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Water, water everywhere

The Sportsman title chase tightened up and the Pro Figure-8s ran a wet and wild feature to highlight Saturday's action at the Citrus County Speedway.

Also, John Grubbs won his seventh Late Model feature, easily outdistancing Butch Yoakam and Jeff Williams. Yoakam prevailed in a three-way fight for second, followed by Williams and Forrest Goff. Bruce Gaskins (fifth) and Dan Short (sixth) were the only other cars on the lead lap.

Terry Cater, who had led the first 16 laps, was done in by a faulty distributor wire he said began acting up about the eighth lap. He and Terry Chapman each won 10-lap heats.

In the 15-lap Pro Figure-8 feature, nearly half of the cars either pulled out with mechanical failure or simply rested on the front stretch to avoid the water that had accumulated in the infield and made the intersection treacherous.

Rusty Crews became the sixth different driver to win in the division's six Inverness appearances this year. He took the lead when he and Denny Meyer Jr. tangled on lap 8, spinning Meyer out.

Rusty Haugh finished second, followed by Paul Grynewicz, Mark Thomas and John LaValle.

In the Sportsman class, Dale Sanders took his seventh feature of the season and fourth in the last six races. He drew to within 169 points of Herb Neumann, Jr., who ran second to Sanders in both the feature and a six-lap heat. Neumann now leads 4,360-4,191 with three races remaining.

Fred Tuski Jr. finished third, followed by J.D. Smith and Dave Miller, who also won the first heat.

Bill Buchanan of Inverness won his first Mini Stock feature of the season, holding off seven-time winner and points leader Darrel Suchan by a little over a car length. Buchanan's son, Danny, had led until pulling out in the 16th lap.

Suchan was followed by Bob Eldredge, Robbie Yoakam and Wes Filyaw. Danny Buchanan and Richie Powers each took six-lap heat wins.

In the Pure Stocks, Dwayne Fults led the last 11 laps and took the 20-lap feature. Steve "Snidely Whiplash" Belden finished second, followed by Ken Saltmarsh, George Neumann and Andrew "Happy" Florian. Jeff Tucker and Herb Neumann Sr. won six-lap heats.

The Bomber feature took the green flag to start, but several cars got tangled up on the first lap, then rain began to fall again before the restart. The class will run two 15-lap features next week.