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Patterson Takes Butler Motor Speedway Win
The Northern All-Stars Late Model Series made it’s first ever visit to the state of Michigan on Saturday night, and Michigan native Kris Patterson, of St. Johns Michigan, came home the winner at the Butler Motor Speedway. Patterson’s second NALMS Win of the season saw the driver of the Lane Automotive/ Quality Cars / GRT Ford Mustang take home the $2,000 first place prize over Matt Miller, Scott James, Ernie Barrow, and Terry Eaglin.
The race started off with three different lead changes in the first four laps of the 30 lap main event with Terry Eaglin, Scott James, and Patterson exchanging the point in the early going of the race around the high banked 3/8th’s mile oval. Patterson, who started fourth darted around James on lap four to take the lead which he never relinquished, despite several close calls in heavy traffic, when Matt Miller put pressure on him.
Scott James would run in second behind Paterson, but Patterson began to pull away from the Lawrenceburg IN driver. A pair of caution flags slowed the field, and when green flag racing resumed, Patterson quickly built a five car length lead over James and a hard charging Matt Miller. Miller were duking it out for second place, in front of Ernie Barrow, Terry Eaglin, and Steve Barnett. On lap 15, Miller would get by James to take over second place. The top seven drivers then began tracking down the yellow #0 of Patterson who by now was dealing with lapped traffic. Miller closed to within a car length, but then brushed the outside wall on lap 20, and dropped back several carlengths. Miller got help though, when a caution came out with two laps to go for Steve Barnett's flat tire, putting him back on Patterson’s bumper. With a green, white, checker scenario upcoming, Patterson got a good jump, and pulled away for the win over, Miller, James, Ernie Barrow, and Terry Eaglin.
Patterson’s other victory this year, came at Barren County Speedway, in Glasgow Kentucky, and marked his 500th career victory.
Rounding out the top ten were Doug Ault, Bob Flinn, Butch Boggs, Dion Deaon (from his 19th starting place) and Terry Sroufe. Scott James set fast time of the 41 cars present. Heat Races were won by James, Patterson, Eaglin, and Miller. Mike Goodwin, and Jeff Riddell took semi feature victories.
The next appearance for the Northern All Stars at the Bulter Motor Speedway will be on Friday and Saturday, October 22 & 23.