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
states converged on the 3/8-mile oval to compete in two 40-lap features.
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
which proved to be a resounding success by the time the final checkered
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
feature on the pole, but had no time to enjoy the view. Despite several
starts by the field, Jimmy Owens was able to meet the challenge of both
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
were staged, most notably the battle for third between Dan Hamstra,
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,
cars did find the waves more than they could handle and as a result
caution periods slowed the event. Moore tried to press the action in the
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
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
lengths in front of Gingras at the checkers. Pure Stock honors were
taken by Justin Durbin with Doug White and Don Brayton following.