Racing Report: Race for Limited division title at LCS gets tighterlaurens
Frank Coates entered Saturday night’s main event in the Limited Division at Laurens County Speedway trailing division leader Michael Smith by 21 points. After Saturday night’s race, the battle for the top spot got even tighter.
Coates won the main event for the Limited Division with Smith taking second place. Jim Blackwell followed in third place, with Mike Kernells fourth and Tim Tollison fifth.
Coates started the race on the inside of Row 1 with Smith on the outside, and on the start Coates used his position to get to the front of the field. Smith followed into second place and started to try and get into position to challenge for the lead, but his best efforts weren’t enough as Coates started pulling away before a caution came out on lap 6.
Following the restart, though, Coates continued to build and hold a steady lead over Smith, and over the remaining 14 laps Coates proved too tough to stop, winning by 4.659 seconds.
SECA 604 Crate: Dylan Brown turned back Brad Rachels by 1.24 seconds to win the main event. Rachels was second and Hank Taylor third.
Brown took the lead on the first start attempt, but that was wiped out due to an accident. The second attempt proved no different for Brown, though, as he again got to the lead and started to build a two-second lead over Rachels. After a restart on lap 11, Brown again got away from Rachels, who was close enough to think of a pass attempt but as quick as the field came together Brown managed to pull away again. When Brown pulled away following the last restart, his lead was more than enough to get him to Victory Lane.
FWD: Travis Jamieson won his second straight race in the main event, cutting into Mason Mack’s division lead. Mack, who entered the night with a 21-point lead on Jamieson, finished second, while Grant Burton was third.
Mack opened the main event with the lead after zipping by Burton at the start, and Jamieson soon followed to take second place on the opening lap. Mack held onto first place through the sixth lap of the race, when he hit the wall and brought out a caution flag. The caution moved Mack back to ninth place, and moved Jamieson to the lead.
Jamieson and Jason Lambert were the top two cars on the restart, but behind them Burton moved to third and Mack quickly moved to fifth following another restart on lap 7. Jamieson eventually won the race by 1.626 seconds, but as he won comfortably Mack got through the remainder of the field and got past Burton for second with two laps to go.
Monster Minis: Larry Teal edged out Phillip Wilson to win the main event, with Wilson finishing second and Randy Staton ending in third place.
Teal and Staton were on the front row at the start of the race, and the two cars moved into the top two spots due to their starting position. Teal stayed in front of the field in what was a caution-free race, avoiding the only real trouble when he caught up to lap traffic on the final lap.
Wilson, who started the race fourth, moved up to third place through the first lap and got to second through the end of four laps, but could not get any closer as Teal won by .862 seconds.
602 Crate: Josh Hellams picked up his first-ever victory at LCS, taking the main event in the 602 Crate Division. Chris Patterson was second and Mart Patterson was third.
Hellams used his pole starting position to his advantage by taking the lead in the start zone, and was never seriously threatened after building more than a 1-second lead.
Chris Patterson, who entered the night with a 27-point lead on Mart Patterson in the division standings, turned back Mart’s best challenged to hold onto second place and build on his lead with a little more than two months left in the regular season.
Thunder Bombers: Dan Lawson got back into Victory Lane again by winning the main event. Scott Pulley took second, Casey Lawson finished third and Justin McJunkin ended fourth.
Lawson grabbed the lead at the start of the main event and was never challenged, building a lead of more than a full second after just two laps. As the race went on the lead continued to grow for Dan Lawson, and by the end he won by 2.576 seconds.