Georgia’s Andrew Smith and North Carolina speedster Willie Milliken shared a pair of big wins Saturday night at Lake View Motor Speedway. Smith claimed the $5,000 check that went to the winner of the Front Wheel Frenzy for the SCDRA Sport Compacts, while Milliken took home $2,000 for the Late Model win.
A total of 44 drivers from across the southeast vied to make the 26-car starting field for the Sport Compact main event, which saw Payne Pickles and Casey Shane start on the front row in front of Smith, who started third. Shane, who won two weeks ago at Lake View, took the lead at the start and led until the first caution flag of the night waved on lap four for the stalled machine of Derek Kemper. Shane continued to lead over Pickles and Smith through a few cautions for minor incidents. On a lap 15 restart, Shannon Weaver and John Windham collided, slowing the field behind them, resulting in defending SCDRA champion, Joey Kelly, catapulting over a car and onto his roof. Kelly was uninjured in the incident.
Shane maintained the lead through a furious battle with Pickles and Smith until Pickles retired from the race due to mechanical issues. Smith took over the charge against Shane, but Shane would succumb to mechanical woes himself with just six laps to go. Smith led the rest of the way to take another big SCDRA Sport Compact win and pad his total winnings in the series to an unbelievable $90,000. Josh Adkins recovered from a series of barrel rolls in practice on Friday to finish second over Chris Anderson, Michael Crouch, and Dennis Adkins.
Shaun Harrell and Willie Milliken led a strong 16-car field of Late Models to the green flag, with Harrell taking the lead into turn one. The duo set a torrid early pace, darting in and out of slower traffic. However, Harrell would get stuck behind the lapped machine of Blake Sanderson exiting turn four, allowing Milliken to bypass him for the lead on lap 10. The next caution waved on lap 17 when the car of David Baker stalled in turn two.
On the restart, Milliken continued to lead, but Christian Thomas was able to pass Harrell and move into second. But, after a caution for the stopped car of Michael Marlowe, Harrell retook the second position and set his sights on Milliken again. However, “The Wild Child” proved to be too strong as Milliken took his second checkered flag of the season at Lake View over Harrell, Thomas, Ethan Wilson, and Dean Bowen. Rounding out the top 10 were Zachary Cox, Johnny Pridgen, Dustin Perritt, Steven Blanton, and Jonathan Ward.
The Bell & Bell Vintage Modifieds returned to Lake View with Joey Babson taking the Pro-Modified win, Dean Cumbee winning in Modified, Bladen Core in Sportsman, Sherman Garris in 6-Cylinder, and WC Bell in Senior.
The next event at Lake View Motor Speedway will be First Responders Night onSaturday, August 1st, featuring the Blue Ridge Outlaw Late Models, as well as Super Street, 602 Modifieds, Crate Racin’ USA Street Stock, SCDRA Sport Compact, and Mod Lites. Be sure to “Like” Lake View Motor Speedway on Facebook, follow @LakeViewDirt on Twitter to keep up on all that’s going on in 2020 or visit lakeviewmotorspeedway.com.
-Lake View Motor Speedway Press Release and Photo