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Hodges wins two in July 5 race

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Michael Knight

For The Lancaster News

Brent Hodges was in the spotlight at Lancaster Super Speedway with two wins Saturday, July 5.

Hodges took the checkers in the Pro Street and Crate Sportsman divisions.

In the Pro Street main event, the front row was Brent Hodges and Joseph Richardson.

When the green flag fell, Hodges, Richardson, Brandy Baker and Andrew Baker battled for the lead in turn one. Exiting turn two, Hodges had the lead, with Baker and Richardson right behind him.

As the laps ticked off, Hodges’ lead grew over the field, until he snagged the win. Top five: Brent Hodges, Brandy Baker, Andrew Baker, Johnny Starkey and Andrew Winderl.

u The Deal 1 Auto Sales Crate Sportsman main event proved to be one of the most exciting main events of the 2014 season. In the front row were Andy Blackwood and Ronnie Mosley.

When the green flag fell, Blackwood, Mosley, Jeffery McGuirt and Hank Taylor battled for the lead entering turn one. Exiting turn two, Blackwood maintained the lead, while Mosley, McGuirt and Taylor staged a war for second place.

As the laps ticked off, Taylor was in second, while Mosley and McGuirt gave chase. There were numerous cautions through out the main event and Taylor had problems on every restart. While this was going on, Hodges worked his way up from his sixth -place starting position.

During the middle stages of the race, while under caution, Tyler Love hit Hank Taylor on the back straightaway. Speedway officials disqualified Love for the night.

Blackwood kept the lead, but on the last lap, Hodges gave it his all. But, on this night, Blackwood was tough in his return to the Lancaster Super Speedway. Hodges protested Blackwood, but Blackwood declined the protest and was disqualified, letting Hodges claim his second win of the night. Top five: Brent Hodges, Ronnie Mosley, Ricky Greene, in his first race at Lancaster Super Speedway, followed by Jacob Catoe and Jesse Carson.

u In the Super Street main event, in the front row were “Ole Iron Horse” Mike Harrington and Bryan “Cheeseburger” Mullis.

When the green flag fell, Harrington, Mullis, Andrew Baker and James Marion battled for the lead entering turn one. Exiting turn two, Mullis took the lead over Harrington followed by Baker and Marion. Harrington put the pressure on Mullis for the lead.

Exiting turn 2, Mullis had the lead over Harrington, Baker and Marion. Harrington then started to put the pressure on Mullis for the lead. Going down the straightaways, Harrington, was all over Mullis back bumper while Mullis pulled away in the turns.

As the laps ticked off Mullis lost his lead to Harrington and had to retire to the pits, which caused Harrington and Robbie Helms to battle for the lead and the top prize of $1,000. Harrington claimed the checkers that night. Top five: Mike Harrington, Robbie Helms, Steve Hinson, Marion and Baker.

u In the M&M Garage Extreme 4 main event, in the front row were David Laney and Scott Barrett.

When the green flag fell, Laney, Barrett, Joseph Laney and Chris Hinson battled for the lead entering turn one. A pileup on turn one stopped the race under a red flag. When the race resumed, Laney was in the lead, with Mel Privette giving chase. Privette ran Laney down during the middle stages of the race, but Laney stretched his lead over the field to capture the win. Top five: Laney, Mel Privette, Brian Baker, Chris Baker and Chris Hinson.

u In the U.S. Bonding Vintage main event, in the front row were Marty Spittle and Mike Huey.

When the green flag fell, Spittle, Huey, Mike Helms and Ben Helms battled for the lead entering turn one. Exiting turn two, Huey led the pack while Spittle, Mike Helms and Ben Helms gave chase.

As the laps ticked off, Huey’s lead grew over the field as he picked up yet another win in the U.S. Bonding Vintage division. Top five: Huey, Mike Helms, Ben Helms, Marty Spittle and Marty Batson.

u In the RWD4 (Rear Wheel Drive 4-Cylinder) main event, in the front row were two newcomers Kevin Cooper and Austin Mintz. Cooper is considered to be one of the top four-cylinder drivers in the Carolinas. Drivers in the field were getting in practice time for the $2,500 Monster Mini’s Buddy Crook Memorial race July 26.

When the green flag fell, Mintz, Cooper, Shannon Barnhill and Matthew Luck battled for the lead entering turn one.

Exiting turn two, Mintz was in the lead. Numerous cautions caused the field to go single file, with Cooper in the lead and Mintz second. When the green flag fell, Cooper and Mintz battled for the lead entering turn one. Exiting turn two, Cooper was in the lead.

As the laps ticked off, Mintz stayed within a car-length of Cooper, waiting for him to slip up so he could make a run for the lead. But in his first visit to Lancaster Super Speedway, Cooper captured the win. Top five: Cooper, Mintz, Barnhill, Blake Rallings and Eric Caskey.

Upcoming race

On Saturday, July 12, the Speedway is hosting six divisions of racing with the return of SECA Crate Late Models, which is paying $1,250 to win the race and a $250 bonus to the highest finishing non-winner from this year. Also on the racing program will be Pro Street, Deal 1 Auto Sales Crate Sportsman, Super Street, U.S. Bonding Vintage and M&M Garage Extreme 4 divisions.

Gates open at the grandstands at 5 p.m. and in the pits at 4 p.m. Admission to the grandstands is $12 and to the pits, $20. If you missed any of the July 5 racing action, Jackie Sims will have DVDs for sale in the pits for $10. To order a copy, send Jackie Sims a message on his Facebook page.

To learn more about Lancaster Super Speedway, visit http://www.lancastersuperspeedway.com, the track’s website.

Lancaster Super Speedway, in its 60th season, is four miles north of Lancaster off U.S. 521.

Turn right on Shiloh Unity Road and follow a short distance to the track on the left.

Track parking is available adjacent to the track.

The track’s 24-hour hot line for weather and event updates is (803) 285-1877.