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Daily Dirt 09/23/2023 06:26:05

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April 20
Ponderosa Speedway,
Junction City, KY
Sanction: Schaeffer's Spring Nationals (Spring Showdown) - $4,000
Information provided by: Alli Collis (last updated April 21, 2:13 pm)
Chilton outruns Carrier for Ponderosa win
Spring Showdown
  1. Michael Chilton
  2. Eddie Carrier Jr.
  3. Aaron Ridley
  4. Eric Wells
  5. Jason Jameson
  6. Stephen Breeding
  7. Casey Roberts
  8. Zach Leonhardi
  9. Jason Miller
  10. Todd Coffman
  11. Buzz Williams
  12. Forrest Trent
  13. Chicky Barton
  14. Jeff Neubert
  15. Ryan King
  16. Jonathan Couch
  17. Steve Stollings
  18. Fred Perry Jr.
  19. Nathan Vawter
  20. Austin Taylor
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Michael Chilton celebrates his $4,000 Spring Nationals victory.
What won the race: Using lapped traffic to his advantage, third-starting Michael Chilton of Salvisa, Ky., edged ahead of outside polesitter Eddie Carrier Jr. down the backstretch on lap 29 of 40, pulling away late-race for a $4,000 Schaeffer's Spring Nationals victory at Ponderosa Speedway.
Quotable: "I knew Eric (Wells) was a little softer on tires and I thought that was probably not right but I wasn't sure," Chilton said after the race. "I seen him start fading and then Eddie (Carrier) got out and I thought, 'I just need to pace myself here.' I found me a line down real, real low in three and four that worked ... Lapped cars were in the right place. I kind of had to do a bold move there and (Carrier) kind of got squeezed in the wall. But I appreciate him running me clean."
Key notes: Chilton, a former Ponderosa champion, scored his second career Spring Nationals victory. His first came at the Junction City oval in 2016. … In its first five events, the Spring Nationals tour has had four winners. Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., the lone repeat winner, didn't compete at Ponderosa. … The race was slowed by two cautions. … The first yellow flag waved on lap 14 when Fred Perry spun in turn two. … Nathan Vawter drew a caution on lap 17 when he spun in turn four. … Mark and Sharon Naylor are in their first year as owners at Ponderosa. ... Connor Meade of Clay City, Ky., was the winner of the Crate Late Model feature.
On the move: Jason Jameson of Lawrenceburg, Ind., advanced from the eighth starting spot to finish fifth.
Winner's sponsors: Chilton drives a Rocket Chassis with a Bullock Race Engine and is sponsored by Parkview Home Center, Caton Industrial Painting, Chilton's Lawn & Maintenance, PPM Racing Products, Brucebuilt Performance and Kamikazi Web Works.
Points chase: After Ponderosa, Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., tops the standings with 938 points over Casey Roberts (908), Zach Leonhardi (898), Aaron Ridley (892) and Ryan King (844).
Car count: 21
Fast qualifier: Eddie Carrier Jr.
Time: 13.228 seconds
Polesitter: Eric Wells
Dash winner: Eric Wells
Consolation race winners: Stephen Breeding, Aaron Ridley
Next series race: April 21, Florence Speedway (Union, KY) $5,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Wells, Carrier
Row 2: Chilton, Roberts
Row 3: Breeding, Ridley
Row 4: Leonhardi, Jameson
Row 5: Miller, Coffman
Row 6: King, Barton
Row 7: Williams, Trent
Row 8: Vawter, Neubert
Row 9: Taylor, Couch
Row 10: Welshan, Stollings
Row 11: Perry
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