Live Updates: Southern All Stars at Cherokee Speedway(3-7-21)

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InsideDirtRacing.com will be providing live updates from the $10,000-to-win ‘March Madness’ Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series-sanctioned event at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC on Sunday, March 7, 2021. The 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 event will be the ‘Rockin in the Smokies’ event featuring a $5,000-to-win Southern All Stars race for Super Late Models as well as a $5,000-to-win Steel Block Bandits race for Limited Late Models. This event will take place on April 17, 2021.

General Information:

Weather is expected to be cool with little to no chance for rain.

The drivers meeting is slated to begin at 12:30pm with hot laps and racing action to follow soon afterwards.

The March Madness Southern All Stars race will be 50 laps for $10,000.

This is the first Southern All Stars race of the 2021 season.

Billy Franklin won last year’s Southern All Stars title ahead of Mark Dodson, Sam Seawright, Josh Putnam and Ashton Winger.

Dale McDowell is the defending March Madness champion.

1:00- Hot laps for all classes underway.

Please also consider reading: Dueling agendas at work in SAS opener at Cherokee

Live Updates:

Southern All Stars

Car Count: 40 cars

Drivers Here: 00- Dalton Polston, 1- Tyler Erb, F1- Payton Freeman, 2- Dennis Franklin, 6- Dillon Brown, 6jr- Parker Martin, 6- Chris Blackwell, 6R- Robbie Stewart, 8- Kyle Strickler, D8- Dustin Mitchell, 9- Johnny Pursley, 11K- Austin Kirkpatrick, 14- Josh Richards, 17- Billy Franklin, 17v- Tim Vance, 18- Casey Turman, 19R- Ryan Gustin, 20- Jimmy Owens, 20H- Bryson Harper, 22- Chris Ferguson, 22F- Austin Franklin, 23- Mike Rouse, 24D- Michael Brown, J27- Jay Scott, 27H- Justin Hudspeth, 32- Mark Dodson, 39- Tim McCreadie, 40B- Kyle Bronson, 44- Stewart Friesen, 49- Jonathan Davenport, 52- Josh Richeson, 54- David Breazeale, 57- Zack Mitchell, 57- Adam Yarbrough, 58- Ross Bailes, 70- Jeff Smith, 71- Hudson O’Neal, 76- Brandon Overton, 79- Daulton Wilson, 88- Trent Ivey

Qualifying Results: There will be two qualifying groups.

Group A Results- 1. Overton(15.279), 2. Davenport, 3. Bronson, 4. Richards, 5. M Brown, 6. A Franklin, 7. Owens, 8. Ivey, 9. McCreadie, 10. J Smith

Group B Results- 1. Z Mitchell(15.557), 2. Strickler, 3. Harper, 4. B Franklin, 5. Erb, 6. Freeman, 7. Friesen, 8. D Brown, 9. Gustin, 10. Rouse

Heat Race Results: There will be four heats with the top-4 from each transferring to the feature.

Heat 1 Lineup- 1. Overton, 2. Bronson, 3. M Brown, 4. Owens, 5. McCreadie, 6. D Mitchell, 7. Bailes, 8. Polston, 9. Blackwell, 10. Turman

Heat 1 Finish- 1. Overton, 2. Owens, 3. McCreadie, 4. Bronson … Bailes, Polston

Heat 2 Lineup- 1. Z Mitchell, 2. Harper, 3. Erb, 4. Friesen, 5. Gustin, 6. Stewart, 7. O’Neal, 8. Richeson, 9. Hudspeth, 10. D Franklin

Heat 2 Finish- 1. Z Mitchell, 2. Friesen, 3. Erb, 4. Harper … Gustin, O’Neal

Heat 3 Lineup- 1. Davenport, 2. Richards, 3. A Franklin, 4. Ivey, 5. Smith, 6. Kirkpatrick, 7. D Wilson, 8. Scott, 9. Dodson, 10. Vance

Heat 3 Finish- 1. Davenport, 2. Richards, 3. Ivey, 4. A Franklin … Kirkpatrick, Smith

Heat 4 Lineup- 1. Strickler, 2. B Franklin, 3. Freeman, 4. D Brown, 5. Rouse, 6. Yarbrough, 7. Martin, 8. Pursley, 9. Breazeale, 10. Ferguson

Heat 4 Finish- 1. Strickler, 2. Freeman, 3. D Brown, 4. B Franklin … Rouse, Yarbrough

B-main Results:

B-main 1 Finish- 1. Bailes, 2. D Mitchell, 3. D Wilson

B-main 2 Finish- 1. Gustin, 2. Rouse, 3. O’Neal

Feature Notes:

Feature Lineup- 1. Overton, 2. Z Mitchell, 3. Davenport, 4. Strickler, 5. Owens, 6. Friesen, 7. Richards, 8. Freeman, 9. McCreadie, 10. Erb, 11. Ivey, 12. D Brown, 13. Bronson, 14. Harper, 15. A Franklin, 16. B Franklin, 17. Bailes, 18. Gustin, 19. D Mitchell, 20. Rouse, 21. D Wilson, 22. O’Neal, 23. Dodson, 24. Scott

6:12- Feature rolling out. 60 laps for $10,000.

6:20- Track prep and driver introductions underway.

6:24- Engines have fired. Keep in mind that tires almost always come into play late in races here at Cherokee.

6:26- Four wide!

6:29- Green flag!

Lap 10- Overton leads Davenport, Z Mitchell, Owens, Strickler, Friesen, Freeman, Richards

Halfway- Top-6 of Overton, Davenport, Z Mitchell, Owens, Strickler, Friesen tight.

Lap 30 caution for Dustin Mitchell slow on track. Same order as above.

Bronson pits from 13th for tires.

Lap 45- Overton leads Davenport, Owens, Z Mitchell, Friesen, Strickler

Lap 56 caution for flat on Harper. Still Overton leading Davenport, Owens, Z Mitchell, Friesen, Strickler, Ivey, Freeman, Richards, Gustin, D Brown, McCreadie

Feature Results: 1. Overton, 2. Davenport, 3. Owens, 4. Z Mitchell, 5. Friesen, 6. Ivey, 7. Freeman, 8. Strickler, 9. Richards, 10. Gustin, 11. D Brown, 12. McCreadie, 13. Bailes, 14. O’Neal, 15. Bronson, 16. Erb, 17. D Wilson, 18. B Franklin, 19. Harper, 20. A Franklin, 21. D Mitchell, 22. Rouse, 23. Scott, 24. Dodson

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series star Stewart Friesen among those expected at Cherokee

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