Franklin prevails in Crate Late Models

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LMS roundup

By Michael Knight

The NDRA Crate Late Models main was the race of the night at Lancaster Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

The front row featured pole winner Dennis “Rambo” Franklin and Steve Banal.

When the green flag dropped, it was Franklin, Banal, Brandy Baker, Anthony Sanders and Timbo Mangum battling for the lead entering turn one.

Exiting turn two it was Banal with the lead over Franklin.

Timbo Mangum and Brandy Baker battled. While Baker and Mangum competed, Franklin was all over Banal for the lead.

Franklin looked under Banal lap after lap after lap. During the race’s late stages, Franklin made his move on Banal exiting turn four and pulled to about a two-car lead on his way to the checkers.

Banal was second, with Baker third. Anthony Sanders was fourth and Andy Hodges fifth.

u The Super Street front row had heat race winners Brandy Baker and Cody Reynolds.

When the green flag dropped, it was Baker, Reynolds, “Downtown” Michael Brown and Kevin Blackwell all going into turn one battling for the lead. Coming out of turn two, it was Baker with the lead and a mirror full of  Brown.

As the laps ticked off, Baker and Brown put a distance on the rest of the field.

Baker led from flag to flag on his way to his second straight Super Street win.

Brown was second, with third to 11th-starting Andy Winderl. Kevin Blackwell was fourth and Jody Bigham was fifth.

u The Crate Sportsman heat winners were Kenny Ramsey and Timbo Mangum on the front row.

When the green flag dropped, it was Ramsey, Mangum, Travis Payne and Dustin Sweatt going into turn one for the lead.

Exiting turn two, Ramsey led, but with a mirror full of Mangum. Mangum looked under Ramsey lap after lap for the lead.

The race had a number of cautions, and this led to exciting racing between Ramsey and Mangum.

Mangum looked under Ramsey on every restart only to see Ramsey pull away on the straightaways. On the last restart of the night, Mangum had one last shot at Ramsey. Going into turns one and two, Mangum drove his No. 5 car as hard as he could only to see Ramsey pull away yet again down the straightaway. Ramsey took his second straight win, with Mangum second. Payne was third ahead of  Sweatt, with Watkins fifth.

After the race, Timbo Mangum claimed Kenny Ramsey’s engine.

u The Pure Street front row featured heat winners Steve Hinson and newcomer David Carswell.

When the green flag dropped, it was Hinson, Carswell, James Marion and Frankie McGuire battling for the lead.

Exiting turn two, it was Hinson with the lead, but there was a dogfight for second between Carswell, Marion and McGuire. While Hinson started to pull away from the field, Marion and McGuire worked their way around Carswell for second.

Marion and McGuire put on a show for the LMS fans for second.

Back up front, it was Steve Hinson, in his Dixie Food Mart No. 10 machine, taking his third straight win.

Marion came home in a hard-fought second place. McGuire took third, with fourth to newcomer and a hard-charging John Rhyne. Carswell was fifth.

u The Vintage division, which had no heat races, featured a front row of Marty Spittle and Rocky Price.

When the green fell, Spittle and Price were side by side for the lead entering turn one.

Spittle spun out in the middle of turns one and two and was sent to the rear. Spittle didn’t stay in the back for long though as he worked his way back up to the front in his Purple Mustang.

There was a new leader with Kenneth Deese in his Chevy, followed closely by David Miller in his Dodge and the returning Steve Davis in his Ford.

As the laps ticked off, Deese, Miller and Davis put on a show.

Late in the race, Deese had problems with his Chevy while leading. Davis grabbed the lead from Deese and rolled to his first LMS race this season.

Miller was second, with Spittle third. Brian Greene was fourth, with Don Burns fifth.

u The NDRA Open Wheel Modifieds return to Lancaster Speedway on Saturday.

If you missed any of the action Saturday, Jackie Sims will have videos for sale in the pits for $10. If you want a picture of your favorite driver, Johnny Sims will have them for sale in the pits.

For more info, visit the track website www.lancasterspeedway.net. To discuss weekly racing, visit www.trackforums.com.

 Lancaster Speedway is located four miles north of Lancaster off U.S. 521.