5.12.12 Southern All Star Late Models Results - Dirt Racing Report

5.12.12 Southern All Star Late Models Results

CLEVELAND, TN (May 12, 2012)— Skip Arp rolled to a $3,500 victory on Saturday Night May 12th at Cleveland Speedway in Cleveland, TN during the 35th Annual Tennessee Memorial race, sanctioned by the Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series.

This was the second trip of the season to Ronnie Willkomm’s Cleveland Speedway and with rain looming in the area, a great crowd was still on hand to see the SAS Late Models duke it out for $3,500. Skip Arp would lead the entire distance of 40 laps en route to his ninth career Southern All Stars victory, his first since August 23, 2008 which came at Dixie (GA) Speedway and also became the fourth different winner in four races so far this season. Arp drove the Stanley Best Heating and Air, Tyler Brothers Farm Equipment, Curtis Equipment Sales and Hoosier Racing Tire sponsored GRT Race Car to the win.

Fast Qualifier and Pole Sitter Billy Ogle Jr. would lead the field of 24 to the green flag for the start of the 40-lapper while Skip Arp, who started second, would jump to the lead on the outside line. Kayne Hickman would be the first car to retire on the seventh lap followed by Ross White on lap eight, Brian Hickman on lap 15 and Gary McPherson on the 19th circuit. By the halfway point, Arp held a commanding lead with Billy Ogle Jr., Ray Cook and William Thomas in tow. On the final lap, William Thomas would slip around Ray Cook for the third spot in the final rundown behind Arp and Ogle.

The Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series will be back in action on Saturday May 26 at Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, MS ($3,500 to win) and on Sunday May 27 at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, MS ($5,000 to win).

Further information on the Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series can be obtained by calling General Manager Lynn Acklin at (256) 509-6603 or PR/Race Director Chris Tilley at (606) 219-1723 or you can log on to the official series website at www.southernallstarsracingseries.com .

Official Summary of Results

Cleveland Speedway-Cleveland, TN
Round #4 of 2012 Season (May 12)
Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series Late Models

Feature Finish:
1. Skip Arp-Georgetown, TN
2. Billy Ogle Jr.-Knoxville, TN
3. William Thomas-Phenix City, AL
4. Ray Cook-Brasstown, NC
5. Jake Knowles-Tyrone, GA
6. Randy Weaver-Crossville, TN
7. Dale McDowell-Chickamauga, GA
8. Johnny Chastain-Murphy, NC
9. Mike Weeks-Friendsville, TN
10. David Payne-Murphy, NC
11. Riley Hickman-Chattanooga, TN
12. Jacob Grizzle-Blairsville, GA
13. Chad Ogle-Sevierville, TN
14. Mark Vineyard-Powell, TN
15. Shan Smith-Dade City, FL
16. Dylan Ames-Harvest, AL
17. Aaron Ridley-Chatsworth, GA
18. Jacob Anderson-Murphy, NC
19. Preston Graves-Murphy, NC
20. Joe Denby-Tullahoma, TN
21. Gary McPherson-Dalton, GA
22. Brian Hickman-Soddy Daisy, TN
23. Ross White-Knoxville, TN
24. Kayne Hickman-Soddy Daisy, TN

Yellow Flags: None
Red Flags: None
Time of Race: 10 Minutes/26 seconds
Entries: 27 representing five states (TN, AL, GA, NC and FL)
Fast Time: Billy Ogle Jr.-13:774 seconds
Series Provisionals: Ross White and Kayne Hickman

Failing to make the show: Gabe Wilson (Waynesville, NC); Jerry Bradley (Dalton, GA) and Jeff Franklin (Ten Mile, TN)

Last Chance Race #1 Finish (Top-6 Transfer): David Payne, Mark Vineyard, Aaron Ridley, Shan Smith, Jacob Anderson, Gary McPherson, Gabe Wilson, Jerry Bradley, Jeff Franklin (DNS)

Last Chance Race #2 Finish (Top-6 Transfer): Chad Ogle, Dylan Ames, Riley Hickman, Preston Graves, Brian Hickman, Joe Denby, Kayne Hickman, Ross White

Current Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series Championship Points: (after May 12)
1. Randy Weaver-312 (Crossville, TN)
2. Mike Weeks-290 (Friendsville, TN)
3. Billy Ogle Jr.-286 (Knoxville, TN)
4. Ray Cook-248 (Brasstown, NC)
5. Chad Ogle-230 (Sevierville, TN)
5. Riley Hickman-230 (Chattanooga, TN)
5. Skip Arp-230 (Georgetown, TN)
8. Shan Smith-216 (Dade City, FL)
9. Mark Vineyard-206 (Powell, TN)
10. Ross White-200 (Knoxville, TN)

Current Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series Rookie of the Year Points: (after May 12)
1. Mike Weeks-290 (Friendsville, TN)
2. Shan Smith-216 (Dade City, FL)
3. Ross White-200 (Knoxville, TN)

2012 Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series event winners:
April 7-Jimmy Owens-Newport, TN (Cleveland Speedway)
April 14-Vic Hill-Mosheim, TN (Smoky Mountain Speedway)
May 5-William Thomas-Phenix City, AL (Talladega Short Track)
May 12-Skip Arp-Georgetown, TN (Cleveland Speedway)

Upcoming Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series events:
May 26-Whynot Motorsports Park-Meridian, MS-$3,500 to win
May 27-Magnolia Motor Speedway-Columbus, MS-$5,000 to win ‘Governor’s Cup’
June 9-Talladega Short Track-Eastaboga, AL-$3,500+ to win ‘BJ Parker Memorial’
June 16-Smoky Mountain Speedway-Maryville, TN-$5,000 to win ‘Big Daddy 500’