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Daily Dirt 06/28/2022 09:43:03

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November 20
Needmore Speedway,
Norman Park, GA
Sanction: Crate Racin’ USA (Early Bird) - $10,000
Information provided by: Staff and series reports (last updated November 21, 8:42 am)
Needmore sweep gives Thomas CRUSA title
Early Bird
  1. Jimmy Thomas
  2. Cole Exum
  3. Dillon Brown
  4. Tanner Collins
  5. Jeremy Faircloth
  6. Joseph Brown
  7. Clay Harris
  8. Jake Knowles
  9. Matt Henderson
  10. Kyle Bronson
  11. Kyle Bridges
  12. Mark Whitener
  13. Henry Carter
  14. Jason Welshan
  15. Jonah Bozeman
  16. Colton Leyendecker
  17. Kyle Van Sickle
  18. David Whitener
  19. Mike Combs
  20. Cody Stevens
  21. Pratt Cooper
  22. Jordy Nipper
  23. Richie Stephens
  24. Troy Dixon
  25. Jeremy Pate
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CRUSA champion Jimmy Thomas celebrates his Needmore sweep.
What won the race: Taking the lead from Richie Stephens with an inside move in lapped traffic on lap 11, second-starting Jimmy Thomas of Phenix City, Ala., paced the final 39 circuits and cruised to win Saturday's 10th annual Early Bird 50 at Needmore Speedway, collecting $10,000. Thomas scored his fifth Crate Racin' USA Series victory of the season and secured the series crown.
Quotable: "We got one bad piece right here and I'm glad it's back finally. My dad told me a few weeks ago that we need to rebuild it, and I'm glad we did," Thomas said. "This is unreal, I didn't think I was gonna win the points. I'll tell you that. I just wanted to come in here and worry about myself today, don't worry about no points, let's just go out and try to win this race and that mindset really put us here."
Key notes: Thomas, who also won Friday's main event, will receive $10,000 for his championshipo. ... Cole Exum of Valdosta, Ga., claimed the runner-up position, 2.117 seconds behind Thomas. … Winner of the last three Early Bird events, Joseph Brown of Columbus, Ga., finished sixth. ... Entering Needmore leading tour points, Jason Welshan of Maryville, Tenn., suffered a flat right rear tire on lap 33 and was only able to recover to finish 14th. ... After leading the first 10 laps, polesitter Richie Stephens of Phenix City, Ala., suffered mechanical trouble while running second on lap 29, relegating him to finish 23rd. ... Saturday's feature, CRUSA’s fourth-ever visit to Needmore, was slowed by two incidents and lasted 21 minutes, with 19 competitors completing all 50 laps.
On the move: Kyle Bronson of Brandon, Fla., started 15th and finished 10th.
Winner's sponsors: Thomas drives a Scorpion Chassis sponsored by Five Star Chrysler Dodge, High Roller Recovery, Sugar Land and Wimmers Wrecker Service.
Points chase: Before Needmore Saturday: 1. Jason Welshan (1,690); 2. Jimmy Thomas (1,684); 3. Jake Knowles (1,646); 4. Tanner Collins (1,564); 5. Mike Combs (1,286).
Current weather: Scattered Clouds, 59°F
Car count: 40
Fast qualifier: Richie Stephens
Time: 15.213 seconds
Polesitter: Richie Stephens
Heat race winners: Richie Stephens, Dillon Brown, Cole Exum, Jimmy Thomas
Consolation race winners: Henry Carter, Jordy Nipper
Provisional starters: Mike Combs, Troy Dixon, Cody Stevens
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Stephens, Thomas
Row 2: Exum, D. Brown
Row 3: Collins, Faircloth
Row 4: J. Brown, Harris
Row 5: Knowles, D. Whitener
Row 6: Welshan, Henderson
Row 7: Leyendecker, Bozeman
Row 8: Bronson, Van Sickle
Row 9: Carter, Nipper
Row 10: Bridges, Cooper
Row 11: M. Whitener, Pate
Row 12: Combs, Dixon
Row 13: Stevens
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