Natural Bridge Speedway
Leavell wins SBB event at Natural Bridge
Joey Leavell of Waynesboro, Va. scored a $2,000 victory in Friday night’s 30-lap Steel Block Bandits feature at Natural Bridge Speedway earning his second-career victory on the Limited Late Model touring series.
Greg Roberson of Waynesboro, Va., scored the runner-up finish with Andy Fries of Mercersburg, Pa., third. Denny Bonebrake of Hagerstown, Md., finished fourth with two-time, defending series champion Walker Arthur of Forest, Va., rounding out the race’s top five finishers.
Leavell started sixth while the polesitting Fried led most of the race. After a lap-11 caution when J.R. Overstreet smacked the turn-one wall — he destroyed the left side of his car but was uninjured — Leavell lined up behind Fries and began working on the leader. Leavell made the winning pass on the 22nd lap and pulled away to win by nearly three seconds.
Notes: Leavell’s Barry Wright Race Car is sponsored by Outback Steakhouse, R.D. Via Enterprises, Martin’s Drywall, Ace Machining, AFCO Racing Shocks and B&M Products. … Leavell’s previous SBB victory came on June 18, 2010 at Beckley Motorsports Park. … The race was the first leg of a weekend doubleheader for the tour, which moves to Eastside Speedway in Waynesboro, Va., Saturday night for a $1,500-to-win event.
SBB @ Natural Bridge: (1) Joey Leavell, (2) Greg Roberson, (3) Andy Fries, (4) Denny Bonebrake, (5) Walker Arthur, (6) J.T. Spence, (7) Justin Williams, (8) Justin Fulton, (9) Billy Beachler, (10) Glenn Elliott, (11) Tyler Armstrong, (12) Ricky Knight, (13) Walker Crouch, (14) Josh Roberson, (15) Doug Jones, (16) Petie Coffey, (17) Ricky Almond, (18) Ricky Wells, (19) Tommy Hoy, (20) Tim Stalnaker, (21) J.R. Overstreet, (22) Wes Bonebrake, (23) Philip Woods, (24) Chris Barger. Scratched: Kris Eaton, Eddie Groome. Fast qualifier (among 26 cars): Leavell, 15.509 seconds.
Corrections: Fixes hometowns of Fries and Bonebrake.