By Phil Whipple, RaceOnTexas.com Staff Writer. Photo from: Comp Cams Super Dirt Series Facebook
GREENWOOD, Louisiana (July 3, 2021) — Touring series veteran Kyle Beard, regional Late Model standout Jamie Burford and local open-wheel pilot Skeet Amason won their respective A Mains, as officials at Boothill Speedway hosted the Comp Cams Super Dirt Series (CCSDS) on Saturday.
Beard prevailed in a caution-plagued Firecracker 40 for the visiting CCSDS Super Late Models; Burford led all 20 laps of the Frazier Accounting Crate Late Model feature, while Amason rolled to victory in the LED4Life Limited Modified A Main.
Neil Kemp (Granger Equipment Factory Stock); Trent Humphrey (Pro Mods); and Justin Converse (FWD) were also feature winners on a busy night of racing at the popular Louisiana oval.
Beard, of Trumann, Arkansas, held off a hard-charging BJ Robinson for top honors in the SLM tilt. Robinson was gaining ground in the closing laps yet settled for second, while 'Flyin' Brian Rickman finished third. Reigning series champion Logan Martin and Morgan Bagley completed the top five.
“Once I got out in front, I just tried to stay focused, hit my marks and not make any mistakes,” Beard, a two-time series champion, said in Victory Lane after his second win of 2021. “When you have a guy like BJ behind you, you can't afford to make even one wrong move. This one feels pretty good.
“The lapped cars made me a little nervous at times, but they all gave me plenty of room to get past. The car was good here tonight, now hopefully we can carry this momentum through the next few races.”
Robinson was pleased with his performance in front of a packed grandstand in his home state.
“The restarts were definitely a little wild tonight,” he said. “The first two times, I got a jump on Brian (Rickman), and then he got the jump on me. I really didn't know whether to pick the bottom or the top when I was in second. Kyle was better tonight,and the lapped cars were a little tough out there tonight.”
Finishing sixth through 10th in the CCSDS Firecracker 40 were Scott Crigler, Brayden Proctor, Jon Mitchell, Ray Kulhanek and Hunter Rasdon. Five cautions slowed the pace, none for serious incidents. Mitchell started last on the 21-car grid and did an amazing job coming up through the field, as did Kulhanek, who started 16th in the talent-filled event.
Rickman, Beard and Martin won their respective qualifying heats in convincing fashion.
Burford, of Keatchie, La., powered around the outside of pole-sitter David Winslett at the start and pulled steadily away for top honors. Winslett gave chase throughout yet settled for second, while Garrett Gibson filled out the podium. Tim Eaves and Beau Begnaud rounded out the top five.
Finishing sixth through 10th in the Frazier Accounting Crate Late Model A Main were Chad Dupont, Tony Lindsey, Tim Eaves Jr., Clayton Stuckey and Waylon Morris. Only one caution slowed the pace when Austin Dupont put his No. 57A machine into the spin cycle. The Crate Lates are always fast and clean at Boothill.
Amason, of New Boston, Texas, checked out on the LED4Life Limited Modified field in short order. Red-hot sensation Colby Mewborn worked his way from seventh on the grid to claim second, while Steven Guidry filled out the podium in third.
Ricky Ingalls and Joe Wilhelm Jr. finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Only a pair of cautions slowed the pace, both for minor spins.
Eighteen cars took the green flag, including Boothill regular Mark Underwood Jr., who finished ninth in the feature after 'tying the knot' earlier in the day. All of us at RaceOnTexas wish Mark and his new bride Alex the very best in the future.
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Boothill Speedway returns to action on Saturday, July 17, when the Advanced Power Coatings Weekly Racing Series takes the green flag once again.