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November 18
Needmore Speedway,
Norman Park, GA
Sanction: Crate Racin’ USA (Early Bird 50) - $10,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated November 20, 7:30 am)
Thomas takes Early Bird 50 in thriller at Needmore
Early Bird 50
  1. Jimmy Thomas
  2. Hunter Peacock
  3. Clay Harris
  4. Tyler Sanders
  5. Mark Whitener
  6. Jake Knowles
  7. Ty Giles
  8. Joseph Brown
  9. Russell Brown Jr.
  10. Jordy Nipper
  11. Wiley McDaniel
  12. Jake Rainey
  13. David Markham
  14. Jason Welshan
  15. Jonah Bozeman
  16. John Baker
  17. Allen Styck
  18. Kerry King Jr.
  19. Matthew Brocato
  20. Stacey Roberts
  21. Mark Fleischer
  22. Dylan Browning
  23. Cody Overton
  24. Jeff Baggett
  25. Pratt Cooper
  26. Cody Stevens
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Jimmy Thomas won $10,000 with a last-lap pass at Needmore.
What won the race: Sneaking underneath late pacesetter Hunter Peacock coming out of turn four on the final lap, ninth-starting Jimmy Thomas of Phenix City, Ala., captured the $10,000 Crate Racin’ USA victory in Saturday’s Early Bird 50 finale at Needmore Speedway. He finished 0.025 seconds ahead of fast qualifier and pole-starting Peacock.
Quotable: “I was a free there early and as I started running in the bottom down there, I seen they pushed the tires in, so I said, ‘Hmm, I’m going to grab some of this.’ Man, it just took off,” winner Jimmy Thomas said. “They kept washing up off of (turn) two and I knew I could hold a little ground off of two and beat ‘em a little bit."
Key notes: With his last-lap pass, Thomas defended his Early Bird 50 victory after sweeping the event in 2021. … He also secured the Crate Racin’ USA’s E-Z-Go Challenge Circuit, a $5,000 award within the season-long points battle. … Hunter Peacock of Macon, Ga., regained the lead from Mark Whitener on lap 13 and built leads as big as four seconds. But Peacock was unable to hold off a charging Thomas in the final 10 circuits. … Third-starting Jake Rainey of Hiram, Ga., rebounded to finish 12th after drawing a caution on lap three. … The 50-lapper was slowed by five cautions. … The Crate Racin’ USA national tour wraps-up 2022 at Cochran (Ga.) Motor Speedway on Nov. 25-26.
On the move: Clay Harris of Jupiter, Fla., started 18th and finished third.
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: After Needmore: 1. Jason Welshan (1,624); 2. Jake Knowles (1,490); 3. Jake Rainey (1,460); 4. Jimmy Thomas (1,350); 5. Matthew Brocato (1,294).
Car count: 26
Fast qualifier: Hunter Peacock
Time: 15.898 seconds
Polesitter: Hunter Peacock
Next series race: November 25, Cochran Motor Speedway (Cochran, GA) $10,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Peacock, Giles
Row 2: Knowles, R. Brown Jr.
Row 3: Cooper, C. Overton
Row 4: Welshan, M. Whitener
Row 5: Thomas, Sanders
Row 6: Fleischer, Styck
Row 7: Markham, Brocato
Row 8: McDaniel, Nipper
Row 9: J. Brown, Harris
Row 10: Stevens, Rainey
Row 11: Bozeman, Browning
Row 12: Baker, King
Row 13: Baggett, Roberts

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