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Schnader tops Modified 50, Bresnahan dismantles Sportsman field and Citrus County Speedway.

 Citrus County Speedway came back to life Saturday night after a 4 week break from the Citrus County Fair. 91 cars and drivers packed the pits for 6 divisions of racing, headlined by the first 50 lap Open Wheel Modified race of 2012. 23 Open Wheel Modifieds took their shot at the time clock with Randy Anderson (86) proving he knew the fastest way around, with a blistering lap of 14.06 seconds. This amazing lap earned him top qualifier honors, and $100 in his pocket. Following behind Anderson were Robbie Cooper (98), James Glover (5), Doug Miller (53), and Jeremy Gerstner (70) in that order.

 After some help from one of the Speedways fans, the tracks giant foam dice turn up a 5, which meant there would be 5 rows inverted for each feature on this night. This now left the quick Anderson, starting in the 5th row, behind some extremely competitive drivers. LJ Grimm (25) would smile now, as the dice roll would put him on the pole position for the start, with Tommy Schnader (19) along side. Grimm would jump out to and early lead, with Schnader settling into the 2nd position. Grimm would set the pace early on in the race, and survive several early race cautions to remain up front. Behind him, Anderson and Cooper would battle hard while charging to the front, with Anderson getting the best of Cooper eventually. Jeremy Gerstner was running solidly in the top 5 challenging the front runners, until he saw his motor let go just past half way, ending his night. Anderson continued his charge to the front, until contact between he and Wayne Morris (198) would bring out the caution with just 10 laps left. Cooper would also be caught up in the incident, ending all three drivers night. Grimm would rocket away on the restart, and leave the others to battle for position to the finish. 2011 points champion Doug Miller (53) had a fast car all night, and patiently waited for his openings to make moves. Miller would finally find a way around a strong running Troy Robinson (0) for 3rd late in the race. A lap 49 caution would set up a one lap shoot out for the win between Grimm, Schnader, and Miller. Grimm again rocketed away on the restart and went on to take the checkered flag followed to the line my Schnader in 2nd, and Miller in 3rd. Grimm would see his great night come to a screeching halt once the cars entered the post race technical inspection however. The top 5 cars all went to the tech area, and Grimm was found to have an illegal transmission in his winning machine. This violation would cause Grimm to be disqualified for the nights event, and hand the win over to Tommy Schnader. The DQ moved Miller to 2nd and Robinson to 3rd.

 21 Sportsman were brought to the green with Andy Nichols (66) and Aaron Williamson (13) on the front row. Nichols would jump out to the early lead with 3rd place starter Lance Dubach (771) settling into the second position. These two drives would put some space between themselves and the rest of the field, who were battling tooth and nail. The cars of  Brandon Morris (56), Williamson (13), Cody Stickler (99), Jay Witfoth (4), Mike Bell (17), Mike Bresnahan (69), and  Ernie Reed (55) were waging war behind the leaders. This was the most aggressive and competitive racing of the entire evening. 14th  place starter Bresnahan was merciless in his charge to the front of the field, passing cars outside and then another inside in the same straight away at times. A few late race cautions would bunch up the field with only 7 laps left in the event. Bresnahan had carved his way to the 3rd position, and now was on the front runners bumpers. Nichols tried to get away on the restart, but Daubach put the pressure on right away in 2nd. Bresnahan saw the top two drivers battling it out, and took to the high side of Daubach for the 2nd position. They would battle side by side for 5 laps. As the top three took the white flag, Nichols was still out front, with Daubach glued to his bumper, and Bresnahan on the outside of both drivers, scored in the second position. As the cars exited turn two, Bresnahan would pull even with Nichols as they entered turn 3 on the final lap. Both drives would hammer the throttle and dash for the checkered flag with Bresnahan powering by Nichols for the victory. Bresnahansí margin of victory was less than 2 feet as the cars crossed the stripe, with Nichols just on the short end. Daubach came home in a very strong 3rd position. Nichols strong 2nd place finish has now moved him to the top of the points standings, 18pts ahead of Chris Harvey (51). Heat race winners were David Williamson (12), Jay Witfoth (4), and Mike Bell (17).

 19 Pure Stocks were brought to the green with Glen Colyer (44) and Chris Ickes (20) on the front row. Their lead was short live as the cars of Mike Autenrieth (32), Larry Welter Sr (85), and Steven Stinedurf (0) would come charging to the front early on. These three drivers would survive a few mid race cautions to battle for the lead. Autenrieth and Welter would battle for the lead, with Welter finally putting his car out front near the halfway mark in the event. Tyler Stickler (9) would work his way from his 13th starting position to battle with Autenrieth for the 2nd position in the closing laps. Contact between these two drivers would bring the caution out at lap 13, sending both drivers to the rear. Because of the many early race cautions, the race was shortened to 13 laps, and finished under caution. Welter Sr would take his first victory of 2012 at Citrus County Speedway followed by Michael Martin (76) in 2nd, and Happy Florian (65) in 3rd. Heat race winners were Duane Baker (46) and Arden Franklin (7).

 14 Mini Stocks saw a hard late race battle between Ashlee Williamson (84) and Shannon Kennedy (46) come down to the wire. 2011 points champion Jeremy Sharrone (32) would survive an early race trip to the rear of the field, and move to the 3rd position in the closing laps. Kennedy would prove he was the man to beat taking the victory over Williamson in 2nd, and Sharrone in 3rd. Sharrone and Kennedy were your heat race winners.

 The Hornet division saw Steven Ross (98) dominate the field and go on to take his first feature win of 2012. Following him to the stripe were Daryl Veltman (55) in 2nd, Scott Bumgarner (9) in 3rd, Anthony Bennett (6) 4th, and Kyle Capacitance (1) in 5th.

 The DWARF car division saw sprint car veteran Stan Butler (3) drive to victory over perennial front runner Bo Bass (14) in 2nd, and Todd Brown (1) in 3rd. Butler was also your heat race winner.

 This Saturday night Citrus County Speedway welcomes back the largest field of Super Late Models in the state for their 35 lap feature event. Joining them on the race card will be the Modified Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, and Hornets. Donít forget the speedway has a new 6:30pm starting time, so grab your friends and come on out for a great night of Super Late Model racing.


  Race Finishes for:    
  April 7, 2012    
  Open Wheeled Modifieds   Feature
Car-# Drivers Name Home Town Finish
19 Tommy Schnader Largo 1
53 Doug Miller Largo 2
0 Troy Robinson Wesley Chapel 3
27 Jason Garver Stark 4
4 Jarrett Snowden Ocala 5
5 James Glover Pinellas Park 6
94 Dalton Nelson Pinellas Park 7
75 Bobby Blake Eustis 8
21 Sean Monaghan Stark 9
11 Charlie Brown Lakeland 10
13 John Ditges Orlando 11
198 Wayne Morris Malberry 12
86 Randy Anderson Wildwood 13
98 Robbie Cooper Bronson 14
2 Steven Hise Inverness 15
42 Richie Smith Hernando 16
16 Dwayne Dempsey St. Pete 17
111 Cory France Seminole 18
35 Rick Kase Odessa 19
80 Jimmy Houle Pinellas Park 20
70 Jeremy Gerstner Wesley Chapel 21
01 Curtis Neumann Inverness 22
25 L. J. Grimm Seffner DQ
  Sportsman   Feature
Car-# Drivers Name Home Town Finish
69 Mike Bresnahan Lecanto 1
66 Andy Nicholls Orlando 2
771 Lance Daubach Plant City 3
13 Aaron Williamson Lakeland 4
56 Brandon Morris Mulberry 5
55 Ernie Reed Crystal River 6
99 Cody Stickler Pinellas Park 7
17 Mike Bell Brooksville 8
12 David Williamson Mulberry 9
01 Tom Posavec Dunnellon 10
90 Cody Johnson Ocala 11
22 Travis Hoefler Floral City 12
4 Jay Witfoth Beverly Hills 13
51 Christopher Harvey Belleview 14
83 Dennis Neighbor Sr. Clearwater 15
114 John Buzinec Summerfield 16
73 Mark Peterson Sarasota 17
21 Tommy Schnader Largo 18
28 Justin Monahan Clearwater 19
121 Devin McLeod Zephyrhills 20
14 Scott Hendrickson Bushnell 21
  Mini Stocks   Feature
Car-# Drivers Name Home Town Finish
46 Shannon Kennedy Summerfield 1
84 Ashlee Williamson Mulberry 2
32 Jeremy Sharrone Floral City 3
24 Tim Scalise Lutz 4
50 Jessey Mallory Summerfield 5
18 Bo Denney Dade City 6
11 Jerry Daniels Weirsdale 7
3 Jay Curry Homosassa 8
71 Wayne Heater Homosassa 9
98 Kevin Stone Dade City 10
88 Lenard Fussell Dade City 11
22 Mark Patterson Webster 12
60 Carson Taylor Lecanto 13
77 Kevin Knox Wesley Chapel 14
  Pure Stocks   Feature
Car-# Drivers Name Home Town Finish
85 Larry Welter Sr. Bronson 1
76 Michael Martin Citrus Springs 2
65 Happy Florian Lecanto 3
39 Carl Peters Winter Garden 4
0 Steven Stinedurf Brooksville 5
17 Nicholas Malverty Spring Hill 6
46 Duane Baker Homosassa 7
20 Chris Ickes Brooksville 8
45 James Johnston Brooksville 9
44 Glen Colyer Homosassa 10
32 Mike Autenrieth Inverness 11
9 Tyler Stickler Pinellas Park 12
7 Arden Franklin Hernando 13
123 Eugene Malverty Spring Hill 14
96 Dustin Dinkins Bushnell 15
6 Eddie Hudak Lecanto 16
77 Danny Berkowitz   17
4 Earl Frazier Inverness 18
58 Larry Welter Jr. Williston 19
  Hornet Division   Feature
Car-# Drivers Name Home Town Finish
98 Steve Ross   1
55 Daryl Veltman Crystal River 2
9 Scott Bumgarner North Carolina 3
6 Anthony Bennett Tampa 4
1 Kyle Capehiance Spring Hill 5
  DWARFs   Feature
Car-# Drivers Name Home Town Finish
3 Stan Butler Bushnell 1
14 Bo Bass Eustis 2
1 Todd Brown Lake Panasoffkee 3
25 Darren Bass Claycona 4
2 Jon Brown Lake Panasoffkee 5
98 Chris McClelland Ocoee 6
11 Ray Gonzales III Lakeland 7
7 Ray Gonzales Jr. Lakeland 8
01 Danny Cretty Dunnellon 9