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June 3, 2022

BRL DSS S11 R10 Recap

by Ryan Senneker

03 June 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 11 | Round 10
Dirt Street Stock Series | Limaland Motorsports Park
Photograph by: Billy Northcutt
Sim Racing Software: iRacing

William Hargreaves with the Dirt Panda Racing Team took his third win of the season tonight in the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series at Limaland Motorsports Park ahead of Stephen Spies and Chris Hill. “It worked out in my favor tonight for sure. I’m not really sure what happened there early on with [Proudfoot] and [Northcutt] but it kind of allowed me to get away and just do my own thing”, Hargreaves shared with us after the race, “I was pretty fortunate because I was struggling bad through [turns] three and four.”

William Hargreaves set a quick lap of 15.108 taking the pole 0.037 ahead of Brandyn Proudfoot in qualifying. John Wilson started to his outside as the first heat event took the green flag. Hargreaves had a good jump off the start and cleared ahead of Wilson quickly. Wilson was able to close the door on Chris Hill in 3rd as Hargreaves slowly pulled away from the field. Hargreaves took the checkered flag 0.7 ahead of Wilson crossing the line. Brandyn Proudfoot took to the track for the second heat with Billy Northcutt lined up to his inside.

Proudfoot quickly cleared ahead of Northcutt and started slowing building a gap as the green flag came out over the field. Proudfoot and Northcutt had pulled away from the field by over 1 second as they crossed the line with Proudfoot taking the win. Chris Hill led the consolation race to the green with Bobby Hayes to his outside. Hill had a very good launch off the start jumping out almost 1 second ahead of the field as Jeffrey Hardin and Stephen Spies both got around Hayes knocking Hayes back to 4th.

Hardin and Spies were starting the reel Hill back in as they crossed the halfway point while battling each other over 2nd place. Spies and Hardin ran side by side going into the final lap with Spies taking 2nd place ahead of Hardin by a bumper. Hill took the checkered flag mostly unchallenged ahead of the field. As the drivers started to line up for the feature event Hargreaves and Proudfoot, who were tied for the points lead going into the evening, found themselves sharing the front row as the green flag came out over the field.

Hargreaves opted to start from the outside and was able to clear ahead of Proudfoot. Northcutt took the opportunity and moved up into 2nd with Spies pressuring Proudfoot for 3rd. A few laps into the race, Hargreaves was able to stretch out a gap between himself and Northcutt while Proudfoot struggled to get around. Proudfoot made a dive to get beneath Northcutt but contact between the two drivers resulted with both drivers falling back through the running order before recovering.

Spies and Hill moved up into 2nd and 3rd after the incident but couldn’t find the pace to reel Hargreaves back in who was running over 1.5 seconds ahead of the field. Passing the halfway point of the 40-lap event, Spies had pulled away from Hill but was still unable to make any headway on closing the gap to Hargreaves running over 2 seconds ahead. Proudfoot had climbed back up through the pack to 7th place going into the last 10 laps with Northcutt running in 9th behind J R Shepherd.

In the final laps, Proudfoot continued to run the high line moving up to 6th behind Hayes and Wilson battling over 4th. Hargreaves was further extending his lead crossing the line over 3.6 seconds ahead of Spies as the checkered flag came out. Proudfoot took 5th place in the end with Northcutt finishing in 7th. Spies, Hill, and Hayes rounded out the top 5 finishers to include Proudfoot.

William Hargreaves broke the tie for the lead with tonight’s win now leading in the points standings with 791 points and 13 points ahead of Brandyn Proudfoot going into the final round of the season. Billy Northcutt holds onto 3rd place with 735 points and Bobby Hayes and Stephen Spies round out the top 5 drivers so far this season. The Bootleg Racing League now heads over to Knoxville Raceway for the exciting season finale on June 10th with all of the dirt slinging action broadcast live at 7:10PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!

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