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Baker, Blackmon duel for Young Guns crown

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By Robert Howey

 

   

Andrew Baker vs Brandan Blackmon Young Guns V8 Points Championship To Be Decided On The Last Points Race Of The Year.

Lancaster Motor Speedway will be hosting its final points race of the 2011 season Saturday night.

Only one division will be decided when the Young Guns V8 Division rolls. Andrew Baker and Brandan Blackmon are tied for the points lead.

For this special occasion, the Young Guns V8 Division will be qualifying to set the field. With Baker and Blackmon set to duel over the points championship, this will be anybody’s race as both drivers have had their share of wins.

Other drivers to watch are Josh Langley, Brady Kirk and John Gordon.

 u In the Super Street Division Jody Bigham has locked up the points championship, and will seek to return to victory lane this Saturday to add to his 2011 win total.

Terry Brooks Jr., captured his first 2011 win this season at LMS last Saturday night.

Brooks, who is bad fast everywhere he goes, finally captured a LMS win.

Fan favorite Brent Hodges had some bad luck last week, but will be in contention for another win Saturday. Other drivers to watch are Johnny Starkey, Michael Emerson Jr., Joey Engelbrecht, Kevin Godbee, Justin Rollins, Mike Carnevale, Jake Gibbons and Corbin Parker.

u In the Crate Sportsman Division, Dillon Crook, in his first year competing in the Crate Sportsman Division, won his first points title.

Crook, the Buford High School junior, started in the Young Guns V8 Division last year and moved up to the Crate Sportsman Division.

Another young driver in the Crate Sportsman Division is fan favorite Hank Taylor, who is 13 and in the eighth grade.

He captured his first career win a couple of weeks ago at LMS. The victory had to be the most popular win at LMS this season.

Taylor will finish second in points this year behind Crook. Timbo Mangum, who has seen his share of bad luck this year in the No. 5 machine, will be seeking a return trip to victory lane this Saturday. Travis Payne, who experienced his share of bad luck at the beginning of the year, has seen his luck reverse.

Payne reeled off two straight wins a couple of weeks ago and notched another this past Saturday night.

Dustin Sweatt will also be in contention to capture the checkers Saturday.

Tight racing led to some heated tempers in the Crate Sportsman Division last Saturday night.

Other drivers to keep an eye on will be Frankie McGuire, Jacob “Smooth” Catoe, Kevin Blackwell, Matt Cauthen, Michael Hough, Landon Carson, Steve Saucier, Richard Broome and Brad Broome.

u In the Pure Street Division, “Burn ’Em Down” Steve Hinson has locked up his third straight Pure Street Division points championship. 

Hinson has seen his share of wins this year at LMS and will be seeking to add to his win total.

James Marion earned another win on the 2011 season last Saturday. Marion battled Cayce McGuire all race long for the win. McGuire crossed the finish line first, but was found light at the scales.

Pebo Johnson, who started in the rear last Saturday after winning three straight, will be seeking to return to victory lane this week.

Other drivers to watch are Kevin Blackwell, Jesse Carson, Jerry Sexton, Chuck Jones, Ryan Whitaker, Alex Wiseman, Matt Harris, David Price, Aaron Hemby and Paul Irby.

u In the Stock 4 Division, Ray T. Adams has locked up the points.

Adams has seen his share of wins and will be looking to add to his 2011 win total. Jeffrey McGuirt, who won last Saturday, will be seeking to add another win to his dominating 2011 season. Evan Thomas, who rallied from the rear last Saturday, will be in contention for the win.

Other drivers to keep an eye on will be Wes Helms, Chase Wilson, Tyler Funderburk, Michael Deese, Mike Snipes, Michael Ott, “The Outlaw” Jesse James, Rocky Phillips, David Benfield, Thomas Boatwright and Colton Haire.

u In the NDRA GM Performance Late Models, Timbo Mangum captured the win last Saturday.

Mangum battled Johnathan Edwards for the first half of the race and had the crowd on its feet. Mangum and Edwards will be in contention for the win this week. Steve Banal gave Mangum a run for the win on the last lap only to come up short at the line.

“Downtown” Michael Brown will be seeking to add to his win total and end his long victory lane drought.

Ronnie Mosley, always in contention for the win at LMS, will be seeking to add another win to his 2011 total.

Gib Gibbons, who took a very popular first career win at LMS this year, will be seeking his second win on the year at LMS.

Other drivers to keep an eye on will be Andy Hodges, Mike Huey, Whitney Long, Shaun Medlin and Donnie Austin.

u In the Vintage Division, Frankie McGuire ran away with the race last Saturday Night in the powerful ZZ Top car.

McGuire, at one point in the race, was a straightaway and a half ahead of the next car.

McGuire will be seeking to return his ZZ Top machine to victory lane for a second straight week this Saturday.

“The Big Show,” Kenneth Deese will be seeking to add to his win total this Saturday and return his Dale Earnhardt look alike No. 3 ride back to victory lane.

The ever-popular No. 45 Mustang of Marty Spittle will be seeking to return his Ford to victory lane and add to his win total.

Ben Helms will be seeking to add to his 2011 win total and return his Blue No. 51 Chevy to victory lane. Other drivers to keep an eye on will be Chris Fincher, Mike Helms, Steve Helms, Brian Crump, James Crump, Don Burns, Coty Burns, Steve Davis, Rocky Price and Shaun Mangum.

u Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstands open at 5. Admission is $20 in the pits and $10 for the stands.