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It was a beautiful Saturday night for racing this past weekend at Natural Bridge Speedway. Several new drivers were on hand to test their skills on the 3/8ths mile clay oval. The presence of new drivers didn’t rattle the Natural Bridge regulars as familiar faces swept all six feature events, including three drivers who became repeat winners already in 2015.
Lee Herring became the first repeat winner of the early season. The street stock feature was one of the most unusual races in recent history. Scottie Hostetter and Keith Herring started on the front row of the four car field but the both front row starters immediately felt pressure from Mike Lawhorne. While Lawhorne was battling with K. Herring for the lead the two made contact and Lawhorne went spinning. Lawhorne suffered a flat tire. He briefly returned to the feature before retiring from the event. K. Herring was sent to the rear of the field for spinning Lawhorne and L. Herring inherited the lead. Several laps later Hostetter’s machine went up in flames to bring out the red flag. With both Lawhorne and Hostetter out of the race only the cars of Lee and Keith Herring remained. During the red flag Keith Herring experienced problems as well and Lee Herring was declared the winner.
Derek Wright started on the pole of the pure stock feature and led flag to flag to pick up his first win of the season. While Wright was cruising out in front of the field six cars contested the runner-up spot. Brandon Ramsey, Brandon Link, Doc Vest, Frankie Drewry, Howard Hall, and Troy Dowdy raced door to door for second. Link found the high groove to his liking and eventually made his way around Vest to finish in the second spot. Vest held on for third one spot better than Drewry. Ryan Kassab moved into the top five late in the feature when Hall began to fade with overheating problems. Wright was never seriously challenged and went on to score a popular win among the large crowd on hand for the night’s racing action.
Keith Nelson and Timmy Mays paced the sportsman drivers to the green flag. Mays quickly jumped out in front and started to pull away. Several early cautions kept the field bunched closely together. Fast qualifier, Michael Taylor, started seventh after drawing the inversion pill. Taylor quickly made his way through the field and made the winning move out of turn two using the low groove. Taylor was dominant on this night winning by nearly thirteen seconds and lapping all but three cars. The win was Taylor’s first of the season. Mays came home in second and Mike Bryant recovered to finish third after an early spin forced him to the rear of the field.
Greg Roberson became the second repeat winner of 2015. Roberson started eighth in the field after winning last week and took command of the late model feature just before the halfway mark. Both Billy Beachler and Timmy Stalnaker took turns leading early in the feature event while Roberson was working his way to the front. A perfect race car and the caution flags falling at the right time for Roberson proved to be a deadly combination for the competition. Roberson survived several late race restarts to cruise to his second win of the season. For the second week in a row Justin Williams finished in the runner-up spot. Beachler faded back to third in the final rundown.
Nick Magliochetti led the opening laps of the All-American feature event. Magliochetti and Glen Almond raced side by side in the open laps of the twenty-lap feature. Magliochetti held off a number of challenges from Almond before he lost control of his machine and spun. Almond inherited the lead and never looked back. Lloyd Wright gave Almond a bump as the two entered turn three on the final lap but Wright lost control in turn four and found himself facing backwards as the field raced by. Almond scored his first win of the season ahead of Mason Rhodes and Kevin Mays.
Only two mini-modified drivers made the trip to Natural Bridge Speedway Saturday night. Dustin Fisher and Steven Andes were the two drivers on hand. Unfortunately Andes experienced mechanical problems on the opening lap and had to retire from the event. Fisher was declared the winner and picked up his second win of the season.
Natural Bridge Speedway will host seven divisions of racing next Saturday night as the Nostalgia Touring Series comes to Natural Bridge Speedway for the first time. The Nostalgia Series is a southern touring series that features cars that are from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. Fans should bring their cameras and get an up close look at cars from the early years. The street stock drivers will also compete in a thirty lap special event. Gates are scheduled to open at 5 and the driver’s meeting will be held at 6:30. Fans can visit www.nbspeedway.com for more information.