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Natural Bridge Speedway outlasted Mother Nature Friday night in what turned out to be a perfect night of racing on the 3/8 mile dirt oval. The night was highlighted by starting field of 16 late models. The racing program included seven feature events as members of the Good Ole Boys Racing Series were on hand for the second time in 2015 and the ladies also competed in a ten lap Powder Puff feature event.
Fred Clark started on the pole for the Pure Stock division’s 25 lap feature but Clark was quickly overtaken by Brandon Link and Howard Hall. Hall would soon have problems with his machine on lap seven, sending him pit-side and giving Link complete control of the race. However, pure stock hot shoe, Derek Wright started to stalk Link on lap ten. The two would run neck and neck for the next five laps before the caution flag would wave for Ryan Kassab on lap 15. The caution flag set up a thrilling ten lap battle between Link and Wright for the win. A week ago, these two battled in similar fashion with Wright slipping past Link with two laps to go. This week Link was up to challenge and held off Wright to go to victory lane by a fender at the finish line.
Michael Taylor was the fastest qualifier for the nine Sportsman drivers on hand Friday night. Taylor would draw a number four pill for the inversion, starting him in the fourth position for the twenty-five lap feature event. Mike Bryant started on the front row and jumped out to the early lead, leaving Timmy Mays and Taylor to battle for the runner-up spot. Taylor followed Mays until lap seven when Taylor would take the spot away from Mays. Taylor then started closing in on Bryant. A caution on lap ten allowed Taylor to close to the back bumper of Bryant for the restart. A late afternoon downpour had track officials scrambling to get the track prepared for action. The heavy rain made for a rough, demanding track. Conditions were challenging and Taylor looked as if he would have to settle for a second place finish. However, Byant jumped out of the groove on lap eighteen in turn two and Taylor raced by Bryant. The rest of the field would also prove to be just as exciting as the leaders, as Mays would continue to be challenged by Josh Lilly and David Brogan for that third position. Over the course of the final seven laps Taylor pulled away from the field and went on to claim the checkered flag over Bryant and Mays.
Walker Arthur claimed the fastest qualifying time for the Late Model division. Arthur then drew the number two inversion pill. Arthur’s draw would put current point leader Greg Roberson on the pole for the thirty-lap feature. Larry Ramsey started alongside Roberson on the front row and took the early lead. Ramsey’s lead would be short lived and Roberson took control of the race on lap two. The first caution waved on lap nine for debris on the speedway. Arthur, who started eighth after winning last week’s feature, quickly moved into the fourth position by lap three. Arthur also used the caution flag to close in on the top three drivers. Arthur moved passed Justin Williams for third and started to pressure Ramsey for second. The race would heat up even more on lap 25 when race leader Greg Roberson would catch lapped traffic. Roberson would make contact with the car of Joey McClung, sending McClung spinning in turn two. Roberson was sent to the rear of the field for spinning McClung. Ramsey inherited the lead and held off a hard charging Arthur for the win. The top five were Ramsey, Arthur, Williams, Tyler Bare, and Joey Coleman.