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September 30
Cherokee Speedway,
Gaffney, SC
Sanction: Southern All Star Series (Mike Duvall Memorial) - $12,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated October 1, 3:46 am)
Mitchell overcomes last-lap slider, wins $12,000
Mike Duvall Memorial
  1. Zack Mitchell
  2. Ben Watkins
  3. Chris Ferguson
  4. Trent Ivey
  5. Benji Hicks
  6. Caleb Gay
  7. Jordan Koehler
  8. Ross Bailes
  9. Kyle Strickler
  10. Corey Gordon
  11. Dennis Franklin
  12. Dustin Mitchell
  13. Timmy Blackwell
  14. Anthony Sanders
  15. Thomas Robinson
  16. Bryson Harper
  17. Adam Yarbrough
  18. G.R. Smith
  19. Doug Sanders
  20. Donald McIntosh
  21. John Price
  22. Dalton Jacobs
  23. Jeff Smith
  24. Jeremy Fowler
  25. Gray Parton
  26. Steve Banal
presented by
Zack Kloosterman
Zack Mitchell is joined by Ben Watkins (left) and Chris Ferguson (right) on the podium.
What won the race: Overcoming a last-lap slide job attempt by Ben Watkins, pole-starting Zack Mitchell regained the lead at turn-four exit to lead all 50 laps en route to winning Saturday's $12,000 Mike Duvall Memorial finale at Cherokee Speedway. Mitchell beat the third-starting Watkins to the line by 0.667 of a second to secure his first career Southern All Star Series feature victory.
Quotable: “Man, this place has kicked my ass the last three or four years,” Mitchell said. “We’ve had a really good race car here the last few times, this thing was a pleasure to drive. I come up off of (turn) two over there and (my stick guy) had the sticks pretty close, so I knew (Ben Watkins) probably got a good run on me and I tried not to enter really wide into three and four, but I didn’t want to enter too low and crowd myself, cause I knew he was probably gonna try to slide me. Hats off to him man, he’s a hell of a race car driver and I appreciate him racing me clean.”
Key notes: Mitchell became the ninth driver to collect his first career SAS tour triumph this season and the second in as many nights at Cherokee. ... Friday's runner-up, sixth-starting Chris Ferguson passed for third on lap 35 and completed the podium. ... After winning Friday's $5,000 opener, 18th-starting Trent Ivey overcame a spin on lap eight and finished fourth. ... Benji Hicks improved two positions and rounded-out the top five. ... After slowing from fourth to draw the race's fourth caution on lap 15, Ross Bailes recovered to finish eighth. ... Kyle Strickler gained four spots and finished ninth. ... Anthony Sanders ran as high as fourth before a flat tire ended his night on lap 42. ... Adam Yarbrough spun to bring out the fifth yellow on lap 16 and completed 18 more laps before pulling off. ... Donald McIntosh retired on lap 14 while running ninth. ... Saturday's feature was slowed by seven incidents and lasted 48 minutes, with 12 drivers completing 50 laps.
On the move: Caleb Gay of Dublin, Ga., started 22nd and finished sixth.
Winner's sponsors: Mitchell’s Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and carries sponsorship from Eubanks Oil, Clary Hood, Inc., SoCar Chemical, Charles West Grading, Rolling Pines Lawn & Landscaping, Hoosier Tire, Fox Racing Shocks and DirtCarLift.
Points chase: Before Cherokee Friday: 1. Caleb Gay (1,044); 2. Dan Cox (750); 3. Billy Franklin (712); 4. Matthew Brocato (506); 5. Dalton Cook (468).
Current weather: Broken Clouds, 73°F
Car count: 26
Fast qualifier: Zack Mitchell
Time: 15.172 seconds
Polesitter: Zack Mitchell
Next series race: October 13, Lexington 104 Speedway (Lexington, TN) $3,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Z. Mitchell, Koehler
Row 2: Watkins, Bailes
Row 3: A. Sanders, Ch. Ferguson
Row 4: Hicks, J. Smith
Row 5: McIntosh, Harper
Row 6: Robinson, Parton
Row 7: Strickler, G.R. Smith
Row 8: Gordon, Price
Row 9: Yarbrough, Ivey
Row 10: Jacobs, D. Mitchell
Row 11: Franklin, Gay
Row 12: D. Sanders, Blackwell
Row 13: Banal, Fowler
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