- Sept. 10 - Natural Bridge Speedway by Sam Holbrooks


Steel Block Bandits: Roberson Wraps Shenandoah Valley Sweep at Natural Bridge Speedway

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NATURAL BRIDGE, Va. - Sept. 10. One night after securing his first Steel Block Bandit of the season at Eastside Speedway, Greg Roberson returned to action in the same car and swept the night of racing at Natural Bridge Speedway, and the weekend of racing as well.

With Roberson on the hot seat on the pole after a dominant night on Friday, one would expect him to get a hot start, and he did as Booper Bare took second at the start. Roberson once again pulled away from the field.

Matt Cosner had parlayed a great heat race effort into a great feature start and was running fourth when mechanical issues saw the left front wheel pointing in the wrong direction, Cosner continued but steadily lost positions before bringing out the first caution with 12 laps complete. The caution quickly flew again with 15 laps down when Rick Singleton slowed with a flat tire. He would return to the track after a quick tire change.

As the field then settled into a long green flag run, Roberson quickly pulled away from Booper Bare. Justin Williams and Wes Bonebrake followed behind, with points leader Walker Arthur and young Tanner Kerr battling hard behind them. The whole complexion of the points race changed with nine laps to go when Walker Arthur got into trouble in turn one and slid off the turn two banking and out of the park. Arthur would resume, but definitely allowing Bare to make up some points.

With nine to go, Roberson again pulled away from Bare and became the only SBB driver to win two in a row. Bare finished second with Justin Williams in third, Wes Bonebrake had a strong fourth place run while Tanner Kerr had a career night with a fifth place finish.  


Steel Block Bandits at Natural Bridge Speedway
1) Greg Roberson, 2) Booper Bare, 3) Justin Williams, 4) Wes Bonebrake, 5) Tanner Kerr, 6) David Watts, 7) Gerald Davis, 8) Joey Leavell, 9) Rick Singleton, 10) Andy Fries, 11) Walker Arthur, 12) Rick Hulson, 13) Matt Howsare, 14) Tim Stallnaker, 15) Kyle Merkel, 16) David Bennett, 17) Chris Barger, 18) John Robinson, 19) Michael Alderman, 20) David Puckett, 21) Charles Wyant, 22) Billy Beachler, 23) Sean Merkel, 24) Matt Cosner
Heat winners (31 entries): Roberson, Singleton, Bare; B-Main winner: Barger.


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