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Mangum captures win over Watkins

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Michael Knight

For The Lancaster News

There was plenty of action for dirt racing fans at Lancaster Super Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 9.

u In the Late Model main event, Timbo Mangum and the Rock Hill “Bad Boy Ben” Watkins were in the front row. When the green flag dropped, Mangum, Watkins, Johnny Pursley and David Yandle battled for the lead.

Exiting turn two, Mangum had the lead over Watkins. As the laps ticked off, Mangum maintained the lead with Watkins driving his heart out to catch Mangum, with Pursley right behind Watkins. The fans in the grandstands and the pits were on their feet.

While Watkins could catch Mangum, he was unable to pass him. There was a late race caution to set up a green-white, checkered finish. When the green flag dropped, Mangum, Watkins and Pursley roared into turn one battling for the lead. Exiting turn two they were three wide for the lead. Roaring down the back straight away, Mangum regained control of the lead, with Watkins on his bumper. While Watkins gave it his all, Mangum got the checkered flag. Top five: Timbo Mangum, Ben Watkins, Johnny Pursley, Daniel Tucker and Jason Burroughs.

u In the Pro Street main event, Brandy Baker and Brent Hodges were in the front row. When the green flag fell, it was Brandy Baker, Brent Hodges, Andrew Baker and Johnny Starkey battling for the lead.

The field did not make it out of turn two because of contact between drivers, causing Hodges to lose the front end of his car and retire to the pits for the night. When the race restarted, Brandy Baker gained the lead over his son, Andrew Baker. During the later stages of the race, Brandy Baker developed a problem and Andrew Baker roared by him for the lead and took the win. Top five: Andrew Baker, Brandy Baker, Johnny Starkey, Joseph Engelbrecht and Andrew Winderl.

u In the Deal 1 Auto Sales Crate Sportsman main event, Jacob Catoe and Brent Hodges were in the front row. When the green flag fell, Hodges, Catoe, Hank Taylor and Michael Hough battled for the lead. Exiting turn two, Hodges led while Catoe, Taylor and Hough battled for second.

During the early stages of the race, Catoe developed a problem and retired to the pits, starting a chain reaction for the front runner throughout the race. After Catoe retired to the pits, Hodges had to do the same a few laps later, followed by Kenny Ramsey, who was leading the pack. “Wasted Money” Michael Hough staged a war against Shannon Adams. Adams gave it his all, but Hough claimed the checkered flag. Top 5: Michael Hough, Shannon Adams, Dylan Bartlett, Jamie Thomasson and Mitchell Creech.

u In the Super Street main event, Robbie Helms and Brandy Baker and were in the front row. When the green flag fell, Helms, Brandy Baker, Andrew Baker and Travis Mosley batted for the lead. Exiting turn two, Helms led Brandy Baker, Andrew Baker and Travis Mosley. As the laps ticked off, Helms and Brandy Baker staged a war for the lead by beating and banging each other.

The two drivers put on a show while Andrew Baker waited, along with Mosley and Steve Hinson. During the middle of the race, Helms was met with bad luck and had to retire to the pits. Andrew Baker returned to the race to the rear of the field. When the race restarted, Brandy Baker led, followed by Mosley. As a few more laps ticked off, Mosley gave Baker all he could handle, but bad luck hit Mosley again and he retired to the pits. When the race restarted, Brandy Baker had the lead, while “Burn’em Down” Steve Hinson was in second with Andrew Baker in third. All thee roared into turn one. Battling for the lead exiting turn two, Andrew Baker worked on Hinson for second place. Once Andrew took second place he set his sights on taking the lead from his father. Once Andrew Baker caught his father they battled for the lead. Eventually Andrew took the lead and captured his second win of the night. Top 5: Andrew Baker, Brandy Baker, Steve Hinson, Justus Harrington and James Marion.

u In the M&M Garage Extreme 4 main event, Mel Privette and David Laney were in the front row. When the green flag fell, Privette, Laney, David Motes and Kayla Pettit battled for the lead entering turn one. Privette, Laney and Motes led exiting turn two. As the laps ticked off, Laney developed a problem that caused him to slow down. This set a battle for the lead between Privette and Motes. For the rest of the race, Motes was all over Privette. Motes, who likes to bump draft on the straight away, did this most of the race to Privette. On the last lap, Motes gave it his all, but it was Privette’s night as he captured his first win of the 2014 racing season. Top 5: Mel Privette, David Motes, David Laney, Joseph Laney and Kayla Pettit.

u In the U.S. Bonding Vintage main event, Mike Huey and Marty Spittle were in the front row. When the green flag fell, Huey, Spittle, Kenneth Deese and Johnny Starkey battled for the lead. Exiting turn two, Huey had the lead over Spittle. As the laps ticked off, Huey pulled away to take the win. Top 5: Mike Huey, Mart Spittle, Kenneth Deese, Johnny Starkey and Mike Courtney.

On Saturday, Aug. 16, Lancaster Super Speedway will host round one of the championship chase for the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series paying $4,000. Other clash divisions running include SECA Crate Late Models paying $1,200; Super Street paying $600, Deal 1 Auto Sales Crate Sportsman paying $600 and M&M Garage Extreme 4 paying $400.

Special Super Street/Crate Sportsman Shootout is also planned for the night. Details will be in Friday edition of The Lancaster News.

Gates to the pits open at 3:30 p.m. and the grandstands 5 p.m. Admission is $30 to the pits and $20 to the grandstands.

If you missed any of the racing action from Aug. 9, Jackie Sims will have DVDs for sale in the pits for $10. To order a copy, send Jackie Sims a message on his Facebook page. To talk about all the racing action visit http://www.Dirtracefans.com or the track facebook group page.

To learn more about Lancaster Super Speedway visit http://www.lancastersuperspeedway.com.