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Registered: 05/17/2003

(Date Posted:07/14/2008 1:19 PM)

21000A State Road 64E Bradenton, FL 34212
Track Phone: 941-748-3171

2014 Points Standings -


We are located 9 miles east of I-75 on State Road 64 near Bradenton, Florida. The Speedway was constructed in the early 1970s and is a 3/8-mile paved oval. It is 1/3 mile around the 10-foot apron and is 1/2 mile around the outside retaining wall. The asphalt Racing surface is 60 feet wide with the turns banked at 12 degrees and the straight-aways banked at 6 degrees. Average lap time for the Open Wheel Modified is more than 90 mph and speeds can Reach more than 100 mph down the straight-aways. The track, pit area and parking lots are illuminated with 135,000 watts of halide lighting for safety as well as convenience. Food and beverages are offered in our concession stand area. NO COOLERS ALLOWED. Grandstand seating only. With seating for 5,000, the fans are able to see a wide range of cars during the normal Saturday night program. The variety of classes competing includes Winged Springs, Open Wheel Modifieds, Super Late Models, Late Model Sportsman, Street Stocks, Pure Stock, Cowboy Cadillacs, Legends, Pro 4, Rookie 4, Modified Mini, Mini Stock, Dwarf Cars, T.Q. Midgets, Outlaw Modifieds.

General Admission price - 13.00 Adults, 11.00 Seniors, Kids 12 and under FREE with Adult. Prices subject to change for Special Events

Driving Directions:
I -75 South. Take exit 220 onto SR 64. Go east 9 miles. Track is located on the south side.

St. Petersburg / Clearwater:
 I-275 South. Go across the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to I-75 South. Take exit 220 onto SR 64. Go east 9 miles. Track is located on South side.

Miami / Ft. Lauderdale:
 I-75 North. Take exit 220 onto SR 64. Go east 9 miles. Track is located on the South side.

Naples / FtMyers:
 I-75 North. Take exit 220 onto SR 64. Go east 9 miles. Track is located on the South side.

2013 Track Champions

Super Late Models - Joe Boyd
Late Model Sportsmans - Aaron Williamson
Open Wheel Modifieds - Steve Arnold
Pro Trucks - Brent Huber
Street Stocks - Duane Best
Modified Minis - William Rohrer
Pure Stocks - James Dellea III
Cowboy Cadillacs - John Pummell Jr.
Pro 4's - Randy Johnsom
Rookie 4's - Sherry Best
Legends - Keith Sinkula

Current Radar in FL - Saint Petersburg region 


From: USA

RE:Desoto Speedway
(Date Posted:07/20/2014 5:30 AM)


Cummings takes first Pure Stock win at Desoto

by Scott Lockwood

Saturday night's 25-lap LKQ Pick Your Parts Autoparts Pure Stock feature looked like it would end up as an all-Best family podium at the end of the night. But when the checkers finally flew after a crash filled event, it was Palmetto's Chad Cummings spoiling the Best's party in collecting his first feature win of the season.

Kyle Best grabbed the early lead with Duane Best and Jimmie Best in tow. Jimmie Best got by brother Duane for second on lap three. Kyle Best kept the lead until the handling started to slip away about 10 laps into the event. Jimmie Best Took the lead on lap 12. Less than two laps later trouble broke out in the front of the field when Jimmie Best spun in front of the field in turn four As Best spun around he was hit hard by Kyle Best, ending the night for both drivers. Duane Best inherited the lead with Cody Allen, who started deep in the field, up to second and Chad Cummings third. Dennis Wilson went from fourth to second on the restart. Caution flew again one lap later for the stalled car of Bobby Mobley in turn four.

On the restart, Best and Wilson got together heading into the first turn, sending Best hard into the turn one wall. Wilson returned to the track after quick repairs, but the wreck meant that the Best's wound up with three damaged race cars instead of a sweep of the podium. Cummings assumed the lead on the restart. Wilson up from fifth to third on the restart. For the the final 10 laps, Wilson tried to get by Nick Malverty for second, but neither driver had anything for Cummings over the closing stages of the race as he went on to his first win of the season.
Malverty finished second with Wilson third. Malverty was later disqualified for being found too light in tech, handing the runner-up spot to Wilson and third to Brian Hillyer.

The J.D. Byrider Open Wheel Modifieds were also on hand for a 25-lap event. The race started as a three-way battle between polesitter Joey Logan, Dalton Nelson and L.J. Grimm at the green flag. Three laps in, contact between the lead cars sent Grimm to the lead and eventually forced Logan to the pits with a flat left rear tire. Cody Stickler, winner the last time out for the modifieds, knifed his way through the field and found himself in the lead by lap six. On a restart Grimm and Stickler spent several laps running side by side for the lead, with Grimm eventually getting the advantage. Right before the race's halfway point, Stickler and Nick Hernandez got together going down the back stretch but amazingly kept their cars off the wall. Hernandez came out of the contact in second place and set his sights on Grimm. For several laps Hernandez stayed right on Grimm's bumper, but couldn't make the pass.

With two laps to go, Hernandez made contact with Grimm, causing him to spin out. Officials sent Hernandez to the rear as a result of the incident.
On the final restart, Stickler lined up to the outside of Grimm on the front row. The duo were in a near dead-heat coming to the white flag and stayed that way for most of the final lap. Stickler made the inside line work over the final two turns and beat Grimm to the line in a photo finish. Nelson finished third.

In other action Saturday night, Aaron Williamson took the win in the 25-lap Take Aim Gun Range Sportsmen class; Ronnie Robinson took the win in the Mini Stock feature; Darren Bass won the Dwarf Car feature; Darin Coker took the victory in the Legends main event; and Dustin Wilson took the win in the Rookie 4 feature.

Next week, the Joey Coulter Pro Truck Series makes its return to Desoto Speedway. Street Stocks, Cowboy Cadillacs, Mini Stocks, Bombers, Rookie 4's and Modified Minis will also be on the night's card of racing.

Open Wheel Modifieds

1. 99 Cody Stickler Pinellas Park
2. 25 L.J. Grimm Seffner
3. 94 Dalton Nelson Pinellas Park
4. 37 Nick Hernandez Palmetto
5. 59 John Inman Dover
6. 45 Joey Logan Bradenton
7. 8 D.J. Hoelzle Palm Harbor D.N.S.


1. 13 Aaron Williamson Lakeland
2. 56 Brandon Morris Mulberry
3. 51 Roger Blevins Eagle Lake
4. 35 Greg Krom Sarasota
5. 12 David Williamson Lakeland
6. 9 Brooke Storer Zeypherhills
7. 4r Rick Reed Punta Gorda
8. 29 Bobby Mobley Eagle Lake
9. 75 Johnathan Heidenthal Myakka City
10. 73 Mark Peterson Sarasota DNS

Pure Stocks

1. 80x Chad Cummings Palmetto
2. 46 Dennis Wilson Bradenton
3. 26 Brian Hillyer North Port
4. 29x Bobby Mobley Eagle Lake
5. 3 Duane Best Parrish
6. 98 Cody Allen Lehigh
7. 63 Kyle Best Parrish
8. 67 Jimmie Best Sarasota
9. 74 Paul Huffstutler Bradenton
10. 0 Jimmy Castleberry Bartow
11. 29 Nick Malverty Spring Hill DQ
12. 16 Johnny Allen D.N.S.

Mini Stocks

1. 05 Ronnie Robinson Bradenton
2. 73 Randy Johnson Bradenton
3. 91 Jessica Ostrovskis St. Pete
4. 3 Sherry Best Myakka
5. 99 Johnny Marra Port Charlotte
6. 67 T.J. Tanner
7. 75 Bobby Huffstutler Bradenton
8. 42 Richard Edwards Auburndale
9. 7 Roy Healey
10. 71 Brandon Duchscherer Auburndale
11. 23 Kenny Gibson Venice
12. 98 Chris Larson Zephyrhills D.N.S.


1. 00x Darin Coker Palm Beach Gardens
2. 5 Seth Adams Mulberry
3. 8 Donovan Ponder Orlando
4. 99 Kyle Capobianco Spring Hill
5. 19 Keith Sinkula Palm City
6. 15 David Flail Bradenton
7. 8c Joey Langis
8. 27w Bob Wilson St. Pete
9. 9 Mitch Verhaagh Bonita Beach
10. 01 Doug Hall St. Pete DNS

Dwarf Cars

1. 25 Darrin Bass Coco
2. 77 Larry Hubbard III. Cape Coral
3. 26 J.D. Cordon Eustis
4. 21 John Atherton Cape Coral
5. 7   Ray Gonzales
6. 33 Roger Richmond Port Charlotte
7. 11 Ray Gonzales
8. 17 John Bailey Sarasota
9. 2   Larry Hubbard Jr. Cape Coral

Rookie 4's

1. 42 Dustin Wilson Bradenton
2. 68 Jesse Hidenthal
3. 67 Jimmy Best Sarasota
4. 7   Kristen Milthaler North Port

(Message edited by Florida_Cracker On 07/20/2014 6:56 AM)
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From: USA

RE:Desoto Speedway
(Date Posted:06/29/2014 5:04 AM)


Stickler takes Modified win at Desoto

by Scott Lockwood

For most of Saturday night's J.D. Byrider Open Wheel Modified feature at Desoto Speedway, it looked as if D.J. Hoelzle would lead all 40-laps of the night's main event. But when the dust settled after a frantic final four laps that saw Hoelzle and other leaders eliminated with mechanical issues and crashes, it was Cody Stickler who found himself sitting in the winner's circle with his third feature win of the year.

Hoelzle started on the pole and quickly began pulling away at the drop of the green flag. Eight laps in Dalton Nelson and L.J. Grimm got together racing for third place, sending both cars into a spin. Both cars were able to continue, with Grimm keeping the third spot and Nelson being sent to the rear of the 10-car field by race officials.

Palmetto's Nick Hernandez had worked his way up through the field and passed Eric Purcell for third lap 28. For the next eight laps, Hoelzle, Grimm, Hernandez and Purcell ran nose-to-tail around the 3/8-mile oval. As the field completed lap 36 Hoelzle got loose and spun in turn one, nearly taking Hernandez into the wall. Purcell also spun into the infield trying to avoid Hoelzle's car. Hoelzle's night came to an end with an apparent engine failure.

Grimm and Hernandez started on the front row for the double-file restart with four laps to go. Coming into turn four after the restart, Purcell was challenging Hernandez for the second spot. Purcell broke loose and collected Hernandez, sending both cars nearly head-on into the wall. Neither driver was injured in the incident. Stickler started on the outside of the front row on the final restart and nosed just ahead of Grimm at the end of lap 37. Stickler would pull away over the final laps and cruised to his third win of the year. Grimm finished second and extended his points lead over Nelson. Cameron Ray finished third.

Desoto Speedway also hosted the Florida School Bus Figure 8 Championship. Jason Graham started on the pole and led the first few laps. Mike Gamache, winner of the last school bus race at Desoto, grabbed the lead on a restart and appeared to be in control of the event. At about the halfway point, Gamache was going through the middle of the "x" when he collided with William Hindman at full speed. The violent wreck - one of the worst accidents in recent times at Desoto - turned Gamache's bus into a fireball the flipped completely over before coming to a rest. Hindman had to be cut out of his destroyed bus, while Gamache jumped out of his wrecked bus to the amazement of the capacity crowd. Graham assumed the lead after the accident and led the rest of the way.

In other action Saturday night, Bradenton's Dennis Wilson held off John Sappraicone Jr. to win the 35-lap Sunbelt Rentals of Fort Myers Street Stock feature; Johnny Marra picked up his first win in the Mini Stock feature; Richard Nelson won the Cowboy Cadillac main event; Michael Cherry won the Pro Figure 8 feature; Clint Snyder won his second consecutive Bomber feature; and Hindman won the demolition derby that took place less than half an hour after the bus accident.

Desoto Speedway will return to racing action on July 12. The Turner Tree and Landscape Super Late Models will headline the night of racing. July 5th the speedway will have Drifting under the lights. drifting event starts at 5 till midnight

Open Wheel Modifieds 40

1. 99 Cody Stickler Pinellas Park
2. 25 L. J. Grimm Seffner
3. 9 Camron Ray Homosassa
4. 21 Devon Mcleod Zepheyerhills
5. 75 Bobby Blake Grand Isle
6. 94 Dalton Nelson Pinellas Park
7. 45 Joey Logan Bradenton
8. 8 D.J. Hoelzle Clearwater
9. 37 Nick Hernandez Palmetto
10. 51 Eric Purcell St. Cloud

Street Stocks

1. 42 Dennis Wilson Bradenton
2. 51 Johnnie Sarppraicone Bradenton
3. 91 Ander Jackson `Punta Gorda
4. 6 James Nanny Bradenton
5. 80 Richard Nelson Port Charlotte
6. 64 Dave Bowman Bradenton
7. 7 Blaine Baer Port Charlotte
8. 10 Jason Miller Lehigh
9. 57 Jim Brenner Sarasota
10. 22 James Dellea III Port Charlotte

Mini Stocks 

1. 99 Johnny Marra Port Charlotte
2. 84 Ron Sorenson Pineallas Park
3. 05 Ronnie Robinson Bradenton
4. 98 Chris Larson Zephyrhills
5. 85 Amy Gamache Tarpon Spprings
6. 91 Jessica Ostrovskis St. Pete
7. 4 Zak Graham Seminole
8. 71 Robert Fellows Auburndale
9. 28 Kelly Hahn Mulberry
10. 16 Cody Riley St Pete
11. 18 Fred Wilson Mulberry
12. 0 RandyTyler Tampa D.N.S.

Cowboy Cadillacs

1. 80 Richard Nelson Port Charlotte
2. 2 Lance Sober Punta Gorda
3. 63 James Wright Naples
4. 5 Ed Snyder North Port
5. 6 Kris Bridges Venice
6. 62 Rudi Jadoul Port Charlotte
7. 32 Shawn Schault Punta Gorda


1. 15 Clint Snyder North Port
2. 39 Jerry Tetting Nokomis
3. 57 Aaron Holmes Adale
4. 20 Tristan Collins North Port
5. 22 Ann Marie Ricardi Naples
6. 75 Carl Thompson Adale

Pro Figure 8's

1. 17 Michael Cherry Tampa
2. 6 Shawn Senokossoff Clearwater
3. 9 Bobby Gorden Sarasota
4. 01 Shannon Lengell Brooksville
5. 48 Denny Harris Spring Hill
6. 94 Charles Meyer Pinellas Park

School Bus Figure 8's

1. 4 Jason Graham Seminole
2. 76 James Volk Bradenton
3. 32 Jim Erb Orlando
4. 90 Craig Jackson Bradenton
5. 8up Terry Lewis Tarpon Springs
6. 0 Mike Gamache Tarpon Springs
7. 88 Krazy Larry Saradota
8. 89 William Hindman Orlando
9. 47 Brian Donahue Bradenton
10. 25 Jeremy Bates Bradenton
11. Flag John
12. 14 Mark Jackson Bradenton

Demo Derby

1. 89 William Hindman Orlando
2. 69 Keith Sammon Vero Beach
10 cars started the race

(Message edited by Florida_Cracker On 06/30/2014 8:18 AM)
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