Poole celebrates 21st Birthday and her first win in Pro Truck class

Poole celebrates 21st Birthday and her first win in Pro Truck class

Punta Gorda speedway once again had some great racing action that thrilled the nice crowd that was on hand.

The night started with Noah Weaver winning the Bandolero feature.

The Dwarf cars were on hand and ran twin features that saw Andy Pryor of Bonita dominate the first featured event with John Bailey second and Roger Richmond third. The second feature it was Pryor in the lead but Bailey took the outside and they drove door to door till three to go. Bailey made the move on Pryor and passed on the outside and finished first with Pryor second and Roger Richmond third.

Legend race was up next and it took fast qualifier Matt Blankenship from Lake Placid one lap to get in the lead and dominate while Darin Coker of Palm Beach gardens was chasing him down. Coker was on Blankenships bumper for ten laps trying to make the pass and lap eighteen Coker got along side him to make the pass and Blankenship spun, the call was on Blankenship and he was sent to the rear. It took Blankenship three laps to get back to Cokers bumper but ran out of time to make the pass and it was Darrin Coker first with Matt Blankenship second and Mike Verhaagh third.

Rookie Trucks took to the track and it was Chad Chastain of Alva that went start to finish in the Melon one truck. Chastain is getting the nickname “Jr Melon” since older brother Ross Chastain drives the Melon one truck in the Camping World Truck series. Chad celebrated his victory in the winners circle posing with a slice of watermelon in hand. Coming in a hard fought second place was Corey Bigley of Naples driving the Poole Motorsports 00 truck and Phil Ellis third in the Poole Motorsports 32 truck.

Fan Participation was next and we saw the last two do battle for fifty dollars and it was a smart car up against a big diesel truck. Randy Kile in the truck won the fifty dollars from the speedway owner but the driver of the smart car was found later in the photo shop signing autographs fro the kids.

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