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Racing Report

By Michael Knight

Lancaster Motor Speedway, under a full moon Saturday night, saw some great racing.

The Super Street front row had Jake Gibbons and Brandy Baker.

When the green flag fell to start the race, it was Gibbons, Baker, Matt Cauthen and Jody Bigham  battling for the lead entering turn one.

Exiting turn two, Baker led over Bigham, Gibbons and Cauthen.

As the laps ticked off, Bigham chased Baker. Behind Baker and Bigham, the battle was for third  between a host of drivers such as Cauthen, Cody Reynolds and Brent Hodges

Midway through the race, Baker pulled to the inside coming down the front straightaway with problems developing in his “Gambler” machine.

This gave the lead to Bigham. When the race restarted, it was Bigham, Cauthen and Reynolds battling for the lead.

As the laps passed, Bigham pulled away to allow Cauthen and Reynolds to duel for second.

Bigham took the win, with Cauthen coming away with a hard-fought second. Top 5: Bigham, Cauthen, Reynolds, Joey Engelbrecht and John Ellison.

u In the Crate Sportsman main, the front row had Travis Payne and Kevin Blackwell.

When the green flag fell, it was Payne, Blackwell, Dustin Sweatt and Austin Baker battling for the lead entering turn one. Exiting turn two, Payne led over Sweatt, Blackwell and Baker.

An early-race caution sent Sweatt to the rear. This is where the show began, with Sweatt making a hard charge through the field to get back up to the front.

When the race restarted, Payne led over Blackwell, the Baker brothers of Austin and Andrew, and Jeffrey McGuirt.

As the laps began to tick off, Payne set sail and began to pull away.

Behind the leaders Sweatt began to work his way  through the field.

Lap after lap, Sweatt picked off drivers and all the while Payne was pulling away from the field.

Payne captured the win. Top 5: Payne, Sweatt, Blackwell, Andrew Baker and Hank Taylor.

u The Pure Street main  had Kevin Blackwell and Jesse Carson. The fans were already on their feet before the racing even started because this is one of the most exciting divisions at LMS.

When the green fell, it was Blackwell, Carson, Robbie Helms and “Burn ’Em Down” Steve Hinson all roaring into turn one for the lead. Exiting turn two, Carson led over Hinson, Helms and Blackwell.

This is where the action  began between Carson and Hinson.

As the laps ticked away, Hinson was all over Carson’s bumper seeking to get by the Silver 14. Hinson put the pressure on Carson from the drop of the green flag all the way to the checkered flag, but on this night Carson proved too tough to tame.

After the race, Hinson protested Carson on head and fly assemble.

Carson was legal and kept his win. Top 5: Carson, Hinson, Blackwell, Ryan Whitaker and Tracy Bowers.

u In the Stock 4 main, the front row had Michael Chaney and Evan Thomas.

When the green fell, it was Thomas, Chaney, Eric Caskey and Mike Snipes battling for the lead.

A caution forced a restart. When the race restarted, it was Thomas, Chaney, Tyler Funderburk and Mike Snipes battling for the lead entering turn one.

Exiting turn two, Thomas led over Funderburk, Chaney and Snipes.

As the laps ticked off, Thomas led over Funderburk. Funderburk chased all race long until Funderburk developed problems with his 01 machine.

This allowed Cody Bartlett to take second and set his sights on Thomas. Thomas began to have problems on his No. 59 machine and began to lose power.

This allowed Bartlett, who bought the 07 ride from Jeffrey McGuirt over the winter, to run down Thomas. Coming to the white flag, Bartlett began to gain ground on Thomas coming down the back straightaway. Bartlett drove his No. 53 machine hard into turn three only to come up short at the line. Top 5: Thomas, Bartlett, Eric Caskey, Michael Chaney and Jennie White.

u In the NDRA GM Performance Late Models, the front row had Andy Hodges and Brandy Baker. When the green flag waved, it was Hodges, Baker, Ben Watkins and Robbie Aldridge.

Exiting turn two, Baker led over Watkins. The race had numerous starts and when the racing finally got under way, it was a show to watch.

During the midpoint of the race, Baker had about a straightaway lead over Watkins, but as the laps ticked away, Watkins began to run down Baker lap after lap.

Fans were on their feet cheering Watkins, watching this young man drive the wheels on his No. 16 machine.

When Watkins finally caught Baker, the fans were cheering, waving their hats and clapping. Waktins gave his all in trying to get around Baker, but for the second week in a row, Baker took the win over Watkins.

u In the Vintage main, the front row had Ben Helms and Brian Greene.

When the green flag dropped, it was Ben Helms, Greene, Lakota Burns and Marty Batson battling for the lead entering turn one.

Exiting turn two, Greene led over Helms. These two great drivers put on a show. Helms pressured Greene for the lead all race long seeking a way around Greene.

Helms pulled beside Greene numerous times during the race only to see Greene power back by on the outside.

Coming to the white flag, Helms gave it one last shot on Greene only to come up short at the line. Brian Greene, a track veteran, returned to victory lane in the Kenneth Deese-built black No. 3 Chevy. Top 5: Greene, Ben Helms, 10th-starting Steve Helms, Burns and Anthony Helms.

u The Front Wheel Drive/UCAR main event front row had Scotty Steen and Joseph Laney.

When the green flag dropped, it was Steen, Joseph Laney, David Laney and Frank Roof battling for the lead entering turn one.

Exiting turn two, Joseph Laney led over Roof, David Laney and Steen.

As the laps began to tick away, it was both the Laneys battling Roof for the lead.

Roof pressured Joseph Laney for the lead and eventually make the winning pass, but the racing was not over.

While these three great drivers battled for the lead, the winner last week,  Adam Leaird, made his presence known, using the high side to join in on the battle for the lead. Roof picked up another LMS win. Top 5: Roof, Joseph Laney, David Laney, Adam Leaird and Jordan Barfield.

Lancaster Motor Speedway will feature the Super Street Pepsi Shootout Twin main events. The Super Street Division will be running two main events Saturday night.

If you missed any of the action from this past Saturday, or from any race from this year, Jackie Sims has DVDs for sale in the pits for $10.

For details about the upcoming events, or details about Lancaster Motor Speedway, visit the track website, www.lancasterspeedway.net, or visit the track’s two face book pages.

 To discuss on-track action, visit www.dirtracefans.com and register.