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March 29
Needmore Speedway,
Norman Park, GA
Sanction: Rogers-Dabbs Crate Racin’ USA 604 Series (Southern Heritage Classic) - $10,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated March 31, 4:52 am)
Stephens scores $10,000 Southern Heritage Classic
Southern Heritage Classic
  1. Richie Stephens
  2. Jimmy Thomas
  3. Caleb Gay
  4. Hunter Peacock
  5. Mark Whitener
  6. Clay Harris
  7. Hayden Cardwell
  8. Kyle Bridges
  9. Jose Parga
  10. Trynt Lloyd
  11. Jake Knowles
  12. Corey Neil Jr.
  13. Riley Hickman
  14. Jason Garver
  15. Matt Dooley
  16. Colton Trouille
  17. Grayson Ott
  18. Mario Gresham
  19. Kyle Courtney
  20. Josh Ray
  21. Braden Mitchell
  22. Ricky McClain
  23. Ty Giles
  24. Ben Faircloth
  25. Kam Boyd
  26. Jeremy Steele
  27. Jonah Bozeman
  28. Bubba Roling
  29. Kyle Bronson
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What won the race: Richie Stephens of Phenix City, Ala., scored an unstoppable flag-to-flag victory in Saturday's inaugural Southern Heritage Classic, topping the Rogers-Dabbs Chevrolet Crate Racin' USA season opener at Needmore Speedway. Stephens controlled all 50 laps to earn $10,000 and secure his second win in as many weeks after topping March 23's opener at East Alabama Motor Speedway.
Quotable: “I’ve never been able to complete one of these races. I’ve always been leading or something happened, or be really good and just wasn’t able to do it,” Stephens said. “Everything had to line up. I can’t thank my crew (enough), how many hours they work, and my family at home watching. Cody Overton and Kyle Bridges, they all stepped up and tried to help me with this new car. It’s our second time in it .. two wins, I tell ya, we got us a good hot rod here."
Key notes: Fifth-starting Jimmy Thomas grabbed the runner-up spot on lap nine and trailed Stephens for the final 42 circuits, finishing 2.842 seconds back. ... Eleventh-starting Caleb Gay used a fifth-to-third move on the lap-15 restart and rounded out the podium finishers. ... Reigning series champion Mark Whitener improved three positions and completed the top five. ... Clay Harris also gained three spots, finishing sixth. ... Midwest DIRTcar Crate standout Jose Parga started 17th and finished ninth. ... Jeremy Steele slowed from eighth to draw the race's third and final caution on lap 25 before calling it a night. ... Saturday's feature lasted 30 minutes, with 19 drivers completing the distance and 21 running at the finish. ... Matt Henderson scratched from the A-main.
On the move: Hunter Peacock of Macon, Ga., started 14th and finished fourth.
Winner's sponsors: Stephens drove an Excel Chassis powered by an Earl Ramey Racing Engine and sponsored by Sanders Logging, Keller Williams Realty - Ashley Stephens, Realtor, Franklin Enterprises, Buffalo Bar & Grill, Sin City Bail Bonds, Innovative Automotive, Wimmer’s Wrecker Service, Cartek Professional and Allstar Graphix.
Points chase: After Needmore: 1. Richie Stephens (100); 2. Jimmy Thomas (96); 3. Caleb Gay (94); 4. Hunter Peacock (92); 5. Mark Whitener (90).
Current weather: Clear, 73°F
Car count: 41
Fast qualifier: Richie Stephens
Time: 16.183 seconds
Polesitter: Richie Stephens
Heat race winners: Hayden Cardwell, Kyle Bridges, Richie Stephens, Kyle Bronson
Consolation race winners: Jose Parga, Colton Trouille
Provisional starters: Kyle Courtney, Matt Henderson, Josh Ray, Matt Dooley, Braden Mitchell, Bubba Roling
Next series race: April 13, Cochran Motor Speedway (Cochran, GA) $10,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Stephens, Bridges
Row 2: Bronson, H. Cardwell
Row 3: Thomas, Ott
Row 4: Faircloth, M. Whitener
Row 5: Harris. T. Lloyd
Row 6: Gay, J. Steele
Row 7: Neil, Peacock
Row 8: Garver, Boyd
Row 9: Parga, Trouille
Row 10: Knowles, McClain
Row 11: Bozeman, Hickman
Row 12: Gresham, Giles
Row 13: Courtney, Henderson
Row 14: Ray, Dooley
Row 15: Mitchell, Roling

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