Shannon Bucking Now in Southern All Star Record Books As Winner
RACE RECAP: MARYVILLE, TN - The Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series presented by Max Fab made its final stop of the season at the 4/10ths mile Smoky Mt Speedway in Maryville, TN., Saturday night and the series had another first time winner as Shannon Buckingham of Maryville, TN., scored his first career series win on the weekend that his car owner Roger Sellers acquired sole ownership of the track in Maryville, TN. Buckingham won the first heat race and that gave him the pole position for the 50 lap $7,500 to win King of the Mountain/Fall Classic. Second place went to Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA., who got by Randy Weaver on the last lap to get that spot with Weaver falling back to third, Cory Hedgecock finished fourth from his 8th stating spot and Vic Hill rounded out the top five.
Finishing in sixth place was Robby Moses, seventh to Casey Roberts, eighth to Tommy Kerr, ninth Riley Hickman and tenth to Eric Wells from his 17th starting spot.
RACE TIDBITS: Southern All Star points leader Jay Scott has essentially clinched the 2018 title and all he has to do is start the main at Talladega Short Track Saturday night and he will become the 23rd different series champion in 35 years. Scott will also become the second driver to win the champion and the Cruise with the Champions/Dirtondirt.com Rookie of the Year in row. 2017 Southern All Star Champion Austin Horton was the first driver to that in the history and now it has happened tow year in a row.
Other drivers in the points chase had a rough night as the top two in series points had to use provisionals Jay Scott and Mark Dodson, Ray McElhiney and Joseph Faulkner failed to make the event.
Long time Southern All Star competitor Gary McPherson of Dalton, GA, ran his first race with the series ins several years was back and had a 17th place finish and also another former Cruise with the Champions/Dirtondirt.com Rookie of the Year Mike Weeks was back in action with the series.
This was the third race of the season at Smoky Mt Speedway and we would like to thank all the fans, drivers and most of all former ownership group as well as the new ownership group for their help and hospitality during the 2018 season as look forward to what’s in store for Smoky Mt Speedway in 2019.
First time starts with the series this season include Dale McDowell, Randy Weaver, Zach Leonhardi, Gary McPherson, Will Roland, Mike Weeks, Austin Retting, Kurt English, and Bo Eaton
Buckingham Sponsors: Longhorn/Double Down Motorsports/Tennessee RV Supercenter/Grand Design Recreation Vehicles/Hard Rock Café/Classic Rock 103.5 WIMZ/Maxima Racing Cols/FK Rod Ends
Car Count: 33
SUNOCO RACE FUELS GROUP QUALIFYING: Group A: Robby Moses 16.803 Group B Vic Hill
Knowles Race Parts Fast Qualifier: Robby Moses 16.803
Hoosier Racing Tires Heat Race Winners: Buckingham. Hickman, Hill, Weaver
PPM Race Products B Mains: Wells, Roland
AR Bodies Last Car Lead Lap: Roland
COR Suspensions 10th Place Finisher: Wells
36 Racing & Fabrication Hard Charger: McDowell
Race Car Engineering Hard Luck Award:
BrakeOMeter 4th Place Finisher Award: Hedgecock
Rugged Radios Communications Award:
Results Pending Tire Test: 1.Shannon Buckingham; 2.Dale McDowell; 3.Randy Weaver; 4.Cory Hedgecock; 5. Vic Hill; 6.Robby Moses; 7.Casey Roberts; 8.Tommy Kerr; 9.Riley Hickman; 10.Eric Wells, 11.Dakotah Knuckles; 12.Joey Coulter; 13.Kenny Collins; 14.Zach Leonhardi; 15.Jay Scott; 16.Jeff Smith; 17.Gary McPherson; 18. Will Roland; 19.Mark Dodson; 20.Stacy Boles; 21.Ryan King; 22.David Crabtree; 23.Mike Weeks; 24.Matt Henderson
DNS: Tommy Taylor; Joseph Faulkner; Austin Retting; Ray McElhiney; Kurt English; Skip Arp; Lamar Winkle; Bo Eaton
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 1210; 2.Mark Dodson 1020; 3.Ray McElhiney 976; 4.Eric Hickerson 834 5.Joseph Faulkner 698; 6.Riley Hickman 608; 7.Kenny Collins 602; 8.Casey Roberts 536; 9.Brad Skinner 526; 10.Cory Hedgecock 450;
2018 CRUISE WITH THE CHAMPIONS/DIRTONDIRT.COM ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: 1.Jay Scott 1210; 2.Mark Dodson 1020; 3.Ray McElhiney 976; 4. Joseph Faulkner 698; 5.Pearson Lee Williams 78.
2018 AR Bodies Challenge: 1.Joseph Faulkner 348; 2.Eric Hickerson 257; 3.Brad Skinner 245; 4.Kenny Collins 120; 5.David Brannon 90; 6.Dalton Polston 74; 7.Steve Smith 47; 8.Mitch Thornton 46; 9.Riley Hickman 45; 10.Terry Smith 43; 11 Dwight Falcon Jr 40; 12.Bret Holmes 39; 13.Dwight Falcon Sr 39; 14.Tommy Taylor 37; 15.Will Roland 33; 16.Ryan King 32. 17. Dave Duplissey 29; 18.Rodney Martin 24;
UPCOMING SOUTHERN ALL STAR DIRT RACING SERIES EVENT:
Oct 13 Talladega Short Track-Eastaboga, AL $4,000
Nov 17 Lancaster Speedway-Lancaster, SC $10,000
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 Liftwww.sasdirt.com