Full Moon racing at Punta Gorda Speedway
It was a full night of racing at the Punta Gorda Speedway with all the “Backbone” classes on tap. The backbone classes are the ones that run most of the Saturday nights, but more importantly are the classes that really support the track. They are the drivers that show up to every race, bring their family, friends and neighbors, that truly support the track and put on the best show that keeps the fans coming back. The drivers mom’s and wife’s were still fighting hard to save the speedway, as the petition signing continued and everyone asking what can we do next to save our speedway.
At the halfway point of racing, speedway owners brought the entire PGS staff to the winners circle for a group photo to show he is not only fighting for the fans and drivers but his entire loyal staff. After a few words, the fans cheered for the staff and the owners Kevin and Terry Williams for all their hard work fighting to keep the speedway open.
Before the first feature started, drivers walked through the stands collecting for a fellow racer that had lost his wife and everyone was very generous.
Racers are a close bunch and when one is in need of anything they show up to do what they can.
The first feature was the Cowboy Cadillac and what a race from start to finish.
The top four trucks were side by side, digging harder and harder every lap that was anyone’s race till the checkers dropped. When the checkers dropped after twenty five laps of good hard racing it was the 92 of Mike Bialecki who crossed first, Jeff Deeble second and Rick Mills third.
Open Wheel Modifieds saw L.B. Skaggs bring home another win but was challenged by Steve Arnold who was second and Roger Blevins third.
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.
Pro 4 was suppose to be the last race of the night but everyone was still waiting for the Sportsman class that was to come back out after the Pro 4 and the crowd was all sticking around.
Young Alex Teston started the race off as the leader and was racing hard to stay in the lead, doing what he could as a new, young driver to the class. Teston hung on to the lead for eight laps till Ryan Collver passed him and then had Paul Richards Jr challenging Collver for the lead with five to go while Teston was in third. Richards made the pass on Collver with four laps to go while Teston and Skyler Null were battling for third.
The white flad came out and Rubbin is racing and the two cars were fighting for the same spot and Jessica Ostrovskis slid under them both and stole the third place finish. Paul Richards Jr would be Dqed in tech and that gave the win over to Ryan Collver, second to Ostrovskis and Alex Teston third.
Finally the Late Model Sportsman would return to the track and everyone, even Josh Colvert was able to make the green flag. Colvert elected to start in the rear as his car was running but much shorter than it was in the beginning with no front end and the trunk curled up. This time it would be McFall on the pole and Danny Brown outside for the start and this time only one caution for Colvert on lap seven who had to pit. McFall led all the laps but was challenged by Donnie Ollie Jr who just could not make the pass.
The finish would be McFall bringing home another win with Ollie second and Danny Brown was third.
Punta Gorda Speedway
FEB 2ND – SUPER LATE MODEL ELITE SERIES
100 LAP RACE #10 FINAL POINTS NIGHT FOR SUPERS
PRO TRUCKS-DOUBLE POINTS, ROOKIE TRUCKS, ROAD WARRIORS, PRO 4,
AND LEGENDS NON POINTS NIGHT FOR LEGENDS
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PUNTA GORDA SPEEDWAY RESULTS
Late Model Sportsman
1.68 Gary McFall Venice
2. 09 Donnie Ollie Lehigh
3. 98 Danny Brown Lehigh
4. 67 James Dubose Arcadia
5. 6 Greg Gorniak Homestead
6. 12 Aaron Williamson Lakeland
7. 51 Michael Atwell Naples
8. 82 Josh Calvert North Port
9. 13 David Williamson Lakeland DNS
Open Wheel Modified
1.71 L. B. Skaggs Ft. Myers
2. 19 Steve Arnold Cape Coral
3. 1 Roger Blevins Bartow
4. 67 James Dubose Arcadia
5. 98 Johnny Allen Lehigh
6. V1 Terry Vaughn Arcadia DNS
1. 47 Ryan Pancoast N. Ft. Myers
2. 2 Bobby Fischer Naples
3. 88 Jimmy Meiser Cape Coral
4. 57b Jim Brenner Sarasota
5. 91 Kay Jackson Punta Gorda
6. 33 Jim Middendorf Naples
7. 80 Richard Nelson Port Charlotte
8. 46 Darrell Cook Bartow
9. 29 Bobby Mobley
10.57x Dave Bowman Bradenton
11. 8 Dan Scott Naples D.N.S.
1. 33 Chris Loney Naples
2. 10 Jason Miller Lehigh Acres
3. 80 Richard Nelson Port Charlotte
4. 5 Jeremy Daring Lehigh Acres
5. 8 Shane Leonard Cape Coral
6. 97 Chris Scott Nokomis
7. 1 Rick Reed Punta Gorda
8. 18 Logan Leonard Cape Coral
9. 77 James Dellea 3 rd . Port Charlotte
10.43 Mark Petty Venice
11.44 Rick Hess Englewood
12 17 James Stokes Lehigh
13.0 3 Justin Teston Lehigh
14. 47 Darrell Cook Bartow
15. 57 Ben Kelley Venice
1.92 Mike Bialecki Arcadia
2. 8 Jeff Deeble Port Charlotte
3. 22 Ric Mills Arcadia
4. 86 John Pummel Jr. Arcadia
5. 5 Ed Snyder Port Charlotte
1. 04 Ryan Collver Ft. Myers
2.. 91 Jessica Ostrovskis St. Pete
3.. 13 Alex Teston Lehigh
4. 87 Skyler Null Fort Myers
5. 16s Wally Smith
6. 99 Johnny Marra Cape Coral
7. 44 Aaron Luder Winterhaven
8. 16 Paul Richards Sr.Naples
9. 61 Paul Richards Jr. Naples D.Q.