Austin Horton All Smiles After First Career Southern All Star Win
RACE RECAP: EASTABOGA, AL - The Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series presented by Max Fab made its annual spring NASCAR race weekend stop at the Talladega Short Track and the 2017 Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series Champion Austin Horton of Newnan, GA., finally got his first career series win. In 2017 Austin competed on the series full time and had numerous top five finishes but could never get that top spot, but his finishes got him the series championship last year. In 2018 he made his first race back with the series count as he held off challenges from three time Southern All Star Champion Ronnie Johnson and Michael Page to get the win.
The top three worked lapped traffic as they battled for the top spot and gave the huge crowd on had a great race as Johnson made several attempts to get by Horton but had to back off, but Johnson could not rest at Page was right there with them and was looking for either driver to make a mistake and give him the chance he would need to try and get the win.
Jason of Oxford, AL., came home in the third spot driving the Jason Lively car and fifth place belonged to Cory Hedgecock of Loudon, TN., in his first start with the series this year.
Finishing in position sixth through tenth were Riley Hickman of Ooltewah, TN., Jadon Frame of Decherd, TN., Terry Smith of Oxford, AL., Grant Pearl of Southside, AL., and Donald McIntosh of Blairsville, GA.
RACE TIDBITS: Jay Scott of Fayetteville, TN., continues to lead the series standings as he, Mark Dodson of Caledonia, MS., and Ray McElhiney of Pulaski, TN., were the only drivers in the top seven in series points to make the show.
Drivers that moved into the top ten in points after Talladega were Riley Hickman, Jadon Frame and Eric Hickerson
2015 Southern All Star Rookie of the Year Dillon Tidmore had to drop before qualifying as oil pump problems ended his night early.
Career first Southern All Star starts went to J T Seawright of Ft Payne, AL., and Dalton Polston of Lithia Springs, GA
A big thanks to all the fans, drivers crews for the great turn out of cars for the NASCAR Weekend events and look forward to the Southern All Stars next trip to Talladega Short Track which will be August 11th for the Governor’s Cup paying $10,000 to win and it will also be the 100th sanctioned event that has been held at Talladega Short Track over the 35 year history of the series.
The next Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series event will be the first stop of the season at the Senoia Raceway in Senoia, GA., the Mayhem on Saturday night May 19th paying $4,000 to win..
Horton Sponsors: Rocket Chassis/Wood Motorsports/Super K Express/Orr’s Towing/Vapes Gone Wild/G W Performance/Gray’s Pulp & Logging/Allstar Graphix//McCoons
Car Count: 41
SUNOCO RACE FUELS GROUP QUALIFYING: Group A: Austin Horton Group B: Ronnie Johnson
PPM Race Products B Mains: Dalton Polston; Josh Adkins; Riley Hickman; Tim Busha
AR Bodies Last Car Lead Lap: Kenny Collins
COR Suspensions 10th Place Finisher: Donald McIntosh
36 Racing & Fabrication Hard Charger: Donald McIntosh
Race Car Engineering Hard Luck Award: Eric Hickerson
BrakeOMeter 4th Place Finisher Award: Jason Hiett
Rugged Radios Communications Award: Jay Scott
Results Pending Tire Test: 1.Austin Horton; 2.Ronnie Johnson; 3.Michael Page; 4.Jason Hiett; 5.Cory Hedgecock; 6.Riley Hickman; 7.Jadon Frame; 8.Terry Smith; 9.Grant Pearl; 10.Donald McIntosh; 11.Jay Scott; 12.Josh Putnam; 13.Kenny Collins; 14.Ray McElhiney; 15.Mark Dodson; 16.J T Seawright; 17.Dallas Cooper; 18.Eric Granger; 19.Tim Roszell; 20.Dalton Polston; 21.Tim Busha; 22.T J Reaid; 23.Eric Hickerson; 24.Larry Harrod; 25.Josh Adkins
DNS: Daniel Jacques; Bret Holmes; Brandon Overton; Dillon Tidmore; Joseph Faulkner; Brad Skinner; Colton Miller; Jack Hale; Carlton Freeman; Lucas Burns; Luke Hoffner; Skip Freeman; Tristan Sealy; Tommy Taylor; James Roulette, Corey Roulette
For more information concerning the Southern All Stars contact Lynn Acklin - General Manager: 256-924-4546 www.sasdirt.com
2018 SOUTHERN ALL STAR POINTS STANDINGS PRESENTED BY MAXFAB:: 1.Jay Scott 314; 2.Mark Dodson 282; 3.Ray McElhaney 272; 4.Brad Skinner 194; 5.Riley Hickman 182; 6.Jadon Frame 176; 7.Tristan Sealy 174; 8.Joseph Faulkner 160; 9.Eric Hickerson 146; 10.Tommy Taylor 138;
2018 CRUISE WITH THE CHAMPIONS/DIRTONDIRT.COM ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: 1.Jay Scott 314; 2.Mark Dodson 282; 3.Ray McElhaney 272; 4. Joseph Faulkner 160; 5.Pearson Lee Williams 78.
2018 AR Bodies Challenge: 1.Brad Skinner 110; Joseph Faulkner 86; 3.Eric Hickerson 67; 4.Dalton Polston 41; 5.Bret Holmes 39; 5.David Brannon 24.
UPCOMING SOUTHERN ALL STAR DIRT RACING SERIES EVENT:
May 19-Senoia Raceway-Senoia, GA-Mayhem 40-$4,000
May 26-Winchester Speedway-Winchester, TN Memorial Day Weekend-$4,000
June 2-North Alabama Speedway-Tuscumbia, AL-$4,000
2018 Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series Sponsors:
*Hoosier Racing Tire “The Official Race Tire” of the Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series
*Patriot Sports “The Official Merchandise Vendor” of the Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series
*Sunoco Race Fuel “The Official Racing Fuel” of the Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series
*MaxFab Presenting Sponsor
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