Bonus money for two divisions Saturday

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Racing Roundup

By Michael Knight

Lancaster Motor Speedway will host seven divisions of racing, with the highlight Saturday night a $200 bonus for first place in the NDRA GM Performance Late Models and Crate Sportsman Division.

Last Saturday, the Crate Sportsman Division featured one of the best races of the 2011 season, with Ben Watkins and Kenny Ramsey dueling for the win. Ramsey captured the checkers.

The Crate Sportsman Division is LMS’s most competitive division as any driver can win on any given night.

The NDRA GM Performance Late Models will also be competitive Saturday night, with Steve Banal as the only repeat winner  this season with two wins.

This past Saturday, Banal won a hard-fought race over Anthony Sanders and Timbo Mangum.

In the Super Street Division, Brandy Baker has been dominating this year. A week ago, “The Gambler” notched a tough win.

Baker had to work his way past Steve Hinson, then rally from the back of the field, and then work his way past Shaun Mangum.

In the Pure Street Division, “Burn’em Down” Steve Hinson has racked up the wins along with James Marion. Last Saturday night was a very entertaining race, with Frankie McGuire, Steve Hinson and Pebo Johnson battling.

McGuire, while leading, made contact with a lapped car, costing him the lead. This allowed Hinson to take the lead and survive numerous restarts.

In the Vintage Division last Saturday, the race was one of the top races of the season.

Sage track campaigners Chris Fincher and Marty Spittle thrilled the fans. Spittle and Fincher dueled all race long, with Spittle winning on a last-lap pass coming out of turn four.

In the Young Guns Division, Andrew Baker earned a hard-fought win over Brandan Blackmon and Josh Langley.

In one of the notable moves of the season, these talented young drivers went three wide into turns one and two.

In the Stock 4 Division last Saturday night, Wes Helms visited victory lane for the first time this season as the division is becoming highly competitive.

Gates open at 4 p.m. for the pits and 5 p.m. for the grandstands. Admission is $20 for the pits and $10 for the grandstands. If you missed any of the top racing from last Saturday, Jackie Sims will have videos for sale for $10. Johnny Sims will have pictures for sale as well.

 For more info, visit www.lancasterspeedway.net or visit www.DirtRaceFans.com to discuss track action.