The Pepsi Sportsman 35 race may not have been for points or titles Saturday night, but it was a good chance to earn more respect and pick up a little cash.
Inverness' Doc Batson started the night with the fastest qualifying time, circling the quarter-mile oval at Citrus County Speedway in 14.67 seconds and earning the $50 bonus put up by his own Batson Chiropractic Clinic.
After a pill draw, Batson was relegated to sixth while Lecanto's Tom Sarver assumed the pole position. Sarver also sat on the pole in the Late Model Firecracker 50 race after the pill draw inverted the top 10 drivers.
San Antonio's Richard Pratt assumed the lead from the outside pole and led for the first 19 laps.
After a couple of mishaps that took out Pratt and second-running Robbie Yoakam of Hernando, Batson took the lead on the restart on Lap 28 and ran away from the field. He earned another $500 for the win.
Spring Hill's Mike Waldron outran Inverness' Rob Wheatley for second, and Bryan Storer of Zephyrhills finished fourth as the only other car on the lead lap.
Brooksville's Forrest Goff may have had a little bad luck at the beginning of the season, but that appears to be changing quickly.
Goff logged his second Late Model heat win of the season and then followed that with feature win No. 2, holding off Floral City's Tim Sherrone through three caution flags in the 25-lap race.
Floral City's Herb Hoefler, running in what appeared to be the fastest car on the track, made a late charge at Goff and Sherrone but finished third to add to his points lead.
Inverness' Bruce Gaskins and Lecanto's Dale Sanders rounded out the top five, and Hernando's Fred Stoner won the second qualifying heat.
Floral City's Curtis Youmans hadn't run a Figure 8 race this season, but that didn't keep him from leading the entire 15 laps of the feature.
Inverness' Travis Nichols raced through the intersection to barely hold off Crystal River's Fred Tuski for second, and Tim Farris of Brooksville crossed the line just ahead of Brooksville's Robbie Aaron.
Crystal River's Mike Veltman fought his way up from the 17th starting position in the 26-car Street Stock race, taking the lead on Lap 18 and holding on for the final two laps to take the green flag.
But he didn't get the victory. It was stripped in the post-race technical inspection when it was discovered he was running an illegal clutch. The victory then went to Lecanto's David Dollar, his second of the season.
Brooksville's Victor Stanley finished third and now holds a 27-point lead in the standings over Curtis Flanagan, who finished second.
Brooksville's David Kingsbury blazed to victory in the Bomber feature. It was his third feature of the season and maintained his third-place position in the points standings. He fought through the entire 20-lap race with Brooksville's Randy Crews, who finished second.
Hernando's Steve Brown won the first heat, with Moose Alderman of Crystal River second and Kingsbury third.
Inverness' Rex Gissiner won the second heat, with Brooksville's Marty Jordan second and Brooksville's John Eliasonthird.
Ken Pierce Jr. of Hernando drove his 1986 Monte Carlo SS to victory in the fan participation race, beating Brooksville's Dave Stocker and his 1989 Mazda in the final.