SUPER LATE MODELS GEAR UP FOR THE EARTH DAY 125 AT AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY

After a pair of weekends away from stock car racing for the Night of Destruction and the Polk County Music Fest, Auburndale Speedway is back in action in a big way with the Earth Day 125 for the Super Late Models, race number two of the Auburndale Super-8 Series. Also racing will be the Legend Cars, V-8 Bombers, Q Mini Stocks and the Mini Cup Cars.

It will also be the The Results Companies Race-4-Rewards High School Battle Night #2 pitting students from Kathleen, Lake Gibson and Lake Region high schools to see who can bring in the most guests to raise funds for their schools. Students from the three schools will be admitted free of charge just by showing their school ID card. !

Joe Boyd of Riverview picked up the first round win of the Super-8 Series back on March 10th and is expected back to try for a second consecutive victory.
Local drivers Brandon Duchscherer and Josh Todd debuted new machines in that race and found themselves on the podium behind Boyd. Both should be top contenders once again. Lakeland’s Becca Monopoli, fresh off her first career Super Late Model win last week at Showtime Speedway, will be in the field along with “Little Gator” Noah Cornman, Cody Martell, Brian Dorrer, Chris Fontaine and several more.

Pit gates open at 1:30 pm with Super Late Model practice slated from 4-5 pm.
Other divisions will practice from 5-6 pm. Grandstand gates open at 5 pm and qualifying for the Super Late Models is slated for 6:15 pm. Racing begins at 7 pm with 8-lap heat races for the Mini Cups, Q Mini Stocks, Legend Cars and V-8 Bombers. Intermission will feature an autograph session on the front stretch with the Super Late Model drivers just before they go racing in the Earth Day 125 that will be the first feature of the evening. Up next will be a 20-lap run for the Mini Cup cars while the evening finishes up with 25-lap contests for the Q Mini Stocks, Legend Cars and V-8 Bombers.

Adult admission for all this evening of great racing action is just $15 with seniors 55+ $13. Children ages 5-12 are only $5 and all kids 4 and under get in free. The family 4-pack is just $32 for two adult and two children’s admissions (a $40 value). Pit passes are $30 per person and all parking is free.

By |2018-04-17T21:08:26+00:00April 17th, 2018|Auburndale Speedway, Local, Racing News, Upcoming Events|Comments Off on SUPER LATE MODELS GEAR UP FOR THE EARTH DAY 125 AT AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY

PRO TRUCKS RETURN FOR 50 LAPS AS PART OF 7 DIVISION SHOW AT AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY

Auburndale Speedway returns to action this Saturday night with a full program featuring seven classes of race cars… and Trucks.

The highlight of the night will feature the Pro Trucks in action for 50 laps in the Spring Begins 50. Also racing will be the Legend Cars, Street Stocks,
V-8 Bombers, Q Mini Stocks, Scramblers and the new Pure Stock division.

Among the Pro Truck drivers expected are Cody McDuffie of Bartow, winner of the first Pro Truck race of the season back on January 27th, Jason Lester of Palmetto, the Windermere father/son duo of Todd and Nick Haag, Derek Pugh of West Palm Beach, Lakeland drivers Colt Cecil and Tyler Davis along with William Kerns of Auburndale among others.

For the local classes, current point leaders are Jim Smith (Legends), James Wright III (V-8 Bombers), Steven O’Steen (Street Stocks), Chris Narramore, Sr.
(Q Mini Stocks) and Andy Travis (Scramblers).

Pit gates open at 3 pm with practice slated from 3:30-5:45 pm. Grandstand gates open at 5 pm and qualifying for the Pro Trucks is slated for 6:15 pm.
Racing begins at 7 pm with 8-lap heat races for the Legend Cars, Q Mini Stocks, V-8 Bombers, Street Stocks, Scramblers and Pure Stocks. Intermission will feature an autograph session on the front stretch with the Pro Truck drivers then it’s time to go feature racing starting out with a 25-lap run for the Legend Cars followed by a 20-lap contest for the Q Mini Stocks. The V-8 Bombers are up next for 25 laps followed by the Scrambler and Pure Stock features. The evening concludes with the Spring Begins 50 for the Pro Trucks.

Adult admission for all this fantastic racing action is just $15 with seniors
55+ $13. Children ages 5-12 are only $5 and all kids 4 and under get in free.
The family 4-pack is just $32 for two adult and two children’s admissions (a $40 value). Pit passes are $30 per person and all parking is free.

By |2018-03-21T17:14:12+00:00March 21st, 2018|Auburndale Speedway, Racing News, Upcoming Events|Comments Off on PRO TRUCKS RETURN FOR 50 LAPS AS PART OF 7 DIVISION SHOW AT AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY

FANS ENDURE LONG NIGHT TO SEE BOYD AND McLEOD VICTORIOUS IN SLM AND WHEELMAN SPORTSMAN

To say it was a very long Saturday night (and Sunday morning) at Auburndale Speedway was definitely an understatement as fans first had to endure an hour-and-a-half rain delay followed by three races dotted with numerous red flags, cautions and lengthy track clean-ups. Despite the action not ending until just after 1 am, a large crowd stayed to the bitter end and were treated to some fine racing between all the delays.

The big race of the night was the Spring 125 for the Super Late Models presented by WPCV 97.5 Country Radio. Seventeen Super Late Model teams were in attendance and it was a big surprise when Polk City’s Josh Todd topped the time trials with a lap of 13.740 seconds in a brand new car that was “right out of the box.” Aaron Williamson timed in second quick at 13.782 just ahead of the 13.812 lap of Brandon Duchscherer who was also at the wheel of a sparkling new ride. Local veteran Chris Fontaine was fourth quick while fifth fastest was Noah “Lil’ Gator” Cornman who was impressive in his first-ever visit to the track. The invert would be an eight placing Devin McLeod on the pole for the big race.

McLeod sped out to an early lead as the field raced close behind him. Lap 11 saw the first caution flag fly when Jeff Gordon spun his machine on the back stretch. Joe Boyd had the outside front row on the restart and made quick work of McLeod to grab the top spot. John Coffman looped his mount on lap 15 to bring out yellow flag number two.

Boyd pulled out to a near straightaway lead by the time the next caution was unfurled on lap 34 as Gordon spun on the front stretch. On the restart, Fontaine zipped by McLeod for second. Duchscherer slipped by McLeod on lap 40 bringing Williamson and Todd with him. McLeod’s car was faltering and he dropped back to sixth while Boyd again built up a big lead.

Lap 48 saw the yellow out again for a Coffman-Cornman tangle in turn one with both continuing. On the restart Duchscherer, Todd and Williamson freight-trained Fontaine to move up in the running order behind Boyd. The field then settled into some green flag racing although McLeod was continuing to have a rough go of it and dropped from the running on lap 67. Four laps later the right front tire went down on Williamson’s car and he exited to the pits in a shower of sparks as the caution came out yet again.

Just after the restart a multi-car melee took place in turn four that eliminated Cornman from the running. The red flag was displayed for a lengthy clean-up of fluids on the track. Once the field took the green again Todd was on a mission as he moved by Duchscherer into second on lap 82 and set his sights on Boyd. Shortly after, Blaise Hetznecker and Steve Dorer got by Fontaine to move into fourth and fifth places. Dorer then got by Hetznecker for fourth on the 97th lap.

Meanwhile Todd had moved up on Boyd to challenge for the lead as Fontaine fell from the race on lap 99 with a sick engine. A final caution flew on lap 104 as Coffman spun in turn two setting up a dash to the checker.

Todd battled side-by-side with Boyd for a couple of laps but had to settle in behind him. From that point Boyd held sway to the checker with Todd right in his slipstream. Duchscherer came home third while Dorer, who had started well back in the field, coming home fourth after a fine drive. Fifth went to Hetznecker while Williamson rebounded for a sixth place effort. David King, Brian Dorer, Stuart Dutton and Coffman rounded out the top ten.

Also on tap was a 50-lap run for the Brandon Ford Wheel Man Sportsman Series presented by Gagel’s Auto Parts, Racecar Engineering and Autotech Collision Center. 22 top machines signed in to do battle with Clermont’s Jason Vail topping qualifying with a lap of 14.276 seconds. Second in time trials was Aaron Williamson who tripped the clocks at 14.285 followed closely by Devin McLeod, Travis Roland and Brett Jenkins. Vail would find himself starting mid-pack as the invert was a whopping 14 cars.

Despite the big field, the start was clean as Rex Struble led the opening circuit before giving way to Adam Briggs who was out front when the first caution flew on lap six for a tangle between Brett Jenkins and Mark Peterson.
Vail was said to have caused the incident by getting into Jenkins and he went to the tail of the restart line-up.

Struble got back by Briggs on the restart with Joe Winchell and Craig Cuzzone moving up to second and third on lap 12. Lap 19 saw Williamson and Colton Bramlett get together going down the front stretch with Bramlett going hard into the wall. Bramlett’s car was towed from the track – not a good way for the night to end for the young man who celebrated his 16th birthday the day before. Williamson pitted but returned after repairing the damage to his car.

The veteran Winchell turned up the wick after the restart and snared to lead from Struble while Cuzzone slipped into second on lap 26. One lap later, Briggs spun to bring out the yellow and he took his mount pit side.
Meanwhile, Vail had moved into the top ten with Williamson also charging back into 11th.

The restart was aborted when Brett Jenkins and Rick Reed got together on the front stretch, however both kept going with minor damage. The next attempt saw Williamson spin in turn three as something broke on his machine. He pitted but did not return. Try number three saw a massive mess take place off turn four. When the dust settled, the cars of Brandon Morris, Vail, McLeod, Steven O’Steen and Shawn Jenkins all had damage. All but Jenkins stayed in the running.

Action resumed but only for a pair of laps before Cuzzone and Struble tangled coming down the front stretch with both spinning wildly into turn one.
Cuzzone was done for the night while Struble continued. On the ensuing restart McLeod moved into second spot bringing Travis Roland with him just before Brandon Martin spun on the front stretch to bring out the caution on lap 31.

McLeod out-gunned Winchell on the restart and grabbed the lead with Roland following him into second. Winchell was now being hounded by Vail for third.
The final yellow flag flew on lap 45 as Brett Jenkins spun in turn three.

The old term “rubbin’ is racin'” held sway on the last restart as there was plenty of contact among the leaders. McLeod held his own while Vail made a banzai charge to second. Winchell and Roland traded paint with Winchell grabbing third at the checker followed by Roland and Morris. Jesse Henley finished off a steady run with a sixth place effort while Brooke Storer, Struble, Mark Peterson and Brett Jenkins completed the top ten.

The Legend Cars were in action for 25 laps with 13 cars in the starting field.
Old pro Mitch Verhaagh zipped into the early lead but action came to a screeching halt on the third lap when the engine exploded in Taylor Hosford’s car going into turn three while she was running third. Despite a massive amount of smoke, Hosford guided her car into the infield while everyone else avoided any major altercations.

On the restart a traffic jam took place in turn four with half of the remaining field involved. Everyone was able to continue. Jim Smith sped to the point on the restart only to see the caution fly yet again for a tangle between Alan Hiefnar and Joey Langis. Then on the restart it was Mike Verhaagh and Blake Boyette tangling in turn one.

From that point it was all green as Smith made quick work of the field. Seth Adams was looking strong in a guest stint driving for Dave Fusco, moving up to second before falling out with mechanical ills late in the going. Kyle Pitts made a late charge but had to settle for second behind Smith who claimed his first career Legend Car feature win here.

Mitch Verhaagh capped a great run with a third place finish ahead of Hiefnar and his brother Mike Verhaagh. Sixth went to Langis while Sam Cornman, Gavin Sexton, Bob Wilson, Boyette, Cale Nolen, Adams and Hosford completed the finishing field.

It was another family affair in the Q Mini Stocks as Chris Narramore, Sr. took the lead from Bruce Cozad on the 17th lap then sped to victory over his son Chris Narramore, Jr. Cozad held on for third ahead of Fred Martin, Tav Gary, Duker Holley, T. J. Tanner and Donald Gatlin.

Douglas Harrin, Jr. dominated the Mini Cup feature for his second win in a row. Brey Holmes brought Bill Rychel’s machine home a distant second over Clay Samuels, Bryton Horner and Doug Higbie. Maria Martins did not start.

OFFICIAL FINISHES – AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY – 3/10/18:

SUPER LATE MODELS (125 Laps):

1) Joe Boyd #5
2) Josh Todd #0
3) Brandon Duchscherer #23
4) Steve Dorer #94
5) Blaise Hetznecker #17
6) Aaron Williamson #67
7) David King #22
8) Brian Dorer #97
9) Stuart Dutton #58D
10) John Coffman #58
11) Chris Fontaine #47
12) Paul White #25
13) Devin McLeod #21
14) Noah Cornman #30
15) Jett Noland #50
16) Jeff Gordon #158
17) Jamie King #24

BRANDON FORD WHEEL MAN SPORTSMAN SERIES (50 Laps)

1) Devin McLeod #5
2) Jason Vail #407
3) Joe Winchell #92
4) Travis Roland #54
5) Brandon Morris #56
6) Jesse Henley #3
7) Brooke Storer #9
8) Rex Struble #69
9) Mark Peterson #73P
10) Brett Jenkins #199
11) Steven O’Steen #41
12) Rick Reed #4
13) Jason Bartram #73
14) Brandon Martin #53
15) Craig Cuzzone #4C
16) Shawn Jenkins #43
17) Aaron Williamson #67
18) Charlie Brown #11
19) Lucas Rodriguez #51
20) Colton Bramlett #22
21) Roger Blevins #129
22) Adam Briggs #14

By |2018-03-13T16:34:57+00:00March 13th, 2018|Auburndale Speedway, Local, Racing News|Comments Off on FANS ENDURE LONG NIGHT TO SEE BOYD AND McLEOD VICTORIOUS IN SLM AND WHEELMAN SPORTSMAN

ANOTHER HARVEST MEAT MARKETS FAMILY NIGHT SET FOR SATURDAY AT AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY – V-8 BOMBERS GO FOR 40 LAPS


For the second time early this racing season Auburndale Speedway and Harvest Meat Markets are holding another “Family Savings Night” this Saturday evening as once again it will be $10 grandstand admission for everyone aged 13 and up.
Thanks again go out to marketing partner Harvest Meat Markets along with owners Ed and Anita Kirkland. Harvest has locations in Auburndale, Lakeland,Kathleen, Lake Alfred and Highland City. As a part of the evening, concession stand specials will once again be available including $1 hot dogs, popcorn and small fountain drinks.
The premier event of the evening will be the “Where’s the Beef” 40 for the V-8 Bombers paying $500 to win. Also in action will be the Street Stocks, Q Mini Stocks, Mini Cup Cars, Outlaw Figure-8s and the all new Four Cylinder Pure Stock class if enough cars are ready for competition.
Pit gates open at 3 pm with practice slated from 4-5:45 pm. Grandstand gates open at 5 pm and qualifying for the V-8 Bombers is slated for 6:15 pm. Racing begins at 7 pm with 8-lap heat races for the Mini Cups, Q Mini Stocks, Four-Cylinder Pure Stocks and Street Stocks. Intermission will feature an autograph/photo op session on the front straight featuring cars and drivers from all divisions that are racing. Feature racing starts out with a pair of 20-lap contests for the Mini Cups and Q Mini Stocks. The new Four-Cylinder Pure Stock class runs their first 15-lap feature next followed by a 25-lapper for the Street Stocks. The evening concludes with the 40-lap “Where’s the Beef” V-8 Bomber Special capped off with a 25 lap run for the Outlaw Figure-8’s.
Once again, thanks to Harvest Meat Markets, adult/senior admission for this fun evening of racing is just $10 with children ages 5-12 only $5 and all kids 4 and under getting in free. The family 4-pack not available for this event but will return on on March 10th. Pit passes are $30 per person and all parking is free.

By |2018-03-08T14:32:46+00:00March 3rd, 2018|Auburndale Speedway, Racing News, Upcoming Events|Comments Off on ANOTHER HARVEST MEAT MARKETS FAMILY NIGHT SET FOR SATURDAY AT AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY – V-8 BOMBERS GO FOR 40 LAPS

McDUFFIE A MONSTER IN PRO TRUCKS AS AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY BEGINS 2018 SEASON

Auburndale Speedway began the 2018 racing season with comfortable weather, a great crowd and plenty of outstanding racing.  When all was said and done, four very familiar faces graced victory lane along with one very pretty new one.

Fifteen Pro Trucks were in attendance with Bartow’s Cody McDuffie turning a lap of 14.437 seconds to earn fast time honors.  Young Derek Pugh of West Palm Beach was second quick at 14.580 followed by the 14.600 lap of Rodney Haddock who towed down from Hillard to compete.  Austin Pickens and Jason Lester rounded out the “fast five” on the night.

McDuffie picked a six for the inversion and that placed sixth-fast qualifier Danny Anderson on the pole for the “Super Bowl 75” flanked by Lester on the outside.  Lester got the jump on the field and led the opening two circuits before William Kerns brought out the caution with a spin in turn two.

Anderson got by Lester for the top spot on the restart as McDuffie started making his move.

McDuffie passed Pickens for third spot on lap nine then zipped by Lester for second two laps later.  Pugh got by Pickens for third on lap 16 as all eyes were now on the battle for the lead as McDuffie was totally dialed in using the outer groove to zoom by Anderson on lap 17 to assume the point.

The next yellow flag appeared on the 29th lap as Colt Cecil got into the lapped truck of Dakota Hunt sending Hunt for a spin in turn two.  Hunt dropped out just before the green flag returned while Cecil returned to action briefly before also calling it a night…

Lester got by Anderson for second on the restart but Anderson returned the favor on lap 44.  The race remained under green until lap 57 when newcomer Carl McCormick (teammate of Haddock) spun in turn four after contact with Nick Haag.  Both were able to continue as McDuffie continued to have a field day at the front of the pack.  The final yellow came out on lap 67 for Mike Kohut’s spin in turn four.

From that point McDuffie simply ran and hid from the rest of the field.

McDuffie, who ended the 2017 season with a big win in the Joey Coulter Charity 212 in December, picked right up where he left off.  “This truck is awesome,” said McDuffie in victory lane.  “I just point it where I want it to go and it does it… it’s such a fantastic feeling to be in a truck this good,” he continued.  McDuffie dedicated his win to his aunt who was celebrating her birthday at the track.

Anderson came home the runner-up and said he had a blast, especially the side by side racing he did with Lester who took the checker in third to complete the podium.  Derek Pugh capped a great night with a fourth place effort making a late-race pass of Austin Picken who rounded out the top five.

Sixth went to Devin Kyle who had a smooth, steady run all night.  Completing the top ten were Mike Kohut, Carl McCormick, Nick Haag, Rodney Haddock and Todd Haag.  The remaining finishers were Brey Holmes, William Kerns, Colt Cecil and Dakota Hunt.

After the race, the top three finishers were brought to tech inspector Rick Brooks’ “Room of Doom.”  Items checked were rear ends, axle, drive shafts, flywheel, transmission and crank weight.  All three passed and results were made official.

Seth Adams got his season off to a great start by leading all the way to capture the 25-lap Legend Car feature.  Adams won his heat and earned the pole for the nightcap and had a relatively easy go of it as the race was slowed just twice.  The first caution was displayed on lap five as Tim Hunt and Sam Cornman tangled coming down the front stretch.  Hunt’s car was towed from the track as something had broken in the rear end of his machine.  Cornman continued but spun again by himself in turn two on lap eight for the second and final yellow flag.  He later fell out of the event.

Adams cruised to victory over his teammate Kyle Pitts and first heat winner Jim Smith.  Mike Verhaagh claimed fourth while Taylor Hosford was fifth.

Rounding out the finishers were Mitch Verhaagh, Alan Hiefnar, Blake Boyette, Christian Baker, Dave Fusco, Cale Nolen, Cornman and Hunt.

2017 Q Mini Stock champion Chris Narramore, Sr. won his heat race, started from the front row of the 20-lap headliner and won the all-green race by a straightaway over second place Donald Gatlin.  Narramore’s son, Chris Narramore, Jr. brought his new ride home in third ahead of John Cummins, Jr. and Bruce Cozad.  Sixth went to Fred Martin ahead of first heat winner T. J. Tanner, David Walls, Dalton Herman and David Myers, Sr.

Another 2017 track champion, James Wright III, also led every lap in claiming the 25-lap V-8 Bomber feature over Danny Burchfield, Brandon Duchscherer, Aaron Holmes, Jeff McCaw, Wesley Rounds and Ken Larsh.  Wright also won the heat.

After winning the heat race, 14-year-old Maria Martins led all the way to claim a very popular victory in the Mini Cup 15-lap feature.  It was her first-ever feature win in the class and she had to hold off a hard-charging Douglas Herrin, Jr. to do it.  Russell Bush took third trailed by Clay Samuels, newcomer Bryton Horner and Kameren Wozunk.

Andy Travis held off Justin Ryan to take home the win in a 10-lap match race for the Scrambler cars.

 

RESULTS – PRO TRUCK SUPER BOWL 75 – 1/27/18

1) Cody McDuffie, Bartow #25

2) Danny Anderson, Bradenton #50

3) Jason Lester, Palmetto #7

4) Derek Pugh, West Palm Beach #3

5) Austin Picken, Windermere #34

6) Devin Kyle, Pinellas Park #2

7) Mike Kohut, Lehigh Acres #11K

8) Carl McCormick, Jacksonville #131

9) Nick Haag, Windermere #53

10) Rodney Haddock, Hilliard #31

11) Todd Haag, Windermere #54

12) Brey Holmes, Lakeland #57

13) William Kerns, Auburndale #69

14) Colt Cecil, Lakeland #19

15) Dakota Hunt, Lakeland #99

By |2018-01-29T17:47:47+00:00January 29th, 2018|Auburndale Speedway, Local, Racing News|Comments Off on McDUFFIE A MONSTER IN PRO TRUCKS AS AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY BEGINS 2018 SEASON

AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY KICKS OFF 2018 SEASON WITH 75 LAPS OF PRO TRUCK RACING SATURDAY NIGHT

Auburndale Speedway Gets the 2018 racing season under way in a big way this Saturday night with the Super Bowl 75 for the Pro Trucks headlining the racing card. Also in action will be the Legend Cars, V-8 Bombers, Q Mini Stocks, Mini Cup cars and the Scramblers.

Among the Pro Truck drivers expected are Rodney and Blake Haddock from Hilliard who will be making their first start here in some time, Derek Pugh of Crystal River, Palmetto’s Jason Lester, Auburndale drivers William Kerns and Colt Cecil, Tyler Davis and Cody McDuffie of Lakeland, Pinellas Park’s Devin Kyle, Mike Kohut of Lehigh Acres and several more.

This 75-lap event pays a cool $1300 to win plus a $75 bonus for the fast qualifier. The event is the first of 11 total for the Pro Trucks in 2018.
All others will be 50 laps in length with the exception of September 22nd when the Pro Trucks will run twin 25-lap races.

Pit gates open at 3 pm with practice slated from 4-5:30 pm. Grandstand gates open at 5 pm and qualifying for the Pro Trucks is slated for 6:15 pm. Racing begins at 7 pm with 8-lap heat races for the Mini Cups, Q Mini Stocks, Scramblers, Legend Cars and V-8 Bombers. Following intermission it’s time to go feature racing starting out with three 20-lap contests for the Mini Cups, Q Mini Stocks and Scramblers. The Legend Cars then go for 25 laps with the V-8 Bombers up next, also for 25 laps. The evening concludes with the Super Bowl
75 for the Pro Trucks.

Adult admission for this great evening of action is just $15 with seniors 55+ $13. Children ages 5-12 are only $5 and all kids 4 and under get in free.
The family 4-pack is just $32 for two adult and two children’s admissions (a $40 value). Pit passes are $30 per person and all parking is free.
Auburndale Speedway no longer accepts credit cards due to the excessive charges being levied on the track by the credit card companies, however there is now an ATM on site for race fans to use.

NOTES:

Weather is expected to be nice for the season opener with a high temperature of 76 degrees and race time temperatures in the mid-upper 60s. There is a slight chance of precipitation very late Saturday night but the wet stuff should hold off until Sunday in advance of a cold front.

The Daytona Antique Auto Racing Association will once again hold their annual Winternationals at Auburndale Speedway. Dates will be February 22-24 and over
100 classic Stock Cars, Modifieds, Speedsters, Sprint Cars and Midgets are expected to fill the pits.

Auburndale Speedway is starting a new 4-cylinder Pure Stock beginners division to get more people interested in racing at an affordable price. The plan is to have the first race on March 3rd if enough cars are ready. Remember, this is non race-experienced class for beginners ages 12 and up. If you are in need of a car to go racing with, contact the speedway and we will give you a good idea on where to get one.

Race fans should like this… For all Late Model events, if there is a rain-out on Saturday, the races will be run the next day on Sunday with racing starting at 2 pm.

Several marketing partners have re-upped with Auburndale Speedway and will be sponsoring various race night throughout the year. They include Q Auto and Injury Attorneys (who once again will be sponsoring the Mini Stock class), Harvest Meat Markets, DARN apparel (who will be once again helping local FFA school organizations) and 97.5 WPCV Country Radio.

The Lights, Camera, Traction! (LCT) Mini Cup Championship Series at Auburndale Speedway will once again be presented by Gordon Motorsports as a driver development class. This class is committed to helping young drivers develop a solid foundation for their racing careers and there are some changes to how things are being done in 2018.
The Series allows anyone under 22 years of age to compete as a LCT Champ driver. Drivers over 22 can apply to run as a LCT Mentor driver. The sole role of LCT Mentor drivers is to assist in the development of young drivers.
Mentor drivers are required to demonstrate exemplary leadership and sportsmanship qualities, both on and off track.
Although the entire field will be running for the purse, one major change this year is that victory lane will be reserved for the top three kids giving them a chance to be interviewed and work on their media skills all while having their moment in the spotlight.
Currently the class has two Mentor Drivers: Bill Rychel #71 and several time track champion Russell Bush, driver of the #8 car. Gordon Motorsports will also be providing a new Mini Cup to Doug Herrin, Douglas Herrin, Jr.’s father, as our first official GMS/LCT father/son team and and Doug, Sr. will be joining his son in the field soon.
Gordon Motorsports is also looking for kids that would like to get involved with the production side of LCT. Whether in front of the camera as a pit reporter or behind the camera as a photographer or videographer, anyone interested can learn more by visiting LightsCameraTraction.org, or by calling 1-800-210-2995. You do not have to be a driver in the class to take part.

By |2018-01-24T16:59:56+00:00January 24th, 2018|Auburndale Speedway, Racing News, Upcoming Events|Comments Off on AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY KICKS OFF 2018 SEASON WITH 75 LAPS OF PRO TRUCK RACING SATURDAY NIGHT

SSCS MODIFIED AND STREET STOCK WINS TAKEN BY SKAGGS AND GIBSON AT AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY

Finally Auburndale Speedway got the chance to run a full program under near-perfect weather conditions including a full moon. A large crowd was treated to some great racing that featured the Sunshine State Challenge Series Open Wheel Modifieds and Street Stocks.

It was DARN Apparel Future Farmers of America night and the local high school chapters raised a total of $663 in admission sales for the night that went directly back to them for funding of their programs. Auburndale High brought in the most members to the track Saturday night.

L. B. Skaggs of North Fort Myers topped the SSCS Modified field in qualifying with a lap of 13.847 seconds. The “Rocketman,” Wayne Jefferson of Pinellas Park was second fastest in his Dick & Mary Anderson-owned machine with a lap of 13.904.

Luck of the draw placed to top two qualifiers on the front row for the start and Skaggs led the opening pair of laps before he and Jefferson tangled in turn two sending both to the rear for the restart. Johnny Allen took over at that point and held sway as both Jefferson and Skaggs again worked their way forward getting past Eric Rudd for second and third on lap eight.

Caution flew on the tenth lap for a spin by Jordan Harris. Harris was making his first start in a car that was built by his grandfather Danny Harris. The elder Harris owned cars that raced here for years but he has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Despite that, Harris was in attendance to watch his grandson compete for the first time.

Following the restart Jefferson moved in to challenge Allen but the two touched allowing Skaggs to slip into second. Skaggs would grab the top spot a lap later while Jefferson eventually drove by Allen for second on the 18th circuit. Harris spun a second time to bring out the yellow on lap 21 as Rudd took his machine to the pits but returned before the restart.

Lap 29 saw Harris spin a third time as track officials stopped leader Skaggs to check for a fluid leak. None was found and the SSCS Modified point leader returned to the point. Using the “Auburndale restart” to his advantage, Matt McCrary was able to sneak into second after the green flew again. McCrary stayed in second for a couple of laps before Jefferson came storming past to regain the spot. Rudd dropped from competition on lap 39.

With four laps left, McCrary spun in turn four to allow the field one final shot at Skaggs. Skaggs easily drove away to victory, though, topping Jefferson and Allen, who was back behind the wheel after a few years of inactivity. In victory lane, Skaggs was quick to thank Jefferson’s car owner Dick Anderson for helping him. “We were just a mid-pack car until Dickie
(Anderson) taught me how to get a car to turn in the center of the corner. I owe this win to him for all of his help and my crew who really make this thing go… it’s an absolute pleasure to drive,” said Skaggs.

Jefferson, making his first start here since 2010 said his car was “just a little off here and there” but said the team would get to work and correct those problems. For Allen, in his words… “I’m just happy to be here racing again and having the chance to drive a really great race car.” McCrary came back to take fourth spot ahead of Rudd, Gayle Haines and Harris.

The SSCS Street Stocks saw Venice driver Kenny Gibson tops in qualifying with a lap of 14.965 seconds. Point leader Ander Jackson was second quick at 15.044. The top two qualifiers again started up front and raced hard early on with Gibson leading the open lap while Jackson inched in front to lead lap two. Gibson, however, got the edge by lap three.

Walt Kirk spun during the fifth lap to bring out the first caution while the yellow flew again two laps later as Ross Francisco and Dora Thorne tangled in turn two. For this restart, Steven O’Steen used the restart rule to move his way into second where he held tough as Gibson began to put some distance on the field. Jackson finally passed O’Steen on the outside during lap 22 to take second but he was well behind the leader.

That all changed when Kirk spun in turn one on lap 31. Jackson moved up to challenge and dove under Gibson to get the preferred inside groove. But Gibson held tight on the outside and never lost the lead as Jackson eventually lost traction and began slipping back. Gibson went on to score an easy win ahead of O’Steen and Francisco who had a heated war for the second position that led to some harsh words after the race although “calm” prevailed fairly quickly.

Jackson slipped back to fourth at the finish and might have turned over the point lead to Gibson in the process. Doing double-duty on the night, Matt McCrary was fifth followed by Thorne and Kirk.

Keith Roggen, who has been concentrating on his new Super Late Model, dusted off his AMF Chassis Modified Mini Stock and went on to win the class’ 25-lap feature event by passing Chris Zimmerman late in the going after Zimmerman had led 22 laps. 2017 Mod Mini track champ Chris Spring was third followed by Austin Craig, Scott Bumgardner and Rachelle Rudolph. David Myers, Sr. was unable to start.

2017 point champion James Wright III led all the way to score what turned out to be a very competitive V-8 Bomber feature, at least the race for second place. Danny Burchfield won that battle as he outlasted third and fourth place finishers Bubba Healey and Jody Gill. Aaron Holmes was fifth followed by Ronnie Abney, Ricky Norman, Gordon Weaver and Nicole Green. Wright also won the heat.

It was yet another feature win for 2017 Q Mini Stock champion Chris Narramore, Sr. who grabbed the lead from Bruce Cozad on the eighth lap before cruising to victory. Cozad won out in a late fender-banging battle with John Cummins, Jr.
to claim the runner-up spot. Fourth went to Donald Gatlin ahead of Matt Cummins and Fred Martin. Cozad won the heat.

Brey Holmes picked up a ride in the Higbie #48 for the night and ended up topping both the heat and feature for the Mini Cup cars. 2017 point champion Russell Bush trailed in second by a good margin while Douglas Herrin, Jr.
rounded out the podium in third. Kameren Wozunk was fourth trailed by Maria Martins, Bill Rychel and Easton Bush. Clay Samuels was unable to start the feature after a hard crash in the heat.

Kyle Pitts took over the lead from Jim Smith on lap four and went on to claim his third Legend Car feature victory of the year. Gavin Sexton also got by Smith for second but trailed Pitts at the end by a big margin. Following third place Smith were Joey Langis, Blake Boyette, Dave Fusco, Cale Nolen and Travis Guard. Pitts also was the heat race winner.

Dustin Wilson capped off his 2017 championship season with his 11th Scrambler feature win of the year. Keith Cantrill and William Kerns trailed Wilson to the checker. Wilson also won the heat race.

By |2017-11-07T19:37:48+00:00November 7th, 2017|Auburndale Speedway, Local, Racing News|Comments Off on SSCS MODIFIED AND STREET STOCK WINS TAKEN BY SKAGGS AND GIBSON AT AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY

SSCS SUPER LATE MODELS GO FOR 100 LAPS AT AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY SATURDAY – TRICK OR TREATING TOO!

It will be loads of fun for the family Saturday night at Auburndale Speedway as Coca-Cola presents the Halloween Spooktackular featuring the Sunshine State Challenge Series (SSCS) Super Late Model Coke 100 along with racing for the Legend Cars, V-8 Bombers, Q Mini Stocks, Scramblers and Mini Cup cars. There will be lots of neat Coca-Cola items and souvenirs given away during the evening.

The Fellows Racing Kids Club for ages 5-12 will get under way at 5 pm with a bounce house and lots of other fun until 6:30 pm. Then later there will be trick or treating for the kids during intermission with the drivers on the track along with loads of candy and goodies.

Bradenton’s Jesse Dutilly has now opened up a 36 point advantage over Naples driver Michael Atwell in the SSCS Super Late Model standings. Atwell is 17 points ahead of third place Nick Neri of Palmetto with Oviedo’s Anthony Sergi just two markers in back of Neri. Dylan Bigley of Naples is fifth in the standings and all five are expected to compete Saturday night along with a host of others including George Gorham, Jr., Matt McCrary, David Green, Joe Boyd, Billy Bigley, Jr., Michael Goddard and many more.

Pit gates open Saturday afternoon at 12 noon with the SSCS Super Late Models getting a one-hour practice session from 1-2 pm. Practice for all other classes will begin at 3 pm and continue until 4:30 pm. Grandstand gates open officially at 5 pm (you can come earlier and watch practice) and there will be a final Super Late Model practice and “scuff” session from 5-5:30 pm.

The Legend Cars and V-8 Bombers will qualify for their feature races at 6 pm and racing begins at 7 pm with a features-only format. Leading things off will be a 25-lap race for the Mini Cup cars which will be followed by qualifying for the SSCS Super Late Models. Then it will be time for the Q Mini Stocks to go 25 laps before intermission.

Trick or Treating with the drivers will take place on the front stretch during intermission. Once all the kids’ bags are stuffed full of goodies, racing resumes with the Coca-Cola Spooktacular 100 for the SSCS Super Late Models. After that race concludes the Legend Cars go for 25 laps followed by 25 laps for the Scramblers. The V-8 Bombers wrap up the evening with a 30-lap feature race.

Adult admission for the evening of action and Halloween fun is just $15 with seniors 55+ $13. Children ages 5-12 are only $5 and all kids 4 and under get in free. The family 4-pack is just $32 for two adult and two children’s admissions (a $40 value). Pit passes are $30 per person and all parking is free.

By |2017-10-26T01:53:13+00:00October 26th, 2017|Auburndale Speedway, Racing News, Upcoming Events|Comments Off on SSCS SUPER LATE MODELS GO FOR 100 LAPS AT AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY SATURDAY – TRICK OR TREATING TOO!

SPRING AND GORHAM BIG WINNERS SATURDAY NIGHT AT AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY

Auburnale Speedway celebrated its 75th Anniversary Saturday evening in front of an enthusiastic crowd, so enthusiastic that the track ran out of hot dogs (priced at 75 cents for the night) before the races actually got under way!

The big event of the night was the 50-lap contest for the Sunshine State Challenge Series (SSCS) Modified Mini Stocks and it was point leader Chris Spring of Auburndale setting quick time at 15.357 seconds. Lakeland’s Chuck Frazier was second fastest at 15.422 followed by the 15.646 lap of Tampa’s Ken Nurse, Jr. Jeff Firestine and Mike Kerrivan were fourth and fifth quick.

Things got off to a rocky start, though, as the plug came out of the oil cooler of Brandon Yates’ car coating the upper groove of the track with oil yet going unnoticed by the drivers and officials. As the field took the green and headed into turn one, the cars in the outer groove all went for wild rides. Kerrivan got the worst of it taking a hard shot into the concrete with the right rear of his machine. Jimmy Frazier also nosed into the wall but continued after a brief check of his racer.

At this point, it was going to be a lengthy clean-up, so the field was sent back pit side and the intermission was moved up to take place while the track surface was made race-ready. In order to allow drivers involved to make repairs, the Mod Mini race was moved to the end of the night’s race schedule.

Eventually the cars got back on track and it was Nurse who took the early lead only to see Spring zip by him for the top spot on the third lap. Frazier followed suit one lap later as he moved into second ahead of Nurse and Firestine. They continued to run in order until the only caution flag of the event was thrown for a slowing Yates on lap 19. Yates’ car was pushed back to the pits where he joined Jimmy Frazier who had fallen out earlier.

On the restart, Nurse suddenly pulled into the infield while running third and called it a night. From there it was all green flag racing as Spring led the remaining laps easily to score the victory and add to his point lead. Frazier was a comfy second, well ahead of third place Firestine who ran the second half of the contest with no brakes. Fourth went to Kerrivan after his crew did a fantastic job of repairing his car after his earlier fling with the wall. Scott Bumgardner took the checker in fifth and was trailed by Rachelle Rudolph, David Myers, Sr., Nurse, Yates and J. Frazier.

The other big race of the night was the 50-lap run for the V-8 Bombers presented by Allgate Solutions. Making his first start of the season here, Nick Malverty of Spring Hill drove the Mike Hubbard Special to fast time with a lap of 16.492 seconds just a tick of the watch faster than the 16.531 lap turned in by Ferndale’s Kyle Peters. SSCS V-8 Bomber point leader George Gorham, Jr. of Winter Haven opted to leave his own car home since this was not an SSCS point race but got the opportunity to drive Bubba Healey’s new Camaro and he set third quick time at 16.567 just ahead of Danny Burchfield and Auburndale Speedway V-8 Bomber point leader James Wright III.

Burchfield snared the early lead and was looking strong while Wright, who was not very happy with his qualifying effort, trailed closely eventually slipping by Burchfield on the 12th lap. The race went all the way to lap 28 without a caution before Brey Holmes looped his machine in turn two. Three laps after the restart, Gorham and Peters snuck under Burchfield to take over the second and third spots.

On lap 33, Wright suddenly slowed and pulled out of the event as he lost second gear in the transmission. Gorham took over the lead just before the second, and final, caution of the race came out for a turn two tangle between Healey (in his back-up Chevelle) and Adam Briggs. Both were able to continue.

Despite fading brakes, Gorham was able to hold Peters at bay to score the win. “He (Peters) had a chance to just knock me out of the way and he probably should have,” said Gorham. “But he doesn’t drive like that… he races you clean and I can appreciate that,” Gorham continued.

Burchfield came home with a solid third place effort while Jody Gill had the drive of the night. Gill missed practice and qualifying, started last on the grid and drove his way to a nice fourth place finish, just ahead of Makverty who never seemed to get fully on track during the race. Sixth went to Holmes trailed by Briggs, Healey, Ronnie Abney, Wright, Jeff McCaw, Ricky Norman and Brandon Duchscherer.

Chris Narramore, Sr. led all the way to win the Q Mini Stock feature and add to his already insurmountable point lead. Narramore dedicated his victory to his uncle, Roger Guy, who passed away earlier in the week. John Cummins, Jr. had yet another runner-up finish trailed by Bruce Cozad, Matt Cummins and Fred Martin. Donald Gatlin, who was a strong second to Narramore in the heat, did not start the feature after a problem was detected with his carburetor.

Dustin Wilson grabbed the lead from Keith Cantrill on lap eight then went on to score his 10th Scrambler win of the season. Cantrill stayed close but had to settle for second ahead of William Kerns, Chris Falkner and Gene Connell III. Wilson also won the heat race.

The Mini Cup feature had its share of yellow flags but when all was said and done, 13-year-old Douglas Herrin, Jr. had scored his first career feature win after coming close so many times before. Heat winner Russell Bush had to settle for second on this night while Maria Martins impressed everyone by driving hard to third place in her first-ever feature race of any kind.
Easton Bush, also in his first-ever race, was fourth with Clay Samuels fifth.

By |2017-10-25T17:11:45+00:00October 25th, 2017|Auburndale Speedway, Local, Racing News|Comments Off on SPRING AND GORHAM BIG WINNERS SATURDAY NIGHT AT AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY

SSCS MOD MINIS AND THE V-8 BOMBERS GO FOR 50 LAPS SATURDAY NIGHT AT AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY’s 75th ANNIVERSARY

After a night filled with great racing last week and NO RAIN, Auburndale Speedway returns to action this Saturday night in a big way. It will be the 75th Anniversary night for the storied facility as well as Fan Appreciation Night as general admission for everyone 13 years of age and up will be just $10.

There will be 75th Anniversary concession specials including 75 cent hot dogs, popcorn and small fountain drinks along with free samples of Monster Energy drinks for the ladies. There will also be a WPCV 97.5 radio live remote with Roger and Julie from the Breakfast Club.

Racing will feature the Allgate Solutions V-8 Bomber 50 and the Sunshine State Challenge Series (SSCS) Modified Mini Stock 50-lap points race. Also competing will be the Q Mini Stocks, Mini Cups and the Scrambler cars.

V-8 Bomber point leader James Wright III of Auburndale just about has things wrapped up for the season as he leads Danny Burchfield by 100 points headed into the evening and he’ll be looking to take home the $1,000 first place prize.

The SSCS Modfied Mini Stock point battle is a close one with Auburndale’s Chris Spring leading by just three points over Jeff Firestine of Venice.
Tampa’s Ken Nurse, Jr. is in third place, 31 markers behind Firestine while Mike Kerrivan of Myakka is just ten points behind Nurse in fourth.

Pit gates open Saturday afternoon at 3:30 pm with practice getting under way at 4 pm through 5:30 pm. Grandstand gates open at 5 pm with qualifying for the
V-8 Bombers as SSCS Mod Minis at 6:15 pm. Racing gets under way at 7 pm with eight lap heat races for the Mini Cups, Q Mini Stocks and Scramblers.

The Mini Cups will be first up for feature race action followed by the Q Mini Stocks and then the 50-lap contest for the SSCS Mod Minis.

After intermission the Scramblers will take to the track for their feature race before the V-8 Bombers round out the evening of competition with their special 50-lap event.

Again, to celebrate Auburndale Speedway’s 75th Anniversary, adult admission for the evening of action is just $10 for everyone age 13 and up. Children ages 5-12 are only $5 and all kids 4 and under get in free. Pit passes are $30 per person and all parking is free.

By |2017-10-19T13:23:03+00:00October 19th, 2017|Auburndale Speedway, Racing News, Upcoming Events|Comments Off on SSCS MOD MINIS AND THE V-8 BOMBERS GO FOR 50 LAPS SATURDAY NIGHT AT AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY’s 75th ANNIVERSARY