Michael Chilton Scores First Southern All Star Win On Wild Night At Smoky Mt
RACE RECAP: MARYVILLE, TN - The Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series presented by Max Fab made stop #2 of the 2018 season at the Smoky Mt Speedway in Maryville, TN., for the WIMZ Rockin with the Stars/Hall of Fame 40 and there was another first time series winners as Michael Chilton of Salvisa, KY., took the lead midway through the race and then held off challenges from Shannon Buckingham and Tommy Kerr late in the race to get the win. Fourth place went to current Southern All Star point’s leader Jay Scott and fifth to Robby Moses of Maryville, TN., with his best career finish with the series.
Finishing in sixth place was Bobby Giffin, seventh to Dusty Carver, eight to Ray McElhiney, ninth to Eric Hickerson and tenth to Dakotah Knuckles.
RACE TIDBITS: Southern All Star point contenders Jay Scott had a solid run with his fourth place finish, Mark Dodson dropped out early due damage from restart with Jimmy Mac, Ray McElhiney pulled in midway through race but due to high attrition came back out for a eighth place finish and move ahead of Dodson in point’s championship, Eric Hickerson pulled in early due to ill handling car but returned to get a ninth place finish and move up in standings. Others in the top ten in points failed to show, Brad Skinner, Riley Hickman, Joseph Faulkner, Jadon Frame, Michael Page and Kenny Collins.
It was full moon night of racing as with only 20 cars the field was set and given an extra hot laps session and in that overall SUNOCO Race Fuels fast qualifier Ross Bailes broke a transmission as well as Casey Roberts and Dakotah Knuckles blew a tire and messed his quarter panel up, Roberts failed to start the main.
Race winner Chilton was driving the car normally driven by Chicky Barton who had leg surgery and asked Chilton drive his car as Chilton was out of motors and was not going to race this weekend
Bailes led lap one but that was it as trailing arm broke going into turn one spinning him out ending his night, then Erick Wells looked to be the man to beat but under caution flag his throttle kept hanging ending his night, then Knuckles hit the back stretch wall and Cory Hedgecock had a strong car till he burnt a piston while running into the second spot. David Crabtree fought power steering issues all day and never goes them straightened out.
First time starts with the series this season include Robby Moses, Dusty Carver, Lamar Winkle, Eric Wells, Steve Smith, Craig Greer, Jimmy Mac.
The next Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series event will be Friday night September 7th at the Oglethorpe Speedway in Pooler, GA., a 40 lap $4,000 to win event as then on Saturday night September 8th at the Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, GA., the 75 lap $7,500 to win Rebel Yell.
Chilton Sponsors: Longhorn/Vic Hill Race Engines/Star Septic/El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant/Tri-State Guttering
Car Count: 20
DNS: Casey Roberts
SUNOCO RACE FUELS GROUP QUALIFYING: Group A: Eric Wells 15.678 Group B Ross Bailes 15.619
Knowles Race Parts Fast Qualifier: Ross Bailes
Hoosier Racing Tires Heat Race Winners:
PPM Race Products B Mains:
AR Bodies Last Car Lead Lap: Dusty Carver
COR Suspensions 10th Place Finisher: Dakotah Knuckles
36 Racing & Fabrication Hard Charger: Dusty Carver
Race Car Engineering Hard Luck Award: Jimmy Mac
BrakeOMeter 4th Place Finisher Award: Jay Scot
Rugged Radios Communications Award:
Results Pending Tire Test: 1.Michael Chilton; 2.Shannon Buckingham; 3.Tommy Kerr; 4.Jay Scott; 5.robby Moses; 6.Bobby Giffin; 7.Dusty Carver; 8.Ray McElhiney; 9.Eric Hickerson; 10.Dakotah Knuckles; 11.Cory Hedgecock; 12.Lamar Winkle; 13.Eric Wells; 14.Steve Smith; 15.Craig Greer; 16.David Crabtree; 17.Ross Bailes; 18.Mark Dodson; 19.Jimmy Mac
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 924; 2.Ray McElhiney 738; 3.Mark Dodson 724; 4.Eric Hickerson 596 5.Brad Skinner 526; 6.Riley Hickman 526; 7..Joseph Faulkner 454; 8.Jadon Frame 416; 9.Michael Page 394; 10.Kenny Collins 372
2018 CRUISE WITH THE CHAMPIONS/DIRTONDIRT.COM ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: 1.Jay Scott 924; 2.Ray McElhiney 738; 3.Mark Dodson 724; 4. Joseph Faulkner 454; 5.Pearson Lee Williams 78.
2018 AR Bodies Challenge: 1.Eric Hickerson 257; 2. Brad Skinner 245; 2.Joseph Faulkner 244; 4.David Brannon 90; 5.Dalton Polston 74; 6.Kenny Collins 62; 7.Mitch Thornton 46; 8.Riley Hickman 45; 9.Terry Smith 43; 10 Dwight Falcon Jr 40; 11.Bret Holmes 39; 12.Dwight Falcon Sr 39; 13.Tommy Taylor 37; 14.Rodney Martin 24; 15.Steve Smith 19
UPCOMING SOUTHERN ALL STAR DIRT RACING SERIES EVENT:
Sept 7-Oglethorpe Speedway-Pooler, GA.-$4,000
Sept 8-Screven Motor Speedway-Sylvester, GA., $7,500 Rebel Yell
Sept 15-I-75 Raceway-Sweetwater, TN $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
2018 Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series Marketing Partners Include: AR Bodies, Brodix Cylinder Heads, COR Suspensions, Cruise with the Champions, DirtonDirt.com, H3 Performance Graphics, Integra Racing Shocks, MSR Mafia Web Design and Service, PPM Racing Products, RockAuto.com, 36 Racing & Fabrication, Racecar Engineering, BrakeOMeter; Dirt Car Lift
Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series
P.O. Box 189
Fayetteville, Tennessee 37334