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Daily Dirt 06/13/2024 20:59:42

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April 27
Natural Bridge Speedway,
Natural Bridge, VA
Sanction: Vision Wheel Steel Block Bandit Series - $5,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated April 28, 10:21 pm)
Natural Bridge delivers first Bandits win for Arthur
  1. Walker Arthur
  2. Robbie Emory
  3. Russell Erwin
  4. Tyler Bare
  5. Blake Craft
  6. Jack Brown
  7. Dan Breuer
  8. Derrick Rankin
  9. Larry Ramsey
  10. Samuel Bryant
  11. Jeff Witt
  12. Dylan Watson
  13. Trever Feathers
  14. Brenden Queen
  15. Tyler Arrington
  16. Justin Williams
  17. Patrick Solari
  18. Josh Canipe
  19. Ryan Adams
  20. Billy Beachler
  21. Joey Leavell
  22. Landen Zakalowski
  23. Michael Alderman
  24. Frank Caricofe
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Walker Arthur collected a $5,000 paycheck at Natural Bridge.
What won the race: Regaining the lead when Tyler Bare slowed with a flat tire after making contact with a spinning competitor on lap 36, fourth-starting Walker Arthur of Forest, Va., paced the final 14 circuits to win Saturday's $5,000 Vision Wheel Steel Block Bandits Series stop at Natural Bridge Speedway. Arthur led twice for 41 laps (2-28, 37-50) to nab his first career Steel Block Bandits victory and his first win of any kind since topping a $2,500 unsanctioned Limited Late Model race on April 15, 2023, at Halifax County Motor Speedway in Brinkleyville, N.C.
Quotable: “That one time, I’m not sure if it was Russell (Erwin) or Robbie (Emory), pulled up beside me, but I appreciate them driving me clean,” Arthur said. “It takes a whole lot to stay off of somebody out here. I’m wore out, I’m too old for this ... we need slow and slippery racetracks. But I got lucky, I hate that (flat tire) happened for Tyler.”
Key notes: Second-starting Tyler Bare of Rockbridge Baths, Va., led laps 29-36 before tangling with a lapped car and flattening his right-rear. He advanced three spots in the first six laps after changing the tire and settled for fourth. ... Robbie Emory led the opening lap from the pole before giving way to Arthur and fading as low as fifth on lap 22. He rebounded to regain the runner-up spot on lap 38 and trailed Arthur the final 13 laps, finishing a scant 0.302 of a second back. ... Series points leader Russell Erwin improved five positions and finished third. He was going for three straight tour wins. ... Jack Brown gained nine spots and finished sixth. ... Saturday's feature was slowed by eight incidents and lasted 44 minutes, with nine drivers completing the distance and 12 running at the finish.
On the move: Larry Ramsey of Lexington, Va., started 22nd and finished ninth.
Winner's sponsors: Arthur’s Kryptonite Chassis is powered by a Vic Hill Racing Engine and carries sponsorship from Farm Service Company Inc., Cecil B. Arthur Beef Farm & Buckin’ Stock, Kubota Farm Service Equipment, Hoosier Tire, Integra Racing Shocks and All About Wraps.
Points chase: After Natural Bridge: 1. Russell Erwin (164); 2. Tyler Bare (155); 3. Dan Breuer (127); 4. Robbie Emory (123); 5. Derrick Rankin (118).
Current weather: Clear, 59°F
Car count: 31
Fast qualifier: Tyler Bare
Time: 15.037 seconds
Polesitter: Robbie Emory
Heat race winners: Robbie Emory, Dan Breuer, Blake Craft, Walker Arthur
Consolation race winners: Jeff Witt, Billy Beachler
Provisional starters: Landen Zakalowski, Frank Caricofe
Next series race: May 11, Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, SC) $7,500
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Emory, Craft
Row 2: Breuer, Arthur
Row 3: Rankin, Bare
Row 4: Leavell, Erwin
Row 5: Williams, Feathers
Row 6: Solari, Canipe
Row 7: Bryant, Queen
Row 8: Brown, Arrington
Row 9: Witt, Beachler
Row 10: Adams, Alderman
Row 11: Watson, Ramsey
Row 12: Zakalowski, Caricofe

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