LAURENS COUNTY SPEEDWAY’S RACE REPORT
By: Nick Herman
August 15, 2015
Frankie Coates charged his way to Victory Lane for the first time this season at Laurens County Speedway, winning Saturday night’s main event in the Limited Division.
Coates held down the pole position after winning his heat race, and started alongside Billy Rushton. The race got off to a wild start as Coates went into a slide but was able to save it and get to the front to hold the lead. Rushton and Brad Rachels quickly filed into second and third, putting up a fierce challenge for the lead.
The race had multiple stops early on for cautions, but each time Coates was able to maintain the spot, pushing his speed up to post a 15.3-second lap. The two chasing Coates, Rushton and Rachels, kept pushing until the seventh lap when the two got into an accident. Each driver was able to keep going in the race, but neither got back into serious contention the rest of the night.
Coates was able to stay in front the remainder of the race and came away with the victory, holding off a late charge from Jimmy Taylor, who finished second. Josh Harris was third, Rachels fourth and Chad Edwards fifth.
Crates: Zack Mitchell won his second race of the season when he stopped Drew Shealy, who finished second. Terry Bullard was third, Timbo Mangum fourth and Tony Quarles fifth.
Mitchell was the best driver from start to finish, pulling away early on and threatening to make the race a runaway. Mitchell was the fastest car all night, turning laps as fast at 15.1 seconds. Mitchell was driving so fast that Mangum, who for a time was in second place and was driving as hard as he could, never was able to make up ground.
Mangum’s hopes for a victory came to an end when he slowed with a flat tire. After that Mitchell’s only challenger fell back in the field and victory was assured.
Hobby: Chris Lyons won his second race of the season, his first since May, to help his cause in the division standings. Bobby Tucker took second, Phillip Wilson third, Eddie Tyner fourth and Tim Tollison fifth.
Lyons got to the front of the field at the start, with Wilson following in second and Tucker in third. The three cars quickly bunched together and put on a good show for the opening laps before Lyons fell into single-file on the track. After a restart with seven laps to go Tucker was finally able to get past Wilson on the backstretch for second as he made his latest attempt at career victory No. 100, but Lyons held a strong lead throughout the remainder of the race and was not threatened.
Super Stock 4: Travis Sharpe captured the checkered flag in the main event of the SS4 Division. Joe Gibson was second, Bradley Lambert third, Adam Hand fourth and Adam Piercy fifth.
Sharpe started on the outside of Row 1 and quickly got around Dusty Eaves, who started on the pole, to take the lead. Eaves later hit the wall and had a flat, and later retired after falling off the pace.
Sharpe, meanwhile, started pulling away from the field and opened a sizable lead that Gibson could not make up.
DWS Towing Wall-Walkers: Michael Staton won his second race of the season, holding off second-place finisher Landon Mack. Kayla Bullard was third, Danny Martin fourth and Andrew Patterson fifth.
Staton made it through the opening turns to take the lead on the opening lap. Mack followed in second and Tony Hill was third in the early going before moving up to second place. He put up a big challenge against Staton for the lead, and while he was able to get his nose in front briefly he couldn’t get all the way past, and later the two cars were cited for a caution that sent the duo back to the end of the field.
But Staton wasn’t finished. He again pushed hard through the field and, by the 10th lap Staton was back in front – this time to stay.
August 8, 2015
Billy Rushton appears to not be ready to give up his hold of the Limited Division title at Laurens County Speedway.
Rushton won his second race in three weeks, turning back points leader Brad Rachels in a dominant performance. Jimmy Taylors took third, Austin Watkins fourth and Mike Kernels was fifth.
From the start of the race Rushton was in full command, quickly getting into clean air and turning laps of 15.15 seconds. As the laps went on the time got faster, with Rushton threatening to turn sub-15 second laps. As he ran into lap traffic Rushton fell off the pace slightly, but even when he did Rachels was not able to gain ground, and as a result Rushton won with ease.
Crates: Michael Smith won his first race of the season, defeating second-place driver Larry Grube in a race where the most notable moments came right as the green flag dropped.
At the start Steve Bowie got into the wall on his own as the green flag flew, and he was unable to stop before he slammed into the gap entering Turn 1. The race was immediately red-flagged due to the crash, and the car was eventually taken off. Bowie appeared to have a hand injury from the crash, but other than that he was okay.
When the race was restarted the pole driver of Tony Quarles got into the 12 car, but was able to save it as they approached the green flag. While Quarles saved his car the 11 car was stuck in no-man’s land, and he and the 78 car were both collected. After they spun out and hit the inside wall on the frontstretch, 78 got out and stood on his car’s window opening, yelling at Bullard, who gave back what he got, but both cars were unable to continue.
After another crash left the field with four cars, Smith jumped out to the lead and never trailed. Tony Quarles was third, behind Grube, while Chris Pendleton was fourth and Deano Long was fifth.
Hobby: Tim Tollison was in the right place at the right time, moving to first after a caution claimed the top two drivers, holding on for his first victory of the season. Tollison was followed by Eddie Tyner in second, Chris Lyons in third, Bobby Tucker in fourth and Phillip Wilson.
Tucker got out to the lead on the first lap, going from the outside of Row 1 and past Lyons to the top spot. The two drivers were in a good battle for the first five laps before the drivers each spun out going through turn 3 and 4 on the sixth lap.
That moved the drivers to the back of the pack, but also left Tollison in first place after he was sitting in third. The race continued with Tollison in front and Tucker moving back to second as he tried to reach career victory No. 100 – with all of his previous 99 victories coming at LCS. On the 11th lap the two cars got together again and Tucker spun, hitting the wall and taking damage that ended his night. Lyons, meanwhile, was able to continue.
As for the leader, Tollison continued on his way and held off Lyons before he broke down to allow Tyner a way by for second.
SS4: Kevin Kelly powered through to win his first race of the season, stopping Ray Storay in the main event. Stacy Brock was third, Dusty Eaves fourth and Bradley Lambert fifth.
The first lap saw good, clean bumping but nothing that threatened a caution. Kelly got himself to the front with Storay following in second place, and the two cars held their spots as Kelly pulled out to a fair lead.
Kelly maintained the lead even after the race was stopped with six laps to go due to a caution. When the race did resume Kelly didn’t lose his momentum and eventually rolled to victory.
DWS Towing Wall-Walkers: Josh Timmons took home is first career victory, earning the celebratory mud drag as a result. Michael Staton was second, Andrew Patterson third, Landon Mack fourth and Kayla Bullard fifth.
Timmons had the lead after the first lap when he got by on the outside of Row 1, passing Spud Ammons. The race was stopped for a time when the 88 car of Crowe lost control and flipped onto its top. Crowe was able to get out quickly and he was okay.
As for the leader, Timmons continued to lead with Ammons in second, but when Ammons fell off the pace and fell well back in the field, Timmons was not challenged again.
August 1, 2015
Brad Rachels found his way back to Victory Lane Saturday night at Laurens
County Speedway, helping push his point lead back out in the Limited
Rachels picked up his fourth victory of the season in the main event by
turning back Jimmy Taylor, who finished second. Billy Rushton was third,
Kris Norwood was fourth and Mike Kernells was fifth.
Right from the start Rachels jumped out to the lead with B.J. Eubanks
putting forth an early challenge before he ultimately had to go to the pits
late in the race. In the meantime Rachels was able to get out to a healthy
lead while Taylor found his way to second place.
Rachels continued to motor along, turning laps at a time of 15.5 seconds
around the halfway mark, and once he made it past lap traffic the race was
Hobby: Bobby Tucker inched closer to a career milestone in the main event,
winning his 99th career race by turning back Dan Lawson, who finished
second. Tim Tollison was third, Phillip Wilson was fourth and Shane Roberts
Tucker started the race on the outside of Row 1 and fell into second place
behind Chris Lyons, but Lyons saw his night end when he had a broken axle
and fell out of the field on the third lap. When Lyons fell out of
contention that moved Tucker to the front of the field. After that Tucker
managed to stay in the front of the field despite having to hold off a
healthy charge from Lawson, the former point division champion.
Lawson had one last chance on the final lap but he couldn¹t get close enough
to make the pass, allowing Tucker to hold on.
Crates: Larry Timms won his first race of the season in the Crate Division,
knocking off Chris Pendleton in the main event. Pendleton took second place
with Deano Long third, Michael Smith fourth and Jeff Robinson fifth.
Timms started on the outside of Row 1 after qualifying first, but the race
got off to a messy start with a multi-car crash before the cars had even
gone through the first turn. On video review it appeared Long had made
contact with Tony Quarles, starting a mess that gobbled up five cars. Terry
Bullard was one of the cars collected in the early mess, knocking him out.
After the race resumed Quarles also retired.
As for the race Timms got into a good battle for the lead Pendleton, but
Timms was able to find his way out front and then open a gap between himself
and Pendleton for the lead. It was a lead that held firm through the
remainder of the race.
SS4: Dusty Eaves continued rolling along in the Super Stock 4 Division,
winning his seventh main event. J.R. Baker was second, Tim Collins third,
Josh Wilson fourth and David Stone was fifth.
Baker got out to the lead at the start and Eaves was following in second.
The two quickly got into a strong battle at the front, getting side by side
at times. But each time that happened Baker was able to just stay in front.
And while Baker was able to stay in front for a good amount of time, Eaves
was able to eventually get past Baker and to the front after the two made
contact and got hooked up.
Following that Eaves was able to build a healthy lead and wasn¹t challenged
DWS Towing Wall-Walkers: Tony Hill got himself to Victory Lane in the main
event, picking up his second victory of the season. Andrew Patterson was
second, Landon Mack was third and John Pennington was fourth.
Hill led from the start of the race, pulling away early on and into a battle
with Ammons. The two drivers, in fact, pulled away from the rest of the
field and got into a one-on-one duel for the top spot, but Hill never let up
and eventually pulled away to a comfortable victory.
July 25, 2015
Billy Rushton had not visited Victory Lane at Laurens County Speedway since June 13, when he won his fifth race of the season before finding his way back Saturday night.
Rushton won the Limited Division main event Saturday, holding off division-leader Brad Rachels, who finished second. Jimmy Taylor was third, B.J. Eubanks was fourth and Mike Kernells was fifth.
Rushton won the pole position for the main event after taking his heat race, and in the main event he maintained first place with Frankie Coates following in second. Rushton had laps early on in the 15.2-second range, but Coates did a good job early on staying with the leader before he finally faltered and fell back on lap 12.
Rushton maintained the lead, even as Rachels started to drive faster than Rushton. But Rushton, after getting around Kernells at the back end of the lead lap, maintained the victory.
Crate: Zack Mitchell is nicknamed “Kid Quick,” and he certainly lived up to the name as he won his first race of the season. By winning the race he picked up a $120 bonus for being a first-time winner this season in the division. Tony Quarles was second, Terry Bullard third, Steve Bowie fourth and Larry Grube fifth.
Mitchell was simply the dominant driver in the division. From the start he pulled out to the lead and he never led the rest of the field have any chance to get back into it. Mitchell hit laps of 15.2 seconds just past the halfway mark, and even slowed up toward the end, but his lead was so big that it simply didn’t matter.
Hobby: Phillip Wilson has not finished a race he’s started lower than first. That trend continued in the main event as he won his ninth race of the season, and third straight. Wilson will start the next main event from the back of the pack.
Dan Lawson was second, Bobby Tucker third, Chris Lyons fourth and Tim Tollison fifth.
Lawson started the main event on the pole but it was Lyons who first pulled out in front, getting past Lawson on the opening lap. Wilson and Tucker followed in third and fourth before the caution came out. After the race resumed it was Lyons in front with Wilson now in second. Lyons had a fair lead but Wilson was able to close the gap and, on the fifth lap Wilson made it by for the lead.
The drivers hit lap traffic by the 11th lap and it led to a mess with Wilson making contact with Glenn Walker, then Lyons getting cut off by Walker to end Lyons’ night.
Once the race restarted Wilson had a good grasp on the lead, fighting off a last-gasp charge by Lawson that proved too little, too late.
DWS Towing Wall-Walkers: Landon Mack got the mud roll after the main event as Mack won his first-career main event at the speedway. Andrew Patterson, who helped in the celebration afterward, was second, Anthony Murray was third, Justin Lawson was fourth and Jason Lambert was fifth.
Murray got out to the lead, getting past Mack at the start before Mack looked inside early in the race and found a way to get himself the advantage.
Mack held off Patterson after a restart with six laps completed and, as a few cars had to pull off, Mack managed his position and opened up the lead on Patterson. That allowed him to pull away and get his celebratory mud drag.
SS4: Brandon Patterson picked up his first victory of the season, holding off Dusty Eaves in the main event. Eaves was second, followed by Brain Nelson in third, Bradley Lambert in fourth and Joe Gibson in fifth. Patterson won a $200 bonus as 11 cars started the main event. Ten cars have to start the main to get the bonus.
The race took until the fourth attempted start to get going, but once it did Patterson found his way to the lead. Eaves pushed hard for the lead but struggled for a time trying to make up ground. Once he was able to close the gap, though, the momentum didn’t last and he lost a little ground and fell back into a comfortable second.
Once the race resume after a caution with seven laps to go Patterson was able to maintain the lead and prevented Eaves any shot of making a charge toward the front.
July 11, 2015
Brad Rachels entered Saturday night’s Limited Division main event at the Laurens County Speedway with an 86-point lead in defending champion Billy Rushton, and after the race left with a stronger grip on the division’s top spot.
Rachels won his third race of the season in the Limited Division, including his second straight race, turning back Frankie Coates by .841 seconds. Larry Grubb was third, Mart Patterson fourth and Kris Norwood fifth.
After starting the main event on the pole Rachels got out of the box with a good start and maintained the lead through the first lap. The race was stopped soon after the first lap when Mike Kernells had a rough crash into the wall entering turn 1, making contact with the access gate on the outside wall. Kernells suffered serious damage to his car, but he appeared to be fine.
Rachels turned laps of around 15.3 seconds after the restart and quickly pulled away from the field, opening up a healthy lead on second-place Coates, but it was Coates who got a pair of late chances to get back to the lead following two caution flags – the first with six laps to go, the last with four laps to go. Each time, though, Rachels was able to get out to a good start and ultimately denied Coates the spot, holding on for the victory as a result.
Crates: Hank Taylor took the checkered flag in the main event of the Crate Division, marking his first victory of the season. Tony Quarles was second, Terry Bullard third, Chris Patterson fourth and Steve Bowie fifth.
After a host of starts and restarts the race finally got going with Taylor, who started on the pole, getting to the lead. Quarles followed in second and Bowie was third after the early laps, but Quarles was able to get up with Taylor and put in a good push for the lead. The two cars stayed in their spots as the race went on, which featured two more cautions that gave Quarles a chance to get the lead. Each time, though, Taylor proved to have the better car.
Hobby: Phillip Wilson is still the top driver in the Hobby Division, and he further strengthened his hold on the race for the championship with his track-best eighth victory of the season. Chris Lyons took second, followed by Dan Lawson, Bobby Tucker and Tim Tollison, who respectively finished third through fifth.
Wilson got to the lead at the start of the race after opening on the outside of Row 1. He held the position for the rest of the night, but had to fight off a spirited charge from Lyons, who earlier in the year had ignition issues that appeared to be a thing of the past. As the laps went on Lyons continued to push for the top spot but Wilson proved to be just good enough to turn back the challenge.
SS4: Bradley Lambert found his way back to the top spot in the Super Stock 4 Division when he knocked off Dusty Eaves, who took second place in the main event. Adam Hand was third, Joshua Melton was fourth and Carl Overstreet took fifth.
Lambert got past Eaves at the start of the race to take the lead and held the lead through the early going despite a strong challenge from Eaves, who entered the night with a 173-point lead in the division. Eaves pushed Lambert hard for the top spot through each stop and start of the race, but Lambert wouldn’t let the spot get away.
DWS Towing Wall-Walkers: Spud Ammons captured another victory in the main event, knocking off Michael Staton, Travis Jamieson, Kayla Bullard and Andrew Patterson, who rounded out the top five.
Jamieson had the lead early in the race with Patterson and Ammons following in behind, but on the third lap both Patterson and Ammons were able to get by and take the top two spots from Jamieson.
The top two cars of Staton and Ammons found themselves in a battle for the lead near the halfway mark before Ammons finally got to the front, pulling well ahead of the field and winning with relative comfort.
July 3, 2015
Brad Rachels led from start to finish and took home his second main event victory in Friday night’s Limited Division race at Laurens County Speedway. Mart Patterson was second, Frankie Coates third, Jimmy Taylor fourth and Jim Rogers fifth.
Rachels chose to start on the outside of Row 1 after posting the top time in qualifying, and after the start he got out with Frankie Coates, who started on the inside of Row 1, following in second. Patterson stayed with the leaders in third early going, and the trio started to pull away from the field in the first few laps.
The lead cars started to run into lap traffic by the seventh lap and, by the ninth lap, the leaders started to get by without trouble. By the 16th lap Coates, who had been in second all night, fell off the pace a bit, but he was able to maintain third place at the end.
Rachels, meanwhile, was able to keep a firm hold on the lead throughout the race and by the time there were three laps to go the race was well in hand.
Crates: Nick Deitz picked up the victory in the Crate Division main event, with Dale Timms in second, Hank Taylor in third, Terry Bullard in fourth and Chris Patterson in fifth.
Deitz, just like Rachels in the main event of the Limited Division, started the race on the outside of Row 1 after finishing first in qualifying. He got out to the start of the main event and held the lead throughout with Timms following in second. Timms made a good challenge early in the race, but by the eighth lap Deitz started to find some separation between himself and Timms.
After two restarts on the 10th lap Deitz again jumped out to re-establish the lead, with Timms again following behind. Timms kept up with Deitz and pushed for the lead, but the leader never let go of his advantage and, as a result, won his first race of the season.
Hobby: Phillip Wilson won his track-best seventh race of the season in the Hobby main event, topping Bobby Tucker, Dan Lawson, Tim Tollison and David Overstreet, who respectively finished second through fifth.
The race got fully underway after an aborted first starting attempt, and once it did Wilson went from the outside of Row 1 to the lead. Lawson and Tucker followed in second and third before the race was stopped due to a caution on the second lap. Because the race had finished a lap the restart was single-file and not double-file, and as a result Wilson held the first-place post.
Wilson and Tucker were in a good battle as the laps went down, and the gap closed enough that Tucker had a strong chance to catch and pass Wilson at the wire, but Wilson held on at the finish and took home the victory.
SS4: Travis Sharpe captured the main event in the Super Stock 4 Division. Dusty Eaves was second, Joe Gibson third, Brandon Patterson fourth and Tim Collins fifth.
Sharpe started on the pole for the main event and used the position to hold the lead through the first lap, but only by a slim margin over Eaves. As the laps went on Sharpe started to open a good lead on Eaves for the lead, and with five laps to go Sharpe held nearly a full straight-away lead on Eaves.
But with four laps to go the race was brought to a halt due to a caution, giving Eaves one last chance to get to the top spot. But Sharpe made sure the hope didn’t last too long as he used a good restart to pull away from Eaves and not only win his first race of the year but deny Eaves his seventh victory of the season.
DWS Towing Wall-Walkers: Michael Staton picked up the victory in the main event, his second straight victory. Andrew Patterson finished in second, Kayla Bullard was third, Luke Tollison was fourth and Anthony Murray was fifth.
Staton is the fourth driver in the division to win multiple races this season.
June 20, 2015
Jimmy Taylor won his first race of the season in the Limited Division at Laurens County Speedway Saturday night, while a second-place finish by Brad Rachels helped boost him into first place in the point standings.
Rachels started the night 11 points behind defending series champion Billy Rushton, who took the week off. With Rushton absent it gave Rachels the easy chance to take the points lead, which he did by completing the race.
As for Taylor, he started the race in the third position, but moved up when Coates was knocked out after his car died on the opening lap. When the race restarted Taylor moved up to the inside of Row 1 and never trailed after moving out in front of the pack once the green flag flew.
Josh Harris was third and Frankie Coates was fourth.
Crates: Timbo Mangum won his first race at LCS in more than a month when he turned back Bruce Bullard, Tony Quarles and Mike Measamer, who respectively finished second through fourth, in the main event.
Quarles started the main on the pole after winning the heat race, and after the second attempted start Quarles and Mangum found themselves in a good battle for the lead. Mangum was able to close the gap on Quarles and, by the halfway mark, was making a serious charge. After the halfway mark Mangum was able to find his way on the inside of Quarles to get the lead, and once he did he was able to pull away with laps of around 15.6 seconds to get the victory.
SS4: Dusty Eaves won his sixth race of the season, tying Phillip Wilson (Hobby) for the most victories in any division, bettering second-place driver Brandon Frazier, Josh Wilson (third) and Tim Collins (fourth) in the main event.
Eaves was able to get to the lead from the outside of Row 1 on the starting lap, with Collins and Frazier following. The three cars pulled away from Wilson and set up for a shootout before Collins was knocked out of the race on the third lap.
Once the race resumed the battle between Eaves and Frazier continued, but Eaves maintained a steady lead throughout and Frazier was not able to get close enough to put up a serious challenge.
Hobby: Dan Lawson won the main event in the Hobby Division, with Chris Lyons second, Tim Tollison third, Lucas Motte fourth and Wilson fifth. The victory is Lawson’s third in as many races, including the Shrine Race.
Tollison started on the pole with Lyons on the outside, but once the race’s second start attempt came through it was Lyons who got to the lead with Lawson following. Lyons maintained the lead throughout, but Lawson stayed close enough to keep hope alive for a victory, ultimately getting past Lyons on the final lap when he went to the outside of Lyons.
DWS Towing Wall-Walkers: Michael Staton won the main event in the former Front-Wheel Drive Division. Andrew Patterson was second, Spud Ammons third, Kayla Bullard fourth and John Smothers fifth.
At the start of the main event Staton went from alongside Landon Mack, who was on the pole, and into the lead through the opening lap. Staton and Mack continued to battle for the lead through the early laps before Mack hit the wall on the sixth lap, later coming to a stop that brought out the caution flag.
That left Staton being chased by Patterson and Ammons, but neither of the two cars could get enough of a run to push Staton, who won his first race of the season.
June 13, 2015
Billy Rushton looks to have found his groove.
Rushton, after winning just once in the first five Limited Division races at Laurens County Speedway, has now won four of his last five races – including the Shrine Race – picking up another victory Saturday night in the main event. Frankie Coates was second, Kevin Baker third, Derrick Cook fourth and Brad Rachels fifth.
Rachels nearly didn’t run in the race at all after his car was involved in an accident in the heat race that did solid damage to his regular car. But Rachels was able to race in Dan Lawson’s car, using the legal tires, and was able to come back and run the race.
As for Rushton’s night, he finished second in the heat race, which put him on the outside of Row 1. On the start Rushton zipped around Baker and took the lead for good and was never seriously challenged.
Crates: Terry Bullard won the main event in the Crate Division, his third victory of the season. Chris Pendleton was second and Travis Leake was third.
Bullard took the lead on the opening lap, while Pendleton and Leake were in a good battle for second place. Leake made the pass with seven laps complete, but his hopes of making the comeback were stalled when his car started on fire with six laps to go. Leake was okay, but the night was over.
As for Bullard he was able to rebuild the lead upon the restart and pulled out the victory as a result.
Hobby: Dan Lawson followed up his Shrine Race victory with another in the main event. Chris Lyons was second, Tim Tollison third and Tinker Roberts fourth. Phillip Wilson, who had won the last four straight Saturday races, did not start the race and saw that winning streak end as a result.
Lawson went from the pole position to the lead on the opening lap as Lyons followed. Lawson maintained the lead as Lyons fell further back in the first half of the race, but as the laps went by Lyons started to close the gap and ultimately got close enough that victory wasn’t out of the realm of possibility.
Lyons made for a strong challenger as the race went on, but Lawson had enough to hold on.
SS4: Dusty Eaves won his fifth race of the season, stopping Tim Collins in the main event. Brandon Frazier was third, J.R. Baker fourth and Joe Gibson fifth.
Gibson started on the pole after winning the main event, but his night ended on the sixth lap after his car came to a close and, ultimately, left the track. Eaves, however, started on the outside of Row 1 and moved up on the race’s opening lap. He maintained the lead throughout and won without much difficulty.
DWS Towing Wall-Walkers: Travis Jamieson won his third straight race, including the Shrine Race, in the main event. Andrew Patterson was second, Bill Baker third, Landon Mack fourth and Kayla Bullard fifth.
Spud Ammons got the lead in the early going, with Mack and Patterson following for second and third, respectively, but Jamieson made the jump to third place after the first lap after starting in the back of the pack.
Jamieson continued to close the gap and ultimately took advantage of lap traffic to take the lead halfway through the main event. After he took the lead, Jamieson appeared in the clear before a caution came out with five laps to go.
After the restart, though, Jamieson was able to re-establish his lead and picked up the victory.
Note: The regular Saturday race scheduled for July 4 has been moved up one day, to July 3.
June 9, 2015
A battle between two-time Laurens County Shrine Race Main Event winners was every bit as exciting as could be expected Tuesday night at Laurens County Speedway, and in the end it was the challenger to the defending champion who came out on top.
Ross Bailes of Clover took home the Carolina Clash Super Late Model main event in front of a vocal and supportive crowd that was in attendance for the 34th annual Laurens County Shrine Race, topping Rambo Franklin of Gaffney in the process. Zack Mitchell was third, while Aaron Ridley was fourth and Joey Coulter was fifth.
The most heart-stopping moment of the night didn’t come during the main event, though, but in during qualifying. Kenny Collins, going through the first two turns on his first lap of qualifying, got too close to the wall and hit it. But the worst of it wasn’t over as after he hit the wall, Collins hit the burn – a buildup of dirt – and with his speed he launched himself over the wall and into the trees in back of turn 2. Collins was reported to be okay, but the accident led to a red flag that caused a delay in qualifying.
Qualifying saw Franklin set the standard for the rest of the night as he earned the pole position with a time of 13.824 seconds, missing the standard set in 2012 when X set the record of 13.711 seconds. Bailes was just off the pace at 14.027 seconds, and helped fill out Row 1. Ridley and Mitchell were third and fourth, respectively, in qualifying, while Brett Hamm and Dustin Mitchell rounded out the third row.
That brought on the main event, a 35-lap shootout that saw the two drivers in the front row duke it out for the lead after Franking shot by and grabbed the top spot from Bailes. The two drivers stayed in their respective spots for a majority of the race, Franklin nursing a one-second lead for most of the night. Once the cars ran into lap traffic, though, things started to turn as Bailes was able to close the gap with Franklin struggling to get by lap cars, and with 10 laps to go Bailes finally found his way by and captured the lead.
That left Franklin fighting to get back into the lead over the final 10 laps, a chance that was buoyed by a caution with six laps to go. The leaders were brought back together on the restart but Bailes was able to maintain his lead and ultimately put the race away, winning by 2.374 seconds over Franklin.
Race results: 1. Ross Bailes; 2. Rambo Franklin; 3. Zack Mitchell; 4. Aaron Ridley; 5. Joey Coulter; 6. Jim Manka; 7. Ben Watkins; 8. Anthony Sanders; 9. Doug Sanders; 10. Kevin Wilson; 12. Kevin Godwin; 13. Brett Hamm; 13. Dustin Mitchell; 14. Billy Lambert.
Limited: Billy Rushton is used to winning at LCS, and Tuesday was no different.
Rushton proved too tough to stop as he turned back Dale Timms, who finished second. Gib Gibbons was third, Brad Rachels fourth, Mart Patterson fifth and Chris Patterson sixth.
Rushton opened the main event from the pole position and got himself to the lead when the green flag flew. Gib Gibbons, who started on the outside of Row 1, traded spots in the order with Timms, who started on the inside of Row 2. As the race went on Rushton started to put some space between himself and Timms, but in the early going Timms was the faster of the two cars. He was able to close the gap and gave the fans in attendance the fitting finale to the Shrine Race they were hoping for.
Timms gave himself a chance to get the lead in the final laps, even appearing for a split second to have pulled the nose of his car in front of Rushton on the backstretch, but any advantage was short-lived as Rushton recaptured the lead, and was able to hold off Timms for his fourth victory of the season at LCS, his second in as many races.
Crates: Trent Ivey turned back the last-lap hopes of Travis Leake to take home the main event in the Crate Division. Deano Long was third, Nick Dietz was fourth and Gib Gibbons was fifth.
In qualifying Ivey took second to Colby Cannon, who ran a lap of 15.3 seconds to take the pole position. Ivey was second in qualifying at 15.402 to earn the outside pole position. On the second attempted start of the race Ivey and Cannon battled hard for the lead and ended up getting together, knocking Cannon’s car out of the race. Cannon didn’t take too kindly to being knocked out and tried to get payback by hitting Ivey’s car, but he didn’t have any major impact at all.
Ivey kept going in the lead with Leake, who won the main event in Saturday’s race at LCS, following. Leake tried his best to keep up with Ivey, but the leader saw his edge grow to nearly 5.5 seconds before a caution came out with three laps to go.
The restart didn’t give Leake a chance to get back into the race, but merely proved to be a footnote in Ivey’s story as he won the race by 1.694 seconds.
Results: 1. Trent Ivey; 2. Travis Leake; 3. Deano Long; 4. Nick Dietz; 5. Gib Gibbons; 6. Mike Measamer; 7. Drew Shealy; 8. Chris Morgan; 9. Steve Bowie; 10. Larry Grube; 11. Lee Cooper; 12. Colby Cannon.
Monster Minis: Rod Tucker won with ease over Timmy Smith, who ended the race with a car void of both side panels that essentially left him with the caging exposed on each side. Larry Teal ended third in the main event, with Dustin Morris fourth and Brandon Patterson fifth.
Jamie Mattison had the fastest car in qualifying, finishing with a time of 18.070 seconds. That gave him the duty of having to roll the dice to decide where he would actually start the race. A one would leave him on the pole, while a two would put him on the outside of Row 1 and move Tucker to the pole. That’s exactly what took place as Mattison rolled the two and moved back just one spot to the outside of Row 1, with Tucker moving up one spot.
The main event was a stop-and-start affair as the cautions came out fast and furious. There were five restarts in the first four laps because of spinouts and accidents, but on the last restart Tucker and Ray Storay were at the front of the field, and each held their spots until late in the main event when Storay fell back in the field. Tucker, though, continued to build on his lead and won the race by 6.369 seconds.
Results: 1. Rod Tucker; 2. Timmy Smith; 3. Larry Teal; 4. Dustin Morris; 5. Brandon Patterson; 6. Ray Storay; 7. Justin Mintz; 8. Jamie Mattison; 9. Dusty Eaves.
Hobby: Dan Lawson found his way back to victory lane for the first time this season, winning the main event in the Hobby Division. Chris Lyons was second, with Brad Rachels third, Phillip Wilson fourth and Lucas Motte fifth.
The race started with a three-wide pack on the backstretch before Wilson, who started on the pole, jumped out to the lead and both Lawson and Rachels rounded out the top three. The trio pulled away from the field, but in the meantime Lawson started to close in on the leader after they passed lap traffic. Rachels still was in the mix but saw his chances take a hit when he was collected in an accident after Motte spun out and both Lawson and Rachels tried to avoid serious contact.
Wilson edged back to the lead on Lap 10 before another restart following the emitting of smoke from Glenn Walker’s car. Wilson appeared safe in the lead with three laps to go before Wilson encountered problems with his car that knocked him back down the ladder and gave Lawson the lead. Lyons ended up getting past Rachels and taking second.
DWS Towing Wall-Walkers: Travis Jamieson took the main event by holding off Jonathan Williams, who finished second, Jonathan Sarratte finished third, Keith Williams was fourth and Joel Cabe was fifth.
Jamieson jumped to the lead from the start of the main event with Jonathan Williams following in second.
After a restart just four laps into the race Jamieson continued to hold his spot and pulled away from the field. No matter how hard the other drivers tried to chase him down, Jamieson could not be caught as he won his third race of the season – his second in as many races after winning last Saturday.
June 6, 2015
Billy Rushton took another battle with Brad Rachels in the main event of the Limited Division at Laurens County Speedway Saturday night, helping to tighten up what could be a great title chase as the season nears the second half.
Rushton won his third race of the year to tie Dale Timms for the division lead. Rachels finished second, while Mart Patterson was third, Kevin Baker was fourth and Chad Edwards was fifth.
From the start of the race Rushton found himself in the lead. Rushton started on the pole for the main event, with Baker on the outside of Row 1, but used a very good start to get the lead as Rachels followed from the inside of Row 2 to get into second place.
From there the two drivers were in a good duel as Rushton continued to lead throughout, leaving Rachels needing Rushton to make a mistake to give him a chance to win the race. That never came, and Rushton won as a result.
Crates: Travis Leake won his first race of the season in the Crate Division main event, with Mike Measamer following in second, Tony Quarles in third, Terry Bullard in fourth and Chris Morgan in fifth.
The main event featured a lot of action with three attempts to start the race due to separate cautions. Once the race got started Deano Long and Chris Pendleton, who each won their heat races to start on the front row, remained in the top spots until they came up on lap traffic. At that point Pendleton went toward the bottom to try and get past Long, but when he did Pendleton made hard contact that put Long in the wall, knocking both drivers out of contention for the victory.
As a result of the crash Leake, which was in third for the early going, jumped into the lead and held on for the remaining 16 laps.
Hobby: Phillip Wilson won his fourth straight race and sixth of the season in the Hobby main event. Tim Tollison was second and Lucas Motte was third.
Tollison was on the pole for the main event before Wilson, following a lap 3 incident, moved up from third to first. Wilson’s biggest challenge later in the race came up when he tried to get past Motte, who was the end of the lead lap, and needed multiple attempts before finally getting past Motte. Once he did, Wilson had victory in hand.
Super Stock 4: Joe Gibson took his first checkered flag of the season by winning the SS4 main event. Dusty Eaves finished second, with Brandon Patterson, Tim Collins and Bradley Lambert, respectively, finishing third through fifth.
Gibson started on the outside of Row 1, next to Patterson, before Gibson found his way by on the opening lap to take the lead. He held the lead through the remainder of the race, despite a challenge from Eaves late that wasn’t enough to get him to the front in time.
DWS Towing Wall-Walkers: Travis Jamieson took home his second victory of the season, tying Andrew Patterson and Spud Ammons for the most in the division this season. Joel Cabe finished in second, Andrew Patterson was third, Ammons was fourth and Dean Barnett was fifth.
Jamieson started on the pole for the main event after winning his heat, and from there he never let go of the lead. Cabe put a good run on for the lead on the opening lap, but Jamieson had enough to thwart the challenge.
Behind the leaders a good battle developed for third between Spud Ammons and Patterson, with Ammons ultimately making the move halfway through the race to get third place before ultimately falling to fourth.
May 23, 2015
Billy Rushton and Brad Rachels were looking to put up a strong show during Saturday night’s Limited main event at Laurens County Speedway, but soon after the start Rushton showed the form that made him a division winner the last two years in the Limited Division.
Rushton pulled away from Rachels at the start of the main event and was never seriously threatened, pulling out to a lead of around three seconds late in the race as Rushton pulled out his second victory of the season. Rachels was second and Kevin Baker third.
Rushton and Rachels were at the front of the main event and Rushton zipped by at the start to grab the lead. Rachels had some good laps around one-fifth of the way through, but when he had quicker laps than Rushton the difference wasn’t enough to pull him close enough to make any attempt at a pass.
Rushton’s final challenge was late in the race when he had to get by Baker to put him a lap down while not letting Rachels benefit by gaining time. When Rushton got by Baker, Rachels saw his chance at a comeback victory go by the boards.
Hobby: Phillip Wilson tacked on his second straight main event victory to pad his season total, giving him four through the first two months. Tinker Roberts car finished in second, with Steve Osborne third and Lucas Motte fourth.
Wilson got off to a good start from the outside, sliding in and getting past Osborne for the lead on the opening lap as the cars went through the first two turns. From there Wilson found himself another gear and blew away the field. Within a few laps the cars were single-file on the track and so well-spaced out that there was no chance for a pass.
Wilson, who ran laps for a time at less than 17 seconds, won going away.
Crate: Terry Bullard held off a good challenge from Mike Measamer to take the main event. Tony Quarles was third, Drew Shealy was fourth and Chris Morgan was fifth.
Bullard took the lead from the start of the main event after opening on the pole. Shealy was on the outside of Row 1 and was challenging for one of the top spots before he fell back, but Shealy was able to pick himself up and get back going after an early hiccup, putting a good challenge in to Quarles for third before finishing in fourth.
Measamer, who moved to second after starting third, was turning laps quicker than Bullard for a time, but Bullard’s early lead proved too big to overcome despite Measamer getting within striking distance late in the race but not enough.
SS4: Dusty Eaves got past Joe Gibson after the first lap of the main event, and even with a caution six laps into the main event it was Eaves’ day as he picked up the checkered flag. Gibson was third, followed by 21, 110 and d4. The victory is the third straight for Eaves, his fourth on the season. Randy Stanton was third with Joe Frazier fourth and Bobo Pennington fifth.
Eaves started next to Gibson to start the main event, and after a good battle on the backstretch Eaves pulled away to take the lead on the opening lap. Two cautions later in the race brought the field together and gave Gibson a chance to challenge for the lead, but Eaves never gave him the opening he needed, pulling away on each restart to get a lead that proved too big to overcome.
DWS Towing Wall-Walkers: Andrew Patterson won his second main event of the season, his first since the season’s second week, as he won with ease. Bill Baker was second, with James Woodward third, Landon Mack fourth and Spud Ammons fifth.
Ammons got off to a very good start to the main event as he opened on the pole, but he quickly found himself in a battle with Patterson for the lead. The battle didn’t last very long, however, as Ammons suffered a flat right front tire and fell back in the pack, ultimately having to retire.
After that Ammons was never seriously threatened, building about a seven-second lead on Baker midway through the race.
May 16, 2015
Phillip Wilson won the first two Hobby Division main event races of the season at Laurens County Speedway, but hadn’t been back in victory lane since April 11. That is, until Saturday night’s race.
Wilson won a hard battle with Bobby Tucker in the main event to take home his third victory on the season. Behind Tucker were Tim Tollison, who took third, fourth-place finisher Lucas Motte and fifth-place finisher Tinker Roberts.
At the beginning of the race Tucker was able to get by Chris Lyons for the lead after starting on the outside of Row 1. Lyons couldn’t stay in the front pack, however, after he went to the pits following a caution flag on the fifth lap of the race. Lyons ended up taking sixth.
Once the race resumed it took two tries to get a lap completed before another caution on lap 6. From there Tucker looked to be in good position before Wilson started to pick up his race and, after the lap 6 restart Wilson was able to get by and held the lead for the rest of the race despite a hard push from Tucker that came up short of its goal.
Limited: Dale Timms won his second straight race and third of the season by holding off Brad Rachels in the main event of the Limited Division. Billy Rushton was third, Kris Norwood fourth and Kevin Baker fifth.
Timms got by Rachels at the start of the race after winning the second heat to start the main on the outside of Row 1. Rachels and Rushton both followed behind before they fell into a battle for second place, while Timms started to clock laps at less than 15 seconds. Rushton made a move to try and get to second but Rachels managed to hold him off.
On a restart following a lap-14 caution the drivers were brought back together, giving Rachels and Rushton another chance to make a run at Timms for the lead, but Timms simply sped off and pulled away to a comfortable victory.
SS4: Another three-time winner emerged in the Super Stock 4 Division as Dusty Eaves won his third race of the season. Brandon Frazier was second, J.R. Baker third, Joe Gibson fourth and Bradley Lambert fifth.
Eaves started on the pole for the main event and got off to a good start, pulling away from Frazier to hold the lead. Frazier was able to put up some pressure with Gibson, for a time, waiting in the wings in case the leaders made a mistake.
Eaves never made the mistake Gibson, or anyone else, was hoping for to give them a shot at getting the victory. Frazier had one shot to get past Eaves after a restart on lap 11, but Eaves managed to get a good restart and pulled away.
Crates: Chris Pendleton won from the pole to get his division-leading second victory of the season. Mike Measamer was second, Jeff Robinson third, Steve Bowie fourth and Terry Bullard fifth.
Tony Quarles, who started on the outside of Row 1, got by Pendleton for the lead on the opening lap. He stayed there through an early caution on lap 5 and used an effective defense to stay in the front. That changed near the halfway point in the race when Quarles got a little too high in the turns and Pendleton managed to get by for the lead.
Pendleton, who was the fastest driver in hot-lap qualifying with a time of 15.611 seconds, was side-by-side for a time with Quarles before the pass, but Quarles was knocked out of the race after a caution. Quarles finished seventh.
From there Pendleton was able to turn back Measamer and grab the checkered flag.
DWS Touring Wall-Walkers: Tony Hill won his first race of the season in the former Front-Wheel Drive Division by turning back Andrew Patterson, who finished. Spud Ammons was third, with Jake Barnett fourth and James Woodward fifth.
Chris Hill got to the lead from his start on the outside or Row 1 but a caution soon came out after fluid sprayed out from the back of Landon Mack’s car. Once the race restarted Chris Hill managed to stay in the front but Tony Hill, who started on the inside of Row 2, got himself into a battle with Patterson for second place. Tony Hill ultimately got by for second and quickly closed the gap as the laps ticked on.
Chris Hill led with five laps to go and appeared like he might hold on before contact between himself and Tony Hill led to a tire coming off the back-right side of Chris Hill’s car, ending his chances.
Tony Hill benefitted the most by moving into the top spot, which is where he stayed.
May 9, 2015
Bobby Tucker found his way to victory lane in the main event of the Hobby Division Saturday night at Laurens County Speedway, but the race will be more known for a spectacular crash that happened on lap 6 that left part of the outside wall in turn 1 damaged and, from reports from track officials, knocked a driver unconscious for a time.
The race featured six cars at the start, when Mart Patterson went from the pole position to the lead. Patterson held the lead through the early laps before the race was halted after contact between Tucker and Donnie Satterfield as they battle for position in the race. When the two cars made their final contact in the front stretch of the track, Satterfield’s car veered sharply to the right and, while not losing any speed, ran flush into the wall, causing massive damage to the vehicle and bringing out an immediate red flag.
Emergency personnel came out to help Satterfield, who reportedly lost consciousness in the immediate aftermath of the crash but later regained it while still in the car. Satterfield was able to get out but needed some assistance getting into the ambulance before being taken to the hospital for observation.
Once the race restarted Patterson maintained the lead, but that didn’t last after his own car started smoking and dropping fluid, ending his hopes.
That gave the lead to Tucker, who held off Lucas Motte to earn the victory. Behind Motte, who took second, were Tim Tollison, Patterson, Satterfield and Chris Lyons.
Limited: Dale Timms was the best car in the top division’s main event, rolling to a comfortable victory. Brad Rachels was second, Gib Gibbons was third, Kris Norwood fourth and Kevin Baker fifth.
At the beginning Rachels tried to pass Timms for the lead with Billy Rushton, who started on the outside of Row 2, behind them before he hit the wall to force a restart. On the restart Timms managed to hold off Rachels for the top spot while Gibbons pushed for second. Timms held a fair lead for a time before he started to pull away from Rachels, while Gibbons lost ground for second.
Lap traffic also did nothing to slow Timms down, as he got by cars with relative ease and pulled away for a comfortable victory.
Crates: Timbo Mangum had the fastest lap in hot-lap qualifying, turned that into a victory in his heat to earn the pole, and went on to win the main event later in the evening. Tony Quarles was second, with Chris Pendleton third, Jeff Robinson fourth and Terry Bullard fifth.
Mangum shot from the pole position to the lead with Quarles following behind. The two were in those spots for the remainder of the race, but had to turn back a late opportunity when a caution came out with seven laps to go. Quarles, though, just couldn’t keep Mangum from expanding the gap again and, as a result, had victory well in hand.
J.R. Baker started on the pole with Eaves on the outside of Row 1, and Eaves had to hold on after an early slide slid him toward the wall but didn’t lead to any damage. The top two river stayed in close proximity to each other until Eaves went low on the track and got by for the lead, one he didn’t give up.
DWS Towing Wall-Walkers: Spud Ammons took the main event with Jake Barnett second and Kayla Bullard third.
The race got off to a wild start when Landon Mack got to the lead by Andrew Patterson. Travis Jamieson also tried to get by but could not, ultimately hitting the wall and seeing his night end prematurely as a result.
Mack kept hold of the lead with Ammons trying to get by on the restart, but ultimately Ammons got side-by-side for the lead and made it count, all while a crash took place that knocked Mack out of contention.
After that Ammons held firm in the lead and was not threatened the rest of the night.
May 2, 2015
The Alvin Nabors Memorial Races returned to Laurens County Speedway, which saw its first action in three weeks after consecutive rainouts, and in the main event it was Brett Hamm who proved better than all the rest.
Hamm won the 30-lap main event in the Limited Division at LCS, topping Bubba Russell, who finished second. Behind them were Billy Rushton in third, Frankie Coates in fourth and Drew Collins in fifth.
The race got off to a fierce start as Hamm and Timms battled for the lead in the opening lap. Timms tried to slide by for the lead on the inside of Hamm and appeared to get his nose in front, and the two drivers made contact with each other before both were able to save their cars and avoid a crash. Hamm was able to hold in best by taking first place after the contact, a spot he did not give up the rest of the race.
Veterans Rushton and Brad Rachels fought behind the leader for second later in the race and, lap after lap, the two pushed each other to get to second – with hopes of getting to first. Rushton won out for a time to get to second, but he later fell back when Russell made his own push and got by for second.
As that was happening, though, Hamm was able to maintain first place and, following a restart on lap 11, pulled away and took the victory.
Hobby: Chris Lyons took home the checkered flag in the Hobby main event, besting Tim Tollison, Bobby Tucker, Tinker Roberts and Steve Osborne, who respectively rounded out the top five.
Lyons took the lead on the opening lap and was able to expand it in the early going before a crash on lap 5 brought the proceedings to a halt. In the crash Phillip Wilson was unlucky as his car ran into a spinning Clark Smith, before Wilson’s car later took a hit that left the right side with heavy damage.
SS4: J.R. Baker turned back Dusty Eaves and Joe Gibson for the checkered flag in the main event of the Super Stock 4 Division. After Eaves and Gibson, who finished second and third respectively, Brandon Frazier was fourth and Bradley Lambert was fifth.
After a caution on the first attempted start the race went off without a hitch the rest of the way. Baker got himself to the lead with Eaves following in pursuit, and Eaves kept himself close enough to be a threat for the entire race. Eaves continued to look for a way by to take the lead, but each time he looked to see if there was a way to get to the front he found that no such path was available.
As the laps ticked away Eaves kept up his pursuit, but Baker simply proved too tough to stop.
After a couple of attempted starts the race finally got underway with Pendleton, who ran a lap in heats of 15.369 seconds, getting to the front. Pendleton, Dietz and Robinson all were at the front from the start and all separated themselves from each other fairly quickly, leaving little chance for a pass. The field was brought together on lap 4 due to a caution, and again twice more in the first 11 laps of the race, but Pendleton never let up on the gas and continued to lead the field. To his credit, though, Dietz was able to make it close at the finish, but Pendleton managed to hold on.
DWS Towing Wall-Walkers: Travis Jamieson won the main event in the former FWD Division, with Spud Ammons second, Andrew Patterson third, Jake Barnett fourth and Landon Mack fifth.
The race got off to a clean start and Jamieson got right out to the lead with Ammons following behind. The two drivers stayed at the front of the pack for the entire race, but Jamieson was the better of the two throughout the night and won by a healthy margin.
April 11, 2015
Defending Crate Series champion Terry Bullard found his way to victory lane Saturday night in the main event, the first time since he won last year’s division championship at Laurens County Speedway in what was a wild night for the division.
Mike Measamer had a wild crash during his heat race that ultimately left his car flipped over on its top and, later kept him from running in the main event. Thankfully, after a 13-minute delay to get the track cleared, Measamer was found to be okay and the races resumed. Later during the main event it appeared Tony Quarles, who started the main event on the pole, started to spark bad on the 11th lap of the race. When he did spark the two drivers behind him, Bullard and Leake, both crashed – Bullard into Quarles and Leake into Bullard – to bring out the caution. But because both drivers had no way to avoid any accident after Quarles had his issues, both were put back in their spots on the restart with five laps to go.
But from the restart Bullard was able to hold onto his ground at the front of the field, even with Leake pushing hard for the top spot, and got the victory.
Limited: Another defending track champion, Billy Rushton, found his way to victory lane after winning the main event. Kris Norwood took second place, Kevin Baker third, Brad Rachels fourth and Chad Edwards fifth.
Rushton got himself to the front of the field from his starting spot on the outside of Row 1, zipping by Norwood from his pole position. Norwood and Rachels followed from behind, with Rachels later passing Norwood for second place. Rushton threatened to break the 15-second barrier on his laps through the race, building a good lead before David Yandle’s car broke down to bring the caution out with 12 laps to go.
Rachels got his chance to challenge Rushton as a result of the restart but Rushton again pulled away once the race resumed. It appeared the top two finishers would both hold their spots and, while Rushton did, Rachels hit the wall going through the final turns to lose his hold on second place and allow Norwood and Baker to get by for second and third, respectively.
Wilson got to the lead from the start as he used his position on the outside of Row 1 to jump past Bobby Tucker. Wilson pulled out to a good lead before an early caution flag came out, but when the race resumed he and Roberts put separation between themselves and the rest of the pack. Tucker’s run, though, came to an early end when he faltered and fell back, finishing in seventh and giving Wilson a clean run to the finish line.
SS4: J.R. Baker picked up his first victory of the season in the main event. T.J. Baker followed in second with Bradley Lambert third, Brandon Frazier fourth and Michael Hicks fifth.
J.R. Baker led from the pole position and never trailed, but did get a good push at the front from Lambert and T.J. Baker as the top spot appeared up for grabs. After a couple early laps, though, J.R. Baker was able to get out to the lead, and once he did he built a healthy lead.
That lead was erased on a caution halfway through the race, but even that wasn’t enough for J.R. Baker to lose control of the race. Lambert continued to hold second place with Frazier in third, but as the race came to its conclusion those cars fell back and T.J. Baker was the benefactor.
DWS Towing Wall-Walkers: What turned into a three-car main event was rather uneventful as Andrew Patterson took the checkered flag. Spud Ammons finished second and Landon Mack was third.
Mack was in first after the start of the race, getting to first from his starting position on the outside of Row 1. He held the lead for a time before Patterson was able to get to the inside and slingshot himself to the front, taking Ammons with him. From there Patterson was able to build a safe lead and coast home.
April 4, 2015
Laurens County Speedway roared back to life Saturday with the first night of its 60th season, and Dale Timms proved in the top division that he was the driver to beat.
Rachels got out of the outside poll position to take the lead at the start, but had to fight from the beginning to turn back both Rachels and Rushton, who quickly pulled away from the rest of the field to make it a three-driver sprint. The race was clean, without any cautions, and Rachels held on despite a serious push from Timms that got him close to the lead, but not close enough in the early going.
Past the halfway mark, though, Timms’ efforts finally paid off when he got a lane on the inside to zip past Rachels and take the lead.
From there Timms was able to pull away from the rest of the pack and opened up a comfortable lead, but Rachels had to fight still to turn back Rushton in his effort to get to second. Rachels proved successful as he pulled away from Rushton late to hold onto second place, all the while Timms stayed in first.
Hobby: Philip Wilson was back at the LCS track, and his return proved to be a success.
On the final starting attempt Wilson got himself to the front, passing Tinker Roberts for the lead. Bobby Tucker also made a move to the front but his attempt at making a run for the lead, as well as everyone else’s, was cut short when the race was shortened to just three laps because of time.
Crates: Gibb Gibbons won the first race of the season in the Crate Division, edging out Zack Mitchell, Tony Quarles, Mike Measamer and Terry Bullard, who rounded out the top five.
The field of nine cars at the start of the main got off to a good start when Gibbons jumped from the outside poll of Row 1 to the lead. Mitchell managed to hold onto second but, in the early going, Gibbons pulled out to a comfortable lead.
The race looked fairly comfortable for Gibbons with six laps to go when a caution came out after Mart Patterson spun his car to bring out the caution flag. That brought the top drivers back together and gave Mitchell one last chance to grab the victory, but Mitchell just didn’t have enough as Gibbons again pulled out to the lead on the restart and held firm.
Baker had the lead from the start of the race, and early on it was Joe Gibson who was among the top competitors for the lead. He and Baker put on a good battle, with Eaves following behind, but when Gibson’s car started to smoke he was knocked out of contention, and out of the race. Gibson finished seventh.
From there both Eaves and Baker continued to battle for the top spot, now with Eaves in the top spot after being able to get around on the inside of Baker. As the laps went on Eaves was able to gain some separation from Baker, clinching the victory.
DWS Towing Wall-Walkers: The Front-Wheel Drive Division had a new sponsor, and a new name, as it opened the season, and in the main race Shane Roberts proved to be the best wall-walker of them all. Roberts defeated defending points champ Travis Jamieson, who finished second, while Andrew Patterson was third, Spud Ammons was fourth and Brandon Summers was fifth.
Roberts got out to the lead after starting on the pole position with Patterson and Jamieson in pursuit. Roberts opened a fair lead while Patterson and Jamieson were nearly side-by-side in battling for second place. Jamieson ultimately got past for second place but could not gain any ground on the leader, who appeared set for an easy victory before a caution came out on the eighth lap of the race.