Sandi DeCaire Classic 41 set for August 27th at Citrus County Speedway with $2,500 to the winner
Sandi DeCaire Classic 41 set for August 27th at Citrus County Speedway with $2,500 to the winner
Florida Racing mourns loss of racing Legend M5 Michael Dean McCrary Sr.
Story from Family and Friends:
Michael Dean McCrary, Sr. “M5” entered into eternal rest on July 5, 2022, surrounded by his loved ones. Over the past six months, he battled AND defeated cancer, only for his heart to give up on him. Of course, his heart had nothing left to give as he was always selflessly sharing it with others.
Michael was born January 8, 1949, in Lima, Ohio, where he was also raised. After high school, he moved to Miami, Florida, where he lived over the next 14 years. He was an avid racer, opening “Mike’s Place”, a tavern, where competitors and fans alike would gather for friendship and to recap the evening’s racing festivities. During his racing career, Mike earned countless wins and titles at local tracks across the United States, both as a driver and car owner. In addition to his impressive resume behind the wheel, Mike was also a successful team owner, who was often referred to as the “Rick Hendrick of the South” because so many notable racers drove his cars. He was the first Ed Howe racecar distributor and McCreary racing tires dealer in South Florida and the 1976 Marion Edwards Memorial Champion. Combining his entrepreneurial spirit and his passion for racing, Michael also became the official fuel and apparel vendor for the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series in its infancy. His love for racing makes perfect sense, it combined his favorite things; the feeling of family, camaraderie, togetherness, and the mischievous spirit of competition.
After moving to Central Florida in 1981, he married his wife, Marilyn, and they began a wrecker service that is still in operation today. Together they also built a subdivision in Davenport. He was a Certified Flight Instructor, Boat Captain, and multi-term President of the Auburndale Rotary Club.
Michael held many titles, but “Dad” was among his favorites and has always considered his family to be his greatest accomplishment. Not only did he raise his own children, Michael Dean II, Michael James, Michelle, Jake, Misty, Melissa, and Matthew, but he was also a fatherly figure to many that others had given up on. He shared his knowledge, compassion, and love with them all as if they were his own. His loyalty was second to none and if Mike was your friend, you had a friend for life. You also had someone to push you, stand up for you, surprise you with your favorite things, and purposely push your buttons at the same time. Everyone that knew him was better because of it. May his death be a reminder to us all to always tell people how much you love them and that your family is of the utmost importance.
Left to cherish his memory; wife, Marilyn, sister; Toni (Sheryl) Cattell, children; Michael James (liham) McCrary, Michelle (Mario) Gosselin, Jacob (April) Simmons, Misty (Dexter) Bean, Melissa (George Jr.) Gorham, Matthew (Courtney) McCrary, and grandchildren; Mya McCrary, Megan and Madison Gosselin, Addyson Simmons, Marley and Moxley Bean, Bailey, Kailey, Logan, George III, and Macon Gorham, Isla and Huxson McCrary, many nieces and nephews, former wife; Maria Lloyd, who considers Michael as her “longest term best friend.”
He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Dean McCrary II, his father, Kenneth Emerson McCrary, and his mother, Patricia Ann (Roberts) McCrary.
A funeral will be held on Thursday, July 14, 2022, at the Auburndale Community Church, 601 Stadium Road, Auburndale, FL. Visitation begins at 2:00, followed by a service at 3:30.
Arrangements By: Kersey Funeral Home
Night of Mayhem Invades 4-17 Southern Speedway this weekend Enduro, Demo Derby and Twin 50 Ford 4.6’s
Jason Kimball Celebration of Life and Fundraiser Set for January 8th at Bushnell Motorsports park
January 8th, at BMP, first karts on track at 10am. Celebration of Life begins immediately after karts at 1pm. This is a CASH ONLY event. Please look in the discussion to see some of the items for raffle. If you would like to donate to the raffle, please get with Justin Holt. This entire day is too have fun remembering Jason and raise money for his wife Cynthia
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“I am really looking forward to driving for BJ in 2022,” Williams said in a release. “He is a racer just like me and that makes this a dangerous combination. Seeing what BJ and (wife/team co-owner) Jessica (McLeod) have built over the years is a huge accomplishment.
“From watching BJ race super late models when I was eight years old to driving for him in NASCAR is a cool story that a lot of people don’t know. Just two guys from Florida making a name at the highest level of motorsports.”
In Wednesday’s release, Williams admitted “there were a lot of tears in Phoenix, that’s for sure” as he and DGM completed their run together. But now, he’ll turn his attention to helping BJ McLeod Motorsports rise up the pecking order.
“Josh brings so much knowledge with him into any program,” BJ McLeod said. “The fact he is more than just a racer and can contribute great feedback and help our programs.
“Collectively, we can take the next step upward from a competition standpoint. Having Josh’s veteran leadership in the shop will step up the whole program, and Jessica and I are glad he has chosen here to call home for the next chapter.
Get to know your drivers with Scotty Kay Jr.
When did you get started in racing and what got you interested in racing? 2008 21 years old, I grew up watching my dad and godfather at thundercross
Tell us about your racing history and accomplishments? At Hendry County I’ve won a purestock track championship in 2010 and a street stock track championship in 2020.. I’m blessed to have won a ton of big races on my Limited schedule… I have 61 feature wins to date.
What is your greatest racing accomplishment? Winning the One more for turbo memorial, 2x Dennis North memorial, Ron Heard Memorial, 2x Turkey trot street stock winner..
Who is or was your racing idol? Jeff Choquette
What is your favorite track and what is your dream track to race? Volusia, Whynot.. I’d like to race at Needmore one day for some reason..
What is your favorite past time other than racing? Well I just got into the SidexSide thing..
What is your favorite Sports team? N/A
What is your favorite racing related movie and non-racing related movie? Days of Thunder… I like a lot of Denzel Washington movies..
What is your favorite Street car and why? 80s Style Square Body Chevy truck.. I’m gonna have me one..
Who is your race car crew members? Dennis Walker, Mike Loch, David Albertson, The Barlows, My wife, and my kids
Who are your Sponsors? Coastline Diesel, Wilson Race Cars, LoveStuffOnline, Allen Plumbing, Dunn-Rite Construction, DP Racing, FatBoyz Motorsports, Esposito Transport, David Smith Fuel Systems, TSM Enhanced, Corey @ Racecar.
Who is your biggest rival on the track? David Showers Sr, Tim Gay
If you had unlimited funds and could start a Nascar team besides yourself who is a fellow racer you would take to be your teammate? Tommy Hill
Whats Racing this weekend around the State of Florida Brought to you by LeMaster’s Insurance Agency
Citrus County Speedway:
July 10th, 2021
Wheelman Series Sportsmans 50 Laps
Crockett’s Towing Ford Outlaws 25 Laps
Legend Cars 25 Laps
Signsfast Pure Stocks 25 Laps
Mod Mini 25 Laps
O’reilly Auto Parts Mini Stocks 25 Laps
New Smyrna Speedway:
Pro Late Model 50, Sportsman 25, NSS Truck 25, LKQ Super Stock 25, Bomber A 20
Five Flags Speedway:
Winged Sprint Cars, MoM, PS
Winged Sprints, modifieds of mayhem and pure stocks
Putnam County Raceway:
* Special Event **
State of Florida Racing Results for 6/19/2021 Brought to you by RaceDay Saftey
Only two tracks that I am aware of beat Mother Nature this weekend and here are your results:
4-17 Southern Speedway and Events:
A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 81-Jim Snyder; 2. 16-Brian Gayton; 3. 27T-Scott Tyler; 4. 21-Todd Latour; 5. 2-Daniel Beasley; 6. 15-Dustin Higdon; 7. X-Courtney Breadon; 8. K9-Chuck Rush; 9. 29-Tony Bromley; 10. 7-Aaron Foye; 11. 6-Daniel Bromley; 12. 19-Jacob McElyea; 13. 72-Bob Seay; 14. 3-Eddie Evans; 15. 76-Leroy Crawford; 16. (DNS) 14-Brandon Monroe; 17. (DNS) 11-Johnny Denny; 18. (DNS) 25-Dan Webb; 19. (DNS) 27-CJ Creech
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 81-Jim Snyder; 2. 16-Brian Gayton; 3. K9-Chuck Rush; 4. 29-Tony Bromley; 5. 72-Bob Seay; 6. 14-Brandon Monroe; 7. 19-Jacob McElyea; 8. (DNS) 76-Leroy Crawford; 9. (DNS) 25-Dan Webb; 10. (DQ) 27-CJ Creech
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 3-Eddie Evans; 2. 2-Daniel Beasley; 3. 15-Dustin Higdon; 4. 27T-Scott Tyler; 5. 21-Todd Latour; 6. X-Courtney Breadon; 7. 11-Johnny Denny; 8. 7-Aaron Foye; 9. 6-Daniel Bromley
A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 97-Kelly Jarrett; 2. 44-Ron Dallesandro; 3. 72-Bud McIntyre; 4. 19-Thomas Turano; 5. M1-TC McElyea; 6. 55-Scott Fobes; 7. 61-Eddie Freeman; 8. 13-Ron Hess; 9. 88-Colin Smith; 10. 81-Jared Zabele; 11. 34-Caleb Vickers; 12. (DNS) 61X-Christopher Hatton; 13. (DNS) 78-Steven Ray; 14. (DNS) 9-Art Kunzeman
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 97-Kelly Jarrett; 2. 13-Ron Hess; 3. M1-TC McElyea; 4. 61-Eddie Freeman; 5. 44-Ron Dallesandro; 6. 88-Colin Smith; 7. (DNS) 9-Art Kunzeman
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 72-Bud McIntyre; 2. 19-Thomas Turano; 3. 61X-Christopher Hatton; 4. 78-Steven Ray; 5. 0-Scott Cutter; 6. 81-Jared Zabele; 7. 34-Caleb Vickers
A Feature 1 (25 Laps): 1. 48-Justin Spears; 2. 56-Bobby Holley; 3. 67-Greg “scoot” Dame; 4. 99-George Spears; 5. 30-Don Duval; 6. 37-Steven Metts; 7. 17-John Hodge; 8. 77-Warren Schuur; 9. (DNS) 22-Eric Kottwitz
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 56-Bobby Holley; 2. 48-Justin Spears; 3. 99-George Spears; 4. 30-Don Duval; 5. 67-Greg “scoot” Dame; 6. 37-Steven Metts; 7. 77-Warren Schuur; 8. 17-John Hodge; 9. 22-Eric Kottwitz
A Feature 1 (50 Laps): 1. 1W-Wayne Parker; 2. 15-Tim Moore; 3. 33-Shain Held; 4. 8-Greg Bruce; 5. 29-Aaron Overman; 6. 77-Danny Shearer; 7. 4B-Alan Burns; 8. 38-Ricky Moxley; 9. (DQ) 66-Jerry Symons
Qualifying 1: 1. 1W-Wayne Parker; 2. 4B-Alan Burns; 3. 66-Jerry Symons; 4. 38-Ricky Moxley; 5. 15-Tim Moore; 6. 33-Shain Held
A Feature 1 (25 Laps): 1. 7-Travis Devendorf; 2. 22-Colton Bramlett; 3. 54-Scott Bramlett; 4. 25-Timmy Todd; 5. 2-Ron Whaley; 6. 21-Justin Reeves; 7. 29-James Adams; 8. 112-David Werning; 9. 31-JT Tippins; 10. 58-Steve Barnes; 11. 44-Matthew Green; 12. 21X-Mike Dahm; 13. 32-James McCague Jr; 14. 30-Bobby Orr
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 54-Scott Bramlett; 2. 22-Colton Bramlett; 3. 2-Ron Whaley; 4. 58-Steve Barnes; 5. 30-Bobby Orr; 6. 21-Justin Reeves; 7. 31-JT Tippins
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 44-Matthew Green; 2. 7-Travis Devendorf; 3. 25-Timmy Todd; 4. 32-James McCague Jr; 5. 29-James Adams; 6. (DNS) 112-David Werning; 7. (DNS) 21X-Mike Dahm
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Tough Competitors and Friends on and off the track, Bigley, Goddard, and Atwell keep the Naples Racing tradition alive and well.
Everyone knows the deep racing history and heritage that as come from Collier County over the years. You have had Bigley Sr. and Jr., Goddard’s, Turner, Langford, Walsh and Hogan, just to name a few. Well that tradition is still going live and well right now in the Florida Super Late Model ranks as Dylan Bigley, Micheal Goddard, and Michael Atwell compete and win against the best of the best in the state and around the country. These three are tough competitors for each other on the track but they are also there as friends and support on and off the track.
They all took different paths and time frames to get to where they are today in racing but today they keep the racing blood of Naples, FL pumping as these three look to keep up the winning ways of some many before them from their home town. Some may same that Naples is a big town and did these three even know each other as young kids and that would be a yes for all three, but even more so for the two Michael’s as they both attended the same pre-school Creative Corner Preschool.
When you sit down and have a racing conversation or bench race with some of the old timers of Naples about racing as happy as they are to share their own racing stories they will be the first to tell you about the youth movement and how good the kids of today are in this sport. There are a lot of great racing families from the Collier County area and many up an coming stars but a huge shout out to Bigley, Atwell, and Goddard for getting done on and off the track in one of Florida premier racing classes.
We do not know all of there future racing schedules but we know they all three plan to compete for the $15,000 in the Bill Bigley Sr. Memorial at 4-17 Southern Speedway on November 27th, 2021.
Keep making your home town proud boy’s