Ocala, FL, June 19, 1999 – Mother Nature was kind tonight. No rain and cool breezes meant happy fans and some great racing tonight at Ocala Speedway.
The Coca-Cola 4-Cylinder Bombers presented a full field of racers tonight at Ocala Speedway. David Neiswender (69) had the pole and Tom Posavec (01) sat on the outside. The first start went bad when Kara White (18) spun in turn four. Everyone was replaced in the line up and the green flag flew again. Posavec took the lead immediately with Neiswender close behind. Tim Ellis (12) sat in third with White in fourth. A caution flag flew after lap three for a car nearly stopped in turn two. Another yellow flag flew after lap six when Leo Kasper spun in turn four. The rest of the feature was caution free with Posavec leading the pack. Posavec wasn’t able to open up his usual huge lead so Neiswender was always close on his heels. Tom Posavec took the win with Dave Neiswender taking second. Tim Ellis earned third while Kara White took fourth. Brock Oglesby lead the rest taking fifth.
The WTRS Pure Stocks brought out a full field tonight. Richard McGlashan (113) sat on the pole. Paul Fletcher (94) sat on the outside. McGlashan took the lead with Dave Dinehart (79) pushing his tail. Tom Ellis (30) sat in third with Larry Bowden (77) in fourth. The first caution appeared after lap two when Fletcher went for a spin coming into turn two. Most were able to swing wide of him but John Betts (81) was trapped and tapped Fletcher lightly. Betts regained his place on the restart. McGlashan kept his lead until lap six when Bowden, who had quietly moved into second, made a power move. A caution flag came out again when McGlashan took a spin in turn four. Bowden used the track and took a comfortable lead, followed by Dinehart. The rest of the feature was caution free and Larry Bowden claimed his ninth checkered flag of the season. Dave Dinehart earned second with Mark Mitchell taking third. John Cook and John Betts filled out the top five.
The Dave’s Towing Hobby Stocks packed the track at Ocala Speedway tonight. Mike Wilson (79) had pole honors with Shane Nichols (65) on the outside. The first start went bad before the first lap could be completed when David Baxley (64) spun going into turn two. Everyone was resettled and the race was on. Wilson took the lead immediately and leaving Nichols in second. Moose Alderman (55) settled into third with Baxley in fourth. A caution flag came out when two cars spun in turn four but this didn’t affect the leaders. Positions were retained until lap five when Baxley powered by Alderman. A third caution flew again when two cars spun on the backstretch and couldn’t get restarted in time to avoid the pack. Wilson was still looking strong out front and Nichols was giving it all he had trying get by. Lap twelve took a strange turn and Nichols seemed to lose power, allowing Baxley a shot at Wilson. Nichols took his car to the pits. Mike Wilson proved his skill and held off all challengers to take a well-earned win. David Baxley took home second with Moose Alderman coming in third. Mike Davis took home fourth with Glenn Baum bringing in the pack.
The Dwarf Cars made an appearance tonight at Ocala Speedway. They brought a full pack of entries and put on a great feature. Steve Tregear (18) had the pole. Jim Harrison (11) sat on the outside. The green flag flew and Tregear took the lead. Allen Davis (73) moved up into second with Bill Burback (77) very close behind. A caution came out when Don Hess (64) and Dick Lawrence (8), who had been running fourth and fifth, tangled in turn four and both were sent to the rear. Tregear continued to lead while Davis and Burback battled for second position. Burback finally made the move that counted and he worked his way past Davis. Fred Brunson (99) was now in fourth. A second caution flag flew after lap eleven when John Goodwin (22) took a spin in turn four. A third caution flew again before the twelfth lap was completed because of a tangle in turn four involving three cars. The restart was explosive as Davis made a bid for the lead and took it for one lap. Burback took it from Davis though, and Tregear moved back into second. Davis lost power and quickly disappeared from the top five. Bill Burback claimed the checkered flag. Steve Tregear took second with Fred Brunson coming in third. Bob Hoffman and Dennis Archinal filled out the top five.
The Budweiser Modifieds had a full field of racers tonight. Loren Thornton (N8) sat on the pole and Red Vann (32) had the outside. The start was fast and hard as Vann jumped for the lead. Thornton settled into second with Len Owens (04) sitting third. These positions held for several laps. A caution flag flew when two cars spun in turn four, sending Brent Jordan (33) to the rear. With the field bunched back up, Owens seemed to be a threat to Thornton, but he wasn’t able to get past. Vann was dominating though Thornton looked strong. Lap thirteen had another caution flag when Justin Tilton (10) took a spin in turn four and had to be pushed off. Racing was clean from this point on. Vann was still strong with Thornton close behind. Owens made another bid for second position, but he appeared to be losing power and Ed Brown (1) got by him as did Wesley Burton (92). By lap seventeen, Brown had also swept by Thornton. Red Vann was the victor by a comfortable margin, claiming the checkered flag. Ed Brown earned second and Loren Thornton took home third. Wesley Burton and Scott Grossenbacher filled out the top five.
The Steven A. Bagen Super Late Models turned out in strength tonight at Ocala Speedway. Butch Dees (20) had the pole and Roger Damron (96) sat on the outside. Damron leapt hard and took the lead when the green flag flew. Tim Sharrone (32) fell into second with Chuck Burkhalter settling into third. The battles for position were hard-fought but each driver was able to maintain his position until after lap seven when Sharrone met with misfortune and spun into the infield out of turn two. This put Burkhalter on Damron’s bumper for the restart. Burkhalter was able to take the lead from Damron within one lap of the restart. Patrick Williams who had moved into fourth early in the race, found himself in third. Racing was clean though the battles continued and as laps counted down, Harold Rankin made his way into fourth position. The top three leaders had a few lengths on Rankin but with the way clear, he was making up ground. Chuck Burkhalter claimed the checkered flag. Roger Damron pushed hard the whole way and earned second. Patrick Williams took home third and Harold Rankin took fourth. Rich Pratt filled out the top five.
Don’t miss any of the Ocala Speedway racing season. Next week, Saturday June 26th will feature all divisions and the popular Kiddie Rides. Be sure and bring the whole family out for some great fun at Ocala Speedway.
Ocala Speedway, Florida’s Number One Short Track, will be holding the Fourth Annual Powell Memorial 125 for Late Model Sportsman on June 29, 1999. This year’s race will benefit Ted Novinger, the racer who was injured earlier this year at Ocala Speedway.
Last year’s Powell Memorial 125 was won by David Reutimann after a hard fought battle.
A large field is expected and to date, the following drivers have entered the Powell Memorial. James Powell, Mike Franklin, Jimmy Britts, David Reutimann, Johnny Kay, Larry Osteen, Wayne Anderson, Herb Neumann, Harold Rankin, Chuck Burkhalter, Kevin Bryant, John Brenan, DC James Batson, Kelly Charles, Terry Cater, Billy Biggly, David Westrich, John Rankin, and Rich Pratt.
A celebrity race is also on tap. Last year, J H Powell, 79 was the winner of the Pure Stock Celebrity race.
For entry information or if you wish to contribute to the Ted Novinger fund, contact Ocala Speedway at (352) 622-9400 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.