(3-19-18) Barberville, FL – Volusia Speedway Park opened up its 50th season of racing action this past Saturday night with a full house not only in the stands, but in the pits as well with nearly 100 cars checked in over 6 classes. The Florida Late Models led the evenings car count as 34 entries signed in for the first Challenge Series race.
To start the night off Voluisa Speedway Park held a special opening ceremony commemorating the 50 years of racing action. In attendance, and racing, and the night saw Buzzie Ruetimann wheel his #00 Modified on the historic night as well.
Leading off the night went o the Florida Late Models who were opening up VSP’s 50th anniversary with the first of several Challenge Series events. Jumping out to the early and leading often was Nevin Gainey in his Kryptonite Race Cars #17, but the man on the move was David Whitener as he worked his way to the front of the field. Numerou cautions slowed the pace of the field throught the event as the track was dry and slick and race teams searched around for traction at the World’s Fastest Half Mile”, As the race neared the finish Whitener would close in on Gainey, but couldnt get close enough to to Challenge Gainey as he went on to win the season opener. Whitener crossed the line second follwed by Shan Smith, Adam Bennett, and Brian Smith.
Official Rundown from 3-20-18
Florida Late Models – Challenge Series Race #1 | (34 Cars)
Feature: Nevin Gainey, Shan Smith, Adam Bennett, Brian Smith, John Bledsoe, Sonny Thompson, Johnny Allen, Jamie Dayhaw, Shane Williams, Bug Rose, Donald Sniff, Hamp Conley, Justin Merry, Lisa O’Connor, Terry Bronson, Jerry Foster, Michael Whipple, Trever Taylor, Caleb McGillivray, Richard Ferry, Roger Thomas, Chuck Jackson, Donnie Offertory, Mark Evans, Candie Kuhn, Noah Conman, Mark Steube, Jason Pope, Mikey Kopka, Riley Cason, David Whitener (DQ-)
Open Wheel Modifieds | (15 Cars)
Feature: Rich Pratt, Phillip Cobb, Dylan Browning, Seth Geary, Patrick Vareika, Larry Burkins, Mike Phillips, Buzzy Reutimann, Jamie Carter, Garret Stewart, RJ Glaser, Paul Shead, David Pollen, Greg Skyta, Sharlie Phillips
Street Stocks | (12 Cars)
Feature: Donnie Ashford, Alan Peacock, Bubby Christian, Zacgh Yakaboski, Jonathan Croson, Clayton Ruth, Grand Dillion, Kamron McGauley, Joey Parks, Billy Furr, James McCague, Tuck Trentham
V8 Thunderstocks | (14 Cars)
Feature: Donnie Birdwell, Jimmy Carter, Gerard Haley, K. Koella, Joe Belky, Paul Schloss, Jim Shaw, Curt Spencer, Justin Dean, George Lane, #35, #7, Hayden McCormick (DQ), Ron Adams (DQ)
Outlaw 4’s | (6 Cars)
Feature: Billy Dukes, Dewayne Yeomans, Jim Nichols, Chris Thomas, Ron Duheau, Robert Schank
Gladiators | (16 Cars)
Feature: Michael Trotter, Jason Gentry, Johnny Yeomans, Henry Lanier, Stephen Kramer, Dustin Childers, Casey Feaster, Jason Tovet, Jerry Taylor, Steven Chamberlin, Cory Phillips, #53, Nathan Rhodes, TOdd Latour, Erik Manzt, Jeremy Lanier