Turner Tree & Landscaping Super Late Models were the main event of the night at Desoto Speedway, scheduled to run 100 laps. It wasn't clear early on if Mother Nature was going to dampen the show or not, but the clouds rolled out as quickly as they rolled in and it was smooth sailing for the entire night of racing action.
All Fans entering the speedway were handed a small American flag to wave during the national anthem and throughout the night to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend. Super Late Models saw 16 cars qualify for the 100 lap feature, with Bradenton's Jesse Dutilly setting fast time of 14.577. Antony Campi of Sarasota was second with a 14.663. The drivers ended in a one-two finish at the last race on April 11, and it appeared Campi had come back with a car and his mind set on first place.
Dutilly and Campi would have to start in the third row after the invert, and Naples driver Dylan Bigley took the pole with points leader Nick Neri outside.
Neri led the first lap while Bigley took over the lead quickly on lap two, and it was Bigley and Neri for the first 10 laps while Campi and Dutilly built steam behind them. Dutilly got by Neri on lap 12, bringing Campi with him, who stayed right on hist bumper until lap 19, when they both got by Bigley for the top two spots.
Lap after lap, Campi drafted Dutillys bumper and was just short coming out of the turns to be able to make a pass.
The race's first caution came out on lap 37, which put the two side by side for the restart -- which played into Dutilly's favor.
It was a great battle, as Campi stayed with Dutilly, weaving around lap cars as Steve Dorer made a move to get up to third with Bigley still hanging on to fourth.
Around lap 64, Dorer got by Campi for second as Michael Atwell knocked Bigley out of the fourth spot. Bigley's run was cut short as a hose came off, forcing the driver to retire on lap 67.
The order remained unchanged until contact was made between Atwell and Campi 10 laps later, resulting in some damage to both vehicles. The 24 four laps, Dutilly was cruising through the field while Doer ran second and Joe Boyd was able to shake off the bad luck he's had the last few races, making his way to third.
Campi, with a damaged car and coming from the rear, was able to drive his way back into fourth when the checkered flag flew, Dustin Dunn coming in right behind him for fifth place.
Before the late feature, the Take Aim Gun Range Street Stock saw the 93 of Jeff Firestine, of Venice, hold the lead for the first 30 laps after starting on the pole. Bradenton's Tyler Lau was in hot pursuit and gave it everything he had, but could not make the pass on Firestine. After Lau, Mike Kerrivan finished third, Keith Neff fourth and Travis Barfield to round out the top five.
The Mini Stock class saw some new drivers from Clearwater mix it up with the regulars. Ren Wright got the early lead, but with only two laps in the books made some contact and was forced to the infield. Sarasota's Camron Cruse would get a big lead to hold first, while Randy Johnson made his way to second. The two closed with a great side-by-side, nose-to-tail battle for several laps. Johnson took the lead with 10 to go and as the white flag was waved, something went wrong on the 22 of Cruse, bringing him to a stop on the frontstretch. The green and white checkered flag flew with Johnson in first, Eric Daniels second and Johnny Marra third.
The Desoto Bombers would see Firestine, who has pretty much driven in every class that runs at the high banks, do another green-to-checker run. Firestine was followed by Randy Spicer in second and part of the Dean's Trees Service team, Bubba Thompson, in third.
Next week on May 30, the School Bus Figure 8's return -- along with the fan favorite, Demolition Derby, Flag Pole, Enduro, Powder Puff, Road Course and the Bombers for 40 laps.