A solid field of Gladiators went after each other as the green waved and before the race ended there was quite a bit of damage done. Daryl Veltman smacked turn one wall on the first lap, while Kyle Morse spun on lap 4 and collected two innocent bystanders. Meanwhile Casey Feaster had taken over the lead and was setting the pace as Steven Cox, Devin Walker, and Ephren Souther, all squabbled over the second spot. Walker claimed second place, but a moment of distraction caused a meeting with the backstretch wall under caution, and when the green waved again his right front tire was quickly deflating. Walker would get the tire changed and return, but was unable to get back inside the top 8.
By lap 5 the 96 of Matt Shea had entered the top five and then overpowered Steven Cox for second place on lap 13. But Casey Feaster was strong and remained out of reach in the final couple of laps, so Feaster and Shea crossed the line first and second. Steven Cox and Ephren Souther tangled in the final turn and both plowed into the front stretch wall, further confusing the final results.
After a celebration in Victory Lane, there was a date with the dreaded tech man in the pit area as both top cars were checked. Both the 20 of Casey Feaster and the 96 of Matt Shea were found to be outside of the rules, so both were disqualified. That passed the win to Steven Johnson, and moved Kody Fisher up to the second spot. Ephren Souther would nab the third place finish, followed by Matthew Kramer and Steven Cox.
On Friday, April 23rd, Ocala Speedway presents the debut of the Pepsi Wheel of Fortune where a lucky racing division and some lucky race fans will benefit from extra cash provided by the good folks at Pepsi Cola. The Late Models will be back after a week off, plus fans will see exciting action from the Amsoil Synthetic Lubricants Thunder Stocks, the Mini Stocks will be back, and the Gladiators will run their third race of 2010. For a complete schedule of events, or for ticket prices and more, visit www.OcalaSpeedway.com, or call the track at 352-622-9400.