It was another crazy night at “The Bullring” in Winter Haven, Florida as Jesse Dutilly took the checkered flag at Auburndale Speedway in front of a stalwart crowd who stuck through an hour and a half rain delay in the middle of the nightly program.
Dutilly, who took the lead on lap eight and never looked back, had a lot to say about the effort him and his team put into getting the car ready for the night of racing. “It took a whole lot of work. We crashed really bad at Showtime (Speedway) during the championship, and destroyed the car. It was a racing deal, it happens.
“Last Monday at noon this was a bare chassis with a seat in it. I was pressure washing it, and literally worked every waking moment I had to make it to this race. There is nobody at this racetrack that worked harder than I did this week.
“I want to thank Mr. Carbone, my car owner who puts the finances behind us so we’re able to do things like that. If it wasn’t for him we’d be parked for a while. It’s a pleasure driving for him, and I have to thank my brother, Jeff Gilbo, and everyone at Integrity transmissions for stepping up to keep the shop running while I pretty much dedicated my life to the race cars for the last two weeks, so I can’t thank them enough.”
Joe Boyd said about his second place finish, “Jesse had a good car. I’d say this is probably the most competitive we’ve been with him on an equal track. I was a little tight getting into the corner, but yeah. I just got to thank my sponsors Transportation Specialists, my dad who puts a lot of time in these cars, and Port City Racecars, these guys keep these cars fast for us.
George Gorham Jr. finished third despite this being only his second full week with his new Super Late Model.
“It was just a tough battle man. These guys have been doing this all year, well heck they’ve been running late models for years and this is only my second week with my brand new car. I can’t ask for any better. We ran out front and led a lot of laps last week in St. Pete (Showtime Speedway), we came here and started sixth and ended up third. I had Boyd on the short runs, but couldn’t do anything with him on long runs. But we’ll get it fixed. The car is in one piece and all we can do is keep going forward from here.”
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-By Allick Jorgensen, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @AJorgensen24
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