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Baker wins, captures Young Guns title

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Racing Roundup

By Melanie Knight

 

  

 

Andrew Baker captured the win to take the Young Guns V8 points title at Lancaster Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

The Young Guns V8 qualified for this special race, with Andrew Baker winning the pole and Brandan Blackmon starting on the outside front row in second.

When the green flag dropped, it was Baker, Blackmon, John Gordon, Brady Kirk and Travis Boatwright battling for the lead entering turn one.

Exiting turn two, it was Baker with the lead over Blackmon.

Baker and Blackmon then set sail on the rest of the field.

Baker led a hard-charging Blackmon all race long. Baker pulled away as the laps ticked off and went on to capture the win and the 2011 points championship in the Young Guns V8 Division.

Top 5: Baker, Blackmon, Kirk, Gordon and Boatwright.

u In the Super Street main event, the front row had Rusty Robinson and Justin Rollins.

When the green flag fell, it was Robinson, Rollins, Jody Bigham and Kevin Godbee, all battling for the lead entering turn one.

Exiting turn two, it was Robinson with the lead over Bigham and Godbee.

As the laps ticked off, Robinson and Bigham began to pull away from the field.

Back behind the lead duo, fifth-starting Brent Hodges made a hard charge to the front of the pack to challenge the lead duo of Robinson and Bigham.

With about three laps to go, Bigham began to close the gap on Robinson. As they crossed the finish line for the white flag, Bigham gave it his all on the last lap only to come up short at the line.

Top 5: Robinson, Bigham, Hodges, Rollins and Godbee. Jody Bigham won the 2011 Super Street Division Points Championship.

u The Crate Sportsman main event front row had Timbo Mangum and Kevin Blackwell.

When the green flag dropped, it was Mangum, Blackwell, Dustin Sweatt and Travis Payne battling for the lead entering turn one.

Exiting turn two, it was Mangum with the lead over Blackwell, Sweatt and Payne.

As the laps ticked off, Mangum put some distance between himself and the rest of the field.

Back behind Mangum, Sweatt put pressure on Blackwell for second and overtook second place, but the man on a move was young Josh Langley.

Langley, a Buford High junior, moved up from the Young Guns Division on Saturday night and held his own against some of the top drivers at LMS.

Langley started sixth and worked his way up to fourth.

Back up front, it was Mangum  ending his winless streak in the Crate Sportsman Division and returning to victory lane.

Top 5: Mangum, Sweatt, Payne, Langley and Saucier. Dillon Crook won the 2011 Crate Sportsman Division points championship.

u The Pure Street Division featured the night’s best race.

The front row was James Marion and Cayce McGuire. When the green flag fell, it was Marion, McGuire, Robbie Helms and Aaron Hemby battling for the lead entering turn one.

Exiting turn two, Marion led over McGuire, Helms and Hemby.

Marion had a mirror full of McGuire and McGuire had a mirror full of Helms.

As the laps ticked off, Helms worked his way by McGuire and set his sights on Marion.

Helms pulled up on the back bumper of Marion numerous times to keep the pressure on.

Back behind the leaders, the duo of Steve Hinson and Pebo Johnson were making their way up to the front of the pack. 

Back up front, Helms and Marion raced each other hard for the lead.

Coming to the white flag entering turns three and four, Helms and Marion made hard contact with each other, Marion hit the outside wall hard and fell back to fourth.

This allowed Helms to overtake the lead and capture his first win of the 2011 season, and his first win since the 2003 season.

Top 5: Helms, Hinson, Johnson, Marion and Paul Irby. 

Steve Hinson captured the 2011 Pure Street Division Points Championship, his third straight Pure Street Division Points Championship.

u The Stock 4 main event front row had Mike “Wormy” Snipes and “The Red Rocket,” Jeffrey McGuirt.

When the green flag fell, it was Snipes, McGuirt, Evan Thomas and Wes Helms battling for the lead entering turn one.

Exiting turn two, it was McGuirt with the lead over a hard-charging Helms. As the laps ticked off, McGuirt led and Helms battled Evan Thomas for second.

Thomas pressured Helms lap after lap. When Thomas got by Helms, he set his sights on McGuirt. Thomas ran down McGuirt, but was unable to find a way around McGuirt as he won again on the 2011  season. Top 5: McGuirt, Thomas, Helms, Michael Chaney and William Hyatt. Ray T. Adams captured the Stock 4 Division 2011 Points Championship.

u The Vintage main event front row was Chris Fincher and Jerry White. At the green, it was Fincher, White, Kenneth Deese and Rocky Price battling for the lead entering turn one.

Exiting turn two, it was White, Fincher, Deese and Price battling for the lead.

The man on a mission was Frankie McGuire in his ZZ Top car.

McGuire started in the rear of the field and worked his way up through the field. As McGuire was working his way up through the field, Deese overtook the lead and set sail.

Back behind Deese, McGuire was still making his way through the field coming down the back straight away. McGuire was going for third when McGuire and Steve Helms made contact.

Both McGuire and Helms would be able to save there cars and continue on, McGuire ran down Deese and Fincher, but ran out of laps before he made a move.

Deese prevailed. After the race, tempers flared as McGuire and Helms made contact in the pits. Top 5: Deese, Fincher, McGuire, 11th-starting Ben Helms was fourth and 12th-starting Marty Spittle was fifth. Deese captured the 2011 Vintage Division Points Championship.

The NDRA GM Performance Late Models had a tire protest. Michael Brown protested Timbo Mangum, so the results weren’t available until later in the week.

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