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Andrew Smith Cashes in at Lake View Motor Speedway $5k FWD Frenzy

Nichols, South Carolina - Andrew Smith of Pooler, Georgia continued his current hot streak in SCDRA competition by picking up the victory in Saturday's $5000 FWD Frenzy at Lake View Motor Speedway in Nichols, South Carolina. The first-time series event at Scott and Sophie Tripp's facility saw teams and officials have to battle through extreme temperature and humidity along with an overnight deluge of over 3 inches of rain Friday night. Everyone involved persevered and a brilliant night of racing went off without a hitch on Saturday night.

Casey Shane led much of the 40-lap event from his outside pole starting position. Smith moved up to wage a fierce battle with Florida's Payne Pickles for the second position through much of the first half of the race. The two drivers swapped the position on several occasions with Smith taking the advantage when Pickles fell to mechanical woes. With only 10 laps remaining, Smith was able to draw to the leader's rear bumper and began to nose alongside Shane's Honda. On lap 33 Smith grabbed the lead when Shane suddenly slowed down the front straightaway. Smith pulled away over the final laps to a 2.4 second margin of victory. Josh Adkins of Cumming, Georgia rebounded from a Friday night rollover to finish 2nd and Rockhill, Pennsylvania driver Chris Anderson completed the podium.

Smith, one of the most prolific drivers in the history of the series, captured his 10th series victory since its 2016 inception. Smith was the 2017 champion who leads all drivers in total wins and money earned. "We have won a lot of money in these cars. I guess it is close to $90,000 or more over the years. We spend a lot of time preparing and tweaking the cars All of this down time recently has allowed us to concentrate on improving the car even more than normal and that is showing in how well we are running. We have won 3 of the last 5 SCDRA events. One we weren't at and the other we had a mechanical issue. Our team and our car are really good right now. We are going to try to keep it rolling." Smith said after his victory.

Pickles picked up the Jason Waters Tuning Fast Time Award with a fast lap of 20.852 seconds / 86.32 MPH average around the half mile oval. Shane of Lexington, North Carolina; Smith; Jacob Bright of Boiling Springs, North Carolina and Salem, South Carolina's Joey Kelly rounded out the top 5 in time trials. Tuscumbia, Alabama's Isaac Gipson and Guyton, Georgia's Alan Carter captured wins in the last chance qualifier races.

The next events on the SCDRA schedule are: $5000 to win 21st Annual Rebel Yell July 17 and 18 at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Georgia and $5000 to win 4th Annual Xtreme 4 Shootout August 28 and 29 at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South Carolina.

 

SCDRA / Lake View Motor Speedway Results

July 11th

 

1. Andrew Smith
2. Josh Adkins
3. Chris Anderson
4. Michael Crouch
5. Dennis Adkins
6. Jacob Bright
7. Shannon Weaver
8. Reid Christensen
9. Jonathan Sarratt
10. 65 John Windham
11. Kyle Jenks
12. John Whisnant
13. Mike Meyer
14. Shannon Barnhill
15. Casey Shane
16. Bruce Denman
17. Payne Pickles
18. Isaac Gipson
19. Chris Harvell
20. Walker Windham
21. Richard Seals
22. Derek Kemper
23. Julio Cifuentes, Jr.
24. Joey Kelly
25. Jerry Johnson, Jr.
26. Alan Carter
DNS - Kenny Long

DNS - Jay Johnson

DNS - Danny Guthrie

DNS - Troy Hill

DNS - Ronnie Perritt

DNS - Calvin Miller

DNS - Rick Berenger

DNS - Bradley Cooper

DNS - Sam Davis

DNS - Edward McNamara

DNS - Ryan Lillquist

DNS - Kurt Pfister

DNS - Colt McGinnis

DNS - Rich Denning

DNS - Joe Green

DNS - Joey Greene

DNS - James Bufkin


44 entries

Jason Waters Tuning Fast Time: Payne Pickles 20.852 seconds / 86.32 MPH average

Photo: JB HotShots / Jamie Brabson

 

The Sport Compact Dirt Racing Association would like to recognize all of their partners including Arizona Sport Shirts, Big A's Custom Graphics, ButlerBuilt, Dirt Scenes, Jason Waters Tuning, Joie of Seating, KELCAR Motorsports Media, PPM Racing Products, RockAuto.com, Rugged Radios, Screven Motor Speedway, Simpson Race Products, Thomas Clarke Performance Web Design and Velocita USA. We encourage you to support those that support racing.

 

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