Talladega Short Track,
Sanction: World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series (Alabama Gang 100 first semifeature) - $4,000
Information provided by: Kevin Kovac, series and track reports (last updated April 22, 4:45 pm)
English cruises to win first prelim at Talladega
Alabama Gang 100 first semifeature
- Tanner English
- Brian Shirley
- Drake Troutman
- Chris Ferguson
- Chris Madden
- Dale McDowell
- Logan Martin
- Shane Clanton
- Matthew Brocato
- David Breazeale
- Dennis Erb Jr.
- Donald McIntosh
- Brent Larson
- Cade Dillard
- Max Blair
- Wil Herrington
- Heath Hindman
- Austin Horton
- Tyler Clem
- Josh Adkins
- Dallas Cooper
Tanner English dominated Friday's first preliminary feature, collecting $4,000 at Talladega Short Track.
What won the race: Tanner English of Benton, Ky., used an inside move out of turn four to take the lead from Drake Troutman on lap two and paced the remaining distance to capture Friday's first 20-lap World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series semifeature at Talladega Short Track. English earned $4,000 and drew the pole starting position for Saturday's dash, which will set the top-six starting spots in the $50,000-to-win Alabama Gang 100 feature.
Quotable: “This place reminds me a lot of my, ya know, kind of home track, Clarksville Speedway,” English said. “This red dirt, this small, tight bullring ... I’m pretty comfortable here and just glad to bust off a good qualifying lap. Start on the front row, that’s what it’s all about. We’re happy.”
Key notes: Brian Shirley moved past Troutman for the runner-up position on lap five and finished 1.403 seconds behind the victor to grab the race's second transfer spot into Saturday's 100-lapper. ... After leading the first lap from the pole, Troutman, a 17-year-old from Hyndman, Pa., finished third. He pulled alongside Shirley down the backstretch on lap 15 but couldn't complete a pass. ... Chris Madden advanced two positions to finish fifth. ... The caution-free race was run with light drizzle falling and lightning flashing in the distance. ... The race lasted five minutes with 15 drivers completing all 20 laps.
On the move: Wil Herrington of Hawkinsville, Ga., started 21st and finished 16th.
Winner's sponsors: English’s Viper Motorsports Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by M&M Painting & Construction, Base Racing Fuels, H&A Development, Viper Risk Management Group, Supreme Enterprises, Capital Waste, Chase Motorsport Coach & Trailer, David Diesel Service, Bachman Trucking, Lents Towing & Recovery, Seay Motors, Creekside Auto Sales, Chiarelli Paving, VIPMAR Construction Services, PA Rubber, Bilstein Shock Absorbers, Schaeffer Racing Oil, Close Racing Supply and SRI Performance.
Points chase: Before Talladega: 1. Chris Madden (974); 2. Kyle Bronson (964); 3. Brian Shirley (952); 4. Ryan Gustin (944); T5. Bobby Pierce (940); T5. Brandon Sheppard (940); 7. Max Blair (926); 8. Nick Hoffman (920); 9. Dennis Erb Jr. (900); 10. Tanner English (878).
Current weather: Broken Clouds, 72°F
Car count: 62
Fast qualifier: Drake Troutman
Time: 12.895 seconds
Polesitter: Drake Troutman
Next series race: April 22, Talladega Short Track (Eastaboga, AL) $50,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.