If there’s a race at 411 Motor Speedway, Cory Hedgecock has to be considered a favorite to win. And that’s exactly what he did on Saturday afternoon in the Super Late Model portion of the Sweetheart event. The No. 23 car started from the pole position and went on to lead all the way in a race that featured a long stretch of green flag laps.
The Black Diamond Race Cars driver from Loudon, Tennessee picked up $5,000 for his efforts at the 3/8 mile track located in Seymour, Tennessee.
A total of 38 cars were signed in for competition.
Group A Qualifying Results:(Top-6 Locked into Feature) 1. Cory Hedgecock(14.835), 2. Jensen Ford, 3. Forrest Trent, 4. Jed Emert, 5. John Llewellyn, 6. Jordy Nipper
Group B Qualifying Results: Sam Seawright(14.982), 2. Heath Hindman, 3. Christian Hanger, 4. Dalton Cook, 5. Josh Henry, 6. Clay Coghlan
Heat 1 Finish(Top-5 transfer): 1. Wil Herrington, 2. Barrett Lowe, 3. John Ownbey, 4. Kyle Lear, 5. Pete Crum
Heat 2 Finish: 1. Mack McCarter, 2. Josh Putnam, 3. Ryan King, 4. Cameron Weaver, 5. Shane Bailey
Feature Account: When the green flag initially waved over the 40-lap feature a multi-car spin involving the likes of Hanger, Hindman and Cook immediately slowed the action. Because the mishap involved more than one car, the lineup was restart was returned to the way it had been.
The race would then see 36 consecutive laps of green flag action as Hedgecock jumped to the lead with Seawright assume second while Hindman, Ford and Hanger rounded out the top-5. Ford went on the move in the early going as he challenged Hindman for third on lap 3. The No. 83 car would soon grab the position.
The top-2 of Hedgecock and Seawright began to slip away from the pack by lap 10 as slower traffic began to come into play. Hedgecock and Seawright ran around the top of the track in the race’s first half while Ford worked the lower groove.
Further back, Cook entered the top-5 by passing Hanger. At the same time, Herrington had risen from his 11th starting position to seventh.
Cook continued to move forward as he took fourth from Hindman on lap 23. Meanwhile, Hedgecock continued to lead while Ford closed in on Seawright for second. On lap 25, the reigning Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Series champion made his way by Seawright to claim the runner-up spot.
Hedgecock found himself mired in heavy traffic on lap 28 but he was able to negotiate well enough that his pursuers were unable to close.
A lap 36 caution for the spinning car of Weaver set up a late dash for the finish. But ultimately, no one was able to corral the leader which allowed Hedgecock to sail under the checkered flag to score the victory.
Click on the play button below to listen to a post-race interview with feature winner Cory Hedgecock:
Feature Finish: 1. Cory Hedgecock, 2. Jensen Ford, 3. Dalton Cook, 4. Sam Seawright, 5. Heath Hindman, 6. Wil Herrington, 7. Josh Henry, 8. Jed Emert, 9. Forrest Trent, 10. Christian Hanger, 11. Barrett Lowe, 12. Jordy Nipper, 13. Josh Putnam, 14. Ryan King, 15. John Ownbey, 16. Shane Bailey, 17. Kyle Lear, 18. Pete Crum, 19. Cameron Weaver, 20. Mack McCarter, 21. John Llewellyn, 22. Clay Coghlan
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