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PMK’s Lancaster Report for 10/8/11

Friday, October 14th, 2011
Marty Spittle highlighted the final night of 2011 racing at Lancaster Motor Speedway with an exciting win in the Vintage main event Saturday night.

* The Vintage main event front row had Ben Helms and Steve Davis.

When the green flag dropped, it was Helms, Steve Davis, Marty Spittle and Kenneth Deese battling for the lead entering turn one.

Exiting turn two, it was Davis with the lead over a hard-charging Spittle and Helms.

These three ace drivers put some distance between themselves and the rest of the field.

As the laps ticked off, Davis held the lead over Spittle and Helms.

Spittle worked the back bumper of Davis for numerous laps, as Helms dove low in the turns on Spittle and Davis.

All the the LMS fans and staff  watched these three drivers put on a classic for ages to come.

Midway through the race, Spittle and Davis were side by side roaring down the front straightaway.

It was Ford vs. Ford, and the fans were on their feet cheering.

Spittle and Davis raced numerous laps side by side as Helms had the best seat in the house behind both of the top drivers.

During the later stages of the race, Spittle made his move entering turn, diving low on Davis to gain the  lead.

Davis would not yield and came back down low on Spittle exiting turn two.

Davis gave chase to Spittle for the rest of the race, but Spittle proved too tough on this night and captured another 2011 win.

Top 5: Spittle, Davis, Ben Helms, Shaun Mangum and Steve Helms.

* The Super Street main event front row had Rusty Robinson and Jody Bigham. When the green flag dropped, it was Robinson, Bigham, Corbin Parker and Jake Gibbons going into turn one battling for the lead. Exiting turn two, it was Robinson with the lead over Bigham.

As the laps ticked away, it was Robinson pulling away from Bigham. The battle behind Bigham was intense between Brent Hodges and Jake Gibbons.

Hodges pressured Gibbons for nearly the entire race for third.

Midway through the race. 2011 Super Street Points Champion Jody Bigham developed some problems on his No. 52 machine and retired for the night.

Back up front, Robinson posted another victory on the 2011 season. Top 5: Robinson, Hodges, Gibbons, Parker and Jeff Knight.

* The Crate Sportsman main event front row had Timbo Mangum and Jacob Catoe. At the green, it was  Mangum, Catoe, Josh Langley and Steve Saucier battling for the lead entering turn one.

Exiting turn two, there was a multi-car pileup.

When the race restarted, it was Mangum with the lead over Saucier.

Behind the leaders, the man on a mission was Dustin Sweatt. Sweatt started 12th and worked his way through the field.

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

Behind Mangum, the battle for second was heating up between Saucier and Travis Payne.

Payne pressured Saucier all race long for second, seeking for a way to overtake second.

By this time, Sweatt was in third place and charging hard to catch Saucier and Payne.

On the last lap, Saucier and Payne raced each other hard for second as Sweatt gained ground on the duo.

Coming out of the turn, Payne and Saucier made contact.

Sweatt made a power move to the outside of both drivers. All three drivers made contact, with Sweatt overtaking second. Top 5: Mangum, Sweatt, Payne, Saucier and Andrew Baker.

* The Pure Street main front row had Robbie Helms and Jerry Sexton.

When the green waved, it was Helms, Sexton, Jesse Carson and Paul Irby battling for the lead entering turn one.

The race had numerous starts. When the race finally got going, it was Helms, Sexton, Carson and Irby. Helms felt pressure from Sexton all race long, Sexton got as close to Helms’ bumper as he could coming down the straightaways, but Sexton’s car pushed up entering the turns on every lap.

The race had numerous cautions. On every restart Sexton gave Helms a run for first until Sexton’s car began to push up in the turns.

On the last lap, Sexton gave it one last shot, but on this night Helms proved too tough and took the win. Top 5: Helms, Sexton, Carson, Jeremy Carter and Matthew Thrower.

* The Stock 4 main event front row had Shannon Barnhill and Ray T. Adams. When the green fell, it was  Barnhill, Adams, Evan Thomas and Wes Helms battling for the lead entering turn one.

Exiting turn two, it was Barnhill with the lead over Adams, Thomas and Helms.

As the laps ticked off, Barnhill was in another zip code as he pulled away from the rest of the field.

Behind Barnhill, Helms took second and set his sights on Barnhill, but on this night Barnhill proved too tough and captured his first win of the 2011 LMS season.

Top 5: Barnhill, Helms, McGuirt, Adams and Chaney.

* In the NDRA GM Performance Late Models main event front row had pole winner Steve Banal and “Downtown” Michael Brown.

When the green flag fell, it was Banal, Brown, Timbo Mangum and Ronnie Mosley all batting for the lead entering turn one.

Exiting turn two, Banal led over Mangum, Brown and Mosley.

As the laps passed, Banal began to set sail and pulled away from the field.

Behind Banal, the battle for second was between Mangum and Brown.

During the race’s late stages, Mangum developed problems and stopped in turns one and two.

When the race restarted, Banal set sail again and won. Top 5: Banal, Brown, Gib Gibbons, Andy Hodges and Dale Dodge.

* LMS debuted a new division Saturday night, The Front Wheel Drive Division.

The front row had David Laney and Steve Saucier, and when the green flag fell, it was Laney, Saucier, Jospeh Laney and Shorty Lacey battling for the lead entering turn one.

Exiting turn two, it was David Laney with the lead over Saucier, Jospeh Laney and Shorty Lacey.

As the laps ticked off, Lacey began to make his move toward the front.

Back behind Lacey, there was another driver making his move toward the front, Frank Roof.

Back up front, David Laney put distance between himself and the rest of the field.

Midway through the race, David Laney’s No. 12 machine pushed up in the middle of turns one and two, and Laney hit the outside wall to cause a caution.

When the race restarted, it was Lacey with the lead over a hard-charging Roof.

This is when the race got interesting.

Roof was all over Lacey for the rest of the race. Roof pushed Lacey down the straightaways and dove under Lacey in the turns seeking for a way to pass Lacey.

Coming to the white flag, Roof put more pressure on Lacey.

Roof made his move coming to the checkered flag. Exiting turn four, Roof dove low on Lacey.

As the two drivers passed the flagstand, Lacey won by less than a bumper. Top 5: Shorty Lacey, Frank Roof, Jospeh Laney, Mike Baucom and David Laney.

* Lancaster Motor Speedway officials thanked Eric Montgomery Towing for putting up money for the  Dirty Dozen Race last Saturday.

For details about LMS for the 2012 season visit www.lancasterspeedway.net or visit the tracks 2 facebook pages.

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PMK’s Lancaster Report

Thursday, September 29th, 2011
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.

* 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.

* 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.

* 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.

* 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.

* 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.

 

* For more info about Lancaster Motor Speedway, visit the track website www.lancasterspeedway.net, or  the track’s two facebook pages. To discuss track action, or your favorite driver visit www.DirtRaceFans.com and register.

PMK’s Pre LMS Race Report 9/23/11

Friday, September 23rd, 2011
Andrew Baker vs Brandan Blackmon Young Guns V8 Points Championship To Be Decided On The Last Points Race Of The Year.

Lancaster Motor Speedway will be hosting its final points race of the 2011 season Saturday night.

* Only one division will be decided when the Young Guns V8 Division rolls. Andrew Baker and Brandan Blackmon are tied for the points lead.

For this special occasion, the Young Guns V8 Division will be qualifying to set the field. With Baker and Blackmon set to duel over the points championship, this will be anybody’s race as both drivers have had their share of wins.

Other drivers to watch are Josh Langley, Brady Kirk and John Gordon.

* In the Super Street Division Jody Bigham has locked up the points championship, and will seek to return to victory lane this Saturday to add to his 2011 win total.

Terry Brooks Jr., captured his first 2011 win this season at LMS last Saturday night.

Brooks, who is bad fast everywhere he goes, finally captured a LMS win.

Fan favorite Brent Hodges had some bad luck last week, but will be in contention for another win Saturday. Other drivers to watch are Johnny Starkey, Michael Emerson Jr., Joey Engelbrecht, Kevin Godbee, Justin Rollins, Mike Carnevale, Jake Gibbons and Corbin Parker.

* In the Crate Sportsman Division, Dillon Crook, in his first year competing in the Crate Sportsman Division, won his first points title.

Crook, the Buford High School junior, started in the Young Guns V8 Division last year and moved up to the Crate Sportsman Division.

Another young driver in the Crate Sportsman Division is fan favorite Hank Taylor, who is 13 and in the eighth grade.

He captured his first career win a couple of weeks ago at LMS. The victory had to be the most popular win at LMS this season.

Taylor will finish second in points this year behind Crook. Timbo Mangum, who has seen his share of bad luck this year in the No. 5 machine, will be seeking a return trip to victory lane this Saturday. Travis Payne, who experienced his share of bad luck at the beginning of the year, has seen his luck reverse.

Payne reeled off two straight wins a couple of weeks ago and notched another this past Saturday night.

Dustin Sweatt will also be in contention to capture the checkers Saturday.

Tight racing led to some heated tempers in the Crate Sportsman Division last Saturday night.

Other drivers to keep an eye on will be Frankie McGuire, Jacob “Smooth” Catoe, Kevin Blackwell, Matt Cauthen, Michael Hough, Landon Carson, Steve Saucier, Richard Broome and Brad Broome.

* In the Pure Street Division, “Burn ’Em Down” Steve Hinson has locked up his third straight Pure Street Division points championship.

Hinson has seen his share of wins this year at LMS and will be seeking to add to his win total.

James Marion earned another win on the 2011 season last Saturday. Marion battled Cayce McGuire all race long for the win. McGuire crossed the finish line first, but was found light at the scales.

Pebo Johnson, who started in the rear last Saturday after winning three straight, will be seeking to return to victory lane this week.

Other drivers to watch are Kevin Blackwell, Jesse Carson, Jerry Sexton, Chuck Jones, Ryan Whitaker, Alex Wiseman, Matt Harris, David Price, Aaron Hemby and Paul Irby.

* In the Stock 4 Division, Ray T. Adams has locked up the points.

Adams has seen his share of wins and will be looking to add to his 2011 win total. Jeffrey McGuirt, who won last Saturday, will be seeking to add another win to his dominating 2011 season. Evan Thomas, who rallied from the rear last Saturday, will be in contention for the win.

Other drivers to keep an eye on will be Wes Helms, Chase Wilson, Tyler Funderburk, Michael Deese, Mike Snipes, Michael Ott, “The Outlaw” Jesse James, Rocky Phillips, David Benfield, Thomas Boatwright and Colton Haire.

* In the NDRA GM Performance Late Models, Timbo Mangum captured the win last Saturday.

Mangum battled Johnathan Edwards for the first half of the race and had the crowd on its feet. Mangum and Edwards will be in contention for the win this week. Steve Banal gave Mangum a run for the win on the last lap only to come up short at the line.

“Downtown” Michael Brown will be seeking to add to his win total and end his long victory lane drought.

Ronnie Mosley, always in contention for the win at LMS, will be seeking to add another win to his 2011 total.

Gib Gibbons, who took a very popular first career win at LMS this year, will be seeking his second win on the year at LMS.

Other drivers to keep an eye on will be Andy Hodges, Mike Huey, Whitney Long, Shaun Medlin and Donnie Austin.

* In the Vintage Division, Frankie McGuire ran away with the race last Saturday Night in the powerful ZZ Top car.

McGuire, at one point in the race, was a straightaway and a half ahead of the next car.

McGuire will be seeking to return his ZZ Top machine to victory lane for a second straight week this Saturday.

“The Big Show,” Kenneth Deese will be seeking to add to his win total this Saturday and return his Dale Earnhardt look alike No. 3 ride back to victory lane.

The ever-popular No. 45 Mustang of Marty Spittle will be seeking to return his Ford to victory lane and add to his win total.

Ben Helms will be seeking to add to his 2011 win total and return his Blue No. 51 Chevy to victory lane. Other drivers to keep an eye on will be Chris Fincher, Mike Helms, Steve Helms, Brian Crump, James Crump, Don Burns, Coty Burns, Steve Davis, Rocky Price and Shaun Mangum.

* Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstands open at 5. Admission is $20 in the pits and $10 for the stands.

If you missed any of the action from last Saturday night, or from any race this year, Jackie Sims will have DVDs for sale in the pits and stands for $10. Jackie Sims will also have end-of-the-year DVDs for sale as well for $15.
Johnny Sims will have victory lane pictures and on-track action pictures for sale as well.
For details on LMS, visit the track website www.lancasterspeedway.net or the tracks 2 facebook pages. To talk about the on track racing action or your favorite driver visit www.DirtRaceFans.com and make sure you register.



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