Racing Report: Titles up for grabs at Laurens County Speedway

Sep 03 Written by  STAFF REPORTS

As the 2017 racing season nears its conclusion at Laurens County Speedway, two drivers have put themselves in position to win their respective points titles.

Casey Lawson and Larry Teal inched closer to icing points titles, with Teal in position to clinch as early as next week. Teal won his Monster Minis Division main event and survived an early protest – a test of his tire that was protested by Phillip Wilson could still change that when results come in later this week – while Casey Lawson took advantage of Dylan Chappell’s disqualification after he had won the main event in the Thunder Bombers’ Division Saturday night.

Teal entered the night with a 265-point lead on Wilson in the Monster Minis Division and will add an estimated five points to the lead if his tire proved to be legal. If the tire was legal, Teal could potentially clinch the season title this coming week by not being disqualified and by finishing ahead of Wilson in the standings.

Chappell, who was 173 points behind Casey Lawson entering the main event, lost all his points after being disqualified while Lawson gained 45 for finishing second in the adjusted standings and two points for finishing two places higher than he started. That leaved him up an estimated 220 points with five races to go – including a double-points race to end the season on Oct. 7.

Monster Minis: As of now Teal earned a victory in his main event, with Wilson second and Bradley Lambert finishing third.

Teal started on the pole position for the main event and quickly got to the lead before a caution forced a second double-file start. The second start got off without a hitch, but a hard crash on lap 3 brought the race to a halt as Heath Eaton contacted Joshua Melton and Melton hit the wall in turn 1.

After the restart, though, Teal managed to hold onto his lead and began to pull away shortly after the start of the fourth lap and take a tentative victory.

Thunder Bombers: Because of Chappell’s disqualification the entire field moved up one spot in the final running order. That left Dan Lawson in first place, with Casey Lawson second and Justin McJunkin third.

Casey Lawson started fourth as he tried to boost his points lead, but fell into the back of the field after a caution came out on lap 6. When the race resumed Lawson started moving through the field and eventually got to what appeared to be a third-place result – that is, until the protest was filed by Dan Lawson on Chappell’s car.

Limited: Brian “Cheeseburger” Mullis was in paradise after the main event in the Limited Division.

Mullis proved the best in the Limited Division main event, turning back second-place finisher Billy Rushton in the final standings. Frank Coates was third and points leader Michael Smith was fourth.

Smith, who entered the night with a 47-point lead on Rushton in the standings (and a 58-point lead on Coates), picked up 35 points for his finish. Rushton earned 45 points and Coates an estimated 41 points (40 for his finish, 1 for finishing a single place higher than where he started). As a result, Smith will enter the next race with an estimated 37-point lead on Rushton, with Coates behind by an estimated 52 points.

Mullis, who won the pole position by having the best qualifying lap at 15.379 seconds, was in an early duel with Rushton for the top spot. The battle stayed tight until past the halfway mark when Mullis appeared to open a fair lead, but when the field ran into the back end of the lead lap Rushton had a chance to take advantage and make a pass. That hope, however, never came to fruition as Mullis held on.

SECA 604 Crate: Dillon Brown picked up the victory in the main event. Jeff Robinson was second and Taylor Puckett was third. Brown started on the pole and led from wire to wire, and building a comfortable lead that was never seriously threatened.

Ray Storay, who entered the race leading Goose Calvert by 38 points, took eighth place while Calvert finished fourth. As a result, Calvert gained a net of 11 points in the standings and will now trail Storay by an estimated 27 points entering the next race.

602 Crate: Billy Rushton crossed over to the 602 Crate Division and won the main event, holding off both Chris Patterson (second place) and Mart Patterson (third).

Rushton also lead from the start and managed to turn back the two most dominant drivers in the division this season in picking up the main event with a healthy margin of 2.353 seconds.

Chris Patterson, who entered the race with a 45-point lead on Mart Patterson, boosted his lead by five points by finishing one place ahead of Chris Patterson.

FWD: Travis Jamieson knocked off Mason Mack in a fierce battle to the finish of the Front-Wheel Drive main event, but Mack gained an estimated three points by finishing second after starting 11th – after having won the previous three races in a row. Jason Lambert finished third.

Jamieson entered the night trailing Mack by 114 points, and started the main event in second place.  Jamieson quickly got to the front of the field as Mack tried to get through the back of the pack. Mack proved able to find his way through the field and, by the eighth lap, was in third place.

Mack then passed Nichols after a lap-8 restart and got right up next to Jamieson by the end, but Jamieson had just enough to turn back Mack at the finish by .048 seconds.

Last modified on Sunday, 03 September 2017 22:51