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Daily Dirt 02/23/2017 03:21:09

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March 12
Florence Speedway,
Union, KY
Sanction: Unsanctioned special events (Spring 50) - $5,000
Information provided by: Staff and track reports (last updated March 13, 7:17 pm)
Mahoney edges Jameson for Spring 50 victory
Spring 50
  1. Cody Mahoney
  2. Jason Jameson
  3. Eddie Carrier Jr.
  4. Steve Casebolt
  5. Eric Wells
  6. Dustin Linville
  7. Daniel Dial
  8. Duane Chamberlain
  9. Jerry Gibson Jr.
  10. Ethan Burgess
  11. Nick Latham
  12. Austin Mills
  13. Bobby Pierce
  14. Graylin Prince
  15. Mike Meyers
  16. Kolby Vandenbergh
  17. Trevor Landrum
  18. Kent Robinson
  19. Dustin Nobbe
  20. Jesse Lay
  21. Josh Rice
  22. Matt Irey
  23. Adam Bowman
  24. Steve Landrum
  25. James Rice
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Cody Mahoney (4) edged Jason Jameson (12) for victory at Florence.
What won the race: In a wild, lead-swapping finish, Cody Mahoney of Madison, Ind., nipped Jason Jameson of Lawrenceburg, Ind., on the final circuit of the 50-lap feature event, earning a $5,000 Spring 50 victory at Florence Speedway. Mahoney, the last of four different leaders, went under Jameson entering turn one on a final-lap restart, but Jameson regained the lead on the backstretch. Mahoney then dove low in turn three, slid in front of Jameson exiting turn four and hung on to win a near photo finish.
Quotable: "That last lap, I pretty much had to go for broke and go where Jameson didn't. Luckily we prevailed," Mahoney said. "I've lost so many of these races on the last lap ... finally I was able to put (it) together and seal the deal."
Key notes: Two late cautions, including on the final lap, set up the late-race dramatics. ... Mahoney, who restarted third with three laps remaining, notched the richest win of his career. ... Just a handful of drivers were running at the finish on the rugged racing surface. ... Polesitter Bobby Pierce broke leading on lap 18. ... Dustin Linville, who led after Pierce, had a flat tire on lap 46 that ended his race. ... Pierce and Linville battled closely early in the race, making contact once at the flagstand after swapping the lead. ... Hall of Famer John Gill won the Crate Late Model feature.
Winner's sponsors: Mahoney's Bowman Motorsports Club 29 Race Car has a Jay Dickens Racing Engine and sponsorship from Smoker Friendly, Valvoline and Diamond Auto Sales.
Points chase: The event opened Florence's 2016 season.
Car count: 27
Fast qualifier: Bobby Pierce
Time: 15.295 seconds
Polesitter: Bobby Pierce
Heat race winners: Bobby Pierce, Eddie Carrier Jr., Steve Casebolt
Editor's note: Corrects lap of Pierce's departure.
 
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