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By David Green
PADUCAH – Car count was down; only seven UMP Late Model stock cars showed up at Paducah International Raceway Friday night for the track’s program, the first to include the premier division since the June 29 Summer Nationals race five weeks ago.
But the six drivers who started the 20-lap feature put on one of the best shows of the season, with Randy Sellars taking the lead in a three-abreast battle on lap 16 and holding the advantage to the checkered flag.
Benton’s Terry English was second and Jeff Walston, who led most of the first 15 laps on the 3/8-mile high-banked dirt oval after a back-and-forth battle with English’s son, Tanner, was third.
Tanner English started on the pole and led the first four laps before slowing with a deflating right rear tire. Walston moved underneath him and took first place on the fifth lap and Terry English took second place three laps later.
Tanner English went to the infield for a new tire the next lap, and with the short field, he didn’t fall far behind Walston. But the six-car field was competitive and it took six laps for the young driver to work his way back to fourth place, where he finished.
At the same time, up front Terry English and Sellars – both former UMP national champions – were engaged in a heated battle for second place that eventually put them on the rear bumper of the leader.
On the 16th circuit, Sellars powered off Turn 4 on the low side and took the lead from Walston, with English in hot pursuit on Walston’s right flank.
Terry English got past Walston for second as the white flag waved on lap 19.
The program was only the 10th out of 19 nights of racing that the Late Models have been on the card.
The next Late Model appearance is the annual running Aug. 24 of the track’s signature event, the USA World 50.