EAST MANATEE -- Sarasota's Anthony Campi looked like he was in cruise control for most of Saturday night's 75-lap Turner Tree and Landscape Super Late Model feature event at Desoto Speedway.
But a disastrous turn of events over the final nine laps, which included a spin with a lapped car and a classic short track bump and run with Jeff Scofield, left Campi disappointed as he sat and watched Scofield celebrate his second Desoto win of the year.
"Losing like that is embarrassing," Campi said.
Pole-sitter Joe Boyd paced the field for the first dozen laps of the event with Campi following in his tracks. After a spin by Tyler Scofield on Lap 12, Campi passed Boyd on the outside for the lead and started pulling away from the rest of the field.
Campi had a big lead when the caution flew for Chris Fontaine's flat tire on Lap 28. He had another huge lead go by the wayside on Lap 44 when the yellow came out again for Steve Gill's spin.
Boyd pulled his car into the pits during the yellow, moving Jeff Scofield to second and fast-qualifier Jesse Dutilly, who was looking for his third straight win at Desoto, to third.
Campi set sail on the field and appeared to be cruising toward the win when contact with Gene Anderson's lapped machine sent him spinning into the infield in Turn 4. Officials ruled that Anderson was at fault for the spin, which allowed Campi to stay up front.
Scofield started on Campi's outside on the final restart. After Campi cleared Scofield heading onto the backstretch, Scofield made slight contact with Campi going into Turn 3. That caused Campi to chase his car up the banking and sent Scofield to the lead.
Campi fell to third after the contact behind Scofield and Dutilly. He eventually got back by for second, but ran out of time to catch Scofield as he collected his second win of the year at Desoto.
Dutilly finished third, with Dylan Bigley and Bill Bigley Jr. rounding out the top five.
The Joey Coulter Florida Pro Truck series was also on hand for a 50-lap feature event. Pole-sitter Nick Hernandez of Bradenton paced the field for the first seven laps. As the field completed the eighth lap, Becca Monopoli passed Hernandez for the lead.
Immediately behind them, Steve Darvalics and Danny Anderson got together on the front stretch, sending Anderson, winner of the last couple of Pro Truck races at Desoto Speedway, into the wall and out of the race.
Monopoli and Hernandez staged a side-by-side battle for the lead for several laps after the restart. Monopoli wrestled the lead from Hernandez on lap 16. Hernandez retook the lead two laps later and spent the next 10 laps up front with Dylan Martin, Darvalics and Monopoli right on his tail.
On the ensuing restart, Martin got by Hernandez for the lead. He started pulling away and successfully worked his way through lapped traffic in the closing laps to collect his first win at Desoto this year. Hernandez, Darvalics, Monopoli and Chad Chastain rounded out the top five.
In other action Saturday night, Jimmy Best took the win in the Rookie 4 feature; Jimmie Best won the LKQ Pick Your Part Pure Stock feature; In the Mini Stock feature, race winner was Randy Johnson, followed by Ronnie Robinson and Cameron Cruse third.
Donnie Duchesne passed Doug Lecornea on the final lap to take the Race Cars of Yesteryear feature; Ander Jackson won the Sunbelt Rentals of Fort Myers Street Stock main event; and Brandon Duchscherer won the 20-lap bomber feature.
The Take Aim Gun Range Sportsmen, J.D. Byrider Open Wheel Modifieds and a 50-lap Pro Late Model feature highlight next Saturday's action at Desoto Speedway.SATURDAY'S RESULTS
Super Late Model
1. 6 Jeff Scofield, 2. 81 Anthony Campi, 3. 30 Jesse Dutilly, 4. 128 Dylan Bigley, 5. 28 Billy Bigley Jr., 6. 5 Joe Boyd, 7. 20 Anthony Sergi, 8. 151 Nick Neri, 9. 5x Steve Gill, 10. 42 Troy McNabb, 11. 07 Tyler Scofield, 12. 21 Gene Anderson, 13. 09 Tommy Caveney, 14. 4 Dennis Colletti, 15. 47 Chris Fontaine.Pro Trucks1. 7 Dylan Martin, 2. 37 Nick Hernandez, 3. 41 Steve Darvalics, 4. 59x Becca Monopolli, 5. 36 Chad Chastain, 6. 25 Cody McDuffie, 7. 28 Corey Bigley, 8. 64 Brent Huber, 9. 14 Sam Scott, 10. 12 Scott Hogan, 11. 99x Rick Penton, 12. 09 Tommy Caveney, 13. 84 Pat Mahoney, 14. 51 Phil Ellis, 15. 99 Cody Martell, 16. 50 Danny Anderson, 17. 5 Richard Griffis West, 18. 37g Michael Goddard, 19. 1 Tyler Lau.Street Stock1. 91 Ander Jackson, 2. 57 Jim Brenner, 3. 77 James Dellea 3rd, 4. 7 Blaine Baer, 5. 80 Richard Nelson, 6. 98 Cody Benoit, 7. 11 Billy Carlbert, 8. 51 Mike Slavic, 9. 69 Keith Neff, 10. 64 Bill Bowman, 11. 33 Brian Teeters, 12. 25p Terry Price, 13. 29 Brad Tindall, 14. 50 David Blanchard D.N.S.Pure Stock1. 67 Jimmy Best, 2. 3 Duane Best, 3. 80x Chad Cummings, 4. 97 Chris Scott, 5. 63 Kyle Best, 6. 46 Dennis Wilson, 7. 2 Lonnie Retherford, 8. 11 Billy Carlbert, 9. 26 Brian Hillyer, 10. 23 Brandon Duchscherer, 11. 75 Carl Thompson, 12. 6 Danny Burchscherer, 13. 29 Brad Tindall, 14. 57 Aaron Holmes, 15. 18 Troy Theim, 16. 25h Roy Healey, 17. 57k Ben Kelly, 18. 25p Terry Price, 19. 43x Steve Briener, 20. 33 Mike Loney, 21. 8x Lance Sober, 22. 98 Phil Morrison D.Q., 23. 8 Shane Leonard D.Q., 23. 4 Mark Anderson D.N.S., 24. 22 Randy Spicer D.N.S.Mini Stock1. 73 Randy Johnson, 2. 05 Ronnie Robinson, 3. 91c Cameron Cruise, 4. 11 Justin Amspaugh, 5. 3 Sherry Best, 6. 7 Ronnie Culpepper, 7. 1 Justin Calbert, 8. 23 Kenny Gibson, 9. 21 Alexa Anderson, 10. 91 Jessica Ostrovskis, 11. 99 Johnny Marra.Bombers1. 23 Brandon Duchscherer, 2. 75 Carl Thompson, 3. 25 Ray Healey, 4. 6 Danny Burchfield, 5. 57 Aaron Holmes, 6. 22 AnnMarie Ricardi, 7. 33 Chris Loney, 8. 43x Steve Breiner, 9. 10. Tristen Collins, 10. 1. Jeff Firestine, 11. 43 Mark Petty DNS, 12. 01 Tracy Maynard DNS.Rookie 41. 67 Jimmy Best, 2. 1 Dodge Carlbert, 3. 68 Jesse Hidenthal, 4. 7 Kristen Milthaler, 5. 15 Jorden Miller, 6. 42 Dustin Wilson.Cars of Yesteryears1. 40p Danny Duchesne, 2. 7 Doug Lecorrnea, 3. 15 Duane Lecornea, 4. 400 Tim Brush, 5. 2 Tom McDonald, 6. 96 Stephen Campbell, 7. 48 Bob Mulready Shelton, 8. 57 Charlie Mixon, 9. 11 Robert Campbell, 10. 44 Chase Nivens.