Motorsports | Hernandez and Stickler win Twin 35s

Special to the HeraldMay 26, 2014 

The Open Wheel Modifieds, sponsored by J.D. Byrider took to the high banks of Desoto Speedway for Twin 35 lap features. The field was set from an inversion of the heat races starting Travis Roland on the pole alongside Dalton Nelson. A nice stretch of green flag racing came to a halt as the first and second place cars, #10 of Travis Roland and the #0 of Josh Todd would tangle in turns 3 and four. Nick Hernandez in the 37 machine, who has had nothing but bad luck so far this year took advantage of the restarts to work through the field and pick up a huge win. The 03 of Kyle Bookmiller took second while Josh Todd in the 0 recovered to take third.

The second feature was lined up by the top ten from the first feature pulling pills for position to set the field. Dalton Nelson started on the pole alongside Devin McLeod to start the race. In the second Twin 35 lap feature, a 16-lap green flag run to start the race led to many cautions and restarts. The 99 of Cody Strickler took advantage just as Hernandez did to work his way up to the front and flexed his muscle on a late restart to score the win, his second of the season at Desoto Speedway.

Other winners for the night included Jeff Firestine in the Modified Minis, Chris Larson in the Mini Stocks. Duane Best wins the Pure Stock feature with Darren Bass in the Dwarf Cars and Darin Cooker battled for the win in the Legends.

DESOTO SPEEDWAY RESULTS SATURDAY Open wheel Modified #1 1. 37 Nick Hernandez Palmetto 2. 03 Kyle Bookmiller Riverview 3. 0 Josh Todd Polk City 4. 24 Bruce Bennett Orlando 5. 99 Cody Stickler Pineallas Park 6. 9 Camron Ray Homosassa 7. 10 Travis Roland Lake Alfred 8. 98 Robbie Cooper Bronson 9. 75 Bobby Blake Grand Isle 10. 2 Ralph Bowman Seminole 11. 21 Devin McLeod Zephyerhills 12. 94 Dalton Nelson Pineallas Park 13. 45 Joey Logan Bradenton 14. 19 Steve Arnold Cape Coral 15. 84 Rob Haywood Bradenton 16. 25 L.J. Grimm Seffner 17. 51 Eric Purcell St. Cloud D.N.S. 18. V1 Terry Vaughn Arcadia D.N.S. Open Wheel Modified #2 1. 99 Cody Stickler Pineallas Park 2. 0 Josh Todd Polk City 3. 21 Devin Mcleod Zephyerhills 4. 10 Travis Roland Lake Alfred 5. 37 Nick Hernandez Palmetto 6. 03 Kyle Bookmiller Riverview 7. 25 L.J. Grimm Seffner 8. 98 Robbie Cooper Bronson 9. 9 Camron Ray Homosassa 10. 75 Bobby Blake Grand Isle 11. 2 Ralph Bowman Seminole 12..94 Dalton Nelson Pinellas Park 13. 84 Rob Haygood Bradenton 14. 24 Bruce Bennett Orlando 15. 45 Joey Logan Bradenton 16. 19 Steve Arnold Cape Coral D.N.S. 17. 51 Eric Purcell D.N.S. 18. V1 Terry Vaughn Arcadia D.N.S. Pure Stock 1. 3 Duane Best Parrish 2. 67 Jimmie Best Sarasota 3. 97 Chris Scott Nokomis 4. 18 Troy Theim Sarasota 5. 15 Clint Snyder North Port 6. 80x Chad Cummings Palmetto 7. 74 Paul Huffstutler Bradenton 8. 10 Terry Collins 9. 26 Bryan Hillyer North Port 10. 44 Rick Hess Englewood 11. 63 Kyle Best Parrish 12. 33 Chris Loney Naples 13. 8 Jay Justice Punta Gorda Modified Mini 1. 32 Jeff Firestine Venice 2. 45 Mike Kerrivan Myakka 3. 68 Logan Allen Lehigh 4. 98 James Ellis Brooksville 5. 93 Johnny Sapricone Bradenton 6. 6 Dave Davis Bradenton 7. 81 Travis Kirby Myakka City DNS Mini Stock 1. 98 Chris Larson Zephyrhills 2. 31 James Prochaska St Pete Legends 1. 00X Darin Coker Palm Beach Garden 2. 7x Dakota Baggett Lakeland 3. 4 Joey Azzota Boca Ratton 4. 19 Keith Sankula Palm City 5. 2 Robby Lyons Seminole 6. 08 Donovan Ponder Orlando 7. 7 Mike Verhaagh Fort Myers 8. 8 Jeremy Shelton Orlando 9. 15 David Flail Bradenton Dwarf Cars 1. 25 Darren Bass Coco 2. 26 J.D. Cordon Grand Island 3. 77 Larry Hubbard 3rd. Cape Coral 4. 56 Larry Hubbard Jr. Cape Coral 5. 17 John Bailey Sarasota 6. 33 Roger Richmond Port Charlotte 7. 21 John Atherton Cape Coral 8. 2 Jerry Watkins Naples 9. 36j Justin Stockton Cape Coral

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