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Citrus veteran Bresnahan pulls away

Mike Bresnahan wins the Consolidated Freightways Big Purse challenge to add to his Late Model points lead.

Already tasting his first Late Model championship, things got a little sweeter for Mike Bresnahan on Saturday night.

A hard-fought victory in the 30-lap Consolidated Freightways Big Purse challenge, not only earned the Citrus County Speedway veteran a cool $1,300, it added seven points to his runaway race toward the division crown.

But things weren't easy for the driver, who hadn't earned a feature victory trophy in more than 16 weeks.

He first had to try and outmuscle Lakeland's John Lovelady, whose sleek, green machine proved an enviable matchup to Bresnahan's trusty No. 31.

The two spent the early laps in a side-by-side duel until Bresnahan was able to finally break away on Lap 10.

Later, lapped traffic slowed the front-running pair and allowed Danny Johnson to enter the mix.

Johnson saw his opportunity in the closing laps when Lovelady ran wide, but was driven back by Lovelady's pinch to the inside.

Johnson wound up third behind Bresnahan and Lovelady. Herb Neumann, Jr. and Perry Lovelady finished four and fifth, respectively.

Bresnahan has four feature and 11 heat victories on the season. He leads Johnson by 134 points with nine weeks left.

Though not quite as dramatic as last week's come-from-behind win, Sport Wilson's second consecutive Street Stock victory held an air of excitement and anticipation for fans.

After grabbing the lead early, the Floral City driver proved a tough guy to run down.

However, Brooksville's Mike Bell did just that.

Bell assumed the second spot when a shoving match between Victor Stanley and Don Teague sent both to the rear on Lap 15.

That left Wilson and Bell to battle door-to-door to the finish.

The former division champion pulled ahead on the final turn. Ernie Reed took third ahead of Otis Hamilton and Stanley.

Points leader Wes Wilson blew a tire, but was able to return to finish sixth. He leads Reed by 25 points.

Sportsman pole-sitter Allan Struble held off George Neumann to pick up his first feature win of the season.

Struble took the point early and held it decisively.

However, a lengthy clean-up for a multi-car crash allowed Neumann and other top runners to gain some momentum. After the restart on Lap 9, it was a mad dash to the finish line.

Neumann made several attempts on Struble, but backed off when he realized his runner-up spot was being challenged by Travis Nichols.

Nichols ended up third behind Struble and Neumann.

Points leader Mike Veltman finished fourth ahead of David Dollar.

Luck continued to roll J.D. Goff's way, allowing him to score his third consecutive Hobby Stock victory in as many weeks.

Goff's perserverance enabled him to overcome a chaotic 20-lapper filled with spins and spills.

Jeff Sharp lead the early going, but was shuffled backward by the nose-to-tail battle between Larry Schreckengost, Chris Hooker and Richie Smith.

Later, Hooker and Smith collided and were subsequently sent to the back, handing the lead to Goff.

Sharp managed to fight his way to finish in the runner-up spot ahead of Mickey Burns, Hooker and Beau Stevenson.

With his eighth win on the season, Goff trails Hooker by 44 points.

Mini Stock veteran Kevin Harrod returned from a two-week lay-off to capture his third feature this season.

The Bushnell driver led the field flag-to-flag virtually unchallenged by anyone save for John Coleman.

Coleman developed car troubles and eventually dropped out.

Behind Harrod, Mark Sowell and Frank Coleman battled to finish second and third, respectively, with George Neumann and Rob Wheatley rounding out the top five.

Valrico's Doug Smith won the battle in the 20-car Mini Cup car exhibition race, finishing ahead of Winter Haven's Terry Tullis and Lakeland's Colt Smith.

Eric Sharrone posted his second Street-Legal Junker win of the season.

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