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Dream Team treated to banner night of racing

By Michael Knight

 

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With The Dream Team Foundation kids at LMS this past Saturday night, the LMS drivers were determined to put on a show.

During intermission, the drivers signed autographs and met The Dream Team Foundation. When the racing got started, it was action-packed.

The highlight was two Knox Bailey race cars capturing wins – Steve Hinson and Travis Payne.

In the Pure Street main, Robbie Helms and Steve Hinson were on the front row.

When the green flag fell, Helms, Hinson, Jerry Sexton and David Price battled for the lead entering turn one.

Exiting turn two, it was Helms led over a hard-charging Hinson. As the laps ticked away, Helms and Hinson dueled for the lead. At the same time, numerous battles waged for third between Sexton, Price, Jesse Carson, Ryan Whitaker and James Marion.

Back up front, Hinson looked under Helms on every lap seeking to get by the fast No. 17 Helms machine.

With about two laps left, Hinson made his move on Helms and pulled away to capture his third win on the 2012 season. Top 5: Hinson, Helms, Carson, Whitaker and Sexton.

In the Crate Sportsman main, the front row had Travis Payne and Kyle Norwood.

At the green, it was Payne, Norwood, Timbo Mangum and Jacob Catoe battling for the lead entering turn one.

Exiting turn two, Payne led over Norwood and Mangum.

A back straightaway caution caused the race to be restarted. It was Payne, Norwood, Mangum and Catoe battling for the lead again. This time exiting turn two, Payne led over Mangum.

The two ace drivers put on a show. As the laps passed, Mangum pressured Payne for the lead.

Lap after lap, Mangum looked under Payne, seeking to get around the No. 29 machine.

Fans were on their feet cheering both drivers on as they took the white flag. Mangum gave it one last shot only to come up short and Payne captured his second straight win and third on the year. Top 5: Payne, Mangum, McGuirt, 12th-starting Andrew Baker and Kevin Blackwell.

 

In the Super Street main, the front row had Jody Bigham and Jake Gibbons. When the green waved, it was Bigham, Gibbons, Brandy Baker and Brent Hodges battling for the lead entering turn one.

Exiting turn two, it was Bigham, Baker, Gibbons and Hodges.

This is when the show started between Bigham and Baker.

As the laps passed, Bigham led with a mirror full of Baker. Baker was all over Bigham. Lap after lap, Baker sought a way around Bigham. Entering the turns, Bigham went high and Baker went low. Exiting the turns, Bigham powered his No. 52 machine by Baker as the crowd was on its feet cheering  Bigham and Baker.

Half the fans backed Bigham, with the other half cheering “The Gambler,” Baker.

Coming to the white flag, Baker gave it  one last shot at Bigham, but Bigham proved too tough and won. Top 5: Bigham, Baker, Gibbons, Kevin Godbee and Hodges.

In the Stock 4, Wes Helms and Chase Wilson were on the front. When the green flag fell, it was Helms, Wilson, Cody Bartlett and Patrick Norwood battling for the lead entering turn one.

Exiting turn two, Wilson led over Bartlett, Helms and Norwood.

Bartlett pressured Wilson for the lead. Bartlett has rallied from second numerous times this year and is still looking for his first career win in his rookie campaign.

Wilson and Bartlett and Helms were all over each other for the lead.

During the race’s middle stages coming down the front straightaway, Bartlett and Helms made hard contact, with both drives ending up in the wall. Bartlett continued, but Helms was done.

When the racing resumed, Bartlett again pressured Wilson for the lead.

Coming to the white flag, Bartlett gave his all only to come up short to Wilson, who is 2-2 on his trips to LMS this season. Top 5: Wilson, Bartlett, Norwood, Tyler Funderburk and Chuck White.

 

In the NDRA GM Performance Late Models main event, the front row had Johnathan Edwards and Timbo Mangum. At the green, it was Edwards, Mangum, Steve Banal and Chris Hargett all entering turn one battling for the lead.

Exiting turn two, Mangum led over Edwards, Banal and Hargett. Mangum then showed his muscle and pulled away from the field for the win. Top 5: Mangum, Edwards, Banal, Hargett and Brandy Baker.

 

In the Vintage main, James Crump and Ben Helms were on the front row.

When the green flag fell, Helms, Crump, Chris Fincher and Marty Spittle battled for the lead. A caution in turns one and two caused a restart.

When the race restarted, it was Ben Helms, Crump, Fincher and Don Burns going into turn one battling for the lead.

Exiting turn two, Helms led over a hard-charging Fincher. As the laps passed, Helms saw his lead grow.

During the late stages, something broke in Helms’ No. 51 machine. As he was entering turn one, the Helms car rear end hit the outside wall hard. Helms was OK.

When the racing restarted, Fincher led over Burns, the returning Jerry Knight and Crump.

Fincher captured his first win on the 2012 season. Top 5: Fincher, in first race of the 2012 season, Jerry Knight, Crump, Lakota Burns and Don Burns.

In the FWD/UCAR main event, David “Porkchop” Motes and Joseph Laney were on the front row.

When the green flag waved, Motes, Laney, Scott Barrett and Mel Privette battled for the lead entering turn one. Exiting turn two, Motes led over Laney, Privette and Barrett.

Motes had a mirror full of Privette. Behind the leaders, the man on a mission was Shorty Lacey, who arrived at the track right before the FWD/UCAR main and was at the rear.

Lacey picked off cars left and right, working his way up threw the field to the front.

As Lacey was working his way up through, Motes led over Privette.

Privette was all over Motes’ bumper, seeking to pass the fast No. 91 machine.

By this time, Lacey was up to third and pressured Privette for second. This turned into a three-car battle for the lead. Lacey dove to Privette’s inside exiting every turn. A late-race caution set up a dash to the checkered flag, and Motes led flag-to-flag on his way to picking up his first career win. Top 5: Motes, Privette, Lacey, Harold Duncan and Adam Leaird.

On Saturday night June 16, Deal One Auto Sales will present the Crate Sportsman Summer Slam with $1,000 to win on the line.

If you missed any of the action from Saturday night, or from any race this year, Jackie Sims will have DVDs for sale in the pits for $10.

For more details on LMS, visit the track website, www.lancasterspeedway.net, or visit the track’s two facebook pages. To discuss track action, or your favorite drivers, visit www.Dirtracefans.com and register.