Kevin Knox had to beat out last year's rival to win the first feature.
The 45-year-old Wesley Chapel resident lost twice to Ashlee Williamson of Mulberry last season.
That changed Saturday when Knox beat Williamson to win his first victory ever in the Mini Stocks feature at Citrus County Speedway.
Naturally, Williamson was second.
Knox said he led in his 1986 Dodge Daytona from start to finish but he had some technical difficulties.
"I had my throttle stick halfway through,'' he said. "One car hit me in the rear."
It was an emotional victory for Knox as he was thinking of a departed loved one.
"My Mom, Joyce Dotson, passed away in October,'' Knox said. "She is looking down.
"It's an awesome feeling. It's overwhelming. I hope there is more to come. I'm going to try to run the points."
Knox is a native of Dayton, Ohio, who moved to the Sunshine State in 1991. He raced at DeSoto Speedway before coming up to Inverness.
His day job involves delivering bread in the Wesley Chapel area.
He's been racing for the last six years.
His Daytona needed some help. He said he is grateful for some assistance from the Sharrone Family of Floral City.
"We put a motor in after blowing the old one," Knox said. "We weren't too sure how it was going to perform. We missed the first race of the season. We got it out in time this time."
He is grateful to his sponsors for helping ease the financial load of racing.
His sponsors are Shannon's Produce in Zephyrhills. High-Low Customs in Dade City and Knox Distributing, his company.
Knox is hooked on the thrill of the race.
"I've been around racing all my life," he said. "I raced motocross when I was a kid. Had two uncles, Clyde Know and Grover Knox who raced in southern Ohio."
Knox wants more feature wins.
He has to figure that Williamson is going to be lurking around somewhere, trying to keep him from those wins.