LAURENS COUNTY SPEEDWAY’S RACE REPORT
By: Nick Herman
Billy Rushton is once again proving to be a very difficult driver to stop at Laurens County Speedway.
After winning 10 main event races a year ago at the speedway, Rushton picked up his fourth victory in the season’s first seven weeks as he took the Limited Division main event Saturday night. Michael Smith was second and Terry Bullard took third.
Rushton started on the outside of Row 1 after winning his heat and got out to the lead in the early going, pulling ahead of Smith – who started on the inside of Row 1 after he won his heat race. The two stayed close in the early going until Smith looped his car around and brought the caution out.
But Rushton wasn’t immune from trouble as he blew the rear tire on the right side. That forced Rushton to restart third with 11 laps to go, pushing Bullard to the lead and Smith to second. On the restart Rushton got by Smith for second, then managed to get past Bullard for the lead as he held on for the rest of the race.
Crates: Dale Timms won for the third straight week and fifth time this season as he took the checkered flag in a main event. B.J. Eubanks was second and Taylor Puckett finished in third.
The five victories by Timms are the most for any driver in any division this season.
Timms qualified in 15.614 seconds to get the pole position, and on the start Timms used his chosen starting post on the outside of Row 1 to zip into the lead. Timms posted as fast at a 15.4-second lap during the main event as he pulled away from the field and was not seriously challenged.
Hobby: Chris Lyons won his fourth race of the season in the main event, with Lucas Motte second and Martin Brown third.
Lyons went wire-to-wire from the pole position and, after the first two laps, was able to open as much as a 15-car length lead before being brought back to the field after a caution with four laps to go. Even after the caution, though, Lyons would not be stopped.
Stock Thunder: Tinker Roberts came through with the victory in the main event with Bruce Barnett second and David Overstreet third.
Roberts got by Barnett after Barnett got a good start from the pole position, and the two drivers started a nice battle for the lead with Barnett staying within striking distance. Roberts, though, managed to hold onto the lead and, past the halfway mark, was able to build a six-length lead and managed to pull away for the victory.
FWD: Even after having to start in the back of the field, Travis Jamieson proved the best car in the Front-Wheel Drive field and won his third race in a row. Landon Mack was second and Jason Lambert was third.
Jamieson’s path was made a little easier when Dennis Moses, who was to start in Row 2 and directly in -front of Jamieson, did not start the main event. That helped Jamieson get a clean line to second place on the opening lap and immediately challenge Mack for first.
After a second-lap caution Jamieson was able to hold the lead for the remainder of the race.
Stock 4: Dusty Eaves found his way back to Victory Lane with a wire-to-wire victory. Wayne Summers took second and Tim Collins was third.
Eaves started on the pole and immediately jumped to the lead with Summers, who started on the outside of Row 1, settling into second. From there the drivers held firm in their spots, especially as Eaves maintained his lead and was not challenged.
David McCoy proved the best of the bunch Saturday night at Laurens County Speedway.
McCoy, part of the Southeastern Limited Late Model Series that was on hand for the Alvin Nabors Memorial Race, won the $1,500 top prize for capturing the main event. Michael Smith was second, followed by Larry Timms in third, Brad Rachels in fourth and Bubba Russell in fifth.
McCoy started on the pole position, but it was Frankie Coates who jumped to an early lead. Coates held the top spot with McCoy and Rachels trying to make up ground, and McCoy lost a bit of track position early before gaining it back. He caught up with Coates toward the one-third mark of the 30-lap main event, and McCoy nearly took the lead before Coates thwarted his passing attempt.
On the double-file restart on Lap 12, Coates went to the outside to restart the race and continued to hold off McCoy, but on Lap 20 Coates spun his car out on his own, losing hold of the lead and bringing out the caution flag.
McCoy took over the top spot at that point and managed to pull away from Smith to secure the victory.
Crates: Dale Timms has not finished lower than first all season long at Laurens County Speedway. That trend continued in the Crates Division main event, where he won his fourth race of the season. B.J. Eubanks was second, followed by Goose Calvert in third.
Timms qualified on the pole with a lap of 15.384 seconds, and chose to start on the outside of Row 1, alongside Eubanks. Timms used the starting position to his advantage, zipping by Eubanks for the lead as the green flag flew. From the start Timms was the dominant driver, pulling out to a healthy lead that withstood restart after restart.
Stock 4: Kevin Kelly won his first race of the season at the speedway, taking the Stock 4 main event. Randy Staton was second and D.J. Crawford was third.
It was a rough start as the race was stopped twice on the first lap due to cautions, but on the third attempt Kelly was able to make it to the lead and the field was able to get through the lap safely. The race had another caution on the fourth lap, but once again Kelly managed to grab the lead by posting laps of around 18.3 seconds.
The final caution flew on Lap 8, but even then Kelly had proven too tough to catch and he went on to a comfortable victory.
Stock Thunder: Bruce Barnett tied Tinker Roberts for the most wins in the division this season (2) by taking the main event. Jesse Johnson was second and Casey Lawson was third.
Barnett led from the start and had Johnson on his tail for the early part of the race, but Barnett set a good pace and pulled out to a comfortable lead and Johnson could not do anything to catch up.
FWD: Travis Jamieson won his second straight race, and third race of the season, edging Landon Mack and Shane Roberts, who respectively finished second and third.
Jamieson and Mack traded paint on the first lap and set the tone for what appeared to be a highly-competitive race. Jamieson grabbed the lead early in the race but could not lose Mack. The two, who started on the front row together, stayed in the top two throughout the remainder of the race as Jamieson won for the seventh time since the start of last season.
Hobby: Bobby Tucker won his third race of the season by topping Lucas Motte in the main event. Behind Motte, who finished second, was third-place finisher Marty Brown.
At the start of the race Chris Lyons and Mart Patterson battled for the lead as Tucker, who started on the outside of Row 2, moved up to third. Patterson kept a high line at times and managed to avoid any danger but his good fortune only lasted until Lap 9 when he was knocked out of the race.
That ultimately left Lyons in first and Tucker in second as the only two drivers to win this season in the division battled again, but the battle lasted only until Lap 12 when Lyons’ engine blew and knocked him out of the race. Lyons finished fourth.
Tucker, though, took over first place after Lyons got knocked out and used the starting spot to his advantage by pulling away from the field.
Nathan Grigg’s loss was Jesse Johnson’s gain.
Johnson’s protest of Grigg’s car after Saturday night’s Stock Thunder main event at Laurens County Speedway led to a change to the final results after Grigg refused to tear down his car for inspection. As a result Grigg, who had won the race, was disqualified and Johnson won the main event. Bruce Barnett took second and Eric Gossett finished third.
Johnson started on the inside of Row 2 and held in third place for most of the night, then later moved into a good battle with Barnett for second place past the midway point. But Barnett and Gossett both fell out of the race as it went on and that left Grigg and Johnson as the only two cars on the track.
Limited: Billy Rushton kept up another strong start to the season at LCS, winning the main event. Mike Huey was second, Michael Smith third, Josh Harris fourth, and Jimmy Taylor fifth.
Rushton qualified on the pole with a lap of 15.175 seconds, with Frankie Coates starting on the outside of Row 1. The two drivers stayed at the front of the field for most of the night, and Coates had a number of chances to pull past his rival, but Rushton never lost his grip on the lead.
Coates did lose second, however, on the sixth lap as he lost momentum and allowed Huey to pass him. Coates managed to keep from crashing and continued on and looked set to hold onto third as the race approached the end, but as the race wound down Coates’ car appeared to blow an engine which sent him all the way to a seventh-place finish.
Crates: Dale Timms is the only driver in the Crate Division to win more than once in the first month, and that trend continued after his third victory in a main event Saturday – one that brought home a $1,000 prize. Zack Mitchell, last week’s winner, was second, followed by Timbo Mangum in third, Larry Grube in fourth, and Michael Smith, who finished fifth.
Timms won the pole position in qualifying with a 15.109-second lap, which beat Mitchell by .289 seconds. By qualifying fastest, though, Timms won the option of starting on the outside of Row 1 instead of the pole, and he chose to do just that. On the start Timms used the outside starting spot as the catalyst to get to the front of the field, with Mitchell following in second. Mitchell looked like he would be able to push Timms all night for the top spot, but as the laps went on Mitchell could not find the way to get past Timms and had to settle for second as Timms held firm to the top spot.
Stock 4: Tim Collins took home the checkered flag in the main event. Jason Lambert was second, Dallas Miller third, Joe Gibson fourth and D.J. Crawford fifth.
Gibson started on the outside of Row 1 and looked set to grab the lead on the first lap, but Collins managed to hold on as Crawford moved past Gibson for second. As Crawford and Gibson got into an early battle for second, Collins pulled well ahead of the two drivers before Gibson and Miller each suffered flat tires and had to get them changed on the fifth lap.
Each driver came back out and was able to continue, but as the race went on Collins proved far too tough to catch.
Hobby: Chris Lyons and Bobby Tucker are proving to be the top Hobby drivers after the first month of the season.
Lyons won his third race of the season to break the tie with Tucker for victories, with Tucker taking second. Lucas Motte was third.
Tucker got out to the lead from the inside of Row 1, and Lyons found himself in the chase position. The positions held firm until five laps were left when Tucker’s car started to produce a lot of smoke, allowing Lyons to go past and grab the victory.
FWD: Travis Jamieson got himself to Victory Lane for the second time in three weeks by winning the main event. Landon Mack, who had won last week’s race, finished second, with Jason Bishop third, Grant Burton fourth and Shane Roberts fifth.
Jamieson moved out to the lead on the start and Mack, who started at the back of the field after winning last week, roared all the way to third on the backstretch of the first lap. Roberts held second with Mack storming through the field, and Mack eventually pulled even with Roberts and got past him near the midway point in the race.
On the ninth lap of the race Roberts was done after he lost a tire, and the tire ended up hitting Burton and flipping Burton’s car twice. Burton was okay.
After a brief stoppage, the race resumed with Jamieson maintaining first, but Mack pushed him hard in the laps immediately following the restart. Jamieson, though, did not let Mack get close enough to sniff victory and managed to hold on as a result.
Zack Mitchell was the best driver in any of the six divisions at Laurens County Speedway Saturday night.
Mitchell outdistanced the rest of the field in the main event of the Crate Division, winning his first race of the season at LCS. Larry Grube finished in second, with Steve Bowie third, Goose Calvert fourth and Jasper Brown fifth.
Mitchell qualified first with a time of 15.457 seconds, giving him the option to start on the inside or outside of Row 1. He chose the outside position and zipped out to a quick lead, but had to deal with two early cautions before finally pulling away for keeps after the final restart on Lap 2.
The best battle in the division was for third place as Bowie and Calvert dueled early on, but as the race went on Bowie finally found his way by and held onto third the remainder of the race.
Limited: Michael Smith won his second race of the season by taking the Limited main. Bryan Addy was second, followed by Chris Usry in third and Mike Kernells in fourth.
Smith got out from the outside of Row 1 and made it past Usry, who won the heat race to start on the pole, to take the lead. Usry later hit the wall and fell back a bit, but was able to continue on and eventually got past Kernells for third again.
Smith, at the front of the field, pushed the pace and made it impossible for anyone to catch him for the remainder of the main event, winning without any difficulty.
Stock Thunder: Bruce Barnett won the main event over Nate Grigg, Mark Anders, Josh Whitfield and Don Hiott, who respectively finished second through fifth.
Barnett started on the poll and held onto the lead as Anders got to second and Tinker Roberts held on for third at the start. After an early caution flag, Barnett was able to maintain his lead on the rest of the field and denied a late charge by Grigg, who started on the outside of Row 3.
The biggest moment in the race, however, didn’t involve either of the drivers. On lap 12 Roberts made contact with Hiott, spinning him out, then hit Hiott’s car intentionally after the caution came out. The result of the crash was Roberts not only being disqualified from this race, but also being suspended for the next two weeks.
After the race Grigg failed in section on his car for being too light. While he kept his second-place finish, Grigg did not keep his points or money earnings for his finish.
Stock 4: Tim Collins was the best driver in the Stock 4 main event, going from the pole to Victory Lane. Bradley Lambert was second, Michael Hick third and T.J. Baker fourth.
Collins and Lambert were in a good battle for the entire night and quickly established themselves as the top dogs in the field after starting on the front row. Collins never trailed in the race but never could feel comfortable in the race as Lambert pushed him lap after lap.
Lambert made one last move to try and pass Collins in the last lap, but when he tapped the wall the race belonged to Collins.
FWD: Landon Mack, after three straight second-place finishes, finally found his way to Victory Lane by taking the main event in the Front-Wheel Drive Division. Travis Jamieson was second, followed by John Smothers in third, Dustin Sloan in fourth and William Estep in fifth.
There were no caution flags in the race as Mack, who started on the pole, quickly found himself pushed by Jamieson for the top spot. As each lap passed it appeared Jamieson would be able to make a move and get to the front, but each time Jamieson challenged he saw Mack thwart his pursuit.
Hobby: Bobby Tucker won his second race of the season and denied Chris Lyons his third straight victory in a race that lasted only three laps.
Tucker and Lyons were the only cars in the main event, and Lyons didn’t make it out of the second lap before his car stalled and died on the backstretch. Tucker restarted under green and, after running two laps, was declared the winner.
Don Hiott made the best out of a run on Tinker Roberts early in the Stock Thunder main event Saturday night at Laurens County Speedway, and as a result denied Roberts a third straight victory to open the season as Hiott took the checkered flag instead. Roberts finished second and Eric Gossett was third.
At the start of the race Hiott tried to make a move from the outside of Row 1, but Roberts managed to hold him off. Hiott wasn’t deterred by the early denial, and kept going until both cars bumped into each other, sending Roberts toward the wall. Roberts missed hitting the wall and kept on going, but was never able to put up a serious challenge the rest of the race.
Hiott didn’t get away free and clear from the contact, showing some impact on the right side of his car, but the damage was not enough to threaten his standing in the race and allowed him to pick up the victory.
Hobby: Chris Lyons won his second straight race, stopping Bobby Tucker in the main event. Lucas Motte took third.
The race featured a five-car main event, but one driver – Phillip Wilson – did not make it to the finish after he was disqualified following a third-lap crash. Wilson’s crew members came onto the track during the caution, which is not allowed at the track. Once the members came on and would not quickly leave the track, Wilson was disqualified.
After a restart after five laps, Tucker tried to make a run at Lyons, but Lyons managed to hold onto the lead and denied another challenge with five laps to go before pulling away.
Stock 4: Wayne Summers took home his first victory of the season, knocking off Michael Hicks in the main event. D.J. Crawford finished third.
Three failed starts marred the beginning of the main, with one leading to another disqualification as James Coggins, on a yellow flag, hit Bradley Lambert’s car into Crawford’s car and was immediately sent off and ejected from the track.
Once the race finally got going it was 15 laps of caution-free racing with Summers getting to the lead and going wire-to-wire. Summers was able to build a healthy lead and won going away, but Crawford – who appeared ready to take second, slowed on the last lap and ended up finishing third as a result after Hicks passed him on the backstretch.
FWD: Travis Jamieson held off a last-lap charge from Landon Mack to win the main event. Mack took second and Andrew Patterson was third – marking the third straight race Patterson finished third.
It took four attempts to start the race before a lap was completed, and once it did Patterson was able to get himself into the lead. He found himself in a strong battle with Mack right from the single-file start, and Mack made Patterson earn the victory with a hard push through the remainder of the race.
Crates: Larry Grube won the main event after starting on the pole, with Goose Calvert taking second and Steve Bowie finishing third.
Grube held the lead throughout and never faced too serious of a challenge, while Calvert had to hold off Bowie for most of the race as Bowie pushed hard for second but could not get by.
Limited: Billy Rushton won a shortened main event over Austin Watkins – the only other driver in the main event.
Rushton took the lead at the start and was never challenged as Watkins brought out two cautions by spinning in the first two turns on two separate occasions. Rushton drove as fast as a 15.1-second lap before easing off the gas as he had already built a sizable and insurmountable lead.
Billy Rushton found himself back in familiar territory Saturday night at Laurens County Speedway – victory lane.
Rushton won the Limited Division main event by turning back Frankie Coates, who finished second. Behind Coates was Larry Grube, who was third, Michael Smith in fourth and Terry Bullard in fifth.
Rushton opened the race on the pole position after winning the first heat race, while Coates started on the outside of Row 1. The race was rather bumpy with four caution flags, the most in any division’s main event, but through it all Rushton found himself in first place. Coates put up a good battle but had a more difficult time early on holding off Smith for third place. That went on until lap 14 when Smith spun out, knocking him to the back of the field.
Smith was able to recover and get a couple spots back, getting past Bullard for fourth place, but he couldn’t get past Grube for third, who turned in a strong night to better his starting position by two spots.
Crates: Dale Timms qualified first for the second straight week, then followed with his second straight main event victory as he topped the field in the Crate Division. Zack Mitchell was second, Hank Taylor third, James Plemmons fourth and Nick Deitz fifth.
Timms started on the outside of Row 1 for the second straight week, but the initial start had to be wiped out due to a hard crash that eventually cost Goose Calvert his night. When the field restarted the race Timms slid by and then cut off Taylor from making a move for the lead, leaving him in second and Timms in front. Mitchell later followed with a pass of his own, getting by Taylor for second position. From there Mitchell did his best to push Timms, and was slowly gaining ground on the leader as each lap passed. As the race neared the end it appeared the lap traffic could give Mitchell a chance to pass Timms, but Timms was able to get through the traffic without much difficulty and ended up holding on.
Hobby: Chris Lyons picked up his first victory of the season in the main event. Lucas Motte finished second and Bobby Tucker, last week’s winner, was third.
Tucker started the main event on the inside of Row 1, and looked to have a comfortable lead early on, but after a few laps he went low on the track and lost the spot to Lyons. Tucker went low again and nearly lost the second position, but managed to hold it again until he finally fell way off the pace and was forced to retire early.
After he left the race Lyons was the benefactor, taking the lead and rolling to an easy victory.
Stock Thunder: Tinker Roberts won his second straight race by taking the main event. Mark Meadows was second, with Don Hiott in third, Bruce Barnett in fourth and Eric Gossett in fifth, but after Meadows failed the post-race inspection he was disqualified. That cost him the points and money for his second-place finish.
Roberts led from wire to wire, and after opening up a bit of a lead on the first two laps, he was able to maintain the lead after the restart, finally pulling out to a healthy lead that he did not give up.
Stock 4: Tim Collins won his first race of the year, topping Jamie Coggins in the main event. Coggins was second, followed by Bradley Lambert in third, Joe Gibson in fourth and Wayne Summers in fifth.
Collins was able to get to the front of the field after starting on the outside of Row 1, sending Coggins to second place. Coggins and Lambert found themselves in a good battle for second for a time, and Lambert nearly got to second one of his attempts at a pass, but could not pull it off and fell back to third.
After that the competitive phase of the race ended as Collins won comfortably.
FWD: Bradley Williams won his first race of the season, topping Landon Mack in the main event. Andrew Patterson was third, Spud Ammons took home fourth, and Shawn Nichols ended fifth.
Williams started on the outside of Row 2 in the main event and moved up to challenge Travis Jamieson, only to have the yellow flag negate the entire start. After another negated start the field finally made a clean start, this time with four cars packed together as Mack held the lead with Williams and Jamieson both leading the challenge. Williams eventually pulled around the leader and took over first place, opening up a good lead, but when the caution came out at the halfway mark it brought the field back together.
After what was the final restart Williams managed to re-establish the lead, while Jamieson fell way off the pace as Mack took over second, and Jamieson eventually ended in eighth. But Williams didn’t have such problems at the front, allowing him to maintain his lead and take the checkered flag.
The 2016 race season at Laurens County Speedway commenced Saturday night with a new division and plenty of familiar faces, especially those toward the top of the standings.
Michael Smith was one of those familiar drivers who found his way to the top of the standings, winning the Limited Division main event to close the night’s card. Billy Rushton, a former two-time division winner, was second. Frankie Coates finished third, Terry Bullard – who moved up from Crates after winning last year’s division title – was fourth and Donnie Shealy fifth.
At the start of the main event, Rushton started on the inside pole position and tried to use the inside line to get to the front, but Smith shut the door and used his line on the outside of Row 1 to get to the lead. The two cars quickly pulled away from the field and made clear it would be a battle between themselves. Rushton often made up ground in turns 3 and 4, but never got close enough to the lead to threaten it.
After a caution with five laps to go, Smith once again was able to pull out to a fair lead, one that held up despite Rushton’s best efforts.
Crates: Dale Timms won the pole in qualifying, and carried that momentum over to the main event as he won the season-opening race. Stevie Bowie was second, Goose Calvert was third, Nick Deitz was fourth and Larry Grube was fifth.
Timms took the pole by running a qualifying lap of 15.275 seconds – just less than a half-second ahead of Bowie. By posting the fastest time, Timms was able to choose whether he wanted to start on the inside or outside of Row 1. Timms decided to take the outside position, and by doing so he was able to get out to the lead over Bowie at the start of the main event.
Once he grabbed the lead, Timms was able to post laps of about 15.3 seconds and opened a huge lead. After having to restart the race following a caution with 10 laps to go, Timms didn’t let the big lead get away, pulling away to a comfortable victory.
Hobby: Bobby Tucker won the main event in the Hobby Division, with Chris Lyons taking second and Lucas Motte finishing third.
Tucker started the main event on the pole and used that position to gain the lead at the start. Lyons followed behind in second and had chances to take the lead early, but couldn’t quite get to the front. After a pair of restarts on the fourth lap Tucker was able to open up a lead again on Lyons, and despite all the efforts Lyons could muster, Tucker managed to thwart Lyons and took home the checkered flag.
Stock Thunder: The newest division at LCS saw Tinker Roberts take home first place in the main event. Mark Meadows was second, Eric Gossett third and Bruce Barnett fourth.
Roberts started on the pole after winning the division’s lone heat race, and was able to jump out to a comfortable lead from the start. As lap after lap passed, too, Roberts continued to maintain a healthy lead and was never seriously threatened for the duration of the race. In fact, the only real battle came for third, where Meadows was able to make a push for second and ultimately made it past Gossett for second place.
Stock 4: T.J. Baker took home the main event in the Stock 4 Division. Tim Collins was second, Joe Gibson third, D.J. Crawford fourth and Michael Hicks fifth.
Baker made a strong jump toward the front as he started on the outside of Row 1, and by doing so got himself into the lead. Bradley Lambert, who started on the pole, fell into second and was able to stay in second for most of the race. Lambert continually pushed Baker at the front, most-often looking to the inside line in an effort to make a pass, but Baker proved too tough to pass. Lambert’s hopes for victory eventually ended late in the race when smoke started pouring out of the back of his car, sending him to an eventual sixth-place finish.
Once Lambert fell back, Baker had little challenge from the rest of the field and won rather comfortably after what had been a not-so comfortable race all night long.
FWD: T.J. Hill took home the first Front-Wheel Drive main event of the season, turning back Landon Mack and defending series champion Andrew Patterson, who finished third. Josh Timmons finished in fourth and Justin Lawson was fifth.
After the first attempt to start the race was wiped out, the second one was good enough to allow the race to begin. On that attempt Landon Mack, who started on the outside of Row 1, got out to the lead. Patterson was able to make a push for the lead but couldn’t quite finish, falling eventually to third. Hill, meanwhile, held second after getting past Patterson. Hill later was able to chase down Mack, and once he did that he was able to get by for the lead past the halfway mark. Once he did that, he was able to pull away.
September 19, 2015
Brad Rachels has been near the top of the Limited Division standings all season despite not having the most victories this season. That title is held by Billy Rushton, who won his 10th race of the season Saturday night at Laurens County Speedway.
But Rachels finished second in the main event, helping to maintain his hold on first place over Rachels. By finishing second Rachels only lost a net six points on his lead over Rushton, meaning he will enter next week’s race with a 128-point advantage. And with three races left in the season, Rachels simply has to avoid a disastrous finish to guarantee he will win the division championship and end Rushton’s three-year reign at LCS in Limited and the former Super Late Model series.
Rushton and Rachels fought hard again in the main event, but Rushton was able to grab the lead from the outside pole position. Rushton stayed in front throughout the race, but Rachels never dropped out of second place.
Rushton didn’t have much trouble in the race until near the very end when Mike Kernells, who was multiple laps down at the time, got in the way of Rushton as he tried to finish the race off. Rushton had to back off to make sure he didn’t hit Kernells, and once he got by the race was over.
Frankie Coates was third, followed by Austin Watkins in fourth and Kernells in fifth.
Hobby: Phillip Wilson won his track-best 11th main event race, with Billy Tucker second, Lucas Motte third, David Overstreet fourth and Chris Lyons fifth.
The results eliminated Bobby Tucker from championship consideration, put Lyons on the brink of being eliminated, and put Tim Tollison – who did not race Saturday – 130 points with three races to go. That means there is an outside chance Wilson could clinch the point championship this week or next week.
Wilson started on the outside of Row 1 and got to the front at the start with Lyons and Billy Tucker following in second and third. Wilson and Lyons continued to push each other hard for the lead before the caution came out for a drive shaft that had come off Eddie Tyner’s car in turn 1.
The race continued on before Kyle Watkins had to retire on the 10th lap, and when the race resumed both Wilson and Tucker pushed each other harder still. Lyons was able to make a move ultimately and tat the lead with two laps to go as Wilson got a little loose. But on the final lap the tables turned again as Lyons blew a tire and Wilson got past, with Tucker, Motte and Overstreet all getting by Lyons as a result of his tire going down.
DWS Towing Wall-Walkers: Andrew Patterson won the main event for the third time this season, but the first since May 23, to help strengthen his hold on first place and put himself in position to clinch the point title this coming week.
Patterson entered the night with a 142-point lead on Spud Ammons, who finished fourth in the main event, and as a result gained a net total of 15 points on Ammons. That means Patterson has a mathematical chance to clinch the point title this week.
Ammons got to the front in the early part of the race, with Patterson in second, and in the early going the two cars stayed very close to one another. Ammons held onto a slim lead for most of the race, but with six laps to go he fell off the pace with a flat tire, allowing Patterson to get in front and ease home for the victory.
Frankie Dunnaway was second, with Kayla Bullard third, Ammons fourth and Jason Bishop fifth.
Crates: Larry Grube won his first race of the season in the main event, with Michael Smith second, Chris Pendleton third and Chris Calvert fourth, but most importantly there was no chance involving the top of the point standings.
Point leader Terry Bullard did not make it to the main after his car took on damage in the hot laps and he did not race in his heat. Tony Quarles, who entered the night trailing Bullard by 83 points in the standings, did not race. That means the gap will stay the same entering this week’s race.
As for the main event Grube and Pendleton battled in the early going for the lead, with Smith getting in the mix for second later in the early going. The field held its spots through the first half of the race as Grube getting a little bit of a cushion before Pendleton was able to make a push again for the lead before later falling back out of second as Smith was finally able to get by late.
Grube, though, maintained his spot throughout the race and ended up getting the victory as a result.
SS4: David Baker won his first race of the season, with Tim Collins second, Randy Staton third, Joshua Melton fourth and Adam Hand fifth. Dusty Eaves, who has already clinched the division championship for 2015, finished sixth.
Baker got by Collins at the start of the main event and was able to get through the race without too much difficulty, while Collins was able to get past Eaves late as this year’s division winner fell off the pace.
September 5, 2015
Saturday night’s card at Laurens County Speedway featured a pair of great accomplishments by two different drivers.
Bobby Tucker won his third Hobby Division race of the season, but also reached victory No. 100 for his career – all of his victories coming at LCS, while in the Super Stock 4 Division a second-place finish by Dusty Eaves pushed his point lead to 393 over Joe Gibson, guaranteeing he will win the division championship.
Hobby: Tucker hung back behind leaders Dan Lawson and Phillip Wilson for most of the race, and when the two at the front of the field ultimately ended their nights with a hard crash in turn 4, Tucker welcomed the turn of events and took home his milestone victory. Lucas Motte was second, Kyle Watkins third, Chris Lyons fourth and Lawson fifth.
Wilson, who entered the night as the point leader over Tim Tollison, was sixth.
At the start Tucker held the advantage after starting on the pole, but Wilson quickly found his way by and took the lead on the second lap. Lawson soon followed by and took over second place after Tucker fell back in the field. The race then soon turned into a hard-charging fight between both Wilson and Lawson. Each time Lawson nosed his car in front the advantage didn’t last long as Wilson pushed the gas and got back in front.
The back-and-forth duel continued until there were six laps to go when the two drivers made hard contact that sent Lawson hard into the outside wall coming out of turn 4. Wilson continued by, but he was later black-flagged from the race. Lawson, with his car smashed up, was also knocked out.
That boosted Tucker, who had been hovering well back in third, all the way to the top spot. On the restart Tucker quickly got out of the box and built a lead on Motte that soon proved too much to overcome, giving Tucker his 100th victory.
SS4: Bradley Lambert took home the victory in the main event, while Eaves finished second to ice the division title. Tim Collins was third, Adam Hand fourth and Nick Whiteside fifth.
The drivers were briefly three-wide into the backstretch before Lambert found his way by for the lead. Eaves moved up to second right away and put forth a strong effort to clinch the division with a victory. But as the race went on Lambert, after facing a challenge from Eaves, was able to maintain the advantage and grab his second victory of the season.
Limited: Billy Rushton won his ninth overall race of the season, including the Shrine Race on June 13, but barely made a dent in Brad Rachels’ 139-point lead entering the night after Rachels finished second. Larry Grube took third, Jimmy Taylor fourth and Austin Watkins fifth.
Rushton started on the outside of Row 1, next to Frankie Coates, and got by Coates through the second turn to hold the lead. Coates maintained second place with Rachels trying to get by through nearly the entire first half of the race, but when Coates’ car appeared to choke down his night was finished.
That moved Rachels up to second, but he simply could not catch Rushton by the finish.
Crates: Dale Timms was the fastest driver in qualifying, and proved to be the best driver in the main event as he won his first race of the season. Travis Pennington was second, Gib Gibbons third, Nick Deitz fourth and Timbo Mangum fifth.
Timms qualified on the pole with a time of 15.121 seconds, good enough to top Pennington’s 15.245-second lap.
Timms, who chose to start on the outside of Row 1, used the outside line and got to the lead with Pennington falling into second. Timms, who was driving a brand new car for the first time in the race, immediately started to pull away from Pennington and was posting laps of around 15.385 seconds for a good chunk of the race, winning with ease.
Terry Bullard, who entered the night with a 65-point lead on Tony Quarles for the division point lead, finished 11th.
DWS Towing Front-Wheel Drive: Tony Hill won his fourth race of the season, and second in three weeks, when he topped Josh Timmons, who finished second. Andrew Patterson was third, Travis Jamieson was fourth and Shane Roberts fifth.
Hill took the lead from the start and had Roberts following in second, but Hill was able to build a comfortable lead through the first third of the race. Following a restart on the sixth lap, Hill again took firm hold of the lead and was never seriously challenged the rest of the night.
Patterson entered the night with a 130-point lead on Ammons in the point standings, and with his third-place finish and Ammons’ seventh-place finish, Patterson boosted his edge to an estimated 145-point lead.
August 29, 2015
The Limited Division has been a two-driver race for some time this season. On Saturday night one of the drivers took a step toward picking up a division title.
Brad Rachels, who entered Saturday night’s main event with a 117-point lead on Billy Rushton for the division’s top spot, won from the pole position for his fifth victory of the season. Frankie Coates was second Jimmy Taylor third, Austin Watkins fourth and Phillip Wilson fifth. Rushton finished sixth.
There was action from the start of the race as, after the green flag flew, Rushton ended up hitting the wall while Coates got loose. Wilson took some damage as well in the incident, as all the cars on the outside row were impacted, but the worst damage went to Rushton – who was ultimately knocked out of the race after coming back out for the restart.
On the second attempt to start the race Rachels had the lead again and Coates quickly followed in second. Coates was able to mount a challenge through the first 10 laps, but Rachels was able to ultimately build a lead that Coates couldn’t overcome.
SS4: As for Eaves, who entered the race with a whopping 295-point lead on Joe Gibson for the point lead, he continued his domination of the division by going from the inside of Row 2 to the top spot to win his eighth race of the season. T.J. Baker was second, David Baker third, Adam Hand fourth and Bradley Lambert fifth.
Because of the victory, which earned Eaves 50 points, and two bonus points for finishing two spots higher than he started, Eaves will carry an estimated 347-point lead into this Saturday’s race. With six races to go in the season Eaves can essentially clinch the point title this week with a strong result.
Eaves took the lead from Lambert near the midway point of the race, and after Lambert was knocked out of the race soon after Eaves was in command.
Crates: Nick Deitz won his second race of the season in the main event. Timbo Mangum was second, followed by Danny Sanders, Michael Smith and Terry Bullard, who rounded out the top five.
Deitz started on the pole with Mangum on the outside of Row 1, and the two held their spots at the top of the field as the race began. Deitz later started to build a lead as the laps went by, and when the race was past the halfway mark Mangum started to make a push to try and get back into contention to no avail.
When the race resumed after a caution with six laps to go Deitz again jumped out to the lead, this time a lead big enough to prevent any last-lap charge from Mangum.
Hobby: Phillip Wilson took home an amazing 10th on the season to bolster his hopes of winning the division title when he stopped Chris Lyons, who finished second in the main event. Tim Tollison, who entered the night 41 points out of the lead, was third and Kyle Watkins was fourth.
Wilson managed to get out to the lead from the start with Lyons in hot pursuit. The two were side by side for much of the start of the race with Lyons feverishly trying to get by for the lead. On the sixth lap Lyons appeared to have found the edge by getting his nose by on the backstretch, but as soon as he looked ready to take the lead Wilson snatched it away.
One lap later Wilson was able to start opening a lead on Lyons, and when the race turned into a two-car sprint for the final five laps Lyons could not do enough to get the nose of his car back in front.
DWS Towing Wall-Walkers: Shawn Nichols won his first-ever race at Laurens County Speedway, getting the obligatory mud drag afterward. Andrew Patterson was second, followed by Kayla Bullard, Greg Cooper and Austin Biles, who rounded out the top five.
Nichols got out to the lead with Landon Mack in pursuit early on, but near the one-third mark of the race Mack found a lane by Nichols and took over the lead himself. After a restart on the sixth lap the two drivers again found themselves in a tussle for the lead, but Mack’s hopes for victory slipped away after Nichols was able to get to the lead right after the halfway mark. Mack’s overall night later ended when he crashed in turn 3, climbed the wall, then came back down and landed on his top. Mack was reportedly okay in the immediate aftermath of the crash, but he was later taken from the track in an ambulance.
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.