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Daily Dirt 09/28/2023 02:43:02

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May 20
Carolina Speedway,
Gastonia, NC
Sanction: Steel Block Bandits - $4,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated May 23, 12:11 am)
Mitchell earns $4,000 for third Bandits victory
  1. Dustin Mitchell
  2. Michael Batten
  3. Tyler Bare
  4. Michael Rouse
  5. Cody Wright
  6. Tommy Jones
  7. Derrick Rankin
  8. Robbie Emory
  9. Willie Milliken
  10. Brian Strickland
  11. Alex Hendren
  12. Jesse Rockett
  13. Mike Evock
  14. Timmy Rominger
  15. Dan Breuer
  16. Lance Brasington
  17. Timmy Blackwell
  18. Mike Clark
  19. Russell Erwin
  20. Matt Long
  21. Jay Sessoms
  22. Gray Parton
  23. Steve Dietrich
  24. Timbo Mangum
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Dustin Mitchell celebrates his victory at Carolina Speedway.
What won the race: Fast qualifier and current points leader Dustin Mitchell of Pine Level, N.C., raced to the $4,000 Steel Block Bandits Dirt Late Model Challenge victory on Friday night at Carolina Speedway. He took the checkers 0.728 seconds ahead of Michael Batten for his third series victory of 2022.
Quotable: “We had a good car when we unloaded,” Mitchell said. “We were fast in hot laps, fast in qualifying and were pretty good there in the heat. We tightened up a little bit too much for the (feature) race there."
Key notes: Contact between Dustin Mitchell and fellow heat race winner Russell Erwin early in the race sent Erwin spinning. He did not return and finished 19th. … Jay Sessoms, Matt Long and Jesse Rockett tangled on the restart, ending the night for both Sessoms and Long. … With his win, Mitchell now sits atop The Steel Block Bandits Dirt Late Model Challenge leaderboard with three victories. … Tyler Bare used a GM CT525 engine en route to his podium finish. … Derrick Quade, was was second in points entering the event, had engine trouble in his heat race and didn’t start the feature. … The second round of the doubleheader weekend in the Tar Heel State takes place on Saturday at Friendship Motor Speedway for the event paying $5,000 to the winner.
On the move: Derrick Rankin of Stuarts Draft, Va., started 21st and finished seventh.
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 Carolina: 1. Dustin Mitchell (159); 2. Derick Quade (141); 3. Russell Erwin (140); T4. Brian Strickland (132); T4. Tyler Bare (132).
Current weather: Scattered Clouds, 68°F
Car count: 30
Fast qualifier: Dustin Mitchell
Time: 15.922 seconds
Heat race winners: Russell Erwin, Cody Wright, Dustin Mitchell, Tyler Bare
Consolation race winners: Gray Parton, Mike Evock
Next series race: May 21, Friendship Motor Speedway (Elkin, NC) $5,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
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