Baker cooks up another Sportsman win

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By Claude Lewis

Blown engnes can quickly ruin a race car driver's night.

Ask Matt Blum or Shelton Bowers, who saw their Sportsman efforts left for dead last Saturday night on the high banks at Bronson Motor Speedway.

Blum was pressing Mike Baker for the lead in the 30-lap feature until lap 19, when the No. 1 car blew. Blum was tryiing for his second feature win in a row.

Instead, it was all Baker, who took the checkered in the 02 car.

Baker had won three straight before Blum?s win May 10.

Bowers had bad luck right from the get-go, as he blew the engine in his 29 car in warm-ups. He drove back to Trenton to fetch another Sportsman owned by LeRoy Davidson. Bowers was back in time to run the feature.

He tangled early with Dot Kelly's 38 car. Bowers had the backup car up to fifth place, but he went to the pits for good after Blum?s engine blew.

William Edwards ended up second in the 08 car, while Jim Higgenbotham was third in the 76 car.

Bronson's Robbie Cooper was fourth in Shane Bastow's 04 ride.

Robbie's brother -Brent -hit the winner's circle in Super Stocks, as he won by a country mile in the 97 car.

Tommy Ausburn led the first five laps, but he had to settle for second in the 69 car. Hall Robertson was third in the 91. Matt Bastow was running third but spun out. He had to settle for fifth behin Frank Hinkle.

The Welter family got together for some fun in the Thunder Stock division. Larry Jr. won the 20-lapper in the 85 car. Aaron was third in the 86. Don was fourth in the 80.

Taking second in the 81 car was Wallace Jones III.

Howard Brody kicked up a dust bowl in his 30 car on lap 1.

The 4-cylinder Hornet division is looking stronger by the week.

Last Saturday, there were seven cars competing for 10 laps. Mike Brooks was the winner in the 2 car. Jimmy Mayberry was second in 01. Mike Varsek was third in 23.

The Bronson crowd was held down by yet another Saturday night of televised NASCAR Sprint Cup racing.

The four grass rootsracing divisions will once again be in action this coming Saturday night, May 24.