LAKE VIEW, SC (June 11) – Michael Rouse survived rough track conditions and a spirited challenge from Shaun Harrell to score the Late Model win in the 5th Annual Sandra Miller Memorial at Lake View Motor Speedway.
Harrell started on the pole position, but it was Rouse who got the advantage on the outside to lead the field into turn one. On lap six, Rouse hit a rut in turn two, allowing Harrell to get to his inside. The two leaders battled side-by-side for two laps around the 4/10-mile speedway before Rouse was able to pull back ahead. The first caution of the race did not wave until lap 19 when David Baker slowed. Three laps later, the only other caution of the night waved when Blake Sanderson spun off turn four. Rouse led the rest of the way with Harrell hot on his tracks to take the win over Steve Banal, Timmy Blackwell, and Chris Blackwell. Rounding out the top 10 were Matt Pridgen, Brad Fowler, Baker, Sanderson, and Christian Thomas.
Former track champion, Chris Powers, got the advantage over pole sitter, Benji Thompson, leading flag-to-flag for the Carolina Outlaw Super Street win. The race was only slowed by two cautions for the stalled car of Rusty Watts and a flat tire for Jerry Johnson. Following Powers and Thompson at the finish were Johnny Moore, Cameron Norris, IV, and Stevie Reaves.
Car owner Albert Brayfield stepped back behind the wheel of the car normally piloted by Jonathan Ward and the result remained the same with Brayfield scoring the 602 Open Wheel Modified win. Rounding out the top five were Tyler Davis, Zack Swygert, David Victoria, and Michael Lanier.
Perhaps the best race of the night was for the Street Stocks with Michael Butler making his first trip to victory lane this season. Daryl Moran got the advantage on the start over pole sitter, Mike Manes, to lead the opening lap. While battling for second on lap five, Tyler Doyle and Manes collided on the backstretch resulting in flat tires for both cars the following lap. On the restart, Chris Powers spun in turn two after making it up to second from the tail of the field. Butler hounded Moran over the final laps, before Moran hit a rut in turn one on the last lap, allowing Butler to slide by for the win. Following Butler and Moran to the finish line were Manes, Doyle, and Joey Wilkes.
After taking the lead from Scott Lewis on lap four, Rocky Gasque led the rest of the way to take another Stock V8 win. Blaise Bryant finished second ahead of Chip Fenoff, Jason Floyd, and Ed Mason.
Sumter, SC’s Dalton Hodge led from the pole to record his third SCDRA Morrisonbuilt Performance Sport Compact win of the season. Hodge and Derek Kemper battled hard for the lead, with Kemper gaining the advantage on lap nine. But, Hodge battled back to retake the top spot one lap later and the rest of the way to win over Kemper, Jason Brown, Cameron Bosworth, and Chelsey Rochardson.
The Bell & Bell Vintage cars returned with Jeremy Cumbee capturing the Pro Modified win, while Wes Horrell won in Modifieds, Jaaxson Smith in Sportsman, Bobby Kellum in Seniors, and Korey Nikolov in 6-Cylinders.
Lake View Motor Speedway will be in action again on Saturday night, June 25th with the Late Models racing for $3,000 to win plus the Punisher Super Street Series, along with double-points on the line for the 602 Modifieds, Street Stocks, SCDRA Sport Compacts and Stock V8. For more information, please “Like” Lake View Motor Speedway on Facebook, follow @LakeViewDirt on Twitter or by visiting lakeviewmotorspeedway.com.