LAKE VIEW, SC (April 23) – Lake City, FL’s Wayne Risner held off a furious charge from pole sitter, John Windham, to take home the SCDRA Beach Bash win Saturday night at Lake View Motor Speedway. Risner’s win was worth $5000 and came after besting 38 other Sport Compact competitors.
Windham was the fastest in qualifying Friday night with a lap of 19.969 seconds, but Risner was able to grab the lead from the outside pole entering turn one. The first caution of the race did not wave until lap 16 when Trent Herring and Shannon Barnhill collided in turn four. The racing was fast and furious throughout the field as Windham began to close in on Risner in the second half of the 50-lap race. Windham made a bold move to the outside in turn three to take the lead with six laps to go, but Risner fought back to retake the top spot one lap later. Risner was just able to hold off Windham to take the win by one car length at the finish line with Walker Windham, Reid Christensen and Billy Tidwell completing the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Josh Adkins, Bruce Denman, Dalton Hodge, Newman Presnell, and Isaac Gipson.
After a wild start, Justin Mintz led flag-to-flag to claim his first GM Performance 602 Late Model win over David Smith, Daniel Adam, Baron McDowell, and Ryan Davis. The Mintz family has a history at Lake View as Justin’s uncle, Lee Mintz, was the Super Late Model track champion at the speedway in the 1990s. The race started with a bang when front row starters, Daniel Parker and Zach Blackwell, made contact coming to the green flag and went hard into the turn one tire barrier. Both drivers were uninjured.
Jonathan Ward led every lap en route to his second straight 602 Modified win. Following Ward at the finish were Dustin Watkins, Mike Beasley, Tyler Davis, and Jacky Gerald.
After a disqualification of the apparent winner due to a rules infraction, Darryl Moran inherited his third straight win in the Street Stock division. Tyler Doyle finished second ahead of Michael Butler, Joey Wilkes, and Donald Williams.
After starting last, Rocky Gasque methodically made his way to the front passing Jaden Locklear with three laps to go for his second win in the Stock V8 division. The race got off to a slow start after an incident on the opening lap in turn one involving Randall Roberts, Jay Rowell, and Anthony Morris. Following Gasque and Locklear to the finish line were Blaise Bryant, Rowell, and Chip Fenoff.
The Bell & Bell Vintage Modifieds put on two of the best races of the night with Joey Babson holding off race long challenger, Jeremy Cumbee for the Pro Modified win. And, Jamie Beal made a late-race charge to take the Sportsman win over Ryan Doyle and Mark Brown.
The next event at Lake View Motor Speedway will be NASCAR Fan Appreciation on Saturday night, April 30th. Fans will get $5 off General Admission and there will be ticket giveaways for the upcoming NASCAR events at Darlington Raceway. The Late Models will compete for $2,000 to win using Steel Block Bandit rules, along with a $1500 to win Stock V8 race in memory of Mr. Gerald Best. SCDRA Morrisonbuilt Performance Sport Compacts will also be in action, along with Bell & Bell Vintage Cars, Jr. Mini Sprints and a Powder Puff Derby. For more information, please “Like” Lake View Motor Speedway on Facebook, follow @LakeViewDirt on Twitter or by visiting lakeviewmotorspeedway.com.