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Racing tonight at Sunshine Speedway

What: Short-track stock car racing featuring Late Models, Sportsman, Open Wheel Modifieds, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, Street Stock Figure 8s, and Oval Drags.

When: Gates open at 5 p.m., racing starts at 7.

Where: 4550 Ulmerton Road (State Road 688).

Admission: $8 adults, $4 children 6-12, children under 6 free, pits $15, parking free.

Notes: Last week was the official season opener, but the results did not count in the season point standings. As a result, the number of cars was down somewhat and many who did drive were conducting last-minute tests in preparation for the points chase beginning this week. Several popular drivers have changed classes or will be racing in additional classes. "Slammin' " Sammy Coghill, who drove the No. 22 Sportsman to the season championship last year, will be in the No. 1 Late Model. He could not take the No. 22 with him to the higher class because veteran Late Model driver Paul Reschar put in a bid for it years ago. David "Buggy" Pletcher, who won the Open Wheel Modified championship last year, also has moved up to Late Models. His dad, Dave, will appear in Late Models occasionally at Sunshine when he is not running the USA circuit. Gary Mugavero and Leonard McCue also moved up to Late Models. Former Mini Stock drivers Chico Alberto and McCue have new Modifieds, along with former Street Stock driver Rob Partelo, although the rules would permit them to run in their old classes. _ BOB BOYLE

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