Goose Calvert gets win at Laurens County Speedway

Goose Calvert had his breakthrough moment Saturday night at Laurens County Speedway. Calvert won his first-ever main event at the speedway, taking first in the Crate Division. Terry Bullard finished second and Michael Lyons finished third. Calvert qualified on the pole with a time of 16.544 seconds, and once the race started he carried the momentum over to take first place at the start of the main event. Bullard remained in second place but Calvert managed to open some separation between himself and the rest of the field. It looked as though the race would become a one-sided affair until a trio of caution flags helped bring the field back together, but Calvert managed to pull away again after the final caution flag flew on lap 15. From there the only battle proved to be for second place, where Lyons managed to get past Steve Bowie, who fell to fourth, but Calvert was in the clear and earned his mud bath celebration for winning his first-career race. Limited: Larry Timms picked up another victory in what was a caution-free main event. Frankie Coates was second and Michael Smith was third. Timms finished first in qualifying with a lap of 15.207 seconds, edging Coates for the top spot. Starting on the outside of Row 1, Timms pushed out to a good lead early on with Coates trying to keep up. But Coates later saw himself having to hold off Smith for second place while Timms held a comfortable lead. Coates managed to hold into his spot through the challenge, but nobody came close to Timms as he ran off with a healthy victory. Super Stock 4: Michael Simmons found his way to Victory Lane in the main event, knocking off second-place finisher Tim Collins. Jasper Brown was third. A frenetic start that saw the cars go three-wide for a split second, but Simmons found his way to the lead from the outside of Row 1. Dallas Miller Jr. held second until Collins soon zipped by for the spot. Miller continued to hold third place until he spun out to bring out the yellow and end his night in the process on the fifth lap. After the restart Simmons continued to hold off a hard-charging Collins for the remainder of what was an exciting race, thwarting Collins’ last-chance pass on the final lap. Stock Thunder: Casey Lawson knocked off Don Hiott to pick up the victory in the main event. Hiott finished second and Tinker Roberts was third. Lawson used the outside line to grab the lead on the first lap as Roberts fell into second and Hiott took third. The drivers maintained their spots, but with five laps done Roberts started to make a good push for the lead. Lawson managed to hold off the challenge, and soon after Hiott managed to get past Roberts to take over second place. That set up a good battle the rest of the way as Lawson successfully held off Hiott, who made one final charge on the last lap but couldn’t get all the way there. FWD: Andrew Patterson won the main event in the Front-Wheel Drive Division, with Grant Burton taking second and Luke Tollison finishing in third. Patterson took the lead on the opening lap and never was seriously threatened, with Burton managing to turn back Tollison despite his efforts near the midway point to make a pass on the high side of turn 4. When that pass was denied the drivers essentially settled into their spots, which allowed Patterson to win going away. Hobby: Chris Lyons won his 15th overall main event of the season, knocking off Lucas Motte in a head-to-head battle in the main event. The victory extends Lyons’ winning streak to a whopping 12 straight.

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