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Carolina Clash returns for track opener

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LMS opens 57th campaign

By Michael Knight

 

   

Lancaster Motor Speedway’s 57th season opens Saturday night.

A week ago, LMS fans got a glimpse of the track at the annual open house and practice for all drivers and fans.

The event drew 78 drivers who practiced on the half-mile track.

Four Super Late Models practiced for the upcoming Carolina Clash on Saturday night.

Track record-holder Ross Baileys was among the drivers practicing. NASCAR legend Terry Labonte’s son Justin Labonte was also on hand to turn in some laps.

Three local Limited Late Model ace drivers will be testing the Carolina Clash Series this year, including Chad Paxton and Mike Huey.

Paxton was at Lancaster Speedway this past Saturday turning in some practice laps with his Super Late Model ride. Another driver joining them is Randy Smith.

The NDRA Crate Late Models will be another competitive division this year, with Timbo Magnum and Brandy Baker headlining the division.

Downtown Michael Brown, moving up from the Super Street Division, will be looking to steal a few wins from the fan favorites Timbo Magnum and Brandy Baker.

The Super Street Division will be another highly competitive division, with Baker headlining this division. Jody Bigham, Joey Engelbrecht, Mike Carnevale and many more will be looking to steal a few wins from the “Gambler” this year.

The Crate Sportsman will be Lancaster Speedway’s most highly competitive division this year, with Timbo Magnum, Dustin Sweatt, Kenny Ramsey, Travis Payne, Junior Stacks, Michael Hough, second-year driver Dillon Crook and many more looking to catch a few wins this year.

The Pure Street will be always competitive just like past years with Steve Hinson headlining the division.

James Marion, Barry Mathis, Jesse and Landon Carson and the crowd favorite, the only truck at the track that is racing, the John Deere truck of Matt Harris, and many more will be looking to steal a win from Hinson this year.

The Young Guns feature Josh Langley, Andrew Baker, Brandon Blackmon, Brady Kirk, J.T. Gordon and a host of other drivers looking to win their first championship and some their first wins.

The Vintage Division was a fan favorite last year with the Ford vs Chevy rivalry, but this season a Dodge is in the mix to make it more interesting.

You have the Helms gang, Kenneth Geese and Chris Fincher, the Crump brothers, Rocky Price in perhaps the oldest car out there, along with David Miller in the only Dodge in the field and many more drivers, including Marty Spittle in his purple Mustang.

Stock 4’s Chase Wilson looked to be the fastest this past Saturday at practice, but keep your eye on a few other drivers, who will be looking to steal a win from Wilson. Dylan Terlinde, Andy Helms, David Pate, Chase Ray and many more will be looking to take home a win.

The divisions running Saturday night will be Carolina Clash Super Late Models, NDRA Crate Late Models, Crate Sportsman, Super Street, Pure Street and Vintage. The rain date is April 9.

LMS is located four miles north of Lancaster off U.S. 521. Turn right on Shiloh-Unity road and follow to the track on the left. Call the track’s 24-hour hot line at (803) 285-1877.