NASCAR & Auto Racing

Desoto Speedway | Bradenton's Jesse Dutilly goes from last to first for 5th straight victory

EAST MANATEE -- Bradenton's Jesse Dutilly started Saturday night at his daughter's Booker High ballet recital.

He finished it by parking in Desoto Speedway's victory lane for the fifth straight time after winning Saturday's 75-lap Turner Tree and Landscape/Sunoco Racing Fuel Super Late Model feature event.

After missing qualifying, Dutilly was forced to start last in the 14-car field. It didn't take him long to start moving up; he was halfway through the field when the caution flew for Troy McNabb's spin on Lap 12.

Dutilly cracked the top five on Lap 16 and passed Anthony Campi for third on Lap 17. Three laps later, Dutilly passed Boyd for second and eventually took the lead from Dylan Bigley of Naples with an outside pass in turn four on Lap 27.

Dutilly was inching away from Bigley and Campi when an accident involving McNabb and Chad Chastain in Turn 3 brought out the yellow on Lap 42.

Campi got by Bigley for second on the ensuing restart and got to within two car lengths of Dutilly with 20 laps to go. That was the closest he would get the rest of the way as Dutilly set sail through lapped traffic on his way to extending his Desoto win streak.

"It was a battle out there, and it's awful difficult to win one of these when you're starting last," Dutilly said. "This car was fast."

Campi, Bigley, Michael Atwell and Steve Dorer rounded out the top five.

The Desoto Sportsman division also was on hand for a 35-lap feature. Pole-sitter Colin Allman grabbed the early lead with Scott Garrity right on his tail. Aaron Williamson and Steve Darvalics moved up from deep in the field to third and fourth, respectively, by the time the yellow flew for a spin on the sixth lap.

Williamson and Darvalics got by Garrity on the restart. Williamson was steadily cutting into Allman's lead when another caution flew for Mike Watson's spin on Lap 13.

Darvalics got by Williamson on the restart, but would ultimately lose the position to Williamson again on Lap 22. Williamson eventually ran down Allman and was making a bid for the top spot when Alexa Anderson's spin in Turn 2 brought out the caution with just four laps to go.

Darvalics got by Williamson on the restart, but didn't have anything for Allman as the 17-year-old Plant City driver went on to his first career victory at Desoto Speedway.

"This feels great," Allman said. "We put a lot of time and effort into these race cars. Aaron and Steve are really good competitors, and they raced me hard and raced me really clean."

Darvalics, Williamson, Garrity and Rick Reed rounded out the top five.

In other action Saturday night, Logan Allen held off Lee Davis to take the 25-lap Modified Mini feature; Jeff Firestine won the 25-lap Bomber feature; and Kyle Best won the 25-lap LKQ Pick Your Part Pure Stock feature.

Winged Sprint Cars, Street Stocks, Legends, Midgets, Go Karts and the Enduro series with a Flag Pole race, Road Course and Enduro highlight next week's racing action at Desoto Speedway.

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