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Many people celebrate barbecues and swimming to enjoy the 4th of July, (the celebration of our nations independence). Well for the competitors of the FASTRAK Racing Series powered by Chevrolet Performance, celebrates America's holiday with the 7th Annual Charlie Mize Memorial Race with the $2000 to win feature which pays tribute yearly to the 5 time FASTRAK Southeast champion David Smith's Grandfather, who was also a respected track promoter/announcer. The series' only mid-week show for the 2018 season happened in front of a great enthusiastic crowd at the 3/8th mile Lavonia Speedway in Georgia. When the evening concluded it was on a HOT summer night #01 Travis Pennington taking the $2000 payday before taking the family to Disney World for the weekend capturing the 7th Annual Charlie Mize Memorial.

The #01 Longhorn chassis of Travis Pennington was the fastest qualifier turned a 16.191 second lap around the 3/8th mile to be the over VP Racing Fuels QUICKTIME Group Qualfying to lock himself up the top spot for the 30 lap $2000 to win feature, the decision was made in a effort of prolonging the evening after being outside in the close to 100 degree summer temperatures to get fans and teams home at a decent show to just hotlap, qualify and run the feature. After the patriotic fireworks display and 4 wide salute to the fans the stage was set for the 7th edition of the Charlie Mize Memorial tribute race and round #6 for the season.

The race would get underway with Pennington and Dale Timms battling side by side for the holeshot, after the drivers made contact off turn two they both kept going straight and Pennington would take the top spot in the early going. The Longhorn was really strong and would sail away from the field by open almost 6 seconds on the top pack. Great racing would also ensue between #88 Trent Ivey and #07 Dale Timms racing hard side by side for the runner up position. Also #75 of Newberry, SC Brett Hamm started the race in midpack and would begin to make a rally to the front. The one and only caution would come out on lap 19 with just 11 laps to go when the #54 Justin Wofford would spin on his own exiting turn two. The Lognhorn of Wofford's would sustain damage and have to go behind the wall. On the restart after the 'choose rule' Pennington would have to hold off all comers on the late race restart with Timms, Hamm and even Ivey right there hot on his heels. Another great battle happened with current FASTRAK Southeast Touring points leader #4 Matthew Nance and #1c Kenny Collins banging sheet metal and fenders hostile for the top five.

Timms would try all he could muster to make a late rally to get to the Pennington entry but it just wasn't enough as Travis Pennington would claim his 2nd race win for the 2018 FASTRAK Racing Series powered by Chevrolet Performance season and the $2000 Charlie Mize Memorial race in Lavonia, GA. Timms wiuld have to settle yet again for another runner up finish has he did besting tonight with his runner up finish at County Line Raceway with FASTRAK event in 2014 won by Walker Arthur. Trent Ivey would settle for 3rd with Brett Hamm and Larry Timms rounding out the top five at the checkered flag.

UNOFFICIAL RACE RESULTS for the 7th Annual Charlie Mize Memorial at Lavonia, GA Speedway - (pending tire sample results)

1st #01 Travis Pennington, 2nd #07 Dale Timms, 3rd #88 Trent Ivey, 4th #75 Brett Hamm, 5th #07 Larry Timms, 6th #4 Matthew Nance, 7th #1c Kenny Collins, 8th #187 David McCoy, 9th #21x Bob Robertson, 10th #15 Cody Pritchett, 11th #11 Dustin Morris, 12th #2 Blake Craft, 13th #23 Annna Parkhurst, 14th #54 Justin Wofford, 15th #7a Corey Almond, 16th #87 Adam Partain, 17th #28 Taylor Puckett

Qualifying Results
Group A
1) Dale Timms 16.266; 2) Larry Timms 16.336; 3) Matthew Nance 16.343; 4) Brett Hamm 16.372; 5) Dustin Morris 16.513; 6) Corey Almond 16.554; 7) Cody Pritchett 16.816; 8) Adam Partain 16.933; 9) Taylor Puckett DNQ

Group B
1) Travis Pennington 16.191; 2) Trent Ivey 16.223; 3) Kenny Collins 16.359; 4) Bob Robertson 16.518; 5) David McCoy 16.639; 6) Blake Craft 16.697; 7) Ahnna Parkhurst 16.713; 8) Justin Wofford 16.953

The NEXT event for the FASTRAK Racing Series powered by Chevrolet Performance Tourng Series will be this Saturday July 7th with the Inaugural $7000 to win Great American Crate Race at "America's Baddest Bullring" the 1/4 mile Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, WV. Thanks to the management and staff at Lavonia Speedway for allowing us to put on a spectacular show for the awesome race fans on a Wednesday night.

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The 2018 marketing partners for the FASTRAK Racing Series are Chevrolet Performance, Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuel, VP Racing Lubricants, Swift Springs, TNT Race Cars, Arizona Sport Shirts, Simpson Safety Equipment, Rockauto.com, Dirt Late Model Magazine and Thomas Clarke Performance.
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