Charlotte County Speedway closed out the 2006 fall points season with a bang. And we do mean bang, as a Demolition Derby wowed the crowd on a cool late autumn night.
It came down to Randy Kile and Wally Smith. Smith lost a tire and Kile had the last car running, claiming the trophy. Kile was also victorious earlier in the evening, as he won the 25-lap Thunder Trucks feature.
Kile, who hails from Lehigh Acres, also had an entry in the 4-cylinder Figure 8 Boat Race, but he wasnt as lucky, as his boat slid off the trailer. Keeping boat and trailer attached to race car and coming home first after 12 laps was Larry McDonald Jr. out of Bradenton. There was also a Figure 8 Boat Race for 8 cylinders.
Winning is his Frankenchevy was jack-of-all-trades master Mike Gamache of Tarpon Springs. L.B. Skaggs of North Fort Myers was the class of Open Wheel Modifieds, as he captured both 25-lap features at the Punta Gorda paved oval. Brian Richardson of Cape Coral was the winner in the Super Stocks 25-lapper.
Older brother George was second and Eric Smith of LaBelle took third. Dan Benoit of Buckingham finished the Road Warrior season in style, recording the win over runnerup Terry Price and third-place runner Shane Leonard. Ryan Collver of Lehigh Acres was the Junkyard Dogs feature winner.
Shane Moore was second and Ryan Meiser third. Moore said he wants to get married at Charlotte County Speedway on Feb. 24. Next up at CCS is the Eve of Destruction on New Years Eve. For the 15th straight year, the Punta Gorda track will ring in the new year with the races.
There will be 10 events of varying degrees of insanity. At midnight, there will be a fireworks show. The pit gates open at 4 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. Races for 8-cylinder cars include 50 lap switch off Enduro, blindfold race and reverse race.
Races for 4-cylinders include 30-lap switch off, blindfold and reverse. Then there are other fun events a tug-o-war, a street car burnout, 4-car elimination drags and Paul Reveres midnight ride.
Action picks up again on Monday afternoon, Jan. 1, with a couple of Enduro races a 150-lapper for 8-cylinder cars and a 75-lapper for 4-cylinder cars. On New Years Day, the pit gates open at 9 a.m. and racing begins at 2 p.m.
The 8-cylinder 150-lap Enduro will pay $1,000 to win. The 4-cylinder 75-lapper will pay $700 to win.