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April 6
Sumter Speedway,
Sumter, SC
Sanction: Vision Wheel Steel Block Bandit Series (Billy Cagle Memorial) - $7,500
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated April 9, 2:48 pm)
Erwin outduels Mitchell to win $7,500 at Sumter
Billy Cagle Memorial
  1. Russell Erwin
  2. Blake Craft
  3. Dustin Mitchell
  4. Tyler Bare
  5. Michael Rouse
  6. Derick Quade
  7. Michael Batten
  8. Tyler Arrington
  9. Dan Breuer
  10. Chase Blackwell
  11. Robbie Emory
  12. Brian Ridgeway
  13. Banks Johnson
  14. Kale Green
  15. Michael Marlowe
  16. Landen Zakalowski
  17. Timmy Blackwell
  18. Dylan Watson
  19. Joshua Bishop
  20. James Murphy
  21. Derrick Rankin
  22. David Pack
  23. Lance Brasington
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Russell Erwin emerges from his car victorious in Saturday's Steel Block Bandits stop.
What won the race: Regaining the lead from polesitter Dustin Mitchell on lap nine, third-starting Russell Erwin of Beaverdam, Va., controlled the rest of Saturday’s 50-lap Billy Cagle Memorial at Sumter Speedway to capture the $7,500 victory. Erwin led 43 laps to earn his third career Vision Wheel Steel Block Bandits Dirt Late Model Challenge Series victory and his first since June 18, 2021, at Dixieland Speedway in Elizabeth City, N.C.
Quotable: “I gotta give it up to the whole track crew here at Sumter,” Erwin said. “The way it looked last night, I never thought in a million years they’d get it this nice. You could race all over it, you seen me and Dustin (Mitchell) there, (running) top (to) bottom, you know, kinda duking it out there for a little bit. This is a cool little place for sure, it’s a long haul from home. I don’t like racing at the same place every week, so it’s nice to run this deal, you get to bounce around every time you go race.”
Key notes: Erwin became the fourth different winner of the Billy Cagle Memorial. ... Third-starting Blake Craft grabbed the runner-up spot on lap 24 and trailed Erwin the final 27 laps, finishing 2.319 seconds back. ... The pole-starting Mitchell, of Pine Level, N.C., led laps 2-8 before settling for third. … Michael Rouse, winner of last weekend's $5,000 season opener at Fayetteville (N.C.) Motor Speedway, started sixth and finished fifth. ... Derick Quade, reigning series champ and Michael Batten each improved three positions, finishing sixth and seventh, respectively. ... Saturday's feature lasted 27 minutes, with 11 competitors completing the distance and 13 running at the finish.
On the move: Defending event winner, Robbie Emory of Milton, Del., started 22nd and finished 11th.
Winner's sponsors: Erwin’s Rocket Chassis carries sponsorship from Erwin Racing Supply, Motion Sensors, High Farms, Possum Farms, Papa Jack’s Store & Grill, Fritz’s Car Care, M&L Grocery, Willy’s Carbs, Keyser Manufacturing, Dickinson Sanitation Services, Skippy Johnson Motorsports, Hoosier Tire, Penske Racing Shocks by JDS and Collins Signs.
Points chase: After Sumter: 1. Russell Erwin (109); 2. Michael Rouse (105); T3. Tyler Bare (104); T3. Dustin Mitchell (104); 5. Michael Batten (96); 6. Derick Quade (95).
Current weather: Clear, 64°F
Car count: 23
Fast qualifier: Dustin Mitchell
Time: 14.412 seconds
Polesitter: Dustin Mitchell
Heat race winners: Dustin Mitchell, Russell Erwin, Blake Craft
Next series race: April 13, Smoky Mountain Speedway (Maryville, TN) $5,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Mitchell, Erwin
Row 2: Craft, Bare
Row 3: Green, Rouse
Row 4: Breuer, Arrington
Row 5: Quade, Batten
Row 6: C. Blackwell, Bishop
Row 7: Zakalowski, T. Blackwell
Row 8: Watson, Marlowe
Row 9: Murphy, Pack
Row 10: Ridgeway, Johnson
Row 11: Rankin, Emory
Row 12: Brasington

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