LAKE VIEW, SC (June 27) – Michael Marlowe of Mt. Olive, SC got the advantage at the drop of the green flag and held off a hard-charging Johnny Pridgen to take his first Late Model win in over three years on Saturday night at Lake View Motor Speedway.
Veteran Timmy Blackwell qualified on the pole position, but was beat into the first turn by Marlowe at the start. After qualifying seventh, Pridgen made a bold three-wide move on the first lap to move into fourth. Following a caution on lap six for Wesley Hooks going over the turn one embankment, Marlowe led the field to the restart. When the green flag waved, second row starters, Blackwell and Dustin Perritt nearly wrecked on the frontstretch after contact, allowing Pridgen to move past both into second.
Pridgen hounded Marlowe in lapped traffic over the final laps, but Marlowe was withstand the challenges for his first win of the season. Following Marlowe and Pridgen at the finish were Blackwell, Perritt, and Steven Blanton. Rounding out the top ten were Matt Pridgen, Blake Sanderson, Johnathan Ward, Chris Miller, and David Baker.
The Mid-East Modified Tour Coastal Division competed in Twin 15s Saturday night with Case Daniels and AJ Belanger splitting the wins. In Twin #1, Daniels made a three-wide move on a restart to bypass Greg Brown and Greg Cain to take the lead. Daniels led the rest of the way for the win over Cain, Brown, Chris Stowe, and Belanger.
For Twin #2, the top five finishers were inverted from race 1 putting Belanger and Stowe on the front row. Belanger led every lap for his second Lake View win of the season over Daniels, Daniel Allen, Cain, and Stowe.
Ron Pope of Erwin, NC got the advantage over Benji Thompson at the start to lead every lap for his second Super Street win of 2020. Rounding out the top five were David Royal, Scott Patterson, and Donnie Odom.
Rocky Gasque of Loris, SC got the jump over Chuck Jackson at the start and led the rest of the way for his first Crate Racin’ USA Street Stock win of the year. The first caution of the night waved on lap one when Devin Bryant spun in turn three and collected Jamie Nobles. Bryant’s night would end after another spin in turn three which also eliminated Donald Williams. Daniel Johnson had a strong run going in the top five until a near spin resulted in contact with Michael Butler. Following Gasque and Jackson at the finish were Butler, Mike Manes, and Joey Wilkes.
Casey Shane passed Jerry Johnson, Jr. on lap six and held on in a wild finish for his first SCDRA Sport Compact win of the year. Johnson took the early lead before relenting to Shane, setting up the race for the finish. Shane weaved through lapped traffic followed closely by new second place runner, Derek Kemper. On the final lap, Shane got caught up behind the slower car of Eddie McNamara, allowing Kemper to close in on the leader in turn three. Coming to the checkered flag, Shane spun McNamara in turn four and was able to beat Kemper to the finish line by less than a car length. Rounding out the top five were “Joker Style” Kyle Jenks, Dillon Thompson, and Billy Wallace.
Morghan Johnson took advantage of mechanical problems for early-race leader Donavan Jackson and led the rest of the way for her second Mod-Lite win of the season at Lake View. Following Johnson at the finish were Bladen Core, Troy Van Allen, Andrew Albertson, and Parker Belch.
The next event at Lake View Motor Speedway will be Saturday night, July 11th,featuring a huge $5,000 to win event for the SCDRA Sport Compacts. Late Models will also be in action, along with the Bell & Bell Vintage Modifieds. 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.