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Lancaster Motor Speedway action Saturday night included two GM Performance Late Models race.
One race was a make-up from a June 11 rainout.
The June 11 make-up race front row had pole winner Ronnie Mosley and Scott Gordon. When the green flag dropped, it was Mosley, Gordon, Brandy Baker and Steve Banal battling for the lead.
Exiting turn two, it was Mosley with a mirror full of Baker.
Coming down the back straightaway, a wreck involving Scott Gordon, Michael Brown and Andy Hodges ended Gordon’s and Hodges’ nights early.
When the race restarted, it was Mosley, Baker, Steve Banal and Timbo Mangum battling for the lead.
As the laps ticked off, Mosley pulled away from Baker and the rest of the field.
Baker drove his heart out in trying to run down Mosley. Mosley proved too tough and won the first NDRA GM Performance Late Model main on the night. Top 5: Mosley, Baker, Banal, Timbo Mangum and Travis Steele.
u The second NDRA GM Performance Late Model Race had pole winner “Downtown” Michael Brown and Dean Bowen on the front row for the July 2 race.
When the green flag dropped, it was Brown, Bowen, Jeff Smith and Steve Banal battling for the lead.
Out of turn two, it was Brown, Bowen, Smith and Banal.
As the laps passed, Brandy Baker worked his way up through the field from his sixth starting position to take the lead.
While Baker had the lead, Banal and Smith put on a show for second place.
Smith looked under Banal time and time again. These two fine drivers had the fans on their feet.
Banal and Smith raced side by side for numerous laps. Banal worked the high side and Smith worked the low line. As Banal and Smith dueled for second, the duo was running down Baker.
Banal and Smith ran out of laps in running down Baker. Baker won again on the 2011 season. Top 5: Baker, Banal, Jeff Smith, Donnie Austin and Timbo Mangum.
u The Super Street front row had heat winners Jeff Knight and Ricky Taylor. When the green flag fell, it was Knight, Taylor, Jody Bigham and Johnny Starkey battling for the lead. Exiting turn two, it was Knight with the lead over Taylor, Bigham and Starkey. As the laps ticked off, Knight pulled away from the rest of the field. Behind Knight, the battle for fourth was between Travis Mosley and Brent Hodges. Hodges looked under Mosley time and time again.
These two great drivers raced side by side for numerous laps. Back up front on this night, it was all Jeff Knight as he picked up the win in the Brandy Baker-owned “Gambler” machine. Top 5: Knight, Bigham, Johnny Starkey, Hodges and Cody Reynolds.
u The Crate Sportsman front row had heat winners Jacob “Smooth” Catoe and “The Flying 0” of Dillon Crook. At the green, it was Catoe, Crook, Timbo Mangum and Matt Cauthen. Exiting turn two, it was Catoe with the lead, but with a mirror full of Crook.
As the laps ticked off, Catoe and Crook dueled.
Behind the leaders, the man on a mission would be “The Gambler,” Brandy Baker. Baker started ninth, but worked his way up to the top five by mid race. Back up front, Catoe put a car length between him and Crook. As the laps ticked off, Baker worked his way up to second, but on this night Catoe proved to be too tough for his first career win. In victory lane, Catoe’s friends and family gave him the traditional mud bath for first-time winners. Top 5: Catoe, Baker, Crook, 11th starting and hard-charging Dustin Sweatt and Matt Cauthen.
u The Pure Street front row featured heat winners James Marion and Jesse Carson. When the green flag fell, there was a pileup on the front straightaway, with drivers Alex Wiseman, Ryan Whitaker, Kenny Ramsey, Dwayne Ray and Chuck Jones involved. When the race restarted, it was Marion and Carson battling for the lead. Exiting turn two, it was Carson and Marion battling for the lead.
Behind the leaders, it was “Burn ‘em Down” Steve Hinson working his way to the front after having heat race problems. As the laps ticked off, there was a new duo up front.
Jesse Carson led with a mirror full of Jerry Sexton. Sexton was all over Carson’s bumper all race long.
Back behind the leaders, Hinson was still working his way up to the front. Midway through the race, Hinson went Pebo Johnson’s high side entering turn three. Both drivers raced each other hard.
Hinson hit the outside wall hard to end his night early. When the race restarted, it was Carson with the lead over Sexton. Sexton looked under Carson time and time again on every lap. On this night, Carson was too tough to take his first 2011 win.
Top 5: Carson, Sexton, Ramsey, Ryan Whitaker and Andy Templin.
u The Stock 4 front row had heat winners Bill Stutler and Wes Helms. When the green flag dropped, it was Stutler, Helms, Ray T. Adams and Michael Chaney battling for the lead. Exiting turn two, it was Stutler, Helms and Adams for the lead. Behind the leaders, it was Jeffrey McGuirt working his up to the front. McGuirt started in the rear after winning three straight.
McGuirt picked off cars left and right working his way up to the front.
Back up front, Adams led over Helms. Helms pursued all race long only to come up short at the line as Adam prevailed again.
Top 5: Adams, Helms, McGuirt, Evan Thomas and Michael Chaney.
u The Vintage front row had Steve Helms and Brian Crump. At the green, Crump, Helms, Chris Fincher and Mike Helms battled for the top spot.
Exiting turn two, Crump led. Behind the leaders, it was Kenneth Deese and Ben Helms working to the front.
Midway through the race, Crump had a mirror full of Deese and Deese had a mirror full of Steve Davis. Deese and Davis worked their way by Crump. Davis’ motor gave way entering turns one and two. When the smoked cleared, Crump and Marty Spittle made contact ending their nights.
When the race restarted, it was Deese with hard-charging Ben Helms behind him, but on this night, “The Big Show,” Kenneth Deese won again. Top 5: Deese, Ben Helms, Mike Helms, Don Burns and Steve Helms.
The Young Guns front row had Josh Langley and Andrew Baker. As the green waved, it was Langley, Baker, Brandan Blackmon, Brady Kirk and John Gordon battling for the lead.
Exiting turn two, it was Langley with the lead over Baker and Blackmon. Langley had a mirror full of Baker and Baker had a mirror full of Blackmon. Baker looked under Langley
all race long. Langley and Baker race each other hard, putting on a show for the fans and staff Members. As the laps passed and after numerous cautions, Baker worked his way by Langley to take another win. Top 5: Baker, Blackmon, Langley, Brady Kirk and Gordon.
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