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Brown highlights LMS action with win

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LMS action

By Michael Knight

 

   

“Downtown” Michael Brown won his first career NDRA Crate Late Model race to highlight action at Lancaster Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

The front row had Lancaster Speedway’s popular drivers, Brandy Baker and Timbo Mangum. Dirt track racing fans know the history between these two great drivers.

When the green fell, it was Baker and Mangum side by side for the lead. Entering turn two, Baker spun, hitting the outside wall to end his night early.

This allowed Brown to move alongside of Mangum. When the race restarted, it was Brown and Mangum entering turns one and two dead even for the lead.

Coming out of turn two, Brown powered his 06 machine to the lead and set sail never looking back.

As the laps ticked off, Brown pulled away from Mangum to notch his first career NDRA Crate Late Model win at LMS.

Mangum was second. Matt Long was third and fourth went to Andy Hodges. Travis Steele was fifth. After the race Mangum protested Brown on his tires.

u Lancaster driver Dillon Crook captured his first-ever Crate Sportsman win on Saturday night.

The front row had Crook and Dustin Sweatt. When the green flag dropped, it was Crook and Sweatt side by side entering turns one and two. In the middle of turns one and two, Sweatt jumped in cushion therefore spinning out in front of the field to end his night.

When the race restarted, the show was between Crook and Timbo Mangum. Crook and Mangum had the LMS fans on their feet. Mangum had the edge on Crook coming out of turn two, but  Crook had the advantage coming out of turn four. This went on for the entire race between Crook and Mangum. Coming down to the white flag, it was Crook with a mirror full of Mangum, who gave it one last shot coming out of turn two. Mangum came out of turn two on Crook’s bumper, but Crook held on to the checkers in his second-ever start in the Crate Sportsman. Mangum as second, with third to 10th-starting Travis Payne. Steve Saucier was fourth and Josh Walden fifth.

u The Super Street division had heat winners Brandy Baker and Jody Bigham on the front row. When the green fell, it was Baker and Bigham side by side entering turns one and two. Bigham spun out and went to the field’s rear. This allowed the returning Shawn Mangum a chance at Baker. When the race restarted, Mangum was all over Baker.

Lap after lap, Mangum gave Baker a run for the lead. Mangum developed problems late in the race and retired. When the race restarted, it was Johnny Starkey and Joey Engelbrecht battling it out for second. Coming down the back straightaway, both drivers made contact with each other to end their nights. Baker won, but Baker’s fuel was sent to be tested, so the winner and top five will be determined later. See The Lancaster News on Friday.

u The Pure Street front row had week one winner James Marion and defending Pure Street champion Steve Hinson after they won the heats.

When the green flag dropped, it was Hinson and Marion side by side for the race lead entering turns one and two. Coming out of turn two, Hinson had a mirror full of Marion, with Ryan Whitaker in third.

Whitaker spun out in turns three and four, but Whitaker worked his way back up to the front as the race passed.

Whitaker put on a show, coming from the back all the way up to a fourth-place finish. Back up front, it was Hinson taking the win, with Marion in second. David Price was third. The hard-charging Whitaker was fourth ahead of Adam Traywick.

u The Stock Four front row had Michael Deese and heat winner Dylan Terlinde. When the green waved, it was Deese and Terlinde side by side for the lead. Deese and Terlinde were joined up front by Ray T. Adams, David Pate and Michael Chaney. These five drivers duked it out for the lead.

Deese wasn’t denied. On the last lap, Deese felt pressure from track veteran Adams, who gave it his all coming out of turn four, but came up short at the line. Deese took his first career win in the Stock 4. Ray T. Adams was second ahead of Michael Chaney. Track newcomer Cory Lambert was fourth and Terlinde fifth.

u The Vintage division sported Chris Fincher and Brian Greene on the front row.

When the green flag dropped, it was Fincher and Greene, both in No. 3s that look like the late NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt’s old cars.

Fincher and Greene went into turn one even for the lead. Coming out of turn two, it was Fincher with a two-car length lead over Greene.

The car on the move was the Corvair driven my Don Burns of Thug Racing. Burns had high side working in his favor. Burns, who started ninth, picked off every car on the high side, working his way up to fourth. Late in race week one, winner “Screamin’ Ben” Helms made a late-race charge and worked his way up to third.

Back up front, it was Fincher taking home the win. Greene was second ahead of Helms, Burns and   Spittle.

u The Young Guns V8 front row had Andrew Baker and Josh Langley.

When the green fell, it was Baker, Langley, Brandan Blackmon and Brady Kirk all going for the lead. Coming out of turn two, Baker led, but had a mirror full of the hard-charging Blackmon.

Blackmon gave Baker a run for the lead for the first part of the race, but Baker would be too tough on this night and pulled away for the his second win this season.

Blackmon was second ahead of Josh Langley. Brady Kirk as fourth.

u On Saturday night, the Easter Bunny will be making a stop at Lancaster Speedway to see all the young fans. If you missed the action last Saturday night, Jackie Sims, in the pits, has videos for $10. Sims also has photos from last week.

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