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Roberts outruns Hunter for $5,000 at Lavonia

April 4, 2010, 6:20 am
From series reports
Casey Roberts and family in victory lane. (Alison Williams)
Casey Roberts and family in victory lane. (Alison Williams)

LAVONIA, Ga. (April 3) — Polesitter Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga., overtook fellow front-row starter Ethan Hunter of Tiger, Ga., on the 38th lap and led the rest of the 50-lap Southern All Star Racing Series feature Saturday night at Lavonia Speedway. Roberts cruised the rest of the way to earn $5,000 at Late Model Mania, and event feature three divisions of Late Model-type race cars. | Slideshow

"I knew if we could just ride around and stay with Ethan we should be in good shape later in the race," Roberts said. "I knew we were a little harder on tires than he was and that was really the difference in the end.

"Ethan has got a lot of talent. He has a very bright future in the sport. He was a lot better than we were at both ends of the track until his tires went away. I feel sure he will be racing for a lot more wins in the future."

Third-starting Jeff Cooke of Spartanburg, S.C., ended up third followed by eighth-starting Steve Shaver of Vienna, W.Va., and 11th-starting Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga., who won a consolation race.

Roberts captured his fifth career Southern All Star event and first since last August at his hometown Toccoa Speedway.

Notes: Roberts drives a Victory Circle Chassis with a Randy Clary engine and sponsorship from Starrette Trucking and Cushman Paint & Body. ... His previous SAS victory came last August at his hometown Toccoa Speedway. ... At Lavonia, Roberts was the only driver under 16 seconds in time trials. ... Rough track conditions forced track workers to work on the surface throughout the night, and officials opted for single-file restarts in the main event. ... Six cautions slowed the feature. ... Parker Herring won the Southeastern Late Model Sportsman Series feature and Brandon Haley captured the main event for Fastrak Crate Late Models. ... Drivers failing to make the Southern All Stars feature: Gus Simpson, Sean Harrison, Doug Smith, Tim King and Gary Collins. ... Next up for the Southern All Stars is a $5,000-to-win event April 10 at Toccoa (Ga.) Speedway.

Late Model Mania: (1) Casey Roberts, (2) Ethan Hunter, (3) Jeff Cooke, (4) Steve Shaver, (5) Clint Smith, (6) Jonathan Davenport, (7) Chris Madden, (8) Scott Creel, (9) Freddy Smith, (10) Royce Bray, (11) Daniel Baggerly, (12) Benji Cole, (13) Doug Smith, (14) Dennis Franklin, (15) Casey Barrow, (16) Brent Dixon, (17) Brian Nuttall Jr., (18) Tim King, (19) Jay Sessoms, (20) Randy Nichols, (21) Bruce Taylor, (22) Jimmy Ivester, (23) Jimmy Ledford, (24) Lamar Haygood. Fast qualifier (among 28 cars): Roberts, 15.872 seconds. Consolation race winners: C. Smith, Bray.

Correction: Fixes winning pass on 38th sted 37th lap.

SAS points

(Through April 3)
1. Jonathan Davenport - 363
2. Chris Madden - 318
3. Scott Creel - 265
4. Randy Weaver - 249
5. Dennis Erb Jr. - 231
6. Freddy Smith - 216
7. Chris Wall - 182
8. William Thomas - 172
9. Jimmy Owens - 171
10. Steve Shaver - 167
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