LAURENS COUNTY SPEEDWAY’S RACE REPORT
By: Nick Herman
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.
Timms got past Brad Rachels and held him and two-time defending division winner Billy Rushton off to win the main event of the Limited Division. Kris Norwood was fourth and Kevin Baker took fifth.
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.
Wilson turned back Tinker Roberts to win the main event, with Bobby Tucker third, Steve Osborne fourth and Lucas Motte fifth. Dan Lawson, the defending champion in the series, moved up to Crates.
The race was very taxing as the drivers needed five attempts to get through the opening lap as caution after caution negated each try beforehand.
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.
Super Stock 4: Dusty Eaves won the main event in the SS4 Division, with J.R. Baker taking second, Tim Collins third, Bradley Lambert fourth and Brandon Frazier fifth.
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.
When the race resumed Roberts again jumped out and extended his lead, and the rest of the drivers fell into line behind him as Roberts finished off the race.