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March 2
North Alabama Speedway,
Tuscumbia, AL
Sanction: Coltman Farms Southern All Star Series (Spring Showdown) - $5,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated March 3, 11:17 am)
Hughes hustles to claim first SAS win since 2017
Spring Showdown
  1. Spencer Hughes
  2. Dalton Cook
  3. Cory Hedgecock
  4. Josh Putnam
  5. Jamie Oliver
  6. Cruz Skinner
  7. Grayson Brewer
  8. Dean Carpenter
  9. Matthew Brocato
  10. Brandon Carpenter
  11. Rusty Ballenger
  12. Kendall Franklin
  13. Billy Franklin
  14. Christian Hanger
  15. Monte Skinner
  16. Bobby Allen
  17. Todd Morrow
  18. Bill Mahan
  19. Braden Mitchell
  20. Chase Oliver
  21. Oakley Johns
  22. David McCoy
  23. J.C. Waller
  24. Joe Denby
  25. Heath Hindman
presented by
Zackary Washington
Spencer Hughes Saturday's flashes under the checkered flag to capture Saturday's Southern All Star feature at North Alabama Speedway.
What won the race: Reclaiming the point with an inside move by mid-race leader Dalton Cook on the 24th circuit, third-starting Spencer Hughes of Meridian, Miss., led the remaining circuits to win Saturday's marathon 40-lap Spring Showdown at North Alabama Speedway. Hughes paced a total of eight laps to earn $5,000 for his second career Coltman Farms Racing Southern All Star Series victory and his first since Sept. 9, 2017, at Columbus, Miss.'s Magnolia Motor Speedway.
Quotable: “Oh man, it feels like it’s been five years since I won a Late Model race,” Hughes said. “To make it back here is good. I can’t thank everybody (enough) at JCM Motorsports. These rides are tough to come by nowadays and it’s what I love to do, so I’m just really proud (to get the win)."
Key notes: The win was the first for Hughes aboard a Rocket Chassis fielded by JCM Motorsports, the team he joined late last season. ... Fourth-starting Dalton Cook led laps 2-33 before giving way to Hughes and finishing 2.656 seconds back. ... Slated to start from the pole, Oakley Johns spun on the opening lap following contact amid a treacherous turn-one slide job by the race-winning Hughes, who led the first circuit. "I hate that I got into Oakley on that first lap. There was water standing on the bottom of the track," Hughes said of the scrape with Johns, who completed five laps before retiring. ... Fifth-starting Cory Hedgecock took third on a lap-35 restart and rounded out the podium finishers. ... Josh Putnam improved eight positions and finished fourth. ... Outside polesitter Christian Hanger was deemed to have jumped the race's initial start and was penalized a starting row. He slowed from fourth with a flat right-rear on lap 35 and called it a night. ... Saturday's feature was slowed by 12 separate incidents, including three red flags for major crashes, the largest coming on the fifth lap when Braden Mitchell was sent upside down following contact from Bill Mahan and Chase Oliver. While there were no injuries in the wreck, none of the drivers continued. ... Another 15-minute red flag came on lap seven when Bobby Allen spun off the turn-one racing surface and flipped several times. He was also uninjured but unable to continue. ... The final red flag lasted 10 minutes after Monte Skinner slammed the frontstretch wall and stopped with heavy right-front suspension damage. ... The 40-lap main event lasted nearly 75 minutes, with 11 competitors completing the distance and 13 running at the finish. ... The Southern All Stars weekend doubleheader concludes with Sunday's March Madness at Cherokee Speedway, a $20,000-to-win feature co-sanctioned by the Mid-East Super Late Models.
On the move: Dean Carpenter of Coldwater, Miss., started 21st and finished eighth.
Winner's sponsors: Hughes’s JCM Motorsports Rocket Chassis is powered by an Andy Durham Racing Engine and carries sponsorship from Torco Advanced Lubricants, Yellow Hammer Design & Construction, Cliburn Tank Lines, Neon Bubbles Car Wash, Indiana USSSA Fastpitch, Link Construction, Professional Concrete Cutting & Drilling, Hyperco, KB Performance, The Mercantile, Steering Buddy, VP Race Fuels, Fox Racing Shox, Boswell Oil, Midwest Sheet Metal and Xtreme Graphics.
Points chase: Before North Alabama: T-1. Brandon Overton (196); T-1. Garrett Smith (196); 3. Wil Herrington (180); T-4. Ray Cook (178); T-4. Payton Freeman (178); 6. Ross Bailes (176).
Current weather: Clear, 50°F
Car count: 34
Fast qualifier: Oakley Johns
Time: 13.106 seconds
Polesitter: Oakley Johns
Consolation race winners: Joe Denby, Cruz Skinner
Provisional starters: Billy Franklin, David McCoy, Kendall Franklin
Next series race: March 3, Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, SC) $20,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: O. Johns, Hanger
Row 2: Hughes, D. Cook
Row 3: Hedgecock, J. Oliver
Row 4: Brocato, Brewer
Row 5: Morrow, Waller
Row 6: Mahan, Putnam
Row 7: M. Skinner, C. Oliver
Row 8: B. Carpenter, Mitchell
Row 9: Denby, C. Skinner
Row 10: Ballenger, Hindman
Row 11: D. Carpenter, Allen
Row 12: B. Franklin, McCoy
Row 13: K. Franklin
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