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Daily Dirt 06/23/2024 06:27:26

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May 31
Southern Raceway,
Milton, FL
Sanction: Panhandle Challenge Series (NeSmith) - $800
Information provided by: Joshua Joiner (last updated June 2, 4:16 pm)
Points leader grabs SECS victory at Southern
  1. Cody Smith
  2. Ryan Crane
  3. Gary Maher
  4. Monte Skinner
  5. Joseph Joiner
  6. Vic Dolohite
  7. Tyler Allen
  8. Lee Mason
  9. Craig Turner
  10. Chris Buhler
  11. Todd Neiheiser
  12. Dustin Turner
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What won the race: Series points leader Cody Smith of Holt, Fla., assumed the lead when Joseph Joiner went to the pit area with an overheating engine during a caution with two laps remaining. Smith, who started from the tail of the field and made multiple trips to the pit area during the attrition-filled race, led the final two laps for his third victory in five races on the Crate Late Model tour’s inaugural season.
Key notes: Smith recovered from a wreck in group qualifying that left his car with heavy front-end damage. … Third-starting Joseph Joiner took the lead just past halfway after battling front-row starters Lee Mason and Todd Neiheiser throughout the first half of the 25-lapper. … Neiheiser gave up third under a lap-13 caution with an overheating engine, and Mason slowed from second on lap 22 when his engine also overheated. … Ryan Crane recovered to finish second after being involved in two cautions. … The caution-plagued race lasted about 90 minutes, the last race in a program running until nearly 2:30 a.m. … Heavy rains during the days leading up to the event left a large amount of mud around the inside of the track, and many cars got stuck. Problems on both of the track’s tractors slowed wreck cleanup throughout the night. … The program began with an hour delay due to issues with track lighting. ... Karl Parks didn't start the feature.
Points chase: Smith increased his lead over Crane and seventh-finishing Tyler Allen in the series standings.
Car count: 13
Fast qualifier: Joseph Joiner
Time: 17.007 seconds
Heat race winners: Lee Mason, Todd Neiheiser
Next series race: June 7, Flomaton Speedway (Flomaton, AL) $800
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
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