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Daily Dirt 07/09/2020 18:19:49

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September 29
Senoia Raceway,
Senoia, GA
Sanction: Schaeffer's Fall Nationals (Billy Clanton Classic) - $10,025
Information provided by: Series reports (last updated September 30, 4:31 pm)
Winger's biggest win yet worth $10,025 at Senoia
Billy Clanton Classic
  1. Ashton Winger
  2. Chris Madden
  3. Shane Clanton
  4. Clint Smith
  5. Casey Roberts
  6. Tyler Millwood
  7. Brandon Overton
  8. Michael Page
  9. Matt Dooley
  10. Jason Croft
  11. Donald McIntosh
  12. Dalton Cook
  13. Steven Roberts
  14. Dennis Hale
  15. David Payne
  16. Lamar Haygood
  17. Jeff Neubert
  18. Ryan Crane
  19. Jody Knowles
  20. Landon Bagby
  21. Austin Smith
  22. Cass Fowler
presented by
Mike Horne
Winner Ashton Winger climbs atop his car at Senoia Raceway.
What won the race: Scoring the richest win yet of his budding career — and on home turf to boot — Ashton Winger of Hampton, Ga., pocketed $10,025 for capturing Sunday night's postponed 60-lap Billy Clanton Classic at Senoia Raceway. The 19-year-old grabbed the lead from race-long pacesetter Chris Madden on lap 15 and beat the Gray Court, S.C., driver to the finish line by 1.924 seconds.
Winner's sponsors: Winger’s Rocket Chassis is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by E-Z-Go, Keyser Mfg., Integra, Boydbilt Fabrication, Collins Signs, Turkey Creek Snacks, The Realty Queen & Team, Franklin Enterprises, Crown Security and Johnny Doan Plumbing.
Points chase: After Senoia, Donald McIntosh of Dawsonville, Ga., has 958 points to lead David Payne (916) and Pierce McCarter (629) in the series points standings.
Current weather: Clear, 79°F
Car count: 33
Fast qualifier: Ashton Winger
Time: 13.953 seconds
Heat race winners: Chris Madden, Matt Dooley, Ashton Winger, Clint Smith
Consolation race winners: Lamar Haygood, Michael Page
Provisional starters: Donald McIntosh, Jeff Neubert
Next series race: October 11, Tri-County Racetrack (Brasstown, NC) $10,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From series and staff reports

SENOIA, Ga. (Sept. 29) — Outrunning Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., Ashton Winger of Hampton, Ga., scored a career-richest $10,025 payday in Sunday’s Schaeffer’s Fall Nationals Series-sanctioned Billy Clanton Classic at Senoia Raceway.

As the front-row starters worked through early lapped traffic, Winger closed in on Madden, rolling the high side to assume the point on lap 15. Fending off Madden again a few laps later, Winger led the remaining distance to become the fourth different winner in five series events contested so far this season.

“I’ve wanted to win this race right up there with all of them,” Winger said in victory lane. “If anybody knows me, they know the Clanton family is like my family. I really appreciate all they do. Shane’s like my dad. Rusty and Joey taught me how to race. This is so awesome.”

Winning his heat race to start on the pole of the 60-lap main event, it was Madden charging to the front of the field at the drop of the green flag. With the frontrunners entering lapped traffic on the eighth circuit, Winger quickly reeled in Madden, a tight battle ensuing for the lead. The 19-year-old Winger would pull ahead and stretch his lead late-race, holding a 1.924-second advantage at the checkered flag.

“I thought that top was going to be there and I figured Madden would be maybe a little bit better than me though the middle. I rode around there under caution and felt like the top was going to come in. I was just waiting and waiting and then that lapped traffic just provided an opportunity for it to work out. (Madden) was so bottled up.”

Regaining the second-place spot after falling to Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., briefly mid-race, Madden finished runner-up, with Clanton running third in the race honoring his late father. Senoia regular and hometown driver Clint Smith finished fourth, with Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga., rounding out the top five.

“We needed to be a little better,” Madden said. “We wasn’t as good as we needed to be. Ashton, he was really good around that top. We was just a little bit free and we wasn’t going to be able to get up there and (run) that top the way he was. But overall, first time being here in our ride there, we had a good run today and a good try at it.”

Driving a car sporting a special throwback look to one of his father's cars, Clanton raced as high as second before settling for third at the checkered flag.

“We were too tight to run the top and really too tight to run the bottom,” Clanton said. “We got under there a little bit and I thought I had something for him and then I just started chattering the front tires and give up what I had. Overall, it was a good night and I want to thank all the fans for coming out and supporting my dad’s race. It’s an honor to be here.”

Notes: Winger's victory was his first-ever in Schaeffer's Fall Nationals competition and his sixth Super Late Model checkered flag of 2019. ... The race winner also earned a $125 bonus for leading the 25th lap. ... The race was slowed by four cautions. … Dalton Cook spun to draw a caution on lap 28; a yellow flag flew on the ensuing restart for a tangle involving multiple cars. … Jason Croft and Donald McIntosh spun in turn four to draw a lap-45 caution; a yellow flag waved on the ensuing restart for another multi-car incident. … The event, which was part of the fourth annual Showdown at Senoia, was rained out during Saturday evening's registration and reset for Sunday.

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