THE LAURENS COUNTY SPEEDWAY RACE REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 20, 2014
By: Nick Herman
Kris Norwood was the winner in the Limited Division main event Saturday night at LCS, but the big winner was Billy Rushton – again.
Rushton clinched his third straight point title (last two in Limited, previous one in Super Late Model) by finishing third in the main event. The result, coupled with second-place Michael Smith not racing, guaranteed enough points to clinch the division for Rushton.
As for the race Norwood topped Mike Kernells, who finished second. David Todd finished behind Rushton in fourth place.
Todd and Rushton battled hard in the early going before Todd made contact with Rushton on the backstretch. When both crashed into the outside wall Todd got the worst of it, his car tumbling four times after impact. Despite the flips Todd got out of the car and was OK.
Hobby: Brad Rachels won his first race in the Hobby Division, topping Chris Patterson, who finished second. Dan Lawson was third, Shane Roberts fourth and Mart Patterson fifth.
Chris Patterson, by finishing second, trimmed the lead of Lawson for the point title, but is still in need of a win and some help to get the point title in the last three weeks.
As for the main event Chris Lyons started at the front and had a good lead early before Rachels weaved his way through the field and passed Lyons two-thirds of the way through.
Crates: Terry Bullard inched closer to a point title by winning his main event race. Chris Morgan followed in second, with Michael Lyons third and Dustin Sloan fourth.
Bullard entered the race with a 66-point lead in the division on Dale Timms and only built the lead higher as Timms did not race. Because of that Bullard gained 51 points for winning and finishing one place higher than he started. Depending on the outcome of Saturday’s race Bullard could clinch the title this week.
SS4: T.J. Baker got knocked out of the race early and lost ground in the point race, but Dusty Eaves proved the top driver on the night by winning the main event. Joe Gibson was second, Brian Nelson third, Brandon Patterson fourth and Brandon Frazier fifth.
Gibson gained two points for finishing two places higher than his start, and gained a net of 20 points because Baker finished sixth. The lead is now an estimated 69 points for Baker with three races to go.
FWD: Travis Jamieson can wrap up the point title this week after winning Saturday’s race. Jamieson topped Spud Ammons, who was second, while Andrew Patterson was third, Carson Norton fourth and Mark Meadows fifth.
Jamieson has a 169-point lead in the division on Joel Cabe, who did not race. If Jamieson were to finish with any net gain in points against Cabe next week, he wraps the division.