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Laney captures FWD/UCAR main event win

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David Laney takes home top prize at Saturday’s Speedway race

By Michael Knight

There was plenty of racing action Saturday night at Lancaster Motor Speedway.
David “Porkchop” Motes and Joseph Laney were in the front row for the FWD/UCAR main event. When the green flag dropped, Motes, Joseph Laney, David Laney and Mel Privette all battled for the lead entering turn one.
Joseph Laney led Motes, David Laney and Mel Privette exiting turn two.
As the laps began to tick off, Motes pressured Joseph Laney for the lead, while David Laney was lying in wait to make his move on the front duo. Motes was all over Joseph Laney’s back bumper, seeking a way around him. Coming to the white flag, David Laney made his move to pass the front duo and take the lead. Jospeh Laney and Motes gave chase, but David Laney pulled away to take the checkered flag.
- Top 5: David Laney, Joseph Laney, David Motes, Mel Privette and Steven Robinson
Super Street  
Jake Gibbons and Brandy Baker were in the front row of the Super Street main event. When the green flag dropped, Baker, Gibbons, Kevin Godbee and Jody Bigham battled for the lead entering turn one.
Exiting turn two, Baker was in the lead, with a hard-charging Bigham in his tire tracks. There were numerous cautions in the race, but Bigham and Baker put on a show for the lead spot. Bigham put the pressure on Baker in his search for a way around him. Bigham dove under Baker time and time again in the turns, only to see Baker pull back by him on the high side. Coming to the white flag, Bigham gave it one last shot, but Baker prevailed and returned to victory lane in the Super Street division.
- Top 5: Baker, Bigham, Godbee, Johnny Starkey and Joey Engelbrecht
Crate Sportsman
Austin Baker and Kevin Blackwell, aka “The Buford Bandit,” were in the front row of the Crate Sportsman main event.
When the green flag dropped, Baker, Blackwell, Bryan “Cheeseburger” Mullis and Travis Payne all roared into turn one for the lead. Exiting turn two, Blackwell had the lead in front of Baker, Mullis and Payne. As the laps began to tick off, Blackwell pulled away from the rest of the field. Payne and Mullis’ duel for second place played a major part in the later stages of the race. A late-race caution bunched up the field. On the restart, Payne got the better of Blackwell and dove below him entering turn one. Exiting turn two, Blackwell powered back past Payne. Every time Payne got a run on Blackwell, there was a caution flag. On the last restart of the race, Payne again dove below Blackwell to take the lead. Payne pulled away to capture the win for the second week in a row. Blackwell came in second. Kyle Norwood edged Mullis for third place by inches.
- Top 5: Payne, Blackwell, Norwood, Mullis and Andrew Baker
Pure Street
Robbie Helms and Steve “Burn’em Down” Hinson were in the front row of the Pure Street main event. When the green flag dropped, Helms, Hinson, Ryan Whitaker and Cody Honeycutt roared into turn one, battling for the lead. Exiting turn two, Hinson had the lead over Helms, Whitaker and Honeycutt. Jesse Carson, starting from sixth place, was a driver on a mission. Carson wasted little time in working his way up through the field. On the first lap, coming down the back straightaway, Carson used a power move to pass on the outside. Back up front, Hinson was still leading, but there was a new man in second place – Ryan Whitaker. Whitaker was running Hinson down before losing control of his car in turns three and four. The incident pushed Carson to second place with a chance at Hinson. For the rest of the race, Carson gave it his best shot in trying to run down Hinson. But Hinson proved to be too tough and went on to capture the checkered flag.
The win gave Knox Bailey Race Cars two victories that night. It was the second time this year that Knox Bailey Race Cars captured two wins in one night with Payne in the Crate Sportsman division and Hinson in Pure Street.
- Top 5: Hinson, Carson, James Marion, Robbie Helms and Whitaker
Stock 4  
Evan Thomas and Jimmy Helms were in the front row of the Stock 4 main event. When the green flag dropped, Thomas, Helms, Dustin Sweatt and Cody Bartlett battled for the lead entering turn one. Exiting turn two, Thomas led Helms, Sweatt and Bartlett. Bartlett, who worked his way by Sweatt to take third place, was a man on a mission. Working his way through the field, Bartlett had a heated duel with Helms for second place. Bartlett pushed Helms to the corner, only to see Helms power back by him on the outside. Once Bartlett got around Helms with about two laps to go, he set his sights on Thomas.
Entering turn three on the last lap, Bartlett dove below Thomas. The fans held their breath, watching this first-year driver try and make the pass stick. But Bartlett almost lost control of his car, allowing Thomas to power back by on the outside to take the win. Bartlett had to settle for another second-place finish in his rookie year of racing dirt-track cars.
- Top 5: Thomas, Bartlett, Helms, Sweatt and Chuck White
NDRA DM Performance late model
Steve Banal and Ben Watkins, aka “The Rock Hill Bad Boy,”  were in the front row of the NDRA GM Performance Late Model main event. When the green flag dropped, Banal, Watkins, Brandy Baker and Timbo Mangum all battled for the lead entering turn one. Exiting turn two, Banal had the lead over Watkins, Baker and Mangum. Entering turn three, Watkins dove under Banal. Both drivers made contact with each other, sending both cars to the pits for repairs. Both came back out and started in the rear of the field. But the battle was not over. Up front, Brandy “The Gambler” Baker struggled to hold his lead over Timbo Mangum. When the green flag waved to restart the race, Baker and Mangum battled for the lead entering turn one. Exiting turn two, Mangum put the pressure on Baker for the lead. Racing fans had two battles to watch – Baker vs. Mangum and Watkins vs. Banal. During the later stages of the race, Banal and Watkins made contact with each other again coming out of turn four, causing Watkins to spin out on the front straightaway. There was an incident in the pits between the Banal and Watkins pit crews. When the race restarted, Baker still led Mangum. As the laps began to tick away, Baker pulled away to capture the win, giving him two wins on the night.
- Top 5: Baker, Mangum, Brandan Blackmon, Travis Steele and Josh Harwell
Vintage  
Steve Davis and Brian Crump were in the front row of the Vintage main event. When the green flag dropped, Davis, Crump, Steve Helms and Marty Batson battled for the lead entering turn one. Exiting turn two, Davis had the lead over Crump, Helms and Batson. Mike “The Iron Horse” Harrington worked his way up through the field to second place, then set his sights on Davis. Coming down the front straightaway, Harrington dove below Davis entering turn one. Both drivers made contact, sending Davis hard into the outside wall. When the race restarted, Davis still had the lead over Helms. Marty Spittle, who seems to make a late-race charge every Saturday night, made this one count, working his way up from his eighth starting position. Once Spittle took over the second place position, he ran out of laps in running down Davis. But Davis’ car came up light on the scales after the race, making Spittle the winner after all.
u Top 5: Spittle, Steve Helms, Ben Helms, James Crump and Brian Crump
This Saturday night racing info will be posted on www.dirtracefans.com or the track’s two Facebook pages. If you missed any of the racing action this past Saturday night, Jackie Sims will have DVDs for sale in the pits for $10. To talk about your favorite driver or the racing action, visit www.dirtracefans.com and make sure you register.