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Putnam County Speedway Park .........................

Posted:2/7/2005


                       
Jimmy Owens takes First Night

SATSUMA, FL (2/5) - Putnam County Speedway Park kicked off its 2005
season with a bang as over 70 Modified race cars from over a dozen different
states converged on the 3/8-mile oval to compete in two 40-lap features. This
was the first event held at the track since new ownership took over the
speedway in late 2004.

The original event scheduled was the Renegade 100; however, several
logistics issues forced the postponement of the Renegade to a future
date. Drivers and track management conferred and agreed on the new format,
which proved to be a resounding success by the time the final checkered flag
fell.

Friday night saw the Modifieds compete in 14 heat races, formatted so
each driver would get two chances to compete for a spot in the 24-car,
40-lap main event. Veteran Late Model racer Larry Moore’s #14 started the
feature on the pole, but had no time to enjoy the view. Despite several false
starts by the field, Jimmy Owens was able to meet the challenge of both Moore
and the breaks in the action to wrestle the lead. While Owens led Moore,
the rest of the pack got down and dirty as numerous wheel-to-wheel battles
were staged, most notably the battle for third between Dan Hamstra, Kenny
Gaddis, and Brent Glastetter.

As the race wore on, the track wore down and became somewhat choppy
down in the lower groove. While no small craft advisories were issued, some
cars did find the waves more than they could handle and as a result numerous
caution periods slowed the event. Moore tried to press the action in the late
stages but could mount no serious challenge while Owens went on to take
the win. The finishing order was Owens, Moore, Hamstra, Bill Howard, and
Kellen Chadwick.

Dwarf Cars and Four Cylinder Pure Stocks also had heat and feature
events this evening. Brian Gingras turned in one of the most dominating
performances seen in years at PCSP as he lapped the field from third
place on back to take an easy win. Runner-up Frank Fruia was a mere three car
lengths in front of Gingras at the checkers. Pure Stock honors were
taken by Justin Durbin with Doug White and Don Brayton following.

 




 

 
 
       
   
   
   
   
   

 

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