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Catoe captures first main event win

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Saturday's seven division race

By Michael Knight

Crate Sportsman
Jacob “Smooth” Catoe and Jeffrey “Red Rocket” McGuirt were in the front row of the Crate Sportsman main event. When the green flag dropped to start the race, Catoe, McGuirt, Travis Payne and Kye Norwood all roared into turn one. Exiting turn two, Catoe battled to the lead in front of a hard-charging McGuirt and Payne. Catoe started to pull away from the rest of the field as McGuirt and Payne dueled for second place. As the laps ticked off, Catoe went on to capture his first main event win of the year.
Top 5: Catoe, McGuirt, Payne, Andrew Baker and Colt Gilliam
Super Street
Brandy “The Gambler” Baker and Johnny Starkey were in the front row of the Super Street main event. When the green flag dropped, Baker, Starkey, Jody Bigham and Kevin Godbee all battled for the lead entering turn one. Exiting turn two, Baker, Bigham and Starkey were all fighting for the lead. As the laps began to tick off, Baker and Bigham pulled away from the rest of the field, setting up a duel for the lead. Bigham and Baker were all over each other, battling for the lead. Midway through the straightaway, Bigham captured the lead, after a caution was called on Baker. For the rest of the race, it was all Bigham as he continued his break-out season to capture another win. Top 5: Bigham, Starkey, Baker, Godbee and Joey Engelbrecht
Pure Street
David Price and Jesse Carson were in the front row of the Pure Street main event. When the green flag dropped, Carson, Price, Cody Honeycutt and James Marion all roared into turn one, battling for the lead. Exiting turn two, Carson took the lead over Price, Marion and Honeycutt. As the race wound down, Carson saw his lead grow to pick up the win.
Top 5: Carson, Price, Marion, Steve Hinson and Robbie Helms
Stock 4
Evan Thomas and Patrick Norwood were in the front row of the Stock 4 main event. When the green flag dropped, Thomas, Norwood, Cody Bartlett and Mike Snipes were all fighting for the lead entering turn one. Exiting turn two, Norwood had the lead. There was hard contact between Bartlett and Wes Helms that sent Helms hard into the outside wall. Under a caution flag, Helms and Bartlett again made contact on the back straightaway. Helms was disqualified for the night. When the racing restarted, Norwood regained the lead over Thomas and Bartlett. As the laps ticked off, all eyes were on Bartlett as he charge toward the front of the field, working his way up to second place. He challenged Norwood for the lead, lap after lap after lap. Bartlett was beneath Norwood exiting the turns, but was unable to make the pass stick. Coming to the checkered flag, Bartlett gave it one last shot, only to come up short at the line, and having to settle for second place.
Top 5: Norwood, Bartlett, Snipes, Chuck White and Evan Thomas
NDRA GM Performance Late Model
Steve Banal and Johnathan Edwards were in the front row of the NDRA GM Performance Late Model event. When the green flag dropped, Banal, Edwards, Travis Steele and Timbo Mangum roared into turn one, going for the lead. Exiting turn two, Banal had the lead over Edwards, Mangum and Brandy Baker. There was a heated battle between those three for second place behind Banal. It was a smooth sailing for Banal as he captured the win.
Top 5: Banal, Mangum, Edwards, Austin and Mike Huey
Vintage
Marty Spittle and Chris Fincher were in the front row of the Vintage division. After the green flag dropped, Spittle, Fincher, Mike Harrington and Ben Helms roared their classic cars into turn one, looking for the lead. Spittle was in the lead in turn two, with a hard-charging Harrington behind him.
Harrington was all over Spittle, bumping his back bumper in every turn. The drivers put on a show for racing fans that night. You could heard the power of their engines as they roared down the front straightaways. Harrington was forced to retire to the pits when his car broke down in the later stages of the race. Though Ben Helms gave chase, Spittle went on to capture his fourth straight win.
Top 5: Spittle, Ben Helms, Steve Helms, James Crump and Lakota Burns
FWD/UCAR
Mike Baucom and Mel Privette were in the front row of the FWD/UCAR main event. When the green flag dropped, Baucom, Privette, David Laney and Joseph Laney battled for the lead entering turn one. Exiting turn two, Baucom led Privette, David Laney and David “Porkchop” Motes. As the laps ticked off, Baucom pulled out to a sizeable lead, while David Laney and Privette dueled for second place. Once David Laney got around Privette, he began to run down Baucom. David Laney and Baucom then dueled for the lead. David Laney made his move on Baucom with about three laps to go. Behind the leaders, there was some real racing going on between Joseph Laney, Steve Robinson and Mark Bennett. All three went three wide for the rest of the race. After the post-race inspection, David Laney’s car was deemed illegal, allowing Baucom to become the new winner.
Top 5: Baucom, Motes, Privette, Steve Robinson and Mark Bennett
Upcoming race Saturday
The M&M Muffler & Tire Stock 4/Extreme 4 fest is the featured race this Saturday, July 21. The Stock 4 and FWD/UCAR Division will be running for $500 to win.
If you missed any of the racing action from any race this year, visit Jackie Sims will be selling DVDs for $10 in the pits. For details about Lancaster Motor Speedway, visit www.Dirtracefans.com and make sure you register.