Full Moon racing at Punta Gorda Speedway

Road Warriors put on one heck of a show for everyone with the extended laps and double points thrown in, it was a battle till the end. Richard Nelson of Port Charlotte jumped out to the early lead while the second through six place drivers were fighting hard for positions. Drivers were two and three wide, rubbing, bumping and passing going on all around the track. Five laps to go when Jason Miller put the move on Nelson to take over the lead and then Chris Loney got by Nelson and had his sight on Miller. The white flag came out and Loney got by Miller and then crossed the line first for the win. Miller came home in second while Nelson hung on for third.

The Full Moon was glaring down on the speedway and everyone could tell by the hard racing, wrecked cars and tempers that were displayed throughout the night.

The Late Model Sportsman also had double points night and these boys were ready to go at it, all line up and ready to take the green. Josh Calvert was on the pole with Gary McFall outside to start the race, coming out of four, we all know you cant win the race on the first lap. Your not pushing me down to get a jump on me and your not pushing me up to lead the first lap, cars touched and Calvert went hard into the front stretch wall and cars went everywhere. Calvert had to be taken off on the flatbed while others had minor damage or flat tires.

Speedway owner Williams decided to send the class in and let them fix all their cars and bring out the street stock class who also had double points and thirty five laps.

A familiar face to the track was “Out of my way” Kay Jackson piloting the 91 machine after several years of racing retirement. Again the Moon was shining and with not even a lap in the books, down the back stretch it was the 57x of Dave Bowman and Out of my way Jackson that went spinning and came to rest in turn three. Jackson went in for a quick tire change but Bowman was not able to continue and it was Bobby Fischer as the leader with Jimmie Meiser second. Half way point and the 46 of Jimmy Castlebury spins down the front stretch and hard into the front stretch wall who also had to be taken off on the flatbed. Fischer was giving it all he had to stay in front because he knew Ryan Pancoast was moving up through the field and Pancoast was now up to second but could not make the pass. A caution came out on lap twenty eight when Jim Brenner spun Pancoast and got sent to the rear and the field was relined with Pancoast on the outside of Fischer. That was all Pancoast needed was to get along side Fischer for the restart and Pancoast got by for first and went onto win yet another first place. Fischer came in second, Meiser was third, Brenner fourth and Jackson fifth.

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