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October 29, 2022

BRL DSS S13 R6 Recap

by Ryan Senneker

28 October 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 13 | Round 6
Dirt Street Stock Series | Lucas Oil Speedway
Sim Racing Software: iRacing

Rocky Battenfield took the checkered flag after climbing through the field tonight in the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series at Lucas Oil Speedway ahead of Adam Carlisle and Thomas Vickers. “I’m generally a patient driver, but I know starting 10th you gotta make some moves early and I’m not running for points, I come here to win so I figured hey let’s go as hard as we can go and see what happens.”, Battenfield commented as the night came to a close, “Everything kind of worked out our way tonight.”

As the drivers started lining up for the heat events, Adam Carlisle took the green for the first heat of the night with William Hargreaves to his outside. Hargreaves looked to the inside several times but wasn’t able to make a pass attempt before Carlisle took the checkered flag. John Wilson had J R Shepherd to his outside as he took the green flag for the second heat. Wilson held the lead all the way to the checkered flag while Shepherd was fighting with Kevin Davis over 2nd place. Billy Northcutt took the green flag to the inside of Thomas Vickers in the third and final heat race of the night. Northcutt was able to pull away from the rest of the pack taking the win.

Lining up for the C Main consolation race was Dylan Corey up front with Bobby Hayes to his outside. Davis pushed up through the field and got a nose to the inside of Corey, but the high line prevailed with Corey pulling away to take the checkered flag. Jason Best and Jason Menda shared the front row as the green flag came out for the B Main consolation race. Best took the checkered flag with a 1 second gap between himself and Rocky Battenfield up 3 positions into 2nd place.

Carlisle took the green flag to kick off the night’s 40-lap main feature event with Wilson to his outside. Carlisle had a good jump off the start as Wilson and Shepherd battled side by side over 2nd. Hargreaves caught the drivers and tried to split them going 3-wide for several corners but contact from behind knocked Hargreaves loose and pushed Wilson down into the infield giving 2nd place over to Shepherd. Hargreaves recovered in 3rd while Wilson fell back to 9th from the incident.

10 laps into the run, Carlisle still had a strong hold on the lead while Hargreaves continued to pressure Shepherd for 2nd. Battenfield was aggressively pushing up through the field up to 4th and closing on Hargreaves quickly. Hargreaves dove beneath Shepherd to take away 2nd place but made contact with the back of Carlisle forcing both drivers loose giving the lead to Shepherd with Battenfield challenging Carlisle for 2nd place. Battenfield secured the position going into the 2nd half of the night while Carlisle and Hargreaves battled over 3rd.

Battenfield didn’t waste any time going after the lead diving low under Shepherd and cleared ahead going into lap 25. Carlisle tried to challenge Shepherd for 2nd with Hargreaves and Thomas Vickers fighting over 4th behind them. As the battle continued, Hargreaves and Shepherd made contact sending Shepherd around falling back to 15th as he recovered from the spin with 10 laps remaining. Battenfield took advantage of the open track ahead of him and quickly started to put distance between himself and Carlisle.

Hargreaves tried to get beneath Carlisle, but the drivers came together, and Hargreaves was spun into the infield falling to the back of the field while Shepherd had been quietly climbing back up through the field and was working Bobby Hayes over for 5th. Coming out of the final corner, Rocky Battenfield proved to be too much for the rest of the field to contest with as he took the checkered flag with Adam Carlisle, Thomas Vickers, Jason Best, and J R Shepherd rounding out the top 5 tonight at Lucas Oil Speedway.

William Hargreaves holds onto the points lead with 412 points. Adam Carlisle and J R Shepherd are tied for 2nd place with 384 points each. Billy Northcutt fell back to 4th place with 372 points after having connection issues tonight and Jason best rounds out the top 5 drivers with 314 points. Going into the next round, the drivers will take on the Cedar Lake Speedway on November 4th with all of the dirt slinging action broadcast live at 7:10PM ET exclusively on the Virtual Grip Network!

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