Bowers back in victory lane

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By Claude Lewis

It had been some time since Shelton Bowers last won in Sportsman at Bronson Motor Speedway -week two to be exact.

In between, he's survived more than his share of accidents and mechanical trouble.

This past Saturday night, the mojo was back in Bowers'pit.

The Trenton driver took the 32 car to the front early and hung on for victory in the 30-lap feature.

Late in the race, Bowers was pressed by the 08 of William Edwards, but the 32 zoomed to the checkered a couple of car lengths ahead of the Gainesville driver.

Earlier, it was a three-car race with the 1 of Matt Blum on the tail of Edwards. But something let go in the 1 car's suspensin on lap 11 and he had to call it a night.

The only other threat in the race came when a heavily smoking 0 car of Mike Bates slicked up the track a bit. Caution was thrown and he was black flagged.

Bowers came into the night first in points and he did nothing to hurt that standing.

Jim Higgenbotham was third in the 76 car.

Mike Baker, who had won four of the last five in the 02 car, took the night off from the high banked 1/3-mile track.

A decent-sized crowd showed up to watch the short-track racing despite another Saturday night NASCAR TV event.

The 4-cylinder Hornet division continues to grow at Bronson Motor Speedway.

This week, they had a new twist, as a little touvh of road course was added. In covering 15 laps, the Hornets had to navigate a backstretch dogleg.

Dan Cummings was the winner in the 3 car. Tim Hagen was second in the 25. Lamar Smith was third in the 2 car.

In Super Stocks, it was Brent Cooper and everyone else. Cooper won the 25-lap feature with relative ease after passing Tommy Ausburn on lap 8. Ausburn had passed polesitter Hall Robertson on lap 3. In the end, Larry Welter Jr. got around Ausburn for second place.

The Thunder Stocks had a 20-lap feature. Polesitter Howard Brody wasted no time spinning early.

On lap 13, Larry Welter passed Don Welter for the lead. They finished that way. Larry Welter Sr. took third.

In the end, there were four cars freight-training -Larry Welter Jr.-s 85x, Don Welter's 80, Larry Welter Sr.'s 85 and Bobby "The Chief"Taylor's 63.