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Dutilly wins Super Late Model Full Throttle 100

AJ Waller scores first-ever stock car win

Citrus County Speedway

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Dutilly wins Super Late Model Full Throttle 100

Citrus County Speedway

By Kimberly Kelly/Oval Track News

Jesse Dutilly had won the last Super Late Model event at Citrus County Speedway but did not think he had enough to find victory lane with the level of competition that entered to race the Full Throttle 100. Little did he know he would outlast the 26-car field and take home a $10,000 pay out. The race, 100 laps of green-flag action with the best late model drivers in the state of Florida.

The field included drivers like Mike Bresnahan, Wayne Anderson, Stephen Nasse, Jesse Dutilly, Patrick Starpoli, Anthony Sergi and Dave Pletcher.
“Honestly, I didn’t think we were going to have a shot at it,” said eventual race winner Jesse Dutilly. “I probably had a third or fourth place car.”
Dutilly qualified second, started sixth due to a seven-car inversion, and ran in the top 10 most of the event. “When we unloaded we were really good,” Dutilly said. “The car was excellent, just a hair under in the race. You have to have a fast car to make sure you have the opportunity to win the race.”
He didn’t have the fastest car. That was Mike Bresnahan who dominated the event with 62 laps. Bresnahan gained control of the event on lap No. 17 after an intense three lap battle with Anthony Sergi. At one point he had an eight-second advantage on the field. Once out front, the long time local racer showed his knowledge of the asphalt oval and appeared to the be the driver to beat.

Trouble for Bresnahan came with just 22 laps to go when he was drilled from behind by Stephen Nasse as they powered out of the fourth turn. The pair had battled side-by-side with Nasse on the outside lane. After several attempts, Nasse took his car to the low groove. Nasse’s No. 51N race car wobbled after he drove over the rumble strips on the low side of the track. That wobble was enough to throw his car up in the left rear of Bresnahan’s No. 7. Both cars were relegated to the rear of the field according to track rules, but, before the field went back to green Bresnahan unexpectedly pulled out of the race. “They were definitely battling it up there,” Dutilly said. “It was good quarter mile short track racing.

With Bresnahan out of the race, and Nasse in the rear, Dutilly made his way to the front of the field for the remainder of the event.
“I’ll take it, no problem,” Dutilly said of the win. As for Nasse, he was able to power from the rear of the field to finish second. “I just tried to keep the fenders on the car,” Stephen Nasse said. “Unfortunately a couple of things happened there in the race but we’re all human and everyone makes mistakes.” Rounding out the top nine cars left on the track included Nick Neri, Joe Boyd, Trey Bayne, Wayne Anderson, Jeremy Gerstner, Sergi, and Keith Zavrel, in respective order. Bresnahan posted a tenth place finish despite not finishing the event.

In other race action, AJ Waller earned his first win of his career in the Street Stock 25. “I knew it was going to be tough but (I thought) I’ll just hold ‘em off every lap the best I could,” AJ Waller he said of the heavy hitters he contended with throughout the race. Waller was able to hold off both Jonathan Appleby and Jason Waller in the caution-plagued race that was cut short after 10 laps due to time constraints. Appleby followed Waller to the line but was disqualified from the finish after his car failed the post-race technical inspection for multiple infractions. Jason Waller moved up to second, with Jeff Dufresne, Tommy Stokes and Dora Thorne listed in the top five, respectively.

Thomas Peet rebounded from last week’s disqualification that let him out of the division points’ battle for the season to win the Mini Stock 25 over Steven Wyatt, Lauren Lanier, Robert Anthony, and Brayden Boardman.
James Peters ran down race leader Larry Welter Jr. and used a quick bump-and-run maneuver in the final three laps of the Pure Stock 25 to earn his second win of the season. Welter kept the pressure on Peters all the way to the finish but fell short of dislodging the race winner and settled for second. Sport Wilson followed the contest third, Casey Rounds fourth, Craig Cuzzone fifth.

Kimberly Kelly covers the action at Citrus County Speedway for the Citrus County Chronicle with race results publishing each Tuesday.

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