LAKE VIEW, SC – Late Model racers Willie Milliken and Steven Blanton split Saturday night’s Twin 19s at Lake View Motor Speedway as part of the inaugural Sandra Miller Memorial. Charles and Sandra Miller purchased the speedway in 1996, before Mrs. Miller sadly succumbed to cancer in 2004. Track owners Scott and Sophie Tripp honored the Miller family prior to the main events Saturday night for their 21 years of ownership and hard work at Lake View Motor Speedway. In her honor, all divisions competed for 19 laps, the same number her son, Chris, has campaigned in the Late Model division for the last two decades.
Manning’s Kerry Gibbons, son of former track champion Ed Gibbons, blistered the track in qualifying to take the pole position for Twin #1 with a lap of 17.076 seconds, the fastest of the season. Gibbons took the lead at the initial start, but a bobble in turn three on lap five allowed Milliken to slip by and take the top spot. Milliken, known as the “Wild Child” led the rest of the way for his fourth straight this season over Gibbons, Dean Bowen, Mark Dysart, and Johnny Pridgen,
In Twin #2, the top eight finishers from the first race were inverted putting Chuck Smith and Steven Blanton on the front row. At the start, Randy Guyton spun into the inside guardrail and collected several other drivers, including Gibbons. Blanton got the advantage over Smith on the restart and led the rest of the way to collect his first Late Model win of the year. Rounding out the top five in Twin #2 were Dysart, Milliken, Pridgen, and Bowen.
In the Super Street division, front row starters Chris Powers and Johnny Moore made hard contact coming to the green flag to bring out the caution, ending the night for Powers due to broken steering. Moore would later pass Buddy Whittington to take his second win of the season, followed by Scott Lewis, Brad King, and Aaron Ellis.
Michael Butler started from the pole and led flag-to-flag for his first Pure Stock win of the year. In a race that became survival of the fittest, Buck Causey would finish second over Jeffrey Batten, Brad Harrelson, and Ashley Best.
Richard Seals and Kyle Jenks put on another barnburner in the U-Car division, with Seals holding on for his fourth straight win of the season. Jenks would finish second over Bradley Cooper, Edward McNamara, and Chelsey Richardson.
Earl Farmer led every lap for his first 4-Cylinder win of the year over Jason Floyd, Austin Rodonis, Terry Caples, Jr., and Tony Morris.
The Bell & Bell Vintage Cars were in action for the second time this season at Lake View with Sherman Garris taking the 6-Cylinder win. Mike Daurity was the Sportsman winner, while WC Bell took the Senior Win. Jeremy Cumbee won the Pro Modified winner and Lee Ward won the Modified division.
Lake View Motor Speedway will be in action again on Saturday night, June 30 featuring Late Models, Super Street, Pure Stock, 4-Cylinder, Bell & Bell Vintage Cars and UCar racing. And, just added to the schedule, the Carolina Sprint Tour will be making their first trip of the season to Lake View on July 7, along with regular divisions and the 4-Cylinder Special. Be sure to “Like” the Lake View Motor Speedway on Facebook or go to LakeViewMotorSpeedway.com
-Lake View Motor Speedway Press Release. Photo Credit: Brandon Montgomery