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Florida Pro Series stages an exciting Sunday matinee

On a normal rainy weekend, Saturday's races would have been postponed a week, or maybe even canceled. But when a show like the Florida Pro Series comes to town, you make adjustments.

So, when rain swept over the Citrus County Speedway late Saturday, nobody was about to send the drivers home for the weekend. Instead, the 125-lap feature was saved for a sunny Sunday afternoon.

And those who attended Sunday's matinee were not disappointed. A 22-car field battled for more laps than any race run at the speedway this year, there were strong performances from the locals, and a strong wire-to-wire finish by High Springs' Lee Faulk.

Most of Saturday's racing card was completed before the rain came, including a Late Model track record by Fort Lauderdale's Bobby Coyle, who turned a lap of 14.168 on the quarter-mile oval.

But the big race was Sunday and the biggest performer was Faulk, who started on the pole after an inverted pill draw and never looked back. David Russell of Longwood took second, series points leader Dave Pletcher was third, Coyle brought home fourth, and former Citrus County Speedway regular Jeff Williams (second in the points) finished fifth.

James "Doc" Batson, who finished second in the speedway's Late Model points race, had the best finish of the locals in seventh, one lap off the leaders. Terry Cater, also from Inverness, was eighth and Mike Webb took 11th.

Dave Runion had the fast qualifying lap for the Super Stock race Saturday and rode that strong effort to a wire-to-wire win, his first of the season. Cautions were a factor in the race, which ended with a one-lap dash to the finish. Victor Stanley moved up from fourth to second on the final lap, outlasting Ribert Pilkinton, Danny Cretty, Tom Jones Jr. and Herb Neumann Sr. Pilkinton was later disqualified in technical inspection.

Harley Wilson Sr. and son Wes dominated the Hobby Stock division, but the day belonged to son/brother Sport Wilson, who wrapped up the points title with a sixth-place finish and a heat win. Tommy Malicoate rode a strong effort to third place while Tom Posavec outlasted James Cannon for fourth.

Wes Filyaw won his fourth feature of the year in the Mini Stocks, holding off a hard charge by Bob Eldridge, who was eventually disqualified in tech inspection. Frank Coleman moved into second after the ruling and was followed by Bill Buchanan, Lenny Brown and Terry Rouse.

Dustin Aaron had a good night and a bad night in the Thunder Stock division, which ran two 15-lap features. Aaron, who took second to Mark Gregorski in the first feature and won the second, refused mandatory tech inspection in both cases and lost both results.

Earl Frazier moved into second in the first race after the ruling and was followed by Alex Cleveland, Tracy Dollar and Virginia Wilson. Chuckie Smith picked up the win in the second race and was followed by Dollar, Cleveland, Erica Wilson and Jodie Daniels, who wrapped up the points championship.