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The final race for the 2013 racing season at Lancaster Super Speedway featured plenty of action.
In addition to the racing, the points awards were awarded to the top five in each division and special awards.
No heat races were held on the night due to the awards ceremony, so the drivers drew for position and wherever they drew is where they would start.
u In the Montgomery Towing Super Street main event, the front row was Joseph Richardson and Brandy Baker. When the green flag dropped, Richardson, Brandy Baker, Elias Grant and Andrew Baker roared into turn one battling for the lead.
Exiting turn two, Brandy Baker led, but with a mirror full of his son, Andrew Baker.
As the laps began to tick off, the Baker put on a show for the LSS fans.
Andrew Baker gave his all in trying to find a way around his dad, Brandy Baker.
Andrew Baker pushed “The Gambler” car of Brandy Baker down the straight aways and tried to dive below Brandy Baker only to see Brandy Baker roar back by on the outside.
During the later stages of the race, something broke on Andrew Baker’s car and he pitted from the race. This gave second to Johnny Starkey.
While the laps ticked off, Starkey ate into Baker’s lead.
It appeared Baker was getting slower.
When the white flag came out, Starkey was within a car length of Baker. There was a problem exiting turn two as two lapped cars had the track blocked off while racing for position.
Baker made his way through them, with Starkey on his bumper.
As these fine drivers entered turn three, Baker got the needed run and pulled away just enough for the win.
u In the Deal 1 Auto Sales Crate Sportsman main, the front row was 2013 Crate Sportsman Division Champion, the “Red Rocket” and ole eight-time Jeffrey McGuirt and one of the 2013 Most Improved Driver award winners, Justin Payne.
When the green flag fell, McGuirt, Justin Payne, Mitchell Massey and Travis Payne battled for the lead entering turn one.
Exiting turn two, McGuirt led with the fight for second was between Justin Payne, Travis Payne, Mitchell Massey, Michael Hough, Brady Kirk, Trey Tarlton and Hank Taylor.
As the laps passed, McGuirt still led over the field.
Taylor began to work his way up from his seventh starting position and following Taylor in his tire tracks was the fast 01 of Tarlton who would have his door nearly coming off the whole entire race.
When Tarlton roared down the straightaways, it looked like an airplane wing.
McGuirt still led, with Taylor second and Tarlton third.
McGuirt and Taylor put on a show as Taylor pulled beside McGuirt time and time again, but was unable to complete the pass.
During the race’s middle stages, Taylor pulled to the inside of McGuirt entering turn one.
Exiting turn two, McGuirt and Taylor made contact, sending both drivers into the outside wall. This allowed Tarlton to overtake the lead.
Taylor retired to the pits and McGuirt was sent to the rear. When the race restarted, Tarlton led with Payne second.
As the laps began to tick off, the 01 of Tarlton pulled away to capture his fourth straight win in the Deal 1 Auto Sales Crate Sportsman Division.
u In the Cauthen Motors Pure Street Division, the front row was Aaron Hemby and Tyler Love.
When the green flag fell, Hemby, Love, Travis Mosley and Jesse Carson battled for the lead entering turn one.
The race had numerous cautions to start the race and the field lined up single file, with Hemby, Love, Mosley and Carson the top four.
When the race restarted, these four great drivers roared into turn one battling for the lead.
Hemby led the first lap, then Love would make his move entering turns one and two to gain the lead.
Love then started to pull away from the field as the battle for second heated up between Hemby, Carson, Mosley and Andrew Baker.
As the laps passed, Love was in another area code, while Hemby, Carson, Mosley and Baker were putting on a show for second.
Hemby held onto second, while Carson, or Mosley, or Baker had a shot at passing him.
During the race’s later middle stages is when the wreck of the year at Lancaster Super Speedway happened.
Baker, exiting turn four, gave Hemby a tap to the rear, which caused Hemby to get loose exiting turn four.
Carson saw an opening and took his chance on the high side of Baker and Hemby.
Carson passed Baker, but Hemby, with his car still loose and trying his best to save it, came up the track just as Carson was passing him.
Hemby got into Carson, which would cause Carson to hit the front straightaway outside wall hard.
This caused Carson to go airborne, his car spinning in the air and then barrel rolling down the front straight.
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Before the field could take another green flag lap, Carson returned to the track as the fans roared.
When the racing restarted, Tyler Love took his first win at Lancaster Super Speedway on the 2013 racing season.
After the race, Carson showed his displeasure with Hemby on the back straight, bumping Hemby.
Hemby showed his displeasure with Carson, pulling up beside Carson in three and four on the front straightaway.
Carson made contact with Hemby spinning Hemby outright before he entered the pits.
u In the NDRA GM Performance Late Models (Crate Late Models.) The front row would be Steve Banal and Britt Dover, when the green flag dropped it would be Banal, Dover, Chris Hargett and Mike Huey all battling for the lead entering turn 1.
Exiting turn two, it would be Banal with the lead over Dover, Hargett and Huey, as the laps started to tick off it would appear as if Banal was going to have a easy win on this night but once Hargett took over second place he was a man on a mission, Hargett would be more than half a straight behind Banal but with about three laps to go Hargett would be all over Banal back bumper, these last three laps would be a show between these 2 great drivers, on the last lap Hargett would give it his all but on this night the 8B machine of Steve Banal would take home yet another win at LSS.
u In the U.S. Bonding Company Vintage main, the front row would be Alex “Boomhauer” Wiseman and “Screamin” Ben Helms.
When the green flag fell, Wiseman, Ben Helms, Jerry Dover and Marty Batson battled for the lead entering turn one.
Exiting turn two, Wiseman led, with Helms, Dover and Batson right behind him, but a caution came out.
When the race restarted, another caution came out.
When the racing finally got going, Helms led while back behind him the three drivers on a mission were the “Big Show” Kenneth Deese, Marty Spittle and Mike Helms.
Spittle caught Helms first to overtake the lead while “The Big Show” was still working his way up through the field.
Once Deese overtook second, he showed the true power of his Chevy and began to run down Spittle. Deese caught Spittle in turn four and slight contact was made to allow Deese to take the lead and pull away for the win.
u In the M&M Garage Muffler & Tire Extreme 4 Division, the front row was Steven “SteveO” Self and Mel Privette.
When the green flag fell, it was Self, Privette, Michael “Shorty” Lacey and Paige Keisel battling for the lead.
Exiting turn two, Self led while Privette, Lacey, David Laney, Keisel and Scott Barrett were behind him.
As the laps ticked off, the field began to gain some ground on Self.
Lacey was all over the back bumper of the blue No. 14, while Privette and Laney were lying and waiting to make their moves as well.
During the race’s later stages, Lacey overtook the lead, while Privette and Laney followed.
On the very last lap, this was the finish of the year.
Laney, exiting turn four, shot through the middle of Privette and Lacey and beat Lacey to the finish line by inches as the crowd went crazy in approval of the show these drivers displayed.
u Saturday night also featured the return of the Semi-Mod 4 Division.
The front row for the main event was Cody Bartlett and Keith Lindsey.
When the green flag fell, Bartlett, Lindsey, T.J. Broom and Linzey Broom battled for the lead entering turn one.
Exiting turn two, Bartlett had the lead, but two drivers coming from the rear of the field were on a mission – Tyler Funderburk and Blake Rallings.
By the time the field entered turn three on the first lap, Rallings was up to second and Funderburk to third.
As the field roared down the front straightaway, Rallings was all over Bartlett’s back bumper while Funderburk was gaining on the lead duo as well.
Rallings made his move on Bartlett during the earlier stages of the race and once Funderburk got by Bartlett, he then put the pressure on Rallings for the lead.
Once Funderburk overtook the lead from Rallings, he showed the true power of his 01 machine and began to pull away from the field on his way to taking his first career win at LSS.
This was the last race at Lancaster Super Speedway for the 2013 season.
Track officials said they would like to thank staff members, sponsors, fans and drivers who came to the track this season.
LSS officials said they hope to see you all here next year and wished all a great and safe offseason.
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