Clash of frontrunners lifts Lee at Tazewell
From series reports
TAZEWELL, Tenn. (May 24) — With a Tyrel Todd-Vic Hill collision knocking the top two cars out of contention at Tazewell Speedway, Victor Lee of Stanford, Ky., was elevated from third to first with eight laps remaining and won his second consecutive O'Reilly Battle of the Bluegrass DirtCar Series victory. The reigning series champion, who gave up the point to change a flat tire after leading the first two laps, earned $5,000 and increased his series points lead in a race slowed by five cautions, none more significant than on lap 52. | Slideshow
Tyrel Todd of Eubanks, Ky., inherited the lead after Lee's flat on the third lap and stayed in control entering the final 10 laps of the 60-lap feature. But Todd and fast qualifier Vic Hill of Morristown, Tenn., who was running second, made contact on lap 52, and Todd's machine spun. Officials put both drivers on the tail, moving Lee to the point for the restart. Lee, who had taken third from Steve Smith of Powell, Tenn., on the 44th lap, led the rest of the way. Smith was second followed by David Webb of Nicholasville, Ky., 18th-starting Justin Rattliff of Campbellsville, Ky., and Chris Combs of Isom, Ky.
Notes: Lee's third career series victory came aboard the Frank Revel Motorsports-owned Rayburn Race Car powered by a Jay Dickens engine and sponsored by Kentucky’s Best, Budda Bert Transmission Sales and Service, Junction City Quick Stop, Tim Logan Racing and Xtreme Style Signs and Graphics. ... The next series event is scheduled for May 30 at Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, Ky. The twice-rescheduled Hugh “Junebug” Rowland Memorial pays $3,000 to the winner.
O'Reilly BoB @ Tazewell: (1) Victor Lee, (2) Steve Smith, (3) David Webb, (4) Justin Rattliff, (5) Chris Combs, (6) Shon Flanary, (7) Bobby Mays, (8) Brian Smith, (9) Damon Eller, (10) Tyrel Todd, (11) Larry Gray, (12) Royce McGowan, (13) Arnie Fields, (14) Vic Hill, (15) Michael Smith, (16) Tim Tungate, (17) Eric Wells, (18) Greg Huskey, (19) Jeff Wolfenbarger, (20) Bryan Hendrix, (21) Mike Weeks, (22) Zach Carney, (23) Travis Fultz, (24) Dale Huskey. Fast qualifier (among 26 cars): Hill, 11.456 seconds. Heat race winners: Lee, Todd, Mays. Consolation winner: Carney.