AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY TRIES FOR A DOUBLEHEADER WEEKEND AGAIN - SSCS SPORTSMAN, PRO TRUCKS & STREET STOCKS ON TAP
Auburndale Speedway suffered yet another rain out last Sunday after a partial program was completed Saturday despite early wet weather. The speedway will try once again to get some racing in again this weekend with both Saturday night and Sunday afternoon shows on the docket but, once again, the weather forecast looks iffy, especially Sunday with an approaching cold front. Nonetheless, the track will give it the “good old college try” and fans should be treated to some great action.
Saturday the Sunshine State Challenge Series (SSCS) Sportsman and Pro Trucks will run a pair of 50-lap features presented by WAUC 1310-AM Radio (Wauchula)and the Days Inn and Suites of Lakeland. Also racing will be the Modified Mini Stocks, Q Mini Stocks and Scramblers.
Aaron Williamson of Lakeland has built up a solid point lead in the SSCS Sportsman class driving for car owner Chad Allman. Williamson is 88 points ahead of his closest rival, Cody Allen of Lehigh Acres. Allen is 16 points ahead of third place Jason Rendell of Lakeland while Rick Reed of Punta Gorda and Donnie Ollie, Jr. of Lehigh Acres are fourth and fifth in Sportsman points.
The SSCS Pro Truck point race is much closer. Tommy Kelly of Myakka City is just 10 markers up on local Lakeland favorite Cody McDuffie. Cody Martell of Arcadia is in third place, some 45 points behind McDuffie. Becca Monopoli of Lakeland and Palmetto’s Jason “Scooby” Lester sit fourth and fifth in the point race for the Pro Trucks.
The Sunday show once again will try and make-up the September 30th racing program and it will be Harvest Meat Markets Faith & Family Day. Any church members who bring a church bulletin, ID or shirt will receive $5 off the regular adult admission. Also, teen groups and their leaders will be admitted free just by contacting track Marketing Manager Rick Bristol (407-497-0448).
Sunday, the Sunshine State Challenge Series (SSCS) Street-Stocks will compete for 50 laps while the V-8 Bombers will duke it out for 40 circuits of the speedway. There will also be action for the Q Mini Stocks, Scramblers and Mini Cup cars.
Pit gates open Saturday afternoon at 3 pm with practice getting under way at 3:45 pm through 5:45 pm. Grandstand gates open at 5 pm with qualifying for the SSCS Sportsman and Pro Trucks at 6:15 pm. Racing gets under way at 7 pm with eight lap heat races for the Scramblers, Mod Minis and the Q Mini Stocks.
The Scramblers will be first up for feature race action of 25 laps followed by 25 laps of Mod Mini action then the 50-lap contest for the SSCS Pro Trucks. After the intermission break, it’s the 50-lapper for the SSCS Sportsman cars before the Q Mini Stocs go for 25 laps to round out the night of racing.
On Sunday, pit gates open at 2 pm with practice from 2:30 - 3:30 pm. Grandstand gates open at 3 pm and racing begins at 4 pm with eight lap heats for the Scramblers, Mini Cups and Q Mini Stocks.
Up first for feature racing will be a pair of 20-lap runs for the Scramblers and Mini Cups. Next will be the 50-lap shootout for the SSCS Street Stocks. After a brief intermission, The Q Mini Stocks race for 25 laps before the V-8 Bombers wrap up the day with their 40-lap contest.
Adult admission for both Saturday night and Sunday afternoon is just $15 with seniors 55+ $13. Children ages 5-12 are only $5 and all kids 4 and under get in free. The family 4-pack is just $32 for two adult and two children?s admissions (a $40 value). Pit passes are $30 per person and all parking is free. Again, on Sunday, church members who bring a church bulletin, ID or shirt will receive $5 off the regular adult admission.
Rain check tickets and WPCV Radio winning tickets will be honored at both events.
- Aaron Williamson sits atop the SSCS Sportsman points (Robert Howell Photo)
- SSCS Pro Truck point leader Tommy Kelly (Robert Howell Photo)