Ocala, FL, April 22, 2000 – A beautiful day turned into and very nice, cool night. Fans loaded the stands to watch a full slate of racing plus motorcycle stunt man, Sky Lungston.
The Coca Cola Four Cylinder Bombers packed the track. Chauna Johnston (43) sat on the pole after winning her heat race. Michael Jordan (8x) sat on the outside. Johnston jumped well, as did Jordan. Johnston held the point for nine laps with Jordan riding her bumper every inch. Just as lap ten was starting, a lapped car spun through turn four directly in front of Johnston and this was the break Jordan needed. Jordan slipped by Johnston before the yellow, and on the restart he retained the lead. Ric Fort (2) was fighting the good fight and working his way up. A final yellow flag came out, but nothing had happened to re-arrange the leaders. Michael Jordan took the checkered flag. Chauna Johnston finished second and Ric Fort finished third. Neal Durbin took fourth and Carl Thomas finished fifth.
The WTRS Pure Stocks packed a full field. Edward England (00) sat on the pole and Jason Gamble (201) sat on the outside. Gamble got a great start and took the lead. England was right there to keep Gamble on his toes. Dave Dinehart (79) rode in third. The full moon must have been affecting this feature. A yellow flag flew just before lap three. Another flew before the restart lap was completed. Back underway again, Gamble was still in the lead. A third yellow didn’t affect the leaders but after lap nine, things changed. A yellow flag flew for cars spinning and when it was all cleared away, England had taken damage the made him pit the car. Jason Gamble continued on to take the win. John Betts (81) made a big move and took second. Dave Dinehart finished third. Moose Alderman and Richard McGlashan filled out the top five.
The Dave’s Towing Street Stocks saw a field full of cars. Tom Posavec (01) sat on the pole and Bill Stryker (11) sat on the outside. Posavec had a great start, but Mike Wilson (79) jumped very well from the second row and took the lead after one lap. Charles Kopach (53) quickly moved into second position as Posavec slipped back. Only one yellow slowed the action and five laps later, Mike Wilson took the checkered flag. Charles Kopach took second and Glenn Baum earned third. Dave Baxley and Eddie Kilbury filled out the top five.
The Dwarf Cars made an appearance tonight. Dennis Archinal (12) started on the pole and Bob Hoffman (4) sat on the outside. Bill Burback (77) jumped very well from the second row and immediately took the lead. But, within two laps, Burback seemed to lose power and Archinal took the point. Don Hess (28) sat in third a short way back. A yellow after lap five tightened the pack. Archinal held his lead but now that Hess was up close, Burback was hard pressed to keep second. Hess got by and put serious pressure on Archinal. With two laps to go, Hess made the winning move and took the lead. Don Hess took the checkered flag for the win. Dennis Archinal finished a close second. Bill Burback was also close in third. Rick Lundeen and Bob Hoffman filled out the top five.
The Budweiser Modifieds came out ready to rumble. Red Vann (32) sat on the pole and Rob Lefevre (93) sat on the outside. Vann took the lead and used the room to run. This race was for second. Raymond Vann (99) moved up into second after Lefevre spun through turn two for a caution. Scott Millar (14) now sat in third and he was hunting second. One more caution slowed traffic but not for long. Raymond Vann had little hope of catching Red, and had to fight hard to keep Millar at bay. Red Vann took the checkered flag and Raymond Vann held on through the battles to take second. Scott Millar finished a very close third and Johnny Newsome came in fourth. Brent Jordan finished fifth.
The Steven A. Bagen Late Models came to race tonight. Butch Dees (20) sat the pole to start and Roger Damron (76) sat on the outside. Damron took his usual place out front, leaving Dees and Ronald Lentz (96) playing catch-up. A caution after lap two sent Patrick Williams (58), who had gained third, to the rear. Kelly Charles (1) found himself in third. Charles was running well, but on lap fourteen he lost power going down the backstretch and finally rolled to a stop. Roger Damron won the checkered flag for the sixth race in a row! Butch Dees took home second and Patrick Williams, who had worked his way back through the pack, took third. Ronald Lentz and Wolf Bowers filled out the top five.
The Pro Figure Eight Cars raced tonight. Tom Roberts (44) had the pole and Paul Gladin (9) sat on the outside. Very quickly, Charles Kopach (53) gained second not far behind Roberts. Ric Hart (13) was strong in third. On the sixth lap, Kopach’s left rear tire went flat in turn three and a red flag was thrown so that he could leave his car. The car remained on the track and became an obstacle for the drivers. With no more red flags to stop the action, Tom Roberts ran away with the race and took the checkered flag. Ric Hart rolled in second and Paul Gladin claimed third. Doug Webster and Jack Pate filled out the top five.
The Ocala Speedway 2000 season continues with weekly racing. April 29th, will feature a full regular program. In addition, this is the Eve of Destruction. Free hats to the first 500 fans in general admission, an Outlaw Modified Pro Figure 8, a $1000 to win Demo Derby, and the ever popular School Bus Figure 8. Come out every Saturday night during the regular season for the many exciting features. This is high-action racing fun for the whole family.