InsideDirtRacing.com will be providing live updates from the Southern All-Star Dirt Racing Series-sanctioned $10,000-to-win March Madness event at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC on Sunday, March 6, 2022. These updates will be provided by Richard Allen(@RichardAllenIDR on Twitter and @RichardAllenIDR on Instagram).
These updates are brought to you by Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tenn. The next race scheduled for SMS will be dual $5,000-to-win ‘Rockin With the Stars’ features for the Southern All-Stars Dirt Late Model Series and the Steel Block Bandits Late Model Series on April 23rd. Also, be sure to make plans now to attend the $50,000-to-win Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event on the weekend of June 17-18, 2022.
Weather Forecast: Sunny with daytime highs in the 70’s and nighttime lows in the 50’s.
Time: The drivers meeting is slated for 12:30
Feature Payout: $10,000(50 laps)
Track Description: 4/10 mile clay oval
Other Classes: 604 Late Models, Street Stocks, Thunder Bomber and Pro-4
Live Stream: FloRacing.com
Pre-race Notes: Ross Bailes won the Southern All-Stars opener at Screven Motor Speedway earlier this year.
Brandon Overton has entered two races this weekend(Spring Nats at Swainsboro & Iron-Man/Ultimate at Smoky Mountain) and won both.
12:45- Driver meeting underway.
1:00- Hot laps for all classes underway.
Please consider also reading:
Southern All-Star Dirt Late Models
Car Count: 23 cars
Drivers Here: 1c- Kenny Collins, 2- Dennis Franklin, 5- Corey Gordon, 8- Kyle Strickler, 11- David Duke, 11K- Austin Kirkpatrick, 16- Ben Watkins, 16D- Daulton Wilson, 17- Tim Vance, 18- Matt Dooley, 20H- Bryson Harper, 22- Chris Ferguson, 41- Jay Sessions, 44- Chris Madden, 49- Jonathan Davenport, 55- Benji Hicks, 69- Carder Miller, 79- Ross Bailes, 88- Trent Ivey, 93- Carson Ferguson, 97- Cody Overton, 157- Mike Marlar
Qualifying Results: There will be two qualifying groups.
Group A Results- 1. Chris Ferguson(15.359), 2. Chris Madden, 3. Austin Kirkpatrick, 4. Kyle Strickler, 5. Carder Miller, 6. Benji Hicks, 7. Kenny Collins, 8. Corey Gordon, 9. David Duke, 10. Jay Sessoms, 11. Daulton Wilson, 12. Matt Dooley
Group B Results- 1. Jonathan Davenport(15.620), 2. Mike Marlar, 3. Brandon Overton, 4. Carson Ferguson, 5. Trent Ivey, 6. Ben Watkins, 7. Ross Bailes, 8. Dennis Franklin, 9. Cody Overton, 10. Bryson Harper, 11. Tim Vance
Heat Race Results: There will be four heat races. Everyone will transfer to the feature.
Heat 1 Finish- 1. Chris Ferguson, 2. Carder Miller, 3. Daulton Wilson, 4. David Duke, 5. Austin Kirkpatrick, 6. Kenny Collins
*Crash on the first attempt as Collins, Kirkpatrick and Duke were involved in an incident.
Heat 2 Finish- 1. Jonathan Davenport, 2. Brandon Overton, 3. Ross Bailes, 4. Trent Ivey, 5. Cody Overton, 6. Tim Vance
Heat 3 Finish- 1. Chris Madden, 2. Kyle Strickler, 3. Benji Hicks, 4. Matt Dooley, 5. Corey Gordon, 6. Jay Sessoms
Heat 4 Finish- 1. Mike Marlar, 2. Carson Ferguson, 3. Ben Watkins, 4. Dennis Franklin, 5. Bryson Harper
Feature Lineup- 1. Chris Ferguson, 2. Davenport, 3. Madden, 4. Marlar, 5. Miller, 6. Brandon Overton, 7. Strickler, 8. Carson Ferguson, 9. Wilson, 10. Bailes, 11. Hicks, 12. Watkins, 13. Duke, 14. Ivey, 15. Dooley, 16. Franklin, 17. Kirkpatrick, 18. Cody Overton, 19. Gordon, 20. Harper, 21. Collins, 22. Vance, 23. Sessoms
3:40- They are going to take a few minutes for track prep. The green flag is scheduled for 4:00pm.
4:04- Feature rolling out. 50 laps for $10,000.
4:11- Four wide!
4:16- Green flag!
Lap 10- Ferguson leads Madden, Overton, Marlar, Davenport in traffic.
Lap 12 caution. Order same as above through the top-5 with Miller, Strickler, Carson Ferguson, Wilson and Bailes rounding out the top-10.
Lap 20- Ferguson leads Madden, Overton, Marlar, Davenport.
Lap 29 caution for slowing Gordon. Top-4 of Ferguson, Madden, Overton and Marlar we’re tight in traffic with everyone on the bottom. Davenport and Strickler had been fighting for 5th before the caution.
Flat tires seem to always become an issue in the second half of races here.
Lap 34 caution for slowing Franklin. Still Ferguson leading Madden, Overton, Marlar, Davenport, Strickler, Carson Ferguson, Miller.
Lap 42 caution for a flat tire on Top-10 running Miller. Ferguson leads Madden, Overton, Marlar, Strickler, Davenport, Carson Ferguson, Wilson, Watkins, Hicks
Watkins spins on the restart
Overton made a move on the restart and got to second but it was negated when Gordon stopped on track to bring out a caution. Still 8 to go.
Lap 48 caution for a flat on leader Chris Ferguson. Madden now leads Overton, Marlar, Davenport, Strickler.
Overton made an outside move on the restart but Madden closed the door. Just as white was about to come out Strickler spun.
Both Overtons have flat tires with one to go to bring out caution. Madden leads Marlar, Davenport, Wilson, Carson Ferguson, Watkins.
Feature Results: 1. Chris Madden, 2. Marlar, 3. Davenport, 4. Wilson, 5. Carson Ferguson, 6. Kirkpatrick, 7. Ivey, 8. Watkins, 9. Bailes, 10. Harper, 11. B Overton, 12. Chris Ferguson, 13. Strickler, 14. C Overton, 15. Dooley, 16. Vance, 17. Hicks, 18. Miller, 19. Gordon, 20. Collins, 21. Franklin, 22. Sessoms, 23. Duke