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Daily Dirt 09/26/2022 18:10:42

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May 23
Thunderhill Raceway Park,
Summertown, TN
Sanction: Southern All Star Series - $5,000
Information provided by: Staff and series reports (last updated May 24, 5:30 pm)
McDowell rolls to SAS victory at Thunderhill
  1. Dale McDowell
  2. Jason Hiett
  3. Tyler Millwood
  4. Donald McIntosh
  5. Sam Seawright
  6. Chad Thrash
  7. Jay Scott
  8. Riley Hickman
  9. Caleb Ashby
  10. Eric Hickerson
  11. Dane Dacus
  12. Billy Franklin
  13. Bob Gardner
  14. Josh Putnam
  15. Dewayne Kiefer
  16. Scott Cook
  17. Forrest Trent
  18. Rodney Melvin
  19. Mark Dodson
  20. Tommy Taylor
  21. Jim Rogers
  22. Jake Knowles
  23. Greg Love
  24. David Seibers
  25. Scott James
presented by
Connie Putnam
Dale McDowell tours the high banks at Thunderhill.
What won the race: Polesitter Dale McDowell cruised to a 50-lap Southern All Star victory Saturday at Thunderhill Raceway Park, running virtually unchallenged to earn $5,000 in the tour's returned from the coronavirus-forced hiatus.
Quotable: “I came up and watch the heats, and you remininsce a little bit and I see these stands packed and for us race car drivers, we’re fortunate enough and blessed to do this,” McDowell said, “we couldn’t do it with you guys, so thank you."
Key notes: McDowell, who has 42 career series victories, won back-to-back on the tour for the first time since 1996; he capture March 1's opener at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, S.C. ... Eight Thunderhill drivers completed 50 laps. ... Second-running Scott James, making his debut at Thunderhill, retired after seven laps with apparent mechanical problems. … Illinois visitor Bob Gardner spun in turn four on lap 34 to trigger the final caution. ... Provisional starter Greg Love pulled off with a flat tire before the field took the green. ... The Southern All Stars returned to action after the cancellation or postponement of nine races during the coronavirus pandemic, including lost races at Thunderhill.
On the move: Eric Hickerson of Linden, Tenn., started 13th and finished 10th.
Winner's sponsors: McDowell’s Bloomquist Race Car is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by E-Z-Go, New Era Industrial, Quality Natural Gas, Will Kinzer Foundation, Cometic Gasket and Klotz Lubricants.
Points chase: Heading to Thunderhill and after a single series event, Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., had 100 points to lead Michael Brown (96) and Jonathan Davenport (94).
Current weather: Few Clouds, 73°F
Car count: 35
Polesitter: Dale McDowell
Heat race winners: Josh Putnam, Riley Hickman, Eric Hickerson, Bob Gardner
Provisional starters: Greg Love
Next series race: May 30, Senoia Raceway (Senoia, GA) $4,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From staff and series reports

SUMMERTOWN, Tenn. — Updates from Saturday's Southern All Star visit to Thunderhill Raceway Park, a $5,000-to-win event (results unofficial):

Main event

Polesitter Dale McDowell cruised to a 50-lap Southern All Star victory Saturday at Thunderhill Raceway Park, running virtually unchallenged to earn $5,000 in the tour's returned from the coronavirus-forced hiatus.

Heat race results

(Eight laps; top three transfer)

First heat: Josh Putnam, Billy Franklin, Rodney Melvin, Mark Dodson, Oakley Johns, Richard Smith.

Second heat: Riley Hickman, Dewayne Kiefer, Tommy Taylor, Larry Greer, Travis Smith.

Third heat: Eric Hickerson, Jake Knowles, Scott Cook, Forrest Trent, Farrel Skelton.

Fourth heat: Bob Gardner, Dane Dacus, Jim Rogers, Greg Love.

Time trials (unofficial)

Group A
Driver (car no.), hometown, time
Dale McDowell (17m), Chickamauga, Ga., 12.402
Donald McIntosh (7), Dawsonville, Ga., 12.604
Tyler Millwood (31), Kingston, Ga., 12.694
David Seibers (18), Chapel Hill, Tenn., 12.731
Jay Scott (J27), Fayetteville, Tenn., 12.840
Josh Putnam (212), Florence, Ala., 12.862
Riley Hickman (D2), Ooltewah, Tenn., 12.881
Rodney Melvin (33), Benton, Ill., 12.904
Dewayne Kiefer (0), St. Genevieve, Mo., 13.139
Billy Franklin (17), Calera, Ala., 13.160
Tommy Taylor (1D), Lascassas, Tenn., 13.180
Mark Dodson (32), Caledonia, Miss., 13.234
Travis Smith (17), Decatur, Ala., 13.477
Richard Smith (7), Hartselle, Ala., 13.685
Larry Greer (9G), Bowling Green, Ky., 13.730
Oakley Johns (C6), Hohenwald, Tenn., no time
Brayton Laster (13), Greenwood, Ind., no time
Group B
Scott James (83), Bright, Ind., 12.758
Jason Hiett (85), Oxford, Ala., 12.863
Sam Seawright (16), Rainsville, Ala., 12.930
Chad Thrash (1), Meridian, Miss., 12.989
Caleb Ashby (61), Cunningham, Tenn., 13.036
Eric Hickerson (98), Linden, Tenn., 13.137
Bob Gardner (4G), East Peoria, Ill., 13.159
Jake Knowles (66), Rome, Ga., 13.233
Jim Rogers (71k), Statesboro, Ga., 13.270
Scott Cook (13), Shelbyville, Tenn., 13.276
Dane Dacus (54), Lakeland, Tenn., 13.289
Forrest Trent (101), Morristown, Tenn., 13.391
Greg Love (1), Culleoka, Tenn., 13.583
Farrel Skelton (88), Mount Pleasant, Tenn., 14.253
Ben Brocato (713), Muscle Shoals, Ala., no time
Steven Holcomb (16), Santa Fe, Tenn, no time
Chris Harris (M00), Shelbyville, Tenn., no timeSaturda

Saturday’s schedule

Hot laps
- Crate Late Models
- Super Late Models
- Modified sportsman
- Street stocks
- Modified street stocks
- Mini stock
- Mod lite
Time trials
- Crate Late Models
- Super Late Models
- Mod lites
Heat races
- Street stocks
- Mini stocks
- Modified sportsman
- Super Late Models (10 laps)
- Modified street stocks
Hot laps
- Super Late Models locked in
- Mod lites locked in
- Crate Late Models locked in
Feature races
- Street stocks (15 laps)
- Super Late Models (50 laps)
- Mini stock (15 laps)
- Mod lites (15 laps)
- Crate Late Models (20 laps)
- Modified sportsman (15 laps)
- Modified street stocks (15 laps)

Feature lineup

Row 1: McDowell, James
Row 2: McIntosh, Hiett
Row 3: Millwood, Seawright
Row 4: Seibers, Thrash
Row 5: Scott, Ashby
Row 6: Putnam, Hickman
Row 7: Hickerson, Gardner
Row 8: Franklin, Kiefer
Row 9: Knowles, Dacus
Row 10: Melvin, Taylor
Row 11: Cook, Rogers
Row 12: Dodson, Trent
Row 13: Love

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