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May 20, 2022

BRL DSS S11 R9 Recap

by Ryan Senneker

20 May 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 11 | Round 9
Dirt Street Stock Series | The Dirt Track at Charlotte
Photograph by: Billy Northcutt
Sim Racing Software: iRacing

Brandyn Proudfoot with Jim Beaver eSports claimed his 4th win of the season with the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series at The Dirt Track at Charlotte ahead of William Hargreaves and Billy Northcutt. “At the beginning of the race everyone was pushing going in then it would snap loose”, Proudfoot commented about the challenges he faced tonight, “It was such a difficult, difficult track and there towards the end I just had to run pretty much a lane off the wall and that was the only way I could get around this place.”

William Hargreaves took the pole for the night with a fast lap clocked at 18.514 and led the first heat to the green flag. Billy Northcutt tried several times to get around Hargreaves by using the inside line, but Hargreaves had superior momentum coming out of the corners and led every lap to the finish line. Johnny Ratley took the green for the second heat with Brandyn Proudfoot challenging to his inside. Similar to the first heat, the outside line was dominate and Ratley defended the line against Proudfoot taking the win.

Bobby Hayes took the green flag to start off the C Main consolation race with J R Shepherd to his outside. Shepherd stayed alongside Hayes for several laps as each driver tried to gain an advantage. With 2 laps to go, Shepherd was able to get a strong run pulling ahead of Hayes with Brennan Myers following behind him pushing Hayes back to 3rd before the checkered flag. Stephen Spies led the B Main event to the green. Spies had a strong launch off the start pulling ahead with Jeffrey Hardin and Jason Best battling over 2nd. Best was able to clear for the position and started to reel Spies back in as the drivers crossed the halfway point. Best was able to close the gap to Spies, but not able to make an attempt at the lead before Spies took the checkered flag.

Hargreaves was on the pole starting off the feature event and opted to start from the outside line with Ratley to his inside and Proudfoot lined up directly behind him. Hargreaves had a good jump off the start as Ratley dropped back to 3rd behind Proudfoot. Proudfoot threw an aggressive slider to clear into the lead forcing Hargreaves to check up hard to avoid contact losing all his momentum. Hargreaves, after collecting himself back up, retook the lead with a slider of his own clearing back in front of Proudfoot.

10 laps into the event, Proudfoot again took the lead away this time around the outside of Hargreaves. Hargreaves and Northcutt were running 2nd and 3rd as they pulled away from the rest of the field, but neither driver was able to match Proudfoot’s pace going into the second half of the 40 lap event. Ratley found himself running alone with over a one second gap ahead and several seconds behind him on track. Northcutt closed in on Hargreaves trying to get within reach to battle for 2nd with Proudfoot pulling further away in the lead.

The majority of the field were trading positions aggressively led by Best in 5th place as the laps counted down. With 10 laps remaining, Proudfoot continued to lead but Hargreaves was able to close the gap as they negotiated through lap traffic. Going into the final stretch, Hargreaves was within reach for a slider but couldn’t clear the move as Proudfoot took the checkered flag with Hargreaves, Northcutt, Ratley, and Best rounding out the top 5 drivers of the night.

Brandyn Proudfoot and William Hargreaves are now tied for the lead in the point standings both with 707 points with only two rounds remaining in the season. Billy Northcutt is in 3rd place with 673 points and out of reach of the championship battle. Bobby Hayes and Jason Best round out the top 5 drivers so far this season. After a brief break for Memorial Day Weekend, the Bootleg Racing League with be back on the track at Limaland Motorsports Park on June 3rd with all of the dirt slinging action broadcast live at 7:10PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!

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