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Milton, Delaware’s Robbie Emory made the five hour trip to Natural Bridge Speedway pay off this past Saturday night leading flag to flag to capture the $1500 to win late model special event. Troy Dowdy picked up his first career win on dirt in the pure stock division. Also picking up his first career win was Brandon Ramsey in the street stock division. Other winners were Michael Taylor in sportsman and Glen Almond won the All-American feature event.
The pure stock drivers kicked the night’s racing action off with a larger field of cars than normal. This division has struggled in recent weeks to get more than five competitors. Saturday night nine drivers were on hand for the twenty-five lap pure stock feature. Ryan Kassab and Troy Dowdy started on the front row with Dowdy grabbing the lead on the opening lap. Dowdy steadily stretched his lead out during the course of the race while the rest of the field was left in a fierce battle for second. Kassab, Brandon Link, Derek Wright and Lee Brooks raced nose to tail and side by side for the runner-up spot. In the end Kassab held off all challenges to hang on to the second spot. Brooks moved from fifth to third on the final lap when contact between Wright and Link cost both drivers spots in the final rundown. Dowdy dominated the event and lead flag to flag for his first career win.
Brandon Ramsey has been a regular at Natural Bridge Speedway in a number of divisions. Ramsey started the season in one car, sold it, and took some time off before purchasing another street stock to return to racing. Ramsey’s determination finally paid off this past weekend when he led the entire distance to pick up his first career win. The win would not come easy for Ramsey as Scottie Hostetter challenged Ramsey most of the race for the top spot. Hostetter dogged Ramsey lap after lap and even pulled alongside the leader several times but was unable to complete the pass. Hostetter gave up the second spot to Mike Lawhorne on lap eight but Lawhorne would later break and axle giving the second spot back to Hostetter. In the closing laps Hostetter pulled right to the back bumper of Ramsey as a careful Ramsey was focused on hitting his marks. Just as Hostetter was about to make a move, Earl Brooks, Jr. entered the mix and slipped past Hostetter on the final lap. The battle between Brooks and Hostetter gave Ramsey just enough breathing room to pull off the win. Ramsey, Brooks, and Hostetter were the top three finishers.
The late model drivers were featured in a special late model invitational event paying $1500 to win. Robbie Emroy started on the pole and grabbed the early lead over Greg Roberson and Larry Ramsey. The first half of the race Roberson pressured Emroy for the lead lap after lap. The late models were fourth in the running order and the track had slowed down over a second and a half from practice and qualifying times. The late model drivers were challenged with hitting the right set up on a tricky racing surface. Though Roberson was strong early his car faded during the second half of the race. While Roberson and Ramsey faded Emory got better as the race entered the later stages. Over the course of the final ten laps Emory pulled away and cruised to his second win of the season. Roberson and Ramsey finished second and third respectively. Philip Woods and Tim Stalnaker rounded out the top five.
With his victory Saturday night, Michael Taylor has now won three of the last four races in the sportsman division. Roger Robertson, Sr. took the early lead over Timmy Mays and Ronnie Martin. Martin moved past Mays on the opening lap and stayed glued to the back bumper of Robertson. A caution on lap nine for debris bunched the field up for the restart. Taylor immediately slipped past Mays on the restart to move into the top three. Robertson’s car started to fade towards the end of the race. Taylor moved past Martin on lap seventeen and started closing in on Robertson. Four laps later, on lap twenty-one, Taylor used the bottom of the race track to get a run on Robertson. Taylor blasted past for the lead and led the final four laps for the victory. Martin came home second and Josh Lilly finished third. Robertson slipped back to fifth in the final rundown.
Glen Almond picked up his fourth win of the season and second in a row in the All-American division. Kevin Mays led the first thirteen laps while Almond was working his way up from his eighth place starting spot. Almond moved into second on lap five and started closing in on Mays. Almond dove to the inside of Mays on lap thirteen in turn one. The two made contact and Mays brushed the outside wall. The contact broke a suspension part on Mays’ car and he retired from the event. Almond inherited the lead and went on to take the checkered flag. Jonathan Burnette survived the caution filled event to finish second and Mason Rhodes came home third.
There are just three weeks remaining in the 2015 season. This coming Saturday night, September 26, the Fastrak Crate Late Model Series will visit NBS for the final time this season. All divisions will be in action this weekend. The Sunoco Fall Classic is just two weeks away. The Fall Classic will be held on Friday, October 2nd and Saturday, October 3rd. The Fall Classic will feature the super late models vying for $7500 to win. Fans should visit www.nbspeedway.com for more information about the Fall Classic and remaining events of 2015.