Citrus County Speedway's first post-season Super Stock event Saturday night found a familiar name in victory lane.
Former Street Stock champion Mike Bell not only turned the fastest qualifying lap of the night, the Brooksville driver showed his old rivals he still knows the way to the front of the field.
Bell, crowned 2003 Sportman division champion last week, returned to the ranks he dominated as champion the year before. The 50-lap inaugural event for the newly established Super Stock class, which supplanted the former Street Stock division, boasted the cream of the local talent, including Ernie Reed, Travis Nichols, Danny Cretty and James Hendrickson, along with visiting drivers from other central Florida tracks.
Early on, Ocala's Kyle Maynard, who started on the pole beside Bell's blue No. 17, had some good luck. Maynard proved quick and tenacious; despite Bell's charges through the turns Maynard held him off.
But on Lap 18, Maynard faltered going into Turn 1 and spun, narrowly missing a collision. After assuming the lead Bell continued to widen his gap over Dusty Bouchard all the way to the finish. Bouchard finished second ahead of Roger Damron, Patrick Mennenga and Brett Flagg.
HOBBY STOCK 50: Doug Webster proved fast enough to take the checkered flag in the feature, but Wes Wilson earned the victory after Webster's car was found illegal after a technical inspection.
Wilson, the third-fastest qualifier behind Webster and brother Sport Wilson, showed plenty of patience throughout, passing his brother and Curtis Neumann early to put pressure on Webster the rest of the way.
LATE MODEL FINALE UP NEXT: The speedway's 2003 season concludes Saturday with the second leg of the Late Model Triple Crown 125. Action also will include five regular class feature events.