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Spittle captures Vintage Special

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By Michael Knight

There was plenty of racing action at Lancaster Motor Speedway on Saturday night. 

Super Street: Heat Race Winners: Brandy Baker and Ed Watkins

The Super Street front row had Brandy Baker and Ed Watkins. When the green flag dropped, it was Baker, Watkins, Brent Hodges and Johnny Starkey going into turn 1 battling for the lead. Coming out of turn 2, and still in the lead, Baker pulled away from the field leaving the battle for second between Watkins and Hodges. Hodges would eventually work his way past Waktins and set his sights on Baker. As the laps ticked off, Hodges eventually gained ground on Baker while behind the lead duo Watkins and Jody Bigham had their own battle for third place. Throughout the race, Baker had a mirror full of Hodges, and though Hodges gave it his all, “The Gambler” Brandy Baker ultimately proved to be too tough going on to take another win on the 2011 season. Top 5: Brandy Baker, Brent Hodges, Ed Watkins, Jody Bigham and Johnny Starkey.

Crate Sportsman: Heat Race Winners: Matt Cauthen and Dillon Crook.

 The Crate Sportsman front row had Matt Cauthen and Dillon Crook. When the green flag dropped, it was Cauthen, Crook, Travis Mosley and Bryan Mullis battling for the lead entering turn 1. Exiting turn 2, Crook with the lead set sail and pulled away from the field leaving a four-way battle for second between Cauthen, Mosley, Bryan Mullis and Kenny Ramsey. And the four drivers continued to put on a show for LMS fans and staff members. At points in the race Mosley was all over Cauthen, then Mullis all over Mosley and Ramsey all over Mullis. As the race continued, Crook saw his lead grow to where at one point, he was in the middle of turns 3 and 4 while the rest of the field was still coming out of turn 2. Even though a late race caution bunched the field back up, once the race restarted, Crook pulled away from the field again, adding another win to the 2011 season. Top 5: Dillon Crook, Travis Mosley, Kenny Ramsey, Hank Taylor and Matt Cauthen

 Pure Street: Heat Race Winners: David Price and James Marion

 The Pure Street Front Row had David Price and James Marion. When the green flag dropped, it was Price, Marion, Jesse Carson and Steve Hinson flat out for the lead. Coming out of turn 2, Marion had the lead over Hinson, followed by Price, Carson and Pebo Johnson. During the race, Marion and Hinson put on quite a show with Hinson right on Marion’s tail all race long. Late in the race, though, as Hinson and Marion were dueling for the lead, something broke in Marion’s car, costing him the lead and and retiring him to the pits. This allowed Steve Hinson to grab the lead and never look back on his way to returning to victory lane. Top 5: Steve Hinson, Pebo Johnson, Jesse Carson, 10th starting Ryan Whitaker and 13th starting Jerry Sexton.

 Stock 4: Heat Race Winners: Ray T. Adams and Wes Helms

 The Stock 4 front row had Ray T. Adams and Wes Helms. When the green flag dropped, it was Adams, Helms, Jeffrey McGuirt and Chase Wilson all battling it out for the lead. Exiting turn 2, it was Helms with the lead over Adams, followed by McGuirt and Evan Thomas. Helms easily pulled away from the rest of the field on his way to picking up the win. Top 5: Wes Helms, Ray T. Adams, Jeffrey McGuirt, Evan Thomas and Chase Wilson.

 NDRA GM Performance Late Models: Pole Winner: Ronnie Mosley.

 The NDRA GM Performance Late Models front row had Ronnie Mosley and newcomer Johnathan Edwards. When the green flag dropped, it would be Mosley, Edwards, Brandy Baker and Steve Banal battling it out for the lead entering turn 1. Exiting turn 2 with Mosley in the lead, the field had changed after Gib Gibbons, from his sixth place starting spot, moved down low and overtook second place. On the next caution lap, Baker made contact with Gibbons in turn 4, damaging Gibbons’ car and forcing him to the pits. While Gibbons would return to the rear of the field, back up front it was Mosley with the lead over Timbo Mangum, who slowly gained ground on Mosley as the laps ticked off. Back behind the leaders, Gibbons worked his way up through the field, passing cars on the low side and the high side. Late in the race, with Mosley still in the lead up front, bad luck struck second-place Mangum when his engine expired while entering turn 1. With that, Baker moved into second place while Mosley went on to take another win on the 2011 season. Top 5: Ronnie Mosley, Brandy Baker, Steve Banal, Brett Hamm and Gib Gibbons.

 Vintage: Pole Winner: Chris Fincher

 The Vintage front row had Pole Winner Chris Fincher and Marty Spittle. When the green flag dropped, it would be Fincher, Spittle, Kenneth Deese and Brian Crump battling it out for the lead entering turn 1. Exiting turn 2, it was Spittle with the lead with Fincher close behind and as the laps ticked off, the two put distance between them and the rest of the field. Fincher chased Spittle all race long with Spittle working the straightaways in his favor and Fincher using the turns to his. On this night, Spittle would go on to take the win for the Vintage Special. Top 5: Marty Spittle, Chris Fincher, Kenneth Deese, Brian Crump and Steve Helms.

 Young Guns: No Heat Races

 The front row had Brady Kirk and Brandan Blackmon and when the green flag dropped, Kirk, Blackmon, Josh Langley, Andrew Baker and John Gordon battled it out entering turn 1. Exiting turn 2, the battle for the lead continued with Baker up front with a mirror full of Blackmon and Langley. Baker continued to control the lead as the laps ticked off, with Blackmon and Langley chasing him for second place. Baker went on to picked up yet another win on the 2011 season. Top 5: Andrew Baker, Josh Langley, Brandan Blackmon, John Gordon and Brady Kirk.

  If you missed any of the racing action Saturday, Jackie Sims will have videos for sale for $10. Johnny Sims will have pictures of your favorite drivers for sale as well. For more info about Lancaster Motor Speedway, visit the track website, www.lancasterspeedway.net, or two facebook pages. To talk about the on track action, visit www.DirtRaceFans.com and make sure you register.