Bronson Romps To Golden Isles Glory

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Kyle Bronson (40) and Tyler Erb, shown in February, finished one-two Wednesday at Golden Isles Speedway. (Mike Ruefer photo)
Kyle Bronson (40) and Tyler Erb, shown in February, finished one-two Wednesday at Golden Isles Speedway. (Mike Ruefer photo)

WAYNESVILLE, Ga. — Kyle Bronson took advantage of some late-race misfortune on lap 30 and went on to lead the final 10 laps on Wednesday night at Golden Isles Speedway.

The win marks his fourth career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory.

Bronson was running third when leader Devin Moran broke in turn four and made contact with second-place Josh Richards. Richards’ car sustained a flat right-front tire, which forced him to the pits for a tire change. Moran went to the pits as his night was done.

Bronson pulled away from Tyler Erb to pick up his first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season and become the seventh different driver to win in 10 events. Bronson’s winning margin over Erb was 1.939 seconds.

Tuesday’s winner, Jimmy Owens, saw his streak of wins end with a third-place finish. Shane Clanton came home in fourth and the hard charger of the race, Tim McCreadie, was fifth.

The 29-year-old Florida racer started 11th in a stout field of entrants.

“It was kind of tough out there tonight,” Bronson said. “I hate what happened when Moran broke and Josh got into him. It was one of those days when we had a pretty good car, and everything fell our way. I felt like we lost a bunch of races during Speedweeks in February when we had really good cars and things didn’t go our way and I felt like today everything just fell in place.”

Erb’s runner-up finish moved him to third in the standings behind Brandon Sheppard and Tim McCreadie.

“It was tough out there. The top was so fast at the beginning,” Erb said. “I made up some time on the bottom. All those guys were just flirting with disaster on that top and Kyle is really good at running the top. Once he got ahead of me on that last restart, I knew I was in trouble. You have to get those guys on the restart. We are just really happy to finish second tonight.”

Entering the race night Owens had won six out of his last seven starts overall and came home third.

“I am pretty happy with third tonight,” Owens said. “We tried some stuff to make the car a little better and I think we made it worse. With all of that rainwater on it, it never got slick. It was probably faster tonight than it has been since we got here. We just missed it. We expected it to be a lot slicker than it was. It was just hammer down all night long.”

The finish:

Kyle Bronson, Tyler Erb, Jimmy Owens, Shane Clanton, Tim McCreadie, Steven Roberts, Jonathan Davenport, Mason Zeigler, Brandon Sheppard, Rick Eckert, Hudson O’Neal, Dennis Erb Jr., Billy Moyer Jr., Earl Pearson Jr., Brian Shirley, Josh Richards, Shanon Buckingham, G.R. Smith, Tanner English, John Baker, Brandon Overton, Tyler Bruening, Devin Moran, Max Blair, Michael Norris, Stormy Scott.