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Bechtelheimer, Veltman do number on their foes

Saturday night's twin feature action at Citrus County Speedway turned out to be twice as fruitful for Billy Bechtelheimer and Mike Veltman.

Each driver claimed two victories in their respective divisions.

"My car was unbelievable _ better than it had been in weeks," said Bechtelheimer, whose wins (his first of the season) in a pair of Late Model 30-lappers earned him a $2,300 payout for the night.

But while Bechtelheimer's blue No. 6 proved to be the dominant machine in the 27-car field, luck played a role as well. In his opening race, he narrowly avoided a first-lap pile-up that claimed two cars for the rest of the night.

Capturing the lead on the restart, Bechtelheimer took command over Dale Sanders and Danny Johnson _ all the while keeping an eye on Herb Neumann, Jr.

Though Neumann was able to lock onto Bechtelheimer near the end, Neumann lacked the power to make the pass and had to settle for second ahead of Johnson.

The second Late Model event offered Bechtelheimer a somewhat more sedate setting to work in. He managed to lead the entire way, with only a late challenge from runner-up Fred Stoner.

Johnson ended up with a pair of third-place finishes.

Meanwhile, Veltman _ the defending Sportman champion and current points leader _ showed why he continues to be the dominant force in the division by collecting victories in both feature events.

Starting sixth in the first 20-lapper, Veltman made short work of early leader Terry Cater. From that point, it was only a matter of who would take the runner-up spot.

Back in the field, veterans Terry Cater, Bill Oestriecher and Rex Struble diced for position, with Cater coming out on top.

"In the first race, the track was still green from all the rain," Veltman said. "By the second race, I didn't have to baby the throttle so much to keep from slipping."

The green flag flew for the 40-lap Mark Dominique Mobile Home Restoration feature. Veltman's ability to tuck down deep into the groove allowed him to gain momentum on challenger Tom Jones, who placed second.

GOFF'S FIRST HOBBY WIN: Hobby Stock veteran J.D. Goff finally has something to smile about this season: his first feature victory.

For Goff, who had nine wins last year and finished second in points to champion Chris Hooker, the first half of this season has been a little disappointing.

Goff is third in points, trailing Roy Perkins by 17 and division leader Richie Smith by 100.

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