LAKELAND, FL (May 15, 2017) — Austen Semmelmann knew that the initial start and any restarts would be crucial on Monday night at the USA Raceway in Lakeland, FL, as the World of Outlaws Team VLR Sprint Car Series visited the 3/4 mile oval. Semmelmann was able to get the jump on the initial start, and subsequently got good launches following the four cautions that occurred in order to pull away to a .0639 victory over Howard Weaver.
The veteran driver started on the pole in the main event and found Weaver hot on his heels when the caution came out on lap two of the 35 lap race involving Eric Tupper. Semmelmann was then able to weather the next three cautions to hold off Howard Weaver, who is typically known for his Dirt Late Model prowess.
“We had a great Buffalo Wild Wings 360 Sprint Car tonight here at USA," commented Semmelmann in Victory Lane. "This is one of my best tracks for sure and I thought we would have a fast car. The track was a little slick which is perfect for my driving style so you had to work the throttle more than usual. I'm just happy to get the first win out of the way in this series and hope to win many more."