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April 17
Smoky Mountain Speedway,
Maryville, TN
Sanction: Steel Block Bandits Dirt Late Model Challenge (Rockin' with the Stars) - $5,000
Information provided by: Staff and series reports (last updated April 19, 5:13 pm)
McCarter repels Hedgecock at Smoky Mountain
Rockin' with the Stars
  1. Mack McCarter
  2. Cory Hedgecock
  3. Jason Manley
  4. Matt Henderson
  5. Russell Erwin
  6. Austin Neely
  7. Robbie Emory
  8. Derick Quade
  9. Kyle Courtney
  10. Jason Cardwell
  11. Shaun Harrell
  12. Bobby Giffin
  13. Roger Best
  14. Willie Milliken
  15. Mitchell Burke
  16. Ruben Mayfield
  17. Clint Hodges
  18. Chuck Southard
  19. Chris Lewis
  20. Michael Dotson
  21. Taylor Puckett
  22. Ross White
  23. Sammie Russell
  24. Kelvin White
  25. Jordan Horton
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Michael Moats/mrmracing.net
Mack McCarter scored a $5,000 steel-block victory at Smoky Mountain.
What won the race: Turning back Cory Hedgecock’s furious charge over the final two laps, Mack McCarter of Gatlinburg, Tenn., edged Hedgecock by six-thousandths of a second to win Saturday’s Steel Block Bandits Dirt Late Model Challenge feature at Smoky Mountain Speedway.
Quotable: “My car tightened up quite a bit,” McCarter said. “When that tire finally fired, I was just so tight. It took all the guts I had just to finish that race. It was a heck of a race. I mean, we was pulling sliders and everything else. (The top of the track) is really good. It’s come in. Roger (Sellers) and his crew really did a great job on the track.”
Key notes: Building a seemingly comfortably lead of nearly a half straightaway in the waning laps, McCarter barely survived Hedgecock’s late rally. … Hedgecock closed the gap dramatically on the final two laps and pulled to the inside of the leader exiting turn four, giving fans a photo finish, while leaving those without the benefit of electronic scoring unsure of the winner until it was announced over the PA system. … McCarter took the lead from Hedgecock on lap 12 and led the next 17 circuits before Hedgecock slid by to lead lap 29. … The two split the lapped car of Chris Lewis as McCarter surged back in front. … The race was slowed by five cautions, all in the first 19 laps. … Polesitter Willie Milliken led 10 laps before slowing with a left rear flat to draw the second caution, handing the lead to Hedgecock. … Kyle Courtney was running third when he slowed with a flat on lap 19, drawing the final caution. … The upstart Steel Block Bandits tour shared the card with a $5,000-to-win Southern All Stars feature, won by Johnson City, Tenn.’s Jensen Ford.
On the move: Robby Emory of Milton, Del., started 14th and finished seventh.
Winner's sponsors: McCarter’s CVR Race Car is sponsored by West End Package Store, Tennessee Homemade Wines, Hidden Valley Cattle Ranch, Parkway Liquor Store, Jim Beeman Lumber, McCarter Farms and Ohlins.
Points chase: This was the upstart tour’s first-ever race.
Current weather: Broken Clouds, 61°F
Car count: 27
Fast qualifier: Willie Milliken
Time: 17.170 seconds
Polesitter: Willie Milliken
Heat race winners: Willie Milliken, Jason Manley, Mack McCarter
Next series race: May 22, 311 Motor Speedway (Pine Hall, NC) $5,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Milliken, Manley
Row 2: McCarter, Hedgecock
Row 3: Courtney, Neely
Row 4: Cardwell, Erwin
Row 5: Henderson, Quade
Row 6: Harrell, Horton
Row 7: Emory, Giffin
Row 8: Puckett, R. White
Row 9: Best, Burke
Row 10: Lewis, Hodges
Row 11: Russell, Dotson
Row 12: Southard, Mayfield
Row 13: K. White

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