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Daily Dirt 03/30/2023 16:13:10

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May 23
Cochran Motor Speedway,
Cochran, GA
Sanction: Crate Racin’ USA - $2,500
Information provided by: Series reports (last updated May 26, 7:13 am)
Cody Overton dominates Crate USA opener
  1. Cody Overton
  2. Jordy Nipper
  3. Max Blair
  4. Jody Knowles
  5. Parker Martin
  6. Dusty Jones
  7. T.J. Brittain
  8. Cruz Skinner
  9. Ben Faircloth
  10. Blake Smith
  11. Trent Lloyd
  12. Corey Dunn
  13. Marcus Minga
  14. Garrett Smith
  15. Wil Herrington
  16. Troy Dixon
  17. Rye Faulk
  18. Logan Palmer
  19. Sam Carter
  20. Matthew Wyatt
  21. Tyler Sanders
  22. Ryan Boudreaux
  23. Ty Ellis
  24. Tom Egner
  25. Jimmy Price
  26. Tyler Mimbs
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Cody Overton celebrates at Cochran Motor Speedway.
What won the race: Cody Overton of Evans, Ga., checked off an item on his bucket list with a flag-to-flag victory worth $2,500 in Saturday night's 50-lap Newsome Raceway Parts Crate Racin’ USA Dirt Late Model Series season opener at Cochran Motor Speedway. He dominated the event, beating Jordy Nipper to the finish line by a commanding margin of 5.362 seconds.
Quotable: "This is the biggest win of my career,” an emotional Overton said. "My brother (Brandon) has won races all over the country, but I have always wanted to win one of these Crate Racin’ USA races and this was a tough field here tonight. Now I've got a Golden Helmet trophy to put on the shelf."
Key notes: Overton started from the pole position and was never seriously challenged as he handled six restarts with ease en route to his first-ever triumph on the Crate Late Model tour. ... Overton's checkered flag came on the same night that his older brother, Brandon, was victorious in the unsanctioned unsanctioned Gene Maine Memorial for Super Late Models at Needmore Speedway in Norman Park, Ga. ... Nipper reached second on a lap-14 restart and stayed there to the finish. ... Pennsylvania Max Blair, staying in Georgia to run his Crate car after competing in two Lucas Oil Series shows at Golden Isles Speedway near Brunswick, Ga., shot from fifth to third on a lap-43 restart and finished in the final podium position. ... Twelve of the 26 starters completed all 50 circuits. ... The event was run without spectators due to coronavirus concerns and streamed live on Speed51.com.; an identical $2,500-to-win show for the series will be run at Cochran on Sunday.
On the move: Trynt Lloyd of Jacksonville, Fla., started 26th and finished 11th. He was relegated to the rear of the field by a deck-height issue that disqualified him from his qualifying time.
Winner's sponsors: Overton’s Rocket Chassis is sponsored by Mid-State Equipment, E-Z-Go, AutoPlus and Signal Hygiene.
Points chase: It was the tour's first event of the 2020 season.
Current weather: Clear, 84°F
Car count: 26
Fast qualifier: T.J. Brittain
Time: 14.931 seconds
Polesitter: Cody Overton
Next series race: May 29, Tri-County Speedway (Pollard, AL) $2,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Overton, Brittain
Row 2: Knowles, Nipper
Row 3: Martin, Jones
Row 4: G. Smith, Skinner
Row 5: Minga, Blair
Row 6: Palmer, Faircloth
Row 7: Price, B. Smith
Row 8: Boudreaux, Dunn
Row 9: Wyatt, Mimbs
Row 10: Ellis, Sanders
Row 11: Egner, Faulk
Row 12: Dixon, Carter
Row 13: Herrington, Lloyd

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