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Natural Bridge Speedway kicked off the summer racing season this past Saturday night. The speedway hosted five regular features and the racing action was some of the best of the season. For the second week in a row a large number of racers turned out to battle on the 3/8ths mile clay oval. Two seasoned veterans picked up their first wins of the season and a former Steel Block Bandits driver from Delaware surprised everyone with a stellar performance to pick up the win in the late model division.
Milton, Delaware’s Robbie Emory started on the pole and led all thirty laps of the late model feature to capture his first career victory at Natural Bridge Speedway. Emory has competed at NBS on numerous occasions when he was traveling with the Steel Block Bandit Series. Emory’s best finish at NBS was 4th prior to Saturday night’s victory. Emory took the lead over Michael Alderman at the drop of the green flag and immediately started to pull away. An early caution for a spin by Bud Reid kept the field bunched together but on the restart Emory once again pulled away. Alderman held down the second spot until late in the race when eighth starting, Greg Roberson, made his way into the runner-up spot. By the time Roberson got to second Emory was nearly five seconds ahead. Roberson cut into the lead in the closing laps but Emory crossed the stripe a half straightaway ahead of Roberson at the checkers. Alderman settled for second.
Roger Robertson, Sr. has been racing cars for nearly four decades. Robertson proved on Saturday night that he can still get the job done as he started on the pole and led every lap to claim his first victory of 2015. Robertson held off a hard charging Mike Bryant in the closing laps to secure the win. Bryant stayed within striking distance the entire race and with three laps to go Robertson closed in on the back bumper of Kevin Harvey. Harvey, trying to stay on the lead lap, raced Robertson hard and allowed Bryant to close within several car lengths on the final lap. Robertson would not be denied of the victory on this night and Bryant had to settle for a runner-up finish. Current point leader, Josh Lilly, finished in the third spot.
The All-American race was one of the closest of the night. The top five drivers were nose to tail most of the twenty laps. Lloyd Wright started on the pole and held off Kevin Mays for the win. Mays started seventh and charged to the front of the field. Mays pulled alongside Wright on several laps bus Wright had the preferred line and held on for his fifth win of the season. Jonathan Burnette continued his string of top five finishes with a third place finish.
Frankie Drewry and Brandon Link took the green flag from the front row of the pure stock feature. After racing side by side for the first two laps Link finally took over the top spot. Link’s machine had a bad push in the opening laps giving Lee Brooks just enough room on the bottom of the race track to think about diving to the inside. The first caution of the event came out on lap number eight for a spin by Frankie Drewry in turn four. Just after the restart Link raced into turn one and pushed up into the outside wall giving Brooks the lead. Derek Wright followed Brooks passed Link. Two laps later Brooks suffered a flat right rear tire and Wright took over the top spot. Once out in front Wright pulled away and cruised to his fifth win of the season over Brandon Link and Troy Dowdy.
Lexington’s Scottie Hostetter made his return to NBS after missing several weeks after mechanical problems sidelined him early in the season. Earl Brooks, Jr., running a part-time schedule in 2015, started on the outside pole and took the lead at the drop of the green flag. Keith Herring brought the caution flag out on lap number eight when he rolled to a stop in turn two. A few laps later, the second caution came out for Lee Herring who slammed the outside guardrail in turn one. This caution allowed Mike Lawhorne to close to the back bumper of Brooks. However, on lap eighteen Lawhorne spun in turn four. Brooks, Jr. held on to lead every lap to pick up his first win of the season. Earl Brooks, Jr. has been racing at NBS for over forty years and the win was his 222 win of his illustrious career. Hostetter finished second in his return and Skye Reynolds finished third.
The steel block late models take center stage next Saturday night at Natural Bridge Speedway. The steel block late model special event pays $1500 to the winner and always attracts a large number of the region’s best steel block late model drivers. The speedway will have five divisions of racing for the fans as all other regular divisions will also be competing. Natural Bridge Speedway will also host a demolition derby on Friday night, June 12th. Fans may visit www.nbspeedway.com for more information.