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Daily Dirt 06/03/2023 23:32:04

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July 4
Cherokee Speedway,
Gaffney, SC
Sanction: Southeastern Late Model Sportsman Series - $2,500
Information provided by: Track reports (last updated July 6, 7:22 am)
Banal earns first Southeastern Series victory
  1. Steve Banal
  2. Robbie Emory
  3. Brian Carswell
  4. Robbie Bailey
  5. Bubba Russell
  6. Mike Huey
  7. Jake Gibbons
  8. Doug Davis
  9. Trent Ivey
  10. Kenny Rominger Jr.
  11. Doug Sanders
  12. Reggie Primus
  13. Brent Russell
  14. Jonathan Edwards
  15. Jimmy Taylor
  16. Billy Lambert
  17. Timbo Mangum
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What won the race: After fast qualifier and polesitter Timbo Mangum of Lancaster, S.C., led the final four laps but failed to meet weight requirements, Steve Banal of Lake Wylie, S.C., was declared the winner Saturday at Cherokee Speedway, his first victory on the Southeastern Late Model Sportsman Series. Outside front-row starter Trent Ivey led 26 laps but had a tire go down. Doug Davis inherited the lead, but contact with Magnum knocked him out of the race, and Mangum led the rest of the way.
Key notes: Eight of 17 starters completed 30 laps. ... The feature lineup was set straight from qualifying. ... Cherokee contested the second of three holiday weekend programs for the Southeastern series. Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, N.C., hosted the tour Friday, while Harris Motor Speedway in Rutherfordton, N.C., welcomes drivers Sunday. ... Ivey won Friday's event at Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, N.C. ... The track had special a holiday fireworks display.
On the move: Robbie Emory of Georgetown, Del., started 10th and finished second.
Points chase: Entering the weekend, Bubba Russell had 555 points to lead Brent Russell (465 points).
Car count: 18
Fast qualifier: Timbo Mangum
Time: 15.927 seconds
Polesitter: Timbo Mangum
Next series race: July 5, Harris Motor Speedway (Rutherfordton, NC) $1,500
Editor's note: Updates with Timbo Mangum's disqualification.
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