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Topic: Steel Block Bandits Race Results @ Eastside June 3rd
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purplerose22603
June 06, 2011 at 07:58:04 AM
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D&D Auto RecyclingSteel Block Bandits
Eastside Speedway
Waynesboro, VA
June 3, 2011

The D&D Auto Recycling Steel Block Bandits series invaded Eastside Speedway (Va.) Friday night, and it resulted in a night of “firsts”. Not only was it D.J. Troutman’s first visit to the facility, but it became his first trip to the Ernie D’s Enterprises Victory lane in Bandits competition.

Troutman, of Hyndman, Pa., won his heat race earlier in the evening, but he drew the number three inversion pill and was forced to start the feature from the third position. Earlier, Troutman set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 18.994 seconds. As the 40-lap feature began, Troutman quickly moved his way around Shipman, Va.’s, Justin Williams, to claim the second spot. He then set his sights on Dustin Mitchell of Pine Level, N.C., for the lead.

Mitchell led the first twelve laps, but he was forced to contend with a hard-charging Troutman. Side-by-side the two battled for several laps until Troutman claimed the lead on lap 13. Troutman led the remainder of the event to claim his first-ever Steel Block Bandits victory and the $2,000 top prize. Mitchell, who admittedly chose the wrong tire compound for the track’s surface, eventually lost the handle on his machine and finished a disappointing 12th. Like Troutman, Mitchell also won his heat race earlier in the evening.

As Troutman was storming to victory, race fans were entertained by hard racing for many positions in the top-ten. Rockbridge Baths, Va.’s, Booper Bare, started sixth in the event, but made several daring moves to come home second. Reigning Steel Block Bandits champion, Walker Arthur of Forest, Va., would follow suit to finish third after starting 12th.

Williams was involved in a turn-two altercation with fellow-Virginia drivers, Greg Roberson and David Watts, but he rebounded to finish fourth. Williams won his heat race earlier in the evening, as well. Delray, W.Va.’s, Gerald Davis, and Hagerstown, Md.’s, Wesley Bonebrake, “traded paint” in the waning laps, but it was Davis that claimed the fifth spot. Bonebrake settled for sixth for his best finish of the season. Winchester, Va.’s, Bo Feathers, who was driving a new car purchased from Steve Francis, claimed the seventh spot.

Matt Howsare, of Clearville, Pa., had a very impressive performance on this night. Howsare was forced to qualify for the event through the B-Main, and he did so by grabbing the fourth and final transfer spot on the last lap. After starting the feature event from 22nd, Howsare maneuvered his way through the field to finish eighth. Glen Burnie, Md. driver, Rick Hulson, claimed ninth and Winchester, Va.’s, J.T. Spence, rounded out the top 10.

Earlier in the evening, Cumberland, Md.’s, Matt Cosner, led all 12 laps to win the B-Main and qualify his way into the feature.
The Eastside event was race number five on the Bandits schedule, and it was night one of the double-header held with Natural Bridge Speedway (Va.) the following night.

D&D Auto Recycling Steel Block Bandits 40-lap feature results:
1. D.J. Troutman
2. Booper Bare
3. Walker Arthur
4. Justin Williams
5. Gerald Davis
6. Wesley Bonebrake
7. Bo Feathers
8. Matt Howsare
9. Rick Hulson
10. J.T. Spence
11. Daniel Brown, Jr.
12. Dustin Mitchell
13. Larry Ramsey
14. Junior Humphreys
15. Kenny Geer
16. Matt Cosner
17. Kyle Merkel
18. Rick Singleton
19. Sean Merkel
20. Lee Jamerson
21. Lewis Hudson
22. Jon Painter
23. Daniel Snead (DQ)
24. David Watts (DQ)
25. Greg Roberson (DQ)

Cline Construction Heat Race #1 (top six)
1. D.J. Troutman
2. Daniel Snead
3. J.T. Spence
4. Bo Feathers
5. Jon Painter
6. Wesley Bonebrake
Cline Construction Heat Race #2 (top six)
1. Dustin Mitchell
2. David Watts
3. Greg Roberson
4. Rick Hulson
5. Lewis Hudson
6. Kenny Geer
Cline Construction Heat Race #3 (top six)
1. Justin Williams
2. Booper Bare
3. Gerald Davis
4. Walker Arthur
5. Junior Humphreys
6. Larry Ramsey
Crim Trailer Sales B-Main (top four)
1. Matt Cosner
2. Sean Merkel
3. Lee Jamerson
4. Matt Howsare

DNQ-Petie Coffey,Trever Feathers, Mark Brown, Danny Brown, Dan Arnold, Drew Weisser, Ronnie Boykin, R.E. Cubbage, Mitch Miller and Don Woodruff.

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Special thanks to the following: Market America, D&D Auto Recycling, Ernie D’s Enterprises, Glory Days Grill, Cecil B. Arthur General Contractors, Bernheisel Race Components & Lazer Chassis, WRT & Cliff Dove Motorsports Photography, Revolution Band, Muddslinger Web Services, Walrus Signs & Embroidery, Hoosier Tires, Advanced Race Wear, Crims Trailer Sales, Area Auto Racing News, In the Pits Radio 106.7 The Fan, Go Fast Be Safe, Handy Dans Landscaping, Cline Construction, All About Doors, Merkel Rebar, ARC Race Cars, Cecil B. Arthur Bucking Bulls & Beef Farm and Omps Garage.

 


Erica Miller
Marketing/PR/Special Event Coordinator
Steel Block Bandits
"The REAL men of Steel"
www.steelblockbandits.com

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