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Johnson makes it three straight in Pure Street

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Lancaster Motor Speedway

By Michael Knight

Pebo Johnson captured his third straight win to highlight racing action at Lancaster Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

Johnson and Jerry Sexton were on the Pure Street front row for the main event.

At the green, Johnson, Sexton, Chuck Jones and Kevin Blackwell battled for the lead entering turn one. Exiting turn two, Sexton led over Johnson.

As the laps ticked off, the two drivers on a mission to the front were sixth-starting Jesse Carson and “Burn ‘em Down” Steve Hinson.

Up front, the lead duo of Sexton and Johnson dueled for the lead.

Sexton’s red No. 21 Camaro was pushing up in the middle of the turns.

Johnson dove low coming out of the turns and had the lead only to see Sexton power back by on the outside.

By this time, Carson and Hinson were third and fourth, respectively.

During the later stages of the race coming out of turn four, Johnson got a run on Sexton and both drivers made contact coming down the front straightaway.

Johnson entered turn one with the lead and the duo of Carson and Hinson passed Sexton coming out of turn two.

Johnson had a mirror full of Carson and Carson had a mirror full of Hinson. Carson challenged Johnson for the lead for the rest of the race only to come up short at the line.

Johnson won his third straight race. Top 5: Johnson, Carson, Hinson, Sexton and Cayce McGuire.

u In the Super Street main, the front row had Jody Bigham and Brent Hodges. When the green flag fell, it was Bigham, Hodges, Brandy Baker and Mike Canevale battling for the lead.

Exiting turn two, it was Bigham led over Baker.

As the laps ticked off, it was Bigham, Baker and Terry Brooks Jr. battling for the lead. Bigham had a mirror full of Baker and Baker had a mirror full of Brooks.

As the laps ticked off, Baker gave Bigham all he could handle only to see Bigham hold on to the lead. Midway through the race, Bigham developed problems with the No. 52 machine and retired.

This set up a duel between Baker and Brooks. At the green to restart the race, Baker and Brooks roared down the front straightaway into turns one and two.

As the laps ticked off, Baker still had a mirror full of Brooks. Coming to the white flag, Brooks gave his all to find a way to pass Baker only to come up short at the line. Top 5: Baker, Brooks, Hodges, Joey Engelbrecht and Johnny Starkey.

u In the Crate Sportsman main, the front row had Travis Payne and Timbo Mangum.

The division also had a  surprise driver, local track veteran Frankie McGuire in a debut Crate Sportsman car.

When the green fell, it was Payne, Mangum, McGuire and Jacob Catoe battling for the lead. Exiting turn two, Payne led over Mangum and McGuire.

As the laps ticked off, the lead trio began to pull away. Payne had a mirror full of Mangum and Mangum a mirror full of McGuire. Mangum gave his all in trying to find a way to pass Payne. McGuire sought a way to pass Mangum as well. On this night, Payne proved to be too tough and picked up his second straight win. Top 5: Payne, Mangum, McGuire, young Hank Taylor and Dillon Crook.

u In the Stock 4 main event, the front row had Evan Thomas and Wes Helms. At the green, it was Helms, Thomas, Mike Snipes and Ray T. Adams battling for the lead. Exiting turn two, it was Helms with the lead over a hard-charging Thomas. All eyes were on 13th-starting Jeffrey McGuirt. McGuirt started in the rear after winning three straight.

Back up front, the lead duo of Helms and Thomas dueled for the lead. Thomas was all over Helms’ bumper, seeking a way to pass Helms for the lead. As the laps ticked off, McGuirt worked his way into the top five.

Back up front, it was still Thomas seeking a way to pass Helms for the lead. Coming to the white flag, Thomas gave his all only to come up short at the line. Adams and McGuirt raced hard coming to the checkered flag, with both drivers making contact with the inside wall. Top 5: Helms, Thomas, Snipes, Adams and Michael Chaney.

u In the NDRA GM Performance Late Models main event, the front row had pole winner, “Downtown” Michael Brown and Timbo Mangum.

When the green fell, it was Brown, Mangum, Travis Steele and Brandy Baker battling for the lead. Brown and Baker made contact with each other, with Baker spinning out in turn two.

When the race restarted, it was Mangum, Brown, Baker and Steele battling for the lead again.

Coming out of turn two, Mangum roared down the front straightaway with the lead over Brown, Baker and Steele.

As the laps ticked off, Mangum set sail on the rest of the field for the win. Top 5: Mangum, Steele, Baker, Mike Huey and Brown.

u In the Vintage main, the front row had Brian Crump and Jerry White. At the green, it was Crump, White, Ben Helms and Marty Spittle battling for the lead. The field would not make it out of turn two due to a caution.

When the race restarted, it was Crump, White, Helms and Spittle battling for the lead again.

Helms and Spittle worked their way by the front-row starters and dueled for the lead. As the laps passed, Helms and Spittle exchanged the lead numerous times.

As the race heated up, the front straightaway lights went out to set up a long delay.

When the race restarted, it was Helms with Shaun Mangum behind him now because Spittle pitted with a flat tire. As the laps ticked off, the man on a mission was “The Big Show” Kenneth Deese, who was working is way to the front after starting 11th. Coming to the white flag, Mangum and Deese gained ground on Helms.

Coming down the back straight away, Mangum and Deese gained more ground on Helms.

Helms held off Mangum and Deese for the win. Top 5: Helms, Mangum, Kenneth Deese, Steve Davis and Spittle.

u In the Young Guns V8 main, the front row had John Gordon and Andrew Baker.

When the green flag fell, it was Gordon, Baker, Brandan Blackmon and Brady Kirk battling for the lead. Exiting turn two, it was Blackmon and Baker dueling for the lead.

Blackmon and Baker battled all race long. The fans were on their feet cheering for either Blackmon, or Baker.

As the laps passed, Baker began to pressure Blackmon for the lead. Coming to the white flag, Baker was all over Blackmon. Entering turns one and two, both drivers made contact, with Blackmon spinning out.

This set up the protect the leader rule, giving Blackmon the win. Top four: Blackmon, Gordon, Kirk and Baker.

This Saturday night Lancaster Motor Speedway hosts the $3,000 to win NDRA Dirt Wars. Admission is $15 for stands and $25 for the pits.

u If you missed action from this past Saturday, or from any races this season, Jackie Sims has DVDs for sale in the pits for $10. Johnny Sims has victory lane pictures and on-track action pictures for sale as well.

For details about LMS, visit the track website www.lancasterspeedway.net or the track’s two Facebook pages.

 To discuss track action, visit www.DirtRaceFans.com and register.