LAKE VIEW, SC — Dustin Mitchell and Michael Rouse claimed big Late Model wins on a Throwback Weekend at Lake View Motor Speedway to conclude the track’s 40th Anniversary season. Mitchell took Friday night’s win worth $5366 in the Edwards Family Memorial, while Michael Rouse took the 2nd Annual Larry Long Memorial win Saturday night and over $6000 in winnings.
On Friday night, legendary car owner Jimmy Edwards, Sr. and former track champion, Jimmy “Porky” Edwards, Jr. were memorialized with Hank Edwards serving as Grand Marshall. After qualifying on the pole, Mitchell led flag-to-flag for his second win of the season at Lake View. Former FUEL Series champion, Russell Erwin, was running fifth until he caught the inside guardrail in turn four on lap 11 which ended his night. Following Mitchell to the checkered flag were Christian Thomas, Willie Milliken, who made a stirring charge from the 10th starting position, Rouse, and Michael Marlowe.
On Saturday night, former track announcer, Larry Long, was honored, with Mitchell once again qualifying on the pole. But, at the drop of the green, Rouse was able to get the advantage entering turn one. After a spin by Blake Sanderson on lap seven, Banjo Duke bobbled on the restart, resulting in a multi-car crash that ended with both Jonathan Ward and Steven Blanton upside down on the frontstretch. All the drivers involved in the wild crash were okay.
On the next restart, Milliken, who started in the rear for going to a backup car, was battling with Thomas when the two collided exiting turn four causing Thomas to spin. Both drivers were disqualified for actions that ensued following the caution.
Rouse led all 40 laps to take his first ever win at Lake View over Mitchell, Erwin, Johnny Pridgen, and Mason Price. Rounding out the top 10 were Matthew Bissette, Jason Floyd, David Baker, Bradley Shampy, and Dustin Perritt. Pridgen ended the season with his second straight championship in the Late Model division.
Case Daniels piloted his Scott Autry/Jeffrey Tyndall throwback to the win in the 602 Modified division. Early in the race, Tyler Kussman spun in turn four and collected Darryl Moran, Kevin Weatherford, and David Victoria. Following Daniels to the finish line were AJ Belanger, Greg Cain, Jason Adams, and Albert Brayfield. Daniels captured the 602 Modified championship with his win.
Ron Pope capped off his championship winning season with another Super Street win after early leader Cameron Norris, IV fell out with five laps to go. Steve Reaves and Perry Page both took wild rides off the backstretch that sent them out of the race early. Following Pope at the finish were Benji Thompson, Scott Patterson, Johnny Moore, and Luke Owens.
The Crate Racin’ USA Street Stocks raced both nights with Tom Lovett taking the win Friday night over Robbie Disher and Cameron Norris, IV. On Saturday night, Ron Pope took his first Street Stock win of the season over Joey Wilkes and Disher. Michael Butler ended the season as the 2020 Street Stock champion.
The SCDRA Sport Compacts also competed both nights with track champion, Derek Kemper, sweeping the weekend. Kyle Jenks and Tonya Jordan followed Kemper at the finish Friday night, with Ronnie Perritt and Julio Cifuentes, Jr. tailing behind Kemper on Saturday night.
Joey Wilkes took the lead from James Smith early to take the Stock V8 win despite a heavy trail of smoke spewing from his car at the finish. Rounding out the top five were Smith, Sam Hardee, Brandon Grimsley, and Wayne Locklair.
Stephen Ford claimed another Mod-Lite win over Mason Ford and Morghan Johnson. Bladen Core and Dustin Johnson were eliminated when they slammed hard into the inside tire barrier entering turn one.
Tristian Stephenson took the lead when leaders Eddie Daniels and Chad Groves spun in turn one and led the rest of the way for the Legends win. Rounding out the top five were Daniels, Ronnie Long, Groves, and Greg Cain.
The Bell & Bell Vintage Modifieds were also in action with Jason Floyd taking the Pro Modified win, Kimbo Long was the winner in the Modified division, while Dean Cumbee took the win in Sportsman, Kyle Bell in 6-Cylinder, and Pete Corey in the Senior division. The series honored 3-time Senior division champion, Carl Smith, who tragically passed away Friday due to complications from an automobile accident.
Lake View Motor Speedway will return in 2021 with a full slate of action including the Ultimate Super Late Models, FUEL Late Models, Blue Ridge Outlaw Late Models, Mid-East Modified Tour, Carolina Sprint Tour, and an SCDRA Sport Compact series event. The season will start on January 28-30, 2021 when the DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds make the trek south for their first ever visit to the 41-year old facility. When the schedule is released it can be found by “Liking” Lake View Motor Speedway on Facebook, following @LakeViewDirt on Twitter or visiting lakeviewmotorspeedway.com.
-Lake View Motor Speedway Press Release & Photo