Neat rallies to capture Brownstown's opener
BROWNSTOWN, Ind. (March 10) — Brad Neat of Dunnville, Ky., recovering after dropping to eighth place early in the 25-lap feature, rallied for a Super Late Model victory in Brownstown Speedway's 60th season opener.
Neat, whose only other victory at Brownstown came in 2005 in a race for non-winners, outdueled Greg Johnson of Bedford, Ind., in the second half of the race for the victory.
“It’s great to win here at Brownstown; it’s been a while," said the 32-year-old Neat. "The track was great tonight, if it is like this for the (March 24 Indiana) Icebreaker the fans are going to see some great racing.
"I borrowed a couple of my brother Dustin’s crew to come up here tonight, we will be back here in two weeks with a brand new MasterSbilt Race Car and maybe we’ll end up right back here in victory lane.”
Johnson barely held onto the second spot at the checkers over third-place finisher Justin Rattliff of Campbellsville, Ky., while Jeremy Hines of Seymour, Ind., and Joe Janowski of Carmel, Ind., rounded out the top five. Polesitter Kent Robinson of Bloomington, Ind., was sixth.
Rattliff took command at the outset to lead the first five laps with pressure from Johnson, who took command on a lap-six restart. Rattliff slipped back along with Neat, who held the third spot early but dropped out of the front pack.
Johnson led Robinson over the next seven laps while Neat worked his way back toward the front, taking the second spot on lap 15.
Neat pulled alongside Johnson for a side-by-side battle before clearing Johnson. A lap-20 caution set up a five-lap dash to the finish, but Neat edged away to take the checkers alone.
Notes: Four other divisions were in action with another Kentuckian, Elliott Despain of Campbellsville, Ky., winning the modified main event. ... Brownstown returns to action March 17 with Crate Late Models and host the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Indiana Icebreaker on March 24, paying $10,000-to-win for Super Late Models.
Brownstown Speedway: (1) Brad Neat, (2) Greg Johnson, (3) Justin Rattliff, (4) Jeremy Hines, (5) Joe Janowski, (6) Kent Robinson, (7) Michael Chilton, (8) Ky Harper, (9) Chris Streeval, (10) Greg Kendall, (11) Tyler Allen, (12) Mike Meyers, (13) Edgar Godsey, (14) Matt Patus, (15) Jeff Shackelford, (16) Tommy Carlton, (17) Shane Cottle, (18) Alan Magner, (19) Logan Mounce, (20) Mike McEvoy, (21) Brandon Dye.