LAKE VIEW, SC — Dean Bowen of Whiteville, NC took advantage of problems for the leaders to take his first Late Model win of 2019 Saturday night at Lake View Motor Speedway.
In qualifying, Johnny Pridgen qualified on the pole with a fast time of 17.389 seconds, while Bowen slotted in with the second fastest lap. When the green flag fell on the 25-lap Late Model feature, Pridgen took the lead and Kerry Gibbons moved into second. Gibbons time up front was short lived, though, as he clipped the guardrail in turn four on lap two and was eliminated from contention. Pridgen led on the restart and was able to stretch his advantage over Bowen and the rest of the field. But, as he tried to lap the machine of David Linville, Pridgen clipped the turn one guardrail and was knocked out of the event. Bowen assumed the lead at that point and led the rest of the way to take his first win of 2019 over Johnathon Ward, Chris Miller, William Brehm, and Reid Windham.
In the Limited Sportsman feature, Ron Pope took the lead over pole sitter Benji Thompson and led flag-to-flag for his first Lake View win of the season. The first caution of the feature waved on lap two when Buddy Whittington and Scott Lewis collided on the front stretch. On the restart, Thompson and Greg Cain nearly wrecked on the front straightaway but somehow managed to save their machines. On lap six, Stevie Reaves slammed the outside wall, knocking the nose completely off of his car and causing substantial damage. Pope would take the win over Chris Powers, Johnny Moore, Jamie Barnes, and Buddy Whittington.
The wildest race of the night was the 15-lap Renegade feature and, when all was said and done, Lumberton, NC’s Derek Dudney survived to take his first win of the season. At the start, Jeffrey Batten jumped into the lead over pole sitter, Tom Lovett. Lovett would spin in turn three on lap five as he attempted to pass Batten and Joey Wilkes for the top two spots. Following the restart, Dudney and Donald Williams spun in turn two and collected Anthony Morris. Morris was taken to a local hospital to be evaluated for a possible dislocated ankle. Back under way, Batten continued to lead until he and Michael Butler made contact in turn two and spun on lap nine. At the finish, Dudney and Jason Floyd battled all the way to the checkered flag, with Dudney taking the win by a half car length as they both spun past the finish line. Following them at the finish were Batten, Ashley Best, and Austin Herring.
Jordan Taylor was able to bypass Jim Manka for the lead on lap seven and led the rest of the way for his first SportMod win of the season. Following a spin by the trio of Manka, Matthew Lewis, and Cameron Norris, IV, Taylor went unchallenged for the win over Josh Fields and Greg Brown. Johnny Pridgen took his second straight Sharp Mini Late Model win over Albert Brayfield.
The Modlite division made their first ever visit to Lake View and, after race-long leader, Donovan Jackson, broke an axle with two laps to go, Colton Beasley took over to take the win. Rounding out the top five were Steve Dunn, Chuck Jackson, Anthony Messier, and Randy White.
The Legends cars made their return to Lake View for the first time in over two decades and Eddie Daniels was able to claim the lead with three laps to go when leader, Tristen Stephenson, slipped up exiting turn four. Following Daniels to the checkered flag were Tim Neighbors, Stephenson, Frank Morgan, and Ryan Shabram.
Lake View Motor Speedway will be in action again on Saturday night, June 29 when the Ultimate Super Late Models make their first ever visit to the speedway and it will all be captured in front of the MAVTV cameras. The SportMods will also be in action along with the Stingerz, Sharp Mini Late Models, and more, plus fireworks. Be sure to “Like” Lake View Motor Speedway on Facebook and go to @LakeViewDirt on Twitter to keep up on all that’s going on in 2019 or visit lakeviewmotorspeedway.com.
-Lake View Motor Speedway Press Release & Photo