Booper Bare used his considerable experience at VMS
to earn a trip to Victory Lane after his $3,000 Steel Block Bandit win.(Kevin Fisher)
Steel Block Bandits: Bare Takes
Bandit Checkers at Virginia Motor Speedway
JAMAICA, Va. – July 9. It had been a while since his last visit
to Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway but Booper Bare of Rockbridge Baths, Va.
still knew how to get around the half-mile speedplant.
A strong field of 44 cars showed up for the second visit by the
Steel Block Bandits to the speedway for the $3000 to win
"Firecracker 30". In what was a cautioned-filled 30-lap event, Bare used his knowledge of the speedway to
work the high side to perfection and get his first series win of 2011.
With Booper Bare holding sway over the field, #18 Rick
Hulson and #23 Derick Quade were left to settle second between themselves. Quade successfully made the pass
into second. (Kevin Fisher)
Booper Bare sets a fast pace en route to his Steel Block Bandit win on the
tour's second stop at Bill Sawyer's Virginia Motor Speedway. (Kevin Fisher)
Bare started on the outside of the front row. It didn’t take
long before he was in the lead and setting the pace. Bare took over the top spot with a power move to the
outside of Scott Adams out of turn two on lap four. Once out front, Bare showed his old VMS Championship
form. Over the final 25 laps Bare had to endure multiple cautions that allowed several competitors to take
shots at the lead.
On multiple occasions Kyle Lear made attempts to get inside
Bare, only to be turned away each time. Lear tried several times over the final three laps to get inside Bare
for the lead but Bare was too strong and would hold on to take the $3000 top prize in the "Firecracker
Davis Lipscombe manage to get around the outside of #7
D.J. Troutman to earn a ninth place showing just ahead of Troutman at the finish. (Kevin
Buddy Isles, Jr. leads Sean Merkel in B-Main action at
VMS. Merkel was able to move into the feature and advance to 13th in the feature field. (Kevin Fisher)
“It feels really good to be back here in victory lane, this team
worked extremely hard to fix the problems we were having with this car earlier today, if not for my crew I
would not be standing here tonight,” commented Bare in victory lane.
Steel Block Bandits Firecracker
1) Booper Bare, 2) Derick Quade, 3)
Rick Hulson, 4) Scott Adams, 5) Andy Fries, 6) Matt Howsare, 7) Stevie Long, 8) Kyle Merkel, 9) Davis
Lipscombe, 10) D.J. Troutman, 11) Rick Singleton, 12) Walker Arthur, 13) Sean Merkel, 14) Matt Cosner,
15) Kenny Moreland, 16) Ed Pope, 17) Wes Bonebrake, 18) David Williams, 19) Matt Marshall, 20) Tom
Cohick, 21) Bruce Kane, 22) David Puckett, 23) Ryan Hackett, 24) Tim Shelton, 25) Don
Fast Time (44 entries): Lear; Heat winners: Lear, Bare, Williams, Adams; B-Main
Kevin Fisher photo