LAVONIA, GA – Three-time ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series Champion Casey Roberts of Toccoa, GA led wire-to-wire to claim the $4,000 top prize at Lavonia Speedway in Lavonia, GA on Friday night in an ULTIMATE South East Region race co-sanctioned with the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series.
Roberts also collected an extra $200 for winning the M&W Transport “Haulin’ It” Fast Time Award with a lap around Lavonia Speedway in 15.665 seconds. Robert chose to start on the outside to begin the 40-lap main event and took the lead when the green flag fell.
Jason Welshan of Maryville, TN was the fourth fastest qualifier, and started the race on the outside of the second row. Welshan followed Roberts at the start of the race, settled into the second spot, and that’s where he finished. Ross Bailes of Clover, SC took the third spot and Zack Mitchell of Enoree, SC was fourth.
The ULTIMATE SE point leader Tyler Millwood of Cartersville, GA finished in the fifth position and was the Autolite/Fram/DirtOnDirt.com Rookie of the Race. Millwood now holds a 14-point lead over Welshan in the ULTIMATE SE point standings.
Brent Dixon of Elberton, GA came home in the sixth spot, and Jeff Smith of Dallas, NC was the Hard Charger of the Race after starting 12th and finishing seventh. Anthony Sanders of Spartanburg, SC finished eighth, while Scott Shirey of Swansea, SC took the ninth spot, and Shane Tankersley of Morganton, GA rounded out the top ten.
While Roberts and Welshan settled into the top two spots, the action was fast and furious behind them with many battles for position. The yellow caution bulb was lit up on lap two, and that signaled a tough break for the defending ULTIMATE SE Champion Dennis “Rambo” Franklin of Gaffney, SC. Franklin tangled with Smith, but he ended up on the inside guard rail and was the first car out of the race.
The field went back to green flag racing action of six more tours around Lavonia Speedway before the caution flag was put out for the second time in the race on lap eight when Josh Langley of Lancaster, SC spun and backed into the fourth turn wall. The field raced under green for the next 30 laps, and the two-to-go signal was pulled for the final caution flag of the race.
Johnny Pursley of Clover, SC was battling with Sanders for the eighth spot when they got together, and Pursley ended up in the wall. Roberts led the field down for a green-white-checkered finish and was able to keep Welshan behind him to have a .806 second margin of victory at the end of the race.
The ULTIMATE SE “Georgia On My Mind “ Double Racing Weekend will continue with a $4,000-to-win, $400-to-start race on Saturday night when the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Inducted Swims Family welcomes the ULTIMATE SE cars and stars to Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA.
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OFFICIAL RESULTS OF ROUND 12 AT LAVONIA SPEEDWAY IN LAVONIA, GA ON 7/28/17:
POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN LAPS $ WON
1. 1 101 Casey Roberts Toccoa, GA 40 $4,000
2. 4 29 Jason Welshan Maryville, TN 40 $2,000
3. 2 79 Ross Bailes Clover, SC 40 $1,350
4. 6 57 Zack Mitchell Enoree, SC 40 $1,000
5. 3 31 Tyler Millwood Cartersville, GA 40 $875
6. 5 1 Brent Dixon Elberton, GA 40 $775
7. 12 00 Jeff Smith Dallas, NC 40 $700
8. 8 421 Anthony Sanders Spartanburg, SC 40 $600
9. 10 10 Scott Shirey Swansea, AC 39 $500
10. 14 21 Shane Tankersley Morganton, GA 39 $450
11. 7 09 Johnny Pursley Clover, SC 37 $425
12. 11 39 Greg Clark Stanley, NC 24 $400
13. 15 84 Jay Sessoms Stanley, NC 22 $400
14. 17 3 Jeremy Ledford Mt. Airy, GA 16 $400
15. 16 03 David Yandle Monroe, NC 10 $400
16. 13 7 Josh Langley Lancaster, SC 7 $400
17. 9 2 Dennis Franklin Gaffney, SC 1 $400
18. 18 18 Brett Hamm Newberry, SC 0 $0/DNS
M&W TRANSPORT “HAULIN’ IT” FAST QUALIFIER: Roberts, 15.665 Seconds
LEAD CHANGES: None
LAP LEADER: Roberts, 1-40
AUTOLITE/FRAM/DIRTONDIRT.COM ROOKIE OF THE RACE: Millwood
GENESIS SHOCKS AWARD: None (Award rolls over to $600 at next event)
HARD CHARGER OF THE RACE: Smith (started 12th and finished 7th)
MARGIN OF VICTORY: .806 Seconds
TIME OF THE RACES: 24 Minutes and 36.634 Seconds
NEXT RACE: Saturday night, $4,000-to-win, $400-to-start, Dixie Speedway, Woodstock, GA
M&W TRANSPORT “HAULIN’ IT” QUALIFYING:
POS CAR # DRIVER TIME
1. 101 Casey Roberts 15.665
2. 79 Ross Bailes 15.795
3. 31 Tyler Millwood 15.850
4, 29 Jason Welshan 15.884
5. 1 Brent Dixon 15.916
6. 57 Zack Mitchell 15.934
7. 09 Johnny Pursley 16.086
8. 421 Anthony Sanders 16.249
9. 2 Dennis Franklin 16.358
10. 10 Scott Shirey 16.371
11. 39 Greg Clark 16.376
12. 00 Jeff Smith 16.484
13. 7 Josh Langley 16.535
14. 21 Shane Tankersley 16.676
15. 84 Jay Sessoms 16.729
16. 03 David Yandle 17.063
17. 3 Jeremy Ledford 17.265
18. 18 Brett Hamm NT