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July 26
Talladega Short Track,
Eastaboga, AL
Sanction: Southern All Star Series (Michael Head Jr. Memorial) - $4,000
Information provided by: Connie Putnam and track reports (last updated July 27, 9:35 am)
Weaver wins Talladega for fourth in a row
Michael Head Jr. Memorial
  1. Randy Weaver
  2. Riley Hickman
  3. Ronnie Johnson
  4. Tim Busha
  5. Josh Adkins
  6. Dingus Griffin
  7. Mike Marlar
  8. Doug King
  9. Tim Roszell
  10. Chris Wilson
  11. Austin Kirkpatrick
  12. Dylan Ames
  13. Todd Morrow
  14. Skip Freeman
  15. Lavon Sparks
  16. Dillon Tidmore
  17. David Seibers
  18. Dillon Crim
  19. Joe Armistead Jr.
  20. Josh Putnam
  21. Tom Maddox
  22. Danny Peoples
  23. Scott Dedwylder
  24. Dane Dacus
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Connie Putnam/photobyconnie.com
The winner's father Glen Weaver (left) shakes hands with Mike Head after Randy Weaver's victory in the Michael Head Jr. Memorial.
What won the race: Winning his fourth straight race, Randy Weaver of Crossville, Tenn., won a mid-race duel with Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, Tenn., to win Saturday at Talladega Short Track. He earned $4,000 in the Southern All Star-sanctioned Michael Head Jr. Memorial and Weaver's 24th series victory ties him with Mike Head for fourth on the all-time series list.
Key notes: Weaver won his previous three races in a new Longhorn Chassis, but he piloted his GRT Race Car outfitted with his spec-engine package. ... Weaver's father, who is battling pancreatic cancer, joined his son in victory lane. ... Former race winner Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, Tenn., slipped by Weaver just before a lap-18 yellow, but Weaver regained the point on lap 21. ... SAS points leader Riley Hickman of Ooltewah, Tenn., took second from Johnson on lap 34. ... Tom Maddox of Centre, Ala., got into the wall on the fourth lap to draw the first caution. ... Todd Morrow of East Ridge, Tenn., won the previous two series races at Talladega but wasn't a factor after spinning on an early restart. ... Polesitter Josh Putnam of Florence, Ala., lost an engine while running third on the 15th lap and retired. ... The race honored the son of long-time Georgia dirt racer Mike Head who was murdered in Atlanta more than 17 years ago. ... Brad Berry won the Limited Late Model feature and Adam Gauldin the Crate Late Model feature.
On the move: Hickman came forward from seventh to finish second.
Winner's sponsors: Weaver's GRT Race Car is sponsored by A.F. Stone Professional Medical Services, Hoosier Racing Tire, Mission Transport, Outlaw Race Parts, SlickerGraphics.com, Stone Land Clearing & Excavating, The Bailey Company and VP Racing Fuels.
Points chase: Hickman extended his points lead over Morrow with a runner-up finish; Morrow was 13th in the final rundown.
Car count: 31
Fast qualifier: Randy Weaver
Time: 13.77 seconds
Polesitter: Josh Putnam
Consolation race winners: Chris Wilson, Tim Roszell
Provisional starters: Dane Dacus, Dillon Crim
Next series race: August 2, Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, SC) $5,000
Editor's note: Fixes Weaver's chassis to GRT Race Car sted Longhorn Chassis.
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