LAKE VIEW, SC (April 6) – Second-generation racer Johnny Pridgen held off a hungry field of Blue Ridge Outlaw Late Models to return to victory lane Saturday night at Lake View Motor Speedway.
After Oxford, NC’s John Eller blistered the 4/10-mile speedway in qualifying to set fast time, the top six qualifiers lined up for the Dash to determine the pole winner. Following a spin by Eller, Shawn Sewell would take lead and the Dash win to place him on the pole for the 25-lap feature.
At the drop of the green flag, Sewell and outside pole sitter Dean Bowen would make contact on the frontstretch, allowing Pridgen to slide by and take the lead entering turn one. By lap eight, Eller was making his way up from the rear, making a three-wide move down the backstretch to bypass Sewell and Bowen and move into second. Things would go downhill from there for Eller, however. Two laps later, he spun in turn one. After moving from the rear again, Eller would make a move to the inside of Pridgen for the lead on lap 15, but ran out of room and spun in turn three. In the end, Pridgen would hold off Bowen to take the win over Sewell, Brandon O’Neill, and Mark Dysart. Rounding out the top ten were Shaun Medlin, Eller, Chuck Smith, Chris Miller, and Richie Corley.
In the Limited Sportsman feature, Greg Cain got the advantage on pole sitter Benji Thompson to take the lead and led flag-to-flag for his second win of the season. Defending track champion Chris Powers finished third after contact with Scott Lewis on lap six sent him for a spin. Scott Patterson finished fourth with Michael Freeman in fifth.
Joey Wilkes started from the pole and led every lap to record his first career Renegade division win. Tim Lovett finished second, ahead of Michael Butler, Bobby Edge, Jr., and Eric Gore.
Defending track champion Kyle Jenkswas able to capitalize on missteps by pole sitter JR Williams and Derek Kemper for his first Stingerz win of the season. Rounding out the top five were Kemper, Tonya Jordan, Andrew Rabon, and Jaden Locklear.
Josh Fields led every lap for his second SportMod win of the year over Matthew Lewis and Cameron Norris, IV. While Nichols’ Albert Brayfield did the same to take the Sharp Mini Late Model win over Ronnie Osmer and Fatback Chance.
Lake View Motor Speedway will be in action again on Saturday night, April 27featuring the Mid-East Modified Tour, along with Late Models,Limited Sportsman, SportMod, Renegade, Stingerz, and the Bell & Bell Vintage Modifieds. 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 and Photo