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Daily Dirt 12/08/2023 10:22:47

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June 25
Sumter Speedway,
Sumter, SC
Sanction: Ultimate Southeast Series (Summer Kickoff) - $5,000
Information provided by: Staff and series reports (last updated June 26, 1:18 pm)
Mitchell dominates Ultimate's Kickoff at Sumter
Summer Kickoff
  1. Zack Mitchell
  2. Steve Banal
  3. Banjo Duke
  4. Austin Mintz
  5. Cody Overton
  6. Doug Sanders
  7. Anthony Sanders
  8. Ross Bailes
  9. Gray Parton
  10. Kale Green
  11. Justin Mintz
  12. Banks Johnson
  13. Brian Ledbetter
  14. Taylor Puckett
  15. Scott Shirey
  16. Dean Bowen
  17. Travis Stoner
  18. Tony Ayers
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What won the race: Zack Mitchell of Enoree, S.C., led all 40 laps from the pole and cruised to win Saturday's Summer Kickoff feature at Sumter Speedway, earning his 12th career victory with the Ultimate Southeast Series and $5,000. The triumph moveed Mitchell into sole possession of third place on the tour's all-time win list.
Quotable: "We just unloaded right out of the box pretty quick," Mitchell said. "I can't thank all my crew and family. The race car ran awesome tonight. It was flawless really. I was just worried about me falling out of the seat and not doing my job."
Key notes: Mitchell earned his third series feature victory of the season and retained his spot atop the series point standings. He also etched his name into Sumter Speedway's record books after setting a new track record in qualifying (14.558 seconds) in his first-ever visit to the track. ... Steve Banal kept pace with Mitchell throughout the race but settled for the runner-up position, 1.376 seconds back. ... Banjo Duke, the defending Ultimate Southeast Series winner at Sumter, finished third. ... Utilizing a 602 crate engine, Austin Mintz qualified second and finished fourth. ... A three-car crash occurred on lap 37 involving sixth-running Kale Green and seventh-place Justin Mintz. Both drivers were okay but unable to continue, finishing 10th and 11th respectively. ... Ross Bailes was the third driver involved, but he was able to make repairs and complete the race, finishing eighth. ... Tony Ayers suffered mechanical problems during hot laps and scratched for the evening at his home track. ... The ninth race of the tour's 17-race schedule was slowed by five cautions and lasted 36 minutes, with eight competitors completing all 40 laps.
On the move: Cody Overton of Evans, Ga., started 13th and finished fifth.
Winner's sponsors: Mitchell’s Barry Wright Race Cars house car is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by Service Transport, Clary Hood Inc., Eubanks Oil, Draco Springs, Charles West Grading, Base Racing Fuel and Oil, C&H Paving, Bilstein Shocks, Nichols Plumbing and ATC Site Construction.
Points chase: Before Sumter: 1. Zack Mitchell (232); 2. Anthony Sanders (195); 3. Corey Gordon (191); 4. Brian Ledbetter (158); 5. Doug Sanders (154).
Current weather: Clear, 82°F
Car count: 18
Fast qualifier: Zack Mitchell
Time: 14.558 seconds
Polesitter: Zack Mitchell
Next series race: July 1, Lavonia Speedway (Lavonia, GA) $4,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Mitchell, A. Mintz
Row 2: Banal, J. Mintz
Row 3: Duke, A. Sanders
Row 4: Bailes, Puckett
Row 5: Green, Parton
Row 6: Bowen, D. Sanders
Row 7: C. Overton, Johnson
Row 8: Shirey, Ledbetter
Row 9: Ayers, Stoner
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