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August 12
Talladega Short Track,
Eastaboga, AL
Sanction: Valvoline Iron-Man Southern Series (Governor's Cup) - $10,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated August 13, 12:57 pm)
Seawright secures TST's $10,000 Governor's Cup
Governor's Cup
  1. Sam Seawright
  2. Joseph Joiner
  3. Austin Horton
  4. Trey Mills
  5. Dalton Cook
  6. Corey Roulette
  7. Parker Martin
  8. Will Roland
  9. Josh Henry
  10. Christian Hanger
  11. Josh Walker
  12. Matthew Brocato
  13. Heath Hindman
  14. Tim Roszell
  15. Austin Franklin
  16. Josh Putnam
  17. Braxtin Barber
  18. Richie Stephens
  19. Dillon Tidmore
  20. Caden Mullinax
  21. Tyler Millwood
  22. Chase Oliver
  23. Billy Moyer
  24. Ryan Wilson
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Zackary Washington/Simple Moments Photography
Sam Seawright waves the checkered flag in victory lane.
What won the race: Pole-starting Sam Seawright of Rainsville, Ala., repelled challenges from Trey Mills early and Joseph Joiner late to register a flag-to-flag victory in Saturday's 50-lap Governor's Cup at Talladega Short Track. Seawright earned $10,000 for his first Valvoline Iron-Man Southern Series triumph of the season and the third of his career.
Quotable: “This is awesome. I’ve been wanting to win the Governor’s Cup for years,” Seawright said. “You know Michael (Page) is my crew chief and I’ve been watching him win it for years, and I couldn’t ask for somebody better to help me man. We started struggling a little bit (so) we just go back to doing what Michael wants to do and the car is fast again.”
Key notes: Sixth-starting Joiner, of Milton, Fla., moved into the runner-up position on lap a lap-26 restart and trailed Seawright the rest of the way, finishing 0.518 of a second back. ... Fifth-starting Austin Horton took third when Mills hopped the turn-two cushion on lap 40 and completed the podium; Mills settled for fourth after pressuring Seawright in the early laps. ... The first of two red flags appeared on lap 25 when fifth-running Tyler Millwood spun while trying to lap Chase Oliver; both drivers continued, but Millwood, unhappy about the contact, stopped in front of Oliver and blocked him under yellow. Both drivers exited their cars and began arguing, necessitating a 10-minute stoppage for security and police to restore order and leading to Millwood and Oliver being parked for the night. ... The second 10-minute red flag flew on lap 27 when fourth-running Dillon Tidmore hopped the turn-two cushion and climbed the wall with his right-front tire; Tidmore rode the wall until the start of the backstretch when his left front dug in, causing his car to flip several times before landing on its wheels. Caden Mullinax sped into Tidmore's motionless car, ending both of their nights; both were unhurt. ... Josh Putnam pulled off while running 10th on lap 42. ... Eleventh-running Billy Moyer called it a night on lap 18. ... Saturday's 50-lap feature lasted 31 minutes with 11 drivers completing the entire distance and 15 running at the finish.
On the move: Will Roland of Jasper, Ga., started 17th and finished eighth.
Winner's sponsors: Seawright’s Rocket Chassis is sponsored by Agcor Steel, J&R Excavating, Grow Pediatric Therapy, First Bank of Alabama, Farm Systems Inc., J&R Lumber Supply Construction, Houston Project, Warren Construction LLC and Red Line Oil.
Points chase: After Talladega: 1. Josh Henry (347); 2. Josh Rice (315); 3. Adam Ahl (291); 4. Michael Chilton (261); 5. Ricky Weiss (215).
Current weather: Clear, 77°F
Car count: 36
Fast qualifier: Sam Seawright
Time: 13.302 seconds
Polesitter: Sam Seawright
Heat race winners: Sam Seawright, Trey Mills, Dillon Tidmore, Corey Roulette
Consolation race winners: Will Roland, Austin Franklin
Provisional starters: Heath Hindman, Ryan Wilson
Next series race: August 26, Lake Cumberland Speedway (Burnside, KY) $15,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Seawright, Tidmore
Row 2: Mills, Roulette
Row 3: Horton, Joiner
Row 4: Finley, Stephens
Row 5: Moyer, Cook
Row 6: Martin, Walker
Row 7: Hanger, Henry
Row 8: Brocato, Putnam
Row 9: Roland, A. Franklin
Row 10: Roszell, Barber
Row 11: Oliver, Mullinax
Row 12: Hindman, Wilson

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