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Daily Dirt 04/23/2024 02:16:58

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June 3
Lavonia Speedway,
Lavonia, GA
Sanction: Fast Unified Engine Late Model Series - $3,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated June 4, 9:07 pm)
Lavonia gives Watkins first FUEL victory
  1. Ben Watkins
  2. Travis Pennington
  3. David McCoy
  4. Trent Ivey
  5. Ricky Weeks
  6. Drew Collins
  7. Matt Long
  8. Steve Banal
  9. Bryan Mullis
  10. Ashley Poole
  11. Robbie Emory
  12. Deano Long
  13. Doug Sanders
  14. Chuck Smith
  15. Mark Dysart
  16. Bubba Russell
  17. Stephen Segars
  18. Russell Kennerly
  19. Scotty Chatham
  20. Clayton Turner
presented by
Tony Hammett
Ben Watkins celebrates his first career FUEL touring victory.
What won the race: Polesitter Ben Watkins of Rock Hill, S.C., raced to his first career Fast Unified Engine Late Model Series victory, holding off second-starting Travis Pennington by 0.562 seconds at Lavonia Speedway for the $3,000 victory. David McCoy was third, 0.929 seconds back.
Key notes: Watkins entered fresh off a $4,900 I-95 Late Model Challenge victory at Fayetteville (N.C.) Motor Speedway on Memorial Day weekend. ... Fifteen of the 20 starters finished the race, 13 of which were on the lead lap. ... Chris Segars, Jason Dehn, and Jonathan Edwards did not start the feature. ... Saturday's program marked the first-ever FUEL stop at Lavonia in the series’ three-year history. … FUEL competitors return to Lavonia on Aug. 12.
On the move: Bryan Mullis of Rock Hill, S.C., started 14th to finish ninth.
Winner's sponsors: Watkins drives a Rocket Chassis with a Clements Racing Engine that is sponsored by Craig Industries, Baird Transport, Cartersville Country Winery, Heintz Bros Performance, Indocil Art, Sandwood Company, Inc., and A-Mobile Storage.
Points chase: Seventh-place finisher Matt Long led the standings entering the race.
Car count: 23
Fast qualifier: Ben Watkins
Time: 16.161 seconds
Polesitter: Ben Watkins
Dash winner: Ben Watkins
Heat race winners: Steve Banal, Ricky Weeks
Next series race: June 23, Fayetteville Motor Speedway (Fayetteville, NC) $3,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
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