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Bronson Speedway continued the rebuilding process of racing competition this past Saturday night, as racing families, crews, friends, fans and diverse racing divisions slowly come home to the sacred asphalt known as the high banks of Bronson.
Under blue skies and picture perfect weather, race fans were entertained with the first of three Figure 8 races planned for the 2011 season. Taking down the win in the first event was Thomas Peet, No. 35, followed, by the No. 62 of Eric Sharrone and rounding out the top three was the No. 5 of Pnut Higginbotham.
Figure 8 racing tests not only the talent of the driver, but the strength of his conviction whether to stop or not when it come time to cross the X in the figure eight the driver must make to complete the lap. The fastest cars frequently catch up to the slower cars and the meeting place is at the intersection known as the X. The driver with the keenest resolve plants his foot on the throttle to be the first one through the X. If you have never experienced this type of racing, come on out to Bronson Speedway on Oct. 1 and see for yourself how exciting this event is as the second in the series of three events will take place.
Returning to competition this week in the Open Wheel Modified division was Gary Southard. After a long hiatus from racing Southard demonstrated that his years of experience remain evident, as after a few slow practice laps Southard found the fast line around the high banks of Bronson Speedway that served him well in years past. Southard served notice that he will be a force to be reckoned with as he finished 2nd in the feature event. It won't be long before this seasoned veteran takes that coveted victory lap. The winner of that event, Sean Monaghan, No. 21, had to be thrilled knowing he was victorious over a racer with as much experience as Southard.
In the Sportsman Division, Gene Owen won for the second week in a row. This veteran driver has what it takes to not only win races, but championships. Only Owen and Shelton Bowers have won multiple Sportsman events, but this division's competition continues to heat up.
Can anyone stop Larry Welters Jr? A three-time winner, Welters makes it look easy to get victory lane. But anyone who turns the wheel or a wrench on a racecar knows this just is not true. Hard work, dedication and determination are in the heart of all winners. While a victory has eluded No. 45 John Ray McNeal this season, this driver's determination is evident as nothing stops the hard charger from the challenge. Look for this driver to grace victory lane this season.
In the hornet action, Tommy Ausburn Jr., No. 69, would be the first car to cross the line for the win.
Next week along with the five weekly divisions mentioned above, Bronson Speedway hosts Spectator 1-on-1 Races where the spectator can enter a two-lap event against another spectator to challenge the high banks.
For more information, visit www.Bronsonspdwy.com or call 352-486-4998.