Thunderhill Raceway Park,
Sanction: Southern All Star Series (July Fourth Spectacular 40) - $4,000
Information provided by: Robert Holman (last updated July 7, 7:16 pm)
Dacus beats rain, SAS foes at Thunderhill
July Fourth Spectacular 40
- Dane Dacus
- Ashton Winger
- Riley Hickman
- Josh Putnam
- David Breazeale
- Zach Leonhardi
- David Gentry
- Ray McElhiney
- Brad Skinner
- Mark Dodson
- Scott Cook
- Mitch Thornton
- Clint Nichols
- Farrel Skelton
- Eric Hickerson
- Tommy Taylor
Dane Dacus talks about his Southern All Stars win at Thunderhill.
What won the race: Dane Dacus of Lakeland, Tenn., turned back an early charge from Josh Putnam and then a late rally from Ashton Winger before finally beating Mother Nature. From his outside front row starting spot, Dacus led flag-to-flag in Saturday’s rain-shortened Southern All Stars race at Thunderhill Speedway for a $4,000 victory. He was two laps shy of the scheduled 40 when rain picked up and series officials called the race complete.Dane Dacus led flag-to-flag to win Saturday's Southern All Star race at Thunderhill. The race was halted on lap 38 of 40 due to rain.
Quotable: “The car was flawless all night. It hot lapped good, qualified good (and was) good in the feature,” said Dacus. “The only thing that was really holding us up was the rain there. The car was good all night. … We were just trying to get to (the lapped cars) and pass ‘em. Everybody did a good job. Everybody held there line, so it was a good race.”
Key notes: Dacus recorded his third career Southern All Star triumph. … His last series victory was July 8, 2017 at Thunderhill. … With rain falling around the high-banked, quarter-mile oval, Winger, who started fifth, made a handful of attempts to pass Dacus in the waning laps before settling for second. … Winger of Hampton, Ga., piloted the No. 17 of Calera, Ala.’s Billy Franklin, who was out of town on a business trip. … Rain began falling on lap 12 and the race was slowed on lap 24 when picked up noticeably. But after letting up slightly the race went green again for the final 14 lap rush to lap 38. … Nine of the 16 starters completed 38 laps. … Greg Love scratched after hot laps.
On the move: Georgian Zach Leonhardi started 11th and finished sixth.
Winner's sponsors: Dacus drives a Rocket Chassis powered by a Dargie engine and sponsored by Fair Oaks Ranch, O.H. Hendricks Race Metal and Big Daddy's Garage.
Points chase: Before Thunderhil, David Breazeale (598 points) of Four Corners, Miss., led Zach Leonhardi (584), Riley Hickman (582), Billy Franklin (526) and Andrew Littleton (410).
Current weather: Mostly Cloudy, 75°F
Car count: 17
Fast qualifier: Josh Putnam
Time: 12.078 seconds
Polesitter: Josh Putnam
Next series race: July 13, Magnolia Motor Speedway (Columbus, MS) $4,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.