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    Racing tonight at Sunshine Speedway

    By BOB BOYLE

    © St. Petersburg Times,
    published July 28, 2001


    WHAT: Short-track racing featuring a 50-lap Open Wheel Modified Championship race, Outlaw Late Models, Figure 8s, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, and Enduros.

    WHEN: Outlaw Late Model time trials start at 6 p.m.; racing starts at 7 p.m.; grandstands open at 5 p.m.; pit gates open at 4 p.m.

    WHERE: Sunshine Speedway, 4550 Ulmerton Road (State Road 688).

    ADMISSION: Adults, $12; children 6-12, $5; children under 6, free; pits, $18; parking, free.

    NOTES: Open Wheel Modifieds, which are the fastest weekly class at Sunshine Speedway, will have their biggest race of the season for the annual 50-lap Open Wheel Modified Championship. A favorite is difficult to pick simply because the cars and drivers are too many and too good. Outside of the top 10 in season points, which includes No. 56 Allyn Summers, No. 80 Jimmy Houle, No. 8 Randy Rhodes. No. 13 Mike Leacock, No. 66 John Moore, No. 00 Pat Grimes, No. 28 Phil Kessler, No. 7 Darren Jackson, No. 51 Mike Hinegardner and No. 55 Herman Brame, several other drivers who have not run on a consistent basis should be considered serious threats. Those include No. 3 Tony Meeham, No. 57 Timmy Moore, No. 9 Dan Partelo, No. 33 Chico Alberto and No. 20 John Gerstner. Considering that normally only 24 cars start the big races, those drivers account for all but nine of the starting positions. The remaining starters also will have a good shot at collecting the checkered flag. All of the other regular classes -- Outlaw Late Models, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks and Figure 8s -- are on the schedule. Enduros get their chance to race this weekend while Hornets get the night off.

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