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Watkins snags Heintz Performance victory

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Michael Knight
For The Lancaster News
“Bad Boy” Ben Watkins claimed the win in the Heintz Performance Limited Late Model main event Saturday, July 6, at Lancaster Motor Speedway.
Watkins and Timbo Mangum were in the front row. When the green flag fell, Watkins, Mangum, David Yandle and Johnny Pursley battled for the lead.
In turn four, Watkins and Mangum were side-by-side. Watkins cleared Mangum in turns three and four for the win.
u In the Super Street main event, the front row had Brandy Baker and Joey Engelbrecht. When the green flag fell, Baker, Engelbrecht, Timbo Mangum and Andrew Baker battled for the lead. In turn two, Brandy Baker held the lead over a hard-charging Mangum,  Andrew Baker and Travis Mosley.
Justin Norwood moved into second place heading for the white flag. Mangum bumped Norwood, sending him up the track to claim second place. Johnny Starkey overtook Norwood in turns three and four to claim third place.
u In the Deal 1 Auto Sales Crate Sportsman main event,  the front row had Hank Taylor and Trey Tarlton. When the green flag fell, Taylor, Tarlton, Travis Payne and Kevin Blackwell battled for the lead entering turn one. Numerous drivers were involved in a pileup in turns three and four. When the race resumed Taylor and Tarlton again battled for the lead, as Ronnie Mosley worked his way through the field. Taylor was able to pull away and claim the lead, followed by Mosley  in second place.
u In the Cauthen Motors Pure Street main event, the front row had Josh Langley and Brandy Baker. When the green flag fell, Langley, Baker, David Price and James Marion battled for the lead. Langley claimed the lead over Baker in turn two.  Track veteran Mike “Iron Horse” Harrington charged through the field to claim second place in turn four.
 u In the M&M Garage Muffler & Tire Extreme 4 main event, the front row had Mike Baucom and Emory Infinger. When the green flag fell, Baucom, Infinger, David Motes and Mel Privette battled for the lead.
Baucom, Infinger, Motes and Privette continued to battle in turn two. As the laps ticked off, Privette worked his way to the front to claim the win.
u Returning to the speedway for the first time this year, the Semi Mod 4 had Shannon Barnhill and Wes Helms in the front row. When the green flag fell, Barnhill, Helms, Blake Rallings and Tyler Funderburk battled for the lead.  Helms took the lead in turn two. Helms and Barnhill put on a show for the Lancaster Speedway fans.
Barnhill looked under Helms time and time again only to come up short exiting the turns. But Barnhill was able to pull away to claim the win.
If you missed any of the races this season, Jackie Sims will have DVDs for sale in the pits and grandstands for $10.
The events featured in the Saturday, July 13, race include the Deal 1 Auto Sales Summer Slam for the Crate Sportsman division, NDRA GM Performance, Late Models, Super Street, Deal 1 Auto Sales Crate Sportsman, Cauthen Motors Pure Street, Lancaster Speedway Vintage, M&M Garage Muffler and Tire Extreme 4.