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November 3
Southern Raceway,
Milton, FL
Sanction: Crate Racin’ USA (Southern 100) - $10,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated November 5, 7:28 am)
Knowles cruises to Southern 100 victory
Southern 100
  1. Jake Knowles
  2. Andy Picklesimer
  3. Joseph Joyner
  4. Clint Smith
  5. Bryant Marsh
  6. Jamey Boland
  7. Travis Pennington
  8. Colton Leyendecker
  9. Walker Arthur
  10. DG Hawkins
  11. Marcus Minga
  12. Micah McCall
  13. Steven Jernigan
  14. Rodney Bruce
  15. Kyle Bryant
  16. James Gilmore
  17. Oakley Johns
  18. Monte Skinner
  19. Ashton Winger
  20. Ryan Boudreaux
  21. T.J. Brittain
  22. Kenneth Montiel
  23. Tyler Wood
  24. Bo Slay
presented by
Phil Frye
Jake Knowles heads for the $10,000 checkers in Milton, Fla.
What won the race: Inheriting the lead from Travis Pennington on lap 25, Jake Knowles of Rome, Ga., led the remaining 75 laps to win the 11th annual Southern 100 Saturday at Southern Raceway. Knowles held off 2016 Southern 100 winner Andy Picklesimer for a $10,000 payday.
On the move: Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga., started 14th and finished fourth.
Winner's sponsors: Knowles drives a Longhorn Chassis sponsored by Buster Goss Body Shop, Knowles Race Parts & Bodies, Josh Roberts Trucking, Curbow Logging, Martins Wrecker Service, AG Calf Ranch and JW Motorsports.
Points chase: After Milton, Ashton Winger (1,236) of Fayetteville, Ga., leads Jake Knowles (1,226) by 10 points.
Car count: 26
Fast qualifier: Ashton Winger
Time: 15.325 seconds
Polesitter: Ashton Winger
Heat race winners: Ashton Winger, Travis Pennington, Joseph Joiner
Consolation race winners: Micah McCall
Next series race: November 23, Magnolia Motor Speedway (Columbus, MS) $10,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From staff and series reports

MILTON, Fla. — With only two events remaining on the 2018 Durrence Layne Chevrolet Series calendar, Jake Knowles needed to find an edge in the tour’s tight points battle. He found just the advantage he was looking for in Milton, Fla. Knowles, of Rome, Ga., drove to his fourth series victory of the season Saturday at Southern Raceway, winning the 11th annual Southern 100 while collecting a $10,000 payday.

Knowles finished 2.499 seconds ahead of 2016 Southern 100 winner Andy Picklesimer of Ooltewah, Tenn., with local standout Joseph Joyner of Milton, finishing third. Making a rare road trip, four-time Southern All Stars champion and former World of Outlaws regular Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga., rallied from 13th to finish fourth, while Bryant Marsh of Corinth, Miss., completed the top five.

Knowles, who inherited the lead on lap 25 when then-leader Travis Pennington of Stapleton, Ga., slowed with a flat tire, withstood a bevy of cautions — 14 total — but raced relatively unchallenged after taking over the top spot. He said racing on Southern Raceway’s always tricky surface was as much about tire management as anything else.

“This was the first time I have been here racing in the sand, but I knew I had to be patient, manage my tires, and try to get through the lapped traffic without abusing them,” Knowles said. “I knew Andy (Picklesimer) was close to me in traffic, but I knew he would race me clean when it came down to racing for the win. I was just trying to run just fast enough to stay out front.”

As the series for Crate Late Models headed to the gulf coast for its 14th race of the season, Knowles trailed series leader Ashton Winger of Fayetteville, Ga., by 48 points. Both had three series wins. Trying to close the gap before heading to the final race of the season Nov. 23-24 at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Miss., Knowles caught the break he needed when Winger had trouble on lap 68.

Winger, who had already experienced the misfortune of an early race spin while running third, was trying to race his way back into the top five. He managed to climb back to eighth, but on a restart following a lap-69 caution, Winger suddenly slowed. Monte Skinner of Saraland, Ala., couldn’t avoid Winger and crashed into the left side of his slowing machine.

Winger’s bad luck — he was credited with 19th place at the finish — allowed Knowles to trim 36 markers from the points lead. As the tour heads to Mississippi in three weeks for the season finale, Knowles trails Winger by a scant 10 points.

With Winger off the track Saturday, Knowles was left to simply concentrate on hitting his marks in order to stay ahead of Picklesimer. Picklesimer managed to keep pace, but barely. He cut down a right-rear tire on the final circuit, but somehow managed to keep Joyner at bay.

“I think I used more energy in the last half lap of the race than I used in the 99 previous laps just to get to the checkered flag,” said Picklesimer. “I don’t know what it is about this place, but we always seem to do well here. This sand is so much different than what we race on at home, so maybe I just need to move down here, and I know the weather is better most of the year.”

Notes: Previous series victories for Knowles came at Greenville (Miss.) Speedway; Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, Ala.; and North Alabama Speedway near Tuscumbia. … Fourteen of the 24 starters finished the race, with 12 completing all 100 circuits. … Early leader Travis Pennington rallied from his flat on lap 25 to finish seventh. … Tennessean Oakley Johns finished 17th after starting sixth. … Cory Hedgecock of Loudon, Tenn., who led the series points through the tour’s Oct. 6 stop at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tenn., was not in attendance. … The series wraps up its season Nov. 23-24 with the Possum Town Grand Prix at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Miss. … The Southern 100 and the PTGP are the tour’s richest races of the season, with each paying $10,000 to win.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Winger, Pennington
Row 2: Joiner, Knowles
Row 3: Picklesimer, Johns
Row 4: Slay, Hawkins
Row 5: Marsh, Leyendecker
Row 6: Skinner, Boland
Row 7: C. Smith, Bryant
Row 8: Arthur, Gilmore
Row 9: Lewis, Boudreaux
Row 10: McCall, Minga
Row 11: Jernigan, Bruce
Row 12: Montiel, Wood

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