Wil Herrington survives challenging night for Spring Nats win at Senoia

Wil Herrington

Wil Herrington survived a challenging night in the Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals at Senoia Raceway on Saturday night. It was the second of a two-race weekend for the Ray Cook-promoted mini series.

The Rocket Chassis driver from Hawkinsville, Georgia picked up $10,053 for his efforts on the track located in Senoia, Georgia in a race shown live by FloRacing.com.

A total of 43 cars were signed in for competition.

Qualifying Results:

Group A Results- 1. Mike Marlar(13.803), 2. Brandon Overton, 3. Wil Herrington, 4. Dalton Cook, 5. Sam Seawright

Group B Results- 1. Ashton Winger(13.936), 2. Shane Clanton, 3. Parker Martin Jr., 4. John Henderson, 5. Payton Freeman

***Due to difficult track conditions, several drivers and teams opted not to race beyond qualifying.

Heat 1 Results: 1. Wil Herrington, 2. Benji Hicks, 3. Chuck Southard, 4. Caden Mullinax

Heat 2 Results: 1. Carson Ferguson, 2. David McCoy, 3. Dalton Cook

Heat 3 Results: 1. Payton Freeman, 2. Ashton Winger, 3. Parker Martin Jr., 4. Dylan Knowles, 5. Kenny Collins, 6. Jimmy Sharpe Jr., 7. Skip Freeman, 8. Jon Lee

Heat 4 Results: 1. Ross Bailes, 2. Haiden Cowan, 3. Austin Horton, 4. Bailey Williams

Feature Re-cap: At the start of the 53-lap feature it was Herrington taking the lead with Winger, Hicks, Ferguson and Bailes trailing. Freeman passed by Bailes to take fifth on lap 3 then moved up to third by lap 4. 

At the front, Herrington and Winger fought over the race lead as they caught slower traffic on lap 5. But a lap 6 for cars stalled on the track slowed the action. On the restart, Martin entered the top-5 by bolted up to fourth.

Winger wrested the lead away from Herrington on lap 8 as both cars bounced through the bumps all around the track. Winger began to pull away from Herrington and Freeman by lap 13. However, Winger’s night would end suddenly on lap 14 when he banged into the turn four wall damaging the front end of his machine.

Winger’s misfortune elevated Herrington to the lead followed by Freeman, Martin, Cowan and Bailes. At that point, Spring Nationals director Ray Cook announced that the feature would be cut to 35 laps.

By lap 18, Herrington had built a relatively comfortable lead over Freeman, Martin and Bailes. Freeman, Martin and Bailes were engaged in a close fight for positions 2-4.

Freeman bobbled on lap 27 allowing Martin to grab second. Freeman regained the runner-up spot on lap 30 with Herrington continuing to show the way on the rough track.

Just before the white flag was to wave, Freeman slowed from second to bring out a yellow flag setting up a green/white/checkered finish. Herrington led Martin and Bailes as those were the only cars remaining on the lead lap.

Herrington was able to hold back the advances of Martin and Bailes to claim his first career Spring Nationals win.

Feature Results: 1. Wil Herrington, 2. Ross Bailes, 3. Parker Martin Jr.

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