"Spring Showdown" Results

RACE STORY

Dale McDowell stays hot with Spring Nats win at Smoky Mountain

by Richard Allen- Inside Dirt Racing

Dale McDowell claimed $10,000 at Smoky Mountain

The Spring Nationals mini-series rolled into Smoky Mountain Speedway on Saturday night to contest a $10,000-to-win feature race. And when all was said and done, one of Dirt Late Model racing’s hottest drivers came away from the Maryville, TN facility with a $10,000 check and the leadership of the Ray Cook-promoted series standings.

It was the Chickamauga, GA driver’s fourth victory of the 2019 season.

Open Wheel Modified ace Kyle Strickler, driving a Late Model from the Eric Wells camp, set the fast time in Group A qualifying with a mark of 15.811 seconds around the 4/10 mile clay oval to beat out Michael Chilton, Robby Moses and Vic Hill.

Donald McIntosh was quickest in Group B time-trials and overall with a lap of 15.810 seconds to better the efforts of Ross Bailes, Dale McDowell and Brandon Overton.

Strickler would start the feature from the pole by virtue of his win in the first heat race of the night ahead of Robby Moses, Tommy Kerr and Bobby Giffin while Vic Hill won the second preliminary of the evening over Michael Chilton, David Payne and Joey Coulter.

McDowell earned a front row starting spot in the feature by taking the win in the third head over Ricky Weiss, Donald McIntosh and Ashton Winger just before Brandon Overton won the fourth and final heat of the night by beating out Ross Bailes, Dakotah Knuckles and Chicky Barton.

Kyle Strickler and Dale McDowell led the field to the green flag

McDowell immediately shot to the lead of the 50-lap feature when the green flag waved with Overton, Strickler, Hill and Weiss inn his tire tracks. Bailes, who won the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series feature at 411 Motor Speedway just over a week ago, challenged Chilton for third on lap 3 and was successful in taking that spot away.

In the early laps the top-5 of McDowell, Overton, Strickler, Hill and Weiss ran in tight formation as they set a blistering pace during the opening laps. However, a lap 6 caution for a flat tire on the Ryan Crane machine slowed the action briefly.

On the ensuing restart, Bailes made his way into the top-5 while Tommy Kerr and Hill fought over the sixth position just behind Bailes. In the meantime, those running close to the front broke into two separate three-car groups as McDowell, Overton and Strickler continued to show the way while Weiss, Bailes and Hill offered pursuit.

Overton passed McDowell for the lead just before a lap 17 caution flag waved for the slowing car of Chicky Barton. Because the lap had not been completed prior to the waving of the yellow flag, Overton’s pass for the lead was negated and McDowell was placed back at the front of the pack.

Strickler attempted to take second away from Overton on lap 20 but instead fell back into the clutches of Weiss who eventually took the spot away.

The final yellow flag of the night waved on lap 21. On the restart, Weiss moved to second with Kerr assuming the fourth position.

Between laps 30 and 32, Overton and Weiss engaged in a hard charging exchange of slide job passes as the two would swap the runner-up position with each set of turns with Overton eventually staking claim.

Ricky Weiss(7) and Brandon Overton engaged in a position exchanging battle just after halfway

Over the final laps, McDowell continued to lead but his car was never separated from second running Overton by more than a couple of car lengths while Weiss was never more than a couple of car lengths behind Overon.

But neither could muster the strength to move around McDowell, who took the checkered flag as the leader for the fourth time this season.

Feature Finish: 1. Dale McDowell, 2. Brandon Overon, 3. Ricky Weiss, 4. Kyle Strickler, 5. Michael Chilton, 6. Donald McIntosh, 7. Tommy Kerr, 8. Ross Bailes, 9. Ashton Winger

 

Cory Hedgecock dominates American Crate All Stars race at SMS

Cory Hedgecock led all the way

The American Crate All Stars Series joined in with the Spring Nationals on Saturday night at Smoky Mountain Speedway. Cory Hedgecock of Loudon, TN turned in a dominating performance to earn the $2,000 first prize for Crate Late Model cars on the Maryville, TN track.

Hedgecock’s domination began at the very outset when he set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 16.97 seconds around the 4/10 mile clay oval. That time bettered the efforts of Ross White, Tyler Arrington, Jensen Ford, Greg Martin and Matt Long. Those six drivers were locked into a fast car dash race that would set the starting grid for the feature.

Hedgecock would start the feature from the pole as a result of his win in the dash race over Arrington, White, Martin, Ford and Long.

Jake Teague won the first heat race of the night for those not locked into the dash by beating out Chris Chandler and Jason Cardwell while Bradley Lewelling took the second preliminary ahead of Clay Coghlan and Aaron Guinn.

Michael Courtney won out in the third and final heat over Brandon Williams and Chip Brindle.

Hedgecock bolted to the lead at the start of the 30-lap feature with Arrington, White, Martin and Ford trailing. Martin took third away from White on the second circuit as Hedgecock began to pull away from the pack.

On lap 6 Martin continued his march forward as he passed by Arrington to take the runner-up position. White then attempted to follow Martin and also move around Arrington on lap 7. However, the two cars touched and White was sent spinning. Ford was also collected in the incident and was eliminated from competition.

Greg Martin(24) passing by Ross White

Lewelling brought out a lap 8 caution when he slowed on track.

On the ensuing restart, Teague moved into the third spot while Long took fifth. The No. 117 then began to work on Martin in hopes of moving into second. At the same time, Williams and Coghlan fought over seventh with Coghlan eventually claiming the position.

Over the second half of the race Hedgecock would extend his advantage and ultimately sail under the checkered flag with a lead of more than a straightaway.

Feature Finish: 1. Cory Hedgecock, 2. Greg Martin, 3. Jake Teague, 4. Tyler Arrington, 5. Matt long, 6. Michael Courtney, 7. Clay Coghlan, 8. Jason Cardwell, 9. Andy Ogle, 10. Brandon Williams, 11. Aaron Guinn, 12. Chris Chandler, 13. Eli Beets, 14. Michael Smith, 15. Anthony White, 16. Bradley Lewelling, 17. Chip Brindle, 18. Kenny Ford, 19. Austin Langley, 20. Ross White, 21. Bobby Mays, 22. Jensen Ford, 23. Mike Smith, 24. Josh Henry

 

RACE RESULTS

Smoky Mtn. Spring Showdown
Saturday, April 13th

SPRING NATIONALS SUPER LATE MODELS
1. Dale McDowell # 17m
2. Brandon Overton # 2
3. Ricky Weiss # 7
4. Kyle Strickler # 8
5. Michael Chilton # 97
6. Donald McIntosh # 7m
7. Tommy Kerr # 4t
8. Ross Bailes # 87
9. Ashton Winger # 12
10. Dakotah Knuckles # 21k
11. David Payne # 8
12. Joey Coulter # 2
13. Vic Hill # 1
14. Robby Moses # 21
15. Bobby Giffin # 97
16. Brandon Kinzer # 18
17. Colton Horner # 56jr
18. Chicky Barton # 144
19. Steve Smith # 3
20. Forrest Trent # 101
21. David Crabtree # C5
22. Ryan Crane # 10

Did Not Qualify: Lamar Winkle (5)

AMERICAN CRATE ALL STARS
1. Cory Hedgecock # 23
2. Greg Martin # 24
3. Jake Teague # 117
4. Tyler Arrington # 002
5. Matt Long # 55
6. Michael Courtney # C11
7. Clay Coghlan # 6
8. Jason Cardwell # 07
9. Andy Ogle # 68
10. Brandon Williams # 95
11. Aaron Guinn # 97
12. Chris Chandler # 8
13. Eli Beets # 109
14. Michael Smith # 15
15. Anthony White # 2x
16. Bradley Lewelling # 10b
17. Chip Brindle # 17
18. Kenny Ford # 61
19. Austin Langley # 4
20. Ross White # 0
21. Bobby Mays # 25
22. Jensen Ford # 83
23. Mike Smith # 4
24. Josh Henry # B00

Did Not Qualify: Matt Shockley (12), Jamison Earley (22), Steven Jernigan (24), Adam Tolliver (28), Jeff Neubert (40th)

SPORTSMAN LATE MODELS
1. Joshua Sneed (79)
2. Jed Emert (98)
3. Terry Poore (2)
4. Warren McMahan (33)
5. Bryan Cooper (15)
6. Kip Sawyer (44)
7. Hunter Kerr (40h)
8. Jason Sizemore (22)
9. Nicholas Shelton (9)
10. Randy Gibson (15g)
11. Jaylon Shannon (22)
12. Darren Goins (D2)
13. Jake Whitehead (116)
14. Chris Johnston (C9)
15. Robert Pressley (1)
16. Issac Boring (00)
17. Thomas Clark (41)
18. Kelvin White (00)

Did Not Start: Clint Hodges (83h)

PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS

RACE STORY

Dale McDowell stays hot with Spring Nats win at Smoky Mountain

Dale McDowell claimed $10,000 at Smoky Mountain

The Spring Nationals mini-series rolled into Smoky Mountain Speedway on Saturday night to contest a $10,000-to-win feature race. And when all was said and done, one of Dirt Late Model racing’s hottest drivers came away from the Maryville, TN facility with a $10,000 check and the leadership of the Ray Cook-promoted series standings.

It was the Chickamauga, GA driver’s fourth victory of the 2019 season.

Open Wheel Modified ace Kyle Strickler, driving a Late Model from the Eric Wells camp, set the fast time in Group A qualifying with a mark of 15.811 seconds around the 4/10 mile clay oval to beat out Michael Chilton, Robby Moses and Vic Hill.

Donald McIntosh was quickest in Group B time-trials and overall with a lap of 15.810 seconds to better the efforts of Ross Bailes, Dale McDowell and Brandon Overton.

Strickler would start the feature from the pole by virtue of his win in the first heat race of the night ahead of Robby Moses, Tommy Kerr and Bobby Giffin while Vic Hill won the second preliminary of the evening over Michael Chilton, David Payne and Joey Coulter.

McDowell earned a front row starting spot in the feature by taking the win in the third head over Ricky Weiss, Donald McIntosh and Ashton Winger just before Brandon Overton won the fourth and final heat of the night by beating out Ross Bailes, Dakotah Knuckles and Chicky Barton.

Kyle Strickler and Dale McDowell led the field to the green flag

McDowell immediately shot to the lead of the 50-lap feature when the green flag waved with Overton, Strickler, Hill and Weiss inn his tire tracks. Bailes, who won the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series feature at 411 Motor Speedway just over a week ago, challenged Chilton for third on lap 3 and was successful in taking that spot away.

In the early laps the top-5 of McDowell, Overton, Strickler, Hill and Weiss ran in tight formation as they set a blistering pace during the opening laps. However, a lap 6 caution for a flat tire on the Ryan Crane machine slowed the action briefly.

On the ensuing restart, Bailes made his way into the top-5 while Tommy Kerr and Hill fought over the sixth position just behind Bailes. In the meantime, those running close to the front broke into two separate three-car groups as McDowell, Overton and Strickler continued to show the way while Weiss, Bailes and Hill offered pursuit.

Overton passed McDowell for the lead just before a lap 17 caution flag waved for the slowing car of Chicky Barton. Because the lap had not been completed prior to the waving of the yellow flag, Overton’s pass for the lead was negated and McDowell was placed back at the front of the pack.

Strickler attempted to take second away from Overton on lap 20 but instead fell back into the clutches of Weiss who eventually took the spot away.

The final yellow flag of the night waved on lap 21. On the restart, Weiss moved to second with Kerr assuming the fourth position.

Between laps 30 and 32, Overton and Weiss engaged in a hard charging exchange of slide job passes as the two would swap the runner-up position with each set of turns with Overton eventually staking claim.

Ricky Weiss(7) and Brandon Overton engaged in a position exchanging battle just after halfway

Over the final laps, McDowell continued to lead but his car was never separated from second running Overton by more than a couple of car lengths while Weiss was never more than a couple of car lengths behind Overon.

But neither could muster the strength to move around McDowell, who took the checkered flag as the leader for the fourth time this season.

Feature Finish: 1. Dale McDowell, 2. Brandon Overon, 3. Ricky Weiss, 4. Kyle Strickler, 5. Michael Chilton, 6. Donald McIntosh, 7. Tommy Kerr, 8. Ross Bailes, 9. Ashton Winger

Dale McDowell accepting his reward

 

RACE RESULTS

Smoky Mtn. Spring Showdown
Saturday, April 13th

SPRING NATIONALS SUPER LATE MODELS
1. Dale McDowell # 17m
2. Brandon Overton # 2
3. Ricky Weiss # 7
4. Kyle Strickler # 8
5. Michael Chilton # 97
6. Donald McIntosh # 7m
7. Tommy Kerr # 4t
8. Ross Bailes # 87
9. Ashton Winger # 12
10. Dakotah Knuckles # 21k
11. David Payne # 8
12. Joey Coulter # 2
13. Vic Hill # 1
14. Robby Moses # 21
15. Bobby Giffin # 97
16. Brandon Kinzer # 18
17. Colton Horner # 56jr
18. Chicky Barton # 144
19. Steve Smith # 3
20. Forrest Trent # 101
21. David Crabtree # C5
22. Ryan Crane # 10

Did Not Qualify: Lamar Winkle (5)

AMERICAN CRATE ALL STARS
1. Cory Hedgecock # 23
2. Greg Martin # 24
3. Jake Teague # 117
4. Tyler Arrington # 002
5. Matt Long # 55
6. Michael Courtney # C11
7. Clay Coghlan # 6
8. Jason Cardwell # 07
9. Andy Ogle # 68
10. Brandon Williams # 95
11. Aaron Guinn # 97
12. Chris Chandler # 8
13. Eli Beets # 109
14. Michael Smith # 15
15. Anthony White # 2x
16. Bradley Lewelling # 10b
17. Chip Brindle # 17
18. Kenny Ford # 61
19. Austin Langley # 4
20. Ross White # 0
21. Bobby Mays # 25
22. Jensen Ford # 83
23. Mike Smith # 4
24. Josh Henry # B00

Did Not Qualify: Matt Shockley (12), Jamison Earley (22), Steven Jernigan (24), Adam Tolliver (28), Jeff Neubert (40th)

SPORTSMAN LATE MODELS
1. Joshua Sneed (79)
2. Jed Emert (98)
3. Terry Poore (2)
4. Warren McMahan (33)
5. Bryan Cooper (15)
6. Kip Sawyer (44)
7. Hunter Kerr (40h)
8. Jason Sizemore (22)
9. Nicholas Shelton (9)
10. Randy Gibson (15g)
11. Jaylon Shannon (22)
12. Darren Goins (D2)
13. Jake Whitehead (116)
14. Chris Johnston (C9)
15. Robert Pressley (1)
16. Issac Boring (00)
17. Thomas Clark (41)
18. Kelvin White (00)

Did Not Start: Clint Hodges (83h)

PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS

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