BLOG: June 24 By Tom Baker
I had the opportunity over the weekend to visit the Lancaster Super Speedway in Lancaster, S.C. Located just off Highway 521 about an hour and some change from Charlotte, this track was not built for “cruise control” racers. Long straightaways and enough banking to keep motors purring at maximum velocity make for some bad fast racing and challenge drivers to be both aggressive and precise.
The Limited Late Model division was the “featured class” of the evening and 23-year-old Ben Watkins took several laps to get by veteran racer Timbo Mangum but once he did he simply checked out, putting on a flawless performance to coast home the winner ahead of the T1 of Mangum. All I could think of was a quote from years ago that top 60’s Northeast racer Nolan Swift once uttered about a young racer…”That kid’s got it…right in the seat of his pants.” To say the least it was highly impressive.
I caught up with both the winner and the second place finisher after the race. You can click on the links below to hear the interviews.
Another young racer, Josh Langley, is one of their top runners in the Renegade division. This class is a highly competitive class no matter which dirt track in the Carolinas hosts it. Josh got “tail swatted” by another competitor in turn two on the first lap and suffered a left front flat while going for the lead. Having to pit, his crew made quick work of the tire change but he had to start from the back.
The 20-year-old charged his way back to the front and took the lead on the final lap with an inside move going into turn one and scored an improbable victory. Josh had finished second to his teammate Timbo Mangum the night before at Carolina Speedway in the NDRA Crate Late Model feature and said “it was like a win for us!” and now he had indeed gotten another win in the Renegade class.
Josh’s post-race interview can be heard by clicking on the link. June22JoshLangleyLancasterWinner
All-in-all the racing was close and competitive at Lancaster and the people there treat you as if they are happy you’re there. It’s a fun night for the family and affordable as well!
Honestly, the whole dirt track scene in the Carolinas gets far less credit and publicity for being what it is just because of the area being “NASCAR Country”. Lancaster is just another example of that. If you have the chance on a Saturday night, take your family and some friends, load up the vehicle and go enjoy a race there. Action starts at 7pm.
www.LancasterSuperSpeedway.com if you want more info!
PHOTO CREDIT: MATT HEISLER