Dylan Chappell my be mounting another Laurens County Speedway title charge.
The defending champion in the Thunder Bombers Division is still within striking distance of repeating as division champion with eight weeks to go – and Saturday’s result will do nothing but help boost his cause.
Chappell won the main event in the division at the track, with division-leading Dan Lawson second and Scott Pulley third. Chappell, by winning the race, didn’t do much to trim the lead – making up a net of three points on Lawson – but will enter next week’s race 80 points behind. Pulley, meanwhile, remains in second and is approximately 68 points out of first.
A full field of cars took to the track for the main event, but caution after caution quickly trimmed the field by about half of the 16 cars that opened the contest. Chappell held the lead on each of the start attempts, with Lawson following in second, Chris Lyons third and Pulley fourth.
The race eventually ended with a green-white-checkered finish, with Chappell finally putting Lawson away on the next-to-last lap.
The drama didn’t end with the race, however, as Lawson protested Chappell’s motor – the head and clutch, specifically – and Chappell proceeded to protest Lawson for the exact same things. Neither protest produced an overturning of the finishing position for either driver, and the results of the race became official.
Limited: Deano Long won the main event, with Frank Coates second and Tony Quarles third. The result helped Coates take his slim point lead in the division to 43 points.
Long started on the pole for the main event and used that spot to help grab the lead once the green flag flew. Long tried to open the lead up before a caution on Lap 3, but the caution only delayed the inevitable as Long build a lead to 1.3 seconds with 10 laps complete.
SECA 604 Crate: Brad Rachels continues his march to a division championship, boosting his cause on Saturday. Michael Akeson was second and Danny Howell third.
Rachels led from start to finish, taking the top spot after opening on the pole after winning his heat race.
Rachels entered the night with a 116-point lead on Howell for the division title, and his victory helped boost his lead by a net eight points.
602 Crate: Travis Morgan took home the top spot in the main event, with Baron McDowell second and Colt Smith third.
Two cautions in the first two laps helped give the race a choppy start, but once the race resumed on lap 2, it went caution-free the rest of the way.
FWD: Seth Smith was able to cut a little into the point lead of Travis Jamieson by winning the main event. Joel Cabe was second and Travis Jamieson third.
Smith entered the race trailing Jamieson by 120 points, but his victory helped him trim 13 points off the margin.
Josh Dawson held onto the lead before spinning on lap 7 to bring out the yellow and end his hopes at victory. Smith took full advantage of the caution and grabbed the lead, holding on for the remainder of the night.
4-Cylinder: Phillip Wilson grabbed another victory. J.R. Baker was second and Scott Nelson third. The victory helped Wilson push his point lead to 99 points over Baker.
The caution-free race saw Aaron Summitt start at the front, but he faltered on the opening lap and fell to third as both Wilson and Baker went by for the top two spots.
Young Guns: Landen Davis took the race, with Kayley Garner second and T.J. Teal third.
Teal had the lead before hitting the wall in the opening lap. Davis, on the second lap, took the lead from Teal, who had a wheel pop off his car on the seventh lap to end his night.
Davis, who had already put Garner a lap down, won the race after its resumption on a green-white-checkered finish.