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October 6
Swainsboro Raceway,
Swainsboro, GA
Sanction: Hunt the Front Super Dirt Series (Southern Showcase) - $5,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated October 7, 8:42 am)
Winger steals Swainsboro's $5,000 opener
Southern Showcase
  1. Ashton Winger
  2. Jimmy Owens
  3. Brandon Overton
  4. Zack Mitchell
  5. Ethan Dotson
  6. Clay Harris
  7. Wil Herrington
  8. Dalton Cook
  9. Joseph Joiner
  10. Trent Ivey
  11. Cody Overton
  12. Trey Mills
  13. Josh Henry
  14. Jackson Hise
  15. Josh Putnam
  16. Sam Seawright
  17. Michael Page
  18. Carson Ferguson
  19. Chris Ferguson
  20. Ross Bailes
  21. Bo Slay
  22. John Henderson
  23. Joshua Bishop
  24. Pearson Lee Williams
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Ashton Winger with Oct. 6's payday of $5,000 at Swainsboro.
What won the race: Sliding underneath race-long leader Jimmy Owens at turn-four exit on the final lap, second-starting Ashton Winger of Hampton, Ga., nipped Owens at the line by 0.124 of a second to win Friday's $5,000 Southern Showcase opener at Swainsboro Raceway. Winger notched his third career Hunt The Front Super Dirt Series feature victory, all of them coming since Sept. 1 at Lavonia (Ga.) Speedway.
Quotable: “That was pure luck, that was actually probably the easiest that I drove through (turn) three the whole race,” Winger said. “I swear, I really just kinda settled in there and was gonna run second. It was a little dusty down there (in turn three) and it was hard to see, there was lapped cars three wide. The racing surface was awesome; I can tell you, me knocking the deck out is pretty normal, but here at Swainsboro, I’m sure it’s not a very good thing.”
Key notes: The pole-starting Owens, of Newport, Tenn., led the first 29 laps before being overtaken by Winger on the final lap; Owens explained he "didn't really know where to be on the track" and "waited too late and went in between both (the bottom and high line) on the final lap." ... Lucas Oil Series regular Brandon Overton moved into third on lap 16 and completed the podium. ... After winning last weekend's finale at Talladega Short Track, Ethan Dotson improved three positions and finished fifth. ... Wil Herrington gained five spots and finished seventh; Herrington will enter Saturday's $23,000-to-win regular season finale 22 points behind Joseph Joiner, who regained the series points lead by eight markers over Josh Putnam. ... The lone caution flew on lap 14 when 15th-running Chris Ferguson had a solo-spin in turn one. ... Friday's 30-lap feature lasted 11 minutes, with 19 drivers completing the distance and 22 running at the finish.
On the move: Joseph Joiner of Milton, Fla., started 17th and finished ninth.
Winner's sponsors: Winger’s Jeff Mathews Motorsports Rocket Chassis is powered by an Andy Durham Racing Engine and carries sponsorship from Johnny Doan Plumbing, RV Select Inc., Keyser Manufacturing, Integra Shocks, Angry Elephant Tattoo and Piercing, FK Rod Ends, Super K Express, Hoosier Tire, Simpson Race Products, Collins Signs, DirtCarLift.com, VP Race Fuels, Boswell Oil and WrapTech.
Points chase: After Swainsboro Friday: 1. Joseph Joiner (1,376); 2. Josh Putnam (1,368); 3. Wil Herrington (1,354); 4. Trey Mills (1,264); 5. Dalton Cook (1,244).
Current weather: Clear, 72°F
Car count: 33
Fast qualifier: Brandon Overton
Time: 14.378 seconds
Polesitter: Jimmy Owens
Heat race winners: Jimmy Owens, Ashton Winger, Brandon Overton, Zack Mitchell
Consolation race winners: Joseph Joiner, Josh Putnam
Provisional starters: John Henderson, Bo Slay
Next series race: October 7, Swainsboro Raceway (Swainsboro, GA) $23,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Owens, Winger
Row 2: Mitchell, B. Overton
Row 3: Harris, Henry
Row 4: Ivey, Dotson
Row 5: Cook, Mills
Row 6: Hise, Herrington
Row 7: Bishop, C. Overton
Row 8: Seawright, Ca. Ferguson
Row 9: Joiner, Putnam
Row 10: Williams, Ch. Ferguson
Row 11: Bailes, Page
Row 12: Henderson, Slay

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