Father and son race team brings home a pair of wins at Punta Gorda Speedway

  Father and son race team brings home a pair of wins at Punta Gorda Speedway

 James Dellea from Port Charlotte dominated the Cowboy Cadillac class last year at the Punta Gorda Speedway. Towards the end of the season Dellea decided to swap rides with Stuart Vandevender who was running the Sportsman class with not as much luck. Dellea and Vandevender put their finishing touches on the new rides and off they went racing, Vandevender started right off where Dellea ended in the trucks and that was the winners circle week after week. Dellea had some adjusting to do to the new Street Stock and it paid off sat night as he came home the winner in a very competitive class that is heating up. Dellea put his son James Dellea III in a 4 cylinder last year and after improving his talent behind the wheel every week, held off some strong front runners to make his first trip to the winners circle.The night started with the T.Q. Midgets for 25 laps that saw young eighteen year old Chris Gimmler dominate the class. Gimmler was challenged by Steven Meier and Geoff Styner and Rob Kohler, till five to go when Kohler tangled with second place and broke a shock which retired him for the night. Gimmler came home in first, Jamie Barnum second and Jay Stutz was third.

Mini Stock saw the 32 machine of Dean Butrum of Venice back at the track after a few years of Road Warrior racing in the nicely painted up car. When you have a sponsor like Marks Painting on board you have a nicely painted car to show off in the winners circle. Mike Karrivan of Myakka City came home in second after he collided with the back stretch wall in the heat and busting two tires and rims and Shane Yoder of Sarasota came in third.

Dwarf cars saw Andy Pryor of Naples run away with the win and Don borrowed the 33 machine of Roger Richmond for a second place finish while John Bailey of Sarasota came in third.

Perfect Pest Controll Pro 4 class came out for twenty five laps and saw the 77 of James Dellea III of Port Charlotte, that friends call “Doogie” jump out to an early lead. Doogie had to stay on the gas as the pressure was on him and his back bumper at times from the past winners who have been dominating the class. Young Dellea broke the winning streaks of Paul Richards Jr who came in second and Ryan Collver who settled for third. What a great race by all the drivers who ran with just one caution and another new driver Brittany Wells held her own being her first time ever in a race car to finish the race.

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