BRL DSS S14 R11 Recap
17 March 2023
Bootleg Racing League | Season 14 | Round 11
Dirt Street Stock Series | Lanier National Speedway
Billy Northcutt with Dirt Panda claimed the final checkered flag in a bittersweet moment for the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series at Lanier National Speedway at Lanier National Speedway ahead of John Heyn and Jason Best. “Anytime that I can win in here… it’s just a blast for me and for my family and everybody who watches so yeah that was definitely a great way to go out on that”, Northcutt shared with us as the night came to a close, “That track’s always just been probably my best track, the one I’ve run the most laps at… kind of feels like that hometown track, you know.”
“I don’t think anything will compare to the fun and camaraderie that we had here so if I jump right into something else, I feel like I would just hate it… I kind of want to miss it before I start jumping into all that”, Northcutt commented in regards to future plans within sim racing as the finality of the moment started to set in, “When I joined this league to run I told my mom that I was never going to win in here because everyone was too good and she never got to see me race in it, but here we are. I won a lot of races in here and it was really a lot of fun and I’m going to miss it.”
Billy Northcutt came into the evening strong throwing down the fastest lap in qualifying at 16.458 and dominating the first heat to secure the pole in the upcoming feature event. John Heyn showed the field why he’s known as “The Professor” as he took the field to school claiming the checkered flag in the 2nd heat over Chris Hill. Jason Best broke away from the field to take the win in the B Main consolation race wrapping up the preliminary events of the night.
Leading the field out of turn 4, Northcutt took the green flag for the final time as the field roared into the first corner with Northcutt quickly cleared ahead of Heyn. Chris Davis was running side by side with Hill over 3rd place claiming the position going into lap 3 with Best looking to follow him through. Aiden Young and Jeffery Hardin battled hard over 6th place directly behind the battle between Best and Hill.
Best secured 4th and immediately went after Davis in 3rd diving low. Hill fell back further as he found himself in a 3-wide battle for 4th. Best cleared into 3rd as Young moved up into 5th and was looking to challenge Davis ahead of him. Hill cleared Hardin for 6th moving forward as the field crossed the halfway point of the night. Northcutt had more than a 1 second lead over Heyn with another full second from Heyn back to Best with all of the action happening from 4th on back through the field.
Stephen Spies was working on making up for a rough start to the night climbing up from the back of the field trying to working his way around Hunter Hill for 10th. Young closed the gap to Davis and was pressuring looking for a way to get under Davis for 4th but Davis was defending well going into the final laps. Best was slowly reeling Heyn in setting his sights on 2nd place with 5 laps remaining. Taking the white flag, Billy Northcutt had a commanding lead over the field taking the checkered flag 1.3 seconds ahead of John Heyn. Jason Best, Chris Davis, and Aiden Young round out the top 5 tonight at Lanier National Speedway.
Billy Northcutt finished up the final season of the Bootleg Racing League Dirt Street Stock Series as the season champion with 734 points. Jason Best held onto 2nd place with 603 points. Chris Hill moved up into 3rd place with 520 points as Jeffrey Hardin dropped back to 4th with 519 points and Aiden Young rounds out the top 5 with 514 points. The Bootleg Racing League has closed the doors on dirt racing but is coming back next week on the asphalt for the new Super Late Model Series on March 24th for 200 laps of action at New Smyrna Speedway with all of the action brought to you live at 8:10PM ET only on the Virtual Grip Network!