May 14, 2010 10:38 PM EDT
Lawson Stays Strong in Sportman, Larry Knowles Passes Jason on Final Lap in Late Models at Black Rock
By RICH VLECK
With the success Donnie Lawson had acquired so far in the 2010 season he had to get comfortable with the idea that the handicap process would mire him deep in the pack for the start of the Hoselton Sportsman Feature. It did not deter the division point leader though as he would maneuver his way through the pack and score his third win of the short season.
“I tell you what, it got scary coming up through tonight,” admitted Lawson in Victory Lane after a wild 20-lap event. “I got fortunate tonight. A few guys came together and opened it up for me.”
Lawson had moved in to second behind Randy McCulloch by the time the second caution flag of the race, but it would take just as long to get by that final car as he would have to bid his time in the No. 11 in order to win his second race in a row.
When McCulloch’s No. 21 finally slipped up off the bottom in turn four on lap 15, Lawson was able to make his move to the inside of the track, but McCulloch was up to the challenge and drag-raced the defending Track Champion in to turn three. Lawson initially took the spot in turn three, but McCulloch had the perfect crossover move set up, that was until a lapped car came into the mix.
As McCulloch ran down underneath Lawson coming off of turn four, the two saw the groove close up as they approached a lapped car; McCulloch backed out and from that point it was Lawson the rest of the way.
“I had to wait until I could get close enough to time it right to get underneath him because (McCulloch) was running really well on the bottom,” added Lawson. “All these guys are great to run with, everybody races real clean.”
As Lawson and McCulloch ran 1-2 for the second week in a row, Brady Fultz pulled off a fine crossover move in the late stages to get by Ron Cartwright Jr. for third. John Juhl was again stout to round out the top-five.
To conclude the night of action, an epic father-son battle ensued in the Insinger/Sunoco Race Fuels Late Model Feature, Father Larry Knowles stole the win from Jason Knowles on the final circuit to take away the sons opportunity at his first career win.
Jason paced the field from the drop of the green flag, running the bottom lane in his No. 41 to perfection. Even though the majority of the field would follow Jason on the bottom of the track, Larry was running the top lane smoothly, picking off cars and moving towards the front. After picking up second, Larry began to chop down the lead on his son and with an open lane available on the track, was able to swing by his teammate with ease.
“I almost let him have it,” stated Knowles. “It would have been his first win, and that would have been big, but I didn’t want to let him get it that way.”
Point leader J.J. Mazur would rally up to finish third behind the Knowleses. Rich Karlnoski and Quinn Sutherland completed a strong top-five.
Jim McAfee has been getting close to obtaining his first career feature win, and he was able to capture in on Friday in the American Racer Tire Street Stock Division.
McAfee scored $500 with the full-field bonus in tack for a 25-car starting field. The driver of the No. 99 took the lead on a lap eight restart in which he jumped out in front of early leader Rich Sharpsteen I.
Defending series champion Frank Guerreri Jr. gave McAfee a run to the money, with a massive crossover maneuver coming off of the final corner, but it would be McAfee prevailing by no more than a few inches.
Current point leader Chris Fisher was solid again, finishing in third. Completing the top-five were Bob Buono and Jared Hill.
Terry Povoski was engaged in a wild battle for the lead with Scott Bradley in the Signs Plus of Kanona 4-Cylinder Feature just around the halfway point when he caught the break he needed. After losing the lead to Bradley’s No. 0 on lap 9, Povoski got edged back out in front at the line to complete lap 10 when the caution flag flew. What would ensue would be a single-file restart, allowing Povoski to be unfettered on the restart and able to keep Bradley behind him the rest of the way.
Povoski, from Bradford, won his third feature event in four tries in 2010. Scott Bradley would never let him drive away, but because both were running the top groove of the speedway, Povoski made Bradley move to the bottom to complete a pass, a maneuver he could not pull off.
Behind the top two was Rich Sharpsteen II, who was a solid third. Ray Speicher was fourth and Erica Bell had a solid run to complete the top-five.
Noah Herington stayed perfect for 2010 in the Home Necessities Bandit Division, taking the lead just before half way and holding off a stingy Cody Clemens for his fourth win of the season.
Clemens took the lead on the fourth circuit, and after getting moved back to second by Herington on the following lap, hit his marks over the final five laps to make it a drag race to the line. He would settle for his best career finish. Zach Teed fought back from an early jingle to round out the top-three.
Black Rock Speedway Results: 5/14/2010-
Hoselton Auto Mall Crate Sportsman Feature (20 Laps)- DONNIE LAWSON, Randy McCulloch, Brady Fultz, Ron Cartwright Jr., John Juhl, Katelyn Kane, Fran Hilton, Steve Gray, Rob Richmond Jr., Loren Lincoln, Brent Ayers, Steve Swarthout, Damon Walker, Matt Richmond, Serenity Sutherland, Rob Parker, Mike Demallie, Rob Humphries, Larry Stell, Chris Comstock, Rick Willsey.
Lap Leader- Walker 1-6, McCulloch 7-15, Lawson 16-20.
Heat Winners- Walker, Fultz, Gray.
Insinger/Sunoco Fuels Late Model Feature (20 Laps)- LARRY KNOWLES, Jason Knowles, J.J. Mazur, Rich Karlnoski, Quinn Sutherland, Mikey Wonderling, Greg Galligan, Jeremy Wonderling, Brandon Smith, Dale Welty, Chris Peacock, Chris Comstock, Eric Murphy, Dave Miller, Bruce Miller, Jim Johnson.
Lap Leaders- J. Knowles 1-19, L. Knowles 20.
Heat Winners- M. Wonderling, Karlnoski.
American Racer Tire Street Stock Feature (20 Laps)- JIM McAFEE, Frank Guererri Jr., Chris Fisher, Bob Buono, Jared Hill, Rich Sharpsteen I, Nate Peckham, Dan Hoffman Sr., Mike Jackson., Jason White, Dan Smart, Scott Sebring, Jeremy Perkins, Carl Cleveland, Les McCann, Jimmy Grant, Andy Fisk, Kevin Morrison, Rich Bixby Jr., Ralph Champion Jr., Larry Fenton Jr., Nate Daggett, Chris Lopez, Rob Parker, Chris Force (DNS).
Lap Leaders- Sharpsteen 1-6, McAfee 7-20.
Heat Winners- Sharpsteen, Fisher, McAfee.
Signs Plus of Kanona 4-Cylinder Feature (20 Laps)- TERRY POVOSKI, Scott Bradley, Rich Sharpsteen II, Ray Speicher, Erica Bell, Russ Wassner, Mike Ziarno, Jeff Clarkson, Val Stephens, Kailey Wassner, Rob Wilcox, John Hand Jr., Chad Ayers, Brian Thompson, Chris Ayers, Chad Winslow, Tyler Siri.
Lap Leaders- Siri 1, Bradley 2-6, Povoski 7-8, Bradley 9, Povoski 10-20.
Heat Winners- Chad Ayers, Povoski.
Home Necessities Bandits (10 Laps)- NOAH HERINGTON, Cody Clemens, Zach Teed, Lisa Cornish, Allison Teed.
Lap Leaders- Cornish 1-3, Clemens 4, Herington 5-10.