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Daily Dirt 12/05/2022 11:01:06

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April 9
Sumter Speedway,
Sumter, SC
Sanction: Steel Block Bandits Dirt Late Model Challenge (Billy Cagle Memorial ) - $5,007
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated May 6, 1:53 am)
Mitchell wires Billy Cagle Memorial at Sumter
Billy Cagle Memorial
  1. Dustin Mitchell
  2. Brian Strickland
  3. Derick Quade
  4. Tyler Bare
  5. Willie Milliken
  6. Robbie Emory
  7. Jay Sessoms
  8. Russell Erwin
  9. Gray Parton
  10. Dan Breuer
  11. Michael Batten
  12. Lance Brasington
  13. Derrick Rankin
  14. Cody Wright
  15. Gabe Gable
  16. Landen Zakalowski
  17. Clint Hodges
  18. Matt Long
  19. Justin Mintz
  20. Michael Alderman
  21. Gib Gibbons
  22. Jesse Rockett
  23. Steve Banal
  24. Mike Evock
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What won the race: Leading all 40 laps from the pole, Dustin Mitchell of Pine Level, N.C., won Saturday's second annual Billy Cagle Memorial feature at Sumter Speedway, earning $5,007. The victory is Mitchell's second consecutive and the second of his career with the Steel Block Bandits Dirt Late Model Challenge after winning the season-opening Batten Memorial at Halifax County Motor Speedway.
Quotable: “(The track) locked down pretty soon there. I could feel it already taking rubber probably five laps into the race,” said Mitchell. “I went soft on tires so I was just kinda riding in the corner, riding out, just trying to keep it up under me so I would know I would have enough for the end.”
Key notes: Brian Strickland of Lumberton, N.C., claimed the runner-up position, 2.458 seconds behind Mitchell. ... Derick Quade of Mechanicsville, Md., finished third. ... By finishing seventh, Jay Sessoms of Stanley, N.C., will receive a gift certificate from Ashleigh Shirey for a set of Velocita-USA gloves. ... After running second throughout the entire race, Michael Batten of Rocky Mount, N.C., suffered a flat tire on the last lap and limped to finish 11th. ... Winner of last year's inaugural Billy Cagle Memorial, Steve Banal of Rock Hill, S.C., completed only six laps and finished 23rd. ... Saturday's feature, the opener of Sumter's 65th season and a race which honors the late racing parts distributor and proprietor of Cagle Racing Automotive in Hopkins, S.C., was slowed by three separate incidents, including a 15-minute red flag on lap 19 and lasted 38 minutes, with 15 competitors completing all 40 laps.
On the move: Russell Erwin of Beaverdam, Va., started 16th and finished eighth.
Winner's sponsors: Mitchell’s C&R Motorsports Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Victory Race Engine and sponsored by TWA Concrete, The Muffler Place, ColeBrooke Custom Homes, Honeycutt Custom Cabinets, Harry's Tire and Auto, The Fat Pelican Bare, R.W. Mason Roofing, Superior Automotive, HST Suspension and Penske Racing Shocks.
Points chase: Before Sumter: 1. Dustin Mitchell (55); 2. Dan Breuer (51); T3. Christian Thomas (49); T3. Derick Quade (49); T3. Jay Sessoms (49).
Current weather: Clear, 45°F
Car count: 36
Fast qualifier: Dustin Mitchell
Time: 14.675 seconds
Polesitter: Dustin Mitchell
Heat race winners: Dustin Mitchell, Michael Batten, Derick Quade, Brian Strickland
Consolation race winners: Landen Zakalowski, Michael Alderman
Provisional starters: Lance Brasington, Mike Evock
Next series race: May 20, Carolina Speedway (Gastonia, NC) $5,000
Editor's note: Corrects winner’s chassis manufacturer and updates team sponsors.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Mitchell, Batten
Row 2: Quade, Strickland
Row 3: Bare, Long
Row 4: Milliken, Emory
Row 5: Rockett, Breuer
Row 6: Sessoms, Parton
Row 7: Rankin, Banal
Row 8: Mintz, Erwin
Row 9: Zakalowski, Alderman
Row 10: Gibbons, Hodges
Row 11: Wright, Gable
Row 12: Brasington, Evock

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