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Mother Nature served up a picture perfect Saturday night for racing as Natural Bridge Speedway celebrated Memorial Day weekend with double features for the pure stock and All-American drivers. As the official start of summer arrives the action on the track is starting to heat up. Six features were held and six different graced victory lane at the end of the night. Frankie Drewry and Brian Newton were two drivers who picked up their first win of the season this past Saturday night.
Last week the pure stock and All-American features were rained out and rescheduled for this past weekend. In the first pure stock feature it was Ryan Kassab and Frankie Drewry who started on the front row. Kassab took the early lead but would only hold the top spot for the first two laps before Drewry made his way around Kassab for the race lead. Three laps later Kassab slammed the front stretch wall and suffered heavy damage on the right front of his machine ending his night. Drewry held off a hard charging Howard Hall and Derrek Wright to pick up his first win of the season.
In the second pure stock feature Derrek Wright started on the front row and led every lap to pick up his fourth win of the season. Wright pulled away in the second half of the race to win by nearly five seconds over Howard Hall. Hall finished second in both pure stock features. After winning the first feature, Drewry struggled in feature number two. Drewry spun several times but rallied to finish third after making a last lap pass on Brandon Link. Wright is the current point leader in the pure stock division.
Brian Newton has been to victory lane at Natural Bridge Speedway numerous times in years past but Saturday night Newton ended a nearly three year drought after winning the first All-American feature. Jonathan Burnette led the opening lap before Newton made his way around Burnette for the lead on lap two. Once out in front Newton never looked back and went on to score his first win of the season over Burnette and Lloyd Wright. The race was red flagged for an extended period of time when Kevin Mays got into the rear of Magliochetti sending him spinning at the top of turn four. Magliochetti’s car barrel rolled before coming to a rest right-side up. Magliochetti was not injured in the incident.
Jonathan Burnette once again led the opening laps of the second All-American feature. This time Burnette would hold the lead for the first fifteen laps and nearly held on to pick up his first win of the season. However, Burnette started to push high in the closing laps and that opened the door for Lloyd Wright to use the bottom groove and make the winning pass off of turn number four with five laps to go. Wright went on to pick up his fourth win of the season in the All-American feature to match his son’s victory total. Burnette held on to finish second and Michael Demmers came home third.
The holiday weekend brought out twelve late models, one of the largest fields of the season, to do battle in a thirty-lap feature event. Greg Roberson and Justin Williams have a little rivalry brewing as the two drivers have finished one, two numerous times already this season. Williams started eight after winning last week and Roberson started fifth. Roberson was the first to get to the front when he took the lead from Ryan Adams on lap four. On the same lap Williams also moved by Adams for second setting up a battle between two of the best regional late model drivers in the business. A caution on lap seven for a four car pile-up in turn four allowed Williams to restart on the back bumper of Roberson. Roberson fired off on the restart and pulled away from Williams. On this night Roberson had the field covered. Roberson picked up his sixth win of the season by 4.336 seconds over Williams. Billy Beachler turned in a solid top three finish.
Ronnie Martin, Jr. started on the pole of the sportsman feature and grabbed the early lead over Ken Nelson, Jr. Martin held the lead until sixth starting Josh Lilly chased Martin down and made the winning move on lap eight. Lilly pulled away from the field and went on to score his fourth win of the season. Timmy Mays slipped past Martin on the final lap to finish in the runner-up spot. Martin settled for a third place finish, his best of the season.
Natural Bridge Speedway will host a special event for the sportsman division this coming Saturday night, May 30. The event will be thirty-five laps with $600 going to the winner. Gates will open at 5:00 pm and the driver’s meeting is scheduled for 6:30 pm. Fans may visit www.nbspeedway.com for more information and for a complete schedule of all the racing events of 2015.