MANATEE COUNTY — Sarasota's Anthony Campi looked like he was in cruise for most of Saturday night's 75-lap Turner Tree and Landscape Super Late Model feature event at Desoto Speedway.
But a disastrous turn of events over the final nine laps that included a spin with a lapped car and a classic short track-bump-and-run with Jeff Scofield left Campi disappointed as he sat and watched Scofield celebrate his second Desoto win of the year.
"Losing like that is embarrassing," Campi said.
Polesitter Joe Boyd paced the field for the first dozen laps of the event with Campi following in his tracks. After a spin by Tyler Scofield on lap 12, Campi passed Boyd on the outside for the lead and started pulling away from the rest of the field.
Campi had a big lead when the caution flew for Chris Fontaine's flat tire on lap 28. He had another huge lead go by the wayside on lap 44 when the yellow came out again for Steve Gill's spin.
Boyd pulled his car into the pits during the yellow, moving Jeff Scofield to second and fast-qualifier Jesse Dutilly, who was looking for his third straight win at Desoto, to third.
Campi set sail on the field and appeared to be cruising toward the win when contact with Gene Anderson's lapped machine sent him spinning into the infield in turn four. Officials ruled that Anderson was at fault for the spin, which allowed Campi to stay up front.
Scofield started on Campi's outside on the final restart. After Campi cleared Scofield heading onto the backstretch, Scofield made slight contact with Campi going into turn three. That caused Campi to chase his car up the banking and sent Scofield to the lead.
Campi fell to third after the contact behind Scofield and Dutilly. He eventually got back by for second, but ran out of time to catch Scofield as he collected his second win of the year at Desoto.
Dutilly finished third, with Dylan Bigley and Bill Bigley Jr. rounding out the top five.
The Joey Coulter Florida Pro Truck series was also on hand for a 50-lap feature event. Polesitter Nick Hernandez of Bradenton paced the field for the first seven laps. As the field completed the eighth lap Becca Monopoli passed Hernandez for the lead.
Immediately behind them Steve Darvalics and Danny Anderson got together on the front stretch, sending Anderson, winner of the last couple of Pro Truck races at Desoto Speedway, into the wall and out of the race.
Monopoli and Hernandez staged a side-by-side battle for the lead for several laps after the restart. Monopoli wrestled the lead from Hernandez on lap 16. Hernandez retook the lead two laps later and spent the next 10 laps up front with Dylan Martin, Darvalics and Monopoli right on his tail.
On the ensuing restart Martin got by Hernandez for the lead. He started pulling away and successfully worked his way through lapped traffic in the closing laps to collect his first win at Desoto this year. Hernandez, Darvalics, Monopoli and Chad Chastain rounded out the top five.
In other action Saturday night, Jimmy Best took the win in the Rookie 4 feature; Jimmie Best won the LKQ Pick Your Part Pure Stock feature; In the Mini Stock feature race winner was Randy Johnson followed by Ronnie Robinson and Cameron Cruse third.
Donnie Duchesne passed Doug Lecornea on the final lap to take the Race Cars of Yesteryear feature; Ander Jackson won the Sunbelt Rentals of Fort Myers Street Stock main event; and Brandon Duchscherer won the 20-lap bomber feature.
The Take Aim Gun Range Sportsmen, J.D. Byrider Open Wheel Modifieds and a 50-lap Pro Late Model feature highlight next Saturday's action at Desoto Speedway.
DESOTO SPEEDWAY RACE RESULTS
Super Late Model
1. 6 Jeff Scofield Plant City
2. 81 Anthony Campi Sarasota
3. 30 Jesse Dutilly Bradenton
4. 128 Dylan Bigley Naples
5. 28 Billy Bigley Jr.Naples
6. 5 Joe Boyd Riverview
7. 20 Anthony Sergi Geneva
8. 151 Nick Neri Palmetto
9. 5x Steve Gill Sarasota
10. 42 Troy McNabb Naples
11. 07 Tyler Scofield Plant City
12. 21 Gene Anderson Lakeland
13. 09 Tommy Caveney Mulberry
14. 4 Dennis Colletti Bradenton
15. 47 Chris Fontaine Lakeland.
1. 7 Dylan Martin Lakeland
2. 37 Nick Hernandez Palmetto
3. 41 Steve Darvalics Venice
4. 59x Becca Monopolli Lakeland
5. 36 Chad Chastain Alva
6. 25 Cody McDuffie Lakeland
7. 28 Corey Bigley Naples
8. 64 Brent Huber Venice
9. 14 Sam Scott Naples
10. 12 Scott Hogan Naples
11. 99x Rick Penton
12. 09 Tommy Caveney Mulberry
13. 84 Pat Mahoney Venice
14. 51 Phil Ellis Port Charlotte
15. 99 Cody Martell Arcadia
16. 50 Danny Anderson Bradenton
17. 5 Richard Griffis West Palm Beach
18. 37g Michael Goddard Naples
19. 1 Tyler Lau Bradenton
1. 91 Ander Jackson Punta Gorda
2. 57 Jim Brenner Sarasota
3. 77 James Dellea 3rd. Port Charlotte
4. 7 Blaine Baer Port Charlotte
5. 80 Richard Nelson Port Charlotte
6. 98 Cody Benoit Buckingham
7. 11 Billy Carlbert Palmetto
8. 51 Mike Slavic Inverness
9. 69 Keith Neff Bradenton
10. 64 Bill Bowman Bradenton
11. 33 Brian Teeters Palmetto
12. 25p Terry Price Punta Gorda
13. 29 Brad Tindall Sarasota
14. 50 David Blanchard D.N.S.
1. 67 Jimmy Best Sarasota
2. 3 Duane Best Parrish
3.80x Chad Cummings Palmetto
4. 97 Chris Scott Nokomis
5. 63 Kyle Best Parrish
6. 46 Dennis Wilson Bradenton
7. 2 Lonnie Retherford N.Ft. Myers
8. 11 Billy Carlbert Palmetto
9. 26 Brian Hillyer North Port
10. 23 Brandon Duchscherer Auburndale
11. 75 Carl Thompson Aburndale
12. 6 Danny Burchscherer Auburndale
13. 29 Brad Tindall Sarasota
14. 57 Aaron Holmes Aunurndale
15. 18 Troy Theim Sarasota
16. 25h Roy Healey Auburndale
17. 57k Ben Kelly Venice
18. 25p Terry Price Punta Gorda
19. 43x Steve Briener Auburndale
20. 33 Mike Loney Naples
21. 8x Lance Sober Punta Gorda
22. 98 Phil Morrison Punta Gorda D.Q.
23. 8 Shane Leonard Cape Coral D.Q.
23. 4 Mark Anderson Arcadia D.N.S.
24. 22 Randy Spicer Venice D.N.S.
1. 73 Randy Johnson Bradenton
2. 05 Ronnie Robinson Bradenton
3. 91c Cameron Cruise Myakka
4. 11 Justin Amspaugh Bradenton
5. 3 Sherry Best Sarasota
6. 7 Ronnie Culpepper Auburndale
7. 1 Justin Calbert Palmetto
8. 23 Kenny Gibson Venice
9. 21 Alexa Anderson Lakeland
10. 91 Jessica Ostrovskis St. Pete
11. 99 Johnny Marra Port Charlotte
1. 23 Brandon Duchscherer Auburndale
2. 75 Carl Thompson Auburndale
3. 25 Ray Healey Auburndale
4. 6 Danny Burchfield Auburndale
5. 57 Aaron Holmes Auburndale
6. 22 AnnMarie Ricardi Naples
7. 33 Chris Loney Naples
8. 43x Steve Breiner Auburndale
9. 10. Tristen Collins North Port
10. 1. Jeff Firestine Venice
11. 43 Mark Petty Venice DNS
12. 01 Tracy Maynard Waumwa DNS
1. 67 Jimmy Best Sarasota
2. 1 Dodge Carlbert Palmetto
3. 68 Jesse Hidenthal
4. 7 Kristen Milthaler North Port
5. 15 Jorden Miller Bradenton
6. 42 Dustin Wilson Bradenton
Cars of Yesteryears
1. 40p Danny Duchesne Riverview
2. 7 Doug Lecorrnea Tampa
3. 15 Duane Lecornea Tampa
4. 400 Tim BrBrush Dayton Ohio
5. 2 Tom McDonald Largo
6. 96 Stephen Campbell
7. 48 Bob Mulready Shelton Conn.
8. 57 Charlie Mixon Largo
9. 11 Robert Campbell Dunedin
10. 44 Chase Nivens Seffner
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