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Booper Bare VL at Virginia Motor Speedway


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


Dave Seay


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. 


Rick Hulson and Derick Quade at Virginia Motor Speedway

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 at Virginia Motor Speedway 
 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 30". 


Dj. Troutman and Davis Lipscombe at Virginia Motor Speedway

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 Fisher)


Buddy Isles and Sean Merkel at Virginia Motor Speedway Steel Block Bandits

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 30
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 Woodruff
Fast Time (44 entries): Lear; Heat winners: Lear, Bare, Williams, Adams; B-Main winner: Kane

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