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LMS hosting Heintz Brothers Performance

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LMS Racing Roundup

By Michael Knight

 The Heintz Brothers Performance Special, with extra money in all divisions, takes center stage at Lancaster Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

With good weather expected, LMS kicks off its season with some great racing action in all divisions.

Saturday night also marks the first points race of the 2012 season, with some of the area top drivers coming to Lancaster.

The Easter Bunny will be making a early stop at LMS.

During intermission, the Easter Bunny will be handing out prized filled eggs to all the boys and girls. Parents make sure your kids bring their baskets as the eggs will have candy, money, tickets for Easter baskets and tickets for concession items.

The NDRA GM Performance Late Models will be paying $1,200 to win. With drivers such as fan favorite and veteran driver Brandy Baker, Andy Hodges, Robbie Aldridge, Brandan Blackmon, Shaun Medlin, Dale Dodge Jr. and Derrick Long, it should make for a tight race.

The “Rock Hill Bad Boy,” Ben Watkins will be making his debut in the Sandwood Racing NDRA GM Performance Late Model.

The Super Street will be paying $600 to win, with Carolina Crown winner Brandy Baker seeking to nab another big payday in this division. A Baker win won’t come easy though as drivers such as Jody Bigham, who came from the rear of the field at The Carolina Crown race, and finished second, and the young Brent Hodges, Matt Cauthen, Justin Rollins, Kevin Godbee, Johnny Starkey, Jake Gibbons, Gary Whitford will be in the mix.

The Crate Sportsman will be paying $600 to win. During the Carolina Crown race, the Buford Bandit looked to have the car to beat until something broke on his car.

When it was all said and done at The Carolina Crown race, the son of Brandy Baker, Andrew Baker captured his first career Crate Sportsman win.

With both Blackwell and Baker expected to be here Saturday night along with the $1,000 man, Dustin Sweatt, fresh off his $1,000 victory at Cherokee Speedway this past Saturday night, it should be a battle to the wire.

Brad Broome, Brady Kirk, Travis Payne, Jacob Catoe, J.T. Gordon, former Super Stock 4 champion Jeffrey McGuirt, Steve Saucier, another one of Brandy Baker’s sons and Andrew’s older brother, Austin Baker, will also give it a go.

The Pure Street will be running for $500 to win.

At the Carolina Crown race Frankie McGuire held off a hard-charging Jesse Carson all race long and a hard-charging Robbie Helms.

This Saturday night, Helms and Carson will be here competing for the $500 prize money along with 2011 Pure Street Champion “Burn’Em Down” Steve Hinson, James Marion, Jerry Sexton, Kevin Blackwell, Ryan Whitaker, David Price, Dwayne Ray, Matthew Thrower and Peter Gibbons.

The Vintage Division will also be running for extra money with fan favorite Marty Spittle, Spin Spittle, The Helms Gang of Ben Helms, Steve Helms, Mike Helms, General Lee of Marty Batson, Don Burns in the fan favorite Corvair, Anthony Helms and more. If you like classic race cars, this is the division to see.

The Stock 4 will be paying $500 to win, with Evan Thomas leading the way.

Thomas was at Lancaster Motor Speedway’s open house practice the other week and caught a lot of fans and drivers’ eyes as the driver to beat this year in Stock 4.

Along with Thomas you will see track veteran Wes Helms, Mike Snipes and Cody Bartlett.

Making his return to racing at Lancaster Motor Speedway in the Stock 4 division track veteran is Eric Caskey.

Lancaster Motor Speedway’s newest division will be the FWD/Extreme 4 race cars paying $200 to win.

This is one of the most cheapest division in racing now. If you ever wanted to race at Lancaster Motor Speedway and could not afford to race in the higher paying division then this is the division for you. Drivers such as Frank Roof, who has won everywhere in a FWD race car all over the Carolinas, will be in contention.

Drivers seeking to defend the home turf and looking for bragging rights will be Joseph Laney, David Laney, Justin Laney, Scotty Steen, Barry Reed and Adam Leaird.

The track gates open at 5 p.m., with the pits opening at 4.

Admission is $12 for the stands and $20 for the pits.

For more details on Lancaster Motor Speedway, visit the track website, www.lancasterspeedway.net, or visit the track’s two facebook pages.

To talk about Saturday night race, or your favorite drivers visit www.dirtracefans.com and make sure you register.

 Lancaster Motor Speedway is located four miles north of Lancaster off U.S. 521. Turn right on Shiloh-Unity Road and follow to the track on the left. The LMS 24-phone is (803) 285-1877.