GIBSONTON, Fla. – Veteran racer Buzzie Reutimann found his way back to victory lane at East Bay Raceway Park Saturday night during the open-wheel modified Larry Miller Memorial.
It was Reutimann leading the way into turn one and leading the first lap. After 10 laps of green flag racing it was Reutimann continuing to lead the way with Matt Miller, Larry Miller’s eldest son followed by Bruce Harvey, Steve Miller, Larry’s other son and Jerry Bruce. The first caution came out on lap twenty as Jerry Bruce would spin losing his fifth spot to Austin Sanders driving the No. 205 of Bobby Dixon.
Sanders had blown his motor in the heat race and Dixon was generous to lend Sanders the ride as Sanders is leading the points looking for his third Championship in four years here at East Bay. Two laps later another caution would come out for Nate Bregenzer as he spun in turn one. At the halfway point it was Reutimann holding off Matt Miller, Bruce Harvey, Steve Miller and Devin Dixon.
Caution waved on lap thirty as Dale Kelley spun in turn two. The green waved and Reutimann continued to hold off the field as the caution would wave on lap forty as Matt Miller after running in the fourth position had spun in turn two. The final restart with just nine laps to go, Reutimann was able to hold off the charges of Devin Dixon winning the race from flag to flag. Reutimann said in Victory Lane that he had to be poured out of this car laughing as he got out.
“If the fans could see my dash they saw a red light flashing and it was my oil temperature getting hot so I had to keep going and go for the win,” Reutimann stated.
Rounding out the top five were Devin Dixon, Steve Miller, Bill Howard and Austin Sanders.
Other race winners Saturday were Mike Wilson (street stocks), Jamie Franklin (old time modifieds) and John Moore. (four-cylinder bombers).