RACE RECAP: COLUMBUS, MS–The Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series has been in existence for 34 years now and Saturday night at the 14th Annual Governors Cup sponsored by Cliburn Truck Lines history was made once again as 16 year old Spencer Hughes from Meridian, MS., became the youngest driver to win a Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series event taking the lead with four laps remaining from then leader Brian Rickman who was also looking to get his first series win. Hughes battled with Nick Thrash late in the race for the second and third spot, but on restart with four to go he got the run he needed and passed Rickman for the win. Rickman had his best run with the series coming home in second, Nick Thrash third from his 19th starting spot, Morgan Bagley of Gladenwater, TX., came home in the fourth spot after starting 16th and Chandler Petty of Haughton, LA., in his first run with the series came home fifth after he lead early in the race.
Rick Rickman of Columbus, MS., finished in the sixth spot, Garret Albertson of Haughton, LA., seventh, T J Reaid of Acworth, GA., eight, Dane Dacus of Lakeland, TN., ninth and Hunter Rasdon of Jonesboro, AR., rounded out the top ten from his 17th starting spot.
RACE TIDBITS: Pole sitter Chad Thrash fell out early with oil pump problems, David Breazeale winner at Thunderhill also dropped out early with mechanical problems, 6th starting Ray McElhenney was in the top five when his power steering let go, Southern All Star points leader Austin Horton finished 11th.
First start this year with the Southern All Stars Spencer Hughes, Brian Rickman, Nick Thrash, Morgan Bagley, Chandler Petty, Rick Rickman, Garrett Albertson, Hunter Rasdon, Eric Cooley, Brett White, Michael Arnold, Chad Thrash.
Hughes’s Sponsors: Thompson Auto Repair/Little Randy’s Hunting Camp/McCool Logging/RBT Motorsports/Randy Boyd Thompson/Club 29/Jay Dickens Racing Engines
Car Count: 32
SUNOCO RACE FUELS GROUP QUALIFYING: Group A: Chad Thrash 13.733 Group B: Chandler Petty 13.992
PPM Race Products B Mains: Dillon Tidmore/Rick Rickman
AR Bodies Last Car Lead Lap: Hunter Rasdon
COR Suspensions 10th Place Finisher: Hunter Rasdon
36 Racing & Fabrication Hard Charger: Nick Thrash
Race Car Engineering Hard Luck Award: Chad Thrash
BrakeOMeter 4th Place Finisher Award: Morgan Bagley
Results Pending Tire Test: 1.Spencer Hughes; 2.Brian Rickman; 3.Nick Thrash; 4.Morgan Bagley; 5.Chandler Petty; 6.Rick Rickman; 7.Garrett Albertson; 8.T J Reaid; 9.Dane Dacus; 10.Hunter Rasdon; 11.Austin Horton; 12.Eric Cooley; 13.Tristan Sealy; 14.Brad Skinner; 15.Dillon Tidmore; 16.Billy Franklin; 17.Eric Hickerson; 18.Brett White; 19.David Breazeale; 20.Michael Arnold; 21.Jason Hiett; 22.Ray McElhenney; 23.Josh Putnam; 24.Chad Thrash
DNS: Jay Collum, Shay Knight, Jason Croft, Jamie Tollison, Shelby Sheedy, Jeff Hubbard, Ronnie Johnson, Mark Dodson
The next Southern All Star event will be on Friday & Saturday night October 6th & 7th at the Smoky Mt Speedway in Maryville, TN., a 50 lap event paying $10,000 to win &$1,000 to start.
For more information concerning the Southern All Stars contact Lynn Acklin – General Manager: 256-924-4546 www.sasdirt.com
2017 SOUTHERN ALL STAR POINTS STANDINGS: 1.Austin Horton 1090; 2.Tristan Sealy 962; 3.Eric Hickerson 936; 4. T J Reaid 816; 5.Brad Skinner 764; 6.Bo Shirley 466; 7.Casey Roberts 458; 8.Riley Hickman 418; 9.Clint Smith 402; 10.Josh Putnam 376;
2017 CRUISE WITH THE CHAMPIONS/DIRTONDIRT.COM ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: 1.Austin Horton 1090; 2.Tristan Sealy 962; 3. Eric Hickerson 936; 4.T J Reaid 816
2017 AR Bodies Challenge: 1.Eric Hickerson 346; 2.Brad Skinner 263; 3.Josh Putnam 132; 4.Todd Morrow 123; 5.Brandon Overton 106; 6.Joseph Faulkner 58 7.Jason Walker 50; 8.Derek Ellis 35; 9.Mitch Thornton 35; 10.Jamie Perry 33; 11.Jeff Johns 30; 12.Jason Lyles 24; 13.David Brannon 19; 14.Ferrell Skelton 17; 15.Dean Carpenter 16; 15.John Minon 15; 17.Jim Gray 15
UPCOMING SOUTHERN ALL STAR DIRT RACING SERIES EVENT:
Oct 6th-7th Smoky Mt Speedway-Maryville, TN $10,000
Oct 14th Talladega Short Track—Eastaboga, AL-$4,000
2017 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
2017 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