Jesse Dutilly continues to dominate the South Florida short track racing scene, leading the Sunoco Super Late Model 100 at Auburndale Speedway (FL) Saturday night from flag to flag. Driving his Chevrolet powered Super Late Model into victory lane for the second time in the last two weekends, Dutilly’s dominance at Florida quarter-mile short tracks, Auburndale and Desoto Speedway, has not gone unnoticed by his competitors.
In the previous Sunoco Super 8 Series race held at the central Florida track, Dutilly finished second to Steve Dorer’s No. 64; and through qualifying it seemed that the two were destined to duke it out from the front of the pack again. Then Dorer, who decided that putting a show on for the fans is half the joy of racing, elected to start from the rear of the field, a decision that eventually cost him a top finishing position.
Dutilly on the other hand, starting from the front stayed up front throughout, only to be challenged by a hard charging Mike Smith in his No. 23 machine.
“Mike Smith was really fast. I looked in the mirror and he was right there all night. I was running the car as fast as I could until the yellow came out at lap 64, and I had driven the brake pedal right out of it. If we had gone another six or eight laps I would have lost the lead for sure,” Dutilly said.
Smith, in his first appearance at Auburndale this season, started third, and kept his Port City built machine up front and clean the whole race.
Joe Boyd, battling a tight racecar all night, drove up from the seventh starting spot to finish third for the second race in a row.
The next time the Super Late Models will take the track at Auburndale will be May 9 for another 100 lap feature.
-By Allick Jorgensen, Speed51.com Southeast Contributor
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