Gastonia, N.C. – June 14, 2013 By Tom Baker – Mother Nature provided an absolutely spectacular Friday night for dirt track racing at the Carolina Speedway and the fans were treated to six divisions of exciting on-track action. Despite a rut at the entrance of turn one that seemed to worsen as the features went on, several drivers turned in dominating performances while others had to really work for their wins.
Josh Langley, winner of 11 out of 15 features so far this season around the Carolinas (the other four finishes were seconds!) took the checkered in the Tilley Harley Davidson Renegade feature but not without a strong fight from Steve Hinson. Click the link to hear Josh’s victory lane interview. June14JoshLangleyCSWinner
Blake Pryor has been dominating the Four-Cylinder class lately but eventually the odds get even and his bright yellow No. 78 machine was unable to answer the call in the heat race and he would have handling issues in the feature as well. Patrick Lyon has been fast but just not able to outrace Pryor until this evening, when he drove a near flawless race to capture the flag-to-flag win with his orange No. 01 with Pryor second. Click the link for Patrick’s post-race comments June14PatrickLyonCSWinner
The Dominos Pizza Street Stock race was a thriller as the two front row starters (Josh Robbins and Andy Thompson) put on a tremendous show for the fans. This one came nearly down to the wire as Thompson put his No. 00 in victory lane with the “$5 Footlong” Subway car of Robbins falling just short on a final run out of turn four and having to wind up second. This link lets you hear Andy’s victory lane interview June14AndyThompsonCSWinner
When I looked at my lineup sheet for the Stock Car Steel/SRI Open Wheel Modified division the 98 of Patrick Emmerling wasn’t anywhere to be found. He made his presence felt on the track, however, as he rolled to a convincing win with nobody even close to him at the finish line. A man of few words, Emmerling talks about the winning performance here June14MattEmmerlingCSWinner
It’s always fun to see someone get their first career win at a race track and on Friday night it was Mike Baucom’s turn for that in the Hornets division. Mike led start-to-finish as second place Casey Shane had nothing for him on this night. Click the link to hear his interview June14MikeBaucomCSWinner
The Roush Yates Late Models finished the night and this one had all the makings of a tremendous race to the finish. Outside polesitter Jay Sessoms had other ideas, however, as he turned it into a half-track beatdown of a highly competitive field! Modest and thankful, Jay sums up his race in this interview June14JaySessomsCSWinner
Next Friday Sprint Car action will play a part at the Carolina Speedway. Want more info? Go to www.CarolinaSpeedway.net and check back daily on RaceChaser Online!