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November 12, 2022

BRL DSS S13 R8 Recap

by Ryan Senneker

11 November 2022
Bootleg Racing League | Season 13 | Round 8
Dirt Street Stock Series | Fairbury Speedway
Sim Racing Software: iRacing

Jordan Gage with Dirt Panda took the checkered flag tonight in the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series at Fairbury Speedway ahead of William Hargreaves and Adam Carlisle. “I feel really comfortable here on the bottom, but I think it was our third restart it just went away and there’s nothing else down there, so we go to the top and we just hung on”, Gage commented to us as the night came to a close, “I just was trying to counteract and moves they threw at me.”

Billy Northcutt jumped to the top of the boards in qualifying with a 4-lap average time at 14.886 starting on the pole for the first heat of the night. Northcutt and William Hargreaves broke away from the rest of the pack by over 1 second. Hargreaves tried an aggressive slider coming out of the final corner but couldn’t clear ahead as Northcutt took the checkered flag. Jordan Gage shared the front row with Zachary Loomis for the second heat. Gage and Loomis battled hard for the lead, but Gage held him off to take the win.

The third heat was led out by Adam Carlisle and Steve Smiley. Carlisle had a great launch off the jump and pulled away from the rest of the pack in the opening moments. Carlisle continued to extend his lead to take the win 1.7 seconds ahead of Smiley. The fourth and final heat of the night had Beau Brannon and Hunter Hill on the front row. Brannon jumped out to an early lead as Ryan Senneker got to the outside of Hill to take away 2nd place. Brannon help a solid pace taking the win just under 1 second ahead of Senneker.

Neville Ulph and Chris Davis were on the front row for the C Main consolation race taking the green flag. Ulph and Davis pulled away fighting over the lead quickly building up a gap ahead of Michael Menees in 3rd. Davis tried to make the inside work but could match the Ulph’s speed on corner exit. Coming out of the final corner, Davis threw an aggressive slider to take away the win in the last seconds. Chris Hill and J R Shepherd were on the front row as the B Main consolation took the green flag. Hunter Hill moved up into 2nd place and followed Chris Hill to the checkered flag in the end.

Northcutt lined up on the pole to take the green flag for the 18-car field with Gage to his outside. Northcutt quickly cleared ahead of Gage and moved up to the outside line coming out of turn two. Hargreaves was running side by side with Brannon fighting for 3rd place as Northcutt and Gage started to pull away by over 1 second early in the run. Hargreaves cleared ahead of Brannon 7 laps into the night with Loomis starting to look to the inside of Brannon, but unable to close the gap enough to take away the line.

Going into lap 13, Gage was able to take the lead away from Northcutt with Hargreaves diving low to challenge for 2nd pushing Northcutt back to 3rd with 15 laps completed as the leaders reached lap traffic. Loomis went for a crossover on Carlisle but over rotated the car with Brannon close behind unable to avoid contact blocking up the track going into the 2nd half of the night bringing out the first caution. Off the restart, Hargreaves was pressuring Gage for the lead.

Hargreaves tried several sliders but was unable to clear ahead with Gage utilizing the outside momentum to keep a nose ahead. As the laps counted down, the field started more aggressively pushing for positions trying various different lines around the track. On lap 27, another caution came out over the track after contact between Senneker, Davis, and Hunter Hill resulted in Senneker going sideways in the middle of the track sending Senneker to the rear of the field for the restart.

Gage was still in control of the field as the green flag came back out. Carlisle was pressuring for the lead with Hargreaves in 3rd going into the final 10 laps. Carlisle threw a slider for the lead, but Gage answered the move with a crossover to reclaim the position. They repeated the maneuver as the laps counted down with Gage again securing the lead. The two continued to battle going side by side going around the final lap. Coming out of the last corner, Jordan Gage held the lead as William Hargreaves took 2nd place away from Adam Carlisle and Billy Northcutt and Rocky Battenfield rounded out the top 5 tonight at Fairbury Speedway.

William Hargreaves holds onto the points lead with 564 points. Billy Northcutt sits in 2nd with 531 points. Adam Carlisle is in 3rd place with 514 points. J R Shepherd holds on to 4th place with 468 points and Chris Davis moves rounds out the top 5 drivers with 343 points. Going into the next round, the drivers will take on the Kokomo Speedway on November 18th with all of the dirt slinging action broadcast live at 7:10PM ET exclusively on the Virtual Grip Network!

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