Thompson Charges to First Career Win



On Tuesday night, the Sportsman Street Stocks revived the Lanier Speedway for a 100 lap race, as the division reached the halfway point of their season. A small field showed up for the event, but the race still provided plenty of action throughout the race.

Casey Kelley had the fast lap in qualifying to pick up his fourth overall pole and his third straight pole of the season, and he would lead the field to the green flag. Early in the race, Kelley looked to have the car to beat as he jumped out to a healthy lead out front. A restart on lap 55 set the field up for a 45-lap green flag run to the finish, but after pulling away out front for the earlier runs of the race, Kelley’s car began to fade as the handling went away. This allowed Cody Thompson to close in to make a move, and he would take over the top spot from Kelley on lap 72. Thompson would feel some pressure from behind but would hold on to take the checkered, which was his first career SARA victory after starting 12th and charging to the front.

Kevin J Myers was able to move up to second behind Thompson, and was close to his bumper throughout the final run of the race, but Myers would end up holding onto a 2nd place finish. Joe Schaffer Jr. ran inside the top five all race long and was able to work his way into a 3rd place finish. Matt Rolfe was able to move up into a 4th place finish on the final lap, passing Kelley for the position as Kelley would fall back to a 5th place finish after leading the first 71 laps of the event.

Just outside the top five, worked his way back up into a 6th place finish after a mid race wreck sent him to the back after repairs, while Dale Owen would take the 7th spot after running right around the top five all race long. Dante Curtis picked up an 8th place finish after starting 13th on the night, working his way up into a solid finish. Ken Belanger and Russell Berry would round out the top ten, after both cars ran outside of the top ten at some point during the race, but would each end up with solid finishes in 9th and 10th respectively.

Halfway through the season, Joe Schaffer Jr., continues to lead the points standings after a 3rd place finish extends his points lead out to 24 points over 2nd.