Well another Southern Pro Am Truck Series race in the books.
The Watermelon 50 turned into a Watermelon 30 but not for good reason.
We want to first start off with how great ful we are to have been given the opportunity to race at Crisp Motorsports park. That track and it's staff were so helpful and friendly. We cannot wait to go back. Watermelon Capital Speedway is a fast place. Thank you for your support.
We elected to run a 8 lap heat race to set the tone for the 30 lap feature due to the unexpected truck count. The drivers drew pills when they signed in and that was there starting spot for the heat your finishing order of the heat decided your starting spot for the main. Dean Butrum strolled to a comfortable lead in the heat to take the win and start on the pole for the 30 lap main. The attention was on a super late model driver from Jacksonville Florida driving for Haddock racing in #131 Chuck Hiers. Chuck ran a conservative heat race and started second in the main. Rodney Haddock driving the Haddock timber Chevy Silverado finished a close third followed by the #42 driven by Paul Grynewicz III rounding out the top five was Taylor Hosford and that was the starting grid for the main event.
The stage was set for the 30 lap Southern Pro Am Truck Series race sponsored by Lyle farms LLC. After a few laps around the 4/10s of a mile oval to warm up the tires the green flag waved and wouldn't take long for the omg ð± yellow to come out which is what most fans were saying and you could hear them from across the track. The trucks of Dean Butrum and Rodney Haddock together leading the #31 of Haddock to tap out and head to the rear. Butrum retains the led. On the restart the 131 of Hiers restarts second and the trucks restart and again shows there professionalism and make a clean restart and that was the only yellow of the entire race. Back to it on the restart it was Butrum, Hiers, Grynewicz, Hosford and Haddock. On the restart Grynewicz makes some clean bold moves to take the second spot from Hiers and sets sights on Butrum. Paul Grynewicz III works on Dean Butrum out of Sarasota Florida in what would be the hardest fought battle of the race. Grynewicz worked for what seemed like laps to get by the #32 teenage mutant ninja turtles machine Deans tree service for the lead allowing the #31 machine of Rodney Haddock o get caught up to the lead pack and make some moves to take the third place spot. The #131 machine of Hiers was not finished Chuck Hiers showed his ability to save his equipment and make late race quest for the lead. Paul Grynewicz continues to have at least 8 truck advantage over the 31 of Haddock the #131 of Hiers was coming back to the front and makes a pass around Haddock for second. Paul Grynewicz of Hudson Florida appeared to have his first win of his 2017 season when with three laps to go sailing into turn 3 his #42 truck jumps out of gear and free wheels into the turn causing is truck to lose valuable space between his machine and the #131 of Hiers. With just 3 laps to go Grynewicz continues to have transmission trouble and loses his magnificent lead. Hiers passes for the win with the #42 of Grynewicz followed a close second. Third place goes to Rodney Haddock. Fourth place goes to Dean Butrum and Taylor Hosford ounds out the top five and final finishing order.
I want to thank all you drivers who made the long trip to Watermelon Capital Speedway I race. You should be proud of ourselves the track which holds races like Speedfest loved you guys and said if there are more racers like you in Florida we would love to have you back.
Thank you all. Our next race is Orlando Speedworld but we are shooting for May.