Racing Report: Wilson takes checkered flag at Laurens County Speedwaylaurens
Phillip Wilson has always been a consistent winner at Laurens County Speedway, and Saturday night was no different for the veteran driver in the Monster Minis/Stock 4 Division. Wilson eventually pulled away from Dusty Eaves, another veteran, to take the checkered flag in the main event. Larry Teal was third, with Jasper Brown fourth and Brandon Frazier fifth.
Wilson won in what was a caution-free race, taking the lead from the start over Eaves after each started on the front row. Eaves had a chance early on to look to the inside of Wilson for a chance to pass, but that chance never fully materialized – even though the lead shrank to as little as .063 seconds through six laps.
As the laps went by, though, Wilson was finally able to pull away from Eaves and opened enough of a margin to make sure he held on for the victory, eventually crossing the finish line with a victory margin of .408 seconds over Eaves.
Thunder Bombers: Dan Lawson’s return to LCS continued in the main event of the Thunder Bombers Division, and for the second straight week Lawson found his way to Victory Lane as he took home the main event. Dylan Chappell was second and Casey Lawson third.
The race got off to a hot start when Shane Roberts, who opened on the pole, and Lawson (who started on the outside of Row 1) battled through the opening lap before Roberts spun and the caution came out – a caution cited against Lawson. That sent him back in the field and kept Roberts in the front of the field.
On the restart Roberts again had the lead, but Lawson eventually moved his way through the field into second place to challenge Roberts. That challenge lasted until the ninth lap when Chappell contacted Roberts. It wasn’t until briefly afterward that Roberts spun and hit the wall, collecting the right door panel of Lawson with him. Despite losing the door panel, though, Lawson continued onward and, after a restart on the ninth lap, he found his way past Chappell on the inside and took the advantage before the final lap and won by .559 seconds.
Limited: Billy Rushton got the better of Frank Coates and took home the Limited main event. Coates finished second and Terry Bullard was third.
Rushton shot out of the blocks at the start and quickly showed he was the dominant car in the main event, quickly establishing a sizable lead. The lead was nearly two seconds through three laps, was almost three second by the time the race’s fifth lap was finished, and was 3.475 seconds on the sixth lap.
Coates, though, had a chance to take the race from Rushton after a caution came out on the ninth lap and the field was bunched back together, but that proved to be a mirage as Rushton re-established his dominance in the race and eventually won the race by a whopping 4.581 seconds.
604 Crate: Dylan Brown had what it took to best both Larry and Dale Timms in the main event. Larry Timms was second, behind the winning Brown, while Dale Timms was third. Dale Timms earned the pole position in qualifying but was moved to the outside of Row 1 when he picked the Number 2 ball in the inversion draw. That moved Brown, who qualified second, to the pole. Brown took advantage of his better starting spot and took the lead on the second attempted start. Larry Timms moved into second place right away and Dale Timms held off Hank Taylor for third. Dale and Larry battled for second place for a good part of the race, but Larry had what he needed to hold off Dale and maintain second place.
Brown, however, had no issues with both Larry and Dale, and pulled away to a fairly comfortable victory.
602 Crate: Jeff Robinson followed his victory from last week with another conquest in the main event, outdueling both Chris Patterson and Mart Patterson for the victory. Chris Patterson was second, while Mart Patterson took third.
Chris Patterson started on the pole, with Robinson on the outside of Row 1, and on the start Patterson and Robinson exchanged the lead. Robinson eventually finished the opening lap with the lead, and from there he started to open a healthy lead before the caution flag flew on the third lap. It would fly again on the fourth lap, but each time Robinson found himself in the front of the field.
Mart Patterson spun to bring out the caution on the fourth lap, but that didn’t deter his hopes of staying in the top three. Even still his best, and that of the rest of the field, was not enough to turn back Robinson and deny him a second straight victory.
FWD: Travis Jamieson found his way back to the top of the Front-Wheel Drive Division as he won the main event. Joel Cabe was second and Mason Mack took third.
The race got off to a rough start as four start attempts were needed before the drivers completed one lap. Jamieson grabbed the lead each time, and on the final attempt pulled away from the field and opened a lead of more than one second. The lead stayed above one second for most of the remainder of the race, eventually topping out at more than two seconds at the finish.
Sprints: Greg Mayer led the pack in the traveling Sprint series, which returned to the speedway after its initial race night was rained out earlier this month, and won the main event. Banjo Duke was second.
The main event got off to a tough opening as the first start was waived off. The field was brought back together to try again and, on the second attempt, got started properly with Mayer moving up to the top spot. Mayer maintained his top spot through a pair of restarts, the last coming on Lap 7, and despite getting loose going for a moment he managed to bring things back under control and pulled away from the field.