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Monday, August 8, 2016

Lyon grabs second Sportsman win of the season at Lancaster Speedway

Sunoco Sportsman points leader Jake Lyon picked up his second win of the season Saturday afternoon at Lancaster National Speedway after passing Sherri Hogan for the lead just past the halfway point of the 35-lap feature.

Sportsman winner Jake Lyon
20 Sunoco Sportsman took the green flag Saturday afternoon, with Jayme Thompson taking the lead from the pole position. Sherri Hogan moved past Thompson for the lead on Lap 3, as Lyon, who started ninth, worked his way through the field during the first half of the race. He passed Mike Ramos for second on Lap 10, and Lyon and Hogan began to pull away from the field. After a Lap 13 caution flag set up a side-by-side restart with Hogan and Lyon, Lyon took control of the field on the restart. By Lap 14 he was out in front of Hogan, Ramos and the rest of the field and drove away. Tommy Catalano chased down Hogan late in the race to take second place, followed by Hogan in third. Tim Nies finished a career-best fourth after winning his second heat race of the season earlier in the day. John Barber rounded out the top five.

Whittaker (2) battles King (0) and Russell (93)
Dave Whittaker was declared the official winner of the X-Press Signs Late Model feature after Eldon King III was disqualified in post-race tech inspection. King led the first 15 laps of the race from the pole before being passed by Dave Russell. Russell led until Lap 19 when a mechanical failure took him out of contention. The lead went back to King who held it until the end. Travis Fisher was credited with second place. Frank Batista finished third followed by Ron Nurmi and Bill Osborn.

Street Stock winner Keith Flanigan
The Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks had a season-high 25 cars sign in for competition, with Keith Flanigan picking up his first feature win in over two years in the 25-lap feature. Flanigan started on the pole and led early before Dennis Londos took over the lead on Lap 5. Flanigan came back to retake the lead on Lap 8, holding on until the end to return to victory lane. Andy Cryan finished second, followed by Londos, Dave Wilson and Trevor Pettit.

4-cylinder winner Bobby Woch
In the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders, Bobby Woch was declared the official winner of the 25-lap feature after Frank Prell was disqualified in post-race technical inspection. The victory is Woch’s second of the 2016 season. Points leader Kevin Bainbridge finished second, followed by Chris Pennell, Jim Dauer and Dan Dressel.

Lancaster hosted FOAR Score/Autograph Day on Saturday afternoon as a precursor to the Chase Rice/Eric Van Houten concert that night. Race fans enjoyed meeting their favorite drivers and made some new favorites as well during the on-track autograph session at intermission.

Lancaster National Speedway returns to action on Saturday, August 13 for Wing Night as the winged Can-Am TQ Midgets make their return to Lancaster’s 1/4-mile inner oval. The Sportsman, Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders will also be in action, with racing starting at 6:30 p.m. Find out more at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

all photos: Paula Thompson for Lancaster Speedway

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