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First-time winners rule at speedway

Four first-time winners cruised into victory lane Saturday night as action resumed at the Citrus County Speedway after a one-week layoff caused by rain.

Inverness' Ken Saltmarsh cashed in on his pole position in the 12-lap Street Stock Figure 8 race for his first feature win of the year, moving into the top five in the point standings.

Inverness' Herb Neumann Sr. led the way in the Street Stocks division, moving into second place in the points race. Points leader Keven Fults of Inverness placed second, with Saltmarsh following up his Figure 8 effort with a third-place showing.

Brooksville's Forest Goff drove his Junk Yard Camaro to his first points feature win in the Late Models division. Inverness' Fred Stoner chased Goff for the entire 25-lap race to finish second. Brooksville's Lee Blevins was third. Points leader Fred Tuski of Spring Hill was unable to finish after an early mishap in Turn 4.

A five-car crash on the first lap of the Sportsman feature disabled Inverness' Herb Neuman Sr. and Dale Sanders long enough to give Lake Panasoffkee's Alan Peckham a two-lap edge. Peckham went on to lap the 16-car field except for second-place finisher Bill Hancock of Hernando.

Inverness' Darrell Suchan, the 1992 Mini Stock points champion, got his first ride of the season, driving for Rob Wheatley. Suchan left the 18-car field in the dust from the pole. Hernando's Robbie Yoakum _ who went to Bronson Speedway earlier in the evening and won the feature there, then made the 50-mile trip to Inverness _ started scratch and put the heat on Suchan at the checkered flag, but settled for second. Inverness' Bill Buchanan survived an early spin in the 20-lap race to pick up third.

Inverness' Harley Wilson picked up his first feature win of the year in the Bomber division when apparent winner Curtis Flanagan was disqualified for refusing to tear down his engine after a money protest was filed.

The first $1,000 purse for a 50-lap race in the Mini Stock division will highlight this Saturday's speedway action. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; racing starts at 7.

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