InsideDirtRacing.com will be providing nolive updates for the Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series race from Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC on Sunday afternoon, March 5, 2017. These updates are being provided by Richard Allen( @RichardAllenIDR on Twitter).
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Classes in action: Southern All Stars for $10,000-to-win.
*Please Note: These updates will focus solely on the Southern All Stars race.
General Information: This race will serve as the season opener for the Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series.
Weather is expected to be good with temperatures in the lower 70s and little chance of rain.
1:00- Drivers being called to the drivers meeting.
1:45- Hot laps for all classes underway.
2:25- Super Late Model qualifying about to begin.
Photos: I often post pictures on my @RichardAllenIDR Twitter account if you would like to take a look.
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Southern All Stars Super Late Models
Car Count: 38 cars
Drivers Here: 1- Brent Dixon, 1a- Austin Hubbard, 1c- Kenny Collins, 2- Dennis Franklin, 5- Don O’Neal, 7- Josh Langley, 09- Johnny Pursley, 9- Billy Lambert, 10- Tommy Taylor, 14- Darrell Lanigan, 17- Brian Carswell, 17r- Brad Skinner, 18- Brent Hamm, 22- Chris Ferguson, 22- GR Smith, 24- Mitchell Brown, 29- Jason Welshan, 35- Tristan Sealy, 41- TJ Reaid, 42- Doug Sanders, 44- Chris Madden, 44- Clint Smith, 49- Jonathan Davenport, 57- Zack Mitchell, 60- Jim Manka, 77- Brian Conner, 89- Justin Williams, 93- Donald Bradsher, 98- Eric Hickerson, 99- Shawn Jones, 101- Casey Roberts, 111- Bo Shirley, 116- Brandon Overton, 157- Mike Marlar, 281- Kyle Pierce, 421- Anthony Sanders, 618- Kevin Wilson
*Driver list is incomplete and unofficial until after the drivers meeting.
Qualifying Results: No one will be locked into the feature from qualifying. Everyone will heat race.
Group A Results- 1. Marlar (15.570), 2. Madden, 3. Ferguson, 4. Lanigan, 5. O’Neal, 6. Overton, 7. Welshan, 8. Roberts
Group B Results- 1. Pursley (16.008), 2. Bailes, 3. Williams, 4. Davenport, 5. Mitchell, 6. A Sanders, 7. Reaid, 8. Brown
*Davenport made fairly significant wall contact on his first qualifying lap.
Heat Race Results: There will be four heat races with the top-4 from each transferring to the feature.
Heat 1 Lineup- 1. Marlar, 2. Ferguson, 3. O’Neal, 4. Welshan, 5. Hamm, 6. GR Smith, 7. Shirley, 8. Carswell, 9. Sealy, 10. Skinner
Heat 1 Finish- 1. Marlar, 2. Welshan, 3. O’Neal, 4. Ferguson
Marlar led all the way. O’Neal and Hamm got together and spun on lap 2 but O’Neal was able to drive back up to third.
Heat 2 Lineup- 1. Madden, 2. Lanigan, 3. Overton, 4. Roberts, 5. C Smith, 6. Langley, 7. Collins, 8. Conner, 9. Taylor
Heat 2 Finish- 1. Overton, 2. Lanigan, 3. Madden, 4. C Smith
*Madden and Lanigan slipped up in turn 3 while racing each other for the lead on lap 2. That allowed Overton to get by both.
Heat 3 Lineup- 1. Pursley, 2. J Williams, 3. Mitchell, 4. Reaid, 5. Horton, 6. Franklin, 7. Hickerson, 8. Dixon, 9. Pierce, 10. Wilson
Heat 3 Finish- 1. J Williams, 2. Pursley, 3. Franklin, 4. Dixon
*After a couple of side-by-side laps, Williams took the lead over Pursley and drove on to the win.
Heat 4 Lineup- 1. Bailes, 2. Davenport, 3. A Sanders, 4. Brown, 5. D Sanders, 6. Hubbard, 7. Manka, 8. Lambert, 9. Thomas
Heat 4 Finish- 1. Bailes, 2. Davenport, 3. Brown, 4. D Sanders
*It took multiple attempts to get that going. Once it went green, Bailes led all the way.
B-main 1 Finish- 1. Roberts, 2. Shirley, 3. Skinner
B-main 2 Finish- 1. Reaid, 2. Horton, 3. Mitchell
Feature Lineup- 1. Marlar, 2. Overton, 3. Williams, 4. Bailes, 5. Welshan, 6. Lanigan, 7. Pursley, 8. Davenport, 9. O’Neal, 10. Madden, 11. Franklin, 12. Brown, 13. Ferguson, 14. C Smith, 15. Dixon, 16. D Sanders, 17. Roberts, 18. Reaid, 19. Shirley, 20. Horton, 21. Skinner, 22. Mitchell
6:35- A little final track prep and the feature will be ready to roll.
6:45- Feature lined up and ready to roll.
6:51- Four wide!
6:53- Green flag!
Lap 8 caution. Marlar took the early lead. Overton now second after passing Williams on lap 2. Williams is third followed by Bailes, Lanigan, Welshan, Davenport, Madden, O’Neal
Lap 10 caution for car stopped on track. Marlar still leads Overton but Bailes is now third ahead of Williams, Davenport, Lanigan, O’Neal, Welshan, Madden.
Lap 22 caution for a car stopped on track. Marlar continues to lead but Overton is applying pressure. Bailes, Williams, Davenport, Lanigan, O’Neal, Madden follow.
Lap 25 caution as Sealy goes for a wild ride on the front stretch. Marlar still leads Overton, Bailes, Williams, Davenport, Lanigan, O’Neal, Madden, Ferguson, Welshan, Pursley.
Lap 34 caution. Bailes made a big move on the last restart to get around both Overton and Marlar. Bailes leads Marlar, Overton, Davenport, Williams, Lanigan, Madden, Ferguson, O’Neal, Roberts, Franklin, Welshan
Lap 52 caution for Ferguson. Overton had just passed Bailes for the lead but the lap didn’t get scored. Bailes leads Overton, Marlar, Davenport, Madden
Marlar took second back on the final restart. Davenport got around Overton for third with three to go.
Feature Results: 1. Bailes, 2. Marlar, 3. Davenport, 4. Overton, 5. Madden, 6. O’Neal, 7. Williams, 8. Lanigan, 9. Roberts, 10. Franklin, 11. Reaid, 12. Mitchell, 13. Welshan, 14. Brown, 15. Shirley, 16. C Smith, 17. Horton, 18. Dixon, 19. Ferguson, 20. Pursley, 21. Taylor, 22. Sealy, 23. D Sanders, 24. Skinner
*Ryan Atkins wins the SECA feature for Crate Late Models over Trent Ivey and Dillon Brown.