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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:10/19/2014 6:07 AM)


Butler uses last-lap pass to win Riddle Memorial

by Scott Lockwood

Bushnell’s Shane Butler grew up watching his father Stan race against sprint car legend Frank Riddle.

Butler made a move on the final turn of the final lap of Saturday night’s Safety-Kleen TBARA 40-lap Frank Riddle Memorial at Desoto Speedway that would have made Riddle proud, grabbing the lead less than 300 feet from the finish to take the win.

Troy DeCaire, a former series champion making his first start in Florida in three years, was the early star of Saturday night’s show. He started 24th in the 27-car field and passed 11 cars in the first two laps of the race.

DeCaire was already up to seventh when the caution flew for Scotty Adema’s spin in turn four on lap seven. Chris Gimmler slammed into Adema’s stopped car on the track. Neither driver was injured.

DeCaire needed just three laps after the restart to get to second place. He spent the next couple of laps stalking leader Mickey Kempgens and took the lead on a three-wide pass around lapped traffic on lap 15.

In a little over five laps DeCaire stretched his lead to over two seconds. As the leaders were headed down the back stretch on lap 24 Ernie Teed Jr. blew an engine and soaked the track with fluid in turn three. Tommy Nichols spun in the debris and collected several cars – including Decaire, who backed into the wall in turn four.

With DeCaire relegated back to eighth place after stopping on the track, Kempgens reassumed the lead on the restart. DeCaire got back up to third before getting loose in turn four and nearly spinning into the infield with 10 laps to go, ending his shot at a win.

Kempgens and Butler were left to settle things at the front of the field. The duo worked their way through lapped traffic as the laps wound down and Butler getting closer and closer to Kempgens.

Kempgens held the lead as the field took the white flag, but Butler dove low going into turn one. They raced side-by-side down the backstretch with Butler getting the edge going into three. He completed the pass coming out of turn four and took the checkers by about a car length over Kempgens.
“We just never give up,” said Butler, who climbed into the flag stand with the checkered flag to honor former TBARA flagman Bud Allen, who lost his life last month in a racing accident. “This means a lot to me.”
Kempgens, and Larry J. Brazil rounded out the top three. Kempgens won K&N Filters heat race 1; Matt Alfonso won Auto Meter heat race 2; and Mark Gimmer won Hawk Performance heat race 3.

In other action Saturday night, Chris Hooker held off Jeff Firestine to win the 50-lap Modified Mini feature; Palmetto’s Nick Hernandez won the 30-lap Desoto Pro Truck feature; Jessie Hidenthal took his first career feature win in the Rookie 4 division; Jim Miltner won the DAARA Vintage Sprint Car feature; John Atherton won the Dwarf Car feature; and Josh Todd won the bomber feature.

Next week, the Brighthouse Challenge Super Late Model series will crown their champion with a 100-lap feature at Desoto speedway in the Jack Smith Memorial race. Also racing that night will be the Street Stock for 50 laps, Pure Stock, Modified Mini and Bombers.


1. 18 Shane Butler
2. 5 Mickey Kempkins
3. 2 Larry Brazil
4. 91 Troy Decaire
5. 51 Mark Gimmler
6. 16 Ben Fritz
7. 88 Sport Allen
8. 92 Dave Retzlaff
9. 55 Tommy Nichols
10. 99 Nick Snyder
11. J1 Mike Tharp
12. 15 Troy Thompson
13. 56 Blake Rose
14. 17 Francis Crowder
15. 4 Geoff Styner
16. 75 Russell Jones
17. 84 Ernie Teed
18. 25 Steve Heiisler
19. 8 Kurt Taylor
20. 79 Jason Kimble
21. 85 Rex Hollinger
22. 81 Stan Butler
23. 67 Scotty Adema
24. 23 Chris Gimmler
25. 31 Dude Teate
26. 19 Keith Butler
27. 21 Matt Alfonso D.N.S.
28. 22 Johnny Gilbertson D.N.S.
29. 41 Collin Cabre D.N.S.
30. 39. Allan Randisi D.N.S.
31. 89 David Slawiak D.N.S.

Pro Trucks

1. 37 Nick Hernandez Palmetto
2. 50 Danny Anderson Bradenton
3. 36 Chad Chastain Alva
4. 1 Tyler Lau Bradenton
5. 12 Scott Hogan Naples
6. 8 Sean Lemaster Naples
7. 77 Randy Leonard Lake Placid
8. 75 Ricky Bullard Jr. Arcadia D.N.S.

Modified Minis

1. 3 Chris Hooker Floral City
2. 43 Jeff Firestine Venice
3. 32 Johnny Sappraicone Bradenton
4. 05 Rick Sirmans Pinellas
5. 30 Reid Christensen Port Orange
6. 68 Logan Allen LeHigh
7. 98 James Ellis Brooksville
8. 45 Mike Kerrivan Bradenton
9. 7 Kyle Rice Labelle
10. 81 Chris Kirby Myakka City
11. 88 Anthony Lapoint Zephyhills
12. 6 Dave Davis Bradenton

Mini Stocks

1. 00 Kenny Gibson Venice
2. 05 Ronnie Robinson Bradenton
3. 67 Duane Best Myakka
4. 91c Cameron Cruse Bradenton
5. 3 Sherry Best Myakka
6. 008 Ren Wright Jr. St. Pete


1. 75 Josh Todd
2. 1 Dean Butrum Venice
3. 57 Aaron Holmes Auburndale
4. 10 Tristan Collins North Port
5. 15 Clint Snyder North Port
6. 5 Brandon Hennault
Rookie 4's

1. 68 Jesse Hidenthal
2. 67 Jimmy Best Sarasota
3. 7 Kristen Milthaler North Port


1. 21 John Atherton Cape Coral
2. 56 Larry Hubbard Jr. Cape Coral
3. 26 J.D. Cordon Leesburg
4. 77 Larry Hubbard 3rd. Cape Coral
5. 25 Darren Bass Clarcona
6. 36 Jerry Watkins Naples

Vintage Sprints

1. 44
2. 52
3. 11
4. 77
5. 9
6. 98
7. 2
8. 15
9. 21


1. 7 Mike Verhaagh Fort Myers
2. 48 Carl Haag Port St. Lucy
3. 20 David Patterson North Port

(Message edited by Florida_Cracker On 10/20/2014 12:01 PM)
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From: USA

RE:Desoto Speedway
(Date Posted:10/05/2014 6:15 AM)


Green takes first win at Desoto Speedway

by Scott Lockwood

In a little over two years of driving sprint cars 16 year-old Garrett Green has already achieved the honor of being the youngest driver to ever win rookie of the year honors at the Little 500 - the biggest asphalt sprint car race held in the country held each year in May in Anderson, Indiana. After Saturday night, Green has something else he can add to his budding racing resume: sprint car winner. He drove like a seasoned veteran in beating some of the state's best sprint car drivers in winning the evening's 40-lap main event.

Green started fourth and got by Matt Alfonso for second on lap 12. The caution flew a lap later for Keith Butler's spin coming out of turn four. On a restart after a debris caution on lap 17, leader Shane Butler and and Green made contact, sending Butler into a spin in front of the rest of the field. Officials sent Butler back to sixth as the last car on the lead lap for brining out the caution. Butler needed just two laps to go from sixth to second, passing both Sport Allen and Alfonso in the same pass to go from fourth to second. As the field came to the stripe to complete the race's halfway point Butler suddenly slowed coming out of turn four, ending his night.

Green and Allen pulled away until the caution flew for the final time for debris with 11 laps to go. Green got the jump on Allen on the final restart and went on to win his first ever sprint car win. "This is unbelivable," Green said. "The tires were going away for sure and I didn't have much left. I'm not sure how much this mean yet and it hasn't sunk in yet. We finally got it and we've worked so hard for this." Allen finished second, with Alfonso rounding out the top three.

The J.D. Byrider Open Wheel Modifieds were also on hand for a 50-lap feature. D.J. Hoelzle took the lead from polesitter Josh Todd eight laps into the race. Less than a lap later Cameron Ray and L.B. Skaggs got together on the front stretch, sending Skaggs hard into the tires inside of turn one. Skaggs was uninjured in the crash. Halfway through the race Hoelzle and Palmetto's Nick Hernandez were racing for the lead when they got together coming out of turn two, collecting several cars in the incident. Hoelzle and Hernandez were both sent to the rear of the field.

Dalton Nelson inherited the lead with 17 laps to go, but Todd needed just two laps to take back the top spot. Several cautions over the closing stages of the race allowed Hoelzle to get back to second place. On the final restart Hoelzle cleared Todd and led the final two laps to take the win. Todd finished second, with Cody Stickler, Nelson and Ray rounding out the top five.

In other action Saturday night, Jimmie Best won the 40-lap LKQ Pick Your Part Pure Stock Shootout; Jordan Miller won the Rookie 4 feature; Ronnie Robinson won the Mini Stock feature; and Brandon Morris won the Take Aim Gun Range Sportsmen feature.

Robbie Campbell, Sarasota's Rick Sanders, Bradenton's Dale Reigle and Jimmy Miltner won the Daytona Antique Automobile Racing Association features.

A special Thank you to our Jr Fan Club featured drivers from saturday night. D J Hoezle, Bobby Blake and Cody Stickler all from the open wheel modified class. They signed autographs and let the kids sit in their race cars. A fun night for all. Thank you!

October 11 will be Drifting under the lights event

Regular racing action returns to Desoto Speedway on Oct. 18. The Safety-Kleen TBARA winged sprint car series headlines the card with their annual Frank Riddle Memorial race, along with PRO TRUCKS FOR 50 LAPS & MODIFIED MINI FOR 50 LAPS, Sportsman, Bombers, Dwarf Cars, Legends, Mini Stock & Rookie 4

Non-Winged Sprints 40

1. 3 Garrett Green Valrico
2. 88 Sport Allen Pinellas Park
3. 9 Matt Alfonso Tampa
4. 22 Johnny Gilbertson Dover
5. 81 Herb Newman Inverness
6. 84 Ernie Teed Sarasota
7. 19 Keith Butler Bushnell
8. 15 Troy Thompson Brooksville
9. 69 Rick Voisey Wesley Chaple
10. 63 Terry Taylor Brandon
11. 99 Mike Leese
12. 18 Shane Butler Bushnell
13. 8 Kurt Taylor Brandon

Open Wheel Modifieds

1. 8 D.J. Hoelzle Palm Harbor
2. 0 Josh Todd Polk City
3. 99 Cody Stickler Pinellas Park
4. 94 Dalton Nelson Pinellas Park
5. 9 Camron Ray Homosass
6. 59 Talon Craft St. Pete
7. 37 Nick Hernandez Palmetto
8. 00 Travis Todd Polk City
9. 27 Richie Smith Hernando
10. 75. Bobby Blake Lake County
11. 71 L. B. Skaggs N.FT. Myers


1. 56 Brandon Morris Mulberry
2. 157 Jason Rendell Lakeland
3. 51 Roger Blivens Eagle Lake
4. 35 Greg Krom Sarasota
5. 66 Andy Nicholls Orlando
6. 19 Chris Lewellen Lakeland

Pure Stocks

1. 67 Jimmie Best Sarasota
2. 98 Cody Allen Lehigh
4. 11 Casey Hall Westley Chaple
4. 98x Phil Morrison Punta Gorda
5. 8 Shane Leonard Cape Coral
6. 97 Chris Scott Nokomis
7. 18 Troy Thiem Sarasota
8. 26 Bryan Hillyer North Port
9. 24 Brad Tindell Sarasota
10. 63 Kyle Best Myakka City
11. 36x James Wildner Bradenton
12. 3 Duane Best Myakka City
13. 80x Chad Cummings Bradenton D.Q.

Mini Stocks

1. 05 Ronnie Robinson Bradenton
2. 77 Laura Mammima North Port
3. 11 Savannah Skaggs Cape Coral
4. 99 Johnny Marra Port Charlotte
5. 0 Jesse Levasseur Naples
6. 3 Sherry Best Myakka

Rookie 4s

1. 15 Jordan Miller Bradenton
2. 42 Dustin Wilson Bradenton
3. 7 Kristen Milthaler North Port
4. 68 Jesse Hidenthal
5. 67 Jimmie Best Sarasota

Daara(6 Cylinder)

1. 96 Robbie Campbell
2. 13 Charlie Padgett San Mateo
3. 14 Lenny Gooding Palmetto
4. 38 Steve Parrish Okeechobee
5. 04 Scott Forbes Cape Coral
6. 2x Tobi Smith Titisville
7. 2 Tom McDonald Largo
8. 4 Charlie MixsonClearwater

Daara (Speedsters)

1. 8 Rich Sanders Sarasota
2. 23 Bob Jordan Bainbridge Ga.
3. 56 Bill Rynd Lakeland
4. 3 Ed Johnson Ormond Beach
5. 8b Phil Pete Bradenton
6. 29 Bill Stelcher Bradenton
7. 76 Don Farnum Longwood

Daara(v-8 Stock)

1. 81 Dale Reigle Bradenton
2. 78 Cody Lane Zephrhills
3. 11k J.T. Dunn Scottsmoor
4. 04 Scott Fobes Cape Coral
5. 45 Charlie Paschal Ft. Pierce


1. 44 Jimmy Miltner
2. 52 Charlie Dean North Port
3. 77 Jack Sapp Port Charlotte
4. 2 Roger Herbach Palmetto
5. 15 Josh Rxnc Lakeland
6. 21 Marie Strickland
7. 8
8. 1b

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