Opening night was a rousing success on Saturday night at Laurens County Speedway, which unveiled two new divisions for the season.
THUNDER BOMBER FUTURES
Grant Burton dominated the main event his debut in a new division at the speedway for younger drivers who haven’t won a past Thunder Bomber feature.
D.J. Crawford let at the outset, tracked by Burton, who started third. After a restart, Burton began hounding Crawford for the lead. The two made contact on the front stretch, with Burton taking advantage heading into turn one. Burton separated himself himself quickly, and Travis Mabe wound up second with Brady England taking third and Crawford fourth.
MONSTER MINI-STOCK 4
Rod Tucker scored the season’s first 4-cylinder win. Kody Wilson battled Tucker early before yielding the chase to Phillip Wilson, who wound up finishing second in the caution-free feature.
Scott Nelson finished third.
The second new division the “Bradley Lambert Young Guns” division, is for drivers ages 10-15 to learn the ropes while getting first hand experience in real race cars. One of the favorites, C.J. Smith, crashed after mechanical failure in hot laps.
Trenten Jamieson and Joshua Wilson pulled away quickly and Jayme Woodard took third.
James Hudson enjoyed a near-perfect night. Hudson and Dan Lawson charged into turn one on the opening lap with Hudson taking the lead with a run on the off turn two. A caution flag with two laps remaining cost Hudson a considerable lead, but he held on with ease as Lawson took second and Scott Pulley third.
602 CRATE LATE MODEL
Rod Tucker won his second feature of the night.
Division champion Colt Smith is now competing in Limited Late Model, creating new room at the top. Michael Smith, the traditional driver of the No.12 machine, was called into work last minute, leaving the seat open for Tucker.Colby Cannon led the field to green and jumped to a quick lead. Tucker, who started second, fell back to third momentarily, before regaining the second spot off of turn four on the opening lap. Tucker began chasing down Cannon for the top spot, which led to the battle of the night. Tucker caught Cannon, and the two ran side-by-side for multiple laps. Cannon would have to settle for second, while Clay Thompson grabbed third after a tough battle with Bailie Lowe, who finished fourth.
LIMITED LATE MODEL
Taylor Puckett stole the show. Larry Timms sought his 100th career win at LCS. Only Bobby Tucker, Billy Rushton and Frank Coates have ever reached the century mark at the track.
Puckett set the pace, gapping the field quickly. Timms settled for second.
Like his father, Travis Jamieson visited victory lane. He started off the night on the pole after a win in his heat race, joining Jake Barnett on the front row. Barnett challenged Jamieson early by gaining the lead on the inside, but Jamieson wasn't far behind. The two would drew side by side momentarily, with Jamieson getting the better of it. As Jamieson set sail, Wayne Taylor prevailed in a battle for second with Barnett.