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November 6, 2022

BRL DSS S13 R7 Recap

by Ryan Senneker

04 November 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 13 | Round 7
Dirt Street Stock Series | Thompson Speedway
Photograph by: Billy Northcutt
Sim Racing Software: iRacing

Billy Northcutt with Dirt Panda led flag to flag tonight to take the checkered flag in the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series at Cedar Lake Speedway ahead of his teammates Jordan Gage and William Hargreaves as the Dirt Panda drivers dominated the podium. “I thought [Gage] was going to get me. He raced me extra clean though and I was able to hold on there”, Northcutt commented at the end of the night, “I did block him a couple of times, but it wasn’t really intentional… I was trying to find the fast line and it was moving throughout the race so every once in a while, I’d slide right in front of him.”

Billy Northcutt started off the night dominating the first heat to take the win while Adam Carlisle won the second heat of the night with J R Shepherd close behind. William Hargreaves took the third heat win while Brandyn Proudfoot and Beau Brannon battled over 2nd place with Proudfoot taking it in the end. For the fourth and final heat, Jordan gage dominated the field claiming an easy win 1.5 seconds ahead of Thomas Vickers. Brannon took the C Main consolation win ahead of Chris Davis after an intense battle between them and Bobby Hayes won the B Main.

Northcutt lined up on the pole as the drivers lined up for the 40-lap feature event opting to start from the outside with Carlisle to his inside. Northcutt had a good jump off the green as the battle for 2nd went almost 4-wide with Carlisle, Hargreaves, Gages and Cody Shaw all going for the position early. Shaw backed out as Gage dove low beneath Carlisle and Hargreaves was pinched out of the battle dropping back to 4th. As the front runner finally single filed out 10 laps into the night, the mid pack was a flurry of activity.

Brannon and Proudfoot were battling with John Heyn over 8th place. Davis caught the battle and started looking to force a 3-wide situation as Vickers made hard contact with the outside wall from 11th and spun into the infield grass ending his night. Shepherd had slowly reeled the leaders in and was pressuring Shaw for 5th while Gage and Carlisle started battling again over 2nd place as the caution came out from contact between Heyn and Brannon over 8th place 18 laps into the run.

Gage took advantage of the restart getting a strong hold on 2nd place off the restart as Hargreaves tucked in behind Northcutt along the high side. Gage started trading sliders with Northcutt for the lead with Northcutt holding the position with 15 laps remaining. Hargreaves then looked to the inside of Gage but wasn’t able to the make anything of the move falling back into the field as Shepherd and Shaw split around him moving up to 3rd and 4th respectively. As Hargreaves continued to fall through the field, the checkup caused by it resulted in a lot of confusion within the pack and Hargreaves was sent around collecting several other cars in the process on lap 27 bringing the caution back out.

Northcutt had another great launch off the start. Proudfoot was up to 5th riding the high side quickly pushing through traffic. Hargreaves was back up to 3rd but was under pressure from Carlisle going into the final laps. Coming out of the final corner, Billy Northcutt was absolutely dominating the field tonight taking the checkered flag with Jordan Gage, William Hargreaves, Brandyn Proudfoot, and John Heyn rounding out the top 5 finishers at Cedar Lake Speedway.

William Hargreaves holds onto the points lead with 488 points. Billy Northcutt jumped up two spots into 2nd with 456 points. Adam Carlisle sits in 3rd place with 438 points. J R Shepherd fell back to 4th place with 429 points and Thomas Vickers rounds out the top 5 drivers with 334 points. Going into the next round, the drivers will take on the Fairbury Speedway on November 11th with all of the dirt slinging action broadcast live at 7:10PM ET exclusively on the Virtual Grip Network!

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