It was another Kalitta mosh pit at Sunday’s Gatornationals finals.
After Alexis DeJoria won in the Funny Car category in Phoenix, the Kalitta Motorsports Team brought home their second Wally in two races, this time with a Top Fuel win by Doug Kalitta. The teams of Kalitta, DeJoria, & David Grubnic cheered and tackled each other at the start line when defending event winner Antron Brown smoked the tires and Kalitta took the win with a 3.83 second pass at 323.87 miles per hour.
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Enders-Stevens sets Pro Stock national record speed
Erica Enders-Stevens set the national top speed record for Pro Stock on Friday with a 214.69 mile per hour run. She made the record-setting run in her first qualifying attempt lined up against Jeg Coughlin. With the run, Enders-Stevens also knocks off Mike Edwards as the track record holder at Auto Plus Raceway. Enders-Stevens previously held the track record in 2011.
Although Enders-Stevens’ speed was the fastest,
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Tori hosts the March edition of Style TV from downtown Mt. Dora. The show features local people, places, and events from around Lake and Sumter Counties. In this month’s episode, she also talks to one local couple celebrating their 47th wedding anniversary in the park.
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NASCAR Driver Ben Kennedy made waves last weekend in Daytona when he made the pole position for the Camping World Truck Series as a rookie. But you may not know that in addition to a full-time driver, Kennedy is also a normal college student. WUFT’s Tori Petry has more on this young talent.
Kennedy is finishing his degree with an internship in Connecticut this semester and is set to graduate in May.
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Tori pit reported at the annual AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car races at Ocala’s Bubba Raceway Park this weekend for the second year in a row.
Thursday night, she interviewed fast qualifier and feature winner Brady Bacon as well as the heat race winners and the second and third place finishers, Dave Darland and Tracy Hines. She also provided social media updates from her Twitter account, @sportstori.
Friday was unfortunately rained out,
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The slanted black No. 3 might have started on the pole for NASCAR’s biggest race, but it was the son of the man who made that number famous who was the first across the finish line at the end.
“All is right in the world,” said teammate Jeff Gordon. “Dale Jr. won the Daytona 500.”
In 2004, Junior won his last one at Daytona. And 10 years later,
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The Daytona 500 was red-flagged just 38 laps in on Sunday thanks to heavy showers in the area that lasted all afternoon. In the six hours of rain delay, NASCAR drivers, fans, teams, and media had to find ways to fill the time. From repeat races to toy cars, here are the most entertaining ways they made the most of the bad weather.
1. Watch the replay of last year’s race on FOX thinking it is this year’s race
Faced with TV time to fill until the race resumed,
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When Ensley Gammel & Cody Dent came to play softball & baseball at Florida, they had no idea their experience on the field would lead them to a different kind of diamond. Tori Petry reports for WUFT on how these two former Gators found love in their time at UF.
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Last month, the Florida High School Athletic Association approved a revision to their bylaws on steroid use. Tori Petry reports for WUFT to investigate what exactly this means for high school sports.
Only three states – Texas, New Jersey, & Illinois – currently test students for steroids. The FHSAA estimates it would cost $42 million to test every Florida high school athlete for performance-enhancing drugs.
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This race had so much carnage, the pace car couldn’t even survive it.
Yes, you read that right. Only 8 cars out of 18 finished the Sprint Unlimited Saturday night at Daytona, and after a massive wreck and the pace car catching fire, it was Denny Hamlin who came out on top.
“That was survival of the fittest,” Hamlin said. “The best car won, that’s for sure.”
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