Anytime you run a full race schedule; add a Figure 8 race, two new Bomber heats, and a fan participation race, then include the Women's Racing Club "Suitcase Race", you know it's going to be an unusual _ if not busy _ night at Citrus County Speedway.
That's exactly what Saturday night was.
Maybe it was the five drivers making their first trips to victory lane this season. Or it might have been the two Mazdas in the fan participation races providing some of the closest racing of the evening. Or it could have been Tim Sherrone winning the best-dressed crown in the suitcase race _ despite putting his bra on backwards.
The night began with Inverness' Terry Cater, driving his third Late Model car this year, winning the first qualifying heat and then coming back to run away with his first feature win this year.
Cater passed Brooksville's Forrest Goff on Lap 2 and led the rest of the way. He was followed by Butch Yoakam of New Port Richey, Spring Hill's Jeff Sloan and Floral City's Herb Hoefler, who took over the points lead. Lecanto's Dale Sanders was fifth.
Following the race, Cater's win was protested, but it was upheld after his engine was torn down by track technicians to check for illegal elements.
Robbie Aaron started on the pole and set the pace for the entire 20 laps as he took his first Sportsman checkered flag this season. Aaron, from Brooksville, held off Spring Hill's Mike Waldron for the final three laps.
Waldron and Zephyrhill's Robbie Storer took the heat wins as the class prepared for this week's Pepsi Sportsman 35 championship race.
Floral City's Wes Wilson also won from the pole in the 15-lap Figure 8 race, giving Aaron a taste of his own medicine.
Wilson fell back but took the lead from Steven Brown on Lap 5 and never relinquished it en route to his first victory of the season. Brown, from Hernando, was second while Inverness' Travis Nichols was third and Aaron was fourth.
The 22 other cars entered in the Street Stock race all watched as Hernando rookei Larry Schrenkengost started on the pole and sped to his first victory of the year.
Herb Neumann Sr. of Inverness broke a nasty streak of seven DNF's to take second, while Wilson, Dunnellon's Danny Cretty and Brooksville's Victor Stanley rounded out the top five.
Crystal River's Fred Tuski became the fifth new winner of the night when he took the Mini Stock flag over Brooksville's John Coleman and Inverness' Bob Eldredge.
The only division not to see a new winner Saturday was the Bombers.
Billy Hooker, starting in 17th position, worked his way through the field and earned his sixth victory this year.
David Kingsbury got the transmission back in his Bomber just in time to run the six-lap "Suitcase Race" and take the checkered flag.
Kingsbury and five others each ran one lap, jumped out to put on an article of women's clothing and raced another lap. Though Kingsbury won the race, Sherrone was voted best dressed by the fans and inherited the tiara handed down from last year's best dressed driver, David Dollar.