The Amsoil V8 Thunder Stocks were ready for action on Friday night as Courtney Eubanks readied herself to defend her win from a few weeks back. Unfortunately for Eubanks, things would not go so well this time around, as the racing gods applied a little payback for her previous success. Two lost wheels and a lot of bent sheet metal later, she still managed to finish the race just outside of the top ten.
And while Eubanks struggled, Jason Gamble was on the move. Gamble was fast, and systematically worked his way forward from a deep starting position toward the front, taking advantage of others' mistakes and some restarts along the way. Geoffrey Eisenhower had started in the front of the pack and did his best to remain there, doing battle with David Walls. But no one could contain Gamble, who rocketed out front and stayed there for the win. James Edwards also battled hard and claimed second, while Eisenhower settled for a respectable third place. David Walls and Sean Babcock rounded out the top five.
The scariest moment of the night came early in the Gladiator feature, as 12 year old Kody Fisher found himself in a tangle with two other racers on the front stretch. As a result of that contact, Fisher's car went straight to the turn one wall, violently smacking it head on. While the car was trashed, Kody Fisher climbed out under his own power and walked away.
From that point the race became the Mike Lane show, as he made his first appearance at Ocala Speedway into an impressive one. Lane's 911 car was hooked up and blasted away from the rest of the field, while Harold Lewis gave chase for the second spot. Austin Gamble struggled a bit early on, but recovered to place third, while Paul Hahn and Eddie Lentz placed fourth and fifth.
The Hobby Stocks will return to Ocala Speedway on Friday, July 31st, as they go at it in a $1000 to win event. The Open Wheel Modifieds will return as well, plus the Amsoil V8 Thunder Stocks, Mini Stocks, and Gladiators, will be racing. Gates will open at 5PM with heats beginning at 8PM. For more info, go to www.OcalaSpeedway.com, or call 352-622-9400.