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NDRA GM Performance Late Models headline LMS action

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LMS Racing Roundup

By Michael Knight

 

   

Lancaster Motor Speedway will look to match the weather Saturday night with a red-hot racing card at the half-mile oval.

LMS will be hosting seven exciting divisions, with the headliner the NDRA GM Performance Late Models. A few new faces will be visiting the track Saturday night in preparation for the NDRA Road Show on July 30.

u In the NDRA GM Performance Late Models last Saturday night, LMS saw Ronnie Mosley return to victory lane after dominating the race.

The action behind Mosley was intense with Brandy Baker and Gib Gibbons getting into it under caution. Timbo Mangum, who was running second to Mosley, saw his engine expired, but Mangum will be back this Saturday night seeking to return to victory lane.

This season in the NDRA GM Performance Late Model Division, Brandy Baker leads the way with four wins.

Steve Banal, Timbo Mangum and Ronnie Mosley each has two checkers. Michael Brown, Dennis “Rambo” Franklin and Matt Long each sports a win. Will any of these drivers repeat this Saturday, or will another name be added to the victory list?

u In the Super Street Division, “The Gambler,” Brandy Baker has been on a blazing tear this season with eight wins. Baker, who won last week, will be seeking to add to his total on the 2011 season this Saturday night.

Jeff Knight, who drives Baker’s car when Baker races in the Crate Sportsman division, follows Baker with two wins. Rusty Robinson, Justin Rollins, Michael Brown and Brent Hodges follow with one win each.

Hodges, who took his first career win on the season, will be seeking to post his second career win this Saturday.

Rusty Robinson, who dominated the race a couple of weeks ago, will be seeking to return to victory lane as well. Will any of these drivers add to their win total on the 2011 season, or will a new winner be added to the checkers list?

u In the Crate Sportsman Division, regarded as Lancaster Motor Speedway’s most exciting division, Kenny Ramsey leads the way with five wins. Ramsey, who dominated the division earlier in the year, will be seeking to return to victory lane this Saturday night.

Dillon Crook, Timbo Mangum and Jacob Catoe each has two wins on the campaign.

Dustin Sweatt, Brandy Baker and Ben Watkins each has a victory. Crook, who dominated last Saturday night, is seeking to make it two straight.

Mangum will be seeking to return to victory lane with a brand new car. Catoe, who picked up his first career win this season and reeled off two straight wins, will be seeking to return to victory lane as well.

u In the Pure Street Division, “Burn ‘em Down” Steve Hinson has been living up to his nickname,  smoking the field for seven wins on the 2011 season. Hinson, who picked up his seventh win on the year last Saturday night, is looking to make it two straight.

Pebo Johnson follows Hinson with three triumphs on the year. He will be seeking to return to victory lane as well. James Marion has visited victory lane twice on the season.

Jesse Carson and Frankie McGuire each has a win on the 2011 season. Will any of these drivers add to their win total, or will a first-time victor emerge at LMS this week?

u In the Stock 4 Division, Ray T. Adams leads the way with five wins this season. Adams, the points leader, will be seeking to pad his points lead and win total this week.

“The Red Rocket,” Jeffrey McGuirt, who returned to LMS during the middle of the season, follows Adams with four wins on the year.

Wes Helms, who dominated last Saturday, has two wins on the year and will be seeking to make it two straight Saturday night.

There has been two first-time winners on the year in Michael Deese and David Rallings.

Can any of these drivers boost their win total, or will victory lane sport a new winner Saturday?

u In the old school Vintage Division, Ben Helms paces the way with five wins on the year. Helms is followed by points leader, “The Big Show,” Kenneth Deese with four checkers.

Helms and Deese have been neck and neck adding to their win total. Following Helms and Deese are the two Fords of Marty Spittle and Steve Davis each with two wins on the year.

Spittle picked up his second victory on the year last Saturday night, capturing the Vintage special.

Davis, who races at LMS part-time, is a factor each time he comes through the gates at LMS.

Chris Fincher follows all these drivers with one win on the year, but will be a factor once the green flag waves. Will any of these drivers add to their win total, or will a new winner be added to the list?

u In the Young Guns V8 Division, Andrew Baker has dominated this year with seven wins.

Baker took his seventh win on the year last Saturday night and will be seeking to make it eight wins on the year and two straight.

Brandan Blackmon has three wins on the year and will be seeking to return to victory lane.

Blackmon will also be seeking to gain ground on Baker in the points battle as well.

Josh Langley has two wins on the year and has come on strong and will be seeking to put his No.  7 back in victory lane.

Two first-year drivers, the improving John Gordon and Brady Kirk, will be seeking to grab their first career wins this Saturday night.

u Track gates open at 4 p.m. in the pits and 5 in the stands.

Admission is $20 for the pits and $10 for the stands.

If you missed any of the action this past Saturday night, Jackie Sims will have DVDs for sale in the pits for $10.

Johnny Sims will have pictures of your favorite driver for sale as well.

For more details on Lancaster Motor Speedway, visit the track website www.lancasterspeedway.net, or the track’s two Facebook pages. To discuss the on-track action, go to www.DirtRaceFans.com and make sure you register.

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