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Daily Dirt 08/07/2020 16:50:35

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July 2
East Alabama Motor Speedway,
Phenix City, AL
Sanction: Crate Racin’ USA (Salute to America Nationals) - $2,500
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated July 3, 11:45 pm)
Knowles captures NeSmith Salute to America
Salute to America Nationals
  1. Jake Knowles
  2. Chase Edge
  3. Dylan Knowles
  4. Montana Dudley
  5. Jordy Nipper
  6. Todd Morrow
  7. Jimmy Thomas
  8. Ahnna Parkhurst
  9. Colton Horner
  10. Grant Garrison
  11. David Duplissey
  12. Ryan Carter
  13. Cody Smith
  14. Cory Hedgecock
  15. Matt Henderson
  16. Wil Herrington
  17. Terrance Nowell
  18. Andy Picklesimer
  19. Rodgerick Dykes
  20. Shep Lucas
  21. Shane Riner
  22. Brandon Williams
  23. Jimmy Elliott
  24. Austin Horton
presented by
Bruce Carroll
Jack Knowles rallied from 12th to win at East Alabama.
What won the race: Rallying from his 12th starting position, Jake Knowles of Rome, Ga., passed Chase Edge of Lafayette, Ala., following a lap-39 restart and led the remaining 10 laps to win the NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series Salute to America Nationals 50-lap main event. Knowles collected $2,500 for the win in the tour's first and only stop at EAMS this season. Edge held on to finish second ahead of Dylan Knowles.
Key notes: The feature didn't get begin until past 1 a.m. ... Polesitter Ryan Carter led the first seven laps. ... Series points leader Cory Hedgecock of Loudon, Tenn., who entered the race with four wins and seven top-five finishes in seven NeSmith races in ’17, retired on lap 39 while running inside the top five. ... The feature was slowed by four cautions. … Terrence Nowell slowed in turn four to bring out the first caution on lap 19. … The second caution waved on lap 37 for debris in turn one. … Cody Smith brought out the third yellow when he spun in turn one on lap 39. … The fourth caution waved on lap 41. …The series was scheduled to open the weekend at ECM Speedway near Arkadelphia, Ala., on Saturday, but that event was rained out. … NeSmith drivers move just north to Talladega (Ala.) Short Track for a $2,000-to-win race on Monday.
On the move: Jordy Nipper improved 14 spots as he motored from 19th to fifth.
Winner's sponsors: Knowles's No. 66 is sponsored by Knowles Race Parts & Bodies, Josh Roberts Trucking, Berry Construction, Curbow Logging, Martins Wrecker Service, Brucebilt Performance and JW Motorsports.
Points chase: Entering the weekend, Cory Hedgecock (686 points) led Brandon Williams (530), Grant Garrison (522), Colton Horner (490) and Marcus Minga (474).
Car count: 37
Fast qualifier: Ryan Carter
Time: 16.284 seconds
Polesitter: Ryan Carter
Consolation race winners: Wil Herrington, Matt Henderson, Shep Lucas
Next series race: July 3, Talladega Short Track (Eastaboga, AL) $2,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Starting lineup

Row 1: Carter, Hedgecock
Row 2: Edge, D. Knowles
Row 3: Horton, Dudley
Row 4: Morrow, Thomas
Row 5: Picklesimer, Parkhurst
Row 6: Herrington, J. Knowles
Row 7: Lucas, Smith
Row 8: Henderson, Nowell
Row 9: Duplissey, Elliot
Row 10: Nipper, Dykes
Row 11: Garrison, Riner
Row 12: Williams, Horner

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