmler, Dakotah Stephens, Mickey Kempgens, Shane Butler, Larry Brazil and Blaze Martin locked in the top ten spots at the checkered flag.

Seventy seven local racers opened up the season for 4 of the regular divisions that will be racing for points in 2009. Twenty eight cars took the green flag for the Street Stock first feature of the year and it looked like a demolition derby from the get go. Jay Witfoth launched his racer off the pole and managed to avoid the mayhem that brought out 10 caution flags in the first 10 laps before time ran out on the scheduled 20 lap or 20 minute race for the win. Mike Ruff, Tim Alexander, Brett Jenkins and David Foster locked in the top ten spots. Heat wins went to Witfoth, Jason Murphree and Frank Stromquist.

Mini Stocks brought in 14 cars which set them up for a 25 lap feature only. Robbie Yoakam started 10th but wasted no time
challenging 7th starter Clint Foley in a run for the checkers in the late going. They battle for 5 laps in a side by side battle before
Robbie put the hammer down an took the win in their first point’s race of the year. Foley settled for second followed by 14th starter Mike Lawhorn 4th starter Mark Powers who was involved in 4 car wreck in the early going. Chris Harvey locked down a 5th place finish from his 9th starting spot.

Tommy Smith flew from 18th to Victory Lane in the first Pure Stock point race of the season while pole sitter James Peters looked like he was going to put the 22 car field away from the drop of the green but had to settle for second at the finish line. Chad Markland stayed in the top five throughout the race and finished third ahead of Richie Smith who started 17th and Cory Swanston settled for fifth after winning the second heat. Smith took the win in the first heat.

Fourteen Rookies showed up for their first race of the year in the V8 Thunder Stock division. Pole sitter Mathew Harris took a flag to flag win while the rest of the field fought to feel out the track and gain some confidence in their driving skills in traffic. Levi
Roberts looked like a pro weaving his way through the traffic from his 11th starting spot to put pressure on the leader right to the
checkered flag for a second place finish. Jamie Shahid started third and finished third ahead of Richard Wilder in his first ride with
Chris Watson rounding out the top five.

The Desoto Champ Kart Series brought in 20 karts and put on a 20 lap show and they worked the 3/8th mile oval at full throttle throughout their main event. Romay Venta took the win in both his heat and the feature with Dustin Chisholm in hot pursuit at the finish line. Rounding out the top five were Kender Brown, Troy DeCaire and Phil Harp. Troy did double duty in his sprint car and going back to his beginnings in a go kart.

Rounding out the opening night of racing action were 11 Bass Pro Challenge Cars rolling for a 25 lap main event. Pole sitter Jarrett
Snowden showed the field how to get to Victory Lane as he took the win from flag to flag. Daniel Miller was the only driver that had anything for him and had to settle for a second place finish. Rounding out the top five were Paul White, Jerry Heflin in an Open Wheel Lite from the back end of the pack and Tim Forbes from Canada.

Week two of the 2009 season will feature all local drivers opening up the season for Open Wheel Modifieds and Sportsman division plus Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks, V8 Thunder Stocks and the first race for the 4 Cylinder Bombers. Citrus County Speedway will race through February 28th before taking the off for most of the month of March for the Citrus County Fair. Doug Rose will close out the month of February with the Green Mamba Jet car blowing away a derelict car plus the Super Late Models will see their first race of the season.

Grossenbacher Logs 2nd Consecutive Citrus L.M. Win Chris Harvey Takes Bomber 50 Lap Win

May 6th, 2008

Karl Born and Shawn Evans put on the early show for the lead off the front row until Evans attempted to snatch the lead taking both cars out. Evans was sent to the rear on the restart while Born stayed on the point and was challenged by Richard Kuhn who gave him all the heat he could
handle. Meanwhile young Brandon Watson drove his heart out trying to stay in the top five until he was taken out in a three car crash that ended his night. Chris Harvey was saving the best for last taking the lead from Karl Born in lap 40 and going on to take his third feature win of the season. Born held out for second over Richard Kuhn who took over the point lead in the division with his third place finish. Defending champion Jeff Eberly locked down 4th followed by John DeGeorge, Bryson Ward, Patric Conner, Tim Scalise, Nathan Florian and Phil Edwards to round out the top ten.

Scott Grossenbacher started on the outside pole for the 17 car Late Model field, won the race through turn one and two over pole sitter John Gerstner and proceeded to do a replay of last week’s make up race with a flag to flag win. Herb Neumann Jr. seemed to be the only driver that had anything for Grossenbacher working his way through traffic on the outside groove, finishing second over Dustin DesChamp, Dale Sanders and Daniel Webster. DesChamp and Webster took the wins in their heats.

Scott leads the point race by just 2 points over Herb Neumann showing how evenly matched these to cars are.

Magic Mike Veltman performed his magic again in the Sportsman 20 lap main event, taking his third win in 7 races for the season and leading the points’ race by 15 in the early going. D.J. Macklin led most of the race with Ernie Reed, Tom Posavec and Clint Foley giving him some heat in the first 15 laps. Veltman moved from 7th to make the pass on the outside lane and checked out on the field leaving Macklin to battle with JoJo Viverito, Bobby Ervien and Tom Posavec to the finish line in that order. Viverito and Macklin won their
heat races.

Clint Foley continues to be the top Mini Stocker driving old #7 from 14th when the green dropped to logging his third win of the season over the 16 car field. He had mechanical problems during the practice session prior to the race and finished 5th in his heat. Whatever wrench work they did before the feature worked and he has a comfortable 31 point lead in the race for the championship. George Neumann looked like he was going to repeat his twin wins of last week but he apparently ran into problems and watched Kevin Harrod
and Mark Powers go by before they reached the checkered flag settling for fourth ahead of James Ellis who remained in 5th place for most of the race. Rookie Steve Smith won his very first heat race of his career. Defending champion Steve Griffin picked up the win in the second heat.

Richie Smith hopped into the driver’s seat of rookie driver Mike Heine in his familiar #142 and went from 21st to first when the checkers flew for his first ever Pure Stock win. Now he has a win in every race division at the speedway except the rookie V8 Thunder Stocks and that will never happen. Tim Wilson gave chase but spent the final few laps holding off Wild Bill Ryan in the race for second. Tom Potts beat out Glen Colyer for a fourth place finish. Chad Markland won his first heat race but got caught up in a traffic jam that put him into the turn one wall in the feature ending his night. Tim Wilson and Richie Smith took the wins in the second and third heats.

The #142 car that Richie Smith test drove and put into the winner’s circle in the Pure Stock feature did a repeat performance with V8 Thunder Stock Rookie Mike Heine up on the wheel, starting 18th and winning his very first stock car race on his first outing. Michael Martin drove from 12th to 2nd at the start finish line after Cory Swanston got his 2nd D.Q. of the season and loses all his points. Drew Matissek inherited a 3rd place finish followed by Austin
Roberts and on Brown rounding out the top five.

The Florida Pro Series brought in a short field of 8 cars with Port Saint Lucie’s Ryan Rust taking the win in their 35 lap main. Paul White and Jarrett Snowden took the top three spots after Heat winner J.L. Snowden looped on his run for the win and finally got it going for a fourth place finish.

Next Saturday night will be the Mother’s Day Special featuring a twin 35 lap Open Wheel Modified race spiced up with the wild and crazy Figure 8′s, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks and V8 Thunder Stock Rookies. Bring Mom to the races and put some excitement into your life.

Figure 8 Races Alive and Kicking and Citrus County Speedway

April 30th, 2008

This was also the first time I was able to experience a figure 8 race since Sunshine closed down. Many of the figure 8 drivers at Citrus are the same one’s that raced at Sunshine.

Some familiar names include the Hage family, including Darryl, Robbie, and Bob. Charlie Meyer is also there, who told me he has never had power steering in his car, but might soon, Wayne Calkins is also a regular, Cliff Rousseau with the black 3 car, and the current point’s leader Joey Cattereli. Mike Van Ochton has even made an appearance out there this year.
The race itself was as action packed as ever. They run 20 laps, or 40 times through the x, and the hearts start pounding in the stands, even on the first lap.

The #83 of Neil Herne, the only truck in the field, started on the pole. On his outside was the #11 of Bob Hage. On the drop of the green, the #11 took off ahead of the pack, while the #27 of John Baranauskas, and the #83 of Herne battled door to door for 2nd.

On lap 3, the #83 ended up spinning out over in turn 2 of the track, putting him about half a lap down by the time he got restarted. This made for some close calls through the x as early as lap 4. The #6 of Robert Aaron had also gotten about a half of lap down and was braving the x at full steam, almost crashing into the leaders.

By lap 8, there were figure 8 cars at every corner of the track, with lots of dust and smoke lingering in the x to make it even more exciting for the fans. By lap 14, the leaders had to deal with trying to pass the lapped traffic. The #74 of Robbie Hage was holding on to the lead, while the #15 of Cattereli, and the #14 of Calkins were nipping at his heals. The #6 of Aaron was trying to stay on the lead lap out in front of the #74.

On lap 18, the #15 of Cattereli was able to take the lead away from the #74 and bring home the win.

Citrus County Speedway is located right on Route 41, just north of Brooksville at the Citrus County Fair Grounds.

George Neumann Rolls to a Pair of Citrus Mini Stock Features

April 30th, 2008

Fourteen of the 20 Mini Stocks in the pits were qualified for the rainout from April 5th and kicked off the night with a barn burner that just previewed what the entire night held for the fans. George Neumann wasted no time letting the 14 car rainout field that here was there to conduct some serious business as he launched his racer from 7th to the point in just a few laps and it was “catch me if you can” from there to the checkered flag. Robbie Yoakam and Clint Foley put the heat on for the final 8 laps but didn’t have enough to make
a run for the lead after an 18th lap restart. Young rookie and pole sitter Danny Schlenker took a bad hit on the front wall wiping out the right front suspension and a lot of right side body damage just before the start finish line that would have been the white flag lap. The field tightened up for the restart with a five car run for the lead but Neumann held them off for the final two laps logging his first win of the year over Robbie Yoakam, Clint Foley, James Ellis and Kevin Harrod.

In the regularly scheduled Mini Stock program Neumann continued his dominance taking the win in the first heat and coming back to start 7th again and locking in his second feature win of the night. Hot on his rear bumper in this 20 lapper was Mark Powers who had his best finish of the year. Also Clint Foley was in the mix on the run for the flag but had to settle for third after winning the second heat and continues to hold the top spot in the 2008 point race. Also Kevin Harrod was able to lock down 4th over defending champion Steve
Griffin. It was definitely George Neumann’s night to howl on his march towards a 5th Mini Stock Championship.

The Super Late Models put on a big show with a 20 car starting field and former Champion Scott Grossenbacher drew the outside pole slot for the start of the rained out April 5th Feature. When the green flag flew Scott won the drag race through turn one and two over John Gerstner and set the pace right to the checkered flag with Gerstner riding all the way in his tire tracks. Raymond Lovelady gave it all he had in an attempt at making a run for the lead but had to settle for 3rd at the line. Troy Robinson spent the entire race holding off the rest of the field with Richie Smith coming through traffic to
finish fifth. This was only the third race of the season for the Late Models with 3 different winners and Grossenbacher holds a 2 point lead over Herb Neumann Jr. in the 2008 point lead. Their schedule has been increased and they will be back next Saturday night for a full schedule of heats and feature action.

Clint Foley did double duty Saturday night and has his Sportsman dialed in for his second win in a row and becoming the third driver in the division to get into the win column twice out of the six races they have run in the young season. Tom Posavec inaugurated his new race car with a heat win and a second place finish from his 4th starting spot. Mike Veltman got sent to the rear of the pack on a late caution flag but made a high speed run from the back to
3rd over the 14 car field and putting a little cushion in his point lead. Bobby Ervien, one of the two time winners, finished 4th over JoJo Viverito who also did double duty with his new Late Model in the lineup.

The Street Stocks hit the asphalt running and put on a real barn burner 20 lap main event. The front row was the place to start in most of the races of the night and it was no different here as Jason Murphree logged his second consecutive win from the outside pole in as many weeks. Tim Quick who has three wins under his belt launched his race car from 10th to second putting the heat on Murphree when the checkers flew. David Foster Jr. survived a caution flag that sent him to the rear of the pack, making his way back through
traffic for a 3rd place finish over 8th starter Tim Alexander and Dr. Mark Fallows.

For the second week in a row post race inspection took its toll on the top three in another division. The 4 Cylinder Bombers had 25 cars start and saw young Brandon Watson take his quick VW Rabbit from 6th to Victory Lane for the second week in a row in what appeared to be his third win of the year but he didn’t pull enough vacuum in tech. Mike Ogren would have logged his 2nd win of the year but he also failed the vacuum test. Melissa Hunley pulled up in
third due to Patric Connor jumping the restart and getting penalized 3 spots and she also failed the vacuum test putting Richard Kuhn in the winners circle from his apparent 5th place finish. Connor moved up to second with all the D.Q’s despite his penalty. Rounding out the top five were John DeGeorge, Chris Harvey and Nathan Florian.

Despite a short field the Figure 8′s put on a wild 11 car race and when you consider Joie Catterelli went from last to first in the 20 lap spectacular there was plenty of passing and some very close calls in the intersection. Robbie Hage made a fast move out 6th to snatch the lead away from his dad Bob Hage and set the pace for most of the race from lap 5 to the 19th lap. That’s when Catterelli made the pass for the lead and his second win of the year in their 5th race of the year. Robbie Hage did salvage a second place finish under a whole lot of fire from 3rd place finisher Wayne Calkins, 4th place brother Daryl Hage and Robbie Aaron who made some interesting close passes in the intersection.

Opening up the May, 5 weekend, race schedule next Saturday night the 4 Cylinder Bombers go in a 50 lap special. The Super Late Models are back for the first of three scheduled races in May. Added to the program will be the Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks, V8 Thunder Stocks and the Florida Pro Mini Modified Series.

Tech Inspection Rearranges Pure Stock Finish

April 22nd, 2008

Four out of seven cars ran into problems in the second heat getting DNF’s and the third heat went flag to flag without incident. It was the feature race that really showed what they could do with 20 of 22 cars making it for the green but only 8 were left when the checkers flew. Darrin Miller and Dakotah Stephens took the point on the first two laps of their 30 lap feature while Troy DeCaire marched from his 13th starting spot to take the lead in lap 3. Stephens managed to hang onto DeCaire through lap 7 when Dude Teate moved into 2nd being chased by Stephens and David Steele. Shane Butler got caught up in a three wide traffic jam in lap 9 that left him climbing the one turn wall and putting two cars into the infield that brought on a caution.

On the restart David Steele made the pass on Stephens and then the traffic jam turned into a three car crash at the start finish line that had Stephens upside down against the wall when they were just completing lap 13. Back to lap 12 on the restart and it was a three car dual with Dude Teate on the point and setting the pace for DeCaire, Steele, Jimmy Alvis, Mickey Kempgens, Shane Miller, Darin Miller and Lil Jimmy Alvis the only 8 cars to finish in the lead
lap. Heat wins went the Stan Butler, Dude Teate and Jimmy Alvis.

The local drivers kicked off the night of excitement with the Sportsman making up their rained out feature from the 5th of April. It was a no brainer for Bobby Ervien when the green flag flew as he flashed into the lead on lap one and never looked back leaving Tom Posavec, Ernie Reed, Clint Foley and Mike Veltman to battle it out for position, finishing in that order. The regular feature saw Clint Foley come back after doing some work on his race car in between races and locked onto the point for his 1st win of the season paired
with his 3rd heat win. Mike Veltman moved from the back end of the field settling for a 2nd place finish well behind Foley. Tom Posavec stayed in the mix out running Ernie Reed in the race for 3rd followed by Jo Jo Viverito who also won the 2nd heat race.

Seventeen Street Stocks took the green in their 20 lap main with Jason Murphree wasting no time moving around Kenny May and John Buzinec who dueled for the lead for 3 laps before giving way to Murphree who set the pace all the way to the checkers for his first feature win of the season and his second heat win. Tim Alexander logged another top five finish with his run from 9th to 2nd over Tim Quick who launched from 16th to 3rd in search of his fourth feature win of the season. Frank Stromquist continues to run strong staying
in the top five throughout the race out running Doc James Batson in the run for fourth. Stromquist also won the second heat.

It took three heats to qualify the 25 car 4 Cylinder Bomber field with 14 year old Brandon Watson showing that he and his VW Rabbit are for real, taking the win in the first heat and rolling from 4th to Victory Lane for his second win of the young season. When the jockeying for position was all over Mike Ogren moved from 8th to 2nd when the checkers flew. Chris Harvey lost out on his 3rd place finish in post race inspection putting John DeGeorge in that slot
over Melissa Hunley and Patric Conner. Ogren took the win in the 2nd heat and DeGeorge logged his first heat win in the third heat.

Post race inspection knocked off the top three finishers in the Pure Stock finish. Twenty Four cars took the green flag for their 20 lap feature race and Tom Potts wasted no time jumping from 4th to the point to set the pace all the way to the checkered flag and it all turned out for naught. Potts was D.Q.’d for the second time this season and looses all his points gained and starts from scratch if he continues to run at Citrus this season. Bill Ryan was looking for his 6th win of the season and would have had it if he hadn’t also
fallen to tech inspection for problems with the heads in his racer. Tim Wilson would have picked up his third win of the season by virtue of the D.Q. but he was caught for an illegal cam shaft and he was D.Q.’d also. Jesse Veltman inherited his third win of the season by virtue of the D.Q.’s. Rounding out the top five, all moving up three spots from their original finish were Glen Colyer, Todd Brown, J.D. Goff and Ricky Henick. Heat wins went to John Drye, J.D. Goff and Jesse Veltman.

It was a 17 car crash fest for the V8 Thunder Stock Rookies with new comer James Peters coming from 15th to make his way to the winner’s circle for his first win of the season over Lawrence Wilder, Cotee Clark, Randy Werstein and Josh Long in the MOO Car.

Next Saturday night will see the Stars Truck Series make their first appearance at Citrus County Speedway. Late Models have been added to the schedule to run a make up for their rained out feature on April 5th. Mini Stocks will also run a make up race plus their regularly scheduled heat and feature action. Sportsman, Street Stocks, 4 Cylinder Bombers run in heat and feature action and the wild and crazy Figure 8′s will be doing their Intersection Magic for a 20 lap feature.

Neumann Continues to Roll in Citrus Modified Races

April 14th, 2008

Curtis Neumann had the Mod Squad covered, turning fast qualifying time for the fourth time out of 5 races in 2008 and then pulled the #1 pill taking the pole for their 40 lap feature. When the green flag dropped Curtis won the drag race to turn one and two over Billy Bechtelheimer who stayed with him in a side by side race for several laps before Neumann locked it down for the remaining 36 laps. Meanwhile Robbie Cooper marched through traffic from his 4th starting spot to chase Neumann to the checkered flag followed by hard charger Richie Smith moving from 7th to third. Rounding out the top five were Kurt Jett and Tommy Schnader. Neumann scored his second win of the year and put a little cushion in his early season point lead and definitely has his new race car dialed in for a possible championship in 2008.

Tim Quick is establishing himself as the man to beat in Street Stock action, taking his 3rd feature win of the year and sitting on top of their point race in week 5 of their 2008 season. Twenty one cars took the green for their 20 lap feature run with Quick sitting way back in 18th spot when the green flag flew. Frank Stromquist took the early lead away from Kenny May and held on to the halfway point while the middle and back of the pack moved through traffic to get in the mix in the run for the checkers. When it was all said and
done Tim Quick had the field covered 7th starter Brent Cooper and Doc James Batson in a three car run for the flag. Rounding out he top five were Larry Welter Jr. and Mike Loudy. Heat wins went to David Foster his 4th of the season, Jason Murphree and Dr. Mark Fallows for their first heat wins of the season.

After a rainout last week and a 5 week break for the fair the Mini Stocks finally got to race with a 14 car field making the scene. Another driver who is establishing himself as a contender for the 2008 championship is Clint Foley. He came to make that fact know with a heat win to open up the night and the marching from 12 to first in their 20 lap feature run. George Neumann looked like he might pickup his first win of the season until the final 2 laps of the race when Foley made the pass leaving George to finish in second
followed by 10th starter Robbie Yoakam, Mike Lawhorn and Mark Powers. Neumann locked down his second heat win of the year. They will make up their rain out from last week on April 26th running double features with their regularly scheduled race after a week off next week.

Pure Stocks had to schedule 3 feature races for the night with 24 cars from the rained out feature last week out to make up their race. Thirty three total cars showed for the night and that set up another pair of features instead of running heats and a 33 car feature. In the make up race Tim Wilson rolled from 12th to Victory lane over the 24 car field followed by Jesse Veltman and Wild Bill Ryan who was looking for his 5th straight win but had to settle for
third. Victor Shahid held the early lead but fell back to fourth when the checkers flew followed by John Drye. Tim Wilson managed to make it two wins in a row in the first of the two regular features from his 6th starting position. Jesse Veltman drove from 14th to chase Wilson to the finish line for second again. Steve Hise moved from 12th to third followed by Larry Welter. In feature #3 it was Wild Bill Ryan one more time coming from 14th to first for his 5th win of the year. Victor Shahid again leg the early going but had to
settle for 2nd followed by Chad Markland, James Henick and Aaron Welter.

Despite a short field the 10 car Figure 8 field put on a great show and an unbelievable finish that had the entire field under a cloud of dust right over the intersection due to a last lap wreck off of turn four. When the dust settled John Baranauskas came through with his first win of the season. Wayne Calkins made a late move around early leader Neil Herne for a second place finish followed by Darryl Hage with Clifford Rousseau moving into fourth and Hearne holding out for 5th at the checkers. The fans gave the entire field a
standing ovation for the race they ran.

Rounding out the regular division racing for the night were 22 V8 Thunder Stock Rookies that saw post race inspection change the ultimate outcome. Apparent winner James Peters was D.Q.’d in tech giving the win to point leader Alexander Wilder. Second place was up for grabs also with Cotee Clark getting a D.Q. moving Deric Sharrone into second followed by Ron Sellars III. Austin Roberts who led the first 18 laps got into the wall off turn 4, went down into the infield and got his car back on track salvaging a 4th place finish by virtue of the 2 D.Q.’s. Michael Martin locked down the 5th spot with his 7th place finish.

Fifteen Mini Cup Cars pulled in from all over Florida and it was Zephyrhills’ Devin McLeod’s night to howl with a win in the first heat and taking a wire to wire win in their feature. It was a battle royal behind him for position with Zack Hoyt out Ocala outrunning Sarasota’s Brady Marshall in the run for second. Brenton Franklin from Hillard out ran Vero Beach’s Rick Fiore. All the front four were 16 years old or younger with 43 year old Rick Fiore being the oldest in the front 5 and winning the second heat race.

Wrapping up the visiting series were the Pro Challenge Series with a late run to the front by J.L. Snowden, Rowdy Gordon both of Salt Spring, Fl. taking the top two spots. Paul White hauled in from Eustis taking 3rd spot away from Georgia’s Brandan Williamson who led most of 35 lap race. Rounding out the top 5 was Salt Springs’ Jarrett Snowden. Williamson took the win in their only heat race.

Citrus County Speedway welcomes the new Central Florida Sprints next Saturday night. These 800 horsepower sprinters come in without wings which always presents an interesting race without the down force of the wings to help them stay on the ground. Sportsman will be running a make up rainout feature plus a regular program with the Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, V8 Thunder Stocks and 4 Cylinder Bombers. The Late Models and Mini Stocks will make up their rainout races on Saturday April 26th and an added traveling series the STARS Truck
Series in racing action.

Most Citrus Features Lose to Mother Nature Saturday

April 7th, 2008

Speedway management gave the drivers the option of running an all feature show but they opted for heats and features and unfortunately Mother Nature won that battle.

The schedule called for 6 local divisions and 2 traveling divisions which totaled 14 heat races. The 4 Cylinder Bombers kicked off the heavy schedule with three heats and a total of 24 cars. Defending champion Jeff Eberly made a last lap pass on the front runners for his third heat win of the season. Rookie Nathan Florian took a flag to flag win in the second heat for his first of the season and newcomer Mike Ogren came off the pole to take wins in both his heat and locking down a flag to flag win in the 20 lap feature for his
first of the year. Bryson Ward battled with Phil Edwards in the race for second for most of the race with Ward making the pass on lap 18 for a second place finish only to lose it in post race inspection. Edwards moved up to second followed by Tim Scalise, Richard Kuhn and Travis Hoefler rounding out the top five.

The V8 Thunder Stock Rookies were the only other regular division that got their feature in before the final down pour of the evening cut off any further action for the night. Terry Sharrone took over the ride in the #59 car, started in 14th position and drove through traffic by lap 15 for the win. Jon Brown started 7th and locked on to a second place finish only to lose it in post race inspection.

Alex Wilder inherited 2nd by virtue of the D.Q. followed by Anthony Eckeman, Chris Fisher, and Cory Swanston. The Rookies do not run heat races.

The visiting Florida Open Wheel Lites came to town with 15 race cars from all over Florida and were able to get their heats and a rain shortened 17 lap feature in. Billy Gise towed in from Auburndale and had the hot rod that showed the rest of the field home in both his heat and the feature before a crash that brought out the caution flag in lap 17 and then the checkers when the rains came. Sarasota’s John Bailey started third and managed to hold off the rest of the field for a second place finish. Rick Lundeen out of Jacksonville held out for third followed by Jeff Wolfe out of Myakka City. Phil
Krauthoff out of Stuart took the win in the second heat. FOWL are scheduled to make at least two more races at Citrus this season.

Eighteen Super Late Models came ready to race and unfortunately about all they were able to get in was practice and a pair of heat races. Matt Bowers was the man to beat in the first heat jumping to the point from the outside pole and Troy Robinson put on a good chase for the 8 lap run but got penalized two spots for jumping on the start giving 7th starter Herb Neumann Jr. the 2nd place finish over Raymond Lovelady, Robinson and John Gerstner. The Late Model
feature make up has been set for Saturday, April 26th. All of the Twin 50 L.M. races have been cancelled and they will run regular 35 lap features on their regular race dates.

Only 10 Sportsman made the race running two 5 car heat races. Bobby Ervein shot from 3rd to first when the green flag flew in the first heat and set the pace to the checkers. Mike Veltman worked his way from 5th to second followed by JoJo Viverito, Tom Posavec and Dalton Nelson. Pole sitter Clint Foley held off Ernie Reed in the run for the checkers in the second heat. D.J. Macklin, Sal DeFranco and David White round out the top five. No date has been set for their feature make up.

Richie Powers had his way with the 8 car field in a photo finish with Todd Haught who led the whole race until they hit the start finish line in the first Mini Stock heat. James Ellis out ran Clint Foley for third. Foley started 8th moved to the front and got caught up in an early spin sending him to the rear at the half way point. Steve Griffin showed his defending championship skills taking the point on the green flag and winning the second heat over Kevin Harrod, Mike Lawhorn, David Mothershed and Ron Armillie. A make up date is being worked on for the Mini Stock Feature.

Pure Stocks ran three heats for their 27 car field with Wild Bill Ryan starting 8th and continuing his winning ways with his 3rd heat win of the year over the 9 car field over Victor Shahid, Rick Shahid, Tom Potts, and Ricky Shahid. Another heavy hitter Jesse Veltman started 7th and worked his way through traffic winning the second heat over 8th starter Eric Sharrone. Rounding out the top five were Chad Markland, Rick Henick and Matt Schell. Tim Wilson shot to the point early in the third heat and went on to win 3rd of
the season. John Drye came from 6th to 2nd followed by Dustin Swearingen who just moved up from the V8 Thunder Stock Rookie division this week after winning 3 features in the division. Their make up feature is also being set up.

The Outlaw Mini Modifieds had their hot rods ready for action and unfortunately only got their 2 heats in with wins going to Marty Niekens and Cliff Steinmann. They will run a double feature on their return

Open Wheel Modifieds and the Fantastic Figure 8′s will be joined by the Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, V8 Thunder Stocks, Mini Cup Cars and Florida Pro Mini Trucks next Saturday night for the 7th race of the 2008 season. The Central Florida Sprints will make their debut at Citrus on Saturday night April 19th. Racing continues every Saturday night at Citrus County Speedway through November 8th.

Citrus Co. Speedway Standing Room Only Fans Re-fire 2008 Racing Season

April 1st, 2008

Approximately 200 to 300 fans had to be turned away due to the standing room only conditions. The fans definitely got their money’s worth with the action packed night loaded with mid season performances by the racing regulars and some close finishes in all 7 feature races.

The Open Wheel Modifieds opened the evening with 14 cars going on the clock for qualifying and again local speedster Curtis Neumann proved to be the fast qualifier in each of the first three races with a 13.940 second run. He was the only car to break into the 13 second bracket. On the pill draw for starting positions Tommy Schnader won the pole position starting spot and it proved to pay off for him leading the field for all 40 laps in their feature. It was by no means a ho hum race as Tommy held off plenty of heat from Richie Smith who finished second and Harold Cannon who came off the outside pole, in the top five throughout the race and finishing third. Also in the hunt was Curtis Neumann who recovered from an early spin into the infield and crossed the finish line in a run for third in another slide into the infield to lock down fourth by half a car length. Rounding out the top five was Billy Bechtelheimer. Neumann finished up the night with a handy 21 point lead in the race for the Championship in the early going.

Street Stocks put on a great show with a 16 car field taking the green flag for their 20 lap main event. Thirteenth starter Tim Quick managed to stay out of some the crashes that occurred at the front of the field and worked his way through the front runners in the final laps to take his second win of the season just in front of David Foster who led most of the race and got caught up in lapped traffic as the laps wound down. Frank Stromquist won out in a close run with Mark Fallows and Tim Alexander in the race for third.
Alexander managed to get by Doc Fallows on the final lap to take a 4th place finish while Fallows fell from second to fifth in the final laps. Quick and Foster shared the heat wins.

Twenty nine 4 Cylinder Bombers ran 3 and four deep throughout their 20 lap feature and Melissa Hunley drove from 8th to the point early setting the pace right to the checkered flag for a crowd pleasing win for the young lady. It was short lived though as she was D.Q.’d in post race inspection for carburetor and sway bar infractions. Chris Harvey inherited the win for his second of the year followed by Chris Eberly. Travis Hoefler managed to recover from and early spin that sent him to the rear of the field and march home with a 3rd place finish making a final lap pass on Richard Kuhn. Justin Elwood slipped from second to fifth with apparent mechanical problems cropping up in the final laps. Travis Hoefler, Bryson Ward and Jeff Eberly took the heat wins.

Thirty three Pure Stocks forced a pair of feature races rather than putting the full field on the race track. Seventeen cars ran in the first 20 lap main with Wild Bill Ryan starting 12th proving he is the man to beat making it 4 out of 4 wins in his new car that was sporting a new paint job to restart his run for another championship. Rounding out the top 5 in race #1 were Aaron Welter, Todd Brown, Wayne Heater and Ricky Shahid. Round 2 saw 16 cars take
the green and young Jesse Veltman drove from 10th to the Winners Circle for his first win of the season and putting him in second in the points’ race 30 points behind Ryan. Eric Sharrone ran second but was D.Q.’d in post race inspection giving the position to Steve Hise for his best finish of the year. Tim Wilson started 5th in a borrowed car and managed to hang in for a third place finish followed by Rick Henick and Joe Rauner. No heat races were run.

The modified Figure 8′s put on a real barn burner with 15 cars in side by side racing and plenty of close action in the intersection. Robbie Aaron came off the outside pole position to set the pace and spent the entire 20 laps looking at a variety of car numbers in his rearview mirror. Aaron made it to the winner’s circle with a battle royal going on behind him for the top five finishing positions in the final lap. Rocketing his way from 13th to a second place finish in the final lap was Joey Catterelli who sits on top of the point
standings. Wayne Calkins finished third from his 14th starting spot side by side with Catterelli. Bobby Towe held out for fourth while Clifford Rousseau locked onto a fifth place finish.

The V8 Thunder Stock Rookies came on 21 cars strong to wrap up the regular division show with Dustin Swearingen possibly ending his rookie career with his 3rd win out of four races for the year. Alexander Wilder moved from 13th to 2nd when the checkers flew followed by Ronald Sellers III, Josh Long and Denise Manalili

The rest of the night was dedicated to the School Bus Figure 8′s, the Boat Trailer Race and wrapping up the night was Doug Rose disposing of a derelict car with his Green Mamba jet afterburner burning the car just about to the ground. The Pros rolled several of the 16 starting busses with two time winner Brent Fults getting up on the dirt mound on turn 3 of the figure 8 track and rolling his ride on the drivers’ side. He got back into the bus when they got it up righted and kept on going. Figure 8 driver Wayne Calkins took the
win. Fifteen busses took the green flag in the Rookie race with Justin Cretty rolling the same bus that Fults rolled after getting collected by another bus in the intersection that ended his night. Several more busses rolled before the race was called and Gene Gamache took the win. There were 8 entrees in the Boat Trailer race and two racers finished with their trailers and boats still in tact with the win going to Larry Welter Sr. whose boat was gone but the
trailer still in tact.

Next Saturday night will see the return of the Super Late Models, Sportsman, and Mini Stocks as they restart their point season. The balance of the race card will feature Pure Stocks, V8 Thunder Stocks, 4 Cylinder Bombers, the Florida Open Wheel Lites and the Outlaw Mini Modifieds.

Seven Divisions in Citrus Speedweeks Special

February 17th, 2008

Modifieds have elected to run time trials for qualifying and Curtis Neumann followed his first race win with a blazing 13.955 to take the Jimmy Cope Race Car/Flagship R.V. $100 bonus money for fast time. He was the only 13 second run out of the 11 racers in the field. On the pill draw Robbie Cooper won the pole position and outran Kyle Bookmiller to turn 1 & 2 and set the pace to the checkered flag in their 40 lap main event. Meanwhile, Neumann moved around Bookmiller and Tommy Schnader in pursuit of his second win in a row but had to settle for second at the finish line. Schnader back for his first race after a crash the year before last kept out of the race car last year settled for a solid third place finish just ahead of Richie Smith who came from ninth to fourth. Kyle Bookmiller locked onto a 5th place finish in his first race of the year.

In week two of the Sportsman season, 12 cars made the field with Clint Foley taking the win in the first heat and Tom Posavec taking the second heat run. Foley took the green flag off the pole position and locked horns with Ernie Reed for a side by side battle that went on for quite a few laps before Foley took the point. Magic Mike Veltman worked the outside groove making passes of at least one car on each lap before battling with the front 2 for the lead. The magic worked by lap 15 and Mike took his second win in a row in search of his 7th championship crown and his 8th win out of his last 90 races. Ernie Reed made the pass on Foley for a second place finish while Foley had to settle for third followed by 5th starter Bobby Ervien and 8 starter Shelton Bowers rounding out the top five.

Doc James Batson made the outside pole work for him and locked on to the point and left the rest of the 18 car field in his dust for a flag to flag win in their Street Stock 20 lap main. The race for second place became the one to watch with Tim Quick coming off his first week win with a run from 14th and driving through several battles for position by 3rd place finisher David Foster, 4th place finisher Jason Murphree and Mike Loudy who jockeyed back and forth from third to finish 5th. David Foster took the 1st heat win and Doc Batson also took the win in the second heat in his first point race of the year.

The Four Cylinder Bombers put on quite a show with Dan Haag coming off the pole and setting the pace for the first half of the race before defending 2007 champion Jeff Eberly put the hammer down and moved from fifth to Victory Lane for his first win on the season. John DeGeorge came from 16th when the green flag flew to finish second. The man that was really on the move was Travis Hoefler who made his way from 20th to third when the checkers flew. Hoefler will be doing double duty this season with a Mini Stock and Bomber racing next week. After a second place finish in week 1 of the season Richard Kuhn sits on top of the point standings inheriting his 4th place finish after Dan Haag suffered a D.Q. in post race inspection. Rounding out the top 5 was Josh Fairchild. Heat winners were Hoefler, Eberly and Patric Conner.

Twenty seven cars made up the Pure Stock field and saw Todd Brown, Victor Shahid, in a borrowed car, and unbeatable Bill Ryan taking the heat wins. When the green flag flew for their main event “Wild” Bill Ryan drove his new ride through tons of traffic from his 24th starting spot right to the front in short order and his 3rd consecutive win for the early season. Jesse Veltman made his way from 18th to second followed by 21st starter Aaron Welter. Eric Sharrone and Victor Shahid finished in that order to round out the top five.

It was a wild ride for the 14 car Figure 8 field. Robert Aaron took off from the pole and set the early pace before Joe Ringheisen lost a left rear wheel on his way off turn 2 into the intersection. Joe didn’t make it through the intersection but somehow the wheel did without hitting any of the oncoming traffic. Aaron maintained the point on the restart but lost power after several laps and T.J. Sharrone took the point with an inside pass going into turn three. Sharrone got caught up in a battle with Darryl Hage and as the laps wound down 7th starter Joey Catterelli took over the lead in the final couple of laps and locked down his first win of the early season. T.J. Sharrone held out for second followed by Robbie Hage, Clifford Rousseau and Darryl Hage rounding out the top five.

Seventeen rookies in the V8 Thunder Stock division got into a crash fest that turned the scheduled 20 lap race into a shortened 15 lap run. Dustin Swearingen is quickly making his way to moving up to the Pure Stocks with his second win in their 3rd week of the season. Lady racer Jamie Shahid stayed in the top five for the entire race and wound up with a second place finish. Cotee Clark gave all he had at the finish but had to settle for third followed by Alexander Wilder and Lawrence Wilder.

Next Saturday night will feature the Super Late Models in twin 50 lap back to back features. Added to the program will be the Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks and 4 Cylinder Bombers. This will mark the end of the season openers as the track will be closed for the next 4 Saturday nights to make room for the annual Citrus County Fair Break. The speedway will reopen with a bang on March
29th with Figure 8 School Bus races, Boat Trailer Race, and the point season will restart for the Open Wheel Modifieds, Figure 8′s, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, 4 Cylinder Bombers and V8 Thunder Stocks.

David Steele Opens TBARA Sprint Season With Win at Citrus County Speedway

February 11th, 2008

The TBARA Winged Sprint cars put their 800 horsepower rockets through their paces in 3 heats and a 30 lap main event that saw 27 of 29 cars that came to race. Unofficial stop watch times during warm ups saw some of the heavy hitters running in the low 12 second mark which converts to 100 mph plus on the straight chutes. Larry Brazil led the first 8 lap heat from flag to flag over a 9 car field. Outside pole sitter Shane Butler took the point on the green flag to win the second heat over the next 9 car line up. Pole sitter
Dude Teate locked onto the point from the get go and no one was able outrun him to the checkers in the third heat.

Mark Gimmler won the pole slot for the 30 lap main with 1st heat winner Larry Brazil on the outside winning the drag race to turn 1 & 2 to set the early pace with 4th starter Blaize Marlin hot on his rear nurf bar and David Steele coming out of his 3rd starting spot to lock onto the front two. A couple of early caution flags came out for minor spins and one crash within the first 15 laps with the front three seeing Brazil, Steele and Marlin running in that order. On the restart into lap 16 David Steele put the hammer down and it was all over but David raising his hand in Victory at the checkered flag to take the first TBARA win of the season. Larry Brazil held out for 2nd followed by Blaize Marlin, Dude Teate, Shane Butler and defending 2007 Champion Troy DeCaire. The fans certainly satisfied their need for speed with this fast division coming into the 2008 season with a new management team.

Tim Quick lived up to his name as the Street Stocks got into their first race of the year. Starting 6th in his heat he wasted no time going to the front to let the rest of the field know he was going to be the man to beat with the 2nd heat win. They drew pills for starting positions in their first feature of the point season. Rick Shahid won the pole in his first Street Stock ride and had trouble keeping his car out of trouble. Quick came off the outside pole and he went to the front after a side by side battle with Shahid for a
couple of laps. Quick set the pace all the way to the checkers with 8th starter Larry Welter Jr., making his way through heavy traffic for a second place finish. Tim Alexander came in a borrowed car and moved from 9th to 3rd over 15th starter Todd Downs and 11th starter Jason Murphree rounding out the top five. Pete Close won the first heat and was on his way towards the front when he got caught up in a minor crash, sending him to the rear on the restart and wound up with an 8th place finish from his 9th starting spot.

Mini Stocks saw Clint Foley shine again with his first win of the season from his 12 starting spot and taking the win in the second heat after a second place finish to Robbie Yoakam last week putting him in the early point lead. It looked like it was going to be another Yoakam, Neumann, Foley shoot out in this 20 lap venture only to see Neumann and Yoakam get taken out of the action in the very early going. Todd Haught took the win in the first heat and came off the outside pole with a strong run to finish second. Mike Lawhorn started 90th and made a last lap pass off turn four to lock down third over Kevin Harrod and rookie Peter Nelson who ran a very solid race after moving up from the 4 Cylinder Bombers.

The Pure Stock division has seen 38 drivers make the Citrus County scene in the past two weeks and 32 put on quite a show Saturday night. Wild Bill Ryan has that brand new racer of his dialed in to make his way to another championship this season. Last week he took the first win of the season with a starting position up front. This week 15th to Victory Lane was the only road map Ryan needed for his second win in a row and leads his team mate Chad Markland by 16 points early in the season. John Drye moved from his 7th starting spot to hold a temporary lead but had to settle for second when the
checkers flew. Aaron Welter worked his way from 10th to third over Markland and Jesse Veltman who had to recover from a mid race caution flag infraction to finish fifth. Todd Brown, Veltman and Eric Gelman locked in the heat wins.

More Thunder Stock Rookie drivers are being added to the lineup each week and 18 made the show for this second week of the season. Dustin Swearingen capped off a second place finish last week and locked down a win this week. He made his way to the front from his 11th starting spot to take his first win ever. Cotee Clark who is in his second year of racing locked down 2nd from his 7th starting position. Jon Brown rolled out of 10th to finish third over 9th
starter Alexander Wilder and 15th starter Lawrence Wilder. It would appear that the whole Wilder family has a ride of some sort at the speedway.

Next Saturday night it gets back to a full race card of all point division racers featuring the Open Wheel Modifieds, the Pro Figure 8′s, Sportsman, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, 4 Cylinder Bombers and V8 Thunder Stock Rookies.

Citrus County Speedway Kicks Off 53rd Racing Season

February 4th, 2008

Young Curtis Neumann proved to be the man to beat in the Open Wheel Modifieds in their heat and the 13 car 30 lap feature. He launched his new Hise Roofing ride from 5th in the heat to out run the 7 car field for the win. He drew the pill for a 7th starting spot in the feature and survived a spin while in the lead from Richie Smith to regain his spot in the running and outrunning Doug Miller and Robbie Cooper to take the first Modified point race of the year. Richie Smith came from the back of the field on the restart to salvage a fourth place finish over Bobby Taylor who still has some dialing in to do on his race car. Teddy Nelson the defending champion took the win in the second heat, started on the outside pole in the feature but ran into mechanical problems and a minor crash in the feature for a DNF. Thirty two Mods are registered to race this year.

Fifteen of 45 registered Sportsmen made the opening night race and it was a five car battle royal in the race for the checkers in their 20 lap feature. It was a four car run for the flag in their main with Daniel Webster coming off the inside pole Shelton Bowers off the outside pole and Mike Veltman starting third. The 4th car in contention was Tom Posavec who had to make a run from the 11th starting spot. Veltman survived a spin early in the race to come
back and over take early leader Webster and Bowers for the win, followed in a nose to tail run for second by Bowers, Webster, and Posavec. Arthur Conquest locked down a 5th place finish. Webster and Bowers took the heat wins putting Bowers in the point lead after one week of action.

Seventeen of 33 registered Mini Stocks came to put on a very competitive show for the fans and that’s exactly what they did. Robbie Yoakam is back and he made that quite clear in both his heat and the 20 lap feature run with back to back wins for the night. The real battle was for second with George Neumann locking onto the spot until 15th starter Cling Foley made his way through traffic and made a last lap pass on Neumann for the spot. Foley received the Citrus County Chronicle Driver of the Year award at half time that may have
inspired him to prove that he was deserving of the award with that ride. Neumann had settle for third just ahead of Kevin Harrod and Mark Powers who started 10th. Neumann won the second heat.

Thirty Three 4 Cylinder Bombers made the starting field in a knock down drag out 20 lap battle that saw a young 14 year old rookie Brandon Watson show the rest of the field how to drive through all that traffic to Victory Lane. It was a scorer’s nightmare with so many cars on the track but the youngster took off from the pole in both his heat and the feature and never looked back for his first win ever in a regular stock car. Richard Kuhn drove from 15th to 2nd
over 6th starter John Kidwell, 10th starter Melissa Hunley and 21st starter Chris Harvey. Jeremy Root took the win in the second heat and Richard Kuhn locked in the third heat. Forty five Bombers have already registered for the season.

It took 4 heats and a 13 car B-Main to weed out 24 of the 33 cars that were vying for starting positions in their feature. Bill Ryan brought out a brand new race car and showed the field that he is going to defend his 2007 championship with a vengeance. Bill just blew the rest of the field away in both his heat and roared from his 7th starting spot to the point in just a few laps and it was all over but his Kodak moment in the winner’s circle which he passed on to get to tech to make sure everything was kosher. Tim Wilson
brought out his old race car from moth balls and despite its appearance definitely had what it takes to come home with a second place finish and a heat win. New comer Tom Potts inherited a third place finish after Steve Hise was D.Q.’d in post race inspection. Bill Ryan’s team mate Chad Markland inherited Bill’s 2007 Championship car and locked down a 5th place finish from his 9th starting spot. Larry Welter and Daniel Bouchard picked up the other
heat wins. Winner of the B-Main was Matt Schell.

Sixteen out of 31 registered Figure 8 racers had the fans on their feet and on the edge of their seats for their 20 lap main event. The Hage family is on a roll again with Darryl Hage taking the first win of the season. John Baranauskas is a new name to the local fans but he is one that the Figure 8 crew is going to have to reckon with before is all over rocking to a second place finish over Wayne Calkins, Seth Nistok and Joey Catterelli. Figure 8′s are due back in two weeks for more exciting action.

Seventeen rookies opened up their season with a barn burner V8 Thunder Stock 20 lap main event. Fifty three cars are registered for car numbers and a lot of the new kids are just that, 14 years old and up. Young Austin Roberts came off the outside pole and took the point away from Jason Hise and never looked back for his very first win ever. Dustin Swearingen out ran Joe Floyd, Jon Brown and Alexander Wilder for the top five positions.

Opening night was quite an outstanding start to the speedways’ 53rd racing season and next week is going to be even better. The Tampa Bay Area Racing Association Winged Sprints bring in their 800 horsepower rockets to headline another great race card. These racing machines turn the Citrus County Speedway 3/8ths mile in the low 12 second bracket and several have been clocked at 11.9 seconds. Now that’s fast. Joining them will be the Mini Stocks, Street Stocks
for their first race of the season, Pure Stocks and V8 Thunder Stock Rookies are back.

CCS Winter Spectacular VI Part 2 Rained Out

January 22nd, 2008

Registration and practice sessions went very smoothly and the sky was getting
darker and darker as they approached the end of the practice session at about 5
p.m. The first rain drops turned into a deluge as racing official were preparing for qualifying time trials at 5:30. General manager Don Cretty had a meeting with the drivers before the rain came to advise them of what the outlook was for getting the race in to get a feel for whether they wanted to hold out and see if the storm passed quickly enough to get the show in. It moved in a lot more quickly than it moved out and pretty much washed out any outdoor activity in the entire central Florida area with tornado watches and severe weather advisories. About the only thing the racers accomplished was testing and tuning when the races were called at 6 p.m. due to the severe storms with lightning and tornados reported in Pasco and Hernando counties. Radar observations was the final deciding factor with fan and driver safety, the biggest concern in waiting out a storm that rapidly moved into the area and cancelled any outdoor activity up and down the central Florida area.

There is no open date available to reschedule the entire program but the track will make every effort to make up the lost special races at some point during the regular season. The 2008 season will officially open on Saturday night February 2nd featuring the Open Wheel Modifieds, Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks, V8 Thunder Stocks, 4 Cylinder Bombers and Figure 8′s. The T.B.A.R.A. Winged Sprint cars are scheduled to open their season at Citrus County Speedway on Saturday February 9th and racing will continue through the month of February before the Citrus County Fair break in March. Racing will resume on Saturday March 29th with School Bus Figure 8, Boat Trailer races and 6 regular divisions. Check the speedway web site at www.citruscountyspeedway.com for a full schedule and special announcements and 2008 rules and registration forms for car numbers.

Tate Pierce Rolls to Citrus Modified 75 Win

December 9th, 2007

The Mod Squad came out 23 cars strong for qualifying time trials, turned up the boost and in most cases the first of two qualifying laps scrubbed in the new tires and the second lap turned out to be their qualifying lap. Billy Bechtelheimer was a man on a mission while still recovering from the accident that took him out for most of the season. He definitely is back in stride taking fast qualifying time of 13.825 seconds on the 3/8ths mile. Ralph Bowman,
Robbie Cooper, Curt Jett and Shaun McGlaughlin took the balance of the top five spots.

Bechtelheimer pulled the 16 pill, setting up a draw for position by the fast 16
drivers. Billy is definitely back in black with his new ride and luck stayed with him as he pulled the #1 for the pole. Curtis Neumann picked up the outside pole to set up a drag race for turn one that Bechtelheimer won and he looked like he was going to put the rest of the field to sleep from the get go. Despite several caution flags and a couple of red flags for crashes and track clean ups Billy continued to pull away from the rest of the field on each of the restarts. Neumann slipped from second to third when Tate Pierce moved from 6th to third and then found his way around him off turn four, setting sail in pursuit of Bechtelheimer. Meanwhile Neumann had John and Jeremy Gerstner plus the rest of the pack working on his third position. Jeremy and Curtis connected turning Neumann around and both had to restart in the rear of the field around lap 60. On the restart Tate Pierce locked onto Bechtelheimer rear bumper and just wouldn’t let go, making the pass on lap 65
and took the checkered flag for the big win. Bechtelheimer held out for second
followed by 11th starter Curt Jett, 12th starter Robbie Cooper, 8th starter Doug Miller and 16th starter Jimmy Wagner. Only 14 of the 23 starters were able to finish the race.

The Sportsman division brought out 12 cars to go on the clocks and in the absence of the 2007 champion the two runners up, Mike Veltman and Tom Posavec were in a match race for the fast qualifier with Veltman clocking a 14.815 second run for the top spot. Posavec was second fast qualifier followed by Patrick Mennenga, Mike Ruff and Shelton Bowers rounding out the top five.

Veltman drew the 6 pill for the inverted start to their 50 lap main putting Daniel Webster on the pole driving Richie Smith’s racer. Fifth fast qualifier Shelton Bowers picked up the outside pole in his first appearance at Citrus. Webster launched his racer to the point when the green flag flew and set the early pace while Bowers, Mike Ruff, Patrick Mennenga and Tom Posavec lined up in that order. Mike Veltman wasted no time making his move on the outside lane snatching the lead away from Webster at the halfway point. No one had anything for Veltman who went on to win his 10th of the season followed by Webster, Mennenga, Shelton Bowers and Edward Allen.

Qualifying time trials kicked off the action with 24 Street Stocks rolling out first on the raw race track seeing some new pavement on the inside of turn 3 through 4. Doc James Batson was first out of the chute and held fast time for quite awhile until Mike Wilson hit the throttle for two faster laps to take the top spot at 15.788 seconds. Richie Smith, Mike Stallnaker, Doc Batson and Tim Quick locked in the top five spots. On the pill draw the top 8 were inverted for their 50 lap special. Curtis Flanagan won the pole starting spot flanked by Jason Murphree. Flanagan, third starter Jeff Stallnaker and Murphree set the early pace for all 24 starters. There were three different leaders in the early going before Doc James Batson took the point in lap 18. Several caution flags came out while Mike Wilson flexed his fast time muscle and locked onto Batson’s rear bumper in the run for the flag to no avail. Doc Batson, driving his daughter Crystal’s racer took the checkers for the win followed by Wilson, Richie Smith, Murphree and Mike Stalnaker.

So much for Winter Spectacular VI, part 1, closing out the 52nd season at Citrus County Speedway. Three Hundred fifty plus, drivers, pit crews, car owners and fans will gather for the Annual Awards Banquet this Friday evening. They will be picking up all the awards that they have worked so hard for throughout the 2007 season. Citrus County Speedway saw 561 drivers in the 8 divisions that run on a regular schedule through the season plus five traveling series that brought in at least another 150 racers to try on this premier 3/8ths mile oval. Only the top ten in each division will pick up the honors on Friday night.

Part 2 of the Winter Spectacular VI will kick off the 2008 season on January 19th 2008 featuring a 75 lap Super Late Model race plus a Figure 8 50, Mini Stock 50, Pure Stock 50 and 4 Cylinder Bomber 50. The regular season will open on February 2nd 2008.

Citrus County Speedway Wraps up 52nd Racing Season with 5 New Champions

November 13th, 2007

Only 23 Sprint cars were able to start their final race of the season due to damage in the heats, mechanical problems, and 2 disqualifications prior to race time. It took 2 complete restarts to get the race running and several more cautions before eventual winner Larry J. Brazil moved from 7th to the point in lap 14 of their 30 lap feature. When Brazil took the lead he maintained a heavy lead all the way to the checkers while the rest of the field
battled for position well behind. Wendy Mathis held on to 2nd from the get go until the 30th lap when Dude Teate put the hammer down off turn four to cross the line half a car length ahead of Wendy. Johnny Gilbertson had the early lead and stayed in the top five throughout the race settling in for a fourth place finish over Brian Gingras, Tommy Nichols, Mark Gimmler, Stan Butler, Erik MacMillan and Richard Kissinger rounding out the top ten and the only cars to finish the race. Heat Winners were Ray Bragg, Larry Brazil Jr and
David Slawiak. The 2007 Point Champion, Troy DeCaire, was D.Q.’d before the race.

No one was able to shake Fred Tuski from his Sportsman point lead despite his 4th place finish in their final race of the season. Twenty cars took the green flag and Mike Veltman scored his 9th heat and 9th Feature win of the year and wound in a tie for 2nd in the points’ race with Tom Posavec who followed J.T. Renau across the line in the race for third place in their 20 lap finale feature. Rusty Bremer took the checkers for second place but was D.Q.’d.
Daniel Webster took over the wheel in Richie Smith’s Sportsman for a 5th place finish. Johnny Zuidema III took the win in the first heat. Tuski celebrated his 2007 Championship in grand style on the front straight.

The Street Stock feature was the barn burner of the evening with Richie Smith 1 point up on Curtis Flanagan going for the championship in this final race of the season. Flanagan lost 4 points to Richie in the heat race when a flat tire gave him a poor finish. And when it came to feature time Smith went at the green from 19th while Flanagan started 12th. Richie motored around the 25
car field and went on to win his 16th feature of the year nosing out Curtis by 1 car length at the line. Richie wound up the season 7 points ahead of Curtis for the 2007 Street Stock Championship and says he will park the car next season. Rounding out the top five were Doc James Batson who started 25th snatching the spot away from Todd Downs on the final run off turn four for the flag. Pole sitter John Zuidema III held out for 5th. Tim Wilson, Dr. Mark Fallows and Todd Downs took the heat wins.

Despite going up in smoke in the run for the checkers last week Steve Griffin made up for it and capped off his Mini Stock Championship run, setting the pace for all but two laps of their 20 lap feature before Clint Foley made the pass to lock down his 10th win of the season and his fourth in a row. Griffin celebrated his championship with a burn out under the flag stand. George Neumann finished 3rd in the race and 2nd in the points run 7 points ahead of
Clint Foley. Chris Allen and Kevin Harrod rounded out the top five in the race. Foley and Don Faunce took the heat wins.

Bill Ryan came into the Pure Stock 27 car feature with the 2007 Championship won two weeks ago but he came to race. He started 20th and worked his way through traffic to take his 8th win of the season and capped it off with a heat win finishing the season 199 points ahead of runner up Steve Stinedurf. Bobby Taylor started 15th but just didn’t have enough for Ryan when the checkers flew, settling for a 2nd place finish in their 20 lap main. Stinedurf ran second for most of the race but had to settle for third at the finish line
followed by Mike Walsh and Rick Shahid. Heat winners were Stinedurf, Ryan and Taylor.

Just to prove that winning isn’t everything the Figure 8 Championship was won by a driver that never saw Victory Lane in 14 races this season. It was no different Saturday night as Paul Grynewicz showed that experience does make a difference locking down his third win of the year over the 15 car field that ended their 2007 season. Darryl Hage gave him a run for his money but had to
settle for 2nd followed by Wayne Calkins, rookie Danny Hage and Robbie Hage. There were 11 different winners in the 40 car division and Clifford Rousseau proved that staying out of trouble and finishing in the top five consistently can put you at the top of the ladder when it’s all over. He finished 7th in Saturday’s finale.

Two of the top drivers in the V8 Thunder Stock Rookie division battled it out over a 25 car field to close out their season. Richard Dinkins out drove Eddie Rosasco in the run for the checkered flag capturing his 3rd win of the season and both drivers will probably move up to the Pure Stock division next season with 3 wins apiece. Tim Eisenhower, Dustin Swearingen and Dan Bennett rounded
out the top five.

Twenty one ladies registered for the final race of the season and they put on quite a show. Fortunately most of them stayed out of trouble and salvaged their significant others race cars for another season. The ladies drove everything from a Sportsman to Figure 8 cars and it was a Figure 8 car with Nikki Hage at the wheel taking the win on a green/white checkered finish followed by Candy Lawson in the Street Stock #57. The matriarch of the Hage family Nancy in another Figure 8 car was third in the running.

Rumors have it that pending approval from the Citrus County Fair Board there will be a Spectacular VI race featuring a 75 lap Modified feature on Saturday December 8th. The Annual Speedway Awards Banquet will be held at the Citrus County Fairgrounds Auditorium on Friday, December 14th. Tickets are on sale until November 30th at the Speedway Pit Office for $25.00 per person or
$40.00 per couple. Get your tickets early by calling 352-726-9339.

Bresnahan Locks Citrus L.M. Championship with 7th Win

November 5th, 2007

Eighteen Late Model drivers continued their chase of Mike Bresnahan who has been on a roll in 2007 wrapping up his very successful year with his 7th feature win and 5 heat wins plus multiple top 5 finishes. Consistency has been his key to another Late Model Championship Crown coming off the season as the only multi feature winner over the 42 registered cars in the division for the year. Unfortunately they only got 10 of the 13 scheduled races in due to rainouts. Saturday night Bresnahan locked in his championship over runner up Herb Neumann Jr. who finished 18 points back and Daniel Webster who finished up 38 points out of the top spot in his new ride. The official finish Saturday night for their 35 lap feature was Bresnahan, Neumann, defending champion Scott Grossenbacher who finished 4th in the points race, Perry Lovelady who finished 8th in points, and Daniel Webster. Bresnahan, Neumann and Grossenbacher took the heat wins.

Sixteen of the 58 Sportsman who have earned points took on Citrus County Speedway Saturday night and Mike Veltman marched from 10th to first when the checkers flew, logging his 8th win of the year. Johnny Zuidema locked onto the point when the green flag flew and held onto the lead for most of the race despite several caution flags on a very loose race track due to an earlier blown motor in another division. Veltman made the pass for the win and closed in on 2nd place in the point race. Zuidema held off the rest of the field
for a second place finish. Point leader Fred Tuski marched from 12th to third at the finish line and is going to be tough to beat for the championship in next week’s finale with a 43 point lead over Tom Posavec who had to settle for a 12th place finish this week. J.T. Renau had to run the race in a borrowed race car but managed to come from the 16th spot to finish 4th followed by Sal DeFranco. Zuidema and Ernie Reed scored heat wins.

Curtis Flanagan came into Saturday night’s race with a 1 point lead over Richie Smith with just two races left in their season. Twenty four cars took the green flag for what turned out to be a real barn burner with Flanagan starting 13th and Smith rolling out of the 18th starting slot. Johnny Zuidema took off from the pole and set the pace for 14 laps while Tim Alexander moved from 7th to battle for the lead when they crashed. Zuidema took the blame for the wreck and Alexander took the green for the run for the checkers. Meanwhile
Flanagan and Smith marched through traffic in a match race for the flag with Richie coming out on top for his 15th win of the season. Tim Alexander scored a second place finish nosing out Curtis Flanagan for the spot. Rounding out the top five were Tim Wilson and Bobby Taylor. When the dust settled Richie Smith took over the point lead by 1 point over Curtis Flanagan for the big showdown next Saturday night for the Championship. Heat winners were Tim
Alexander, Ernie Reed and Wayne Heater.

Mini Stock Point leader Steve Griffin launched his racer to the point when the green flag dropped and set the pace all the way to lap 19 looking like he was going to log his 4th win of the season when he handgrenaded his motor taking him out of the running for the green, white, checkered flag finish. At that point Clint Foley had marched from his 9th starting spot to second and inherited his 9th feature win of the year just 2 points behind Mike Lawhorn in the race for 3rd over the 46 car division. Lawhorn settled for 2nd followed by Don Faunce, George Neumann who is 21 points behind Griffin for the championship, and Chris Allen rounding out the top five. Foley and Mark Powers scored the heat wins.

The 4 Cylinder Bombers wrapped up their season with 55 racers earning points in the division for the year. Jeff Eberly came into the final race with a very comfortable lead in the division but he wasn’t finished racing for the win and launched from 8th to Victory Lane to celebrate his 6th win and first championship. Travis Hoefler chased him after losing the point lead in mid-season but had to settle for a third place finish behind Bobby Richardson in the Bomber finale. Phil Edwards closed out the season in a 4th place finish and third in points. John DeGeorge started 14th in the 16 car field and motored his way to a 5th place finish. Heat winners were Richardson and Hoefler.

In Pure Stock action it would appear that Bill Ryan is another racer who won’t settle for an early championship and ride out the season on his laurels. He has been the dominant force all season long in a division that saw 88 drivers earn points. Ryan started 21st in a 28 car field a motored to his 7th win of the season and is untouchable for the 2007 Championship Crown. Glen Colyer led the best part of the race but lost out his second place finish in tech inspection. Victor Shahid inherited 2nd followed by Jesse Mullis who inherited
third when Joe Rauner failed to respond to tech inspection for a possible 3rd place finish. Rick Shahid moved up to fourth followed by James Erickson. Heat wins went to Jesse Veltman who broke in the feature, Bobby Taylor and Steve Stinedurf.

With one more race on the V8 Thunder Stock Schedule Eddie Rosasco started 15th and went on to win his 3rd of the year over a 21 car field. Arden Franklin started 18th and charged to a 2nd place finish behind early leader James Zuidema, Chuck Franklin and Anthony Martinez. This is the rookie division and they do not run for points. Out of 57 registered drivers 5 moved up to the Pure Stock division during the season. Chad Fairbanks would be the champion in
the division if they were running for points with no wins on his resume.

Citrus County Speedway will close out its’ 52nd season with a bang next Saturday. The super high speed TBARA Winged Sprints will run their final race of the season where they opened it. This should be a wild show in the shootout for their Championship. Added to the finale program will be the Figure 8′s, Sportsman, Mini Stocks, the Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, V8 Thunder Stock Rookies and Women’s Powder Puff Race to close it all out. You don’t want to miss this one.

Halloween Madness at Citrus County Speedway Saturday Night

October 30th, 2007

Open Wheel Modifieds and Figure 8′s went in double features plus the Sportsman, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, 4 Cylinder Bombers, Pure Stocks, V8 Thunder Stock Rookies and the visiting Mini Cup cars made for a full night of racing despite some very iffy weather. Fortunately Mother Nature was considerate for this very heavy schedule.

Open Wheel Modifieds opened the night with their 30 lap rainout make up from September 29th. Richie Smith came off the outside pole and locked onto the point from the green flag with point leader Teddy Nelson in hot pursuit and the two drivers set the pace all the way to the checkered flag for Smith’s second modified win in only four starts. Billy Bechtelheimer, returning from his terrible road accident that had him in a wheel chair for most of the season, got up on the wheel and motored from his 13th starting position to
finish third being chased by Doug Miller and James Glover to round out the top five. The second feature went to another local driver as Teddy Nelson and Curtis Neumann locked horns for quite a few laps before Curtis was able to make the pass in the low groove and went on to his 2nd feature win of the season. Nelson settled for a solid second place finish again and has just about put a lock on the Modified Championship for 2007 at Citrus County Speedway. Billy (Bad) Bechtelheimer is back in Black as he drove from his fifth
starting spot to another 3rd place finish followed by Doug Miller and Mike Wilson. Stephen Harbuck, Curtis Neumann and Kyle Bookmiller took the only heat races of the night.

Figure 8′s came to Citrus 18 cars strong to make up their September 29th rainout and run their regular scheduled race. Up until this race night there were 12 different winners in the 12 races that had been run. Two drivers became the first to make it 2 wins for the season after the smoke cleared in their 2 action packed double features. A first lap crash took out several of the front runners early and rookie Danny Hage capitalized on the miscue of the front 4 leading the pack to the checkered flag for his second win of the
season. John Thomas borrowed a race car after his bad crash in the 50 lap race two weeks ago for a solid second place finish ahead of Wayne Calkins who won the 50 lap non points race for his second win of the year. Robbie held out for fourth followed by Clifford Rousseau. In race number two, outside pole sitter Paul Grynewicz won the race to turn one and never looked back for his second win of the season. Despite several red flags Grynewicz managed to hold off 6th
starter Clifford Rousseau who picked up the point lead by virtue of his 2nd place finish. Danny Hage looked like he might make it two in a row but had to settle for third when the checkers flew followed by John Thomas who moved into second in the points race. Joey Catterelli, coming off that bad wreck he had when leading the 50 lapper two weeks ago, took a fifth place finish for the night.

Sportsman were back 20 cars strong after two weeks off and they came ready to race. Johnny Zuidema looked at the green flag fly and never looked back as he went on to win his first of the season. J.T. Reneau kept him honest throughout the race and had to settle for second just ahead of 9th starter Ernie Reed and 10th starter Tom Posavec who is trailing point leader Fred Tuski by 24 points with two more races in the season. Rounding out the top five was Chris Cross who survived an early mishap in the 20 lap main event.

Twenty three cars made the field for the Street Stock Feature Mike Loudy motored his way from 12th to Victory Lane for his second win of the season. Richie Smith started 15th and raced through traffic with point leader Curtis Flanagan following in his tire tracks. Smith moved to within one (1) point of the championship when Flanagan crashed on the final run for the flag and wound up 9th for the night. Frank Stromquist finished right where he started in third
followed by Artie Hewitt and Tim Nocella who has taken over the drivers’ seat for Herb Hoefler. The Street Stock Championship run will go right down to the final two races next week and the following week.

Point leader Steve Griffin showed some muscle when the green dropped for the Mini Stock feature but Clint Foley has been on a roll since he became a daddy and has devoted all his efforts to his Mini Stock car and parked his Sportsman. Clint worked his way from 8th to the lead by lap 12 and left George Neumann and Steve Griffin to battle for second. Neumann picked up two points on Griffin with his second place finish followed by Griffin, former Mini Stock Challenge Champion Chris Thornton and pole sitter Johnny Siner. Neumann trails
Griffin by 36 points in his quest for his 6th championship in the division with only two races left before it’s all over.

Four Cylinder Bombers continue to come out in great numbers with 22 cars taking the green flag Saturday. Second generation drivers Jeremy Sharrone started 8th and motored his way to win number 3 for the season. Peter Nelson led a good deal of the race but came across the finish line in second and then lost out with a D.Q. in post race inspection. Phil Edwards drove from 15th to inherit a 2nd place finish by virtue of the disqualification. Patric Conner gets the Hard Charger award from 17th to third followed by 13th starter
Anthony LaPoint and point leader Jeff Eberly who goes into the final race with a 20 point lead over Travis Hoefler.

Pure Stocks put on a great show with 23 cars in the running. Bobby Taylor driving through the front 12 to take his 9th win of the season. Point leader Bill Ryan is going to be impossible to catch with a second place finish and going into the final two weeks of the season with a 165 point lead. John Drye one of four drivers that have moved up from the Rookie Division marched from 14th to third when the checkers flew. Joe Rauner went from 12th to 4th at the
finish line followed by Jesse Mullis to round out the top five.

The V8 Thunder Stocks had a 18 car crasharama in their 20 lap main event. Cotee Clark has been consistent throughout the season but pulled off his first win of the season from his 9th starting position. In his fourth race of the season Ed Steinmann motored from 13th to second followed by Anthony Martinez II, Austin Roberts in his second race of his career pulls up fourth and new comer Anthony Jacobs locking in fifth after a couple of cars were disqualified.

Rounding out the wild night of action were the Mini Cup Cars from all over the state of Florida. They came in 12 cars strong and put on a solid race that looked like NEXTEL in miniature. Ty Larsen and Carlos Nando battle for several laps for the lead while Devin McLeod made his way through traffic from his 7th starting spot. McLoeod and Brady Marshall battled for the lead swapping positions several times before Marshall took charge for the final laps and took the win followed by McLeod, Carlos Nando, Brenton Franklin and pole sitter Ty Larsen.

Going into the final two weeks of the 2007 season the Super Late Models return for their final race of the season joined by the Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, 4 Cylinder Bombers, Pure Stocks and V8 Thunder Stock Rookies. Added to the program will be “Dare To Win” races for all those division participants who haven’t ever made it to Victory Lane. November 10th will close out the season with the TBARA Winged Sprint Cars finishing their season at Citrus plus a full race card for the grand finale to the 52nd year of racing at Citrus County Speedway. The Awards Banquet will be at the Citrus County Auditorium on Friday night, December 14th so get your tickets on race nights or at the Speedway Office. No tickets will be available at the door for the banquet.

Neumann Takes Both Citrus L.M. Twin 50 Wins

October 22nd, 2007

A short 12 car Late Model field came loaded with talent. They went into time trials for qualifying and half the field ran in the 13 second bracket. Mike Bresnahan got fast time at 13.657 seconds followed by Scott Grossenbacher at 13.665 and Herb Neumann Jr. at 13.732. On the pill draw Bresnahan pulled the #4 inverting the top four qualifiers and putting Jim Smith on the pole. Smith came into the pits after time trials on 7 cylinders and had to swap cars with
Glen Webster making a fast trip to his shop to bring the old #3 car into the fray and putting Smith to the rear of the field in another car he had never driven for the start of the first race.

Grossenbacher moved up to the pole with Neumann on the outside. When the green fell Neumann won the race to turn one with Bresnahan in hot pursuit. The pair spent the entire, non-stop, 50 laps challenging for the lead while the rest of the field worked their way through traffic to lock onto position right to the checkered flag. Herb Neumann was able to hold off Mike Bresnahan for the first
of his two wins. Scott Grossenbacher came off the pole and fell back as far as fifth place in the early part of the race but came back to finish 3rd ahead of 4th starter Daniel Webster and John Gerstner finished in 5th, just where he started. The rest of the field finished with Jim Smith coming from the back of the pack to finish sixth, followed by Brock Ogelsby, Jason Rendell, Perry Lovelady, Dale Sanders driving Lovelady’s backup car, Johnny Sanders, and
Scott Holly who was visiting from North Carolina. Neal Gaither came to race but had mechanical problems that kept him out of both races.

After a 15 minute pit stop in the infield for adjustments the 12 cars lined up in reverse order of the finish except the two lapped cars from the first feature. Dale Sanders and Perry Lovelady took the front row and Lovelady won the race to turn one when the green flag flew to take the early lead and set the pace. Jim Smith started fifth and took the lead away from Lovelady while Neumann, Bresnahan, Webster and Grossenbacher worked their way through traffic and battled for position. Bresnahan and Webster made contact and both were sent to the rear on the restart after Webster spun out bringing out one of several caution flags. Neumann continued his march to the front taking the lead away from Jim Smith and locking down his second win of the evening with his FOR SALE sign on the right rear fender. Perry Lovelady managed to hang onto third at the finish line over Scott Grossenbacher, with Mike Bresnahan, Daniel Webster, John Gerstner, Dale Sanders, and Johnny Sanders finishing in that order. Scott Holly, Brock Oglesby and Jason Rendell did not finish.

With only 4 races left in their points’ season the Mini Stocks came in 13 cars strong and are chasing Steve Griffin for the 2007 championship. Johnny Siner started on the pole and had eyes on making it three wins in a row but Clint Foley had other ideas in mind and made short work of the five cars in front of him when the green flew and took his 7th win of the season. Siner managed to hold out for 2nd at the finish line with Dan Smith in hot pursuit but he
was D.Q.’d in tech. Rounding out the top five were Michael Lawhorn, point’s runner up George Neumann who trails Griffin by 38 points going into the final three races of the season and Don Faunce picking up fifth. Siner and Foley took the heat wins.

Nineteen cars made for an exciting 4 Cylinder Bombers 20 lap main event with 5th starter Jeremy Sharrone taking the point in lap 5 and setting the pace right to the checkered flag for his 3rd feature win of the season. Patric Conner made a last lap pass on three cars to lock down a second place finish just a half car length ahead of Phil Edwards. Point leader Jeff Eberly rolled from 14th starting spot to finish fourth just ahead of point runner up Travis Hoefler. Heat winners were Sharrone and Robert Carter.

Lots of lead changes made for a great Pure Stock feature run with a starting field of 24 cars. Bobby Taylor hopped into his brother, Andy’s car and drove from 12th to Victory Lane for his 9th win of the season. It didn’t come easy with all the traffic in front of him and 18th starter and point leader Bill Ryan charging after him. Ryan settled for second as he did in last week’s Enduro race. Rick Shahid finished in third spot right where he started followed by Jesse Veltman who drove from 19th to fourth. Steve Hise made his way from 13th to fifth when the checkers flew. Heat wins went to Rick Ray,
John Drye and Rick Shahid.

The V8 Thunder Stock Rookies topped off the racing action with a pair for 20 lap feature races. The rained out make up race had 16 returnees and the 2nd race wound up with 26 cars taking the green flag. Eddie Rosasco was a man on a mission going from 8th to the checkered flag for the win. Cotee Clark was able to keep him in sight but just couldn’t catch him and having to settle for second over Tim Eisenhower, Mike Martin and Anthony Martinez. Twenty six
cars started the second feature and despite the traffic jam Eddie Rosasco scored his second win of the season and the night. Ed Steinmann held out for second over Cotee Clark, Arden Franklin and Chad Fairbanks.

Next Saturday night will be “Trick or Treat Night” for the kids and double features for the Open Wheel Modifieds and the Figure 8 cars. Added to the regular schedule will be the Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, V8 Thunder Stocks and the traveling Mini Cup Cars from all over the state of Florida. A full schedule and Fun for the kids getting up close and personal with the drivers who will have all the candy they can handle on the speedway during Trick or Treat.

Robert Ray Banks $5,000 Citrus Enduro 150 Win Purse

October 16th, 2007

The 50 lap Figure 8 special kicked off the evening of wild action with a 15 cars taking the green flag for 100 trips through the intersection where timing is everything with traffic moving in two directions. That timing proved to change the end result in the final 10 laps when the 8th running car misjudged the leaders run for the criss cross well ahead of the rest of the field. Darryl Hage came off the outside pole and set the pace for the first 25 laps when a caution came out for a wreck in the intersection. Seventh starter Joey Catterelli worked his way through traffic to lock onto the leader’s rear bumper followed by Robbie Hage, Wayne Calkins, and Robbie Aaron in a nose to tail freight train. The rest of the field got spread out and made it a scary trip through the intersection for the leaders.

Several accidents occurred in the interim and on the restart at lap 25, Catterelli starting making his moves on Darryl Hage. Darryl started fading around lap 30. Catterelli and the rest of the field made their charge for the final 20 laps with Catterelli leaving the rest of the field behind by a half lap before lap 40 changed the whole picture when John Thomas got t-boned in the driver door by the leader taking them both out of action. Both drivers walked away from the accident but their race cars needed help getting back to the pits. Wayne Calkins chased new leader Robbie Hage for five laps before he managed to make his way to the point and into Victory Lane for the win. Robbie Hage held out for second over a hard charging Clifford Rousseau, Danny Hage and Darryl Hage rounding out the top five. Only 8 cars finished the race.

Thirty four racers took on the 150 lap Enduro race and Bill Ryan wasted no time taking the point from his 3rd starting spot. Ryan lapped the entire field by lap 15 and looked like he was going to run away with the race with very few interruptions. A red flag came out after 66 laps and the restart added the chicane to the oval so the drivers had a left hand turn off turn two to the intersection of the Figure 8 track and then a right turn out to turn three and back left on the oval. This made for more excitement and allowed some of the lapped cars to make up their lap. Everyone was keeping their eye on Robert Ray who started 18th and was a lap down on the restart. Robert charged to 3rd place, still a lap down, then to second then catching Ryan to on lap himself. He still had to come through all that traffic to catch Ryan in the run for the lead. Another red flag came out after 100 laps and the field went in reverse direction for the final 50 laps. That’s where Robert turned up the boost and took the point away from Bill Ryan and lapped the entire field before the checkers came out for his win. The final finish wasn’t decided until the night was over, all score cards were checked and tech inspection was complete. Bill Ryan held out for second and $2,000 followed by lapped cars Jay Seykora, Steven Hise and Eric Sharrone rounding out the top five.

Two of the School Bus drivers spent the intermission giving the kids rides for about 20 minutes through the Figure 8 course and then the Pro School Bus Figure 8′s got down to business putting on one heck of a show with 18 buses going two and three wide around the turns and sometimes four wide through the intersection. This one had the crowd on their feet for all 20 laps and the ooohs and aaaahs when the traffic jammed up the intersection were unbelievable. When the checkers flew 18th starter Michael Gamache drove through all that traffic, took the lead in lap 18 made his way to Victory Lane. Dwayne Fults, Figure 8 winner Wayne Calkins, Travis Nichols and Brent Fults locked in the top five spots.

Then the Rookies put ten busses on the track for a 20 lap run and one scary moment changed the whole picture when it was all over. James Armstrong’s bus stalled in the intersection causing mass confusion and two racers made contact putting John Drye up on two wheels and just short of rolling the bus. On the restart Phillip Perry locked onto the lead and it was all over for the rest of the field as he never looked back until the checkers flew. Holding out for second was Ryan O’Neal, Justin Cretty, Jay Seykora and Gene Gamache.

Next up, it was the 13 car, Boat Trailer Race that saw mass destruction from the get go. Several cars lost their boats on the first lap and then trailers started coming on attached. They raced the oval and the chicane for 20 laps and when the smoke cleared the track was littered with boats, trailers and car parts with only 5 of the starters finishing with something in tow. Taking the win was Michael Gamache for his second of the night. Curtis Youmans had his boat and trailer still in tact until he came off turn four for the checkers his trailer hit the wall, came off the trailer and his trailer came off the hitch at the start finish line but he still held out for second. Don Welter finished third followed by Larry Triana who dragged an upside down trailer from lap 2 right down to the finish line. Larry Welter Sr. locked down 5th place.

Fifteen competitors took the green flag for the Demo Derby and the crashing and banging went on for about 20 minutes with Jason White in the 8 Ball probably the most active driver in the field. Jeremy Graves and Steven Rib got in some pretty good hits on the rest of the field as well but when all was said a done it wound up in the most unusual finish in Demo Derby history. The three drivers went at each other for about 5 minutes before two of them got locked up and couldn’t break lose. Jason White went for one final hit on the two cars that were locked up and he wound up getting locked up with Rib and Graves. For the first time the top three split the entire purse in a three way tie.

It’s back to serious business next Saturday night at Citrus County Speedway as the Super Late Models go at it in back to back Twin 50 lap feature races. Resuming their race for the points’ Championship, the Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks and 4 Cylinder Bombers turn up the heat with only four weeks left in the season. The V8 Thunder Stock Rookies will be running double features in a make up for their rainout on September 29th.

Bresnahan #66 Batting .666 in Citrus Late Model Action

October 9th, 2007

Eighteen of Florida’s best Super Late Model pilots took the green flag for their ninth race of the year for the 2007 Championship Crown. With only one point race remaining for the season Mike Bresnahan had his way with everyone except runner up Herb Neumann Jr. who at this point is the only driver that even has an outside chance to take the Championship away from Bresnahan. Richie Smith, doing triple duty, got his first ride in the Glen Webster #33 racer, won the pole position and took the field through the first ten laps
of their 35 lap feature before opening the door to Bresnahan and Neumann to go to the point. It was a battle royal for Bresnahan and Neumann which ended in a real tight finish at the checkers with Bresnahan making it 6 wins for 9 races and an additional 4 point cushion in his point lead. Meanwhile, Richie Smith did an outstanding job of holding off the rest of the field for a third place finish over Daniel Webster who drove from 9th to 4th followed by 7th starter Scott Grossenbacher. Heat wins went to Danny Johnson and Daniel Webster.

Mike Veltman continued his march up the point ladder in pursuit of his fifth Sportsman Championship as he set the pace early in their 20 lap main from his 7th starting spot. Lots of position changes were going on behind him and when it came down to the final 5 laps it was 14th starter and point leader Fred Tuski looking for the opening to snatch the flag away from Veltman. Another close finish with Veltman taking his 7th win of the season and closing in on Tom Posavec and Fred Tuski in the race for the crown but needs to overcome a 54 point Tuski lead with only 3 races left before it’s all over for the season. Tuski held out for second over Dustin Aaron while Doc James Batson took his daughter’s Street Stock and motored his way from 17th to a 4th place finish making the pass at the line over Mike Ruff. Veltman and Chris Cross took the heat wins.

Street Stocks put on a real barn burner with a 23 car field taking the green flag in their 20 lap main and all the heavy hitters starting towards the rear of the pack. This one had the crowd on their feet several times throughout the race with one wreck taking out point leader Curtis Flanagan and black flagging Jay Witfoth for the accident. Wayne Heater came off the pole and set the pace for 19 laps before a gaggle of racers were three wide in turn 4 in the race
for the checkers. Richie Smith took the low groove, Tim Alexander in lane 2 and Heater was on the outside when all three cars made contact in the turn putting Heater in the wall. Smith came across the line as the apparent winner side by side with Alexander but after a great deal of discussion the spin out rule of taking the leader out came into play and the win was given to Wayne Heater and Smith was put back to 15th at the finish. The controversy didn’t end
there as Heater weighed in 200 lbs light and he was D.Q’d in tech with Tim Alexander inheriting his first win of the year. Rounding out the top five were Tim Wilson, Todd Downs, Jason VanOchten and Ted Taylor who flew in from New York and drove his brother Bobby Taylor’s racer which was scheduled to run in the rained out 50 lap feature at Ocala Friday night. Todd Downs inherited the 1st heat win on the Heater D.Q. while Tim Alexander and Jason VanOchten claimed
the wins in the 2nd and third heat. Curtis Flanagan still holds and 15 point lead over Richie Smith with three races left in the season. This one will go right down to the wire.

Twelve Mini Stocks took the green flag for their 20 lap main. Johnny Siner was a man on a mission as he came off the pole and never looked back for his second win of the season. Clint Foley was the “Hard Charger” from his 7th starting spot to put on a run to the line for a bumper to bumper second place finish. Mark Powers ran in the top five all evening and took third over Mike Lawhorn and point runner up George Neumann who got tagged early in the race for the second week in a row. Point leader Steve Griffin at one point was
going after the lead but was taken out late in the race and wound up with and 8th place finish but still holds the point lead over George Neumann by 44 points with four races left in their season.

Balancing out the local point races were 22, 4 Cylinder Bombers. This turned out to be another barn burner with the fans on their feet for the finish. After an early crash last week Jeff Eberly was intent on regaining his point lead over Travis Hoefler. Jeff made a run at his son Chris Eberly who had the early lead, and went on to set the pace until lap 19 when 14th starter Jon Layard came to the front and snatched the win away from Jeff in a side by side finish. Eberly regained a 17 point lead with his second place finish and heat win while Hoefler had to settle for an 8th place finish in the feature and a 3rd in the heat race. John DeGeorge was a definite threat to the front runners but had to settle for a third place finish over Phil Edwards and Joshua Fairchild. Heat winners were Jeff Eberly, Jon Layard and Patric Conner.

Billy Gise out of Auburndale had the Florida Open Wheel Lite races pretty well covered taking flag to flag wins in both his heat and their 20 lap main event. Phil Krauthhoff out of Stuart locked on to his heat win and picked up a second place finish in their feature. Third spot went to Jacksonville’s Rick Lundeen followed by Roger Richmond out of Port Charlotte and Jason Stout also out of
Jacksonville.

The FMARA Midgets ran a 25 lap feature only with 7 cars taking the green flag. Brandon Cagle put the hammer down from the get go and never looked back for the win. Ted Durfee, Ernie Teed Jr., Fast Freddie Stutz and Jack Duffy locked on to the balance of the top five spots. The Midget Association brought an extra car and needed a driver. As if Richie Smith wasn’t busy enough racing in three divisions he volunteered try out a Midget. Only problem, he couldn’t
get into the car comfortably and had to pass the ride onto Late Model driver John Gerstner. Gerstner found out driving one of these little T.Q.’s wasn’t an easy task.

Next Saturday night will feature the fun race of the year with the “Fall Fiasco” featuring School Bus Figure 8 races, a Boat Trailer Race, a 50 Lap Figure 8 race, The Enduro 150 for $5,000 to win and wrapping up the night with a Demo Derby.

20 Percent Chance of Rain Washes out 3 of 8 Citrus Speedway Features

October 2nd, 2007

The weather man promised a great night for racing and for some reason it just didn’t work out the way it was expected. An early shower prior to the gates opening and practice starting saw a brief shower and then the weather turned beautiful with a nice breeze to keep everyone comfortable. Things went well during practice and with a brief rain shower during the heat races but all went well until the Modified 2nd heat when the second of three rain showers brought out the caution flag and sending them to the pits and postponing their heat.

An hour was spent waiting out the shower and drying out the track with the
cooperation of 30 to 40 drivers before it was decided to run the 4 Cylinder Bomber & Pure Stock features to get the track back in condition for the Modifieds to get their heat race in the books. Drivers gave their thumbs up to resume racing and with all the rubber washed off it left a pretty slick track to work with for the rest of the evening.

Seventeen 4 Cylinder Bomber racers took the green flag in their 20 lap main. An
early crash on the 2nd lap took out point leader Jeff Eberly and ended his night with right front damage. In the meantime several lead changes took place before the final 2 laps saw point runner up 10th starter Travis Hoefler took the point and locked in his 3rd feature win of the season and closing the gap in Jeff Eberly in the run for the championship. John Kidwell came from 16 to second when the checkers flew but he lost out in tech in post race inspection moving14th starter John DeGeorge into second followed by Peter Nelson who started 15th. Patric Connor drove from 9th to finish fourth over Jeremy Sharrone who had to recover from an early incident that sent him to the rear of the field on the restart. Sharrone took the win in the first heat while John Kidwell lost out on his win in the second heat due to the D.Q. in the feature and Robert Carter inherited the win.

High car count for the night went to the Pure Stock division with 25 of 28
registered cars making their 20 lap feature. Starting position #13 was a lucky
number for Steve Hise as he worked his way through traffic to the point using the outside groove most of the way to Victory Lane for his first win in the division. He logged 4 feature wins in the V8 Thunder Stock Rookie division early in the season and was the first driver to be moved up to Pure Stocks. Fred Henick was the registered driver in the #60 race car, came off the outside pole, led most of the race, finished second but was disqualified when it was disclosed that Wayne Heater was the driver of the car. This moved 19th starter Bill Ryan to second and some more cushion in his point lead. Rounding out the top five were Glen Colyer, 14th starter Steven Stinedurf and 8th starter Chad Markland who battled for the lead at one point in the race. Rick Shahid, Steve Hise and Glen Colyer logged heat wins.

The Florida Pro Challenge Series brought in race cars from Georgia and Florida and these 5/8ths scale, motorcycle engine driven rockets spent the evening chasing J.L. Snowden out of Salt Springs, Fl. to the checkered flag in both their heat and 30 lap feature event. Ryan Rust from Port St. Lucie started sixth and didn’t look like he was going to be a problem for the rest of the field until he found some hidden power and moved to second over Brandon Williams out of Georgia. They see-sawed for the spot with Rust losing power late in the race and Williams took over the slot and looked like that was the way it was going to end. A caution came out and a determined Ryan Rust came back for the restart taking the spot away from Williams to lock down a second place finish. Williams held on for third ahead of pole sitter Paul White out of Eustis and another Georgia driver Kyle Plott.

Only 10 Mini Stocks took the green flag for their main event and after blowing an engine last week Johnny Siner made it his night to shine coming off the pole, setting the pace all the way to his first win of the season. In the final run for the flag George Neumann was hot on Siner’s rear bumper and Steve Griffin right in the hunt for a third place finish. Bad Luck continued to haunt Mike Lawhorn as he was taken out in his heat which he led all the way until the final lap. He did salvage a fourth place finish in the 20 lap feature event over Ron Armillei. Siner and Neumann logged heat wins.

Phillip Rook wasted no time setting up a big lead in the Sportsman feature to log his second win of the year. Meanwhile lots of action was going on behind him with Richie Smith and Fred Tuski working their way from the middle of the 14 car field to finish 2nd and 3rd respectively. Sixth starter Sal DeFranco managed to hold off the rest of the field for 4th place his best finish since getting started at Citrus in April. Ernie Reed locked down 5th when the checkers flew. Mike Veltman and Fred Tuski took the heat wins. Tuski underwent a complete money protest tear down and he was declared legal at 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning, taking home the money and his race engine in boxes and bags.

Again the field was set for the Modified 30 lap feature race when the bottom fell out and despite another concerted effort to dry out the track in time to get the final three features in before the 11 p.m. curfew the drivers were called to tech to see if they wanted to race on a wet surface and the answer was “NO” after they were given the alternative of racing double features on their next scheduled race night. The Open Wheel Modifieds and the Figure 8′s will run Double Features on October 27th and the V8 Thunder Stock Rookies will go for two feature races on October 20th.

Next Saturday night will feature the return of the Super Late Models, Sportsmen, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, 4 Cylinder Bombers in point’s races plus two traveling series with the Florida Open Wheel Lites and Florida Midget Racing Association with a full contingency of races from all over the state.

October 13th will feature the “Fall Fiasco” featuring a 150 lap Enduro Race going after a $5,000 to win purse plus a Demo Derby, a 50 Lap Figure 8 Race, a School Bus Figure 8 Race and a Boat Trailer Race. Advanced tickets are on sale at the pit office and grandstand ticket booth on race night for $10 for everyone. This is going to be a sellout and you should plan on getting your tickets early.

Doc Batson Wins Citrus Street Stock 50

September 24th, 2007

Twenty of 21 Streets Stocks went on the clocks to open up the evening of action with Jeff Stalnaker turning a 16.191 to set the fast time in early qualifying only to see his brother Mike follow him with a 16.183. The balance of the field ran in the mid 16 and 17 second bracket before Richie Smith, the winningest driver at Citrus, came out as the next to last qualifier and turned a 16.105 second run. He pulled the 12 pill to invert the top 12 qualifiers to make an interesting starting order with the heavy hitters having a lot of
traffic to deal with to get to the front.

Tom Martone shot from the outside pole when the green flag flew with pole sitter Tim Nocella sliding into second followed by Artie Hewitt. The fast qualifiers all took to the outside lanes in pursuit of the leader and started picking off cars on each lap. Ninth starter and 4th fast qualifier Doc Batson borrowed daughter Crystal Batson’s car and he worked his way to the front in the first 15 laps. Chasing him were Mike Stalnaker, Richie Smith and Jeff
Stalnaker all using that outside lane to get around traffic then it was a battle royal for position when Mike Stalnaker and Richie Smith worked their way around Doc Batson and got hooked up in a battle for the lead. The restart put Batson back in the lead for the final 15 laps of the race checking out on Jeff Stallnaker, Tom Martone, Mike Loudy, Tim Alexander and Mike Stallnaker who recovered from the earlier caution flag. When the checkers flew, that’s the way they finished but tech inspection saw Tom Martone take a disqualification for refusing to tear down and moved the rest of the field up to round out the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Ernie Reed, Don
Paugh, Tim Nocella, Jason VanOchten and Jon Buzinec.

Only 14 Late Models made the trip with the threatening weather but it was quite a match race for the win in their 35 lap main event. Herb Neumann managed to outrun 5 time winner Mike Bresnahan in the race for the flag that ended with a green white checker finish. Daniel Webster took his new Bill Kart ride to a third place finish over Dale Sanders. Scott Grossenbacher got into a couple of caution flag scrapes that sent him back to the rear of the field twice but he managed to roll across the line in fifth. Webster and Jason
Rendell took the heat wins. This was only the 8th race of the year for the Super Late Models at Citrus so their race for the championship has been very limited. Bresnahan maintains the lead by 12 point over Neumann with only two scheduled races left for the season.

Sixteen Sportsmen went to war in their race for the 2007 championship chasing Fred Tuski for the crown. Mike Veltman started the night off with a heat win and then lined up in the 9th starting spot for their 20 lap feature run and proceeded to march to Victory Lane for the second week in a row and his 6th win of the season. Ernie Reed lost the lead to Veltman but managed to hold off 13th starter Fred Tuski in the race for second followed by point runner
up Tom Posavec. Rounding out the top five was Dustin Aaron who outran Richie Smith in the run for the flag. Richie Smith won the second heat.

Twelve cars took on the 3/8ths mile in the Mini Stock 20 lap main and Dan Smith started 3rd, locked onto the point from the green flag and never looked back for his first win of the season. Young Mark Powers mentioned he was in a slump after recovering from a crash several weeks ago, took the win in the first heat and chased Dan Smith to the checkers for a solid second place finish. Don Faunce had his best finish of the season winning out over point leader Steve Griffin in the race for third. George Neumann got pushed into
the infield early in the race and was held up in traffic at the tailend of the pack but managed to finish fifth. Michael Lawhorn took another heat win but ran into problems in the feature that saw him with a 10th place finish. Steven Smith, the son of former champion J.D. Smith and brother of former champion Jim Smith took his first competitive Mini Stock ride for a sixth place finish.

The 4 Cylinder Bombers came on 18 cars strong and Chris Harvey and Dan Haag had a major match race for the lead going on during the early laps. Haag spun out and that ended his run for the flag then Chris Harvey had to contend with Travis Hoefler and Jeff Eberly as they battled for position and the point lead. Hoefler apparently lost power in the final two laps leaving Eberly the opening to go around Harvey for his 5th win of the season. Harvey held out for
second followed by Phil Edwards, Patric Conner and John DeGeorge. Hoefler managed a 6th place finish plus a heat win for the night. Dan Haag won the second heat.

Pure Stocks had some heavy traffic to contend with, starting 27 cars and losing about 8 cars before the checkers flew. Mike Veltman continued his winning ways motoring his way from 17th to Victory Lane for the second week in a row. Rick Shahid started third and set the pace for most of the race only to fall to second when the checkers flew. Chad Markland outran John Drye in the race for third. Victor Shahid started 9th and finished fifth and added a heat win to his resume. Point leader Bill Ryan and Bobby Taylor took the other
heat wins.

It was Jesse Veltman following in the Veltman tradition with his second consecutive win in the V8 Thunder Stock Rookie division. Twenty cars watched him shoot from 7th to the lead and put the rest of the field to sleep before the checkers flew. Another new arrival on the Rookie scene is Ed Steinmann who gave Veltman some heat but had to settle for second followed by Mike Martin, Alex Wilder and Jeff Eisenhower.

In Mini Cup action Devin McLeod took the win in both the heat and feature. Carlos Nando see-sawed with Brady Marshall in the race for second spot followed by Brenton Franklin and Mike Holt. Mini Cups will return on October 27th for Trick Or Treat night.

Next Saturday night will see another 8 division race card featuring the Florida Pro Challenge Racers plus Open Wheel Modifieds, Figure 8′s, Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks, V8 Thunder Stocks and 4 Cylinder Bombers in action.

Eight Divisions Provide Citrus Fans Tons of Racing Excitement

September 17th, 2007

Richie Smith was the busiest driver of the night, racing in three different divisions and locked in wins in two out of three feature races. His first win of the night came against a 22 car field in the Street Stock division where he started 18th and drove his way to his 14th win of the season and within 19 points of taking the lead in the points’ chase. Johnny Zuidema III came off the outside pole to hold off the hard charges of Frank Stromquist to finish second. Point leader Curtis Flanagan started 14th and lost out to Stromquist
by half a car length in the race for third and Tim Wilson managed to hold out for a fifth place finish. Wayne Heater, Flanagan and Stromquist added heat wins to their Saturday night at the races.

Smith came back to take over the wheel in his Sportsman racer and got caught up in the first of several early crashes that just about took him out in the first lap. Nineteen cars took the green but only 11 finished in what turned out to be quite a crasharama. Third starter D.J. Macklin managed to use the outside groove when things settled down and took the lead away from J.T. Renau and then proceeded to hold off the rest of the field for his second win of
the season. Bobby Taylor gets the Hard Charger award coming from 11th, avoiding all the wrecks in front of him and finishing second. Fred Tuski was another early leader and looped it on turn four late in the race but came back to hold out for a third place finish over Tom Posavec and Richie Smith. Heat wins went to Macklin and Tuski.

The Mod Squad came in 13 cars strong with Harold Cannon coming off the pole and setting the early pace being chased by Doug Miller and Ritchie Smith. Smith was a man on a mission taking to the outside lane early and challenging for second right off the get go. Then he worked on Cannon, making the pass for the point before Cannon looped it on turn four sending him to the rear of the pack and ultimately a DNF. When Ritchie took the point, it was all over but the
celebration in Victory Lane for his first Modified win. Teddy Nelson crossed the line in second place but on the final restart he jumped one spot getting penalized two spots for the finish giving second place to defending champion Kyle Bookmiller. Doug Miller held out for third followed by point leader Teddy Nelson and Stephen Harbuck in what turned out to be a gang buster race. Harold Cannon and Stephen Harbuck took the wins in their heat races.

When the green flag dropped for the Mini Stock feature it was all over but the shouting with George Neumann taking a flag to flag win for his fifth win of the season in search of his fifth Championship and closing on point leader Steve Griffin. Dan Smith started on the outside pole and spent all 20 laps holding off 10th starter Clint Foley in the race for second. Rounding out the top five were Mike Lawhorn and Steve Griffin. Heat wins went to Neumann and Smith.

Eighteen 4 Cylinder Bombers took the green flag in the first of the 8 feature races for the night. Another six car run for the win developed with 9th starter Phil Edwards making a late pass on point leader Jeff Eberly to take the checkers in their 20 lap main event. Eberly and Travis Hoefler are in the hunt for the point’s championship and they started 7th and 8th and Eberly outran Hoefler to the line finishing nose to tail. Jon Doucette drove his way from 17th to 4th just ahead of Bobby Richardson. Heat winners were Hoefler and Tim Scalise.

Mike Veltman was the big gun in the Pure Stock action driving from his 10th starting spot to take his first win in the division. Bill Ryan started 18th and just didn’t have quite enough for Veltman at the checkers and settled for second over Steven Steindurf who started 11th. Sixteenth starter John Drye made his way through a lot of traffic to take fourth over Mike Dubbs. The top three all took their heat wins.

Jesse Veltman jumped in the same car that Mike drove and added his first win in the V8 Thunder Stock Rookie division from his 4th starting spot. Richard Dinkins took second with Bruce Asbel in his rearview but Asbel was the only D.Q. of the night. Ed Steinmann inherited third over Kyle Dubbs and Arden Franklin.

Rounding out the night of excitement were the Figure 8′s and the intersection got busy early with 19 cars in the running. Paul Grynewicz took the point when the green flag dropped, survived a rear end crash, and became the 11th different winner in their 11th race of the season. Chasing him to the flag was Robbie Aaron, Robbie Hage, Bob Hage and Curtis Youmans. Youmans continues to lead the local points’ race by 18 over Bob Hage. The Figure 8′s are also in a
two track Championship run for the final weeks of the season running a separate points’ race at Citrus and Auburndale with most of the races scheduled for Citrus County Speedway. They will be back on September 29th.

Next Saturday night will see the return of the Super Late Models who have been limited to just 7 races this season due to weather conditions on their race nights. Added to the program will be a non points, 50 lap Street Stock race plus Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks, V8 Thunder Stocks and 4 Cylinder Bombers.

Dude Teate Rockets to TBARA Win at Citrus

September 10th, 2007

Joining them were the PBG Legends, The Bandelaros and racing for local points were the Street Stocks, Pure Stocks and 4 Cylinder Bombers plus the V8 Thunder Stock Rookies getting some seat time for their eventual move to the Pure Stocks or above.

Only 19 of the 20 Sprint cars registered were able to make the field for the 30 lap main event with Jim Alvis on the pole and Shane Butler on the outside lane after winning the first two heats. It took three attempts to get the race going as Jim Alvis was a little too anxious to take the point. On the third attempt they got a good start and Alvis launched his 800 horsepower rocket to the point and continued to set the pace for the first 16 laps. The rest of the
field tried to find their way through some very heavy traffic and three extremely slow cars that were definitely outclassed by the regulars on the series trail and caused some passing problems. The race only saw four caution flags and saw Keith Butler, point leader Troy DeCaire and 5 time winner David Steele getting disqualified by officials with TBARA. Dude Teate moved from 5th to the point in lap 17 and led the field to the checkered flag for his first win of 2007. Jim Alvis held out for a distant second with Shane Butler
chasing him to the line for a third place finish. Bo Hartley moved from his 10th starting spot to outrun rookie of the year competitor Brian Gingras in the race for fourth. Rounding out the top ten were Gary Gimmler, Mark Gimmler, Larry Brazil Jr., all finishing 30 laps with the final two, one lap down, Stan Butler and Tommy Nichols.

Dude Teate also added the third heat to his resume for the evening.

Ben Fritz did not start his heat or the feature.

In local action the Street Stocks hit the track 20 strong and it was a battle royal for the big guns coming from the rear of the field who spent the evening chasing pole sitter Alvin Williamson. Artie Hewitt spent most of the race in a side by side battle for the lead with Williamson. Several cautions came out and the two front runners continued to battle before 13th starter Jay Witfoth took advantage of the final caution and made the move around the front four to take the point and the checkered flag for his first win of the season. Eighteenth starter Richie Smith looking for his 14th win of the season got caught up in traffic and was running fifth for the final restart and made the move to second when he crossed the start finish line. Alvin Williamson salvaged a third place finish over 8th starter Todd Downs and 11th starter Curtis Flanagan. Williamson won the first heat, Flanagan picked up the win in the second heat and Artie Hewitt took the checkers in the third heat.

Pure Stocks put 24 cars on the starting grid for their 20 lap feature and again the hot shoes were in the rear of the field and had to battle their way through some very heavy traffic to get to the front. Several crashes took out some of the big guns early but when the dust cleared 15th starter Bobby Taylor took his 7th win of the season outrunning 10th starter Mike Veltman in the race for the checkers. Point leader Bill Ryan was in the mix for his 7th win but had to settle for third over Steve Hise and early leader Victor Shahid. Heat winners were John Drye, Steve Stinedurf and Mike Veltman.

Brandon “The Hammer” Elwood burned the 4 Cylinder Bomber 19 car field from his 14th starting spot to take his 4th win of the season leaving the field in his dust for the final five laps of their 20 lapper. Pole sitter Chris Harvey managed to hold off the rest of the field for a second place finish being pushed by 11th starter Bobby Richardson, 9th starter John DeGeorge and Joshua Fairchild rounding out the top five. Fairchild was running second and challenging for the lead when he apparently lost power on the final run for the
flag, coasting across the line for his fifth place finish with point leader Jeff Eberly right beside him.

Chris Harvey and Jon Layard locked in the heat wins.

The PBG Legend Series had 17 cars make the trip to Citrus and qualified on the clocks with Brandon Thomson out of St. Cloud running a 15.407 time as fast qualifier. When they got the green flag for the start of their 35 lap main Thomson’s racer died at the start finish line and he was out before it really got started good. Chelsea Schillig got the pole and second fast qualifying time and held the lead for the first part of the race before Kory Abbott made
the pass and left the field behind to race Chelsea for the second spot. Josh Williams, Darin Koker, Mike Fazio, Tony Sansom and Jimmy Norman were all in the mix but Chelsea held them off and they finished in that order.

Only 5 Bandeleros made the trip and driver simply known as Critter took the #12 car to the front for the win in both their heat and 15 lap feature. Mark Hoven and Donovan Ponder were the only two other cars to finish the feature for second and third. Gerald Campbell ran fourth having to pull out in lap 12 and Donovan Ponder only got 7 laps in before he broke.

Wrapping up the night were seventeen V8 Thunder Stock Rookies in what appeared to be a demolition derby on three attempts to get the race started. On a fourth attempt they got underway with a single file restart and managed to keep things going for 20 laps. Mike Martin started 5th and picked up the point early in the race setting the pace all the way to the checkered flag for his first win of the season. Richard Dinkins started 10th and finished second ahead of 9th starter Donnie Buckner, 12th starter Eddie Rosasco and 6th
starter James Zuidema.

Next Saturday night will feature the return of the Open Wheel Modifieds, Figure 8′s, Sportsman, Mini Stocks plus Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, 4 Cylinder Bombers and V8 Thunder Stock Rookies for an all local point race show.

Citrus Racers Lose to 3rd Rainout of the Season

August 29th, 2007

Management had anticipated waiting out the storm until 7:30 to see if it passed but it apparently just parked over Inverness dropping 2
to 3 inches of rain per hour and what few spectators were there ran for cover and stood in an inch or two of water unless they went totheir cars. Parking lots were pretty well flooded and the pit area was a quagmire. The races were called at 5:15 with a whole lot of soaking wet people who probably went home, dried out and watched the NASCAR NEXTEL race on tube.

It was a big disappointment for the Late Model division since they
have not raced in a points race at Citrus since July 28th. This is
their second rainout and there is no room in the schedule to make up
the rained out races. The Super Late Models are not scheduled to run
again until September 22nd. Currently Mike Bresnahan leads in the
point race with 4 feature wins out of only 7 races this season. Herb
Neumann Jr. is trailing Bresnahan by 13 point and is still looking
for his first feature win. He has a 9 point lead over Daniel Webster
who is also looking for his first trip to Victory Lane. Keith Zavrel
trails Webster by six points with one feature win and the only other
feature winner is defending champion Scott Grossenbacher who is just
1 point behind Zavrel to round out the top five. It’s a tight race
but if you can’t race it literally sucks.

With only 11 weeks left in the regular season next Saturday night
will feature the Open Wheel Modifieds, Mini Cup Cars, Figure 8′s,
Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks and the V8
Thunder Stocks, weather permitting of course. TBARA Sprint cars
return in two weeks along with the PBG Legends on September 8th.
September will see five race nights.

Teddy Nelson Continues To Lead Citrus Modified Action

August 22nd, 2007

Teddy Nelson won the outside pole position for the 15 car Open Wheel Modified 30 lap main and took command of the race from the get go. Unfortunately he had to make the move again when Kyle Bookmiller, going after the second spot, got into the wall and spun down towards the infield causing, a chain reaction, 8 car crash on the front straight just beyond the start finish line. When the smoke cleared Adam May’s car was on top of Bobby Taylor with Ricky Coffin and Jay Coleman in that knot while Mike Stalnaker, Robbie Cooper and Kyle Bookmiller were knotted up beside them. James Houle was the 8th car in the mess but he went into the infield unscathed. On the restart there were only 9 cars able to take the green and again Nelson took the point and left the rest of the racers behind to battle for position. Nelson built up a pretty good lead before Curtis Neumann made his way into second and gave it his all to catch Nelson in the final lap. In the run for the flag Neumann made his way into the low groove and missed taking the win by a half car length to Teddy
Nelson who put some more cushion in his point lead and recorded his third win of the season. Doug Miller outran Ritchie Smith and Harold Cannon in the run for third. Nelson and Neumann shared the heat wins.

Fred Tuski popped to the top of the Sportsman leader board picking up his second win in three races. Tuski set the pace early and left the rest of the 12 car field to battle it out for second. Mike Veltman closed the gap late in the race after getting held up in traffic in the early stages but it wasn’t enough when the checkers flew. Johnny Zuidema came off the pole to set the early pace but slipped back to fifth before recovering and holding out in the race for third over Tom Posavec and Ernie Reed. Posavec fell from the top
spot by 2 points despite his third place finish. Heat winners were uski and D.J. Macklin.

Twenty of the 23 registered Street Stocks made their 20 lap main and Curtis Flanagan wasted no time coming through traffic from his 10th starting spot to take the lead and his 4th win of the season. Tim Alexander set the early pace and held out for a second place finish over Ritchie Smith who was caught up in traffic from his 16th starting position and going for his 14th win that will have to wait another week. Curtis continues to lead the point’s battle with
Richie in hot pursuit just 28 points off the pace. Wrapping up the top 5 were Mike Stalnaker and Todd Downs. Flanagan, Smith and Downs added heat wins to their resume.

George Neumann took the green flag from the outside pole when the Mini Stocks got the go sign but a first lap crash took out first timer Mitch Webb who found out the hard way that when you strap into a race car you really tighten down on those seat belts or they are going to hurt you. On the restart Neumann put the hammer down and never looked back, logging his fourth win of the season being chased by point leader Steve Griffin who settled for a solid second place finish. Robbie Yoakam came out for his first point race of the
season and came from 11th to finish third over Johnny Siner who was the first driver to respect the new turn around rule voluntarily saving Griffins spot by admitting it was his fault for the spin. Mark Powers is still trying to dial in his race car after a wreck he was in several weeks ago and he salvaged a fifth place finish after spinning out early in the race. Heat wins went to Siner and Neumann. Congratulations to Clint Foley and his wife on the birth of their 7 lb. 13 oz. baby boy at 7:50 last night while this race was running
and of course he missed the race for that event.

Bill Ryan continues his defense of the point lead in the Pure Stock Division scoring his 6th win of the season over the 26 car field from his 16th starting spot. Mike Veltman is making noise in the division after fielding a car that is driven by his nephew in the V8 Thunder Stock Rookie division. Veltman had the lead for a few laps before Ryan caught him and made the pass for the win. Veltman settled for a heat win and a solid second place finish over pole
sitter Victor Shahid. Eddie Davis ran in the top five throughout the race and locked onto 4th over Steven Stinedurf. Glen Colyer added another heat win to his resume and Rick Ray took the win in the third heat.

Travis Hoefler moved closer to the 4 Cylinder Bomber Crown by taking his second win of the season in the division and now trails Jeff Eberly by just 5 points. Peter Nelson had the early lead until Hoefler made his way through traffic to drop him to second when the checkers flew. Post race inspection took that spot away from Nelson for running illegal springs and sway bar. That moved John DeGeorge into second over Brett Jenkins, Jeff Eberly and Bobby Richardson. Heat winners were Eberly and Hoefler.

It was a wild 23 car Figure 8 run from start to finish. The first crash came in the first lap when Paul Grynewicz and Bill Ringheisen got together on turn 3 putting Ringheisen over the wall and Grynewicz on the wall. On the restart it was Bobby Towe making his way from 9th to the point and leading it the rest of the way home despite several more red flags. When the smoke cleared Towe became the 10th different winner of the season. Daryl Hage picked up second
with Cu tis Youmans on his rear bumper at the finish and the top spot in the points race by 10 points over Daryl. Joey Catterelli made his way from 15th to fourth followed by Robbie Hage when the flag flew.

Eighteen V8 Thunder Stock Rookies joined the chase in their 20 lap main event with Richard Dinkins picking up his second win in a row in only his third race. Mike Martin locked down second being chased by Cotee Clark who lost his third place finish in tech. Josh Long moved up to third due to the D.Q. followed by Tim Eisenhower and Jesse Veltman.

Next Saturday night the Super Late Models return to the lineup accompanied by the Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, V8 Thunder Stock Rookies and 4 Cylinder Bombers.

Richie Smith Claims 13th Street Stock Win at Citrus

August 14th, 2007

Turn 4 proved to be exceptionally difficult for all the divisions making it difficult to get a bite off that final run to turn off the clocks. This was a makeup race for the Mini Stock Challenge/ Southern Sportsman series from July 21st. The Gulf Coast Modifieds were on the regular schedule.

Mini Stock Challenge point leader Chris Thornton locked in fast qualifying time followed by Cody Blair, Jamee Ellis and local driver Jim Smith and Robbie Storer. Sixteen cars took the green for the first of three 50 lap features for the night. Jame Ellis took the early point with some heavy hitters in pursuit and wasting no time putting heat on the leader. Cody Blair ran second trying to hold off Chris Thornton, Jim Smith, Robbie Storer and Jonathan Camp. Thornton picked up the lead early and set the pace right to the checkered
flag with Jim Smith making a last lap run at him but having to settle for second. Robbie Storer held out for third with Jame Ellis sliding back to fourth from his pole position and Cody Blair rounding out the top five.

The Southern Sportsman had 20 cars on the roster and the final qualifier, Patrick Thomas, shut down the clocks at 14.925 on the 3/8ths mile for fast time. Richard Elkins qualified second and was the only other driver to get into the 14 second bracket with a 14.945 second run. When the green flew for their 50 lap main event pole sitter Ron Heard put his car on the point and was determined to stay there despite a lot of heat from Aaron Williamson, Tommy
Conquest Jr. and Richie Smith. Late in the race Aaron Williamson stayed on Heard’s rear bumper and literally took him out with 10 laps to go. Heard got his spot back and Williamson went to the rear for the restart leaving Richie Smith chasing Heard to the checkered flag and having to settle for a second place finish at his home track. Richard Elkins Jr. managed to hold off Tommy Conquest Jr. and Bart Weatherford in the race for third.

The Gulf Coast Modifieds went on the clocks with 11 cars making the show and it was a Curtis Neumann night setting fast time on the final qualifying lap with a 14.146 second lap and that put him on the pole. He took the green flag and spent the entire race looking back at Wayne Jefferson who used every bit of his modified experience he had to trying to make a pass on the young home town driver who grew up on Citrus County Speedway watching his Grandfather, his Dad and Uncle winning championships in three different divisions. The attrition rate was really rough in this division with only six of the eleven starters taking the checkered flag and despite all the restarts Curtis had this race under control putting just enough distance on the runner up Jefferson to take the win from flag to flag. Sean McLaughlin started fifth and finished third over Eric Rudd, Teddy Nelson and John E. Rogers the only cars
that finished.

After running second in the Southern Sportsman Series Richie Smith jumped into his Street Stock in pursuit of that evasive 13th win of the season in the division. Todd Downs started 4th and made his way to the point early in the race. Meanwhile Richie was working his way from his 16th starting position and moved into the top five by lap 10 of the 20 lap run. Despite several caution flags Downs looked like he was going to take the win with a big lead going into the white flag lap when caution came out again. On the restart Richie
Smith closed the gap and that’s all it took with Downs going wide off turn three and Richie making the pass to log another win. Mike Stalnaker, Artie Hewitt and Tim Wilson rounded out the top five. Curtis Flanagan and Downs won their heat races.

Pure Stocks had a 20 car field taking the green flag for their 20 lap feature run. Mike Dubbs took the early lead and held off Chad Markland stayed in the chase for the entire race. Point leader Bill Ryan methodically worked his way from 13th to the lead by lap 12 and motored on to Victory Lane for his 5th win of the season. Team mate Chad Markland managed to hold out for second followed by Jesse Mullis who was D.Q.’d in post race inspection. That gave Mike Dubbs
a third place finish over Glen Colyer and Rick Shahid. Ricky Henick and Mike Dubbs won their heat races.

Eighteen 4 Cylinder Bombers came ready to race and Joshua Fairchild popped out of his 4th starting spot to the point in two laps and it was all over but the celebration in the winner’s circle until he got to tech inspection where he was disqualified. Bobby Richardson moved up and for his second win of the season. Robert Carter had his best finish of the year claiming second after the D.Q. followed by Travis Hoefler who moved to within 11 points of regaining the point lead in the division. Jon Doucette out dueled Dan Haag in the race for 5th. John DeGeorge and Richardson claimed the wins in the heat races.

Closing out the night of action were the V8 Thunder Stock Rookies which has lost 4 drivers thus far this year after they were dominating the win column and moved up to Pure Stocks. Eleven cars took the green flag for their 20 lap main and 8th starter Richard Dinkins made his way through 3 and 4 deep traffic to take his first win in just 4 weeks of racing. Jesse Veltman moved from 9th to second in his second week in the car after recovering from a spin in
the first lap of the race. Chad Fairbanks locked on to third ahead of Jennifer Brown and Eddie Rosasco.

Next Saturday night will see the return of the local Open Wheel Modifieds after the scheduled FAST Trucks cancelled their race. It will be an all local show with 8 divisions on the schedule featuring the Figure 8′s, Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, 4 Cylinder Bombers and V8 Thunder Stock Rookies.

16 Heats – 8 Features Highlight Citrus Action Saturday

August 7th, 2007

Open Wheel Modifieds got back on track in the point races after their Twin 35′s were rescheduled to June 23rd. Those races were not for points so they haven’t raced since June 9th for points. Harold Cannon definitely had his race car dialed in as he led the 14 car field from flag to flag for his second feature win of the year. Teddy Nelson came into Saturday night’s races with the point lead and looked like he was on his way to his fourth win when he got into a minor wreck and the new spin out rule sent both cars to the rear
for the restart and then a cut down tire sent him to the pits putting him down two laps when he came back. Mitch Korzenski locked onto second after a wild battle with Kyle Bookmiller for the spot. The third place finish put Bookmiller into the points’ lead by 3 over Nelson. Doug Miller held out for fourth over James Houle. Miller and Richie Smith took the heat wins. Congratulations to Curtis Neumann for taking the $1000 bonus for accumulating the most points in the Citrus/Ocala Speedway 4 race series.

Sixteen Sportsmen took the green flag for their 20 lap main and chased Tom Posavec from the outside pole spot to the checkered flag for his second win of the season. The win moved him to the point lead by 3 points over Phillip Rook who finished 8th in the race. Mike Veltman again made a hard charge from 11th to second in search of his 6th feature win of the season. Chasing Veltman to the line was Ernie Reed, Jeff Rook who ran a solid race from his pole
starting spot and outrunning Mike Mennenga in the race for fourth. Reed and Posavec scored the heat wins. The rained out Southern Sportsman Series will replace the local Sportsman race scheduled for next week.

Kevin Harrod came off the pole position in the Mini Stock 13 car, 20 lap feature and set the pace all the way to the checkered flag with Richie Powers in pursuit from his 11th starting spot and only his 3rd race in quite a few years. Finishing third was point leader Steve Griffin but the race final results were changed after checking the heads of all of the top three. Harrod was D.Q’d, Richie Powers took his first win of the season and Steve Griffin put some cushion in his points’ lead with a second place finish. Clint Foley locked down third over Mike Lawhorn and Mark Powers. Griffin and Lawhorn
chalked up heat wins for the night. Johnathan Camp took a real scary ride in the first lap when his car was pushed up and on to the first turn wall. The car stayed upright and rode the wall for about 20 feet before it went over the wall and landed on all four wheels on the pit side of the wall. Johnathan came out of the car definitely shaken up but uninjured and that ended his night early. The rained out Mini Stock Challenge has been rescheduled for next Saturday which will replace the regular Mini Stock race on the schedule.

Street Stocks came out in force with 22 cars taking the green flag for their main event and wound up with another first time winner. Mike Loudy motored his way through traffic from his 9th starting spot to join the ranks of only five different winners in a division that has seen Richie Smith dominate with 12 wins out of 18 races. Michael Stalnaker gave it a last lap effort but had to settle for second after Phillip Rook was disqualified in post race inspection.
Richie Smith was also on his way to the front but finished in a rare 3rd place when the checkers flew. Rounding out the top five were Tim Wilson and Jason VanOchten in a race that saw a lot of side by side, 3 wide racing at all points on the track. Curtis Flanagan, Richie Smith and John Makula took the heat wins.

The 4 Cylinder Bombers had a tough time getting their race started with 5 caution flags in the first 3 laps. The last of the three cautions saw Burns Mothershed take a terrible ride off turn two, barrel rolling his race car 3 times. Burns came out of the car pretty well shaken up but uninjured and of course the car was done for the night. On the 3rd restart the division only had 3 minutes left on the clock but somehow they managed to stay green for the
next 15 laps with Jeremy Sharrone leading the pack all the way to Victory Lane for his first win of the year. Phil Edwards worked his way from 13th to second when the checkers flew but failed to make it through tech giving the spot to Johnathan Doucette. Point leader Jeff Eberly continued to put cushion in his point lead with a third place finish followed by John DeGeorge and Candie Moniz. Heat winners were Travis Hoefler, Sharrone and Bobby Richardson.

rapping up the regular show were 22 hard charging Figure 8 cars that lost out to rain in their last attempt on July 21st. With the full field it didn’t take long for things to happen in the intersection and the attrition rate dropped quite a few cars from the finish after 20 laps. Darryl Hage became the 9th different winner out of 9 races for the season. Wayne Calkins raced in the
front of the pack until the first caution came out and that put him back to about 8th on the restart then he came back through traffic and was giving Hage a run for his money when the checkers flew for a second place finish. Curtis Youmans moved to second in the points’ race with his third place finish after starting 14th. Holding out for fourth was Mike Wedlick being chased to the finish line by Danny Hage. Figure 8′s return in two weeks.

The Outlaw Mini Modifieds brought a 15 car contingency and put on a great show that saw Doug Hopper take charge from the green flag to the checkers in their 30 lap main. Charlie Lee, Billy Campbell, Marty Neikens and Tom Meyer locked down the top five spots. Meyer and Neikens also took wins in their heat races.

The Florida Open Wheel Lites brought in 10 cars from all over the state and they chased Phil Krathoff for all 20 laps of their main event. Sonny O’Sullivan advance from 10th to 2nd when it was all over followed Rick Lundeen, Rick Brayton and Roger Richmond. Heat winners were Krauthoff and Richmond.

Next Saturday sees the rescheduled Mini Stock Challenge/Southern Sportsman plus the Gulf Coast Modifieds and local races in the Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, V8 Thunder Stock Rookies and 4 Cylinder Bombers. Three traveling series plus the locals in points’ races. Practice will be on Friday night only this week.

Bresnahan Survives two Wrecks for 5th Citrus Win

August 1st, 2007

Nineteen Late Models tried to take the green flag three times during a light shower that saw three cars spin on the first lap of each restart due to wearing slicks and a slick track. They were sent to the pits to let the Street Stocks come out with their treaded tires that were able to handle the track better and the rain was over after their feature race. Seventeen racers took the green flag for the 35 lap main event and pole sitter Donnie Parkinson jumped to the point early and held off all challengers while battles for position went on behind him. Dale Sanders and Mike Bresnahan locked horns in
a side by side battle for 4th place spinning Bresnahan out in the first of his mishaps. Sanders went to the rear of the pack while Bresnahan picked up 4th on the restart. Bresnahan used the outside groove to go around Jim Smith and Daniel Webster before catching Parkinson in the run for the lead. Several more wrecks occurred at the back of the field bringing out caution flags before Bresnahan suffered major rear end damage but was able to take the lead on the
restart being chased by Daniel Webster, Jim Smith, Perry Lovelady and Herb Neumann Jr.. Webster was literally right on Bresnahan’s bumper when the white flag came out taking out Bresnahan and all the cars behind him on turn one. The race was called on where the cars were running in lap 34 and Webster was put to the rear of the lead lap with Bresnahan taking his fifth win of the year followed by Jim Smith, Perry Lovelady, Scott Grossenbacher and Herb Neumann Jr.. Heat wins went to Bresnahan, Morris and Dale Sanders.

Fourteen Sportsmen put on a great show with the front 10 cars battling side by side for the first 10 laps. Jeff Rook and Fred Tuski see sawed back and forth for the lead until Johnny Zuidema lost his engine in turn 3 and 4 bringing on the caution for a long clean up. Tuski took the green on the restart and held off the charges of 11th starter Mike Veltman right to the checkered flag.
When the checkers came out Tom Posavec and Rusty Bremer got caught up in a major crash putting both cars into the front stretch wall before they reached the start finish line and brought on the red flag. Tuski almost lost his first win of the season on his way to Victory Lane for photos when he continued to move after the red flag came out driving around the wreck. He was given the win despite the infraction with Veltman finishing second, Ernie Reed third, Phillip Rook fourth and Jeff Rook fifth. Tuski and Zuidema logged heat wins.
Mike Veltman survived a money protest and came up legal after a complete teardown.

It was a 19 car Street Stock gang that provided a lot of excitement with the quicker cars starting in the rear of the field and working their way through the pack. Despite a damp race track and a light sprinkle during the race the drivers managed put on a super run for the flag with pretty much the same outcome that has been going on all season long. Richie Smith started 16th and wound up in Victory Lane for the 12th time. Jeff Stalnaker seemed to be the only driver that had anything for Richie but had to settle for second over Tim
Alexander, outside pole sitter Frank Stromquist and Tim Wilson. This was another one of those side by side battles for about 10 cars for 10 laps in the early going. Heat wins went to Phillip Rook, Frank Stromquist and Mike Stalnaker.

Fourteen Mini Stocks took the green flag in their 20 lap feature run and Clint Foley worked his way from 5th to the point in lap 9 and scored his 6th win of the season continuing his chase for the points lead in third as of this race. Kevin Harrod took off from the pole position and set the pace for those first 9 laps but lost out to Foley at that point and spent the rest of the race holding off Mike Lawhorn, point leader Steve Griffin and defending champion George Neumann. A couple hot shoes were in the mix when the checkers flew
with Johnny Siner picking up 6th and Chris Hooker running 7th. Heat winner were Harrod and Lawhorn. The rained out Mini Stock Challenge and Southern Sportsman race has been rescheduled for August 11th.

Eighteen Pure Stocks went to war in their 20 lap main event and again more than enough excitement keeping the heavy hitters from repeating their ride to the winner’s circle. Bobby Taylor’s bid for his 7th win was short lived when it appeared that his fuel cell fell the through the trunk area of his race car. Rick Shahid went from 5th to first in the first few laps getting around Jesse Mullis while Bill Ryan worked his way from 13th to get in the leader mix at the mid point of the race. Ryan made his way around the front runners
and on to his 4th win of the season after logging the win in the first heat and maintaining his point lead in the division. Shahid held out for second over hard charging Kyle Peters and Rick Henick who shared the early lead with Shahid. Bobby Taylor took the win in the second heat before he lost his fuel cell.

Brandon the “Hammer” Elwood was the dominator in the 4 Cylinder Bomber feature wasting no time moving from his 22nd starting spot to the point and taking his third win of the season by half a lap over Patrick Connor and Anthony LaPoint. The “Hammer” breezed through tech but Connor was D.Q. d for offset wheels and LaPoint refused to tear down so that moved hard charging Bobby Richardson from 16th to second when all was said and done. Inheriting third was Jeff Eberly
who moved into first in the point race with point leader Travis Hoefler having early problems and 20th place finish. Rounding out the top five was Chris Harvey and Robert Carter. Heat Wins went to Elwood, Jenkins and John DeGeorge who crashed in the feature and finished 22nd.

Wrapping up the night of action were the V8 Thunder Stock Rookies and it looks like Ricky Shahid has run his last rookie race after scoring his 4th win of the season. He outran the 18 car field from flag to flag for his win followed by Josh Long who was disqualified in post race inspection. Richard Dinkins took over the ride in the #34 car and inherited a second place finish in only his second week in the field. Mike Veltman’s nephew Jesse Veltman locked in a third place finish in his first race ever while Kevin Veltman was in the
flager’s stand for much of the evening assisting Brent Fults. Eddie Rosasco outran Cotee Clark in the run for 4th from his 9th starting spot.

Next Saturday night sees the return of the Open Wheel Modifieds, Figure 8′s, Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, 4 Cylinder Bombers. Joining the regular divisions will be the Florida Open Wheel Lites and the Outlaw Mini Modifieds. The rained out Mini Stock Challenge, Southern Sportsman Series and the Gulf Coast Modifieds will run on Saturday, August 11th plus Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, V8 Thunder Stocks and 4 Cylinder Bombers.

Citrus Mini Stock Challenge/Southern Sportsmen Lose to Rainout

July 24th, 2007

The 3 o’clock practice session went on as scheduled with severe weather atches being posted from Citrus County south through Sarasota County. The Mini Stock Challenge racers got their time trials underway with Chris Zimmerman, Chris Hooker and Rex Christensen all turning in the 15 second bracket on the 3/8ths mile. Brian Dorer was taking the green flag for his first of two laps and the bottom dropped out shutting down his attempt to set a good
qualifying run. Five minutes later the drivers were sent to the pits to wait out the rain shower.

The fans sat through three different showers being promised an all feature race program if the track could be dried out before 7 p.m. The drivers pitched in after the rain stopped for the third time drying out the oval while the sweep crew worked frantically on clearing the Figure 8 intersection. They had just completed the job and were ready to go racing when the rain came again, ending any chance of racing this Saturday night. Needless to say there were a
lot of tired and disappointed drivers that had to turn around and make the drive home.

No announcement was made as to a makeup for the Mini Stock Challenge or Southern Sportsman race with both the Speedway and the series having pretty full schedules for the balance of the race season. Rain checks for the pits and grandstands will be honored for one of the next two race nights.

Friday night about 250 drivers and fans turned out for the open practice and Annual Appreciation Barbecue and there was plenty of great covered dishes, barbecued pork and chicken, great deserts and cold drinks provided by Mack Mills from the concession management. Thanks to the track for their sponsorship of this very successful event.

Next Saturday night will see the return of the Super Late Models, Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, 4 Cylinder Bombers and V8 Thunder Stocks for a full regular points race card. Open practice will be Thursday night.

Bresnahan Rolls to 4th Citrus Late Model Win

July 15th, 2007

Sixteen Late Models took the green flag for their 35 lap main with Dale Sanders on the pole and winning the drag race to turn one over Danny Johnson for the lead which he held for 15 laps while the rest of the field battled for position. Mike Bresnahan took on point leader Daniel Webster for most of the 15 laps before he went to the outside lane and made the pass to the point and never looked back despite a few caution flags. When the checkers flew Bresnahan locked in his 4th win of the season. Webster held out for second while Herb Neumann put the pressure on for the spot but had to settle for a 3rd
place finish while early leader Dale Sanders held off Keith Zavrel in the run for fourth. Heat winners were Scott Grossenbacher and Bresnahan.

Seventeen Sportsmen showed up for their 25 lap main event and 8th starter Mike Veltman wasted no time working the second and third groove on his way to the front and leaving the rest of the field in his tracks. Lots of position changes took place behind him and he went on to take the checkered flag for what appeared to be his 6th win of the season. A money protest and top and bottom tear down proved to find him illegal on the final part inspected in tech. This gave the win to 14th starter Richie Smith who seemed to be the only
driver that had anything for Veltman. With the D.Q. Tom Posavec moved up to second followed by Clint Foley, Phillip Rook and Ernie Reed rounding out the top five.

Twelve Mini Stocks took the green, tuning up for next week’s Mini Stock Challenge Series race. Kevin Harrod came off the pole and set a pretty heavy pace for 21 laps being chased by Mike Lawhorn and point leader Steve Griffin. Meanwhile Johnathon Camp was working his way through traffic from his 11th starting spot and snatched the lead away from Harrod in lap 21. With just 4 laps left to the checkers it was all over with Harrod holding out for 2nd followed by Richie Powers who moved from 10th to third after recovering from a
1st lap spin. Steve Griffin held out for 4th over Dan Smith who comes in from St. Petersburg to run at Citrus every week.

Street Stocks were as exciting as ever and when the checkered flag flew, 16th starter Richie Smith doubled up for the night and locked down his 11th win of the season in the division. At the halfway point of the season if he continues at this pace he will far exceed the most wins in one season by any driver over the 52 year history of the track. Tim Wilson shot to the front of the pack from the get go from his third starting spot and looked like he would be making
that trip to Victory Lane until Richie caught him in lap 21. Wilson settled for a solid second followed by Johnny Zuidema, Curtis Flanagan and Jason VanOchten.

Pure Stocks came 20 cars strong and as usual Bobby Taylor started at the end of the field and wasted no time working his groove and splitting the middle of a three wide race on his way to the front and his sixth trip to the Winner’s Circle. Bill Ryan gave him a race and may have had something for him at the end but he lost his overflow tank and an overheat problem slowed him down for the final three laps and just outran Steve Steindurf to the finish line for
second. Ricky Henick outran Glen Colyer in the race for fourth.

V8 Thunder Stocks started 14 cars with Ricky Shahid on the outside pole but he fell back to fifth after losing the race to turn one on the green flag to Chad Fairbanks. Shahid came back through traffic and was hot on Fairbanks heels at the halfway point and then fell back again to fifth. He continued working the outside groove while Fairbanks set the pace for the first 18 laps, then Shahid put the hammer down and took his third win of the season. Fairbanks held out
for second over Mike Martin, Josh Long and pole sitter James Zuidema.

The PBG Florida Legends Touring Series brought in 16 cars for a 35 lap series point race and Kory Abbot from Apopka continued his winning ways taking the lead in lap 25 of the 35 lap main event. Brandon Thomson led most of the race until he got caught up in slow traffic with about a half lap lead. He and Doug Hall got tangled on turn 1 and 2 putting them both into the infield and ending the night for Thomson. Kory Abbot took the lead for the restart and continued
onto the checkered flag for the win over Chelsea Schillig who stayed on his rear bumper all the way to the checkers. Jimmy Norman held out for third over Josh Williams and Shaugan (sp) McCormick.

Wrapping up the evening were the Bandelaros with a 9 car field and the Salem, N.C. Bassett family were the dominant force with Ronnie Basset winning the heat and feature race. A driver by the name of Critter from Casselberry Florida took the second spot over Dillon Bassett, and Shawn Hooven from Orlando and Donovan Ponder out of Orlando rounding out the top five in their 15 lap feature run. One of the drivers from Florida came through the back gate stating they had been driving all night after racing in Ohio on Friday night. Now that is a devoted racer.

Next Friday night Citrus County Speedway will welcome the drivers and fans with an Appreciation Bar B Q during the open practice session. Drivers and fans are encouraged to come and bring a covered dish or desert to add to the get together so we can all share in your favorite dish. Saturday night will see the Mini Stock Challenge Series, Southern Sportsman Series plus the local Open Wheel Modifieds, Pure Stocks, V8 Thunder Stocks, 4 Cylinder Bombers
and the Wild and Fantastic Pro Figure 8′s.

Joey Aguilar Tops TBARA Sprints at Citrus

July 3rd, 2007

The big storm came just as the presentation was being made at intermission and just about ended the evening. The officials hung in there, the rain quit
and with the help of the drivers we got the track dried out and back
to racing by 8:30 p.m.

The 4 Cylinder Bombers opened up the feature racing with a 17 car field that saw some hard nosed racing despite a green race track. Ninth starter Jeff Eberly managed to make his way through traffic to take the point and the win in their 20 lap main event for his 4th feature win of the season. Ninth starter Dan Hagg and 7th starter Chris Harvey had a great battle going on for second but both were disappointed when they got to tech failing post race inspection. Inheriting 2nd place was Bobby Richardson, 3rd was Travis Hoefler,
4th going to Jeremy Sharrone and rounding out the top 5 was Kevin Stone. Heat winners were Sharrone and Tim Scalise.

Pure Stocks put on a rough show that was called after 15 laps due to two blown engines causing long clean up delays and running out of time. This race had plenty of excitement while they were on green and when the checkered flag flew Rick Ray picked up his first win of the season against kids that were young enough to be his grandsons. Rick Shahid and Mike Dubbs battled for second in the final five laps with Dubbs coming out on top for the spot and Shahid settling for third. Glen Colyer moved from 9th to 4th at the finish line followed by 22nd starter Bobby Taylor who was looking for his 6th win of the
season in a race he wasn’t even expected to run in. He loaned his Sportsman to Mike Veltman who broke his car during warm-ups and Bobby went home and brought back his pure stock just in time for the feature and started in the rear of the field. Heat winners were Rick Shahid, Rick Ray and Glen Colyer.

Seventeen Street Stocks took the green flag for their 20 lap main and Richie mith did it again from the rear of the field for his 10th feature win at the half way point of the season. Tim Wilson led the early part of the race and set the pace until lap 15 when Richie used the outside lane to make the pass for the win. Wilson had to settle for 2nd just ahead of a hard charging Phillip Rook who battled Wilson for the early lead. Tim Alexander and Frank
Stromquist were in the mix for the top five positions and finished
in that order. Heat wins went to Rook and Johnny Zuidema III.

Twenty three of the 24 registered TBARA Winged Sprints lined up around the track for introductions and a quick start and after the four wide salute to the fans they turned up the boost and went for 30 laps of asphalt pounding racing as only they can do. Local Steven Bradley popped off the outside pole to take the early lead over pole sitter Mickey Kempgens and this battle continued until the two cars got together taking Bradley out early in the race. Meanwhile on the restart Joey Aguilar worked his way from 8th to the point and powered his way to his first win of 2007 in his first race of the
year after only running 8 races last year. Point Leader Troy DeCaire
put some cushion in his lead with a second place finish from his 11th starting spot. David Steele followed DeCaire through the field and settled for third over Gary Gimmler and Dude Teate. Rounding out the top 10 were Mickey Kempgens, Michael Smith, Brian Gingras, Larry J. Brazil Jr and Keith Butler. Heat winners were Mickey Kempgens, Steven Bradley and Brian Gingras.

The Florida Pro Challenge brought in 13 cars from all over Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee for a 35 lap showdown that saw Trevor Farbo from Concord, N.C. take the win. Brandon Williamson of Atlanta, Ga. locked into second being chased to the line by J.L. Snowden of Salt Springs, Fl., Kyle Mitchell from Stone Mt., Ga. and Shawn Cain from Atlanta to round out the top five. Heat winners were Kyle Mitchell and Trevor Cauble from Rockwell, N.C.

With only 15 minutes left before the curfew after the storm and lengthily cleanups we were able to run the Mini Stocks and Sportsman before ending the show for the night. Thirteen Sportsmen took the green flag and Phillip Rook moved to the point early from his third starting position and set the pace to the checkers for his 1st feature win of the season. Richie Smith was up on the wheel again from 12th to second right on Rook’s rear bumper when the flag flew.
Clint Foley was in the mix and settled for third followed by Mike Veltman in his borrowed ride followed by Ernie Reed. Rook and Reed took the wins in the heat races.

Wrapping up the night were thirteen Mini Stocks and Clint Foley was top gun at the finish line for his 5th win of the season. Point leader Steve Griffin was in hot pursuit from his 8th starting spot to finish second over Mike Lawhorn, George Neumann and Dan Smith. Lawhorn and Mark Powers locked in heat wins.

Citrus County Speedway will not be running next Saturday night in deference to the Pepsi 400 in Daytona. Friday night will see Ryan Weaver in a benefit Country Music concert with a full show at the Speedway to benefit Citrus County Hospice and a 5 year old child who is in the care of Hospice at this time. Ryan is a home town Country Singer who is still in the Army and stationed in Alabama after returning from Iraq where his brother was killed when the helicopter he was in was shot down. His name is being used for the Aaron Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart. Ryan opened the
evening of racing singing the National Anthem beautifully.

Citrus will be back in action on Saturday July 14th featuring the Super Late Models, Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, V8 Thunder Stocks and PBG Legends.

Anderson and Neumann Win in Citrus Modified Twin 35′s

June 25th, 2007

Robbie Cooper moved through traffic from his sixth starting spot to hold out for second when the checkers flew followed by 4th starter Alan McCafferty, 3rd starter Curtis Neumann and 5th starter Kurt Jett. Teddy Nelson moved from 12th to finish 6th followed by Tate Pierce, Lee Collins, David Baxley and Richie
Smith.

Anderson pulled the 8 pill to invert the top 8 finisher for race #2 and that put Lee Collins on the pole and Tate Pierce on the outside. Harold Cannon was the only car that didn’t start the second race out of the 27 cars registered to race. It was a knock down, drag out battle in the run for the front when the green flag flew with several caution flags in the first 5 laps. Finally they put together a long run with Lee Collins hanging onto the lead for the first 20 laps while the rest of the field fought for position in the middle
of the pack. Teddy Nelson and Curtis Neumann put on one heck of a battle for second before Neumann got a run on Teddy for the pass to second. Curtis closed in on Collins and waited for the right moment to push on by for the point. Two more caution flags came out before they went for a green, white, checker finish with Neumann taking the win and Collins having to settle for second. Nelson held out for third followed by Tate Pierce and Hard Charger Wayne Jefferson who move from 19th to 5th at the finish line. Rounding out the top 10
were Kurt Jett, Robbie Cooper, Wayne Anderson, Eric Rudd and Alan McCafferty.

The Twin 35′s were a prelude to a pair of 25 lap races at Ocala next Friday night and a $1000 bonus going to the driver that accumulates the most points over the four race series. Curtis Neumann heads into Ocala with the point lead after his win and fourth place run at Citrus. Robbie Cooper, Wayne Anderson, Kurt Jett and Teddy Nelson are definitely in the running for the bonus award.

Mike Veltman was the dominant force in the Sportsman 20 lap feature wasting no time launching his point leading race car from 8th to the front before the halfway point and going on to win his 5th race of the year and putting a 33 point cushion in his point lead. Mike is on track to take his fourth championship in the division. Richie Smith gave Veltman a run for the flag and settled for second followed by Clint Foley who fell from second to 6th and came back to finish third after also scoring a heat win. Fred Tuski outran Ernie Reed for fourth place. D.J. Macklin took the win in the first heat.

Defending Mini Stock champion George Neumann made short work of the ten car field in their 20 lap main event. Neumann logged his third win of the year over Dan Smith who had his best finish of the year. Point leader Steve Griffin held out for third over Clint Foley who was doing double duty in Sportsman and Mini Stocks. Kevin Harrod locked onto fifth place. Mark Powers was the car to beat after taking a very convincing win in the first heat but apparently was
running too well when he lost an engine in the feature run. Clint Foley took the win in the second heat.

Four Cylinder Bombers registered 21 cars with 20 taking the green for their 20 lap feature run. Apparent winner Robert Carter was D.Q.’d in post race inspection giving Jeff Eberly his 3rd win of the season after wining the first heat for his 4th of the year. Phil Edwards was coming on strong at the end of the race and came off with a second place finish over Patric Conner, point leader Travis Hoefler and John Kidwell. Phil Edwards also added his 4th heat win to his 2007 resume.

Twenty Figure 8 cars took on the intersection 40 times that saw Paul Grynewicz come off the pole and lead the race for 18 of the 20 before he lost power and John Thomas made the pass for his first win of the season and become the 8th different winner in 8 races. Grynewicz held out for second ahead of Robbie Hage, Ken Crews and 16th starter Clifford Rousseau who put some cushion in his point lead over John Thomas by 6.

Young Ricky Shahid took the point from the get-go when the green fell for the 16 car V8 Thunder Stock Rookie division and there was no stopping him right on to the checkers for his second win of the season. Richard Dinkins made his first visit to the speedway count with a second place finish over point leader Eddie Rosasco, runner up Chad Fairbanks and Tim Eisenhower. This was their 13th race of the year with 2 drivers moving up to Pure Stocks after taking 4 wins in the rookie division.

Next week will feature the super fast TBARA Winged Sprint cars with 25 to 30 of these 800 horsepower rockets taking on the 3/8ths mile for the second time in 2007. Point leader Troy DeCaire will be leading the pack after taking the win at DeSoto Speedway this past weekend. Added to the program will be the Florida Pro Challenge, Sportsman, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks and 4 Cylinder Bombers.

Bobby Taylor Wins Pure Stock 50

June 19th, 2007

Twenty four cars qualified on the clock and six more came out of a slam bang B-Main with Rex Mullis, Fred Henick, Ricky Shahid, Tim Whitehead, John Crowfoot and Dave Davis filling in the final six for the 30 car feature. Davis got his spot spinning across the line backwards in the infield in a cloud of steam.

The top 12 were inverted for the start of the 50 lap main event with Bobby and Ted Taylor side by side in row six. Ted ran into problems in lap six when his motor went south and he was black flagged before it blew. Bobby took off from his 12th starting spot and moved through a gaggle of traffic picking up the lead after multiple caution flags due to spins or contact crashes. Taylor weathered the storm and picked up the point at the midpoint of the race. Bill Ryan stayed with Taylor all the way to the checkers from his 9th starting spot followed by John Drye who picked up third spot after post race inspection D.Q.’d James Erickson for being too light and refusing to tear down. Steve Stinedurf and Harold Erickson locked in the top five spots.

Late Models finally got their 5th race of the season in after their last outing was rained out. It was all Mike Bresnahan from the drop of the green flag right to the checkers as he had the entire 14 car field more than covered from his outside pole position start. Jim Smith started on the pole and managed to finish in that position when it was all over. Dale Sanders had his best finish of the year starting where he finished in third. Scott Grossenbacher locked in a fourth place finish over Mike Bell and Jason Rendell. Bell and Smith took the wins in their heat races.

Sportsman went into a 15 car battle royal with outside pole sitter Rusty Bremer taking the point from the get go and setting the pace right to the checkered flag with 7th starter Mike Veltman in hot pursuit to the finish line. Post race inspection changed the final results with Bremer weighing in too light giving Veltman his 4th win of the season plus the win in the first heat. Richie Smith came from 12th to finish second followed by 9th starter Fred Tuski. Rounding out the top five were Curtis Flanagan and Tom Posavec. Clint Foley inherited the win in the second heat after the Bremer’s D.Q. in the
feature.

Something is happening in the Mini Stock division with 33 cars registered in the point’s race and only drawing a field of 8 cars. When the green flag flew George Neumann showed his four time championship form taking the point from the outside pole and setting the pace all the way to the Winner’s Circle for his second win of the season. Kevin Harrod came from the tail end of the field to cross the finish line in second being chased by Clint Foley, point leader Steve Griffin and Mike Lawhorn who also won the heat race.

With 56 Street Stocks registered in their championship run, 18 made the show on Father’s Day weekend for heat and feature action. The end result in their 14th race of the year was what it has been most of the season. Richie Smith had his 9th win of the season postponed last week after taking the checkered flag with a D.Q. which put him at the tail end of the field for the start Saturday night. He turned up the boost, worked his way through traffic to overtake Tim Quick and taking his 9th trip to Victory lane. Todd Downs stayed in the top five mix for the last half of the race to take third followed by
Johnny Zuidema and Curtis Flanagan. Flanagan took his 6th heat win in the first heat and Zuidema made it 2 for the season in the second heat.

The largest field of the evening in point racing came with 21 cars taking the green in the 4 Cylinder Bomber division. Dan Hagg took the lead from his 8th starting spot early and set the pace for most of the first 15 laps before he lost it in turn 2 bringing out the caution flag and sending him to the rear of the field for the restart. Phil Edwards started 14th and worked his way up to
challenge Hagg for the lead inheriting the lead on the restart and led the field to the checkers with 5 laps to go. Bobby Richardson picked up second with Patric Connor out running Travis Hoefler in the run for third followed by Jeff Eberly. Eberly, John Kidwell and Connor won the heat races.

Next Saturday night will feature the Open Wheel Modifieds in their postponed Twin 35 Lap features which will be run back to back with a 15 minute break in the infield between races. Added to the program will be the Mini Cup Series, Sportsman, Mini Stocks,V8 Thunder Stock Rookies, 4 Cylinder Bombers and the Fantastic Super Modified Figure 8′s. TBARA Winged Outlaw Sprint cars return on June 30th with a full race card that will also include the Florida Pro Challenge.

Kyle Bookmiller Wins 1st Mod Squad Feature at Citrus

June 12th, 2007

The Open Wheel Modifieds brought in a 14 car field and they spent the night chasing defending champion Kyle Bookmiller. Despite numerous caution flags for minor spins Bookmiller was able to move away from the competition on the restarts while Harold Cannon battled with the rest of the field to hold onto a second place finish. When the checkers flew Bookmiller logged his first win of the season followed by Harold Cannon, John Gerstner, Mike Wilson and Jimmy Houle rounding out the top five. Heat wins went to Teddy Nelson and Steven Harbuck.

Seventeen cars took the green flag when the Sportsman launched their race cars for the 11th time this season. The first ten laps saw two and three wide racing as the heavy hitters came from the middle and back of the pack in the run for the checkers. Richie Smith owns the third groove and made it work for him again as he took his 3rd win in the division. Fred Tuski moved from 6th to finish a distant second with D.J. Macklin on his rear bumper at the finish line. Tom Posavec got caught up in traffic on several occasions but managed to
pull out a fourth place finish over Bobby Taylor who started in the scratch position. Smith also picked up his 5th heat win and Rusty Bremer picked up his first of the season.

Mini Stock point leader Steve Griffin apparently has recuperated well from knee surgery five weeks ago and it seems to put some extra heavy push in his throttle foot taking his second win in a row Saturday night. He moved from his th starting spot to the lead by the halfway point in the 20 lap main and Clint Foley was determined to pick up his 5th win of the season but just couldn’t make the pass on Griffin and settled for a nose to tail second place finish.
Outside pole sitter Mike Lawhorn slipped back in the field and came back through in the late laps to salvage a third place finish. Young Mark Powers moved to the front of the field from his 4th starting spot early in the race, lost it in turn four and managed to come back through the field to finish fourth in front of Phillip Joyner. Powers and George Neumann took the heat wins.

Twenty Street Stocks took the green flag in their 20 lap main event and despite starting 17th Richie Smith made short work of the entire field using that third groove again, logging what appeared to be his 9th win of the season. That all changed when it was found that he had an altered lower control arm changing the suspension of his race car and that led to a D.Q. Runner up Curtis Flanagan inherited the win and the point lead in logging his third win of the season. Artie Hewitt held the early lead bringing his Silver Bullet from 9th to the point by lap 6 and managed to hold on for second after Smith and Flanagan passed him and the D.Q. moved him up from his third place
finish. Thomas Peet also had the lead for a few laps and held out for third over 13th starter Tim Alexander and 10th starter Todd Downs. Wayne Heater, Tim Wilson and Artie Hewitt won their heats.

Twenty cars took the green in what turned out to be a wild Figure 8, 20 lap main event. Ken Crews jumped to the point when the green flew and led the race for 10 laps before Danny Hage forced him to the outside lane. Hage took the point and spent the last half of the race holding off Wayne Calkins in a borrowed race car. That’s the way the top two finished with Crews holding onto third in a fierce battle with Clifford Rousseau and Robbie Aaron to round out the top five.

It was a 25 car traffic jam when the Pure Stocks took the green and many of the drivers couldn’t handle the patience factor it takes in waiting for the breaks. Experience showed the young guns what it takes to work your way through heavy traffic with Bobby Taylor coming from 22nd starting spot to take his 5th win in the division. Bill Ryan started 13th, took the lead away from James Henick and chased Taylor to the checkers. Henick, Victor Shahid and former Champion Steve Stinedurf locked onto the top five spots. Stinedurf,
Ryan and Rick Shahid took the heat wins.

Since Steve Hise and John Drye showed dominance in the V8 Thunder Rookie Division the track has taken the liberty to take away the rookie status in the division and move them up to race for points in the Pure Stock division. Chad Markland joined Hise and Drye after taking his third consecutive win and fourth win of the season in the division. Kevin Carnes and Jody Pandy were D.Q’d in post race inspection for running illegal tires giving Tim Eisenhower 2nd, Chad Fairbanks 3rd, Cotee Clark 4th and Joe Floyd 5th. These drivers are
not running for points or money. This is an opportunity for the new drivers to get experience and seat time.

When the racing was all over Doug Rose and the Green Mamba Jet Car took center stage and completed the show that was originally scheduled to go two weeks ago. When he hooked up his rebuilt Green Mamba to the car in the infield he lit up his jet car, hit the afterburner going through 50 gallons of fuel and literally blew the car down to a red glowing frame that looked more like the skeleton of a pickup truck. During the halftime show he put on he used
another 30 gallons and singed a few eyebrows of the folks who made the mistake of sitting close to the front rows of the grandstands and making a hot night even hotter for the fans. No matter how many times you have seen Doug Rose it’s always an assume show.

Next Saturday night will feature the Father’s Day Special with a 50 lap Pure Stock non points special, Super Late Models, Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks and the 4 Cylinder Bombers return after a week off.

Barry Wins At Citrus With Rainout;Doug Rose Tries Again Next Week

June 5th, 2007

At 10:30 a.m. the storm looked like it was tracking towards the Florida peninsula with a direct hit on Citrus County. That of course didn’t happen as the storm took a hard right turn and hit the Tampa Bay and South Florida area pretty hard. Fortunately it wasn’t a destructive storm but provided some much
needed rain in the entire state. Rain and race cars and fans don’t make for a good combination so it is probably best that the early cancellation was called so those drivers hauling from distant locations wouldn’t make the trip for nothing.

With a week off most of the racers will be ready to take on Citrus with a vengeance to make up for lost time. Open Wheel Modifieds, Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, V8 Thunder Rookies and the Pro Figure 8′s will take on the 3/8ths mile asphalt in point races as we approach the middle of the season. The originally scheduled Twin 35 Open Wheel Modified race has been moved to Saturday night, June 23rd and this Saturday night will be a tune
up for that big showdown.

The spotlight will also be back on the return of Doug Rose and his fascinating Green Mamba Jet car after the curfew postponed his big finale on May 26th. He will chain a retired car, donated by Wayne Carter’s Auto Recycling and Towing, to the back of the Green Mamba, hit the afterburner and literally blow it away in an amazing fireworks display that will have the fans oohing and aaahing like a 4th of July fireworks display. Doug built the car in 1968 and has
traveled the eastern seaboard for all these years putting on a show that the fans never seem to tire of no matter how many times they have seen it. The car was stolen and stripped several months ago and Doug has spent months putting it back together after the car was found in pieces. Bring your marshmallows and a long stick because when he fires up the afterburners you will definitely see the speedway light up and feel the heat generated in the grandstands.

Citrus County Speedway is located 2 miles south of Inverness on U.S. 41 at the Citrus County Fairgrounds. Grandstand gates open at 4 pm and races get underway at 5:30. Regular admission prices are in effect and a family of 2 adults and 2 children can take advantage of the $30.00 family special.

Citrus Rained out Saturday Night 6/2/07

June 3rd, 2007

Hope to see you next Saturday night when Doug Rose returns with the Green Mamba Jet car plus Modifieds, Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, V8 Thunder Stocks and Figure 8′s. Have a great week!

Richie Smith Doubles Up in Victory Lane

May 28th, 2007

The 11 o’clock curfew came when the final race of the night ended just before the cut off time and forced the main event of the night to be postponed until June 9th. Fans were given free tickets to the June 9th show before they left the speedway to hopefully overcome the disappointment they experienced due to the curfew cutoff by the
Sheriff’s deputies who had no alternative but to enforce the curfew.

Richie Smith has more than proven he is the man to beat in the Street Stock Division and now he is making a dent in the Sportsman division as well. Richie sailed from his 17th starting position to his 8th win in the Street Stock 20 car, 20 lap main event and is putting a lock on the early lead in the run for the Championship in the division. The only driver that had anything for him was point’s runner up Curtis Flanagan who just couldn’t catch him on the final
restart. Phillip Rook drove from his 12th starting spot to finish third being chased by Tony Trancucci to pick up his first top 5 finish of the year. Rounding out the top five was Johnny Zuidema III. Tim Wilson, Wayne Heater and Curtis Flanagan took the heat wins.

Seventeen cars took the green flag for the Sportsman feature with Smith on the outside pole and it was all over but the shouting from the get go as Richie launched his #42 racer to the point and dared anyone to make the pass on his way to his second win of the evening. Mike Veltman came from his 11th starting spot to reel Smith in but didn’t have enough to take the win. Veltman survived a tear down in post race inspection to hold out for second followed by Ernie Reed, Tom Posavic and Rusty Bremer. Veltman and Smith shared the heat wins.

The Mod Squad raced in split 15 lappers that were brought on by the blown motor of young David Davis that left oil all over the track at the halfway point. After the clean up it just wasn’t in good shape to continue with the high speed racers so the Pure Stocks ran their feature to get the track back into acceptable conditions. On the restart the final 15 laps were filled with controversial driving and some official decisions that were questioned by the drivers which required a driver meeting after the race. Only 14 cars took the
green flag and the end result was Harold Cannon taking a flag to flag win over Adam May, Kyle Bookmiller, Curtis Neumann and Jimmy Houle. Heat winners were Mitch Korzenski and Teddy Nelson.

Mini Stocks saw Steve Griffin come off knee surgery two weeks ago and clean the 8 car field’s clock for his second win of the season. Clint Foley wasted no time coming from 7th to get in the mix and pulled off a second place finish over pole sitter Mike Lawhorn, Dan Smith and George Neumann who had the early lead before he apparently ran into mechanical problems late in the race. Griffin also took the win in the heat race.

The 4 Cylinder Bombers continue to bring on heavy fields and post race inspection rearranged the finishing order in their 20 lap feature. Apparent winner Brandon Elwood was D.Q.’d giving the win to Phil Edwards. Anthony LaPoint moved from 10th to third when the checkers flew but went to last in tech for illegal equipment on his racer. Point leader Travis Hoefler inherited a second place finish over early leader Dan Haag. Joshua Fairchild and Patric Conner moved up two spots to round out the top five at the pay window. Heat
winners were Patric Conner, Joshua Fairchild and Dan Haag.

Tech took the win away from the apparent Pure Stock winner Glen Colyer for illegal shocks. Bill Ryan logged his 3rd win of the season by virtue of the D.Q. Steve Stinedurf took a last lap run from fifth to what eventually turned out to be a second place finish over Victor Shahid, Kyle Peters and Louie Coie. Stinedurf inherited the 1st heat win by virtue of Colyer’s D.Q. Kyle Peters won the second heat and John Drye, who moved up from V8 Thunder Rookies this week took the win in the third heat.

Fifteen V8 Thunder Rookies took the green flag and the field was cut in half before the race was over. Chad Markland logged his third win of the season and may be the next rookie who is forced to move up. Josh long picked up second for his second top five finish. Eddie Rosasco nailed down third over Bryan Villeneuve, and Dustin Pandy who took his first top five finish.

Twenty two Figure 8′s put on a terrific show and hopefully made up for some of the disappointment of Doug Rose being postponed. Robbie Aaron started on the pole and took a flag to flag win in his new racer for his first win of the year for the former 3 time champion. Robbie has had a tough time finishing. Clifford Rousseau survived an early crash that put him up on the turn three wall but came back to take a solid second place finish. Jason Witfoth finished third but lost the spot in post race inspection. Charlie Meyer moved into
third followed by John Thomas and Curtis Youmans rounding out the top five.

Next Saturday night the action continues at Citrus County Speedway with the Super Late Models returning to open the month of June. Joining them will be the Sportsmen, Mini Stocks, 4 Cylinder Bombers, Pure Stocks, V8 Thunder Stock Rookies and Florida Open Wheel Lites in another full race card. Doug Rose and the Green Mamba Jet will return to Citrus on Saturday, June 9th.

Zavrel Takes First Late Model Win at Citrus

May 24th, 2007

Fifteen Late Models watched the rear deck of first time winner Keith Zavrel for the entire 35 laps while Scott Grossenbacher fought off Herb Neumann Jr., in a last lap side by side run for second. Daniel Webster came back from an early trip to the pits to finish fourth ahead of Mike Bell, Perry Lovelady, Dale Sanders, Danny Johnson, Jim Smith and Jason Rendell to round out the top ten. Heat winners were Jim Smith and Mike Bell

Richie Smith managed to come from the back end of the 22 car pack to take his 7th season Street Stock win. He is without a doubt the man to beat in the division and continues to make believers out of the 58 drivers in the race for the championship. Curtis Flanagan chased Smith to the flag for a second place finish and trails him by 9 points in the run for the division Championship. Artie Hewitt continues to run well and logged another 3rd place finish over Tim
Wilson and Tim Alexander locked onto fifth. Heat winners were Jay Witfoth, Tim Alexander and Jason Van Ochten.

Twelve Sportsman racers returned to race for points after their 50 lap non points race last week and Mike Veltman logged his third win of the season and third heat win. Fred Tuski outran Phillip Rook for third spot while D.J. Macklin outran Clint Foley for fourth. Winner of the second heat was Richie Smith who was playing double duty for the night but finished 11th in the feature.

The Four Cylinder Bomber division drew a 21 car field for their 20 lap main event with Jon Doucette picking up his second win of the season outrunning point leader Travis Hoefler to the checkers. Anthony LaPoint picked up a third place finish over Chris Harvey and Phil Edwards. Heat wins went to LaPoint, John DeGeorge and Jeremy Sharrone.

Pure Stock point leader Ricky Henick was top shoe for the second time this season. Bill Ryan again came from the back end of the 15 car field to run a solid second over Mike Dubbs who is still looking for his first season win. Louie Cioe held off defending champion Steve Stinedurf in the race for fourth. Heat winners were Bill Ryan and Glen Colyer.

John Drye made it four wins in a row in the V8 Thunder Stock 20 lap feature and knocked himself right out of the division after being so dominant in week ten of their season. He will move up to Pure Stock from the Rookie division next week. Chad Markland who has two wins scored a second place win over Jeff Eisenhower, Eddie Rosasco and Charles Franklin to round out the top five.

Only 11 Mini Stocks showed for the 50 lap special and the race was cut to 30 laps due to the low car count. Brandon McSwain made his debut at Citrus and took the big win with Rick Sirmans, Mark Powers and George Neumann in a four way run for the checkers and finishing in that order. Ron Armillei outran Don Faunce in the race for fifth with Travis Hoefler taking seventh, Mike Birk Jr. running 8th,Jonathan Camp 9th and Jesse Henley taking tenth.

Next Saturday night will be a blast as Doug Rose brings the Green Mamba Jet car to literally blow away a SUV in the most spectacular fireworks display when he hits the afterburner of his jet dragster. He’ll be on the grandstand side to meet the fans. Add 8 divisions to include the Open Wheel Modifieds, Figure 8′s, Sportsmen, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, 4 Cylinder Bombers and V8 Thunder Stock rookies and the night should certainly rock.

Richie Smith Logs 6th Citrus Street Stock Season Win

May 14th, 2007

Twenty four racers registered for the Street Stock division with 22 taking the green flag for their 20 lap main event. Artie Hewitt started on the pole position after his terrible wreck that moved the front straight wall back to the guard rail two weeks ago. After a whole lot of work he got his racer back on the track last week and was able to dial it in pretty well for this week’s action. He set the pace for the first few laps before some of the heavy hitters
came from the back of the pack to put on quite a run for the checkers. Richie Smith started 16th and again used that outside groove to make his way to the point for the final 7 laps for his sixth win of the season and passed Curtis Flanagan for the point lead in the division. New comer Jeff Stalnaker started 21st and saved his final charge to a second place finish in lap 20, passing
Jay Witfoth, Artie Hewitt and Justin Durbin rounding out the top five finishers. Heat winners were Curtis Flanagan, Tim Wilson and Tim Quick.

Twenty Figure 8′s put on a wild show in the intersection and had the fans just waiting for that major crash that usually takes out the leader. The leaders chased pole sitter Robbie Aaron for the first half of the race before a flat tire ended what appeared to be his first win of the season. A multi car wreck took place on turn two that shuffled the front runner line up for the restart, putting Curtis Youmans on the point after running third for the first 9
laps. John Thomas and team mate Robbie Hage chased Youmans for the final 11 laps, threading the intersection needle on numerous occasions before the checkers came out for Youmans. Robbie Hage made the pass on Thomas in the race for second followed by Daryl Hage and Danny Hage. Figure 8′s return in two weeks to join Doug Rose and the Green Mamba Jet show on May 26th.

Pure Stocks saw 20 cars take the green for their 20 lap main and it was a battle royal from the get go. Gary Johnson survived numerous runs at his lead for the entire 20 laps for his second win of the season. That all came to an and in post race inspection when he was D.Q.’d for illegal rear springs. Bill Ryan motored from 14th to make a final run at Johnson in lap 20 and inherited his second win of the season by virtue of the D.Q. and passing inspection in tech. Victor Shahid and Louie Cioe finished third and fourth only to join Johnson on the D.Q. list in tech. Mike Dubbs goes into the record books in
second followed by Randy Spicer, Rick Shahid who challenged for the lead early in the race and Steve Stinedurf taking a fifth place finish. Heat winners changed with the D.Q.’s as well with Stinedurf inheriting the 1st heat and Glen Colyer the second heat.

Post race inspection rearranged the finish of the 4 Cylinder Bomber feature also. This was another knock down drag out run for the checkers with Joshua Fairchild setting the early pace. Again the heavy hitters came from the rear of the pack to put on the final 5 lap charge to the finish line with Peter Nelson the apparent winner but he was caught with an illegal pulley in tech and that gave Chris Harvey his first win ever from his 8th starting spot. Point leader Jeff Eberly locked on to the top spot coming from his 13th starting spot to nail down second followed up by runner up in the race for the championship, Travis Hoefler. Patric Conner lost out in his bid for 4th place to tech inspection with an illegal sway bar. Early leader Bobby Richardson salvaged a fifth place finish. Heat winners were Richardson and Dan Haag.

The V8 Thunder Stock Rookies saw another 1st time career winner when Ricky Shahid motored from his 8th starting position to take the checkered flag ahead of John Brown who was ultimately D.Q’d in tech. This moved early leader Eddie Rosasco into second. Chad Markland survived an early crash and inherited third after Jeffrey Eisenhower was D.Q’d for a sway bar infraction. Young Cotee Clark and Chad Fairbanks locked onto the 4th and fifth position respectively.

Rounding out the race night for Mother’s Day were the Central Florida Wingless
Sprint Cars with only 8 cars making the show. Local driver Steven Bradley made all those Thursday night practice sessions pay off with a heat and Feature win over John Sambor, Darrin Miller, Dennis Misuraca and Nick Manikis. Shawn Grimes and Bobby Gordon both suffered DNF’s.

Next week will see the Mini Stocks return to action in a 50 lap, non points,
special. Rounding out the full race card will be the Super Late Models, Sportsman, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, V8 Thunder Stocks and the 4 Cylinder Bombers. Doug Rose will light up the speedway with his Green Mamba Jet dragster on Saturday, May 26th and this is a show you don’t want to miss.

Bobby Taylor Wins Citrus Sportsman 50

May 7th, 2007

Mike Veltman kicked off the night of action with a fast qualifying time of 14.591 seconds over the 24 car field and pulled the 8 pill for the starting inversion line up. When the green fell it only took one lap to bring out the first of ten caution flags for the night and unfortunately the attrition rate was extremely high leaving only ten cars to take the checkers. Ernie Reed came off the pole to take the early lead but that was short lived before 4th starter Richie Smith locked onto the lead and pulled 6th starter, Bobby Taylor, 7th starter Craig Cuzzone, and 5th starter Ronnie Heard along with him. On each restart the top four remained locked onto Smith pulling away from the rest of the field to set up a race for 5th with Ernie Reed leading that pack which is where most of the caution flag action took place. Smith looked like he was on his way to the win until he lost a motor that dropped fluid from turn 3 all the way around the track. Bobby Taylor inherited the lead and held off the pack that was chasing him for the final 10 laps for the win. John Grimm, Craig Cuzzone, Scott Hendrickson and Ernie Reed locked in the top five
spots.

Super Late Models returned with a 16 car field that saw Mike Bresnahan waste no time working his way around Keith Zavrel and Daniel Webster to take the point in their 35 lap main event. Bresnahan caped off his heat win with his second win of the season in his new ride that seems to be dialed in, making it 2 wins out of three races. Daniel Webster survived a three car crash involving
Herb Neumann and Gary Grubbs in the late laps to score a second place finish over Jim Smith, Danny Johnson and Perry Lovelady. Neumann came from the back of the pack to take a 7th place finish while Grubbs managed a 9th place finish. Mike Bell won the 1st heat and survived a spin into the turn 1-2 wall for a 6th place finish.

The Mini Stocks came out 16 cars strong in preparation for their 50 Lap special scheduled for May 19th after a light showing of only 12 cars last week. Mike Lawhorn held off the entire field from the get go until he lost power in the 18th lap of their 20 lap feature and wound up with a 9th place finish. Clint Foley managed to lead the most important lap after chasing Lawhorn for most of the race to take his 4th win of the season. Phillip Joyner rolled from 13th to finish 2nd in the over 14th starter Johnathon Camp. Point leader

Steve Griffin ran his final race before orthopedic surgery this Wednesday for a 4th place finish over 4 time champion George Neumann. Griffin will probably miss the 50 lap special due to the surgery on his leg. Heat winners were Phillip Joyner and Mike Lawhorn.

Street Stocks saw 24 cars take the green flag that included Artie Hewitt who survived a vicious crash last week that took out part of the front straight wall and just about totaled his race car. He managed to put it back together and take the pole for the start of the feature but the car just wasn’t ready for racing this week. Sixth starter Mike Loudy made short work of the front five to take the point early in the race while 14th starter Tim Alexander drove
through traffic to finish second behind Loudy. Their one, two finish was short lived as Loudy was D.Q.’d for an illegal rocker arm and Alexander picked up a D.Q. in tech for what was termed “Right Height” violation. Richie Smith moved from 19th to inherit his fifth win of the season after what appeared to be a third place finish. Todd Downs, Alvin Williamson, John Zuidema and Jim Hand
moved up two spots from their finish to round out the top five. Heat winners were Ernie Reed, Tim Quick and Curtis Flanagan.

Eighteen 4 Cylinder Bombers made for a great show but again post race inspection changed the apparent outcome. Anthony LaPoint dominated in both his heat and feature race but when tech inspection got involved they found an illegal cam pulley which took him out of the winner’s circle. Jeff Eberly closed in on point leader Travis Hoefler taking with a heat win and his second feature win of the season. Chris Harvey outran Phil Edwards, Patric Conner and Candie Moniz in the run for second. Edwards took the win in the second
heat.

FMARA TQ Midgets had 10 racers tow in from all over Florida to put on a 20 lap show that ended in a spectacular finish. Brandon Cagle was unbeatable in both the heat and 20 lap feature, blowing the rest of the field away. The race was for second between Jack Duffy, Joey McKinney and Ernie Teed Jr who were running in that order until the run for the checkers. Something apparently broke on Joey McKinney’s racer and he did a barrel roll down the front straight and stopping, right side up, just short of the finish line. Joey was slow getting out of the car but walked to the EMT truck, pretty well shaken up. Duffy held out for second followed by Ernie Teed Jr., pole sitter
Eric Purcell and Michael Elder.

Mother’s Day weekend will see the Central Florida Sprints, Figure 8′s, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, 4 Cylinder Bombers and V8 Thunder Stock Rookies back in action. Doug Rose and the Green Mamba Jet will come to Citrus County Speedway on Saturday, May 26th , for his unforgettable show, hitting the afterburner and blowing away a vehicle chained to the rear of his jet dragster in a shower of sparks and fire in his own unique special fireworks display.

Bobby Taylor is 4 for 4 in Citrus Pure Stock Action

April 29th, 2007

Apparently Bobby Taylor’s pre-race work under the hood of his Pure Stock has paid off. Racing in two divisions on any given Saturday night he works on both cars from the time he arrives to feature time. He definitely has them dialed into the Citrus 3/8ths mile outside groove and in each of his first four races in the Pure Stock Division he has charged from the back to the front of the pack in short order. This week he started 18th and locked onto his fourth
consecutive feature win. Rick Shahid came out of 12th to finish second after giving up the lead to Taylor. Eddie Davis started 14th, crossed the start finish line in third but lost the spot in post race tech inspection. Pole sitter and early leader Louie Coie held out for third after the DQ followed by Ricky Henick and Mike Walsh. Coie and Shahid took the heat wins.

The Open Wheel Modifieds saw 14 cars take the green flag and when all was said and done it was a match race to the checkers between pole sitter Teddy Nelson and 5th starter Curtis Neumann. Neumann caught Nelson early in the 30 lap main event and waited for the final 10 laps to make numerous attempts to move under Nelson. Patience paid off for Neumann when Nelson slipped on turn four and
Curtis was able to run down the front straight side by side with Nelson before taking the point on turn two in lap 26. Teddy stayed with Curtis right to the flag but had to settle for a hard fought second. Starting third Jimmy Houle held on for a third place finish followed by defending champion Kyle Bookmiller and Adam May who moved from 10th to finish fifth after winning the first heat. Bookmiller took the win in the second heat.

Maloy Kelly took the green flag from the pole in the 20 car, 20 lap Sportsman main and held the early lead until 8th starter Richie Smith made his way through traffic using that outside groove to take the point and his first win of the season in the division. Maloy held on for a second place finish with 15th starter Bobby Taylor right on his rear bumper again using that outside groove setup that worked so well for him in the Pure Stock feature. Tom Posavec held out for a 4th place finish over Clint Foley. Heat wins went to Fred Tuski, Posavec and Smith. A large field is expected for next week’s
50 lap non points special for a big purse.

The Mini Stock 20 lap main had a short field but plenty of action as Clint Foley drove from fourth to the front early and fought off the late charges of point leader Steve Griffin who started 8th. Foley logged his third win of the season while Griffin had to settle for a second place finish. Young Mark Powers continues to show promise driving from his 9th starting spot to finish third for his fourth top five finish of the season. George Neumann challenged the front runners early in the race but slipped back to fourth at the finish
line over Mike Lawhorn. Lawhorn and Powers took the heat wins. Mini Stocks are scheduled to go in a 50 lap special on May 19th.

Street Stocks saw 24 cars take the green flag and the run for the point had all the fans on their feet when Tony Trancucci, Mike Loudy and Artie Hewitt came off turn four, all fighting for the same real estate. Hewitt got caught up in the middle and was turned into the front straight wall, hitting hard, moving the wall back towards the guard rail and then got hit from behind by Mike Loudy. The crash brought out the red flag while Artie shook off the hard impact and was able to walk away from his battered racer. Some minor repairs
were made to the wall after the wreck but the race took the green flag with a new front three going up on the score board. When the checkers flew 14th starter Curtis Flanagan took his second consecutive win followed closely by Jay Witfoth, Richie Smith, Tim Alexander and Todd Downs. Heat winners were Wayne Heater, Tim Quick and Richie Smith.

Figure 8′s were put on the schedule before the intermission and 18 cars really made for heavy traffic in the intersection in what turned out to be a one stop 20 lap main event. Charlie Meyer took the early lead and set the pace from his outside pole position for the first 10 laps before he was turned around on turn 2. He regained his lead but that was short lived as the field got really serious on their run for the flag that saw 12th starter Wayne Calkins come up
with the win being chased by 8th starter Clifford Rousseau and 16th starter Joey Catterelli rounding out the top three. Meyer held out for a fourth place finish over Curtis Youmans. They were put on the schedule early so most of them could make the trip to Bronson Motor Speedway to put on another show up there.

Four Cylinder Bombers saw 16 cars make the start for their 20 lap main event and again the three racing grooves came into play as 12th starter Brandon Elwood made his way through traffic to come up with his first win at Citrus. John DeGeorge took off from the outside pole and led the race for 18 laps before knuckling under the pressure from Elwood to hold onto second with last week’s winner Travis Hoefler right on his heels. Jon Doucette and Jeff Eberly
rounded out the top five with Anthony LaPoint and DeGeorge taking the heat wins.

A short field of V8 Thunder Rookies saw John Drye put the 9 starters to sleep with his second consecutive win, a little over a half lap ahead of runner up Chad Markland, Chad Fairbanks, Ricky Shahid and John Brown.

Next Saturday’s May Day schedule will highlight the Sportsman in a 50 lap special plus the Super Late Models, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks and 4 Cylinder Bombers. It was also announced that Doug Rose and the Green Mamba Jet Car will be coming to Citrus County Speedway on Saturday night, May 26th. You don’t want to miss that show.

Grossenbacher Takes Flag to Flag Citrus L.M. Win

April 22nd, 2007

This was only the second week of the official point’s chase for 2007 and Scott spent most of the evening holding off Herb
Neumann Jr. and Wayne Anderson for the win after a second place finish in the first race of the year 2 weeks ago. The win should put Grossenbacher in the early point lead. A late contact between Wayne Anderson and Herb Neumann changed the top five finish with Neumann getting his spot back on the caution flag and Anderson passing on joining the restart at the rear of the pack with only 5 laps left to go in the big one. Neumann held off the charges of Keith Zavrel, Gary Grubbs and Daniel Webster to finish 2nd through 5th. Rounding
out the top ten were Mike Bell, Dale Sanders, Perry Lovelady, C.J. Calabrese and Bert Morris. Heat winners were Mike Bell, Jim Smith, who had mechanical problems in the feature, and Daniel Webster.

Clint Foley and Bobby Taylor drove in two different divisions and each came up a winner in one of those races. Foley came off the outside pole for the start of the 20 car, 20 lap Sportsman feature. He launched it to the point and left the rest of the field to battle it out for second. Rusty Bremer, Phillip Rook, 12th starter Bobby Taylor and 14th starter Mike Veltman locked horns with Taylor able to make the pass after a caution flag tightened up the field for a
second place finish right on Foley’s rear bumper. Bremer, Phillip Rook and Veltman balanced out the top five at the finish line. Foley, Veltman and D.J. Macklin took the heat wins. Macklin had a run in with Fred Tuski early in the race and spent most of the feature dragging what was left of his right front fender.

No matter where Richie Smith starts in his Street Stock, you can bet he will be somewhere near the front before the halfway point. Last week he crashed but this week he charged from 18th to Victory Lane for his 4th win of the season. Tim Quick started 5th and made short work of pole sitter and early leader Tim Wilson to lock onto a second place finish. Wilson held out for 3rd over 9th starter Wayne Heater and 20th starter Tim Alexander in a field of 26 starters.
Heat wins went to Quick, Alvin Williamson and last week’s winner Curtis Flanagan.

It was a short 12 car field of Mini Stocks but they put on a super show. Clint Foley looked like he was on his way to Victory Lane again as he moved up through traffic after winning his heat and made it to fourth before running into mechanical problems that took him out of the picture. Meanwhile 6th starter George Neumann and 8th starter Steve Griffin put on a battle royal for the lead with defending champion George Neumann logging his first win of the
season. Griffin managed to hold onto his point lead with a second place finish. Young Mark Powers is really beginning show some talent as he moved from 10th to third for his 3rd top five finish of the season. Todd Haught started on the pole and salvaged a 4th place finish after winning his heat race and Johnny Siner came out for his first race of the year and locked in a fifth place finish. Steve Griffin took the win in the second heat.

Bobby Taylor is driving in three divisions this year and has come up a winner in two of the three. In the Pure Stock division he seems to be unstoppable. Coming from his 17th starting spot he took the point in 5 laps and went on to win his third consecutive 20 lap main in only his third race in the division. Bill Ryan got locked in traffic from his 16th starting spot and had to use the last five laps to move from 10th to second around Rick Shahid, pole sitter Louie Cioe and Mike Dubbs. John Zuidema Jr and Taylor took the heat wins.

Travis Hoefler is making noise in the 4 Cylinder Bomber division winning his heat race and moving from 9th to the Winner’s Circle for his first win of the season. Add to that 2 top fives and 3 top tens and you have a contender for the championship crown. Chris Harvey lost his runner up finish in post race inspection for an illegal sway bar on his racer. Anthony LaPoint inherited 2nd over the 17 car field with Jon Doucette making a late move to third when the
checkers flew. Patric Conner locked onto 4th after winning his heat and point leader Jeff Eberly rounded out the top five.

Fifteen V8 Thunder Rookies watched John Drye launch his racer from his 9th starting spot and after three laps the entire field just about lost sight of him as he checked out and never looked back for his first win of the season. Last week’s winner Chad Markland had a little something for Drye in a couple of restarts but it was all over when the checkers flew with Markland being chased by 15th starter Ricky Shahid, Chad Fairbanks and John Brown rounding out the top five.

Next Saturday night will feature the Open Wheel Modifieds, Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, V8 Thunder Stocks and the wild and crazy Figure 8′s that had 22 cars in the fray last week. Should be a great show.

Nine Feature Races Highlight Action Packed Citrus Race Night

April 16th, 2007

Ideal weather and 149 race cars and trucks packed the pits at the 3/8ths mile bull ring and the fans got their money’s worth with heat races and 220 laps of feature races featuring nine divisions.

The Mod Squad showed up 19 cars strong and Teddy Nelson flexed his horsepower off the pole to outrun defending champion Kyle Bookmiller for a flag to flag, 2nd win of the season and putting some cushion in his points lead in the division. Car owner Dennis Webb has taken over the driving chores for injured Tommy Schnader and put his race car in third at the checkered flag followed by Jimmy Houle and Adam May. Heat winners were Stephen Harbuck, Lee Collins and Kyle Bookmiller.

Eighteen Sportsmen took the green flag in their 20 lap main and watched 8th starter Mike Veltman use the second groove to take his second consecutive win proving “Magic Mike” is back and a contender for another Championship. Bobby Taylor was on his game putting the pressure on from his 10th starting spot right to the flag followed by Ernie Reed, pole sitter Maloy Kelly and Phillip Rook. Kelly took the win in the first heat and Bobby Taylor locked on to the win in the second heat.

Clint Foley is a man on a mission as he launched his Mini Stock out of his 8th starting spot and made short work of the front seven to take his second win of the season in their 20 lap, 16 car feature run. Mark Powers had his best finish of his career riding on Foley’s rear bumper when the checkers flew. Jesse Henley managed a 3rd place finish in a borrowed race car followed by last week’s winner Phillip Joyner who moved from 12th to 4th at the finish line. Rounding out the top five was point leader Steve Griffin. Heat wins
went to Don Faunce and Dan Smith.

Curtis Flanagan started 10th, worked the outside groove and outran Ernie Reed in a late pass to take his first win of the season in the 24 car Street Stock feature. Pole Sitter Bob Becker was able to avoid all of the multiple crashes in the race to salvage a third place finish over 16th starter Tim Alexander. Wayne Heater finished in the top five for the second week in a row and hopefully has gotten the “Bad Luck Monkey” off his back. Heat winners were Tim
Quick, Flanagan and Don Teague.

Twenty three Pure Stocks raced in their 20 lap main and “Rapid” Bobby Taylor started 18th and locked onto his second win in row in only his second week in the division. He was chased to the flag by his New York visiting brother Ted Taylor. Bill Ryan started 17th and moved to a third place finish over Mike Dubbs and Kyle Peters. Heat wins went to Victor Shahid, Rick Shahid and Bobby Taylor. Taylor would have run in three divisions if his Modified was running after winning his first Mod race two weeks ago. This guy just loves to
race even though he has only been actively racing for four years.

Twelve Rookie Thunder V8 drivers chased 7th starter Chad Markland to the flag with Brian Villeneuve and Ricky Shahid in a fierce battle for second. The runners up were D.Q.’d in tech moving Eddie Rosasco, John Brown, Chad Fairbanks and Cotee Clark up the finish ladder to round out the top five. They ran a feature only.

It was a wild 20 car Figure 8 feature that saw six cars pull out after two laps and only half the field taking the checkered flag. Stephen Anderson started 6th and took the early lead with a traffic jam behind him trying to win it in the first lap. Anderson lost the lead late in the race while they were running three deep through the intersection when he was able to take advantage of the confusion and regain the lead and the win for his first of the season. Point leader Joey Catterelli managed to move from his 17th starting spot to take a solid second place finish. Curtis Youmans held onto a
third place finish where he ran most of the race. John Thomas came back from a wreck that put him up on the turn 1 and 2 wall to lock down a 4th place finish over Wayne Calkins.

A late addition the race card came with the Kids and Pro FAST Truck Series. Six 12 to 16 year olds took the green for their 20 lap main event and Seth Greco managed to get around Casey Cadill, who led most of the race before they got together late in the race, with Cadill having to restart in the rear while Greco went on to take the win. Max Bennett, Stephen Nasse, Kevin Blum and Cadill rounded out the top five.

Ten Pro Trucks took the green in their 35 lap feature event and when the checkers flew it was local driver James Green taking the point and his first win at his home track in his fourth race of the season. Inverness driver John Kidwell caught Green when a late caution closed up the big lead that Green had built but didn’t have enough to make the pass and settled for second ahead of point leader Mike Powers out of Hialeah, Dustin Henderson from St. Cloud and
Jessica Green from Lakeland.

Next Saturday night sees the return of the Super Late Models, plus Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks Pure Stocks, V8 Thunder Stocks and 4 Cylinder Bombers with an all local race card.

Mike Bresnahan Opens Citrus L.M. Season with Big Win

April 9th, 2007

Eighteen Late Models took the green flag for their 35 lap main with a caution flag coming out right off the get go that saw Scott Grossenbacher and Jim Smith getting together right at the flagger’s stand putting Smith into the wall and ending his night early. Pole sitter Daniel Webster set the pace on the restart while the rest of the pack jockeyed for a comfortable position for the first few laps. Webster set the pace for 33 laps taking a lot of heat from sixth starter Mike Bresnahan for most of the final 15 laps. Bresnahan made the pass on the inside in lap 33 and then Webster came back taking Bresnahan out off turn two bringing out the final caution, putting Webster to the rear for the restart. At that point it was all over but the shouting as Bresnahan went on to take the win with Scott Grossenbacher, Herb Neumann Jr., Gary Grubbs and Keith Zavrel in the nose to tail finish. Bresnahan, Jim Smith and Gary Grubbs took the heat wins.

Nineteen Sportsmen went to war after their long layoff and spent 20 laps chasing Mike Veltman who is coming back with a vengeance in his new ride in hopes of earning another championship crown after taking most of last year off. Ernie Reed brought his new ride out for the first time, started 8th and locked on to a second place finish ahead of 10th starter Scott Hendrickson. Hendrickson was D.Q’d in tech moving Rusty Bremer into third ahead of Bobby Taylor and J.T. Rameau. Veltman and Phillip Rook took the heat wins.

Fifteen of 28 registered Mini Stocks returned to action after a five week layoff. Phillip Joyner showed some horsepower that put him in the Winner’s circle for the first time in 2007 and becoming the fourth different winner in the division this season. Chris Hooker made his first appearance of the season and came from 12th to 2nd when the checkers flew. Steve Griffin was right on Hooker’s rear bumper when they crossed the finish line. Pole sitter Todd Haught held out for a fourth place finish followed by Mark Moniz. Mike Lawhorn took the win in his heat and lost power in the feature when he had the early lead. Joyner took the win in the second heat.

It was another full field for the Street Stocks with 24 of 27 registered for the night making the feature race. Richie Smith is definitely a man on a mission starting 12th powering his way through the field for his third win of the season and backing that up with his 2nd heat win of the year. Tim Quick held off Todd Downs in the race for second while pole sitter Wayne Heater held out for fourth over Jason Murphree. Heater captured his first heat win of the year and Jay Witfoth came into the night tied for the points lead locked on for the win in the third heat.

The 4 Cylinder Bombers put on one heck of race in their 50 lap special going the entire distance with only one caution flag. Brandon Elwood was fast qualifier and definitely proved he was the man to beat in the big one. Starting 8th he moved to the point in 6 laps and despite quite a few caution flags managed to lap all but one of the cars that finished and that was his cousin Justin Elwood who finish a half lap behind in second. Jon Doucette held out in third and managed to stay in the lead lap until lap 48. John DeGeorge and Anthony LaPointe rounded out the top five, one lap down.

Pure Stock action turned into a demo derby in the round and it was survival of the fittest of the 31 cars that tried to qualify for the 24 starting positions. Bill Ryan and Bobby Taylor put on a great show battling each other for all 20 laps. Taylor spent most of the race using the second groove until Ryan move out block him late in the race and Taylor went on to take his first Pure Stock win of the season. Ryan had to settle for second followed by James Erickson who moved from 10th to third at the checkers. Steve Steindurf held out for fourth over Rick Shahid. Victor Shahid, Erickson and Ryan took the heat wins while David Pate won the 10 Lap, 13 car, B Main to qualify for the feature.

Seventeen V8 Thunder Rookies were extremely physical in their 20 lap feature. They were supposed to be the first feature of the evening and after four attempts to get one lap in they were sent back to pits and if time allowed they would get to run the final race of the evening. Thirteen survivors made it for the green flag with Chad Markland moving from the back of the pack to Victory Lane followed by John Drye who seesawed with him for the lead in the final 8 laps. John Brown finished third but was D.Q.’d in tech moving Chad Fairbanks up followed by Ricky Shahid and Eddie Rosasco.

The Florida Open Wheel Lites brought 14 cars in from all over Florida and Phil Krauthoff out of Deltona out dueled Billy Geiss out of Edgewater for the win. Geiss tried to make a late pass on the low side off turn four, making contact with Krauthoff and breaking a tie rod, taking him out of the action. Krauthoff breezed to the win followed by Dennis Diehl from Kissimmee, Max Howe, Kissimmee, Alain Paridis, Palm Beach and Rick Lundeen, Jacksonville. Krauthoff and Geiss took the heat wins.

Citrus County Speedway Restarts 2007 Season With a Bang

April 2nd, 2007

Twenty two Figure 8’s took the green flag with multiple red and caution flags slowing things down a bit but when they were on the gas the entire field spent the night chasing third starter Joey Catterelli to checkered flag for his second season win of the season. Robbie Hage remained glued to Catterelli through the entire 50 laps while the passing and intersection mayhem continued behind the two leaders. Only 9 of the 22 starters finished the race with early leader James Poole finishing third ahead of 14th starter Wayne Calkins and 15th starter Donnie Thomas. Rounding out the top ten finishers were Bobby Towe, Paul Grynewicz, Mike Wedlick, Eddie Davis and Darryl Hage.

The Mod squad came on 17 cars strong with former champion Billy Bechtelheimer noticeably absent after his serious traffic accident last week. The modifieds dedicated the race to Billy and the crowd donated over $700 to help defray medical costs that are rapidly mounting. Rookie Bobby Taylor won the pole and was determined to hold it for the entire 30 laps despite a late charge by Teddy Nelson. Taylor held on for his first Modified ever and is definitely a contender for “rookie of the year” honors for his fourth division in as many years. Nelson moved from 8th to finish 2nd over Harold Cannon, Stephen Harbuck and Doug Miller. Heat wins went to Nelson and Kyle Bookmiller.

Street Stocks were out in strength with 27 cars taking the green flag and this one turned into a crash fest. Richie Smith wasted no time using the outside lane and several caution flags to make his move to the point from 10th to Victory Lane for his second feature win of the season. Despite getting turned around twice during their 20 lap main, Todd Downs held out for second with a late race crash moving him up several spots in the final restart. Curtis Flanagan started 17th and he also used the outside lane and several crashes to move into a third place finish. Jay Withfoth rolled from 18th to fourth when the checkers flew followed by outside pole sitter and early leader Josh Teague. Heat winners were Smith, Teague and John Zuidema III.

The Pure Stocks were also out 27 cars strong and put on quite a show. Mike Dubbs came off the pole to set the early pace but that was short lived as 19th starter Bill Ryan resurfaced after taking a year off and went to Victory Lane for his first win of the season. Andy Taylor made one of his rare trips from New York to run in brother Bobby Taylor’s Pure Stock, started 23rd and finished second only to lose the spot in post race inspection. Mike Dubbs finished third and he too was D.Q’d in tech when it was all over. Former Champion Steve Steindurf picked up two spot by virtue of the disqualifications. Wes Filyaw started 22nd and took home fourth place money and Eddie Davis started 15th and held out for a fifth place finish. Heat winners were Victor Shahid, Johnny Zuidema Jr. and Bill Ryan.

In their fifth race of the season the 4 Cylinder Bombers continue to come out in good numbers with 20 making the show Saturday night. Phil Edwards started 10th and took his first win of the season. Brett Jenkins started 15th in his first appearance at Citrus, wound up second but lost the spot in tech. Anthony LaPointe saw his third place finish go down the drain in tech as well moving Travis Hoefler into second followed by Jeff Eberly, Patric Conner, Robert Carter and Jeramy Root. Chris Harvey and Phil Edwards took the heat wins.

The V8 Thunder Stock Rookies saw Steven Hise pick up his third win of the season from his 11th starting spot over a 17 car field. Don Altiere came from 17th to second in his second outing at Citrus. Lori Pate had the early lead and had her hands full salvaging a third place finish over Danny Fletcher and Chad Markland.

Eighteen Figure 8 School buses were split into two groups of nine on a pill draw and made for an exciting finale for the fans. Jay Seykora made his first appearance at Citrus payoff in the first race with Mike Gamache making numerous passes at him to no avail. Slower traffic made it even more difficult as they were three deep on several occasions. Chris Hooker started 9th and pulled into the finish line in third when the checkers flew. Brent Fults made it three School Bus wins in as many races in the second 20 lap, 9 bus race. Gary Swing came from the back end of the field to hold out for second followed by Travis Nichols who had to come through a lot of traffic too.

Super Late Models go in their first point’s race of the season next Saturday night in the Easter Celebration Special. 4 Cylinder Bombers are scheduled for a 50 lap special plus Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks and V8 Thunder Stock Rookies.

Tim Russell Opens Up Championship Chase With Win In Florida

March 1st, 2007

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“It’s pretty exciting to start this off with a win,” said Russell. “We qualified in the fifth position, but after the draw we started in the third position. That place is a one-lane racetrack. It is really hard to pass there. I think me and (Jeff) Scofield had the best two cars out there. We proved it all weekend long in practice and throughout the race it was always me or him that was the fastest car out there.”

Scofield led a majority of the race, but Russell wasn’t going to let that stop him from getting out front. He put himself in the prime position to be able to take the lead if the opportunity arose, and that opportunity did come his way.

“For a while we just rode around and saved our stuff. It was the first time that I had ever seen that track, so I was just biding my time, trying different lines and trying to make my car a little bit better as I learned the track.

“With 15 laps to go, we cranked up the pressure on Scofield and started looking toward the lead. I guess that he broke something with two laps to go. He slid up towards the wall going into turn one, and I was right there to take the perfect opportunity for the win. And we cruised to the checkers after that.”

This trip to Citrus County was the Florida native’s first trip, and Russell found out that a little bit of beginner’s luck never really hurt anybody.

“It was definitely cool being able to win there my first time at the track. I was settling in to finish second. The only way to pass someone there is basically to move them out of the way. I figured if I moved him out of the way then we both would have crashed in the next corner, because he would have moved me back. It isn’t worth going back to the rear to move someone out of the way.

“We just took what we got and turned up the pressure with 15 to go, and we were in the right place at the right time. If I hadn’t gotten right up on the wheel and on his back bumper, he probably still would have won even if he had broke, because we wouldn’t have been able to capitalize on his bad luck, but it worked out in our favor.”

This win just surpassed what Russell had done in only the first two weeks of the season. Since his racing season began on Saturday, February 10th, he has already made nine starts, has eight top-tens, four top-fives, and brought home one win. Pretty impressive for only two weeks in.

“I am really excited about what the 2007 season can bring,” added Russell. “I feel like we are a top-three car every race that we go to. I think that we can try and mirror our 2005 season. It is kind of how we started it off as well, just a couple of top-five finishes right off the bat, and then we just started piling up the wins. The whole Rinnai team is going to be working really hard to try and have that same success again this year.”

Russell’s next chance for victory will be on Saturday, March 10th, in the All American Challenge Series Super Late Model event at DeSoto Super Speedway (FL).

Tim Russell Wins Sunbelt Series Season Opener at Citrus

February 25th, 2007

Nineteen cars took the green flag with Jeff Scofield taking the point from the get-go. Tim Russell hooked up with Scofield and stayed within two to three car lengths of the leader for 124 laps. Despite 9 caution flags that had these hot shoes running 36 laps under caution Scofield was definitely the man to beat. Daniel Webster and Gary Grubbs had a race of their own going for third making contact on numerous attempts to swap positions. All the cautions were for minor incidents and the final ten laps all ran under green with a surprising outcome. Scofield apparently lost his right front brake with 7 laps to go and Russell read the problem, waited for the white flag to fly and blew past Scofield on turn three taking his first win at Citrus County Speedway. Scofield held out for second with Daniel Webster, Gary Grubbs, Darryl Shelnut, Corey Freed, Perry Brown, Scott Grossenbacher, Chad Pierce and Brian Finney rounding out the top ten.

Only three regular divisions raced on the final night of action before the Citrus County Fair break and you would have thought it was the final night of the season the way the drivers went to war. The Sportsman 20 lap main had 9 caution flags that brought the race to a checkered flag 8 laps short of the scheduled 20. Ernie Reed led the pack of 26 cars that got very physical and left some cars in a position to rebuild before they return to action in four weeks. The 12 laps they did run looked more like a demolition derby. The final caution came out after the division had run well past the 20 minute time limit and the checkers came out with Ernie Reed taking the win over 6th starter D.J. Macklin, 8th starter Steve Olone, pole sitter Jeff Rook and 5th starter Scott Wilkerson, who weighed in too light, giving the spot on the D.Q. to Phillip Rook who started 9th. Heat wins went to Jeff Rook, Clint Foley and Rusty Bremer.

Thirty one Street Stocks went in three heats taking the top six out of each heat and a B Main to qualify the final top 6 rounding out the 24 starters for their 20 lap feature event. Last week’s winner Todd Downs won the first heat and with a two week average working in his favor won the pole. He took off when the green dropped and set the early pace but some heavy hitters came from the back of the pack before it was all over plus a couple of wrecks in the front of the pack that took out some of the leaders changing the finish and giving the win to 9th starter Artie Hewitt for his first of the season. Mike Stalnaker, driving Krystal Batson’s car finished second but refused to tear down and was D.Q.’d. Mike Ruff was third and was found to be illegal in post race inspection moving 8th starter Curtis Flanagan into second. John Zuidema III would have moved from fifth to third but he too was found illegal in tech and that put Todd Downs in third, Don Paugh moved up to fourth and Frank Stromquist scored a fifth place finish on his first race of the season after taking the win in the B main to qualify for the feature. Mike Loudy and Jay Witfoth took the 2nd and 3rd heat wins.

The Four Cylinder Bombers started off the night with an exciting second heat race that saw John DeGeorge and Anthony LaPoint battling side by side to the line, hooking up at the start finish line taking both cars into the wall and ending their night with DeGeorge getting credit for the win by inches. Bobby Richardson took the win in the first heat setting up their 17 car 20 lap feature. Brandon Elwood was a man on a mission in his first season at Citrus and managed to bob and weave his way through traffic from his 16th starting spot to take the lead late in the race and leaving the rest of the field behind for the win. Seventeenth starter Jon Doucette did a superb driving job to a second place finish ahead of Bobby Richardson, Phil Edwards and Patrick Connor to round out the top five. Connor lost the 5th spot for running an illegal head and Jeramy Root moved up to take fifth.

Citrus County Speedway will be dark for four weeks making room for the Annual Fair activities. The next race will restart the season with a gang buster show. The School Bus Figure 8’s and Boat Trailer Race will have the fans on their feet plus points action will continue every Saturday night through November 10th for the season finale. Added to the restart of the season show will be the Open Wheel Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, V8 Thunder Stock Rookies, 4 Cylinder Bombers and the Fantastic Figure 8’s.

Sunbelt Super Late Model Series Opens 2007 Season This Saturday at Citrus County Speedway

February 21st, 2007

Citrus County Speedway will have an open practice on Friday, February 23, from 5 to 8 p.m. in aniticipation of Saturday night’s big event. Pit gate will open at 2 pm on Saturday, February 24. Racing will begin at 5:30 p.m.

“We are very excited about opening our 2007 season at Citrus,” said Series Director Rick Hall. “I am sure it will be a good race and fun night for everyone.”

With speedweeks just ending, some are working hard this week to get their cars back in the playing field. 2006 Sunbelt Champion Jeff Scofield won the Super Late Model Championship by only 8 points over B.J. McLeod last Saturday at New Smyrna Speedway in the 41st Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. Scofield and his team will defend their championship in 2007 and hopefully make it two in a row for the Guaranteed Motorsports crew.

Citrus Week 3 = Cold Weather, 167 Drivers, Lots of Action

February 20th, 2007

Robbie Cooper took the green flag from the pole with a 19 car field in pursuit and won the drag race into turn one and two over Mike Wilson and never looked back. Billy Bechtelheimer chased Cooper for all 30 laps but just couldn’t get the job done while battling in the race for second with Adam May who had to settle for third when the checkers flew. John Chance made his first modified ride pay off with a fourth place finish over Harold Cannon. Heat wins went to Jack Arnold and Kyle Bookmiller. The Mod Squad will have a month off before returning on the 31st of March after the Citrus County Fair break.

Nineteen Sportsmen continued their battle for early point supremacy and D.J. Macklin became the third different winner in the division for the new season. Macklin and J.T. Renau battled for the first five laps for the lead with Macklin taking the point for the rest of the race and taking his first win of the season. Tom Posavec came out of his 8th starting spot and put the heat on in the final laps after surviving a spin and was denied his second win of the season with a close second place finish. Pole sitter J.T Renau locked down third over 6th starter Gary Johnson who was doing double duty and surviving his second race in his new Sportsman ride. Maloy Kelly rounded out the top five. Heat wins went to J.T. Renau and Scott Hendrickson.

Another pole sitter, Todd Downs, set the pace from flag to flag over the 29 car Street Stock division, holding off outside pole sitter Jason Murphree who weighed in too light giving the second place finish to 8th starter Tim Wilson. Tim Alexander came from his 13th starting spot to take third over Jason Van Ochten and Artie Hewitt in a race that saw too many caution flags that lost 5 of their 20 laps to the clock for lengthily cleanups. Heat winners were Downs, Dean Lawyer and Mike Ruff.

Mini Stocks came 16 cars strong and ready to race with Mike Curry facing a disappointment when his new ride failed to be ready to start and he had to go to his backup car which his brother David was scheduled to drive. Mike took the pole and led a good portion of the race until 10th starter Jonathan Camp made his way through traffic to move into the lead and take the checkered flag just ahead of Mike. His win was short lived as he was D.Q.’d in post race inspection for illegal equipment. Curry inherited the win over 12th starter George Neumann, 13th starter Jesse Henley, 14th starter Steve Griffin and 6th starter Dan Smith. Heat winners were Curry and Clint Foley.

Pure Stocks started 28 of 29 registrants and this was another race that saw multiple wrecks, caution flags and time consumption reducing the scheduled 20 lap race to 15 laps. Jack Pate was a man on a mission as he drove through all the traffic from his 20th starting spot to Victory Lane for his first win of the season. Doug Jensen lost the lead to Pate late in the race and salvaged a second place finish from his 6th starting spot. Wes Filyaw finished third after being out of the local racing scene for quite a few years but was D.Q.’d in tech inspection. David Pate inherited the third place finish over 2005 champion Steve Stinedurf and Richard Henick who came into the evening in the point lead. Jensen, Gary Johnson and Eddie Davis were credited with the heat wins. Pure Stocks will have a month to back up and regroup before their return after the fair break.

Twenty one Figure 8’s had the fans on the edge of their seats for all 20 laps as Donnie Thomas drove from his 3rd starting spot, setting the pace early in the race and went on to take his first win of the season. Defending Champion and winner of the first race of the season, Joey Catterelli, made a late move in the final laps to hold out for second. In the final run for the flag a wreck opened the door to Bobby Towe and Clifford Rousseau get around Charlie Meyer who held a solid third until he was caught up in the wreck off turn four. Figure 8’s will be off until March 31st for the restart of the 2007 season.

Post race inspection decided the winner in the 4 Cylinder Bomber race with apparent winner Chris Harvey D.Q.’d for illegal equipment giving the win to Jon Doucette who suffered a D.Q. the previous week in Tech. Bobby Richardson came off the pole and ran in the top three throughout the race and inherited a second place finish when it was all over. Jeff Eberly, last week’s winner Anthony LaPoint and Robert Carter locked down the top five spots over the 18 car field. Richardson and LaPoint took the heat wins.

The Rookie V8 Thunder Stocks opened up the evening with a 16 car field. John Drye came from the 15th spot to the front very early in the race and took the lead on several occasions then dropping back and coming right back up through the field only to finish fourth and then was D.Q.’d when the race was over. Danny Fletcher, Chad Markland, Josh Long, Ricky Shahid and Eddie Rosasco took the top five spots.

Next Saturday will be the final night of racing action before the Citrus County Fair break. The first month of racing will close out with the best of the best in the Super Late Models racing in the Sunbelt Series and the Florida Pro Challenge who will be qualifying on the clocks for their feature races. Sportsman, Street Stocks and 4 Cylinder Bombers will round out the race card with heat and feature action. Citrus County Speedway will be dark until March 31st when the restart of the 52nd season will see the Figure 8 Bus Race, Boat Trailer Race plus a full race card that will get the 2007 run for division crowns back in gear.

Citrus Opens 52nd Season with a Big Bang

February 5th, 2007

One hundred eighty eight regular division drivers packed the pits with an additional 8 cars and drivers in the Outlaw Mini Modifieds division causing some drivers to turn around and go home because there was no room in the pits to park. That is the largest field ever to compete in the 52 year history of this 3/8ths mile venue. Experienced and inexperienced drivers had their division to compete in with new divisions set up to accommodate the pros and the rookies. The only regular division that didn’t run Saturday night was the Super Late Models that won’t see their first point’s race until April 7th.

Open Wheel Modifieds took center stage with 19 cars taking the green flag in their 30 lap main. Teddy Nelson won the drag race to turn one and set the pace from flag to flag with quite a few caution flags closing the ranks on restarts. Billy Bechtelheimer started 6th and put the heat on Nelson right to the checkers for a second place finish. Pole Sitter Harold Cannon logged a heat win and held out for third followed by Stephen Harbuck and Curtis Neumann coming from 16th to nail a solid fifth place finish. Defending Champion Kyle Bookmiller opened his 2007 season with a heat win and a 11th place finish in the feature after getting turned around on his way towards the front.

Limited Sportsmen opened the season with 21 contenders and wound up with the winner being decided in post race inspection. It was a 20 lap battle to the flag with the front row starters forced out in crashes leaving the door open for third starter Scott Hendrickson to take the lead and setting the pace until new comer Clint Foley made the pass and took the flag for the win. He was found illegal in his new Sportsman ride and Hendrickson inherited the first win of the season over 12th starter Fred Tuski, 4th starter Mike Veltman and 11th starter and first time Citrus racer Scott Wilkerson. Maloy Kelly and Wilkerson shared the heat wins.

Only the division name has been changed for the former Hobby Stock division to Street Stocks. The hot shoes remain the same in a division that saw 33 cars register and required a B Main to cut the field to 24 for the feature. Alvin Williamson took the early lead that saw a 3 car crash taking out pole sitter Mike Loudy, third starter Krystal Batson and second heat winner Larry Welter Jr. On the restart, Williamson could only take the heat for just so long and watched 7th starter Richie Smith take the point and the first win of the season. Doc Batson just couldn’t make the pass on Smith and had to settle for second followed by 12th starter Curtis Flanagan, 15th starter Mike Wilson and 19th starter Mike Stalnaker. Williamson took the win in the first heat and slid back to finish 7th while Mike Wilson claimed the win in the third heat. Only six of fourteen cars finished the B main with the win going to Mike Stalnaker.

Steve Griffin made a statement to the Mini Stock division after a 2 year hiatus by dominating all 20 laps of their main event despite several caution flags that saw only 12 of 18 starters able to finish. Jonathan Guy chased Griffin all the way to the checkers followed by 10th starter Phillip Joyner who lost his third place finish in post race inspection. Defending 4 time champion George Neumann inherited third with Johnathon Camp taking fourth. Jesse Henley lost his sixth place finish in tech to Paul Combast. Heat wins went to Guy and George Neumann who inherited the heat after the D.Q. of Joyner.

The pros in the 2006 Thunder Stock division moved into what is now known as the Pure Stock division and they showed up 35 strong with only 33 able to start the 20 lap feature event. Third starter Jack Pate wasted little time moving to the front and setting the pace right to the checkers followed by 6th starter John Zuidema Jr. Both cars were D.Q.’d in tech moving Richard Henick into the winners circle. Eddie Davis started 13th but wound up second after inspection followed by pole sitter Jim Kruse, Megan Spicer and Jason Savoia. Jim Kruse, Rick Heath and Gary Johnson locked in the heat wins.

The rookies in Thunders are now known as the V8 Thunder Stocks and in many cases shared car rides with their Pure Stock counter parts. Fourteen cars took the green for their 20 lap feature only race due to time constraints. Steven Hise launched his racer to the front early in the race from his 8th starting spot and was untouchable once he took the lead. Joshua Libby was the only car that had anything for him but it wasn’t enough. Third finisher Josh Long was another loser to Tech inspection giving the spot to Eddie Rosossco. Mike Pancake took fourth followed by Ricky Shahid.

The Four Cylinder Bomber division was 24 cars strong and ultimately their 20 lap main was also decided in post race inspection with the top three being disqualified for illegal equipment or weight distribution. Brett Jenkins, John Doucette and Robert Bryant took the top three spots but lost them to Anthony LaPoint, Brandon Elwood, Jon Dale, Jeff Eberly and Jeramy Root. Heat wins went to Dale Elwood and Phil Edwards who finished sixth in the feature.

Due to time constraints and multiple crashes in a 24 car Figure 8 race their feature event was cut short with just 12 laps in the books. Defending Champion Joey Catterelli took the first win of the season with Steve Anderson, Paul Grynewicz, John Thomas and Clifford Rousseau in hot pursuit. The checkered flag came out on the final wreck that took out all three of the leaders and scoring reverted back to the last completed lap.

Week two of the 2007 season will see the Winged TBARA Sprints highlight the show with their season opener. Joining them will be the Limited Sportsmen, Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks, V8 Thunders and 4 Cylinder Bombers in heat and feature action. Practice will be on Friday night and race time on Saturday night will be 5:30 p.m. Don’t miss these high powered rockets.

Anderson and Grossenbacher Share Citrus L.M. Twin 50 Wins

January 22nd, 2007

Wayne Anderson came to his home track where he grew up and proved to be the man to beat when he set the fast qualifying time over the 25 car field of hot shoes picking up the $100 bonus. He pulled the number 10 pill putting Daniel Keene on the pole and Donnie Parkinson in the outside lane and Anderson lined up on the outside of row 5. Keene took the early lead with Parkinson in hot pursuit followed by Scott Grossenbacher Sean LeMaster and Daniel Webster. Several cautions came out for lengthily cleanups eating up the clock in the pursuit of the $1,500 win purse mostly from leaking fluids and Daniel Webster scattering two brake calipers and brake fluid all over the track ending his night in the first race. Anderson worked the outside lane and set the pace during the first half of the race right to the checkered flag and picked up the “Hard Charger Award” to add to his win purse. Herb Neumann, Gary Grubbs, Rich Pratt, Sean LeMaster, Scott Grossenbacher, Perry Lovelady, Kurt Jett, Keith Zavrel and Brandon Anderson rounded out the top ten when the checkers flew after 40 laps due to time consumption. Twenty cars were still running.

After a 15 minute infield readjustment period 23 cars again took the green for the second half of the twin 50’s for another $1,500 to win plus a full purse. Perry Lovelady came off the pole to lead the pack for the first half of the race before Scott Grossenbacher put the pressure on and made the pass setting the pace right to the checkered flag. Again several lengthily cleanup cautions ate up the clock and the curfew shortened the second race to another 40 laps. Rich Pratt had a great ride and held out for a second place finish over Perry Lovelady. James Powell started 19th and finished 4th picking up the “Hard Charger Award” in race #2. Rounding out the top 10 were Keith Zavrel, Herb Neumann Jr., Kurt Jett, Darrell Shelnut, Sean LeMaster, and Donnie Parkinson. Wayne Anderson was coming on strong about half way through the race but his race car went south and he had to settle for a 17th place finish in the second race.

Street Stocks showed up 30 strong and Curtis Flanagan was first on the clocks winning the fast qualifier bonus. He pulled the 8 pill for their 50 lap race that put Krystal Batson on the pole for her first race after taking a season hiatus to have her baby. She set the pace for quite a few laps before a three car crash in turn three took out her dad Doc Batson and Curtis Flanagan ending their night early. On the restart Krystal again set the pace with some heavy hitters putting the heat on and finally gave up the lead to Richie Smith who went on to win the race. Krystal fell back to fifth place but when the checkers came out she had worked her way back up to finish second in her first night back on the racing scene. Steve Anderson stayed in the top five for the entire 50 laps and held out for third followed by John Rankin, Mike Stalnaker, Herb Hoefler, Mike Loudy, Dean Lawyer, Tim Alexander and John Zuidema.

Wrapping up the show despite being the first division to race, the 4 Cylinder Bombers had 19 cars qualify for their 50 lap Winter Spectacular Special and saw Donnie Guy dominate the clock. Tech inspection took away his fast qualifier bonus and gave it to defending champion Justin Durbin. When the green fell Joey Durbin launched his racer to the lead around Phil Edwards and held on until his brother Justin went to the front and set the pace. Donnie Guy caught him in a non stop 50 lap race and before Donnie was through he had lapped everyone except Justin Durbin. Donnie lost again in tech for illegal parts and 2006 champion and 14 time winner Justin Durbin took home another win. Joey Durbin was second followed by Anthony LaPoint, Jon Doucette and John DeGeorge to round out the top five.

Citrus County Speedway will kick off the 2007 racing season on Saturday night February 3rd featuring the Open Wheel Modified, Sportsman, Mini Stock, Street Stock, Pure Stock, V8 Thunder Stock, 4 Cylinder Bombers and the Figure 8 divisions. TBARA Winged Sprint Cars will kick off their season at Citrus on February 10th plus a full racing program.

Neumann & Cannon Share Citrus Twin 50 Mod Wins

December 5th, 2006

The local Open Wheel Modifieds kicked off the night with qualifying time trials with Teddy Nelson and Kyle Bookmiller matching fast times on the clocks. Nelson got the honors of pulling the 6 pill for the inversion for the first 50 lap main putting Alan McCafferty on the pole and Curtis Neumann on the outside pole. It took two starts to get the 16 car field underway with Neumann and McCafferty running side by side for three laps before Neumann was able to take the point and set the pace right to the checkered flag. McCafferty stayed glued to Neumann’s rear deck to the checkers. Ninth starter Bobby Taylor finished third and took the Dynamic Performance Coating Hard Charger $100 bonus in his first Modified ride. Teddy Nelson finished 4th ahead of Steve Perez, Richie Smith, David Davis, Harold Cannon, Mitch Korzenski and Donnie Maxwell rounding out the top ten.

After a 15 minute infield stop the Mod Squad was realigned with Donnie Maxwell taking the pole and David Davis on the outside pole. Harold Cannon made short work of Maxwell before taking the point and young David Davis locking on to his rear deck. Davis held off 7th starter Teddy Nelson for just about half the race before looping his racer on turn two and having to restart in the rear of the field. Nelson picked up second and spent the rest of the race putting the heat on Cannon who took the checkers for the $1,000 win purse. Tommy Schnader moved from his 12th starting spot to 3rd for the $100 Dynamic Performance Coating Hard Charger award. Pole sitter Alan McCafferty held out for fourth followed by Curtis Neumann, David Davis, Richie Smith, Donnie Maxwell, Kurt Jett and 2006 Modified Champion Kyle Bookmiller locking in the tenth spot.

Limited Sportsmen saw 13 cars take the green flag for their 50 lap post season race. First timer Joe Barbera won the pole on the pill draw with Phillip Rook taking the outside slot. Rook and Barbera went for a side by side race for the point swapping the lead on each of the first four laps before Rook took the point. Meanwhile, Craig Robinson lit the fuse to his rocket from his 9th starting spot and made short work of the rest of the traffic before he took the point and never looked back. Tom Posavec gave it all he had but just couldn’t reel in Robinson who took the win going away followed by Posavec, Richie Smith, Ernie Reed, Wayne Lewis, Steve O’lone, John Zuidema, Phillip Rook, Joe Barbera and J.T. Renau. 2006 Points Champion Jim Altobelli wound up 11th but was unable to finish the race.

Only 8 Mini Stocks made the show and they were cut back to 20 laps. 2006 Point’s Champion George Neumann left the rest of the field in the dust from the get go just to let the rest of the world know that his 4th championship was well earned. Jason Rendell out ran Marty Neikens for second. Rounding out the top five were Dustin Perez and Jesse Henley.

Ted Taylor set the pace for all 50 laps in the Thunder Stock Special. Tim Whitehead took his final ride in a race car for a while due to health problems that will take him out of action. Tim borrowed Mike Dubbs racer to make his final run and finished a solid second being chased by Bill Ryan, Fred Henick and Daniel Nauman. Glen Colyer moved from his 11th starting spot and was challenging for second when he handgrenaded his motor and wound up 7th for the night.

The Florida Open Wheel Lites came to wrap up their 2006 Season with 19 cars and Brian Gingras made a clean sweep of the night opening up with a fast qualifying lap of 13.929 seconds on the 3/8ths mile and running away with the big 40 lap win. Mike Belusar tried his best to hang in with Gingras but had to battle John Bailey for a second place finish. Rick Lundeen locked onto 4th and Jeff Wolfe rounding out the top five. Only 8 cars finished the race. Rick Brayton lost control of his racer coming off turn two, got into the back end of Larry Hubbard III sending him down the back chute, end over end, and coming to rest on the top side of turn three upside down. Larry walked away from the wreck without injury and well built roll cage definitely saved him from getting hurt after that ride.

Esslinger Engineering brought in the ½ scale Outlaw Modifieds to wrap up the Winter Spectacular IV post season race. Cliff Stinemann launched his racer from 15th to the point in lap 20 of their 30 lap feature and drove to the win and 2006 Championship. Robby Bean came from 8th to finish 2nd over early leader Doug Hopper, Billy Campbell and Mike Bean.

Eighty Citrus County Speedway drivers will be honored on Friday night December 15th at the Annual Awards Banquet being held at the Citrus County Fairgrounds Auditorium. The fun affair will be catered by Sonny’s Bar B Q and Chris Mohling will be the D.J. so come ready to honor our champions, eat well and party afterwards. Tickets are available at the pit office and time is running out to purchase them. There will be no tickets sold at the door.

Happy Holidays to all our drivers, owners, sponsors and the greatest fans in the world. Citrus County Speedway will restart racing for their 52nd year in the 2007 season opener Winter Spectacular V on January 20th featuring the Super Late Models in Twin 50’s and a full race card.

Seven Championships Decided at Citrus Saturday in Season Finale

November 12th, 2006

Twenty eight TBARA Winged Sprint cars came off a night at Ocala Speedway Friday night to end their season where it started back in February at Citrus County Speedway. Heat wins went to Steven Bradley, Richard Waddell and Keith Butler. Charles Ladner won the B Main to qualify the final 7 cars going into the 24 car feature. When the green flew for their 30 lap main event 19,000 horse power roared off the line with Steven Bradley coming off the out side pole to set a hot pace while the rest of the hot shoes worked to move through traffic. It didn’t take long for the front runners to catch the tail end of the field and thread there way through the slower traffic. Thirteen cars finished in the lead lap and spent all but the last 2 laps chasing Bradley to the checkers. Eleventh starter David Steele made the pass taking his 7th win of the season on the final run for the flag with Bradley having to settle for second. Troy DeCaire, Shane Butler, Stan Butler, Keith Butler, Dude Teate, Rookie of the Year Michael Smith, Richard Waddell and Gary Gimmler rounded out the top ten. Bo Hartley came into the race with the point lead and finished 13th at the end of the lead lap.

Locally the Open Wheel Modifieds came into their final race of the season with Kyle Bookmiller having to really work to hold onto his 17 point lead on Teddy Nelson and Billy Bechtelheimer just 20 points out of a lead that he held for most of the season. Heat Winners were Chris Wentworth and Steve Perez but it was Curtis Neumann that was the man to beat coming out of his third starting spot and setting the pace from flag to flag for his 3rd win of the season. Steve Perez worked his way from fifth to second at the checkered flag with Nelson moving from his 16th starting spot and using the outside groove to finish in a solid third. Pole sitter Stephen Harbuck held out for a fourth place finish over Adam May. Kyle Bookmiller finished sixth right where he started and won the 2006 Championship by 17 points over Teddy Nelson.

Another race that was up for grabs was the Sportsman championship with Tom Posavec coming in with a 19 point lead over Jim Altobelli. Altobelli was on a mission to regain the lead he held most of the season until last week when he had a bad finish. That put him on the inside of row two for the start of their 20 lap main event and Posavec back in 16th after last week’s win. Altobelli went to the front early and battled with Phillip Rook for several laps before taking the lead. Meanwhile Posavec got turned around three times during the race. When the checkers flew, Altobelli took the win and the 2006 Championship by just 3 points after a 2nd place finish in his heat and the win while Tom finished 5th in the heat and 10th in the feature. Rounding out the top five were Phillip Rook who also won the first heat, Ernie Reed, Craig Robinson who won the second heat and Bobby Taylor.

George Neumann made sure he had a lock on his 4th Mini Stock Championship with a third place finish Saturday night. The spot that was up for grabs was second and Clint Foley was on a mission taking a win in his heat and out running the 15 car field for his 5th feature win of the season to slip by Johnathon Camp by 13 points who had to borrow a ride from Kevin Harrod to finish out the season. Phillip Joyner finished second in the feature followed by Neumann, Joe Irwin and Mike Lawhorn. Don Faunce won the first heat.

Bobby Taylor was a long shot to take the Hobby Stock Crown away from John Makula but he gave it a shot by winning his heat race and after not being able to race last week due to brakes going out on him he shot off the outside pole and set the pace all the way to the checkered flag. Despite the win and a 15th place finish by Makula, he fell 13 points short of imporving his position but he did hold off Curtis Flanagan from taking second away from him. Michael Stallnaker locked on to second in the 20 lap main followed by Jay Witfoth, Curtis Flanagan and Stephen Anderson in a borrowed ride. Flanagan won the second heat.

Tim Wilson came into the Thunder Stock finale with a 34 point lead and almost saw the Championship fade away with Louie Coie in hot pursuit and Tim having a rough night with several drivers determined to keep him from finishing the race. He survived none the less and took his first Championship with a 17 point lead over Coie. Jason VanOchten came off the pole and took his first career feature over Randy Spicer, Mike Dubbs, Louie Cioe and Gary Johnson and a 24 car field. There were four cars that were wearing illegal tires that would have closed the gap for the championship further had they been allowed their true finishing spots. Heat winners were VanOchten, Kristine Henick and Wilson.

The Florida Mini Cup series wrapped up their 2006 season with the Junior All Stars point leader Ray Black Jr. winning his final race of the season. He will be moving up in 2007 racing ASA and the Goodyear Late Model Challenge Series. Doug Smith locked down his All Pro Mini Cup Championship showing the 12 car field the way to Victory Lane in their season finale. Brett Jameson gave him a run for his money but had to settle for second in the see saw battle in the double points race.

Twelve ladies took their significant other’s race cars for the annual Powder Puff 10 lap finale for the night. All the drivers breathed a sigh of relief as Stacey Pittsley took her Mini Stock to the Winner’s Circle and none of the ladies wrecked their cars which is a first for this race.

It isn’t over yet at the Action Attraction as drivers and fans get ready for Winter Spectacular IV on December 2nd featuring Open Wheel Modifieds in Twin 50’s, Limited Sportsmen in a 50 lap main, Thunder Stocks turn it on for 50 laps and the Outlaw Modifieds come to visit for the final race of 2006. Eighty drivers will be honored at the Annual Awards Banquet on Friday, December 15th at the Citrus County Auditorium. Tickets are on sale at the Pit Office through December 2nd.

Grossenbacher Wins Citrus L.M. Championship

November 6th, 2006

The final outcome was a nail bitter right to the finish line. Herb Neumann Jr. led the 55 driver Late Model point’s race from week three of the season. Coming into the final race Saturday night he had a slim 4 point advantage over Scott Grossenbacher after there was no change in the status when the Twin 50’s took the checkered flag on October 21st. Neumann was forced to borrow Donnie Parkinson’s car after Herb’s motor went south for the final race. Scott picked up 2 points on Neumann with a heat win in the early going while Herb finished third in his heat. Then the draw for starting positions in the 35 lap feature had Scott starting 4th and Herb starting 9th in the 14 car field. It was a tense moment when the green fell and Herb Hoefler took the point, pole sitter Daniel Webster raced him on the inside lane for 3 laps before slipping back to second and Grossenbacher made his way around Perry Lovelady to lock onto third. The race only saw one caution flag and Hoefler maintained a steady pace for the win from flag to flag with Webster holding out in second, Grossenbacher crossing the line in third, followed by Gary Grubbs, Perry Lovelady and Herb Neumann Jr. having to settle for 6th. When the points tally was all done, Grossenbacher won the title by 4 points over Neumann who was seeking his third consecutive title at his home race track. It just doesn’t get any closer than that.

Sportsman faced a similar close run for the crown coming into their next to last race of the year showing Tom Posavec and Jim Altobelli tied for the lead and Edward Allen just 2 points behind the leaders. That all changed with 18 cars lining up for a very physical 20 lap feature. Posavec went into the lead with a win in his heat and then really capped it off picking up 16 points in a run from his 10th starting spot to the point and Victory Lane when the checkers flew for his 3rd win of the season. Pole sitter J.T. Renau managed to hold out for second at the finish line followed by Dusty Bremer, Steve Olone and Bobby Taylor rounding out the top five. Altobelli had to settle for a 9th place finish dropping him back 19 points and Edward Allen got caught up in a wreck late in the race that left him in 11th when it was all over leaving him 27 points off the lead. Limited Sportsman will be back next week to finish off the season and it ain’t over until that checkered flag falls in the season finale.

George Neumann put some cushion in his 4th Mini Stock Championship with his third feature win of the season. Fifteen cars took the green flag and Neumann wasted no time moving from his 12th starting spot to leave the rest of the pack well behind from lap12 to lap 20. Phillip Joyner worked his way through traffic from 9th to finish second over 15th starter Dan Smith, Clint Foley and Jesse Henley. Johnny Siner was leading the race when he got into the back straight wall hard enough to totally take the body off his car. Fortunately Johnny came out of the wreck O.K. but his car was junk when it went on the trailer. Neumann and Johnathon Camp took the heat wins and Camp ran into mechanical problems that put him in the DNF column for the feature run.

It was a 25 car battle royal in the 20 Lap Hobby Stock main with Curtis Flanagan making it three in a row when it was all over. Flanagan drove from his 17th starting spot and used the outside, inside and middle grooves to wind his way through some heavy traffic that saw lots of contact in front of him. The only car that seemed to have anything for him was outside pole sitter Jason Murphree who took a really bad hit on the front wall that ended his night late in the race. Mike Ruff, Michael Stallnaker, Robert Capps and point leader John Makula rounded out the top five. Heat winners were Jason Murphree, Makula and Flanagan.

Megan Spicer was a lady on a mission Saturday night as the youngster took her #83 pink machine to the front of the 26 car field early from her 6th starting spot and held off all contenders for her first feature win ever. Point leader Tim Wilson came from 13th to hold out for second over Steven Hise, Glen Colyer and Richard Henick. Heat winners were Jason VanOchten, Mike Dubbs and Rick Shahid who took a terrible hit in turn one during the feature that left him on his top. He walked away from the wreck and the car of course was done for the night.

The 4 Cylinder Bombers wrapped up their season with a 14 car field minus 2006 Champion Justin Durbin and saw 13th starter Chris Allen methodically work his way through traffic to take the lead away from Jonathon Doucette in the final stages of their 20 lap main event. Bobby Richardson out dueled Phil Edwards for third with John DeGeorge right on Edwards’s bumper at the finish line. Doucette and Tim Nocella won the heats.

Added to the program were the Florida Pro Challenge Series that saw 8 cars and trucks take on the 3/8ths mile in their final appearance of the year. Howard Brennan out of Vero Beach took the feature win over 14 year old Ryan Rust out of Port St. Lucie who led for 19 laps from the pole. Ken Ellefson of Fort Myers held out for third over Mike Smith from West Palm Beach and Rowdy Gordon of Salt Springs. Mike Smith took the win in the heat.

In the annual Dare to win races winners were: Steven Hise in Thunder Stocks, Michael Stallnaker in Hobby Stocks, Phillip Joyner in Mini Stocks, J.T. Renau in Sportsman, and Phil Edwards in 4 Cylinder Bombers.

Saturday night will be the Season Finale featuring the Outlaw TBARA Winged Sprints in their 800 horsepower rockets, Mini Cup Cars and the final point’s shootout for the Modifieds, Limited Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Hobby Stocks and Thunder Stocks. Winter Spectacular IV will be run on December 2nd featuring Modified Twin 50’s, a Limited Sportsman 50, Thunder Stock 50 and Outlaw Modifieds. Practice will be held on Friday, December 1st, from 5 until 9 p.m. The Annual Awards Banquet will be held on Friday night, December 15th at the Citrus County Auditorium and tickets are on sale at the front gate and the pit office. No tickets will be sold at the door so be sure to get them as soon as possible.

Citrus Fall Fiasco a Tremendous Success

October 30th, 2006

Kicking off the very competitive night of racing the Open Wheel Modifieds picked up with 13 of the original 25 car field that lost out on their second half of their 35 lap special in September. They went at it like it was the final race of the season in one of the most exciting races of the year. Doug Miller locked onto the lead from the green flag followed by John Godwin, Buddy Kessler, Butch Bassett, Robbie Cooper and Teddy Nelson setting up the early single file front runners. Buddy Kessler tangled with John Godwin bringing out the first caution flag in the tight run for the front. On the restart Robbie Cooper developed engine problems and fell out of the running. Meanwhile Teddy Nelson used the outside groove working his way from his 6th starting spot to the point and set the pace for the final 15 laps with 10th starter Curtis Neumann right on his rear bumper. In the final 8 laps it was side by side racing for the two front runners with Nelson able to hold the inside line all the way to the checkers with Neumann having to settle for second followed by Doug Miller, John Godwin and Kyle Bookmiller rounding out the top five. Neumann took the $100 Hard Charger bonus. Kyle Bookmiller holds the point lead by 17 points over Teddy Nelson going into their final shootout on November 11th.

In the wildest Figure 8 action of the season Bobby Towe took the green flag from the pole position with outside pole sitter Robbie Hage falling in behind him with a 24 car field in tow. Towe led the Figure 8 50 for the first 40 laps with perfect timing through a very busy intersection that had the crowd on their feet on every pass before his motor gave out on him on one of several restarts. Robbie Hage moved into the lead with 10th starter Wayne Calkins in hot pursuit. When the checkers flew Hage took the win over Calkins, 5th starter Clifford Rousseau third, 19th starter Curtis Youmans 4th and 12th starter John Thomas locking into the top five. Seth Nistok spent the whole night threading the needle in the intersection and finished seventh from his 14th starting spot for his show stopping run. Only half the field finished the 50 lapper.

Thirty five racers took the green flag for the Enduro 150 in hopes of taking home the $5,000 win purse. Herb Neumann Jr. picked up the lead after passing pole sitter Philip Kessler early in the race. Robert Ray worked his way from 21st to third when Ricky Heath took out leader Neumann putting both cars over the turn one wall ending the night for both of them. On the restart Robert Ray picked up the point threaded his way through traffic putting the entire field down 2 laps before lap 98 when the red flag came out for a restart that had the drivers using the chicane for the next 20 laps. Ray missed the chicane on the 99th lap and that put him back one lap. The red flag came out again in lap 120 and the racers reversed their direction in the run for the flag for the final 30 laps. Robert weaved his way through slower traffic to take the $5,000 check to the bank and lapping the entire field 3 times just like his dad predicted before the race in the ride Rick Ray said his son took away from him. Mr. Enduro, Robert Ray has almost made a living running and winning Enduro races all over the state of Florida. Top five had Mike Gamache in 2nd followed by Kathy Ray, Carmine Castoria and Stacy Wright.

Superintendent of Citrus County Schools, Sandra Sam Himmel gave the 8 Pro Figure 8 School Bus racers the green flag for their 20 lap adventure through the intersection and the fans just loved all the action. Chris Hooker led from start to finish collecting the $1,000 win purse. He was followed by a controversial second place finish between Dino Swing and Brent Fults. After all was said and done it was declared a dead heat for second and the two drivers shared second and third money. Danny Cretty and Larry Triana picked up 4th and 5th respectively. Dave Ross took the flag to flag win in the 15 lap Rookie Figure 8 School Bus race followed by Jason Ayers who put on several runs at the leader but had to settle for second. Mike “Chopper” Nadeau took third over Dora Thorne and Tom Carroll.

Seven Boat Trailer racers took on the chicane route in what turned out to be a wild one. They went for 15 laps and it didn’t take long for many to lose their boats and then the trailers with just one car still towing his trailer upside down when the checkers flew and it was Larry Triana outlasting Curtis Youmans for the $500 dollar win. Larry Welter Sr. finished third over Victor Stanley and Chad Fairbanks in a race that had the crowd laughing and yelling all the way.

Wrapping up the evening was a 14 car Demo Derby with Jason White being the most aggressive driver of the bunch and truly earning his $500 win purse taking out car after car in the 25 minute malay. It took him 5 minutes to get in the blows on Roy Bare who picked up the $200 for second and Stephen Riblett holding on for the $100 third place money. Jason was the only car able to drive his rig back to the pits.

Only two weeks left in the regular point’s season and next Saturday night will see Herb Neumann Jr. and Scott Grossenbacher in the final Late Model shootout with only 4 points separating them in the race for the 2006 crown. Jim Altobelli and Edward Allen are tied for the Limited Sportsmen lead with Tom Posavec just six points off the pace and Ernie Reed still in the hunt with their final two races on the schedule. Next week will be the final run for the 4 Cylinder Bombers with Justin Durbin sporting 14 wins on the season and a lock on the crown. The Mini Stocks, Hobby Stocks and Thunder Stocks still have two more races to wrap up their season and decide the top ten. November 11th will close out the regular season with the TBARA Winged Sprints and the final Open Wheel Modified shootout with Kyle Bookmiller, Teddy Nelson and Billy Bechtelheimer in the mix for the crown.

Anderson and Neumann Share Wins in Citrus L.M. Twin 50’s

October 23rd, 2006

Highlighting the evening was the Twin Super Late Model 50’s that saw Herb Neumann Jr and Scott Grossenbacher racing for the 2006 championship with only 4 points separating them coming into their next to last races of the season. This was an opportunity to pick up two race points totals for the night and an $1800 win purse for each race. Time trials saw Wayne Anderson take the fast time with a 13.698 second run on a green track due to a rain shower that delayed the start of the night of action. Wayne drew the #2 pill for the outside pole starting position with Scott Grossenbacher on the inside pole. Anderson won the drag race to turn one and led the 17 car field from start to finish with a few caution flags closing the gap. Grossenbacher qualified second and followed Anderson to the checkers followed by point leader Herb Neumann Jr., Jim Smith and Daniel Webster rounding out the top five.

Anderson drew the #6 pill for race two putting Gary Grubbs on the pole next to Daniel Webster. When the green flew Webster and Grubbs got together going into turn one putting Grubbs into the wall and ending his night while Danny Johnson and Wayne Anderson got caught up in the malay taking Johnson out of the race and leaving Wayne with a damaged racer. On the restart only 13 of the original 17 cars were left and Herb Neumann chased Daniel Webster and Jim Smith for several laps before taking over the lead with Wayne Anderson and Scott Grossenbacher in hot pursuit. When the checkers flew Neumann took the win with Anderson finishing second and taking the Hard Charger Award of $100 from Dave’s Slot Car Racing in Crystal River. Scott Grossenbacher celebrated his birthday with a 3rd place finish followed by Daniel Webster and John Chance rounding out the top five. Neumann continues to lead by 4 points and he and Grossenbacher go into the final race of the season on November 4th in the final shootout.

In Sportsman action Chris Cross won the pole and took off when the green fell and never looked back for his third season win over and an 18 car field. Maloy Kelly, Ernie Reed, Tom Posavec and Bobby Taylor took the balance of the top five slots. Jim Altobelli and Edward Allen came into the Sportsmen feature tied for the point lead and when all was said and done Altobelli went back into the lead by 2 points with a 7th place finish over Allen who finished 8th. The final two races will take them right down to the wire for a final shootout.

In Hobby Stock action, Curtis Flanagan drove from 25th spot to make it two in a row after winning a money protest that tore his car down to the bottom after his win last week. Johnny Zuidema held off Jay Witfoth, Sonny VanOchten and Frank Stromquist over the 28 car starting field that saw plenty of action with most of the heavy hitters having to come from the back of the field when the green fell.

Fifteen Mini Stocks took the green flag with George Neumann all but wrapping up his 4th Mini Stock Championship with his 3rd win of the season from his 8th starting spot. Jesse Henley locked onto the point in the early going and managed to hold off hard charging Clint Foley in the race for second followed by Phillip Joyner and 13th starter Jason Rendell.

Defending Thunder Stock Champion Steven Steindurf continued to show he still has the car and ability to take a win despite not even being in the top ten this season with his 2nd feature win over a 21 car field. Glen Colyer launched to the early lead and had plenty of heat behind him after Stinedurf made the pass. Rick Shahid had to settle for third over Tim Wilson and Louie Cioe finishing nose to tail at the checkers.

Mr. 4 Cylinder Bomber, Justin Durbin, won his 14th feature of the year out driving Neal Durbin to the flag. Bobby Riley came from 13th to finish third over Jeramy Root and Phil Edwards and the balance of the 17 car field.

Brandon Thompson showed the PBG Legends the way to Victory Lane in their 35 lap Fall Shootout followed by Kory Abbott, Stuart Dutton, Mike Verhaugh and Jimmy Rodriquez. In the Florida Mini Cup Pro division pole sitter Doug Smith took all the heat Brett Jameson could give him and held out for the win. Devin McLeod, John Beach and Jerry Parker rounded out the top five. It was Ray Black Jr. in a flag to flag win in the Junior division followed by Devin McLeod, Daniel Miller, Thomas Warnick and Brady Marshall.

Next Saturday night will see more crazy action than usual with the “FALL FIASCO” Featuring an Enduro 150 for $5,000 to win, a Demo Derby, a 50 Lap Figure 8 Special, plus FIGURE 8 SCHOOL BUS RACE, a BOAT TRAILER race and the Open Wheel Modifieds will finish the second half of their rained out Twin 35.

Perry Brown Wins Citrus Gulfcoast Modified 50

October 16th, 2006

After time trials the fans got a surprise when the first race on the schedule was a 17 car Figure 8, 20 lap feature. Darryl Hage set the pace from the get go and held out for his third win of the season in a real match race with brother Robbie Hage who had to settle for second. Joey Catterelli worked his way from 13th to finish third in a wild race that saw a lot of close calls in the intersection, but fortunately no major accidents. Zach Perry and Curtis Youmans locked in the balance of the top five spots. Most of the Figure 8ers loaded up right after the race and headed out for Bronson Motor Speedway to race in their Saturday night special.

Nineteen Limited Sportsman saw Dusty Bremer take off and set the pace for the first half of the race before Edward Allen got a break and dove under him to take the lead and his second win of the season. Dusty held out for second holding off 7th starter A.J. Isbister when the checkers flew. Rusty Bremer crossed the line in fourth but was D.Q.d after hitting a car under caution earlier. Tom Posavec inherited fourth over Craig Robinson to round out the top five. Heat wins went to Dusty Bremer and Maloy Kelly.

Johnny Siner wasted no time launching off the outside pole to set the pace for a flag to flag Mini Stock win. Clint Foley moved from his sixth starting spot to put the pressure on Siner but couldn’t pull off the pass. Last week’s winner Johnathon Camp came from the back end of the field to win out in real battle for third over George Neumann. Mike Lawhorn locked in a fifth place finish over the 12 car field. Rookie Mark Powers took his first heat win of the season while Clint Foley logged his 9th heat win.

Twenty Hobby Stocks took the green flag and Curtis Flanagan worked his way from 18th to the front with 5 laps left to the checkered flag. His win wasn’t verified until after midnight after a tear down of his motor found him legal. Tim Quick worked his way from 16th to second followed 20th starter Jason Murphree after his win 2 weeks ago. Early leader Frank Stromquist looked like he was on his way to his first win of the season until his racer backed up on him and had to settle for fourth over 15th starter John Makula. Heat winners were Sonny VanOchten, Josh Teague and Curtis Flanagan.

A post race inspection took the apparent Thunder Stock feature win away from Carmine Castoria who led the 20 lap main from flag to flag. When all was said and done the ladies benefited with Kristine Henick taking her first win of the season followed by another lady hot shoe Megan Spicer. Mike Dubbs moved from 9th to finish third in the wild race to the flag. Tim Wilson launched his racer from the 19th starting spot to pick up a strong 4th place finish over Victor Shahid who was in a borrowed ride and moved from his 13th starting spot to claim 5th. Heat winners were Kristine Henick and Steve Stinedurf.

Next Saturday night the Late Models go at it in twin, back to back, 50 lap features for $1,800 to win in each race for points. The PBG Legends go into a 35 lap Fall Shootout for Semi-Pro, Pro and Masters divisions. Limited Sportsmen, Mini Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Thunder Stocks and 4 Cylinder Bombers will also run with only three weeks left in the points season. It will also be an early Trick or Treat night prior to the races with the drivers on the speedway. Children in costume will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. On October 28th Citrus County Speedway will have the “FALL FIASCO” featuring an Enduro 150 for $5,000 to win, plus a DEMO Derby, 50 Lap Figure 8 race, School Bus Figure 8’s and a Boat Trailer Race.

Citrus County Speedway Results 10/14/06

Gulfcoast Modified Feature – 50 Laps – 23 Cars

1. #83x Perry Brown – Riverview

2. #61x Wayne Jefferson – Pinellas Park

3. #6 Dwayne Dempsey – St. Petersburg

4. #1H Mike Hinegardner – Largo

5. #83 Andrew Alderman – Pinellas Park

6. #98 Robbie Cooper – Bronson

7. #89 Lee Collins – Immokalee

8. #08 David Davis – Floral City

9. #8 Chris Escott – St. Petersburg – Fast Qualifier 14.240 Sec.

10.#22 John Godwin – Zephyrhills

Limited Sportsman Feature – 20 Laps – 17 Cars

1. #23 Edward Allen – 3rd Season Win

2. # 7 Dusty Bremer

3. #81 A.J. Isbister

4. #01 Tom Posavec

5. #175 Craig Robinson

1st Heat Winner – #7 Dusty Bremer

2nd Heat Winner – #92 Maloy Kelly

Mini Stock Feature – 20 Laps – 12 Cars

1. #01 Johnny Siner – 3rd Season Win

2. # 7 Clint Foley

3. #13 Johnathon Camp

4. # 1 George Neumann

5. #44 Michael Lawhorn

1st Heat Winner – #29 Mark Powers

2nd Heat Winner – #7 Clint Foley

Hobby Stock Feature – 20 Laps – 22 Cars

1. #33 Curtis Flanagan – 2nd Season Win

2. #97 Tim Quick

3. #95 Jason Murphree

4. #57 Frank Stromquist

5. #27 John Makula

1st Heat Winner – #99 Sonny VanOchten

2nd Heat Winner – #20 Josh Teague

3rd Heat Winner – #33 Curtis Flanagan

Thunder Stock Feature – 20 Laps – 20 Cars

1. #60 Kristine Henick – 1st Season Win

2. #83 Megan Spicer

3. #36 Mike Dubbs

4. #85 Tim Wilson

5. #40 Victor Shahid

1st Heat Winner – #60 Kristine Henick

2nd Heat Winner – #0 Steve Stinedurf

Figure 8 Feature – 20 Laps – 17 Cars

1. # 8 Darryl Hage – 3rd Season Win

2. #74 Robbie Hage

3. #15 Joey Catterelli

4. #115 Zach Perry

5. #37 Curtis Youmans

Eight Divisions Provide Classic Night at Citrus

September 25th, 2006

Seventeen Late Models continued their points chase for the 2006 crown and chased Scott Grossenbacher from flag to flag in their 35 lap main for his first win of the season. Grossenbacher had Gary Grubbs, in his new Corvette machine, on his rear bumper most of the way. Herb Hoefler diced with the front runners throughout the race for a third place finish while point leader Herb Neumann Jr. worked the outside groove locking down fourth at the flag. Wayne Anderson recovered from a mishap while running third and moved back through traffic to round out the top five. Running second in the point’s race Grossenbacher picked up a few on defending champ Neumann with his win. Heat wins went to Hoefler and Raymond Lovelady.

A.J. Isbister started third in the 21 car Limited Sportsman field and drove away to his 6th win of the season over Edward Allen. Allen, who is running second in the point’s race, broke his racer during practice and took over Chris Cross’ #3 race car and had to make some readjustments to feel comfortable in the car. Tom Posavec drove from 8th to third over Steve Olone and Ernie Reed. Heat winners were A.J. Isbister, Posavec and Rusty Bremer who crashed hard into the turn one wall in the feature ending his night.

Jesse Henley had the comeback of the night when his Mini Stock expired during afternoon practice. They took his broken racer to the garage and brought back his back up car which he launched from third to the point early in the race and took his second trip to Victory Lane for the season. Point leader George Neumann motored from 10th to second in a wild race with Chris Hooker for the flag. Johnny Siner started 16th, survived an early race spin to salvage a fourth place finish over 18th starter Clint Foley. Henley and Mike Curry logged the heat wins.

Twenty eight Hobby Stocks took the green flag for their 20 lap feature and Doc James Batson proved again he is the man to beat for the sixth time this season. Starting 11th he made short work of the racers in front of him and left the rest of the traffic to battle for position behind him. Larry Triana took the early lead from the outside pole and held on for the first 10 laps until Doc Batson made the pass. Triana out ran Don Paugh in the race for second followed by John Zuidema III and Jay Witfoth to round out the top five. Heat wins went to Witfoth, Batson and Curtis Flanagan.

The 4 Cylinder Bomber division continues to hold strong with 16 drivers making the show Saturday night. The end result saw point leader Justin Durbin come from 11th to the point in a match race with Neal Durbin at the halfway point. Durbin went on to win his 12th feature of the year and could probably coast to the Championship this season. Jon Doucette held the lead on two occasions but had to settle for second when the checkers flew followed by Bobby Riley, James Pate and Travis Hoefler. Heat winners were Tim Nocella and Justin Durbin.

A wild and tight Figure 8, 20 lapper had the fans on their feet for most of the race with some very close racing in the intersection. Fifteen cars started with Wayne Calkins setting the pace from the get go. Curtis Youmans moved from fifth to third early and won the side by side race with John Thomas in the race for second. Traffic got spread out with a busy intersection coming from both directions and the front three had to use their timing to make it work out for them. When the checkers flew Calkins took his first trip to the winner’s circle followed by Curtis Youmans, John Thomas, Robbie Hage and Joey Catterelli.

Sixteen Florida Open Wheel Lites took the green for their 20 lap main event and Jacksonville’s Rick Lundeen dominated 18 of the 20 laps but Dennis Diehl managed to move up to second from his 6th starting spot when a caution flag came out tightening up the field for the restart. In the final two laps Diehl from West Palm Beach made the pass for the win followed by Lundeen. Rounding out the top five were Edgewater’s Sonny O’Sullivan, Alan Paradis from Indian Town and “Mad” Max Howe from Kissimmee. Heat wins went to Lundeen, Bill Gise from Lakeland and Roger Wolfe from Sarasota.

No results or names were available for the 10 racer Florida Pro Series who ran heats and a 20 lap main event.

Next Saturday will see two traveling series highlight Citrus County Speedway’s race card. The best of the best in Mini Stocks will be racing in the Mini Stock Challenge Series and the Southern Sportsman Series. The local Open Wheel Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Thunders Stocks and 4 Cylinder Bombers will be racing in points races. Mini Stocks and Southern Sportsman will time trial for qualification and line up.

Seven Different Winners Drive to Victory Lane at Citrus

September 11th, 2006

The FASCAR Pro Trucks brought in 22 competitors for their 50 lap chase for the $1000 to win purse from all over Florida opening the evening with qualifying time trials that were delayed for 30 minutes due to an early rain shower. Twenty one trucks went on the clock and the final qualifier George Morales out of Hialeah took fast time of 15.002 seconds on the 3/8ths mile. He drew the number 7 pill for the inverted start that saw all 22 trucks take the green. Wayne Anderson rocketed to the front to set the early pace over pole sitter Dustin Skinner for the first 8 laps before Wayne took it wide on turn two and Skinner ducked under him to take the point. Several caution flags rearranged the field before it was all over. The final 10 laps were run under green and Daytona’s Dustin Skinner maintained the lead for the win over 7th starter and fast qualifier George Morales. Wayne Anderson held on to 3rd over Kevin Henry out Orlando and 11th starter George Gorham from Lakeland. Rounding out the top ten were Andy Megronigle out of Lutz, Paulie Harrake from Fair Lawn, N.J., Scott Bishop for Spartanburg, S.C., Ricky Mosley from W. Palm Beach and Patrick Starpoli from Plantation.

Late Models did double duty in two 35 lap feature races opening up the evening of feature action with a 13 car field making up the rainout of August 26th. Mike Bresnahan launched his new #3 ride from the outside pole and led from flag to flag over Scott Grossenbacher, Herb Hoefler, Gary Grubbs and defending Champion Herb Neumann Jr. Rich Pratt, Herb Neumann Jr. and Keith Zavrel locked in the 3 heat wins in preparation for their second 20 car regular 35 lap feature with the “Wildwood Wizard” Wayne Anderson doing battle with Herb Neumann Jr. and Keith Zavrel before taking the lead and setting the pace to Victory Lane for his 3rd win of the season at his home race track. Neumann held out for second over Scott Grossenbacher, Danny Johnson and Rich Pratt to round out the top five.

Figure 8’s also did double duty making up their rained out August 26th race. All 16 entries were back and when the green fell 6th starter John Thomas wasted little time coming through traffic to take the point for the final 15 laps with Darryl Hage locked onto his rear bumper for a second place finish. Joey Catterelli got the hard charger award from 14th to third followed by Robbie Hage and Charlie Meyer. In the final event of the evening Zach Perry took the green flag from the pole and set the pace all the way to the checkers with 6th starter Steve Anderson in hot pursuit. When the checkers flew it was Perry taking his first win of the season over Anderson, followed by Robbie Hage, Joey Catterelli and Curtis Youmans.

Fourteen Mini Stocks made up the field for their regular scheduled race with George Neumann coming into the evening with the last win and a 17 point lead over Johnathon Camp for the 2006 Championship. Don Faunce and Camp took the wins in the two heat races. When the green fell on their 20 lap feature Clint Foley and Johnathon Camp came through a lot of traffic to run a super match race for the lead both held the lead at one point in the race but Foley was the class of the field with his third win of the season just ahead of Camp, Johnny Siner, Jesse Henley and early leader Don Faunce.

Hobby Stocks came to Citrus 36 cars strong qualifying in three heats and an 18 car “B” Main to make up the 24 car, 20 lap, main event. Heat wins went to John Zuidema III, Doc James Batson and Shaun Cater. Quite a few new cars were visiting from Auburndale. After a crash two weeks ago and major repairs to his race car Doc James Batson launched his dependable #77 from his 8 starting spot, worked his way through traffic on the outside lane and took the point leading the pack to Victory Lane for his sixth win of the season. Early leader Don Teague out ran 12th starter Curtis Flanagan to the flag for a second place finish. John Zuidema III added a 4th place finish to his heat win over Richie Smith who took a flag to flag win in the “B” Main moving from 19th to fifth when the checkers came out.

Next Saturday night will feature the FMRA Midgets, Twin 35 Lap Modified races, Limited Sportsman, Hobby Stock, Thunder Stocks and 4 Cylinder Bombers. Another night of excitement at Citrus County Speedway.

Posavec Wins Citrus Sportsmen 50

September 4th, 2006

Thirty two Sportsmen went on the clock to qualify for the top 16 starting spots and the balance of the field made up of the top 6 finishers in a 15 lap Consi race plus 2 Promoters Choices for a total of 26 cars taking the green flag. Aaron Williamson was top qualifier and pulled the 6 pill to invert the top 6 for the start of the grueling run for the $800 win purse. Arthur Conquest came off the pole slot to take the point in the early going and many of the drivers were saving their race cars for the end of the race but crashes and spins brought out numerous caution flags. Tom Posavec followed Conquest for 6 laps before making his move to the outside lane and raced side by side for the next 4 laps before locking in the lead. Conquest fell in behind Posavec followed by Travis Nichols with the three battling for the lead on several restarts due to spins and wrecks on the track. Most of the passing action took place in the middle of the pack with only half the starting field finishing the race. Posavec, Conquest and Nichols held on to the top three spots when the checkers flew. Ninth starter Wayne Morris locked in a fourth place finish with Mike Bell, Dusty Bouchard, Aaron Williamson, Rick McMahan,, Phillip Rook and Steve Olone rounding out the top ten. Phillip Rook took the win in the “B” Main Qualifier.

Modified point leader Billy “Bad” Bechtelheimer exploded back on the scene in his new ride and definitely sent the message that he is on a mission to repeat his championship run. When the green fell he blew the 17 car field away after winning his heat race earlier in the evening. Mitch Korzenski spent the first few laps trying to hold off the rest of the field but was unable to keep Tommy Schnader, Doug Miller and Bobby Blake from moving him to the outside groove. Several caution flags marred the runaway win that look apparent for Billy “Bad” and 8th starter Teddy Nelson moved through traffic making several passes on restarts at Bechtelheimer to no avail and had to settle for second. On the checkered flag lap there was a five car wreck coming off turn four that opened the door for Kyle Bookmiller, Harold Cannon and Mike Wilson to warp up the top five slots. Tommy Schnader took the win in the first heat in a borrowed car.

Twenty Mini Stocks took the green flag in the 20 lap Mini Stock feature and Johnathon Camp made an early run on early leader Jesse Henley and commenced to blow the rest of the field away for his 2nd win of the season. With the win he closed in on the point leader George Neumann who finished third behind Jesse Henley. Clint Foley held out for fourth over Kevin Harrod who was in a see saw battle with Neumann and Foley throughout the race for the spot. Heat wins went to Henley and Foley.

Tim Wilson made it two in a row and came out of his 19th starting spot to out run the 23 car Thunder Stock field for his 6th win of the season. Rick Shahid move from 12th to second when the checkers flew followed by Carmine Castoria , Rick Ray and Steve Stinedurf. Heat wins went to Glenn Colyer, Victor Shahid and Wilson who continues to move up the point ladder currently running 3rd and just 50 points behind leader Louie Coie, and 38 points behind Glen Colyer going into Saturday night’s races.

Justin Durbin continues to dominate the 4 Cylinder Bombers even when he has to borrow a car to run. After a break down in the practice session he moved to Neil Durbin’s car and claimed his 10th points win of the season after a DNF last week. Jon Doucette held the early lead but watched Durbin go by in Lap 12 of their 20 lap main. James Williams, Gary Sullivan and Travis Hoefler rounded out the top five. Heat wins went to Durbin and Patric Conner.

The Central Florida Non Winged Sprint Cars ran the Jackie Gordon Memorial 30 to warp up the evening with a 15 car field. Bad weather in Miami kept five cars out of the field. Jim Alvis and Scott Adema took the heat wins. The race was marred by several caution flags with Troy DeCaire using the outside lane to his advantage and locking onto the point late in the race for the win. Chasing him to the line was Shane Butler, Scott Adema, Jimmy Thompson, Gary Gimmler and Jimmy Alvis. The balance of the field got knocked out of the race for DNF’s.

Next Saturday night will be “Super Saturday” featuring FASCAR Pro Trucks, double Late Model and Figure 8 races plus regular heat and feature action for Mini Stocks and the return of the Hobby Stocks after a week off. The first Late Model and Figure 8 features will be makeup races for the rained out feature races on August 26th. You will definitely get your money’s worth on this one.

Weather Interrupts Citrus’ Second Half of Feature Card

August 28th, 2006

When the show finally got underway 120 racers were ready for a green race track with all divisions getting their heats in. The largest field of 4 Cylinder Bombers put together 3 heats qualifying for a 25 car feature race. Rookie Jon Doucette, Justin Durbin and Jared Guy took the wins in the heat races which ran pretty smoothly. Then came feature time and when the green flag flew they were three and four deep all around the race track with Justin Durbin determined he was going to tuck away win #10. He made his way to the front in the early going and got caught up in a mishap that sent him to the pits for a tire change after burying himself in the wet infield off turn two. Meanwhile Donald Guy made his way to the point and set the pace to the checkered flag while the rest of the field swapped positions behind him. Donald has only raced at Citrus twice this year and has won on both occasions. Chris spring worked his way through the crowd from 19th to second followed by 15th starter Chris Allen, 8th starter John Doucette and 17th starter Jared Guy to round out the top five. Needless to say there was plenty of action and lots of passing throughout the race.

Twenty one Mini Stocks qualified in two heats and it looked like five cars were going to end the night on the first lap of the first heat. A chain reaction in the race for turn one put George Neumann head on into the wall looking like he was done for the night, with Jonathan Camp right beside him. Camp was able to motor away from the wreck. Meanwhile Jeff Pittsley and Todd Haught had David Mothershed sandwiched in between them in the entrance to turn two ending the night for Haught and Mothershed. With four of the ten starters gone pole sitter Jesse Henley motored to the winner’s circle in the first heat. Kevin Harrod launched his race car off the pole position and it was all over but the checkers waving in the second heat. When they rolled out for the feature the crowd was amazed to see George Neumann back out to take on the 21 car field from the outside pole after a miraculous repair job on his racer. Not only did he make it back out he set the pace all the way to the checkered flag holding off Clint Foley in a side by side finish. Kevin Harrod, Mike Lawhorn and Rick Litka rounded out the top five.

The Hobby Stocks saw a new winner in Victory Lane as Frank Stromquist doubled up with a heat win and then came back to win his first feature of the season. Twenty seven cars started and numerous caution flags came out for what turned out to be a regular crash fest. Only 11 laps were run before time more than ran out on the 20 minute time limit and you might consider Stromquist the Lucky Dog if there was such a thing in short track racing. He was saved loosing his lead position on a couple of occasions by caution flags that rearranged the line up for the restart. This was happening one and two laps at a time. Curtis Flanagan again came from the back end of the pack to chase Stromquist to the flag followed by Larry Triana, Tony Trancucci, Pete Close, Bobby Taylor, Mike Ruff, Tim Quick, James Cross and Johnny Zuidema III driving his dad’s car. Other heat winners were Don Teague and Jason Murphree.

The Limited Sportsmen saw Maloy Kelly and Pat Hunt take the wins in their two heat races. Twenty one cars lined up to take the green for their 20 lap feature race when it started to sprinkle, delaying the start of the race. They took several test laps and the drivers gave thumbs up to try to race. Wrong answer! When the flag flew Glenn Flemming got into a wet patch and slid up the race track into outside pole sitter Chris Cross bringing out the caution and that’s when the bottom dropped out. Management waited a half hour before calling the race so the Sportsmen will have a make up race to be announced after their scheduled 50 laps special non points race next Saturday.

Late Models are in the same boat with only 12 racers showing up due to weather conditions all over the state. They did get the heat races in with Herb Neumann Jr. outrunning Gary Grubbs and Raymond Lovelady for the top three in the first heat. It was Danny Johnson taking the win in the second heat being chased by Mike Bresnahan, in his new ride, and Scott Grossenbacher locking into third. They too will have a make up feature race to be announced when it can be fit into the schedule when they are scheduled to run again.

About the only thing the fifteen Figure 8’s got to do was try out the intersection in hot laps after the water was pumped out from the earlier rain. They are scheduled back on September 9th and may have a makeup race scheduled for that weekend.

Next Saturday will feature the Limited Sportsmen in their annual 50 lap non-points special. The Central Florida Sprints will run the Jackie Gordon Memorial race plus the Open Wheel Modifieds, Mini Stocks, Thunder Stocks and 4 Cylinder Bombers will be on the race card.

Citrus Wins Over Mother Nature Saturday in 6 Division Race Card

August 20th, 2006

Twenty five TBARA Winged Sprint cars towed in from all over the state and ran three heats won by Ray Bragg, Shane Butler and Gary Gimmler. When the green flew for their 30 lap main all 25 made the field and put on a great show with Ben Fritz coming off the pole and leading the pack for the first 15 laps. Caution came out at lap 15 and on the restart Gary Gimmler made the pass on the outside lane to take the lead for the balance of the race, taking his first win of the season on a motor that blew as he crossed the finish line. Dude Teate managed to move from his 12th starting spot to finish second over early leader Ben Fritz. Balancing out the top ten were rookie point leader Michael Smith, winner of the last two races Keith Butler, John Anderson, Bo Hartley, Wayne Reutimann Sr., Wendy Mathis and Troy DeCaire. TBARA Sprints will close out the Citrus County Speedway Season on November 11th.

Modified heat winners were Kyle Bookmiller, Billy Bechtelheimer and Tommy Schnader. Twenty four racers lined up for the 30 lap main and Curtis Neumann won two drag races to the #1 turn after the first one was negated by an 8 car pile up caution flag. On the second restart Neumann took the point and spent the entire race outmaneuvering Teddy Nelson’s attempts to make the pass. Several more caution flags prevented Nelson from making the pass stick. Neumann went on to win his second feature of the season with Nelson right on his rear bumper. Adam May moved from fifth to finish third just behind Nelson. Harold Cannon finished fourth just ahead of Kyle Bookmiller, John Gerstner, Tommy Schnader, Mike Wilson, David Davis and David Debelius in a 7 car traffic jam fighting for the same real estate to round out the top ten.

Another heavy field of 24 Limited Sportsman took the green flag for their 25 lap feature event with D.J. Macklin taking the point and setting the early pace. Glen Flemming, Maloy Kelly and A.J. Isbister went to war battling to make the move to the front for the first half of the race. Several caution laps slowed the race down and when the smoke cleared A.J. Isbister took his fifth checkered flag of the season. Macklin settled for a solid second place run with 6th starter Edward Allen moving into third when it was all over. Maloy Kelly, Jim Altobelli, Patrick Menninga, Ernie Reed, Tom Posavec, Dustin Aaron and Bob Masciarelli locked in the top ten spots.

Hobby Stocks had 26 cars go to war in their 25 lap shoot out with Mike Wilson proving that Citrus County Speedway is a three groove track moving from 15th to Victory Lane. Curtis Flanagan came from 21st to finish second right on Wilson’s heels. Richie Smith moved to the front of the pack from his 12 starting spot and then slipped back to third when the checkers flew followed by last week’s winner Jason Murphree. Rounding out the top ten were Alvin Williamson, James Batson, Steve Anderson and Frank Stromquist.

Twenty one Thunder Stocks turned on their talents in another 25 lap main that saw several caution flags that weren’t kind to some and opened the door to the front for others. Seventeenth starter Tim Wilson again used the second and third groove through traffic for his second win in a row and fifth of the season. The ladies are fairing well with Megan Spicer finishing a solid second followed by Mike Dubbs, Rick Shahid and Kristine Henick locking in fifth. Jason VanOchten picked up a sixth place finish, while Robin Bauer, who wore her Cub Scout Troop #443 to celebrate Scout night at the track, returned to racing after a long time out finishing seventh. Josh Long, Joe Pallitto and Cassie Selvage rounded out the top ten.

The largest 4 Cylinder Bomber field of the season chose to ignore the weather situation and put on a great race with 17 racers running in their 25 lap feature. Different race, but same outcome with Justin Durbin out running Marlon Durbin in the run for the checkers and capturing his 9th win of the point’s season. This was his 10th win of the season after winning in their special last week. Justin started 15th and Marlon 14th and the final 6 laps turned out to be a match race to Victory Lane. Kenny Taylor started dead last and joined the top two in the final run for the flag settling for third over early leader James Williams and another early leader Jon Doucette rounding out the top five.

Next Saturday night will feature an all local race card with the return of the Late Models, Figure 8’s, Limited Sportsmen, Mini Stocks Hobby Stocks and 4 Cylinder Bombers.

Wayne Anderson Wins Again at Citrus

August 14th, 2006

Twenty one Super Late Models took the green flag start for their 35 lap main event that saw Danny Johnson win the race to the point over Gary Grubbs on the second restart of the race. They went four laps without incidence before the first caution flag came out with Johnson in the lead, Grubbs running second and Wayne Anderson lurking in third for the restart. When the green dropped again Anderson made his move to the front in lap five and took off for parts unknown leaving Johnson and Grubbs to battle for second. Anderson had a half lap lead on the rest of the field when another caution flag came out in lap 30 making it a 5 lap shootout for the checkers. Anderson had his way with the top five when the green dropped for his second win of the season at his home track. Gary Grubbs had a major battle on his hands with 9th starter Scott Grossenbacher in the run for second. Grubbs held him off with Grossenbacher settling for third over Raymond Lovelady and Dale Sanders. Rounding out the top ten were Daniel Webster, Herb Neumann Jr., Chris Hooker, Danny Johnson and Herb Hoefler. Heat wins went to Johnson and Webster.

It was a 19 car Mini Stock field that saw Jay McKenzie charge from his 13th starting spot to the point and on to the checkers for his first season win in a new ride that has spent the past few weeks trying to shake out the bugs in its set up. Johnny Siner charged through the field from his 11th starting spot to put the heat on at the finish line for a second place finish. Mike Lawhorn worked his way from 8th to 3rd. Johnathon Camp posted a fourth place finish over Kevin Harrod. Rounding out the top ten were early leader Rick Litka, George Neumann, Clint Foley, Todd Haught and Billy Smith. Mike Lawhorn and Kevin Harrod took the heat wins.

Twenty four out of 27 registered Hobby Stocks took the green flag for their 20 lap feature and the BIG ONE came early when Robert Canfield and Artie Hewitt got together on the front straight battling for position and when the dust cleared 7 cars were parked in turn one in a crash that took five cars out of the field. Hewitt caught the worst of the action ending his night. On the restart it was Jason Murphree taking the point and setting the pace right to the checkered flag for his second win of the season. Bobby Taylor was right on his rear bumper at the finish line with Curtis Flanagan charging from 20th to third followed by 21st starter Doc James Batson and Jay Witfoth rounding out the top five. John Makula had a new ride for the night starting 19th and winding up sixth in the running followed by Sonny VanOchten, Don Paugh, James Cross, in his first race of the year and early leader Tony Trancucci. Heat winners were Murphree, Wayne Heater and Flanagan.

Tim Wilson doubled up with his 5th heat win and 4th feature win in Thunder Stock action. He took the outside groove and worked his way from 11th to the point being chased at the line by Jack Pate, Rick Ray, early leader Daniel Bouchard and 19th starter Megan Spicer. Rounding out the top 10 in the 22 car starting field were Victor Shahid, Jim Kruse, Rick Shahid, Jason VanOchten and Joe Rauner. Vick Shahid won the first heat, Wilson winning the second heat and Megan Spicer taking the third heat.

The 50 lap 4 Cylinder Bomber special was cut back to 30 laps due to the number of cars that qualified. Justin Durbin was top shoe again qualifying with fast time and charging from his 13th starting spot to take his 9th checkered flag of the season. Brandon Elwood was another hard charger from 11th to second when the checkers flew being chased by James Turgeon who equaled Durbin’s fast qualifying time but was D.Q’d in post race inspection. James Williams moved up to third just ahead of Peter Nelson. Jeremy Root, Travis Hoefler, Phil Edwards, Bobby Richardson, Jeff Eberly celebrated his birthday with a 9th place finish and John DeGeorge inherited 10th due to the disqualification.

Joey Catterelli blitzed the 14 car Figure 8 field taking advantage of every passing opportunity threading the needle in the intersection for his third win of the season from his 11th starting spot. Outside pole sitter had the early lead and held on to it until Catterelli caught him in the final few laps. Clifford Rousseau started third got shifted back in the pack and came back to salvage a third place finish over Curtis Youmans who had a shot at the lead at the halfway point in the race. John Thomas wound up fifth ahead of pole sitter Robbie Aaron. Rounding out the top ten were Zach Perry, Jay Witfoth, Charlie Meyer and Neil Herne.

Next Saturday night Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts who are in uniform and accompanied by an adult will be admitted free. They will be treated to the TBARA Winged Sprints returning for their third appearance of the year plus the Open Wheel Modifieds, Limited Sportsmen, Hobby Stocks, Thunder Stocks and 4 Cylinder Bomber action. It should be quite a night of tough competition.

Four New Winners at Citrus Saturday

August 7th, 2006

Modified hot shoe Teddy Nelson looked like he was on his way to his 4th win of the season as he launched off the outside poll position and won the drag race to turn one with Curtis Neumann on three different restarts due to accidents in the first lap. Once they got going the green stayed on until lap 10 when a caution came out with Nelson in the lead and Curtis Neumann on his rear bumper then the red flag came out due to a rain delay. Forty five minutes later 17 of the 21 starters came back out to finish the race and went non stop until Brandon Pitts ignored the move over flag causing a traffic jam on turn four and putting Neumann in the lead in the four wide run for the line. Pitts spun out on turn one bringing out the final caution on lap 27 and Curtis Neumann took his first Modified win under caution due to time constraints. Nelson held on for second followed by Harold Cannon, Kyle Bookmiller and Jimmy Wagner. Point leader Billy Bechtelheimer was taken out early in the race getting together with Chris Wentworth on the back chute catching the wall and wiping out the whole right side of his racer. He promises to have his racer back together in time for their next race on August 19th. Heat wins went to Neumann, Tommy Schnader and Doug Miller. Modifieds were the only division to run heats. The rest of the race card was features only.

In Sportsman action Chris Cross came off the outside pole to take the point when the green flag flew and set the pace for the 24 car starting field from flag to flag and claimed his first feature win of the season. They too saw quite a few caution flags in their rough and tumble race. Adam Joyner stayed in the front three taking the checkered flag in second only to lose the spot with an illegal manifold in post race inspection. This moved Aaron Williamson into second with Dusty Bremer, Ernie Reed and Edward Allen locking onto the top five in their 25 Lap feature. Rikk McMehann was launched over the turn one wall into the pit area on lap two but was able to drive back to his pit under his own power. A blown engine caused a long clean up and unfortunately this race ended short of the full 25 laps scheduled.

When the green fell on the Mini Stock feature it was all over but the shouting as Clint Foley came off the outside pole and set the pace for 27 laps when the only caution flag came out when Mike Lawhorn blew an engine. Foley went on to win his third victory of the season. James Ellis locked onto Foley for the entire 25 laps for a second place finish. Chris Hooker made some moves from his 15th starting spot to get the hard charger honors of the division for a third spot followed by Kevin Harrod and Johnny Siner.

Twenty seven Thunder Stocks took the green flag and the outside poll seemed to be the place to start for all the divisions for the night as Erin Ray came off that slot and set the pace in another caution flag filled race. On each restart she was able to pull away from her closest competitor and in another race that ran out of time she took the checkered flag for her first win at Citrus. Mike Dubbs celebrated his birthday with a second place finish just ahead of another lady driver Megan Spicer in her 3rd week out in her new car. Rick Shahid and another birthday celebrant Jim Kruse rounded out the top five.

Another lady driver took her first win in the 4 Cylinder Bomber, 20 lap feature. Ashley Williamson had her hands full in the final laps holding off the charges of Chris Allen who came from 15th to finish a close second just ahead of 8 time winner Justin Durbin. Last week’s winner Marlon Durbin moved from his 13th starting position to fourth just ahead of Jon Doucette.

Due to the rain delays the FAST Truck, FAST Kids and FAST Late Model series had to alter their scheduled features. FAST Kids saw local driver and point leader John Kidwell set the early pace in the 25 lap main. Kidwell set the pace for the first half of the race but gave way to Brian Blum and Anthony Campi following them to the checkers for a third place finish. Rounding out the top five were Casey Caudill and Michael Cenzi. Ironically all the top five are at the top of the point’s race.

The Fast Late Models were cut back from 100 to 50 laps for their main and Dustin Dunn came off the pole to take a flag to flag win. Sean Bass moved through the field from 12th to second after having a side by side battle with point leader Cody Pitts who got into Bass in a race for third. Pitts sent to the rear and Bass retained his spot on the restart and got around Steve Smith for a second place finish. Michael Seeright and Spencer Taylor locked onto the balance of the top five spots.

Eighteen Pro Fast Trucks took the green flag for their cut back 50 lap main and 3rd starter Travis Roland put some cushion into his point lead taking the win over Gary Foxworth who had a battle royal with pole sitter Joe Coulter in the race for second. Danny Anderson worked his way from sixth to fourth over Al Neumann. Just as the race ended at 11 pm the bottom dropped out for the third rain of the evening making the homebound trek a tough one for the out of towners.

Next Saturday night will be the “Back to School Bash” at Citrus featuring a 50 lap 4 Cylinder Bomber feature plus the Late Models, Mini Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Thunder Stocks and the return of the fantastic Figure 8’s. Bring the family and let the kids vent after their return to the school year.

Mike Wilson Top Shoe in Citrus Hobby Stock 50

July 31st, 2006

Thirty eight racers tried to qualify for the Hobby Stock special with the top 18 qualifying on the clock. Twenty cars ran in the Consolation race with the top 6 making the feature and 2 promoter’s choice drivers making the 26 car field. Pole sitter Jay Witfoth set the pace for the first 27 laps while numerous caution flags tightened up the field helping the middle of the pack to pick their spots to move into contention. Mike Wilson moved from 12th to take the lead in lap 27 and then checked out on the field to leave Witfoth to battle the rest of the field for a second place finish. Clint Foley did double duty and in only his second week in his Hobby Stock racer moved from 10th to finish third after 50 laps of racing. Rounding out the top five were David Kingsbury and Curtis Flanagan. Flanagan was the only driver who had anything for Mike Wilson and moved into a position of a possible knock down, drag out finish with Wilson only to fade from second to fifth in the final two laps. Only thirteen racers out of 26 starters were still running when the checkers flew.

Twenty one of Florida’s top Late Model Hot Shoes made up the field for their 35 lap main. Raymond Lovelady, Keith Zavrel and Herb Neumann locked onto good starting spots with heat wins. When the green flag dropped Herb Neumann Jr. came off the pole with Herb Hoefler dicing with for the lead on the outside groove. Hoefler had the lead in the side by side run in lap one only to see Neumann find some extra horsepower to take the point where he stayed for his fourth checkered flag of the 2006 season. Mike Bresnahan made his way around Hoefler and kept the heat on Neumann right to the checkered flag, settling for second. Hoefler held out for third with Raymond Lovelady and Wayne Anderson wrapping up the top five spots.

Limited Sportsman rookie driver D.J. Macklin made a quick move from his fifth starting spot to the point and spent the rest of the 20 lap feature holding off the entire 24 car field for his very first feature win in the division. Long time Late Model and Figure 8 driver Fred Tuski is making a come back after several years off and moved from 10th when the green flew to make a run at Macklin for the checkers but had to settle for second. Tom Posavec came from 17th to finish third just ahead of 16th starter Craig Robinson and 6th starter Maloy Kelly. Heat wins went to Kelly, Ernie Reed and Posavec.

Mini Stock driver Johnny Siner has been on a mission in 2006 and that is apparent with his determination to finish every race even when he gets involved in accidents. Despite the damages to his car he keeps coming back for more and it has paid off in most cases. Siner launched his race car from his sixth starting spot to the front of the 14 car line to log his second feature win of the season and came home clean of any damage to get there. Chris Hooker started his first point race of the season from 12th spot and gave Johnny a run for the checkers but apparently didn’t have enough to make the pass and settled for second at the finish line. Point leader George Neumann had the early lead but slipped to third with Johnathon Camp and Clint Foley right on his rear bumper when it was all over. Jesse Henley and Clint Foley were the heat winners.

Justin Durbin looked like he had his 9th 4 Cylinder Bomber win wrapped up from the get go but due to caution flags and an Uncle who suggested on his arrival that he would give his nephew a run for his money that didn’t happen. Caution came out late in the 20 lap race when Marlon Durbin closed up on Justin for the restart. Marlon made an early pass when the checkers flew only to get bumped out of the lead by Justin bringing out another caution. Justin was put to the rear and Marlon was penalized for the early jump and restarted second with Jeramy Root on the point. With two laps left in the race Marlon almost made an early run on Jeremy and backed off before he made the pass for another penalty. Root was able to hold Marlon off for the win. Terry Dunbar Peter Nelson and Jon Doucette finished in the top five. Heat wins went to Justin and Marlon Durbin.

Figure 8’s brought a 15 car field and Daryl Hage made short work of taking the early lead away from his dad Bob Hage. Brother Robbie Hage locked on to Daryl for the balance of the race. Despite 3 red flags for accidents nobody had anything for the two front runners finishing in that order. Seventh starter Joey Catterelli was being chased by his team car driven by 15th starter Zach Perry in the run for third when the checkers flew. Clifford Rousseau moved from 13th to hold out for fifth.

Sixteen year old Kory Abbot was the big gun in the 35 lap PBG Legends shoot out for his second win at Citrus County Speedway this season. The Legends will be back in August.

Next Saturday night will feature the FAST Truck Pros, FAST Kids Trucks, FAST Late Models in their 3 division traveling series plus the local Open Wheel Modifieds, Limited Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Thunder Stocks and 4 Cylinder Bombers. It will be another busy night at Citrus County Speedway.

Teddy Nelson Logs Third Modified Win at Citrus

July 23rd, 2006

A twenty two car super Modified field saw rookie David Davis take his first trip to Victory lane ever in the 3rd heat. Tommy Schnader and Teddy Nelson locked in the first and second heat. Twenty of the 22 registered racers took the green flag with pole sitter Stephen Harbuck setting the early pace. Bobby Blake locked on and took the lead four laps into the race. Meanwhile ninth starter Teddy Nelson was working his way through traffic, hooking up to Blake’s rear bumper with the help of several caution flags. When Nelson took the lead away from Blake on a restart he checked out on the field and the rest of the field chased the pair to the checkered flag. Jimmy Wagner held off twelfth starter Billy Bechtelheimer in the race for third. Tommy Schnader came out of eighth to lock in fifth place. Balancing out the top ten were Kyle Bookmiller, Doug Miller, Stephen Harbuck, Mitch Korzenski and Harold Cannon.

Limited Sportsmen came out 24 cars strong and put on a great show that saw Mike Veltman get back into winning form from his tenth starting spot. He had an ill handling car in the heat having to settle for third but apparently they made the adjustments to help him hook up in the second groove that put him into the lead by the halfway point. Pat Hunt gave him a run for his money before giving up the lead but held out for a second place finish. Steve Olone started 8th and stayed with the front runners for the whole race despite getting spun early to salvage third ahead of 20th starter Travis Nichols and Scott Hendrickson. Heat wins went to Curtis Youmans, D.J. Macklin and Tom Posavec.

Twenty two Hobby Stocks came out for a regular 20 lap practice run for their 50 lap special scheduled for next week. Tony Trancucci set the early pace from the pole being chased by Artie Hewitt. Meanwhile back in the pack Curtis Flanagan used the outside groove moving from eleventh through the pack to take the point in lap 13 and went on to take his first win of the season. John Makula outran Sheldon Kinser in the race for second while John Zuidema III battled with Alvin Williamson and won the race for fourth. Heat winners were Makula, Flanagan and Don Teague.

It was a 25 car field that saw the green flag fly in the Thunder Stock 20 lap main and 12th starter Tim Wilson picking his way through several crashes and the traffic to log his third win of the season. Mac Kersey started 8th and was in the lead when Wilson snatched it away from him in the final five laps. Kersey had to settle for second ahead of Randy Spicer who held the lead for several laps before giving way to Kersey. Gary Johnson moved from 16 to fourth ahead of early leader Victor Shahid. Lady driver Erin Ray took her very first heat win ever and shared the winner’s circle with Randy Spicer and Carmine Castoria.

Justin Durbin looked like he was on his way to win number 9 in the 4 Cylinder Bomber division but his hopes were dashed in a three car wreck that began with his dad Neal losing a wheel and collecting Justin and Jon Doucette in lap three of their 20 lap feature. Travis Hoefler came off the outside pole and with the pressure off went on to win his very first feature race. Kevin Stone, Phil Edwards, Sonya Heater and John DeGeorge rounded out the top five. Heat wins went to Hoefler and Dustin Durbin.

Next Saturday will see the PBG Legends come to Citrus with a full local race card featuring a 50 Lap Special for the Hobby Stocks plus the Late Models, Limited Sportsmen, Mini Stocks, 4 Cylinder Bombers and the wild Figure 8’s.

Danny Johnson Wins 2nd Citrus L.M. Feature

July 17th, 2006

The only thing hotter than the thermometer was the action on the race track that saw crashes, blown motors and paint swapping, fender bending racing as the second half of the season turns up the boost.

Twenty top Late Model drivers took the green flag for their 35 lap main with Danny Johnson coming off the outside pole and set the pace from flag to flag despite several caution flags. The most serious caution was in a knock down drag out fight for fourth place when point leader Herb Neumann Jr. and Mike Bell were side by side for several laps before they got together on the high side of turn two taking both of them out and collecting Gary Grubbs in the incident that ended the night for all three cars.

Meanwhile up front pole sitter Donnie Parkinson made every effort to stay on Johnson’s rear bumper but had to settle for second. Scott Grossenbacher borrowed Keith Zavrel’s ride and made every effort to improve his position at the checkered flag but had to settle for third over 8th starter Raymond Lovelady and 7th starter Daniel Webster.

Heat wins went to Raymond Lovelady and Danny Johnson.

Rookie Johnathon Camp launched his race car from 7th to the point after a side by side battle with Clint Foley and had his way with the 18 car Mini Stock field in their 20 lap feature for his first feature win of the season. Michael Lawhorn managed to work his way from 13th through traffic and a lot spot swapping by the big dogs to nail down a second place finish after finishing third last week. Clint Foley salvaged a third place finish off the outside pole in a three car, side by side run for the spot at the checkered flag with Johnny Siner and George Neumann who finished in that order. Heat wins went to Foley and Neumann.

Doc James Batson continued his winning ways, motoring from his 14th starting spot to his fifth trip to Victory Lane for the season. Alvin Williamson came off the pole to lead most of the race over the 24 car starting field out of 30 registered drivers for the night. Tim Alexander seems to change race cars every week and he maintained a 3rd place finish which is where he started. John Makula pulled off a late run at 4th at the finish line charging from his 16th starting position in a hard fought battle with Curtis Flanagan. Heat wins went to Alvin Williamson, Danny Hage and Herb Hoefler while Donnie Roberts took the win in the 10 lap B Main to qualify for his 19th starting spot in the feature.

Rick Shahid made his first trip to the Winner’s Circle with a wire to wire win in the 28 car Thunder Stock main event. There was quite a show going on behind him with most of the heavy hitters having to come from the rear of the field. Glen Colyer moved from 21st to fourth in the final lap of their 20 lapper and in a three wide run for the checkers he snatched a second place finish from Del Beckner and Louie Coie. After post race inspection Shahid and Beckner were D.Q.’d giving Colyer his second win in a row and moving Louie Coie to second for the official finish. Mike Dubbs was followed by Carmine Castoria and Gary Johnson to round out the top five.

Dubbs inherited the first heat win by virtue of Shahid’s D.Q. Daniel Bouchard and Randy Spicer also won their heat races.

Stephen Anderson looked like the man to beat in Figure 8 action launching his racer off the pole position with Charlie Meyer in hot pursuit with the balance of the 14 car field battling for position. Curtis Youmans worked his way through the front four to snatch the lead away from Anderson after a two lap side by side battle and then he never looked back until the checkers flew for his third season win. Anderson was able to hold off Clifford Rousseau, Charlie Meyer and Robbie Hage for the top five slots. They will be back in two weeks to try it on again.

The visiting FMRA T/Q Midgets put on quite a show with 11 racers taking the green flag. Joey McKinney wasted no time moving from 4th to the point and setting the pace for the first few laps. Ted Durfee caught him in a run for the point with Ernie Teed, Jr. Freddie Stutz got caught up in wreck that rolled his car on turn one. He walked away from the mishap but that ended his night. One more caution came out taking out Brandon Cagle and Kenny Busch. Ernie Teed, Jr took over the point at the midpoint of the race and despite a couple of more cautions for spins he was able to hold off Ted Durfee for the win. Joey McKinney held on for third over Greg Dennis. Fifth place went to 75 year old Hall of Famer and winner of 100′s of races in his long career Jack Duffy. The T/Q’s will be back on September 16th.

Next Saturday night will feature the Mini Outlaw Open Wheel Modifieds plus the regular Modifieds, Limited Sportsmen, Hobby Stocks, Thunder Stocks and the 4 Cylinder Bombers.

Butler Wins 1st Sprint Race & Gator Wagner Takes 1st Modified Win

July 11th, 2006

TBARA Winged Sprints saw a lot of high speed paint swapping in their scheduled 30 lap main event with 29 cars registering but only 24 making the starting field. Mickey Kempgens took the point from the get-go being chased by Tommy Nichols for the first eight laps while Shane Butler worked his way through traffic and diving under Nichols in lap 9 then into the lead on lap 10. Several cautions came out for the single file starts but Shane was in command from that point on until lap 15 when 12th starter Dude Teate caught him. Butler and Teate diced for the lead until the final caution came out and the clock ran out on their allotted 30 minutes in lap 24. The checkers were thrown to end the race and put Butler in Victory Lane for the first time in 2006. Dude Teate had to settle for second followed by Charley Ladner, Mickey Kempgens and Brian Maddox. Heat wins went to Lance Taylor, Ladner and Brad Davis.

Another 1st time season winner took the top spot in the Open Wheel Modified 30 lapper. Steve Perez launched off the pole to the point with Jimmy “Gator” Wagner locking on to his rear nurf bar for the first five laps. Wagoner took advantage of a wide run off turn four to take the lead and despite several caution flags maintained the spot right to the checkered flag. Billy Bechtelheimer gave it a good go from his sixth starting spot but had to settle for second over Steve Perez who stayed in the hunt for all 30 laps. Chris Wentworth held out for fourth over Adam May in the 24 car field. Heat wins went to Tommy Schnader, Mitch Korzenski and Stephen Harbuck.

A.J. Isbister continues to be the big winner in Limited Sportsman action by tucking away a flag to flag win over the 29 car field for his fourth trip to Victory Lane. Maloy Kelly moved for sixth to second when the checkers flew with Fred Tuski on his rear bumper at the line. Dusty Bremer stayed in the mix for the entire 20 laps despite being turned around on one occasion. Rounding out the top five for his 8th top five finish was Tom Posavec. Heat winners were A.J. Isbister, Mike Veltman, and Jim Altobelli.

Twenty Three Mini Stocks took the green flag for their 20 lap main and Rick Litka became the third first time winner of the night in a wire to wire win. Phillip Joyner started 12th and finished second ahead of 9th starter Mike Lawhorn. Three time champion George Neumann took his first win of the season two weeks ago and worked his way through traffic from his 19th starting spot to hold out for fourth over James Ellis. Litka, Lawhorn and Kevin Harrod added heat wins to their resume.

Glen Colyer spanked the Thunder Stock field after moving from 14th to the point before the halfway point of their 20 lap feature run. When the checkers flew Colyer celebrated his birthday with a half lap win over Tim Wilson who moved from 13th and ran out of laps to catch Colyer. Pole sitter Christine Henick held off Louie Coie and Rick Shahid in the race for third. Heat wins went to Henick, Coie and Dennis Sanderson.

Justin Durbin still tops all regular divisions with his 8th win of the season Saturday night in the 4 Cylinder Bomber 20 lapper. He started at the back of the field and moved through the 12 car field like they were standing still. Peter Nelson came off the pole and lost the lead to Durbin in lap 8. Nelson spent the rest of the race see-sawing back and fourth from fourth to salvage 2nd at the finish followed by Bobby Riley, Jon Doucette and Travis Hoefler. Ashley Williamson and Durbin took home the heat wins.

Next Saturday night will feature the FMRA Midgets, Late Models, Mini Stock, Hobby Stocks, Thunder Stocks and the Fantastic Figure 8’s return for more wild intersection action. Races get underway at 5:30 p.m.

Neumann Cushions LM Points Lead with Win #3 at Citrus

June 25th, 2006

Herb Neumann came into the weekend with a 17 point lead in the standings and had his work cut out for him moving from 10th to his 3rd trip to Victory Lane over the 20 car field. New comer Wayne Morris gave him a run for his money giving up the lead in lap 30 of their 35 lap main. Daniel Webster stayed in the top five all the way from green to the checkers scoring a 3rd place finish over Mike Bell who started 9th and pole sitter Herb Hoefler who led the early laps but went wide 10 laps into the race and slipped back to a fifth place finish. Heat winners were Webster and Dale Sanders scoring his first heat win of the season.

Five new Limited Sportsmen made up a 29 car field for their 20 lap main that saw Craig Robinson take his first win in his third week at Citrus. Point leader Jim Altobelli stayed in the top five throughout the race despite multiple caution flags and salvaged a second place finish over 9th starter Edward Allan who moved into second in the point’s race with his third place finish. Tom Posavec continued with his 6th top five finish just ahead of Rick Haugh. Heat wins went to D.J. Macklin, Edward Allen and Phillip Rook.

Twenty two Mini Stocks took the green flag in their 20 lap main and three time champion George Neumann launched his racer from 13th to take the lead in the final five laps for his first feature win of the season. Kevin Harrod made a long awaited return to his home track working the outside groove from 17th to second when the checkers flew. Johnny Siner started 16th and seemed to be the target for everyone on the track. The whole right side of his car was caved in but he kept on returning for the restarts and salvaged a third place finish ahead of early leader Rick Litka. Jesse Henley moved from 14th to fifth when the dust cleared. Heat winners were Litka and Johnathon Camp.

In was another heavy 27 car field taking the green flag for the Hobby Stock feature with John Makula moving from 10th to Victory Lane with his first feature win of the season and taking the point’s lead for the second time this season. After finishing third last week Curtis Flanagan worked his way from 17th to second being chased to the line by Richie Smith who was disqualified in post race inspection. Doc James Batson inherited a third place finish from his 14th starting spot. Point leader Bobby Taylor outran early leader Frank Stromquist in the race for fourth. Heat winners were Makula, Flanagan and Stromquist.

It was a wild 16 car chase through the intersection for the Figure 8’s that saw Robbie Aaron take a trip into the lake in the infield and a horrendous crash in the intersection that took out Clifford Rousseau who was running 4th at the time and Cody Moore who was returning from a short stop in the pits. Eighth starter Robbie Hage was chased to the checkered flag by his brother Darryl while Joie Catterelli moved from 9th to 3rd when the checkers flew. Early leader Stephen Anderson held off John Thomas in the race for fifth.

The Bomber division saw 6 new drivers in their 18 car starting field. Johnathon Guy was joined by 3 other family members for the first time this year. Johnathon had a message for six time winner Justin Durbin, taking the win followed by Chris Spring, Jarrod Guy and Justin settling for fourth. The top three were first timers for the season. Another first timer, Kenny Taylor locked onto the fifth spot at the start finish line. Heat wins went to Jon Doucette and Neal Durbin.

The Florida Pro Series brought in 8 drivers from around the state and Ft. Myers’ Brad Sanders breezed to a double with the heat and feature win. Rod Sanders hauled in from South Shore, KY to put on a chase for a second place finish over West Palm Beach driver David Hall. Ocala’s Mike Smith logged a fourth place finish ahead of Cape Coral’s Ken Ellefson.

Citrus County Speedway will take the night off next Saturday in deference to the Pepsi 400 at Daytona. The season will restart on July 8th with the TBARA Outlaw Winged Sprints making up the rained out season opener plus a full race card featuring Open Wheel Modifieds, Limited Sportsmen, Mini Stocks, Thunder Stocks and 4 Cylinder Bombers.

Thunder Stock 50 Dedicated to Ray White at Citrus

June 19th, 2006

Last Saturday he raced his heat and finished 13th in his 20 lap feature. When he got out of his race car he wore a big grin and went to get something to drink to help him cool off. His evening ended with a severe heart attack before he could get his drink, putting him a coma and on life support at Citrus Memorial Hospital. He was taken off life support on Friday night at midnight, breathing on his own and his heart remained strong but he was still in a coma as of Saturday night.

The annual Thunder Stock 50 lap special was already on the schedule and 27 drivers showed up to dedicate the race to assisting Ray and his family through this very trying time. Many drivers wore signs “Racing for Ray” and donated their purse money. Robert Aaron drove Ray’s car in the 50 lap race and the fans contributed to a raffle and general donation at the gate to help with expenses that are mounting with Ray’s continuing hospitalization. The track promoters matched the contributions to the fund to further assist the family. Saturday night was “Racing for Ray” night.

When Ray’s daughter Kayla dropped the green flag on the 50 lap special pole sitter Glen Colyer rocketed to the front and led the field for the first 23 laps before he ran into problems with a flat tire that put him in the pits and bringing on one of several caution flags. Tenth starter Ted Taylor was challenging when Colyer’s luck went sour and inherited the lead for the restart. Tim Wilson who started 9th followed Taylor for all 50 laps and seemed to be the only car that had anything for Taylor, making numerous attempts to pass in the final 10 laps. When the checkers flew Taylor scored his second win of the season. Wilson was right on his rear bumper at the finish line. Defending Champion Steve Stinedurf ran a solid third followed by Mike Dubbs and Jack Pate who made his first 2006 run at Citrus.

The local Mod Squad started 17 cars in their 30 lap main and it was Harold Cannon that went to the point for the first two laps before Teddy Nelson drove the outside groove from his fourth starting spot and set the pace for the final 27 laps scoring his second win of the season. Jimmy “Gator” Wagner locked onto Nelson for the entire race but just couldn’t make the pass and had to settle for a close second place finish. Harold Cannon won his heat but had to battle with his Brother in Law Billy Bechtelheimer for his third place finish. Mike Wilson stayed in the top five for the entire race and finished right where he started in fifth. Nelson took the win in the first heat.

The Limited Sportsmen showed up 18 cars strong and put on a super show for the fans. It was A.J. Isbister launching from the outside pole to the point and never looking back before taking the checkers for the third time this season. Dusty Bremer made a couple of good passes to work his way from fourth to second when the checkers flew. Phillip Rook moved from sixth to third being chased by Ernie Reed in a side by side finish with Rook. Tom Posavec recovered from an early scary moment coming off turn four when he just about lost it to salvage a fifth place finish. Scott Hendrickson won the first heat but had mechanical problems in the feature that took him out and Posavec took the win in the second heat.

It was a tough night for the two point leaders in the Hobby Stock point’s war. Doc Batson won his heat but ran into mechanical problems early in the 20 lap feature. Point leader John Makula ran second in his heat but finished 18th in the feature also experiencing mechanical problems. It was Bobby Taylor’s night to howl with a win in his heat and his third feature win of the season over the 22 car starting field. Richie Smith is back in action after a long layoff and worked his way from 14th to second at the finish line. Curtis Flanagan returned after taking 6 weeks off and rolled from 19th to a third place finish. Pole sitter Alvin Williamson salvaged fourth and John Zuidema moved from 17th to fifth when the dust cleared. Williamson scored his first heat win of the season.

Justin Durbin locked down his 4th heat win and sixth feature win of the season and is the man to beat in Bomber action. He has won more races than any other driver at Citrus this year. Jeramy Root outran pole sitter Peter Nelson in the race for second while Tim Nocella recovered from an earlier wreck for a fourth place finish. Bobby Riley finished fifth. Heat wins went to Nelson and Durbin.

Next Saturday night features the Florida Pro Challenge, Late Models, Limited Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Hobby Stocks, 4 Cylinder Bombers and Figure 8s. The track will be closed on Saturday July 1st in deference to the Pepsi 400 at Daytona. TBARA Winged Sprints reopen the season on July 8th.

143 Racers Make for Wild Night at Citrus

June 12th, 2006

Herb Neumann Jr. was the dominate force in the 23 car Late Model 35 lap main and put some more cushion in his point lead. Neumann launched his #98 racer from the his fourth starting spot and used the outside groove putting on a side by side battle with Keith Zavrel for several laps before taking over the lead. >From that point on he never looked back. Despite several caution flags for spins and minor crashes he kept sixth starter Gary Grubbs at bay right to the checkers. Raymond Lovelady made his way from 7th to third over early leader Zavrel with Scott Grossenbacher moving from 11th to round out the top five after taking a second place finish in the Powell Memorial Friday night. Heat wins went to Keith Zavrel, Danny Johnson and Gary Grubbs.

After a late start for the season and four top five finishes former Sportsman Champion Mike Veltman finally made his way from his 11th starting spot to Victory Lane over a 16 car field. It wasn’t an easy trip as he got spun on two occasions making his way around A.J. Macklin who lead most of the race with plenty of heat behind him all the way to his second place finish. Maloy Kelly moved from 5th to 3rd followed by point leader Jim Altobelli and Tom Posavec. Heat wins went to Phillip Rook and Edward Allen.

Eighteen Mini Stocks took the green flag for their 20 main event with Rick Litka taking the early point while the rest of the field got sorted out. Johnny Siner was man on a mission coming from his 9th staring spot to the front of the pack making a three deep pass on the inside lane to take the lead and set the pace to his second win of the season. Johnathon Camp put his ride on cruise from 14th to put some heat on at the checkered flag but had to settle for a second place finish. Jesse Henley started fourth and finished 3rd just ahead of 13th starter George Neumann while Rick Litka managed to salvage a fifth place finish. Jesse Henley and Mike Lawhorn took the heat wins.

Twenty nine cars took the green flag in the Hobby Stock feature and Johnny Zuidema jumped off the outside pole to the point and set the pace all the way from start to finish for his first feature win of the season. Frank Stromquist managed pull off the pole and despite losing the drag race into turn one and two he locked on to Zuidema to salvage a second place finish. Doc James Batson moved from 17th , for the second week in a row, logging a third place finish over Jason Murphree and the winner of their last race Bobby Taylor who started 19th. Tim Quick, Jason Murphree and Doc Batson locked in heat wins.

Twenty five Thunder Stocks took the green in preparation for their 50 lap feature next week. Glen Colyer moved from his fifth starting position to the point early in the race and left the entire field well behind with a half lap lead at several points in their 20 lap main. Nobody had anything for him despite closing the gap on several occasions with caution flags due to some minor accidents and spins. Colyer went on to win his first feature of the year being chased to the line by Tim Wilson. Victor Shahid held the early lead until Colyer made his way to the front and fell back for a third place finish. Defending Champion Steve Steindurf worked his way through traffic to finish fourth over Daniel Bouchard. Shahid, Stinedurf and Megan Spicer, driving her dad’s race car after totaling hers two weeks ago managed a 6th place finish in the feature.

Fifteen Figure 8’s took on the intersection 40 times in their 20 lap man event and it was a wild first few laps. Several red flags came on for accidents that rearranged the lead position. When the dust cleared it was local driver Curtis Youmans taking his second feature win in the Dirt Poor racing machine. John Thomas tried to reel Curtis in but had to settle for a second place finish. Pole sitter Charlie Meyer, one of the cars that got stuck on Howard Franklin on his way to Citrus pulled off a third place finish followed by Donnie Thomas and Darryl Hage. Only half the field finished.

The visiting Open Wheel Lites came in from all over the state to put on their second show of the year. Jacksonville’s Rick Lundeen wasted no time going to the point when the green flew and set the pace from flag to flag. Dennis Diehl out of West Palm Beach made some last lap passes to move into second when the checkers flew followed by Stuart’s Phil Krauthoff. Roger Richmond from Port Charlotte ran a solid fourth.

Next Saturday night will be the Father’s Day Special with the Open Wheel Modifieds, Thunder Stocks in their annual 50 lap feature, Limited Sportsman, Hobby Stocks and 4 Cylinder Bombers. Green flag drops on the first heat at 5:30 p.m., so come early to get a good seat and treat Dad to this special race.

Collins Tops 24 Car Gulf Coast Modified Field

June 4th, 2006

The race card featured two traveling series with the Gulf Coast Modifieds making their second appearance of the season and the return of the Kids and Pro division of the Florida Mini Cup Series. Also on the race card were the Limited Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Thunder Stocks and 4 Cylinder Bombers. The fans that braved the weather got their money’s worth with lots of excitement on the 3/8ths mile oval.

Dwayne Dempsey in the Atex Transmission Open Wheeler topped the 24 car Gulf Coast Modified qualifying turning the fast lap in a 14.131 second run, followed up by Jimmy Houle with a 14.145. Dempsey pulled the 6 pill for the inversion putting point leader Lee Collins on the pole and Robbie Cooper on the outside pole for their 50 lap main. When the green flew Collins won the drag race through turns 1 and 2 and had his rear view mirror full of Cooper for the entire 50 laps. Collins put a little more cushion in his point lead with the win while Cooper spent the night trying to make it two wins in a row after winning in Ocala on Friday night. Dwayne Dempsey managed to move from his sixth starting spot to finish third with Mike Hinegardner staying in his tire tracks all the way to the checkers. Teddy Nelson moved from 16th to round out the top five, winning the “Hard Charger” honors.

Thomas Warnick kicked off the Florida Mini Cup night with the win in the junior’s heat race. When the green fell for their 20 lap main event Devin McLeod put his competition to sleep with almost a full lap on the rest of the field before the checkers put him in Victory Lane. Warnick had to settle for a distant second over Ray Black Jr. who was right on his rear bumper at the start/finish line. Daniel Miller watched Black go by on the final lap to hold out for fourth followed by Blake Orr to round out the top five. In the Pro Division Doug Smith doubled up with a win in the heat and a flag to flag win in the feature followed by Rick Blair, Francois Pelletier, Jason Schroeder and Tom Mellin.

Local races for championship crowns saw five new drivers make their first appearance in the Limited Sportsman division. Dusty Bremer had it all together contending with 19 starters. He went to the point right from the green flag and took his first win of the season with lots of pressure from Craig Robinson who moved from 11th to finish second in his second week at Citrus. Tom Posavec survived three incidents that weren’t his fault to finish third. Edward Allen continued to be consistent with a 4th place finish just ahead of Mike Veltman who also had to recover from several incidents that brought on caution flags. Heat wins went to Jeff Rook and Edward Allen.

Mini Stocks showed up 19 cars strong and a first lap crash took out last week’s winner Johnny Siner and one of Sunshine Speedway’s top hot shoes Marty Neikens. Point leader Clint Foley again proved he is the man to beat coming from 14th to make a 20th lap pass on Johnathon Camp for his second win of the season. Camp held out for second with three time champ George Neumann right on his heels at the checkers. After two weeks off Chris Hooker started 16th and worked his way up to fourth just ahead of early leader Jesse Henley. Mike Lawhorn and Rick Litka took the heat wins.

Louie Coie’s new Thunder Stock ride is proving to be a mystery in as much as despite taking his first win, has tech inspection baffled about the carburetor he inherited when he took over the ride. He was awarded the win over the 21 car field from his 7th starting spot but the final decision is still under investigation as to its legality. Richard Henick took the early lead and set the pace for most of the race until the final run for the flag in lap 20. He finished second ahead of Mike Dubbs, Tim Wilson and Jim Kruse. Heat winners were Coie, Henick and Matthew Schell.

Justin Durbin put his fifth notch in the winner’s column in some hot 20 lap 4 Cylinder Bomber action. It only took Justin 10 laps to move from 11th to the point battling with Tim Harrington for the lead at the halfway point. Harrington held out for second over last week’s winner who moved from 12th to third. Bobby Riley outran point runner up Kevin Stone in the run for fourth. Don Doucette and Harrington took the heat wins.

The local Late Models return to Citrus County Speedway next Saturday night with the Wild Figure 8’s back in intersection action. They will be backed up by the Limited Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Thunder Stocks, 4 Cylinder Bombers and the traveling series Open Wheel Lites doing their thing. Citrus County Speedway is located 2 miles south of Inverness on U.S. 41 at the Citrus County Fairgrounds. Grandstand gates open at 4 and heat races take the green flag at 5:30 pm.

Two First Timers See Victory Lane at Citrus

May 30th, 2006

Rookie youngster Rusty Dixon locked onto Stan Butler’s rear nurf bar for a third place finish over Jim Alvis and point leader Scott Adema. Heat wins went to Stan Butler, Rusty Dixon and Keith Butler. Scott Adema took home the winner take all $500 Dash for Cash race featuring the top 6 in the point’s race.

Twenty two Limited Sportsmen had a caution filled 20 lap feature that saw A.J. Isbister benefiting from the crashes and spins by taking the point late in the race for his second win of the season. Tom Posavec continued his top five runs with a second place finish from the back of the pack followed by Ernie Reed, Maloy Kelly and Edward Allen. Matt Blum and D.J. Macklin took the heat wins but were relegated to 13th and 14th place finishes in the feature due to mishaps in the main event.

Hobby Stocks continue to come out in great numbers with 24 of 28 racers making the show. Bobby Taylor checked the lineup at least a dozen times while cars were arriving and earning their position by 4 week point averages. Every time he looked, his position continued to go backwards. When the green flew, he had 17 cars to pass before he managed a lap 20, turn 4 pass on Tim Quick who led from the get-go to snatch his 2nd win of the season. Quick was after his first win in a borrowed race car and had to settle for second ahead of 17th starter Herb Hoefler, 20th starter Doc James Batson, looking for his 5th win of the season, and Don Paugh who moved from 8th to 5th at the checkers. Heat winners were Jim Hand, Paugh and Shelton Kinser.

Johnny Siner drew the 8th starting spot for the Mini Stock 20 lap main and wasted no time claiming the point. He set the pace for most of the race and was able to hold off several attempts by point leader Clint Foley to deny him his first win of the season. Foley started 10th and Johnathon Camp driving the #13 came from the 13th starting spot to finish third. Mike Lawhorn won the race for fourth over Jesse Henley who took the win in the first heat. Foley came from the back of the pack to take the win in the second heat.

Justin Durbin started 13th and rocketed his way through the 16 car Bomber field to take over the point in what looked like his 5th win of the season. Something happened in the final two laps and he faded to third putting Tim Nocella in the Winners Circle for the first time in 2006. James Turgeon pulled up in second at the checkers with Durbin third ahead of Kevin Stone and Tim Herrington. Stone and Durbin took the heat wins.

The Figure 8’s saved the best for last with 18 cars taking the green flag. The intersection took out four cars in the first lap in a cloud of dust that saw four deep racing off turn four when the green flew. A total restart saw Joey Catterelli blast his way from 10th to the point and the survivors spent the rest of the 20 laps chasing him to the checkers for his second win of the season. John Thomas worked his way through traffic from 12th to 2nd at the finish line while Wayne Calkins got in his tire tracks from 9th to 3rd. Bobby Towe held off Robbie Hage in the race for fourth.

Next Saturday the Gulf Coast Modifieds will be joined by the ½ scale NEXTEL Mini Cup Cars to head up another action packed race card at Citrus County Speedway. Joining them will be the Limited Sportsmen, Mini Stocks, Thunder Stocks and 4 Cylinder Bombers. Citrus is offering more variety in racing than ever before and has a division to satisfy just about everyone’s need for speed.

Cope Follows Family Tradition at Citrus Goodyear Challenge

May 22nd, 2006

Kay pulled the 5 pill putting Jeremy Goddard on the pole but he weighed in light due to not refueling before qualifying sending him to the 13th starting spot. Travis Cope inherited the pole for the start and the race was all over but the Victory Lane celebration after the green flag dropped. Dustin DesChamps started on the outside pole and stayed in Cope’s tire tracks for the entire 100 laps followed by Jonny Kay, Daniel Keene Jr. and Columbia Motor Sports Park winner Rich Clouser. This was Cope’s 2nd win in Goodyear Challenge competition.

Four local divisions continued their race for the 2006 championship crowns in heat a feature action. Twenty one Limited Sportsman split into two heats chasing D.J. Macklin to the checkers in the first heat and Tom Posavec to the line in the second heat. All 21 cars took the green for their 20 lap main and despite several caution flags for some major wrecks, point leader, Jim Altobelli managed to move from his sixth starting spot and stay out of trouble for his first win of 2006. Despite getting caught up in one of the wrecks Mike Veltman managed to move from 10th to finish on the rear bumper of Altobelli for his best finish of the year. Edward Allen was looking for his second win of the year but had to settle for third over newcomer Matt Blum and another survivor of an earlier wreck Tom Posavec.

Hobby Stocks continue to come in great numbers with 32 cars registering Saturday night. The top six finishers made the starting lineup for the feature in the three heats and the 3 top finishers in their feature 2 weeks ago had automatic births in their 20 lap main. Heat winners were John Zuidema III, Bobby Taylor and Sheldon Kinser. Thirteen cars ran a B Main with Don Teague taking the win and the top five qualifying for the feature run from the rear of the pack. John Zuidema came off the pole to lead 18 before the final caution flag came out. On the restart it was a 3 car, 2 lap, shootout with Zuidema going for his first win, Doc James Batson looking for his 4th and Bobby Taylor wanting to make it two wins on the season. It was a side by side finish with Doc Batson winning by a fender length over Zuidema and Taylor settling for a distant 3rd after having run one lap three wide with the front runners.

Twenty four of the 25 Thunder Stocks made the feature after Tim Wilson, Louie Cioe and Rick Shahid won the heat races. Megan Spicer came into the night with the point lead and looking for her first win of the season. She got caught up in a major traffic jam early in the race and was put into the new concrete wall on turn one that brought out the red flag and ended her night’s dream. She took quite a hit but was able to walk away from a race car that had major damage on the front end. Megan’s dad was reassured that she was O.K. before the green flag dropped for the restart and he was determined to win this one for Megan but it wasn’t meant to be. He chased Tim Wilson for the balance of the race and had to settle for second. Victor Shahid, Louie Cioe and Jason VanOchten balanced out the top five in the time shortened race due to the ref flag clean up and several more caution flags.

Fifteen 4 Cylinder Bombers saw Bobby Riley dominate the field in both his heat and their 15 lap feature run for his first win of the season. Justin Durbin was looking for his fifth win and Riley wasn’t having any of that after Durbin raced him for the final 3 laps without success. Joey Durbin, coming off 2 consecutive wins, chased his brother across the line in the race for third. Peter Nelson fell from 2nd to fourth in the final laps being chased to the line by point leader Kevin Stone. Justin Durbin added his 3rd heat win of the year to his resume.

Next Saturday night will feature the Central Florida Sprints coming in to challenge the 3/8ths mile asphalt without wings plus a full schedule of local Figure 8’s, Limited Sportsman, Mini Stock, Hobby Stock, and 4 Cylinder Bombers. It should be a great show with plenty of competition.

Citrus Features FAST Truck, Late Model Series

May 14th, 2006

The local Modifieds brought 20 racers for heats and a 30 lap feature run in the battle for the 2006 Championship Crown. Steve Parez launched his race car off the pole and set the pace from flag to flag for his first win at Citrus County Speedway. Mitch Korzenski locked onto Parez at the drop of the green flag and on several restarts but just couldn’t drum up enough horsepower to make the pass, claiming a second place finish. Point leader and defending champion Billy Bechtelheimer used the second groove from his 11th starting spot to nail down a third place finish over Bobby Blake and Mike Wilson. Heat wins went to Doug Miller and Harold Cannon.

Thirty Hobby Stocks took the green flag to begin what proved that stock car racing is a contact sport. Due to the heavy schedule it was an all feature night for three of the divisions. Time restraints shortened the race with Sonny VanOchten holding off a hard charge from Tim Alexander to the checkers. Larry Triana held the lead for a couple of laps before he went wide off of turn two and slipped back to third at the finish line. Mike Wilson out ran John Makula in the race for fourth. Makula was doing double duty with his first ride in the # 20 Modified. Tim Quick put a first on his resume by being the first driver to make it over the new turn one wall and walked away from the wild ride.

Thunder Stocks brought in a 24 car contingency in another action packed 25 lap feature. Caution flags and extended cleanups ran the clock out on this one also. Gary Johnson managed to use the outside lane to make a late pass on early leader Daniel Bouchard for the win. Bouchard held Mike Dubbs at bay in the race for second while Glen Colyer moved from 10th to fourth over 11th starter Rick Shahid. It was a battle royal from start to finish with a lot of paint swapping and bump and go racing.

An 18 car Mini Stock field wrapped up the local point’s racing with a 25 lap feature that saw some more close racing that caused them to be short changed by the clock also due to caution flags and clean ups. Rick Litka benefited by a couple of the caution flags and moved from his 8th starting spot to Victory Lane when it was all over. Third starter Clark Pittsley managed to stay on top of the leaders for a second place finish over Don Faunce who worked his way from 11th to third at the checkers. George Neumann started 13th and finished fourth 16 over starter Johnathon Camp holding who held out for fifth.

Fifty six racers came from all over the state with three divisions of young and old racers in the Adult Fast Trucks with 23 participants in a 75 lap shootout, Fast Late Models with 16 cars going for 100 laps and Fast Kids with 17 trucks in a 35 lap show down.

Wayne Anderson made his second trip to Victory Lane at his home track in as many weeks with his new Fast Late Model powered by the same crate motor and tires that the rest of the field must run. The motor was dropped in the #84 chassis on Thursday and Wayne only had Friday night and Saturday afternoon to set up the car that dominated from early in the race to the checkers. Dalton Zher gave it all he had but had to settle for second. Dustin Dunn in his first Late Model race spent most of the evening holding off numerous attempts to snatch third from the young rookie. Dustin wasn’t having any despite his lack of Late Model experience and held out for third over Spencer Taylor and Brock Burns rounding out the top five.

Anthony Campi was top shoe in the 12 to 16 year old Fast Truck division. Drew Brannon stayed on his rear bumper for much of their 35 lap main followed by John Kidwell, Cody Beniot and Austin Howell. The race had to be cut short due to time restrictions.

Fast trucks saw plenty of bump and run action but they got all 75 laps run in the Fast Truck division which was the final race on the card. Travis Roland picked up the lead early in the race and set the pace to the checkers over J.R. Garcia III, James Wright III, Andy Magronigle and Travis Hanson. The Fast Truck/Late Model series is scheduled to be back at Citrus on August 5th.

Next Saturday night will be bringing in the Goodyear Late Model Challenge. The local point’s races continue with the Limited Sportsmen, Hobby Stocks, Thunder Stocks, and 4 cylinder Bombers rounding out the full race card.

Citrus Crash Fest Big Bang For Fans and Participants

May 7th, 2006

The infamous Figure 8 School Bus Race, the Boat Trailer Race and the regular Figure 8’s kept the fans on the edge of their seats from start to finish with plenty of action in the intersection. Added to the race card for the purest race fan were the Super Late Models, Limited Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Thunder Stocks and 4 Cylinder Bombers with a car count of 126 plus 14 busses and 12 Boat Trailer racers totaling 152 participants in the night of wild action to a grandstand and pit.

At the drop of the green flag for the 22 car Late Model field it was all over but the race for second when Wayne Anderson won the pole position on the pill draw for the top 12 positions. Anderson led all 35 laps and took the checkered flag by a full straight away lead over the battle for the runner up spot. Former Late Model Champion Herb Hoefler held off another former champ Gary Grubbs, track speed record holder Scott Grossenbacher and young gun Daniel Webster who finished in that order. Heat wins went to Grubbs, Grossenbacher and Herb Neumann Jr.

Scott Hendrickson rocketed his Limited Sportsman to the front of their 21 car feature run from the get go for their 20 lap main and set the pace from flag to flag with only 3 caution flags interrupting his first run to Victory Lane. A.J. Isbister was back in action after his injury suffered last week and played it safe staying in Hendrickson’s tire tracks for the entire race for a second place finish over Ernie Reed, Bobby Taylor and Mike Veltman. Hendrickson also took the win in the first heat with Bobby Taylor taking the win in the second.

The most competitive race of the night saw Mini Stock defending champion Chris Hooker move from 14th to the winner’s circle in their 20 main. The race saw lots of the 3 & 4 abreast racing and numerous position changes but when the checkers flew 12th starter Johnathon Camp out ran 17th starter and last week’s winner Clint Foley in the race for second. Johnny Siner moved from 9th to fourth just ahead of early leader Don Faunce. Heat wins went to Siner and Faunce.

Thirty four starters in the Thunder Stock 20 lap feature proved that it’s just too much for a 3/8ths mile race track to handle. What used to be a beginner division sees a lot of talented drivers involved with quite a few rookies and the combination saw Cassie Selvage, one of six ladies in the division, take her first checkered flag. That bubble was burst in Tech post race inspection when her car was P & G’d and her race car was found to be illegal. The race was shortened when time ran out on a major crash on the back straight involving 5 cars. Randy Spicer inherited the win from his 14th starting spot followed by Richard Henick who was involved in the wreck and would not have been able to finish had the race continued. Jason VanOchten, Dennis Sanderson and Jim Kruse balanced out the top five. Heat wins went to Mike Dubbs, Steve Stinedurf and Ted Taylor.

The Durban Brothers dominated the 15 car 4 Cylinder Bomber Division for the sixth week in a row with Joey Durbin taking his second win in two weeks followed by his brother Justin. Both cars came from row six when the green flew. Jeremy Root, Kevin Stone and Jim Nocella rounded out the top five. Heat winners were Jon Doucette Justin Durbin.

Fifteen Figure 8’s put on the intersection action show of the season with traffic getting spread out by lap three making for a very busy criss cross for the balance of their 20 lap feature. Bobby Tome set the pace from the get go and was put to the test early in threading the needle at the intersection but held on with perfect timing for his first win at Citrus County Speedway. Darryl Hage stayed on his rear bumper from start to finish followed by John Thomas, Robbie Hage and Joey Catterelli. This has been the most interesting field of Figure 8 cars to appear on a regular basis with most of them making Citrus County Speedway their home track since Sunshine Speedway closed.

Fourteen Buses took on the Figure 8 intersection for 20 laps with Gary Swing taking the early lead while the balance of the field fought for a lane to work in without crashing in the intersection. 5 Laps into the race Swing and Chick Whitehead got together from different directions turning Whiteheads bus over on the driver’s side and ending the night for Swing. Whitehead had a couple of passengers riding with him that got out O.K. but emergency rescue personnel had a tough time getting Whitehead out of the driver’s seat and all had to use the rear emergency door to exit the bus. An ambulance took Chick to the hospital for a check up after possibly suffering a concussion and some cuts. On the restart four buses dropped out of the field and it went non stop from their with a three lap dual for the checkers between Dwayne and Brent Fults. Brent made it two wins in a row at Citrus over Dwayne followed by Mike Bresnahan, Chris Hooker and Glenn Fleming who was one lap down. Only 4 buses finished.

Not a fan left the grandstands for the grand finale for the night which was the Boat Trailer Race with 12 vehicles of various descriptions, non sea worthy boats and some unbelievable trailer rigs. They used the chicane race course and Larry Welter had it all figured out from beginning to end with boats and trailers scattered from one end of the speedway to the other. One boat was dropped on the front straight in front of the flagger’s stand early and Brent Fults was showered with fiber glass on several occasions when the boat was hit by a car or trailer. When it was all over only two trailers still had boats on board and Larry Welter took home the $500 win purse with boat, trailer and race car unscathed by all the mayhem. Robert Aaron claimed second followed by Curtis Youmans, Melvin Farmer and Rex Mullis.

Next Saturday night Citrus will bring in the FAST Trucks with two divisions plus the local Open Wheel Modifieds, Mini Stocks, Hobby Stocks and Thunder Stocks locking horns for point supremacy. FAST Trucks are just one step below the Craftsman Truck Series and they always put on an exciting show. Practice is set for Friday night from 5 until 8 P.M.

Bechtelheimer Scores in Citrus Mod Squad Feature

April 30th, 2006

In the 35 lap PBG Legends main it was a see-saw battle for the entire race between Cory Abbott and Brandon Thompson who swapped positions on the point several times. Despite 5 caution flags Abbott was able maintain his lead and made it three wins in two nights of racing over Brandon Thompson and Matt Bowers who pressed him all the way to the checkers. Legends are due back at Citrus on July 29th for another battle royal.

The Citrus County Speedway Mod Squad spent 29 laps of their main event chasing Teddy Nelson who launched his #34 machine off the outside pole, winning the drag race to turn one over pole sitter and defending champion Billy Bechtelheimer. Bechtelheimer saved the best for last riding in Nelson’s tire tracks for 20aps before making a concerted run at Teddy. Nelson who guarded the point with some smooth driving until lap 29 when Billy B got the inside line off turn 3 putting Nelson on the outside and in an effort to save the spot Teddy’s back end came around on him bringing on the caution for the final time. Bechtelheimer took the point on the green-white-checkers lap for his first win of the season over Kyle Bookmiller, Tommy Schnader, Mitch Korzenski and Steve Perez. A very disappointed Nelson had to settle for an 11th place finish over the 15 car field. Mitch Korzenski and Bechtelheimer took the heat wins.

The Limited Sportsman division showed up 18 racers strong and the fireworks started from the drop of the checkered flag for their 20 lap main that was cut short to 17 laps due to those fireworks and time consumed. Glenn Flemming and A.J. Isbister started the race in the front row and got together in the race for turn 1 going over the infamous (no wall) 1-2 turn, apparently Flemming forgot to turn left. Flemming came back for the restart on the front row and Isbister spent some time in the pits getting repairs. When he came back out on the track for the restart Flemming took off around the track and nailed him in the back end, pushing him down the front straight while Isbister stood on the breaks burning rubber the whole time. Flemming was disqualified for the action. When the race got back underway things ran reasonably smoothly with Tom Posavec taking the lead midway through the race being chased by last week’s winner and 13th starter Edward Allen to the checkers. Maloy Kelly remained in the mix and pulled off a third place finish over Bobby Taylor and Dusty Bremer. Heat wins went to Kelly and Jim Altobelli who came into the night’s action leading the points.

On the merits of three heat wins and 3 top five finishes, Mini Stock Point leader Clint Foley launched his racer from 16th to Victory Lane for his first win of the season. Three time champion George Neumann just couldn’t reel Foley in and had to settle for second over early leader Rick Litka, defending champion Chris Hooker and Johnathon Camp in a nose to tail finish over the 20 car field. Heat winners were Johnny Siner and Johnathon Camp.

Twenty seven racers provided plenty of fireworks in the Hobby Stock division with three new drivers joining the growing class. Bobby Taylor jumped out of his Sportsman and into his Hobby Stock to take the lead away from Wayne Heater early and go on to win his first race of the season in the division. Defending champion Curtis Flanagan moved from 18th to second when the checkers flew followed by Doc James Batson who was right on his rear bumper from his 17th starting spot. John Makula moved from 14th to fourth. Wayne Heater seems to have a lot better luck in borrowed rides from the Henick racing team than he does in his own race car but he held out for a fifth place finish after leading in the first 10 laps. Heater won the first heat with Danny Hage and Jason Murphree adding heats to their resume.

It was a 30 car crash fest in the Thunder Stock main with Daniel Bouchard taking his first feature at Citrus. Noah Hudson and Rick Shahid lost their second and third spots in post race inspection with Victor Shahid, Jim Kruse and Dennis Sanderson inheriting the spots to round out the top five. Heat wins went to Bouchard, Victor Shahid and Jim Kruse.

Rounding out the wild night of action Joey Durbin blitzed the 14 car Bomber 15 lap feature. New comer Donnie Stroshal Jr. started 14th and finished second ahead of 4 time winner Justin Durbin, Patrick Conner and Tim Nocella. Jon Doucette and Joey Durbin took the heat wins.

Next Saturday night will feature CRASH FEST 2006 with Figure 8 School buses locking horns in the intersection, a Boat-Trailer race which is always a riot, plus regular Figure 8 action with these hot shoes taking on the intersection 40 times and fighting for the same real estate in a 20 lap main event. Added to the race card will be the Late Models, Limited Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Thunder Stocks and 4 Cylinder Bombers. Don’t miss this one!

Five First Time Season Winners Visit Citrus Victory Lane

April 23rd, 2006

Twenty four super Late Models worked on their second week of point races with Daniel Webster, Raymond Lovelady and Dustin DesChamps taking the wins in the heat races. On the pill draw, Danny Johnson pulled the #1 and took off when the green flew and set the pace from flag to flag with some heavy hitters giving him some heat all the way. Caution flags flew frequently for minor spins and debris on the track. Johnson overcame numerous runs at his top spot but survived them all for his first win in a couple of years. Raymond Lovelady moved from 9th to second when the checkers flew followed by Mike Bell who started on the outside pole and followed Johnson for 33 of the 35 lap main. Daniel Webster held out in third until Lovelady made his move toward the leader late in the race and Webster settled for a fourth place run. Rounding out the top five was defending champion and 14th starter Herb Neumann Jr.

Edward Allen came off the pole to set the pace for the entire 20 laps in the Limited Sportsman 17 car race. Magic Mike Veltman made a late move on Ernie Reed to move to within shooting distance of taking the checkers away from Allen but just didn’t have enough laps left to make it work. Veltman settled for second ahead of Ernie Reed, Jim Altobelli and Tom Posavec to round out the top five. Allen and Scott Hendrickson took the heat wins.

Car number 23 was the one to wear in both the Limited Sportsman and Mini Stock division Saturday night. Twenty one Mini Stocks took the green flag for their 20 lap feature and Jesse Henley took his number 23 to the front for his first feature win. Three time champion George Neumann moved from 10th to second when the checkers flew followed by Clint Foley who over came a short trip to the pits for an overheat problem making a final lap pass on James Ellis to relegate Ellis to fourth ahead of Johnathon Camp. Ellis and Jeff Pittsley captured the heat wins.

Twenty five Hobby Stocks took the green flag continuing to make this the most popular division to compete in at Citrus. Jason Murphree flexed his horsepower to score his first win of the season after five races. James Henick took the early lead through the halfway point before he went wide, opening the door for Murphree and settling for second at the finish line. Jay Witfoth continues to run well moving from 8th to third at the finish line. John Makula move from 14th to fourth. “Doc” James Batson started 22nd and then was sent to the rear of the pack in lap four, motoring back through traffic and crossed the line a half car length behind Makula for fifth. Heat wins went to Henick, Bobby Taylor and Curtis Flanagan.

The 4 Cylinder Bomber Division continues to grow with 17 making the show Saturday night. Justin Durbin battled with brother Joey for his fourth win of the season and has more wins than any other driver at Citrus. Jeremy Root, Paul Combast and Peter Nelson in the “Green Machine” locked up the top five in their 15 lap main event. Joey Durbin and Tim Nocella took the heat wins.

Curtis Youmans found his nitch in racing when he climbed into his Figure 8 car. He locked onto the outside pole position and the point when the green flew in the 14 car race and led from the Get-Go. He had to thread the needle for slower traffic on numerous occasions but his timing was just right and no one was able to give him a run for his first Figure 8 win. Clifford Rousseau fought off Wayne Calkins in the final laps to hold out for second followed by Calkins, Charlie Meyer and John Thomas. Half the field was in the pits before it was all over. Cody Moore was involved in a three car wreck pushing him off the number one turn causing some concern for his condition. He walked away but his car was taken to the pits on the hook.

Open Wheel Lite 2004 Point Champion Ron Towles took a wire to wire win over the 12 car Open Wheel Lite gang. He was chased to the start finish line by 3 time Champion Rick Lundeen. Nick Shadid, John Bailey and Jeff Wolfe took the top five spots. Heat wins went to Roger Richmond and Towles.

Next Saturday will see the PBG Legends make their first visit to Citrus. They will be joined by the Open Wheel Modifieds, Limited Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Thunder Stocks and 4 Cylinder Bombers.

Saturday, May the 6th will be “Crasharama Night” featuring the Figure 8 Bus Races, Boat Trailer Race, the Figure 8’s and maybe a Chicane Race plus a regular race card. Late Models are back for their third race of the season plus Limited Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Thunder Stocks and 4 Cylinder Bombers. Put Citrus on your weekend schedule right through November 11th only if you want to put some excitement into your life!

Five Divisions Spice Up Citrus Racing Action

April 17th, 2006

The Gulf Coast Modifieds came loaded for bear with 28 of Florida’s best chasing fast qualifier Perry Brown in Riverview’s, Evergreen Development Construction machine. Perry turned a 14.017 second, fast qualifying time on the 3/8th mile followed by local hot shoe Curtis Neumann with a 14.136 run. On the pill draw the entire field started straight up and Perry Brown won the drag race into turn one and two, with Neumann falling back to second. The rest of the field battled for position chasing the top two for 40 of the 50 lap main with point leader and 5th starter Lee Collins being the only driver that had anything for Brown in the race for the checkers. He spent the final 10 laps trying to reel Brown in but had to settle for second ahead of Neumann, Billy Mowery, Mike Hinegardner, Dwayne Dempsey, Sean McLaughlin, Ralph Bowman, Billy Bechtelheimer and Andrew Alderman to round out the top ten. Gulf Coast Mods are due back on June 3rd to try it on again.

Tom Posavec was the big gun in the Limited Sportsman action taking the lead in their 20 lap main from the get go with pole sitter A.J. Isbister making the 14 car field chase him in the hot race for second for the entire race. An illegal intake manifold found in post race inspection took Posavec’s second feature win of the season away from him and Isbister inherited the win after tech inspection for his first ever at Citrus County Speedway. Scott Hendrickson locked onto second over point leader Jim Altobelli, Maloy Kelly and Ernie Reed rounding out the top five. Heat wins went to Isbister after the Posavec D.Q. and Dustin Aaron picked up the win in the second heat.

An illegal pass on the inside lane before the start finish line on the final restart changed the finishing order in the 26 car Hobby Stock 20 lap feature. Defending division champ Curtis Flanagan worked his way through traffic from 12th to the front by lap 16 passing Jay Witfoth for the lead and took the checkers just a half car length ahead of Doc James Batson. Batson was sent to the rear of the field early in the race and had to come through all the traffic to finish second ahead of Michael Stallnaker. The post race decision to penalize Flanagan was made on the final caution flag restart when he went under then leader Witfoth to the point. Batson inherited the win and Flanagan had to settle for second on the penalty. Mike Stallnaker, who was in a four car battle for the win, picked up third over Jay Witfoth, who led most of the way. Mike Wilson, in a borrowed ride, started 21st and rolled through traffic for a fifth place finish. Heat wins went to Artie Hewitt, Jason Murphree and John Makula. Sheldon Kinser won the 12 car 10 lap “B” main qualifying the top five for the feature. Thirty four cars registered for the night.

Louie Coie used the outside lane from 17th to Victory Lane in the Thunder Stock 23 car 20 lap main that was cut to 14 laps due to time consumption. It was another one of those crasharamas that caused a repeat of last week’s early end due to the time clock. Gary Johnson couldn’t hold off Coie and settled for second over Jim Kruse, defending champ Steve Stinedurf and Rick Shahid. Heat wins went to Johnson and Cioe. Thunder Stocks have next week off.

The 4 Cylinder Bomber division continues to grow with 18 cars making up the largest field ever to appear at Citrus. Justin Durbin made it three wins for three races ahead of his brother Joey Durbin. Peter Nelson took his banged up “green machine” to a third place finish over Jon Doucette and Phil Edwards in their 15 lap feature run. Heat wins went to Joey Durbin and Peter Nelson.

Saturday night the local Late Models return for their second race of the year with 26 cars registered for the run for the championship. Herb Neumann Jr. leads the pack with the only feature win of the season. Limited Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Hobby Stocks, 4 Cylinder Bombers and the Fantastic Figure 8’s round out the local point’s races. Added to the local line up will be the Open Wheel Lites and the Florida Pro Challenge series. Citrus County Speedway is starting the race program ½ hour early for the rest of the season with the first race taking the green flag at 5:30. So come early so you don’t miss anything.

Citrus County Speedway Results 4/15/06

Gulf Coast Modifieds – 50 Laps – 28 Cars

1. #83x Perry Brown – Riverview – Fast Qualifier 14.017 Sec.
2. #89 Lee Collins – Immokalee
3. #01 Curtis Neumann – Inverness
4. #55 Billy Mowery – Clearwater
5. #1H Mike Hindgardner – Largo
6. # 6 Dwayne Dempsey – St. Petersburg
7. #99 Sean McLaughlin – Port Charlotte
8. # 2 Ralph Bowman – Largo
9. #6B Billy Bechtelheimer – Dover
10.#83 Andrew Alderman –Pinellas Park

Limited Sportsman – 20 Laps – 14 Cars

1. #81 A.J. Isbister – 1st Feature Win
2. #03 Scott Hendrickson
3. #76 Jim Altobelli
4. #92 Maloy Kelly
5. #55 Ernie Reed

1st Heat Winner – #81 A.J. Isbister
2nd Heat Winner – #98 Dustin Aaron

Hobby Stock Feature – 20 Laps – 26 Cars – 34 Showed

1. #77 “Doc” James Batson – 3rd Feature Win
2. #33 Curtis Flanagan
3. #08 Michael Stallnaker
4. # 4 Jay Witfoth
5. #44 Mike Wilson

1st Heat Win – #9 Artie Hewitt
2nd Heat Win – #95 Jason Murphree
3rd Heat Win – #27 John Makula
“B”Main Winner – #56 Sheldon Kinser

Thunder Stock Feature – 20 Laps (14 run) – 23 Cars

1. #88 Louie Cioe – 2nd Feature Win
2. #40 Gary Johnson
3. #82 Jim Kruse
4. # 0 Steve Stinedurf
5. #13 Rick Shahid

1st Heat Win – #40 Gary Johnson
2nd Heat Winner – #88 Louie Cioe

4 Cylinder Bomber Feature – 15 Laps – 18 Cars

1. #12 Justin Durbin – 3rd Feature Win
2. #72 Joey Durbin
3. #08 Peter Nelson
4. # 5 Jon Doucette
5. #21 Phil Edwards

1st Heat Winner – #72 Joey Durbin
2nd Heat Winner – #08 Peter Nelson

Bresnahan Bombs Sunbelt 125 at Citrus

April 11th, 2006

He pulled the zero pill giving him the pole and when the green flag flew he took the point from the get-go and never looked back for the entire 125 laps. Wayne Anderson was about the only driver that had anything for Bresnahan. After several caution flags for spins and minor accidents Bresnahan was able to put plenty of separation in between him and the top five at will. Anderson ran into mechanical problems sending him to the pits from his runner up spot late in the race and wound up 8 laps down when he finally got back into the race. Jeff Scofield Rich Pratt, Daniel Webster and Scott Millar battled for second after Anderson’s departure and when the checkers flew finished in that order. Jeff Scofield continues to lead the Sunbelt point’s race.

Twenty two Mini Stocks chased 16th starter Chris Hooker to the checkered flag for the second week in a row. Early leader Johnny Siner had his hands full battling with Hooker early in the race then getting a mirror full of James Ellis, Don Faunce and Dan Smith holding them off for a second place finish. Don Faunce started 11th and finished third followed by 18th starter Dan Smith. Clint Foley also put on a show in a chase for the lead but gave out of steam late in the race and coasted across the line for a 15th place finish for his effort. Heat wins went to Siner and Foley.

Hobby Stocks brought out 39 drivers after a five week layoff and they came ready to race. Doc James Batson didn’t lose the handle on his race car taking 3 wins at 3 different tracks during the layoff and he made it four Saturday night over the 26 starters plus taking the win in the second heat. Don Paugh see sawed back and forth in the top five race and managed a late pass in the dash for the finish line for a second place finish with Don Teague right on his rear bumper. Alvin Williamson held out for fourth and Thomas Peet picked up a fifth place finish. Jason Murphree and Curtis Flanagan took the wins in the two other heats but both wound up in the pits before the checkers flew. Jay Witfoth won the six lap B Main.

Thunder Stocks came to run a pair of 20 lap features after last week’s postponement due to the 11 p.m. curfew. Twenty seven of the 29 racers that were registered for the makeup feature kicked off the evening of racing and put on quite a show, if crashing and banging is what you came to see. Gary Johnson came off the pole and held the lead for the entire race which was cut short due to multiple caution flags and clean up using up most of the allotted time. The race ended under caution due to time constraints with Johnson taking the win, Louie Coie running second, Christine Henick third, Randy Spicer, fourth and Mike Dubbs rounding out the top five. In the second 29 car feature they got their act together and ran all 20 laps in a wild race that saw several leaders before the checkers flew giving 26th starter Ted Taylor the win on a final lap pass on Steve Stinedurf. Tim Wilson moved through a lot of lapped traffic to hold out for third over Randy Spicer and Rick Ray. Heat winners were Wilson and Stinedurf.

Wrapping up the night of wild activities all the fans stayed for the 14 car, Figure 8, 20 lap feature. Daryl Hage took off from the pole position and never gave up the lead despite several heavy duty runs at him and a couple of caution flags tightening up the lineup for the restarts. Wayne Calkins moved from 8th to 2nd when the checkers flew with Joey Catterelli right on his rear bumper at the finish line. Robbie Hage and James Poole locked up the final five positions. Figure 8’s will be back on April 22nd.

Next Saturday night will feature the Gulf Coast Open Wheel Modifieds that will see quite a few of our local mod squad running. Limited Sportsman, Hobby Stocks, Thunder Stocks and 4 Cylinder Bombers are also on the race card. The Gulf Coast Modifieds will probably time trial for their main event. The speedway has instituted a new start time and for the rest of the season the regular start time for the heat races will be 5:30 p.m., starting a half hour earlier than we have over the past several years. This is an attempt to give plenty of time to avoid postponing feature races due to the 11 p.m. curfew. Each race will be given a sufficient amount of time to allow for caution flags and if the race cannot be finished within the time constraints it will be cut short. In most cases it will be 20 laps or 20 minutes for regular feature races. So plan on coming a little earlier and enjoy all the action. Time trials will usually start 45 minutes before the regular races are scheduled to begin. This time frame worked just fine Saturday night.

Citrus Resumes with 153 Racers, Packed Grandstands

April 2nd, 2006

Five local divisions registered 107 race cars in the Open Wheel Modified, Limited Sportsman, Mini Stock, Thunder Stock and 4 Cylinder Bomber Divisions. Twenty Five TBARA winged Sprinters and 21 All Pro and Jr. All Star Mini Cup drivers balanced out the 153 racers that signed up for the full night of action.

Local drivers restarted their point’s races with a 24 car Open Wheel Modified field. Bobby Blakeley, Jimmy Wagner and Eric Purcell, driving for recovering Ronnie Campbell, took the wins in the 3 heat races. Bobby Blakeley set the pace from the pole for a 30 lap flag to flag win being chased by Jimmy Wagner, Steve Parez, Kyle Bookmiller and defending champion Billy Bechtelheimer rounding out the top five.

Sixteen cars went to war in the second Limited Sportsman race of the season and Malloy Kelly set the pace for both his heat and the feature with a wire to wire win in both for his first feature win in the division. Ernie Reed moved from 5th to second in the green white checkered finish in the time shortened main event. Bobby Taylor took the win in the second heat and held out for a third place finish from his 8th starting spot. Jim Altobelli and Dustin Aaron topped off the front five.

Defending Mini Stock champion Chris Hooker was dominate over the 23 car feature lineup. He won the first heat but was put back to second for jumping the green flag on the start. Jeff Pittsley inherited the heat win. George Neumann and Clint Foley took the wins in the second and third heat. It only took Hooker one lap to take the point in the feature run and despite numerous caution flags he left the rest of the field in his dust on his way to his first win of 2006. Jesse Henley, George Neumann, Clint Foley and Jay McKenzie diced for the top five slots and finished in that order.

Fifteen 4 Cylinder Bombers took the green flag for their 15 lap feature run and Justin Durbin moved from 8th to Victory Lane followed by Peter Nelson and Phil Edwards. Second and third place were decided in the post race inspection with Nelson and Edwards found illegal, moving Kevin Stone up to second and Michelle Wagner into third. Joey Durbin held out for 4th followed by Brandon Elwood in fifth. Heat wins went to Stone and Durbin.

Twenty nine Thunder Stocks qualified in three heat races with Gary Johnson, Dan Bouchard and point leader Tim Wilson coming up with the wins. With numerous caution flags and lengthly cleanups time ran out on the 11 o’clock curfew and the 20 lap feature was postponed until next week when they will run double features.

The visiting TBARA Winged Sprints put on the usual high speed excitement with a 25 car turnout featuring all the heavy hitters in the series. Defending TBARA and Silver Crown Champion David Steele snatched away the win in the first heat from 16 year old rookie Erik MacMillan. It was Sonny Hartley all the way in heat 2 and Stan Butler was the dominant force in the third heat in preparation for capturing his first feature win of the season in the 30 lap main event. The race got started on a sour note with 6 cars going for the WIN in the first lap and coming into turn 4, four deep, knotting up six cars on the turn four wall. Erik MacMillan, with no place to go at the tail end of the wreck, was the only car that had to go on the hook in a crash that took about 10 minutes to unknot. Only 12 of the 23 starters were able to finish the race mostly due to mechanical problems. When the checkers flew Stan Butler took the win followed by Bo Hartley, David Steele, Keith Butler and John Anderson.

Wearing NEXTEL Cup Champion Tony Stewarts number and colors must have been an inspiration for Doug Smith as he dominated the 13 car Mini Cup All Pro field in both his heat and the 25 lap feature. Nando Pinto, Rick Blair and pole sitter Brett Jameson held out for the top four spots. Jameson took the win in the first heat. Ray Black Jr. was a winner in both his heat and the 20 lap Jr. All Stars main event. Critter Witte, Daniel Miller, Blake Orr and Thomas Warnick locked in the top five positions.

Next Saturday night Florida’s best Super Late Models take center stage at Citrus County Speedway with the Sunbelt Series taking on the 3/8ths mile in a 125 lap feature race. Rounding out a five division race card will be the Fantastic Figure 8’s, Mini Stocks, double features for the Thunder Stocks and the return of the Hobby Stocks who always have a full field and put on an exciting show. Racing continues every Saturday night through November 11th.

Citrus County Speedway Results April 1, 2006 – 153 Cars

Modified Feature – 30 Laps – 24 Cars

1. #75 Bobby Blakeley – 1st Season Feature
2. #17 Jimmy Wagner
3. #92 Steve Parez
4. #03 Kyle Bookmiller
5. # 6 Billy Bechtelheimer

1st Heat Winner – #75 Bobby Blakeley
2nd Heat Winner – #17 Jimmy Wagner
3rd Heat Winner – # 5 Eric Purcell

Limited Sportsman Feature – 20 Laps – 16 Cars

1. #92 Maloy Kelly – 1st Season Win
2. #55 Ernie Reed
3. #66 Bobby Taylor
4. #76 Jim Altobelli
5. #98 DustinAaron

1st Heat Winner – #92 Maloy Kelly
2nd Heat Winner – #66 Bobby Taylor

Mini Stock Feature – 20 Laps – 23 Cars

1. # 6 Chris Hooker – 1st Season Win
2. #23 Jesse Henley
3. # 1 George Neumann
4. # 7 Clint Foley
5. # 5 Jay McKenzie

1st Heat Winner – #20 Jeff Pittsley
2nd Heat Winner – # 1 George Neumann
3rd Heat Winner – # 7 Clint Foley

Thunder Car Feature – 20 Laps – 29 Cars

Postponed Until 4/8 Due to Curfew

1st Heat Winner – #40 Gary Johnson
2nd Heat Winner – #14 Daniel Bouchard
3rd Heat Winner – # 85 Tim Wilson

4 Cylinder Bomber Feature – 15 Laps – 15 Cars

1. #34 Justin Durbin -
2. #98 Kevin Stone
3. # 7 Michelle Wagner
4. #72 Joey Durbin
5. #28 Brandon Elwood

1st Heat Winner – #98 Kevin Stone
2nd Heat Winner – #34 Justin Durbin

TBARA Winged Sprint Feature – 30 Laps – 25 Cars – 23 Starters

1. #18 Stan Butler
2. #3X Bo Hartley
3. #91 David Steele
4. #19 Keith Butler
5. #1X John Anderson

1st Heat Winner – #91 David Steele
2nd Heat Winner – #3Y Sonny Hartley
3rd Heat Winner – #18 Stan Butler

All Pro Mini Cup Feature – 25 Laps – 13 Cars

1. #20 Doug Smith
2. #16 Nando Pinto
3. #28 Rick Blair
4. #70 Brett Jameson

1st Heat Winner – #70 Brett Jameson
2nd Heat Winner – #20 Doug Smith

Jr. All Star Mini Cup Feature – 20 Laps – 8 Cars

1. #4 Ray Black Jr. – Also won the Heat
2. #11 Critter Witte
3. #00 Daniel Miller
4. #20 Blake Orr
5. #9 Thomas Warnick

Citrus Locals Shine in Mini Stock, Southern Sportsman Openers

February 26th, 2006

Rick Sirmans was fast Qualifier in the 31 car Mini Stock time trials with a 14.912 second run on the 3/8th mile. On the pill draw Kevin Macy won the poll for the 50 lap main. Chuck Frazier took the outside poll and Robbie Yoakam and Jim Smith picked up the spots in row two. Macy and Frazier set the early pace with three drivers who got their start in racing at Citrus right in the mix from the get go. Yoakam managed to take the lead in the early going while Jim Smith had to spend time working on Macy and Frazier before hooking up with Yoakam on the run for the flag. Former Challenge and Speedway Champion Robbie Yoakam took the win followed by another former track Champion Jim Smith. Rounding out the top five were Chuck Frazier, Chris Thornton and Rick Sirmans. Another former local regular Kevin Herod locked down sixth spot.

The 30 car starting field crash filled Southern Sportsman Series saw about as many caution flags as laps that were run due to time constraints. It was again a race for local drivers to show the way to Victory Lane with Richie Smith leading the parade in the final laps being chased by Travis Nichols. Both drivers started their racing career at the Citrus County Bull Ring when they were teenagers and have brought home championships in several local divisions. Pole Sitter Rikk McMehan set the early pace and slipped back to sixth at one point in the race before coming back to finish third ahead of another local racer Steve O’Lone. Experience paid off for most of the locals.

Eighteen of the local Modifieds finally got a race in after the rainout in the season opener. Tommy Schnader charged from fifth to first in the first heat. Sixth starter Teddy Nelson flexed his horse power in the second heat and proved he would be the man to beat in their 30 lap feature. Defending champion Billy Bechtelheimer gave it all he had but had to settle for second in the main event. John Gerstner, Ronny Campbell and Jimmy Wagner took the top five spots in a race that only saw two caution flags. Curtis Neumann had an in car camera for the T.V. Show.

The 17 car Figure 8’s put on a wild show for the fans and Joey Catterelli charged to the front early and set the pace for most of the 20 lap intersection adventure in their first race of the year. John Thomas was able to come off the pole and hang onto Catterelli for a second place finish. James Poole, Stephen Anderson and former champion Robert Aaron rounded out the top five in what turned out to be a lot of close calls in the intersection that had the fans on their feet for most of the race.

Thirty Hobby Stocks took the green and again it was Don Teague’s night to howl taking both his heat win and the 20 lap feature in another crash filled race. Teague took the January 21st feature win which was a non point’s race. Defending champion Curtis Flanagan again came from the rear of the pack to put on a late charge but just couldn’t make the pass on Teague. James Henick, Jamie Tinkham and John Makula took the top five spots. Heat winners were Teague, Frank Stromquist and Bobby Taylor who finished 22nd in the feature.

Twelve 4 Cylinder Bombers again chased Justin Durban for the final 10 laps of their 15 lap feature making it two wins in a row for the hot shoe that seems to dominate the field.. James Pate, Pete Nelson, Tim Nocella and Kevin Stone locked in the top five spots.

Citrus County Speedway will be dark for the entire month of March for the Citrus County Fair activities. When the action returns the TBARA Sprint Cars will restart the season with a bang. Joining these high speed rockets will be the Modifieds, Limited Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Thunder Stocks, Mini Cup Cars and 4 Cylinder Bombers. Action will continue every Saturday night through November 11th with a break on July 1st for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona. Citrus County Speedway’s 51st season has more to offer in racing variety than any other race track in the state of Florida.

Citrus County Speedway Results 2/25/06

Mini Stock Challenge Feature – 50 laps – 30 Cars

1. # 8 Robbie Yoakam – Hernando
2. #124 Jim Smith – Inverness
3. #21 Chuck Frazier – Avon Park
4. #24 Chris Thornton – Clearwater
5. #05 Rick Sirmans – Pinellas Park

Fast Qualifier – #05 Rick Sirmans – 14.912 Sec.

Southern Sportsman Feature – 50 Laps – (Ran 30) – 30 Cars

1. #41 Richie Smith – Hernando
2. #22 Travis Nichols – Brooksville
3. #12R Rikk McMehan
4. #20 Steve O’Lone

Fast Qualifier – #13 Aaron Williamson – 14.895 Sec. – Mulberry

Modified Feature – 30 Laps – 18 Cars

1. #34 Teddy Nelson – Pinellas Park
2. # 6 Billy Bechtelheimer – Dover
3. #20 John Gerstner – Tampa
4. # 5 Ronny Campbell – Tampa
5. #17 Jimmy Wagner – Zephyrhills

First Heat Winner – #19 Tommy Schnader
Second Heat Winner – #34 Teddy Nelson

Figure 8 Feature – 20 Laps – 17 Cars

1. #15 Joey Catterelli – Pinellas Park
2. #77 John Thomas
3. # 5 James Poole
4. #46 Stephen Anderson – Hudson
5. # 6 Robert Aaron – Brooksville

Hobby Stock Feature – 20 Laps – 30 Cars

1. # 2 Don Teague – Hernando
2. #33 Curtis Flanagan – Floral City
3. #60 James Henick – Inverness
4. #98 Jamie Tinkham – Leesburg
5. #27 John Makula – New Port Richey

First Heat Winner – # 2 Don Teague
Second Heat Winner – #57 Frank Stromquist – Lecanto
Third Heat Winner – #66 Bobby Taylor – Crystal River

4 Cylinder Bomber Feature – 15 Laps – 12 Cars

1. #34 Justin Durbin – Candler
2. #55 James Pate – Lakeland
3. #08 Pete Nelson – Homosassa
4. #16 Tim Nocella – Beverly Hills
5. #98 Kevin Stone – Dade City

No Heats Run

140 Racers Kick Off 2006 Citrus Racing Season

February 19th, 2006

Late Models opened their season with a 21 car field with former track champions Herb Hoefler and Mike Bresnahan taking the wins in the heat races. When the green fell for the feature pole sitter Raymond Lovelady took the point and set the early pace with Herb Neumann Jr. in hot pursuit. Five laps into the race Lovelady slipped to outside on turn one and Neumann took the lead with Scott Grossenbacher on his rear bumper. Tenth starter Mike Bresnahan worked his way on the outside lane to second in the final laps but didn’t have time to set up to make the pass on Neumann when the checkers flew. Grossenbacher held out for third followed by Raymond Lovelady and Danny Johnson.

Limited Sportsmen opened their season 16 cars strong and Tom Posavec smoked the field taking a heat win and the feature by quite a margin. Second heat winner Jim Altobelli showed that he is definitely going to be a contender in this season for a second place finish in the feature followed by Rusty Bremer, Ernie Reed and Ronnie Heard.

Twenty nine Mini Stocks took the green flag in preparation for next week’s Mini Stock Challenge. Robbie Storer showed the rest of the field the way to Victory Lane in both his heat and the feature. Clint Foley won the second heat was the only driver that had anything for Storer settling for second with Dan Smith finishing a distant third. Johnathon Camp out maneuvered Steve Bradford in the run for fourth. A full field on Florida’s best Mini Stock pilots is expected for next week’s Mini Stock Challenge season opener at Citrus.

Doc James Batson proved again he is the man to beat in the Hobby Stock division with his second win of the season after the Winter Spectacular special win. Thirty three cars showed up for the four heat races won by Jason Witfoth, Tim Anderson, Bobby Taylor and Doc Batson. A 12 car “B” Main, won by Curtis Flanagan, rounded out the 27 car starting field for the feature that saw lots of wrecks. Bobby Taylor chased Doc Batson for the entire race settling for a second place finish over 21st starter and defending Champion Curtis Flanagan. Jason Witfoth came off the pole and held out for a fourth place finish ahead of Alvin Williamson who started 11th in the field.

After a really tough season in 2005 Tim Wilson is back on track and won over the 30 car Thunder Stock division by a half lap. Pole sitter Andy Taylor held off the rest of the pack for a second place finish over his brother Ted Taylor, Mike Pitts and Joe Boyd who were nose to tail at the start finish line. Heat wins went to Andy Taylor, Wilson, and Megan Spicer.

Four Cylinder Bombers started their season with 11 cars in the field and it was Donald Guy leaving the rest of the division in his dust. When the green dropped it was all over except working his way through lapped traffic and staying out of trouble. Peter Nelson managed to keep him in sight but couldn’t reel him in finishing 2nd ahead of Paul Combast, Lee Ackerman and Phil Edwards.

The final race before the Citrus County Fair break through the entire month on March comes up next weekend featuring the Open Wheel Modifieds, the Florida Mini Stock Challenge, the Southern Sportsman series, Hobby Stocks, 4 Cylinder Bombers and the Fantastic Figure 8’s. Figure 8’s will be out in force after getting rained out on opening night.

April 1st will see the TBARA Sprints, Modifieds, Limited Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Thunder Stocks, Mini Cup Cars and 4 Cylinder Bombers restart the season. Racing will continue through November 11th, every Saturday night, except the weekend of the Pepsi 400 on July 1st. It should be a great season.

Citrus County Speedway Results 2/18/06

Late Model Feature – 25 Laps – 21 Cars

1. #98 Herb Neumann Jr.
2. #77 Mike Bresnahan
3. #09 Scot Grossenbacher
4. #17 Raymond Lovelady
5. #96 Danny Johnson

1st Heat Winner – #22 Herb Hoefler
2nd Heat Winner – #77 Mike Bresnahan

Limited Sportsman Feature – 20 Laps – 16 Cars

1. #01 Tom Posavec
2. #76 Jim Altobelli
3. # 5 Rusty Bremer
4. #55 Ernie Reed
5. #00 Ronnie Heard

1st Heat Winner – #01 Tom Posavec
2nd Heat Winner – #76 Jim Altobelli

Mini Stock Feature – 20 Laps – 29 Cars

1. #009 Robbie Storer
2. # 7 Clint Foley
3. #72 Dan Smith
4. #13 Johnathon Camp
5. #91 Jason Rendell

1st Heat Winner – #009 Robbie Storer
2nd Heat Winner – # 7 Clint Foley

Hobby Stock Feature – 20 Laps – 33 Cars (27 Feature)

1. #77 Doc James Batson
2. #66 Bobby Taylor
3. #33 Curtis Flanagan
4. #4 Jason Witfoth
5. #09 Alvin Williamson

1st Heat Winner – #4 Jason Witfoth
2nd Heat Winner – #48 Tim Anderson
3rd Heat Winner – #66 Bobby Taylor
4th Heat Winner – #77 Doc James Batson
B Main Winner – #33 Curtis Flanagan

Thunder Stock Feature – 20 Laps – 30 Cars

1. #85 Tim Wilson
2. #63 Andy Taylor
3. #77 Ted Taylor
4. # 1 Mike Pitts
5. #183 Joe Boyd

1st Heat Winner – #63 Andy Taylor
2nd Heat Winner – #85 Tim Wilson
3rd Heat Winner – #83 Megan Spicer

4 Cylinder Bomber Feature – 15 Laps – 11 Cars

1. #33 Donald Guy
2. #08 Petr Nelson
3. #90 Paul Combast
4. #77 Lee Ackerman
5. #21 Phil Edwards

1st Heat Winner – #33 Donald Guy
2nd Heat Winner – #90 Paul Combast

Citrus TBARA Season Opener Washed Out

February 12th, 2006

Defending champion David Steele led the large field of registrants along with every top shoe in the winged sprint car series plus some promising rookies. It was quite a disappointment when the races were called at 4:45 pm when the radar showed it wasn’t going to let up. It is just as well the races were called early because the rain continued on and off throughout the evening and nothing would have been accomplished by hanging in there except more disappointment.

The open wheel Modifieds, Mini Stocks, Thunder Stocks, and Figure 8’s will have to wait at least another week or more before they can work on garnering points towards the 2006 season championship. They will have a 35 week season to accomplish that in another very versatile year that is loaded with nine regular season divisions and every type of short track traveling series in the state.

The weatherman is promising better conditions for next weekend when the Late Models, Limited Sportsmen, Mini Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Thunder Stocks and 4 Cylinder Bombers take to the 3/8ths mile oval for their first point’s races of the year. Hopefully the weather crystal ball doesn’t change between now and then.

Open practice will be Thursday night, February 17th, this week. All drivers are reminded to register with the pit office as soon as possible so we can institute the new computerized registration system that will save you time and confusion on the lineups when you come to race each week. The only way to insure reserving your car number is to register and there will be no X numbers allowed compensating for duplicate numbers.

We are looking for a full field of cars, in all divisions, as we kick off our 51st racing season at Citrus County Speedway. Come early and stay late because it is going to be an exciting season with plenty of great competition and fan support.

Citrus County Speedway is located 2 miles south of Inverness on U.S. 41 at the Fairgrounds. Pit gates open at 2 pm, practice at 3, grandstand gates open at 4 and races take the green flag at 6 pm.