Bad day turns into a great day for Davis at Desoto

By SCOTT LOCKWOOD
Desoto Speedway

Dave Davis had to call in a favor to a fellow racer on Saturday after his car suffered a radiator failure during pre-race practice.

Once Jimmy Frazier brought in a spare radiator, Davis’ car roared back to life and proved to be nearly untouchable. Davis drove from deep in the pack, took the lead early and drove on to his first win in the last several seasons

Davis went from fourth to second and then around early leader Marshall Parr at the completion of the sixth lap. He built…

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Grimm Honors Steele with Victory at Desoto Speedway

(By Scott Lockwood) Desoto Speedway – LJ Grimm grew up watching Dave Steele dominate sprint car racing throughout the state of Florida. On a night where Desoto Speedway returned to action for the first time since the tragic accident that claimed Steele’s life, fans and drivers alike honored their fallen hero during the evening. When the dust settled on the night’s main event – Triple Crown Race no. 1 for the JD Byrider Open Wheel Modifieds, it was Grimm parking it in the winner’s circle with a dedication to the…

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Storer takes Sportsman crown at Desoto Speedway

By SCOTT LOCKWOOD, Desoto Speedway – Brooke Storer and Roger Welch knew heading into Saturday night’s 50-lap Sportsman feature that whoever finished in front of the other would claim the track’s 2016 championship and get a jump on their competiiton for the new season. While no one had an answer for Aaron Williamson, Welch held the early advantage – but it was Storer who walked away with the big trophy at the end of Saturday night’s action at Desoto Speedway. Welch grabbed the lead at the green flag with James…

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Steele Crushes Field in Larry Brazil Memorial

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Bradenton, FL – On a night that the Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series presented by BG Products and TrueFuel honored one of Florida’s late sprint car racing legends, it seemed fitting that another legend would finish the night on top of the podium. Dave Steele, a two-time Little 500 champion who has several championships on his resume, rocketed from the back of the field and crushed the competition on his way to a victory in Saturday night’s Larry Brazil Memorial at Desoto Speedway.
After winning the first heat race of the evening, Steele took the BG Challenge and started…

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Dutilly Paints Another Masterpiece at Desoto

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Scott Lookwood – When the Sunoco Challenge Super Series Late Models last raced at Desoto Speedway earlier this summer, Bradenton’s Jesse Dutilly led the final 89 laps of the 100-lap main event on his way to a victory. He one-upped that feat in Saturday night’s return engagement, rocketing up from his fourth starting spot and leading the final 90 laps on his way to another victory against the largest Late Model field of the season on his home track.
Dutilly and early leader George Gorham were battling for the lead when…

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Gibson, Bass take victories at Desoto Speedway

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SCOTT LOCKWOOD – Kenny Gibson and Sean Bass outlasted the competition – and the sweltering heat – to take victories in the main events on an action-packed night at Desoto Speedway on Saturday.
Gibson and Jeff Firestine, who set the third and fastest times in qualifying respectively, started 10th and 12th in the 21-car field after a 12-car inversion. The pair wasted no time charging to the front of the field and were both in the top five by the time the caution flew for Joe Gerard’s fire on lap seven. After a rash of caution flags and a…

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Campbell’s Earn Desoto Enduro Sweep

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SCOTT LOCKWOOD – Not even a two-month break could slow down Richard Campbell out of Sarasota for most of Saturday night’s action at Desoto Speedway.
 If not for a broken axle, Campbell may have swept all three events in Desoto Speedway’s Enduro-style classes. Duane Campbell made sure that things would remain in the family, capping off a night of mayhem and destruction in Desoto Speedway’s summer Kid’s Night Out.
 The Enduro cars kicked off the night with a 35-lap feature. Richard Campbell, driving a new car for the series, grabbed the lead…

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Demolition Derbys and School bus racing at Desoto June 25th

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Demolition Derby returns this week to Desoto Speedway June 25th and not just one derby but two different derbys. Big car derby will be one you do not want to miss along with a smaller car derby. We also will have the kids Power Wheels derby for ages 4 to 9, it is free to enter you just bring your own Power Wheels.
When you think of school buses, you think of those bright yellow buses hauling your children to school. These buses are a little bit faster and a whole…

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McDuffie Beats Field, Rain in Truck Invitation

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As a field of two dozen of the state’s best pro truck drivers took the green flag for the inaugural Florida Pro Truck Invitational Saturday night at Desoto Speedway, they knew they had to top two things: a stout truck driven by Cody McDuffie and Mother Nature.
The drivers may have bested Nature’s fury by a matter of moments, but they couldn’t stop McDuffie from driving into the winner’s circle in Desoto’s biggest Pro Truck race of the 2016 season that capped off a rare Father’s Day weekend doubleheader.
Brent Huber started on the pole of the scheduled…

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Allman Wins Wild Sunoco Challenge feature at Desoto

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By Scott Lockwood, Desoto Speedway – When Colin Allman spun into the infield just a few laps into Saturday night’s 100-lap Sunoco Challenge Super Series Late Model feature event at Desoto Speedway, he figured his chances of a decent finish went up in smoke.  But when the smoke and carnage ended, it was Allman who was left holding the trophy in victory lane after beating several of the state’s top drivers in his first-ever win in a Super Late Model – part of a night that saw all sorts of madness under a full moon in eastern Manatee…

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