Steve Dorer drove his way to victory Saturday night at Auburndale Speedway in Auburndale, Florida, winning the Sunoco Super Late Model Series 100 lap feature. Starting his No. 64 machine from the 12th spot at the quarter-mile bullring, Dorer took advantage of several early cautions to methodically maneuver his way into the lead by lap 15. Taking over the reigns, he quickly settled in and protected the bottom line from several hard charging rivals including Dylan Martin, Jesse Dutilly and Joe Boyd.
Dorer, in his first start for car owner Jim McCoy, had hoped to get away with a decent finish for a team that had a few rough finishes so far in the season.
“They’ve had a great car, but they’ve just had misfortunes that have kept them from finishing up at the front,” Dorer told Speed51.com powered by JEGS post race. “I’m more happy to win for Jim McCoy than I am for myself.”
Jesse Dutilly finished second after a hard battle with Dorer for the majority of the race. Starting his No. 30 in the rear due to a broken starter during qualifying, Dutilly quickly made use of his brand new Finishline Fabrications chassis to roll the car through the corner and work his way through the field.
“I couldn’t be happier with the car. It’s really fast. We just didn’t have the right adjustment going into the race to get around Steve off the corner. We could kill him through the corner but he could drive away from me on the exit. If we could maintain that then we could have drove away from him,” Dutilly said.
When asked how he felt about finishing second tonight Dutilly replied said, “I couldn’t be happier that the car got away in one piece, it’s been nothing but a battle trying to complete a race this season. It’s nice to just start and finish with something to build on.
Joe Boyd finished third in a great battle with Dylan Martin in the closing laps. Martin, who used his bumper to aggressively fight his way to the lead battle, slipped up the track with five laps to go and Boyd was there to pounce. Martin would end up finishing fourth.
Brandon Morris, who started in the back due his late arrival at the race track, rounded out the top-five.
-By Allick Jorgensen, Speed51.com Southeast Contributor
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