Justin Pirlo tilts precariously on two wheels at Lismore Speedway on Saturday night.
Justin Pirlo tilts precariously on two wheels at Lismore Speedway on Saturday night.

Steady Butcher cuts up field to claim main event

By Dennis Newlyn sport@northernstar.com.au MICHAEL BUTCHER scored his first main event win of the season when he took out the V8 Dirt Modified feature race at Lismore Speedway on Saturday night.

Butcher took full advantage of his upfront starting spot and was never headed.

Allan Jarvis filled the runner-up spot while third place was taken out by Phil McNamara.

Butcher drove a steady race throughout and always had control of the event.

Meanwhile, the Modified Production feature race, won by Max Clarke, produced some rough and tumble action.

Jason Jolly was the centre of controversy after he was sent to the rear of the field by officials for allegedly spinning another competitor.

Despite the setback, Jolly, an Australian champion in the Modified Production Sedan class, stormed through the field and back into contention.

He ultimately took a sensational third placing behind runner-up Jason Campbell in one of the big drives of the night.

An equally impressive performance was turned in by Brisbane’s Brock Dean in the speedcar feature.

Dean took the lead on the final corner as he raced to a thrilling victory.

Despite a disappointing entry list, the main event produced a thrilling dice for the lead between Darren Dillon and new Queensland champion Ken Stanaway.

Dillon and Stanaway went hard at it throughout before Dean swooped and scored the victory in the shadow of the chequered flag.

Meanwhile, Brian Mackney took out the street stock feature race while Kurt Wilson won the junior sedan main event and Trent Dhu emerged victorious in the four-cylinder sedan feature.



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