For The Tribune
The Ultimate Battle of the Bluegrass Series rolled into Brownstown Speedway on Saturday night with 19 of the area’s best Super Late Model drivers competing for the $3,000 paycheck.
Benton, Kentucky, driver Tanner English swept the night’s racing program and took the prize money back to The Bluegrass State.
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“This is just crazy to win here,” English said after scoring his first career victory at Brownstown and with the BoB Series. “It’s a place I’ve always loved and my dad’s always loved. We’ve had trouble here before and been close to big wins but never capitalized on it, so this is good.”
English, in addition to winning the main event, was fast qualifier overall and won his heat race.
Second-place finisher Jared Bailey and Seymour’s Jeremy Hines battled side-by-side for the biggest part of the 30-lap event.
Hines, the defending BoB Series champion, slipped off the racing surface in the midpoint of the race, slipping back to sixth.
Adam Bowman of Seymour was the biggest mover of the event, charging to a fourth-place finish from his 13th starting position.
“It’s a great feeling to be able to put our Bowman Motorsports, Smoker Friendly Retail Stores, Club 29 car to the front, but we really need to be starting up front to better capitalize on our results when the car is feeling good,” Bowman said.
Seymour’s Tyler Cain earned his first win of the season in the P3 Graphi” Indiana Pro Late Model Series, edging out a hard-charging Marty O’Neal for the top spot.
“It’s pretty amazing to start the season off with a win,” Cain said. “We made some changes in the offseason and got a new Rocket XR1, so we have pretty high hopes for 2017. Plus, getting my first ever late-model win at Brownstown. Heck, who wouldn’t get pumped up over that?”
Cain was Rookie of the Year last season with the series, scoring one feature win at Bloomington Speedway.
Devin Gilpin capitalized on a late race caution to pick up the Print Worx UMP Modified feature win.
North Vernon’s Jeremy Owens led the majority of the 25-lap main event before becoming victim to a lapped car, ending his chances of winning.
Seymour’s Matt Boknecht finished second.
Jamey Wilson visited the familiar territory of Victory Lane in the Woolston Automotive super stocks division.
Wilson, Josh Divine, and Colton Sullivan battled three wide for the lead during the midpoint of the main event, but Wilson was able to edge past and score his first win of the season.
Wilson, of Seymour, is the defending track champion in the division.
Zachary Stalker picked up his second career win in the Pewter Hall pure stock division.
Brownstown’s next event will be this Saturday night. Super Late Models, UMP Modifieds, super stocks, pure stocks and MMSA Mini Sprints are on the racing program.
The UMP Modifieds will also be running a makeup feature from the No Way Out 40, which was shortened due to rain.
For the latest information, visit www.brownstownspeedway.com.