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Rookie Bresnahan wins Late Model race

The second week of preseason stock car racing provided mid-season-quality competition Saturday night in all five regular divisions at the Citrus County Speedway.

Drivers spent the evening sorting out chassis set-ups and fine-tuning their power plants in preparation for the opening round of the points season on April 2. Two more weeks of preseason action are scheduled, but with full purses up for grabs. Dwarf Cars will be added to the program this Saturday, and the Street Stock/Bomber Figure 8s will go into action on March 12.

Last year's Bomber champion, Mike Bresnahan, now a Late Model rookie, showed the division he will be a contender for the points title. Bresnahan, from Lecanto, set the pace in his heat before getting turned around in Turn 4, then came back for a hard-fought win in the 20-lap feature. Homosassa's Nevin Jenkins left some green paint on the 17-year-old Bresnahan's Camaro, but the rookie showed composure in only his second Late Model race. Jenkins settled for second, while Brooksville's Forrest Goff picked up third and the heat victory.

Hernando's Ted Boles won the 15-lap Sportsman feature. Defending points champion Herb Neumann Jr. of Inverness made an early charge at Boles on the outside. But after five laps of side-by-side racing, Neumann spent the final 10 laps contending with Hernando's Robbie Yoakum, who took second in a car that was still being put together in the pits during warm-ups.

Inverness' Herb Neumann Sr. finally got the bugs out of his new short-block Mopar after two weeks of frustration. Despite some late pressure from Spring Hill's Paul Petrosky and Hernando's James Henick, Neumann Sr. took a wire-to-wire win in the 20-lap Street Stock feature that saw only two caution flags.

Defending Mini Stock champion Richie Powers of Citrus Springs outdueled Brooksville's Frank Coleman for his first feature and heat wins of the year. Pole-sitter Randy Kinder of Inverness finished third.

Homosassa's Johnny Sanders led the Bomber charge for 19 laps until a lapped car blocked his move on Turn 3. Inverness' Travis Nichols took advantage and picked up the win just ahead of Sanders. Dunnellon's Allen Fort Jr. nailed down the third spot.

The speedway is 2 miles south of Inverness on U.S. 41. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and racing starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, $2 for children ages 6-12.