Sharrone sweeps the Floral City Animal Clinic 50 at Citrus County Speedway
16 Mini Stocks started the night of hot racing action started with time trial qualifying for the Floral City Animal Clinic 50 lap feature for the Mini Stocks. After each driver took their shot at the time clock, Jeremy Sharrone (32) showed he knew the fast way around, taking top qualifier honors with a fast lap of 16.06 seconds. Jeff Eberly (01) would be your second fast qualifier with a lap of 16.18 seconds, and Ashlee Williamson 3rd with a 16.33 second lap. Once qualifying was over, the drivers starting positions were in the hands of the fans, the starting field invert would be up to the fans. To no ones surprise, the fans wanted a full field invert, leaving your fast qualifier starting in the very last row. Jeff Eisenhauer (73) would benefit from the inversion and start on the pole position alongside Matthew Jenkins (10), who was making his first start of 2012. Eisenhauer would jump out to the early lead, but 3rd starter Shawn Jenkins (43) would make his way to the top spot by lap 3. The first caution flew at lap 16 for the stalled car of Matthew Jenkins, and reset the field for a restart. Shawn Jenkins would scoot away on the restart, but behind him the top three qualifiers were coming fast. Lap 18 saw Jenkins out front, but 2nd fast qualifier Eberly had made his way to the 3rd position. Lap 28 would see the 2nd and final caution of the night for a spin involving Jesse Mallory (50). Jenkins would now have his hands full, as the top 3 qualifiers were right on his tail for the restart. Once back to green, Sharrone would make his way by Eberly and Williamson to take the 2nd spot with only 12 laps left. Sharrone would set his sights on the leader Jenkins, and go to work. Sharrone would look for racing room with the leader, and finally find a hole on lap 43, moving to the lead. Eberly would follow Sharrone by Jenkins, and try to hang with the new leader. In the end, Sharrone was too strong on this night, and would go on to take the victory in the classes biggest race of the season. Eberly would come home a strong 2nd, with Williamson moving by Jenkins for 3rd at the checkers. Sharrone would pocket a cool $600 for his efforts, taking the win, fast qualifier, and hard charger awards for the night.
13 Open Wheel Modfieds had one of the wildest finishes of the season in their 40 lap feature event. 2011 division champion Doug Miller (53) would benefit from the 4 row inversion, and jump to the lead from his pole position at the drop of the green. Outside pole sitter Josh Todd (289) would slide into the 2nd spot, with 3rd starter Richie Smith (42) on their tails. The 1st caution would wave at lap 8 for contact between Steven Hise (2) and Jason Garver (27). Once reset, the field came to green with the top 3 drivers resuming their battle. Smith wasted no time going to work on Todd for 2nd, making the outside pass to take the 2nd position. Lap 17 saw the next caution for contact between Gator Hise (43) and Wayne Morris (198). Hise expressed his displeasure by running into Morris under caution, which resulted in a black flag for Hise. Miller would now have his hands full on the restart with Smith right in his tire tracks at the drop of the green. Smith would finally find the room he needed on lap 29, moving by Miller for the lead. The last caution of the night came on lap 34, bunching up the field for a 6 lap sprint to the checkers. Smith tried to run away on the restart, but Miller was right on his bumper trying to retake the lead. As the cars took the white flag, the aggression ramped up. As Smith came off of turn 4 coming to the checkered flag, Miller made contact with the rear of his car, turning the leader sideways. Smith would collect his car and stand on the gas sliding sideways across the finish line to take his 1st feature win of 2012. The chaos sent cars in every direction coming to the checkered flag. Millers car would become airborne landing on top of Smith and Steven Hise in a mangled mess of sheet metal in turn 1. Jarrett Snowden (4) would find a way through the smoke and spinning cars to take the 3rd spot as the checkers fell. Heat race winners were brothers Steven and Gator Hise.
20 Sportsman cars took the green for their 25 lap feature with Ernie Reed (55) and Andy Nichols (66) on the front row. Reed jumped out to the early lead before a lap 2 caution for contact between Nichols and George Gorham Jr (10), sent Nichols for a spin. Gorham Jr took blame for the incident, sending himself to the rear, and Nichols back to his position. Reed would lead on the restart, but caution would fly again just as the field came up to speed. Reed would go for a spin after contact from the 2nd running Brandon Morris (56). Morris would take blame for the incident, sending himself to the rear, and Reed back to the lead for the restart. Once everything settled down, the drivers got down to racing on the restart. Reed would continue to lead until lap 9, when 8th place starter Aaron Williamson (13) would take over the top spot from Reed. Williamson would survive on more late race caution to record his 2nd feature win of 2012. Coming home a strong 2nd was Cody Johnson (90) with one of his best runs of the season, and Andy Nichols would round out your top 3. Williamson and division point leader Jay Witfoth (4) were your heat race winners.
9 Street Stocks came to green lead by Leonard Arnold (60) and Dora Thorne (48). Arnold would take the first turn lead, but 3rd Starter Curtis Flanagan (61) would take away the top spot before the field completed lap 1. The feature would run the full 20 laps without a single yellow flag, and Flanagan would go on to take an unchallenged 9th feature win of 2012. Flanagan was piloting the car normally driven by John Chance, after having mechanical problems with his racer last week. Point leader Bubba Martone would move from 8th to 2nd at the checkered flag, but didnít get the caution he needed to have a shot at victory. James Peters (5) came home 3rd and was also your heat race winner.
12 Dwarf cars saw sprint car veteran Stan Butler (3) move from his 10th starting position, to the lead by lap 20. Butler made the winning move on John Bailey (17), and then cruised to the victory. Front runner Bo Bass (14) would move to 2nd at the checkers, followed by the birthday boy, Danny Cretty (01) in 3rd. Heat race winners were Todd Brown (22) and Chris McClelland (98).
Mel Mel Branden (7) took the victory in the Outlaw Modified Mini division followed by Mike Endee (26) in 2nd, and Tom Meyer (4) in 3rd.
The Citrus County Speedway will take a week off this weekend, but return to racing action on August 18th with Super Late Models, Street Stock, Pure Stock, Hornets, and the Daytona Antique Auto Racing Association. Make sure you like the speedway on Facebook and check out the speedway website for all the up to date information!