Racing Report: Rushton wins two main events at Laurens County Speedway

Sep 10 Written by  STAFF REPORTS

Billy Rushton did double duty Saturday night at Laurens County Speedway, taking part in two main events – Limited and 602 Crate – and came away with twice the satisfaction as he won both main events.

Rushton’s biggest victory, though, came in the Limited Division as he knocked off Deano Long and Frank Coates to take the checkered flag. Rushton entered the night with a 37-point deficit between himself and division leader Michael Smith, but Smith had a tougher night as he finished fifth following a caution that sent him back through the field.

As a result, Rushton gained 52 points – 50 for finishing first and ending two places higher than he started – while Smith picked up 30 points. That leaves Rushton with an estimated gap of 15 points with four races left in the season. Coates, who picked up a net gain of 11 points, is now an estimated 42 points out of first and very much in the title chase.

Deano Long led in the early going of the main event with Drew Collins and Rushton both trying to make up ground early on. Rushton got past Collins by the sixth lap and started to set his sights on Long for the lead and finally took the lead from Long nearly two-thirds of the way into the race. After he took the lead, Rushton separated himself from the rest of the field and pulled away to get the victory as Long held off Coates by less than four-tenths of a second to take second.

602 Crate: Rushton’s first victory of the night was a wire-to-wire decision over Mart Patterson, who finished second. Chris Patterson was third.

Mart Patterson started on the outside of Row 1, in second overall, and held off Chris Patterson after he started the race on the inside of Row 2. By finishing second in the main event, Mart Patterson cut a sliver of Chris Patterson’s lead away in the standings and now trails by an estimated 45 points.

SECA 604 Crate: Jeff Robinson grabbed the victory in the main event, while Brad Rachels was second and Goose Calvert was third.

After a few wiped out starts to the main event, the race finally started clean and managed to run through the first 15 laps without another caution. During that time Robinson pulled away to a healthy lead and was not seriously threatened in a wire-to-wire victory.

In the chase for the season points championship, Goose Calvert’s third-place finish came one place ahead of division leader Ray Storay, netting him a gain of five points in the standings. That will leave Storay an estimated 22-point lead.

FWD: Mason Mack denied Travis Jamieson in the main event, giving Mack his fourth victory in five weeks. Clay Crowder finished third.

Jason Lambert had a very brief lead at the start of the main event, but Mack eventually got by in the first three laps and maintained the lead through the remainder of the race. Jamieson and Shawn Nichols each eventually moved into third and second, respectively, but Jamieson took advantage of Nichols tapping the wall in turn 2 on the fifth lap of the race to pass for second. Jamieson would not move any further up the standings and settled for second.

As a result, Mack picked up a net gain of two points over Jamieson as Jamieson picked up three bonus points, and Mack’s division lead is now an estimated 116 points.

Thunder Bombers: Dan Lawson stopped Casey Lawson to win the main event. Casey Lawson was second and Scott Pulley was third.

Dan Lawson led from start to finish, pulling away from the pack in the final five laps. Casey Lawson got a challenge from Pulley for second place, with the two cars tapping bumpers with two laps to go, but the contact did no damage and Casey Lawson managed to hold onto his spot.

Casey Lawson’s second-place finish allowed him to pick up a net gain of 19 points over Dylan Chappell in the standings as Chappell finished sixth in the main event. The results leave Casey Lawson with an estimated 220-point lead in the standings.

Monster Minis: Phillip Wilson won a two-car duel against Nick Coleman to take the checkered flag.

Wilson held the lead at the start of the main event and eventually lapped Coleman before the race was cut down to eight laps.

Wilson entered the night trailing Larry Teal by 270 points in the division race, but Teal did not race Saturday. That allowed Wilson a free chance to cut into the lead, and by winning the main event Wilson cut the deficit to 220 points.

Last modified on Sunday, 10 September 2017 23:28