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The Lancaster Super Speedway’s opening night featured Team Langley – Josh Langley and Timbo Mangum – dominating in two race divisions, Pure Street and Super Street.
The night also provided some fireworks with the new rule change of a no-kill rule.
The Super Street main saw Mangum take the opening night checkers.
Mangum and Brandy Baker were on the front row, and when these two great drivers are on the front, it draws a standing room only crowd.
When the green flag dropped, Baker, Mangum, Mike Broome and Travis Mosley entered turn one battling for the lead.
Exiting turn two, Mangum and Baker battled for the lead. During the race’s early stages, Mangum led Baker and both drivers made contact with each other also collecting Travis Mosley.
Mangum and Baker were sent to the rear, giving the lead to Johnny Starkey. When the race started, Starkey led the field of Mike Broome, Matt Cauthen, Mangum and Baker.
Mangum and Baker wasted little time in working their way through the field.
Once Mangum reached second, he began to run down Starkey and battled him for the lead.
Starkey gave his all in holding Mangum behind him, but entering turn one during the race’s late stages, Mangum and Starkey made contact to send Starkey around, and to the rear of the field.
Once Curt Collins waved the green flag to restart the race, it was all Mangum in taking the checkered flag. Top 5: Mangum, Broome, Starkey, Baker and Cauthen.
u In the Crate Sportsman main, the front row was Hank Taylor and Austin Baker, with Taylor taking the eventual win.
When the green waved, it was Taylor, Baker, Jacob Catoe and seven-time winner Jeffrey McGuirt all roaring into turn one for the lead. Exiting turn two, Taylor led over Baker.
Taylor roared down the back straight over the 15-car field.
As the laps passed, Taylor led, with numerous challenges from Baker, Catoe and McGuirt.
Once McGuirt took second, McGuirt began to pressure Taylor for the lead.
These two ace drivers put on a show for the fans.
On the last lap, McGuirt gave his all entering turn three. McGuirt drove his car as hard as possible only to see Taylor pull back by on the outside and take the flag-to-flag win.
Top 5: Taylor, McGuirt, Travis Payne, Trey Tarlton and Michael Hough.
u In the Pure Street Division, the front row was Elliott Miller and Josh Langley.
When the green waved, Langley’s car shot out like a rocket. Entering turn one, it was Langley, Miller, Robbie Helms and Matt Harris battling for the lead,
Exiting turn two, Langley led over Helms and Steve Hinson.
As the laps began to tick off, Langley’s lead grew, building nearly a straightaway, or more lead over the field. Langley cruised to the win. Top 5: Langley, Helms, Hinson, Mike Harrington and Ryan Whitaker.
u In the Vintage Division, the front row was Marty Spittle and Ben Helms. When the green flag dropped, it was Spittle, Ben Helms, Kenneth Deese and Steve Helms battling for the lead. Exiting turn two, Spittle led over Ben Helms and Kenneth Deese.
Spittle kept his lead over Deese to about a two- or three-car lengths.
Deese did everything within his No. 3 car in trying to run down Spittle, but on this night Spittle was too tough and took the win. Top 5: Spittle, Deese, Ben Helms, Mike Helms and Marty Batson.
u In the Extreme 4/UCAR Main event, the front row was Shorty Lacey and Harold Duncan.
When the green fell, Duncan, Lacey, David “Porkchop” Motes and Justin Laney battled for the lead entering turn one.
Exiting turn two, Duncan and Lacey battled for the lead, which continued the rest of the race.
Lacey drove his heart out all race long in trying to find a way around Duncan. Duncan used the straightaways to his advantage and Lacey used the turns for his edge.
Lacey pulled alongside Duncan numerous times throughout the main only to see Duncan pull back by on the outside exiting the turns.
Coming to the white flag, Lacey was all over Duncan’s bumper.
Lacey, entering turn one, dove below Duncan.
Duncan then pulled back by going down the back straightaway. Entering turn three, Lacey dove under Duncan again. Exiting turn four, Duncan and Lacey made contact coming to the checkered flag. Duncan took the win. Top five: Duncan, Lacey, Motes, Brad Hinson and C. Deas.
In the NDRA GM Performance Late Models main, a tire protest came after the finish. Steve Banal protested Brandy Baker on tires. The results have not been posted until after the protest.
This week Lancaster Super Speedway hosts the second annual Carolina Crown with $30,000 going to the winner of the Super Late Model Main Event.
The major race is set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Thursday features practice at the track at 5 p.m. Friday admission is stands $20 and pits $35. The Saturday stands admission is $35 and $40 for the pits. Pit gates open at 1 p.m. both days and the grandstands open at 4.
More information will come in the Friday edition of The Lancaster News, or visit www.thecarolinacrown.com for more details. If you missed any of the racing action this past Saturday, visit Jackie Sims in the pits. Sims has DVDs for sale for $10. For details about Lancaster Super Speedway, visit the track website, www.lancastersuperspeedway.com.