St. Petersburg Times
Online: Tech Times
 tampabay.com
Print storySubscribe to the Times

Racing 2004

Area tracks

By Times Staff
Published February 13, 2004

CITRUS COUNTY SPEEDWAY

LOCATION: 3600 S Florida Ave., Inverness. Two miles south of State Road 44 on U.S. 41 at theCitrus County Fairgrounds.

HOURS: Grandstand gates open at 4 p.m.; pit gates open at 2 p.m. Heats start at 6 p.m.

REGULAR PROGRAM: Includes heats and features for Late Models, Mini Stocks, Super Street Stock, Hobby Stocks, Thunder Stocks and Four-cylinder Bombers. The season runs through Nov.13 with the track closed Feb. 29-April 2 for the county fair.

SPECIAL EVENTS: May 8 - Florida Pro Late Model 125; June 3 - Powell Memorial Late Model 150, June 12 - Sunbelt Late Model 125; Sept. 23 - UPM Modified 100, Nov. 6 - Triple Crown Late Model 125. Monthly appearances by Sportsman and Figure 8 divisions, plus special appearances by TBARA Sprints, Pro Modifieds, Open Wheel Lites and FAST Trucks.

DEFENDING CHAMPIONS: Late Model, Mike Bresnahan; Sportsman, Mike Bell; Street Stock, Ernie Reed, Jr.; Mini Stock, Chris Hooker; Hobby Stock, Richie Smith; Thunder Stock, Pat Quick.

PRICES: $12 for adults; $8 for senior citizens and students; $6 for children; $2 for childrenunder 42 inches. Pit gate admission is $20.

PHONE: (352) 726-9339.

WEB SITE: www.citruscountyspeedway.com

DE SOTO SUPER SPEEDWAY

LOCATION: 21000A S.R. 64 E, Bradenton. Nine miles east of Interstate 75 on State Road 64 (Exit 42).

HOURS: Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7. Most events are Saturdays.

REGULAR PROGRAM: Includes heats and features in Limited Late Models, Pro Late Models, Sportsman, Street Stocks, Open-Wheel Modifieds, Cowboy Cadillacs, Modified Minis and Mini Stocks. All-American Championship Series and Outlaw Modifieds featured some weeks. The season opens Saturday and runs weekly with the exception of April 24. It ends Nov. 27.

SPECIAL EVENTS: Saturday - TBARA Sprints and School Bus Figure 8's. March 6 - Demolition derby; May 1 - School Bus Figure 8's; July 10 - TBARA Sprints; Oct. 9 - All-American Championship Series Seafest 250; Oct. 30 - TBARA Sprints; Nov. 20 - Open Wheel Modified Race of Champions.

DEFENDING CHAMPIONS: Late Models - Dave Pletcher; Limited Late Models - Doug Moff; DeSoto Trucks - Shane Russ; Sportsman - James Casady; Street Stock - Tommy Huffstutler; Pure Stock - Jimmie Best; Open Wheel Modified - Andrew Dyndul; Modified Mini - Steve Gill; Mini Stock - John Wilson; Legends - Patrick Conrad; Cowboy Cadillacs - John Sarppraicone.

PRICES: Grandstand seats are regularly $15 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and free under 6. Pits are $25 for all entrants.

PHONE: 941 748-3171. WEB SITE: www.desotosuperspeedway.com

EAST BAY RACEWAY

LOCATION: 6311 Burts Road, Gibsonton. Five miles south of Interstate 4 on Route 41 or take Exit 48 off of Interstate 75.

HOURS: Gates open at 5 p.m. Saturdays with racing at 6:30.

REGULAR PROGRAM: Includes heats and features in Sprints, Limited Sprints, Late Models, Limited Late Models, Mini Stocks and Street Stocks. The regular season begins March 6 and runs until late-November.

SPECIAL EVENTS: Every other week the track will feature Open Wheeled Modified racing in place of the Limited Sprint cars.

DEFENDING CHAMPIONS: Limited Sprint cars - Tim George; Late Model - Donnie Tanner; Mini Stock - Chad Rose; Limited Late Model - William Hampton; Open wheel modifieds - Bruce Watkins.

PRICES: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, children 13-17 are $7 and kids 12 and under get in free with paying adult.

PHONE: (813) 677-7223.

WEB SITE: www.eastbayracewaypark.com

SUNSHINE SPEEDWAY

LOCATION: 4500 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. Track is just south of the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport.

HOURS: Gates open at 5 p.m. Saturdays with time trials at 6 and racing at 7. Pits open at 4.

REGULAR PROGRAM: Includes heats and features for Open-Wheel Modifieds, Outlaw Late Models Figure 8's, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks and Enduros. Season opens March 6 and runs through Nov. 20 with July 3, Aug. 28, Sept. 11 and Oct. 16 off. Card on Sundays instead of Saturdays on May 16 and May 23. School Bus Figure 8's run the last card of each month.

SPECIAL EVENTS: March 6 - TBARA Winged Sprints Jimmy Haines Memorial; April 3 - TBARA Winged Sprints; Sept. 4 - Gulfcoast Modified Series; May 23 - TBARA Winged Sprints Dick Friedley Memorial; May 23 - Demolition derby; Nov. 13 - Demolition derby.

DEFENDING CHAMPIONS: Outlaw Late Model - Robert Crisp; Open Wheel Modified - Ralph Bowman; Street Stock - Roger Welch; Mini Stock - Ronnie Larson; Figure 8 - Shane Grigsby.

PRICES: Vary weekly.

PHONE: 727 573-4598. WEB SITE: www.sunshinespeedway.com

USA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

LOCATION: Old Polk City Road, Lakeland. Head east on Interstate 4 to Exit 20 (Route 33). Go north to first left (Tomkow Road). Follow Tomkow to T-intersection and turn right onto Polk City Road.

HOURS: Racing begins at 7:30 p.m.

REGULAR PROGRAM: No weekly racing but several special events, featuring the Hooters ProCup Series on Feb. 28, June 5, Sept. 4 and Nov. 27.

OTHER EVENTS: March 27 - ASA 200; May 1 - Late Models and modifieds; Aug. 7 - Late Models and modifieds; Oct. 16 - Late Models and modifieds.

PRICES: $20 for backstretch grandstand, $25 for frontstretch lower 10 rows and $30 for backstretch upper 10 rows. Children under 10 are admitted for $5. All seating is reserved.

PHONE: 1-800-984-7223. WEB SITE: www.usaspeedway.com

-- Compiled by staff writers Mike Readling and Jim Tomlin and correspondent Logan Neill.

[Last modified February 11, 2004, 13:00:10]


Arena league

  • Lee holds his own in Tampa

  • Baseball
  • Four indicted for steroids

  • Black History Month
  • Fred McGriff

  • College basketball
  • Charlotte beefs up NCAA case
  • St. John's dismisses any thought of dropping team
  • Women: Sloppy UF stumbles at Mississippi State

  • In brief
  • Surprise! Younger Stadler leads Buick

  • NBA
  • Bulls pass an easy test

  • NHL
  • Panthers extend Pens' woes

  • Outdoors
  • Daily fishing report
  • Racing on the wind

  • Preps
  • Lecanto holds off rival to reach 4A-9 title game
  • Seeding no issue: Ridgewood, Wesley Chapel look evenly matched
  • Blakes presses into title game
  • Cougars survive overtime scare
  • Lakewood, Clearwater in final
  • Warhawks, Pirates to square off again
  • Bulls blow open close game during second half
  • For Springstead, words to win by
  • Freedom finds formula to fell Bartow
  • Gaither controls East Bay
  • Jesuit freezes out Frostproof
  • Jesuit's depth holds off Robinson
  • Lecanto's revenge tastes semi-sweet
  • Mitchell sinks Lake Gibson
  • Pasco's postseason run continues with 5-0 win
  • Record day for Cougars
  • Stanton sheds knee brace, leads Seminole
  • Gulf is young but has depth
  • It's too close to call

  • Racing 2004
  • NASCAR's new day dawns
  • A man of his own
  • A study in contrasts
  • Back where he belongs
  • Century of the Snake
  • Champ Car has new direction, but where?
  • IROC at a glance
  • Montoya's different spin
  • Rolex Sports Car at a glance
  • Stepping out of shadows
  • Weber finds Tampa Bay is crazy about NASCAR
  • 2004 Florida Calendar
  • 2004 track directory
  • A racing dictionary
  • American Le Mans at a glance
  • Area tracks
  • Trans-Am at a glance

  • Speed Weeks '04 at Daytona
  • Junior, in huff, pulls off a win
  • Keep eye on Toyota, Musgrave
  • Rookies race right into school of hard knocks

  • Sports on the Air
  • Remote patrol
  • Rays
  • Clock ticks as Hamilton awaits okay
  • Bucs
  • Back home, in Tampa
  • Bucs think Sapp might slip away
  • Career flourishes despite setbacks
  • Players, past and present, like move
  • Lightning
  • Deficit turns to inspiring win
  • Puck-handling proposal is 'silly'
  •  


    Back to Top

    © 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
    490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111