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Brandy Baker captured his fourth straight win in the Super Street race to highlight action at Lancaster Motor Speedway.
The Super Street front row featured heat winners Jody Bigham and Andy Blackwood, a returning track veteran.
When the green fell, Bigham, Blackwood, Anthony Gunter and Johnny Starkey entered turn one battling for the lead.
After numerous restarts, the racing action finally rolled. When the race restarted, it was Blackwood, Bigham and Gunter contesting for the lead. All eyes were on “The Gambler,” Baker, who started in the rear after an early-race wreck. The wreck effected the handling on Baker’s car.
Back up front, it was Bigham with the lead as he put some distance between himself and the rest of the field. As the laps ticked off, Baker worked his way up to the second position and set his sights on Bigham. A late-race caution bunched the field. When the green flag waved to restart the race, Baker was all over Bigham’s bumper. These two veteran drivers raced each other hard for the lead, going door to door.
Baker eventually worked his way by Bigham to net his fourth straight win. Top 5: Baker, Bigham, Gunter, Starkey and Daniel Piszczek.
u The Crate Sportsman front row had heat winners Ben Watkins and young Hank Taylor.
When the green flag dropped, it was Watkins, Taylor, Dustin Sweatt and Timbo Mangum battling for the lead. The race also had numerous cautions to start this event.
Once racing began, the fans were on their feet. Taylor, 13, led with a mirror full of Mangum, Watkins, Sweatt and Kenny Ramsey.
As the laps ticked off, Taylor drew a new challenger in Watkins, who looked under Taylor in every turn. Coming to the white flag, something broke in the front of Taylor’s machine sending him hard into the turn one and two walls.
As the wrecker crew pulled Taylor down the front straightaway to the pits, Taylor received a standing ovation.
When the race restarted, it was Watkins, Ramsey and Sweatt entering turns one and two battling for the lead. Coming out of turn two, it was Waktins and Ramsey side by side for the lead.
Entering turn three, Ramsey pulled alongside of Watkins only to see Watkins power back by on the outside for the win. Top five: Watkins, Ramsey, Sweatt, Michael Hough and Steven Saucier.
Heat winners James Marion and Pebo Johnson were on the front row for the Pure Street race.
At the green, Marion, Johnson, Jerry Sexton and Jesse Carson tangled for the top spot.
As the laps ticked off, Marion and Carson battled for the lead. Back behind the leaders, Steve Hinson worked his way up through the field from his sixth starting position.
Back up front, Marion led over Sexton and Carson. Hinson worked his way by both drivers and set his focus on Marion.
Coming to the white flag, Hinson gave it his all. Hinson closed the gap exiting turn two coming down the back straightaway. Hinson dove low in turns three and four. Coming out of turn four, Hinson was all over Marion’s back bumper, but Marion held on for the win. Top five: Marion, Hinson, Sexton, Carson and Ryan Whitaker.
u The Stock 4 front row sported heat winners Jeffrey McGuirt, “The Red Rocket,” and Chase Wilson.
At the green, it was McGuirt, Wilson, David Rallings and Michael Chaney battling for the lead. Exiting turn two, McGuirt led over Rallings and Wilson.
As the laps ticked off, McGuirt put some distance between the rest of the field. Behind the leader, Ray T. Adams, who started 10th, worked his way up through the field to finish third.
McGuirt cruised to the win. Rallings protested McGuirt, and McGuirt was found legal. Top five: McGuirt, Rallings, Adams, Wilson and Tyler Funderburk.
u The NDRA GM Performance Late Models front row had pole winner “Big A” Anthony Sanders and Brandy Baker. When the green waved, it was Sanders, Baker, Timbo Mangum and Travis Steele battling for the lead.
Exiting turn two, it was Baker with the lead over a hard-charging Sanders, who pressured Baker for the lead all race long.
Sanders looked under Baker in every corner, seeking to grab the lead. As these two drivers dueled for the lead, Mangum was in their tire tracks waiting for one to make a move. During the later stages of the race, Sanders made his move on Baker.
Sanders dove low exiting turn two to take the lead.
Mangum was not far behind as he made a move on Baker down the back straightaway.
Mangum then ran down Sanders and dueled for the lead. Coming to the white flag, Mangum was all over Sanders’ bumper.
Exiting turn two, Mangum looked under Sanders. Entering turns three and four, Mangum pulled along side of Sanders. These two drivers dragged race to the finish, with Sanders getting his first win of the 2011 LMS season. Top five: Sanders, Mangum, Steele, Gib Gibbons and Steve Banal.
u The Vintage front row had Thugs Racin Don Burns and “Screamin” Ben Helms. At the green, Burns, Helms, James Crump and Brad Price battled for the lead.
Exiting turn two, it was Helms with the lead over Burns, Crump and Price.
As the laps ticked off, all eyes were on the Purple 45 Mustang of Marty Spittle, who started 11th and worked his way up through the field.
Once Spittle gained second place, he set his sights on Helms.
Behind the leaders, there was some teamwork going on. Kenneth Deese developed motor problems.
Chris Fincher, Deese’s teammate, gave Deese a push around the track for the last three laps.
Fincher pushed Deese down the straightaways into the turns and then dove low to hold off the rest of the field. This had all of LMS fans on their feet.
As the rest of the field closed in on Deese and Fincher coming to the white flag, Mike Helms worked for a way to pass Deese and Fincher.
Coming down the back straightaway, Helms dove low only to come up short. Coming down the front straightaway, Helms went to the high side of Deese and Fincher.
Helms then rode the outside wall to the excitement of the fans. Back up front, it was all Ben Helms.
Top five: Ben Helms, Spittle, Fincher, Mike Helms and Steve Helms.
u The Young Guns V8 front row had Andrew Baker and Brady Kirk. When the green flag dropped, it was Baker, Kirk, Brandan Blackmon and Josh Langley battling for the lead.
Exiting turn two, it was Baker, Langley and Blackmon battling for the lead.
Blackmon grabbed the lead from Baker and Langley.
As Blackmon put distance between himself and the rest of the field, Langley and Baker were in a heated battle for second.
Both drivers made contact with each other in turns one and two, with the caution on Langley.
When the race restarted, Blackmon powered away from the field.
Behind Blackmon, it was Kirk and Langley dueling it out. Coming out of turn two, Kirk and Langley would made contact.
This sent both drivers into the inside wall on the back straightaway.
Langley hit the water barrels and was OK. When the race restarted, it was Blackmon and Baker dueling it out for the lead. Blackmon proved too tough on his way to the win. Top 5: Blackmon, Baker, Kirk, Langley and John Gordon.
If you missed any of the racing action from this past Saturday night, Jackie Sims has DVDs for sale in the pits and stands for $10. Johnny Sims will have victory lane pictures and on-track racing pictures for sale as well in the pits and stands. For details LMS, visit the track website, www.lancasterspeedway.net, or the track’s two Facebook pages. To discuss track action, visit www.DirtRaceFans.com and make sure you register.