NASCAR & Auto Racing

Desoto Speedway | Sprint car points leader Dave Retzlaff brings home the win

EAST MANATEE -- With rain all around and bolts of lightning off in the distance, Desoto Speedway got the full night of racing action in without a drop of rain.

Not sure what Mother Nature had in store for the night, the Sprint cars were the only class to run heats. Shane Butler of Bushnell won the first heat, and Sport Allen out of Pinellas Park won the second.

LKQ Pick Your Parts Pure Stock was the first feature of the night. Pole-sitter Duane Best jumped to the lead with son Kyle right on his bumper for most of the race. Returning back to action was the 51 of Scott McKay of Bradenton, who was putting pressure on the 63 until he finally made the pass on Lap 17 and had his sights on the three of Duane Best. Side by side, racing down the front stretch, McKay made a charge past Best on the outside with five to go. Billy Carlbert of Palmetto got past Best with one to go to bring home a second-place finish while Best settled for third.

The Desoto Q Auto & Injury Attorneys Pro Trucks were on the card for twin 25-lap features and rolled out next with fast qualifier Steve Darvalics starting outside Becca Monopoli to start the race.

Darvalics jumped to the lead and clearly had the fastest truck, while Monopoli ran second, holding off a hard-charging Chad Chastain. The first caution came out with three to go for something that flew out of one of the trucks and lodged under the leader, which ended his night. Racing resumed with Darvalics in the pits, which turned the lead over to Monopoli. Bradenton's Danny Anderson got by Chastain for second but ran out of time to beat Monopoli to the line. Chastain finished third, while Jeff Guilbault of North Port and Tommy Kelly of Myakka rounded out the top five.

Mod Minis saw the No. 77 of Lee Davis of Lakeland lead all 25 laps with Myakka's Darrin Ellis in hot pursuit in second. Ellis came up short to finish second, while Jerrold Thompson of Sarasota finished third.

Take Aim Gun Range Street Stocks came out for their 30-lap feature, which saw Tyler Lau in a fast hot rod that ran all 30 laps in the lead. While Lau ran by himself in first, Bobby Mobley and Mike Kerrivan were battling back and forth for the second spot, while James Nanney had his sights on that spot. Nanney battled with Mobley and took over second with 10 laps to go. When the checkers flew, it would be Lau, Nanney, Mobley, Kerrivan and Billy Carlbert rounding out the top five.

After a short intermission, the Ground Pounding Winged Sprint cars were pushed out for 40 laps. The green flag dropped and before they could get one lap in the books, Mathew Hall and Troy Thompson made contact. Thompson's night was ended when he lost a spring, and Hall had to take up the rear on the restart.

Current points leader Dave Retzlaff of Brooksville took the lead on the restart and never looked back.

With no other cautions, it was a battle between Shane Butler and Sport Allen as they weaved in and out of lap traffic for second. Allen made his way around Butler and had his sight on Retzlaff when five laps to go was shown and something went wrong with Allen's car as he pulled off into the infield. When the checkers came out, it was Retzlaff in first, Butler, Johnny Gilbertson, Matthew Hall and Rex Hollinger.

Desoto Q Auto & Injury Attorneys Pro trucks would come out for their second 25-lap feature. Tommy Caveney led the first five laps until Bobby Mobley got by and led four laps. Chad Chastain would battle Mobley to take over the lead on Lap 8 and was putting some distance on the field. With five laps to go, a caution came out for the No. 26 of Brian Hillyer, and that tightened the field back up. Chastain got the lead over Monopoli, who then was being pressured by Anderson for the second spot. Anderson got by Monopoli for second but didn't have enough to take the lead from Chastain, who finished first. Monopoli would finish third, Guilbault fourth and Mobley fifth.

Next week, the Turner Tree and Landscape Super Late Models, Take Aim Gun Range Street Stocks, LKQ Pick Your Part Auto Parts Pure Stocks, Bombers and Mini Stocks will run.