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The Virginia Sprint Series made its first visit of 2015 to Natural Bridge Speedway this past Saturday night. The Virginia based winged sprint car series brings a host of drivers from all over Virginia as well as a few drivers out of North Carolina. The sprint car series is a fan favorite at NBS and fans were eager to see the sprints in action for the first time this season.
Kevin Harvey and Timmy Mays led the sportsman field to the green flag with Mays pulling ahead from the outside front row. Ronnie Martin, Jr. jumped ahead of Harvey as well on the opening lap. An early caution on lap three kept the field bunched up in the opening stages of the twenty-five lap feature. Michael Taylor, who won the sportsman feature two weeks ago, started eighth and moved into the runner-up spot on lap seven. Martin took the spot back one lap later but Taylor moved by for good two laps later. Mays had nearly a second lead over Taylor at the half-way mark. Taylor sliced into the lead lap after lap and made the winning move on lap nineteen with an inside move off of turn two. Taylor scored his second win of the season over Mays and Martin.
Frankie Drewry and Howard Hall battled for the lead of the pure stock division before Derek Wright joined the two leaders making it a three way battle for the lead. Drewry held a slight lead over Hall and Wright at the half-way mark. The top three were glued to each other the entire distance but no one could gain the advantage to make a move. Howard Hall suddenly slowed on lap twenty-one when his machine started to miss. Drewry and Wright made contact coming to two to go and both drivers sailed high in turn four to bring out the caution. Both drivers were sent to the rear and Brandon Link inherited the lead. Link led the final two laps to pick up his first win of the season. Wright recovered to finish second and Timmy Kidd rounded out the top three.
Buena Vista’s Lee and Keith Herring started on the front row of the street stock feature. Keith Herring snookered his dad on the initial start and took the early lead. Lee Herring had his hands full trying to hold off the veteran racer of Earl Brooks. Close racing at the front of the field kept fans on their feet. Jason Thompson spun out in turn four on lap ten to bring out the races first caution. Thompson also brought out a second caution on lap sixteen when he lost control and looped around in turn four. Keith Herring held on to lead all twenty-five laps for his first win of the season. L. Herring crossed the stripe in second, followed by Mike Lawhorne.
Jerald Harris, of Dayton, VA, was victorious in the Virginia Sprint Series special event. The event was red flagged on lap seven for a violent flip by Ryan Price. Price was uninjured in the crash but his sprint car was destroyed.
Ricky Almond led the first three laps of the late model feature before Logan Roberson slipped by on the inside on lap four. Logan Roberson’s led would be short lived as his dad Greg blew past him for the lead on lap five. Greg Roberson has won the first three late model features of the season. Roberson kept his perfect record in tack Saturday cruising to his fourth straight win. Roberson won by 6.058 seconds over his son Logan Roberson. Joey Coleman finished in the third spot.
The All-American drivers rounded out the night’s racing action. Nick Magliochetti started on the pole and led flag to flag for the victory. The win was the first for Magliochetti in 2015. He held off a hard charging Jonathan Burnette in the caution free event. Kevin Mays ran in the third spot most of the feature but suffered a flat tire with just six laps to go. Lloyd Wright inherited the third spot and slipped past Burnette on the final lap for the runner-up spot.
The Dana Dove Memorial takes 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 six divisions of racing for the fans as all other regular divisions will also be competing. Natural Bridge Speedway will also host go-kart racing on Friday night, May 8th. Gates open both nights at 5:00 pm. Fans may visit www.nbspeedway.com for more information.