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Hodges posts first LMS win Saturday

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Racing Roundup

By Michael Knight

Super Street driver Brent Hodges captured his first career win at Lancaster Motor Speedway to highlight action Saturday night.

The Super Street main event front row had heat winners Mike Canevale and Brandy Baker.

When the green flew, it was Baker and Canevale side by side for the lead.

Exiting turn two, Baker led over Canevale. As the laps ticked off, Canevale drove his heart out.

Baker held a two-car length lead over Canevale on the straightaways only to have Canevale erase that in the turns.

During the middle stages of the race, Canevale lost control of his car and spun out.

This allowed Brent Hodges to take over second.

When the race restarted, it was Baker and Hodges dueling for the lead.

Hodges gave his all in running down Baker. With about three laps left, something broke on Baker’s car.

This allowed Hodges to take the lead. After trying time and time again, Hodges roared down the front straightaway to take his first career win.

When Hodges pulled into victory lane, all of the LMS fans cheered him.

Hodges received the traditional mud bath from his pit crew. Top five: Brent Hodges, Jody Bigham, Cody Reynolds, Johnny Starkey and Mike Canevale.

u The Crate Sportsman front row had young Hank Taylor and Dillon Crook.

Taylor, a 13-year-old, topped a stout field in his heat race.

When the green flag dropped, it was Taylor, Crook, Tyler Love, Timbo Mangum and Kenny Ramsey going into turns one and two for the lead.

Exiting turn two, it was Crook with the lead over Mangum. This race featured numerous cautions to start the race. When the race got going, it was Crook with the lead over Mangum and Ramsey.

In perhaps one of the moves of the year entering turn three, it was Crook with the lead over Mangum and Ramsey.

Crook and Mangum went high in turn three, and Ramsey dove to the inside of Crook and Mangum to gain the lead.

Ramsey then would put a three-car length lead over Mangum and Crook and to take yet another win on the 2011 LMS season. Top five: Ramsey, Mangum, Crook, Travis Payne and Steve Saucier.

u The Pure Street front row featured heat winners Pebo Johnson and Steve Hinson.

When the green flag dropped, it was Johnson, Hinson, Dennis Knight and James Marion battling for the lead.

Exiting turn two, it was Johnson with the lead over Hinson. As the laps ticked off, Hinson was all over Johnson looking under Johnson in every turn.

Johnson and Hinson put some distance between them and the rest of the field, allowing Johnson and Hinson to duel it out.

On this night, Johnson proved to be too tough and prevailed. Hinson, Marion, David Price and Jesse Carson rounded out the top five.

u The Stock Four front row had David Rallings and Ray T. Adams.

When the green flag dropped, it was Rallings and Adams dueling for the lead. Rallings exited turn two with the lead, but with a mirror full of Adams.

Adams looked under Rallings time and time again only to have Rallings pull away on the straightaways.

As the laps ticked off, Rallings pulled away for his first career win. Rallings was followed by Evan Thomas, Bill Stutler, Ray Adams and Mike Chaney.

u The NDRA GM Performance Late Models front row had “Downtown Michael” Brown and “The Gambler,” Brandy Baker.

When the green flag dropped, it was Brown, Baker, Timbo Mangum and Dale Dodge battling for the lead.

The race featured numerous cautions to start the race. When the race finally got going, it was a three-car battle for the lead between Brown, Baker and Mangum.

These drivers are perhaps the most popular drivers at LMS. During the first stages of the race, Brown held the lead. As the laps ticked off, Mangum pressured Brown for the lead.

During the middle stages of the race, Mangum made his move on Brown and took the lead. This set up a battle for second with Brown and Baker.

These ace drivers then swapped second back and forth.

As the laps passed, Timbo Mangum took the win. Brown, Baker, Mike Huey and Shaun Medlin rounded out the top five.

u The Young Guns featured the race of the night.

Andrew Baker and Brady Kurk were on the front row.

When the green flag dropped, it was Baker, Kurk, Brandan Blackmon and John Gordon battling for the lead.

Exiting turn two, it was Baker and Blackmon dueling for the lead. Baker and Blackmon were the only two cars left on the track as Kurk and Gordon pitted.

They say it only takes two to tango and these ace young drivers put on a show for the LMS fans. Baker led, with Blackmon all over his back bumper. Blackmon’s car was a rocket coming out of turn two.

When Blackmon took the lead, his fans cheered and when Baker took the lead, his fans cheered.

As the laps ticked off, Blackmon used every part of the race track to pass Baker only to come up short. Baker won, with Blackmon coming home second. Gordon was third and Kurk fourth.

u The Vintage front row featured “Screamin’ Ben” Helms and Mike Helms.

When the green waved, it was Mike Helms and Ben Helms battling for the lead. Exiting turn two, it was Mike Helms with the lead over Ben Helms. Behind the lead duo, it was the Fords of Steve Davis and Marty Spittle picking off cars left and right working their way to the front.

Davis led, with Spittle behind him. Back up front Ben Helms had about a three-car length lead. As the laps ticked off, Davis and Spittle worked their way up to second and third, respectively, but but on this night Ben Helms proved to be too tough and took the win. Ben Helms was followed by Davis, Marty Spittle, David Miller and Mike Helms.

The drivers’ meeting Saturday night is at 6 p.m.

 If you missed any action Saturday, Jackie Sims has videos for sale in the pits for $10. Johnny Sims has pictures for sale. For more about LMS, visit www.lancasterspeedway.net, or visit www.DirtRaceFans.com to discus the track action. Make sure you register.