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Speedway finale postponed

Sunshine Speedway drivers were poised Saturday for a final push to make their marks on the 2002 season.

Thanks to the weather, they will have to wait a week.

The last night of scheduled racing at the Pinellas Park track is for double points, an added incentive for drivers hungry for position in divisions with some surprisingly close races.

Some classes are anything but close, however.

Pinellas Park's Chet Senokossoff, who drives the No. 6 car in the Open Wheel Modified division, dominated for months with a 100-point margin. The lead grew to an insurmountable 168 points over No. 9 Dan Partelo.

Mini Stock racer Mike Birk Jr. has cemented his standing at the pinnacle of the class. A Pinellas Park resident, the driver of No. 10 leads Largo's Macky Mongold (No. 6) by 118 points.

The driver of the No. 2 Outlaw Late Model, Clearwater's Robert Crisp, is the winner of the class.

Once a champion Street Stock racer, Crisp took command of the Outlaws after falling behind at the season's outset.

Titles in two of the speedway's regular points divisions remain up for grabs, with the Figure 8s being particularly close.

St. Petersburg driver Cliff Rousseau (No. 3) heads the Figure 8 class by 24 points. Hot on the trail is 2001 champ Ron "Hollywood" Davis, No. 89 of Pinellas Park.