Shelnut makes it two in a row

Shelnut makes it two in a row

It was a great night of racing, after having to cancel a few races due to nowhere to park the fans, due to flooded parking. Mother Nature was kind this week and the fans were treated to great side by side, door to door racing action at the Punt Gorda Speedway.

T.Q. Midget were the first feature of the night, the 63 of Mike Bleusar jumped out to the lead and never looked back. The T.Q.’s ran their twenty five lap feature, caution free, Bleusar stayed on the gas while being chased by Rob “the cowboy” Kohler. David Patterson from Port Charlotte had a fast car coming in second in the heat but adjusted on the car for the feature and had to settle for fifth while Jamie Barnum came home third.

Legends also ran caution free and saw the 7 of Mike Verhaagh out of Fort Myers run start to finish while being chased down by Tony Steinbuck of Tamarac. Carl Haag of Port St Lucie would finish third.

Cowboy Cadillac gave the fans some action as they always do, running bumper to bumper and door to door. Mike Bialecki of Arcadia had a fast truck and was dominating till eight to go, when a caution came out and trucks got tangled, sending Bialecki to the pits to change a flat tire. Bialecki pitting gave the lead over to John Pummell Jr. and it took Bialecki one lap to get back to second and fight for the win with Pummell. It was John Pummell Jr from Arcadia that came home first, Mike Bialecki second and Trey Almand of Port Charlotte third.

Street Stocks pulled out next for a crazy feature that saw some first time to the track drivers and some “which lane do I pick when given the move over flag” drivers, that made it interesting to say the least. This race was twenty five caution free laps, that saw Jeff Dufresne of Bradenton start on the pole and never had to lift till he saw the checkers fly. Richard Nelson of Port Charlotte was on Dufrense bumper and at his door at times, while Shane Leonard was fighting him for the same spot. Good hard racing, weaving high and low, around cars that could not pick a lane. Leonard made a move on Nelson who slipped just enough to get by him for second and had his sights on Dufrense while Bobby Fischer of Naples followed Leonard pushing Nelson back to fourth. White flag is out, something broke on the 18 of Leonard as they come down the front to take the checkers, it was Dufresne that took the win. Fischer and Nelson got by Leonard on that last lap for second and third while Leonard was able to bring the car to a stop just short of the winners circle wall, but crossed the line in fourth place.

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