Sept. 18 events canceled

The planned racing for Sept. 18  has been canceled due to saturated grounds and continued rain.

The schedule moves to Saturday, Sept. 25 with the Top Gun Sprints non-wing competition, joined by 602 Late Models, Street Stocks, Q Micro Sprints and Gladiators.

Mike DeZarn Obituary

Mr. Michael DeZarn, a resident of Lakeland, passed away on August 25, 2021 in Bartow, FL.

Mike was born in Williamsport, Indiana on January 18, 1952.

Mike and Becky came to Lakeland in 1979 for a business opportunity and have lived here ever since.

Mike is survived by his wife of 44 years. Becky was the apple of his eye, along with his son Zachary DeZarn and sister Lynn DeZarn of Lake Wales.

Mike was a proud Polk County business owner of Precision Wallboard of Polk County, Inc. for over 42 years. Mike was especially proud of the fact that he worked all of those 42 years for the same homebuilder, first Bob Adams and Don Stephens of Sun State Homes and then Bob and Joel Adams of Highland Homes, which recently became Clayton Homes.

In 2004, another business opportunity presented itself and he proudly ran with it, as he became a partner at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL. He was a proud dedicated racetrack owner to the present.

Mike was truly one of a kind.

He loved many and many loved him.

He will be in our hearts and memories forever.

Visitation will begin at 10:30 am Sunday, September 12, 2021 at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes, located at 1727 Bartow Road, Lakeland, FL 33801. Service will begin at 11 am, followed by a procession to Mike’s final resting place at Oak Hill Burial Park at 4620 US Hwy 98 South, Lakeland, FL 33812.

Sept 4 event cancelled

A strong rain shower arrived at 5:15 p.m. as spectators and competitors were coming through the gates. The rain was enough to cause the cancellation of the evening’s program.

Track officials have rescheduled the entire program for NEXT SATURDAY, SEPT. 11. All divisions scheduled on Sept. 4 will compete on Sept. 11, including the Gary Gay Memorial for Street Stocks.

More Money for Gary Gay Memorial Winner

The annual Gary Gay Memorial for Street Stocks will be held Saturday, Sept. 4. The 25-lap main now pays $700 to the winning driver, thanks to adding $200. Roofs are optional for Street Stocks.

The program also features 604 Late Models, Gagel’s M0odifieds, Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Mini Sprints, Mod Lites and Gladiators.

Services for Mike Dezarn

Services for Mike Dezarn will be held on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at the Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home Southside Chapel at 1727 Bartow Rd (Highway 98) in Lakeland. Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. with service at 11 a.m.

Blood drive this Saturday

Come out early to do your part as OneBlood will be on site to take donations. Donors will get free admission to the evening’s races, a $20 gift card and a free T-shirt. Collection will take place from 5:30-8:00pm September 4.

Appointments are recommended and you can make your appointment  at

Vaccinated? There is no wait period to donate after receiving Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

Thank you for your consideration.