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Your Sports: Drag racer's '56 Ford a heavy surprise

When Mark Beilfuss heard his name called over the speakers, he didn't believe it.

"I heard my name called and thought that's kind of embarrassing. I really didn't believe it," Beilfuss said. "I had to wait till they said it again before I believed it."

Beilfuss, owner of Car Classics Auto Body in Port Richey, was at the Speed Channel's PINKS All Out Race at Gainesville Raceway on April 17-18 with some friends just to take in the sights and the sounds.

He never thought that his '56 Ford — a car that's "a giant, but actually pretty fast" — would be one of the 16 cars selected from the 489 registered to drag race in front of 30,000 spectators. But once he got on the track, Beilfuss blew away his competitors, even with his heavy car.

In his first race against an Oldsmobile Cutlass, he would win $1,000; the money he would have to bet in the second race he also won.

The second win put him in the final four, where he would lose his third race. However, Beilfuss finished fourth out of the 16, taking home the $1,000 to boot.

"I really didn't know there was money involved until I signed the paper (to enter the race)," Beilfuss said.

"But someone came up to me and asked me before the race, 'Do you really think you have a chance, Mark?' And I looked at my car and said, 'Well, my car is 1,000 pounds heavier and a foot longer than anyone else's. I don't think there was a very good chance for me.' "

Clay shooting: The Hernando Builders Association held its second-annual "Bang Bang" Sporting Clays Tournament on April 12 at Deer Creek Sporting Clays Range in Land O'Lakes.

There were 81 shooters and the team winners were Showalter Builders, made up of Scott Bronson, Tom Drum, Rex Adams and Bob Showalter, who came in first with a team score of 346 out of 400 possible points.

Second place was Pro Build (Jerry Poe, Jim Rizzitello, Jim Futrell and Keith Poe) with a 330 score, and in third was Cemex Team No. 2 at 311.

Individual honors went to Top Shooter Gary Kelly, who scored 94, second place to Jerry Poe with a 91, and there was a three-way tie at third among Billy Futrell, Scott Bronson and Tom Drum with 89s. Top Female Shooter went to Shawna Hargett and the Turkey Award went to Ted Karatinos.

Paintball: Team Mythral and Elite Paintball of Spring Hill are hosting the Gears of War: Last Stand on Saturday, June 8, with a "defend humanity against extinction" theme. The fields are at 4644 Keysville Ave., and the event is limited to the first 100 applicants.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and is $25, plus the cost of paintballs. Battle briefing starts at 9 and the game is from to 9:30 to 3 p.m.

Proceeds will go to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots program, coordinated in Hernando County by Marine Corps League, Spring Hill Detachment 708.

For information, e-mail [email protected]

Roller hockey: Sportszone2 in New Port Richey is starting the second season of women's roller hockey on May 4.

Registration is $135 per player that includes a 10-game season, playoffs and a jersey.

For information, contact Marsha Brown at (727) 514-3237 or [email protected] or log onto

Running: The second annual Relay for Life 5K run and 1 mile recognition walk is May 10 at 7:30 a.m. at Gulf High School in New Port Richey.

The 5K registration fee is $20, the walk is $15 and all proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Registration is online at or contact Carol Romanowski at (727) 514-4177 or [email protected] for information.

Physicals: There will be free athletic physicals at the Dr. Donald McBath Activity Center at Pasco High School in Dade City on May 3 for all Pasco High, Pasco Middle and Centennial Middle student-athletes.

Physicals will be conducted from 8 to 11 a.m.

Submit info, upcoming events, scores and results to [email protected] or call (352) 544-9480.

Your Sports: Drag racer's '56 Ford a heavy surprise 04/28/08 [Last modified: Monday, April 28, 2008 3:50pm]
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