Ramsey Returns to NBS Victory Lane
Lexington’s own Larry Ramsey returned to victory lane for the first time in nearly a decade Friday night at Natural Bridge Speedway. The former owner of the speedway led flag to flag to pick up his first victory of 2013. A full moon hovered over the speedway in what turned out to be a wild and crazy night of action on the speedway. Rarely do you see a car flip during the course of the night but this past weekend two drivers found themselves upside down. Neither driver was injured but the action was brought to a halt on two separate occasions as the red flag was displayed.
The street stock division was the first to hit the track Friday night. Jason Thompson got the jump on Ted Miller as the field took the green. David Brogan started mid-pack and patiently marched his way toward the front of the field. Just before the halfway point Thompson was the leader as Earl Brooks, Jr. and Brogan battled for the runner up spot. As the leaders were pulling away, Danny Bryant and Lee Herring made contact and Bryant barrel rolled down the back stretch. Bryant was not injured but his car suffered extensive damage. Back underway Brooks started pressuring Thompson for the lead. The two raced door to door before making contact on lap twenty. Thompson spun out and Brooks was sent to the rear of the field for spinning Thompson. Brogan inherited the lead and led the final five laps to pick up back to back wins and his ninth win of the season. Keith Nelson came home second. Keith Herring finished in the third spot. Brooks recovered to finish fourth and Scottie Hostetter rounded out the top five.
Larry Ramsey started on the pole of the late model feature and led all thirty-five laps for the victory. The feature started off with a wild opening lap when the cars of Bobby Thompson, Corey Almond, and Gerald Wolfe made contact on the front stretch. The contact sent the car of Wolfe barrel rolling directly beneath the flag stand. The feature came to an abrupt halt. Wolfe was uninjured but finished for the night. While Ramsey was pacing the field the battle for second was heating up. Bobby Thompson held the position but current point leader, JR Overstreet, wanted the spot. Overstreet moved under Thompson on lap seventeen and the two raced side by side for a number of laps. On lap twenty, Thompson made contact with Overstreet and Overstreet went spinning. Overstreet suffered damage during the spin and retired from the event. Thompson was sent to the rear of the field for spinning Overstreet. Ramsey led the final fifteen laps and cruised to his first win by nearly three seconds over Fred Bryant. Thompson recovered to finish third, followed by Ricky Wells and Ricky Almond.
Ken Nelson, Jr. and Jack Losh started on the front row of the sportsman feature. The front row starters both retired on lap number two. After leading lap one Losh spun in front of the entire field but everyone managed to miss the spinning Dayton driver. Eric Groah took command of the race and was never seriously challenged in route to his sixth win of the season. Tyler Bare ran second the entire race but could not close the gap on Groah. Bare had on shot at passing Groah when the caution waved on lap twenty-two setting up a three lap shootout. Bare jumped to the high side but Groah was just too stout. Bare settled for a runner-up finish followed by Timmy Mays, Wes Brammer, and Robert Steen.
Daniel Barbour led all twenty-five laps of the pure stock feature to claim his seventh win of the season. Barbour held off challenges from Howard Hall early in the event and Lee Brooks in the closing laps. Hall was running second battling Ben Hamilton for the position when the two made contact. Hall and Hamilton were both sent to the rear. Both Hall and Hamilton recovered to finish third and fourth respectfully. Brandon Ramsey rounded out the top five.
Derek Wright led the first fourteen laps of the All-American feature before Glen Almond made the winning pass off of turn four. Almond led the final six laps to win his thirteenth feature of the season. Wright held on for second. Brandon Link finished third and lost three more points to Almond. Almond has a commanding point lead with just three point races remaining. Derick Ayers finished fourth and Donald Kesey crossed the stripe in fifth.
Natural Bridge Speedway will host the Steel Block Bandits Late Model Series this coming Friday night, September 27. The Bandits will bring a host of drivers from all over the east coast to compete against the hot shoes of Natural Bridge Speedway. The following night the Bandits will move north to Eastside Speedway in Waynesboro, VA where the series will crown its 2013 champion. All of the regular divisions will be in action as well. The Sunoco Fall Classic is just two weeks away. The $10,000 to win super late model event will be held on Friday and Saturday Oct. 4 & 5. Gates will open this weekend at 5:00 pm and the driver’s meeting is scheduled for 7:00 pm.