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Brad Skinner Finally Gets His First Southern All Star Win
RACE RECAP: LAWRENCEBURG, TN-Brad Skinner won the 2016 Southern All Stars Cruise with the Champions/Dirtondirt.com rookie of the year , but did not win a race in his first year with the series and learned about life traveling on the road to different tracks using different set ups and what will work and will not. Move to 2017, and even though he had not run all the races due to crashing cars and having to wait on new ones to get ready he changed all that luck Saturday night at Thunderhill Raceway in Lawrenceburg, TN., in front of a standing room only crowd as the hometown favorite started on the outside pole and battled with another local favorite David Seibers of Chapel Hill, TN., side by side for the top spot till lap 12 when Skinner used lapped traffic to his advantage to take over the lead. Seibers was not the only driver to try and get Skinner during the 40 lap event, Dane Dacus of Lakeland, TN., came from his 9th starting spot and finished a car length behind Skinner at the checkered flag. Four time Southern All Star champion Riley Hickman of Ooltewah, TN., made a early challenge to Skinner and finished in the third spot. The drive of the night came from Austin Horton of Newnan, GA., who won the B Main then started 11th and work the traffic to near perfection on a track he had never seen till Saturday and came home in 4th place. Seibers still looking for his first Southern All Star win with the series when it visit’s the area faded late in the race for a fifth place finish.
Finishing sixth thru tenth were Josh Putnam, Oakley Johns, T J Reaid, Eric Hickerson, Dean Carpenter.
RACE TIDBITS: Points leader Bo Shirley did not attend the event and lost the series points lead. Austin Horton now has the series lead as well as the rookie lead, Horton also had flat tire during qualifying costing him a chance to qualify, he then went on to win the B main. T J Reaid is now in second spot in series points with Tristan Sealy third. Dean Carpenter of Coldwater, MS., made his return to the series after a long layoff. Jay Brinkley of Shelbyville, TN., also returns to compete with the series after a long absence. John Minon of Adams, TN., broke a brake caliper in hot laps then missed qualifying, B main but made it out in time for the feature event. Charles Sealy of Moultrie, GA., 60 year old father of Tristan Sealy was back in a race car this weekend and came home 14th. Ray McElhiney of Pulaski, TN., qualified 3rd but fell out with mechanical problems. Two drivers failed to start Mark Dowdy of Waterloo, AL., broke a driveshaft and Tommy Taylor of Lascassas, TN., lost a motor.
Skinner’s Sponsors: Rocket Chassis/Dixon Plumbing/Lazy Hog Barbecue/Peterson & Sons/AFCO
Car Count: 19