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Blum gets it right in Bronson Sportsman

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By Claude Lewis

BRONSON -Matt Blum broke a string of bad luck and zoomed to the Sportsman feature win last Saturday night at at Bronson Motor Speedway.

In his previous two outings, Blum had mechanical problems put him in the pits early -transmission one week and suspension the other.

The 23-year old out of Gainesville got it right Saturday, leading the way all 30 laps in his black No. 1 car.

Blum started outside row one and sped to the lead as polesitter LeRoy Donaldson got off to slow start, bottling up the field.

Shelton Bowers broke clean into second in the 32 car and chased Blum the rest of the way.

Mike Baker finished third in the 02 car.

The Hornet division continues to grow by leaps and bounds.

The 4-cylinder buzz bombs are an inexpensive way to get into stock car racing. They are strictly stock, grass-roots racing machines driven by beginners.

This past Saturday, there were 13 Hornets racing at the high-banked 1/3-mile track.

They were broken into two races -front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive.

Cars took the green from a standing start ala Enduro racing and once again had to navigate the dog leg on the backstretch.

The front-wheel drive race was won by the 51 of Dustin Hughes. William O?Quinn was second in the 09 car, while Tim Swiggett took third in the 06.

The fans went wild as the cars of Swiggert and No. 7 hooked together around the track. Seven cars took the green.

The rear-wheel drive feature was five-cars strong.

Dan Cummings passed Lamar Smith on lap 6 and went on to take checkers.

In the 20-lap Thunder Stocks feature, Larry Welter Sr. gunned to the front on lap 1 and then had to hold off a late charge by the 53 car of Eric Gellman. Don Welter took third in the 80 car.

There were only three Super Stocks, but the action was tight between the 97 of Brent Cooper, the 58 of Larry Welter Sr. and the 69 of Tommy Ausburn. That-s how they finished the 10-lapper.