What won the race: Second-starting Chris Hough of Calhoun, Ga., took the point from race-long leader Sawyer Tinker on lap 25 and paced the final 26 circuits at Rome Speedway, winning Saturday's $5,000 49th annual Independence 50 feature. Hough collected his first Red Clay 602 Crate Late Model Series victory of the season.
Key notes: Nineteenth-starting Cass Fowler moved into the runner-up position on a lap-44 restart and kept pace with Hough in the closing laps, finishing just 0.681 of a second back. ... Sawyer Tinker led the first 24 laps from the pole before fading to finish third. ... Dylan Perry advanced eight positions and finished fourth. ... Tate Nicholson gained 10 spots and finished sixth. ... Koulten Herbert started 25th and finished eighth. ... Entering as the Red Clay 602 series points leader, Michael Courtney finished 26th after retiring on lap 13. ... Saturday's 49th annual Independence Day feature was slowed by five cautions and lasted 33 minutes, with 11 competitors completing all 50 laps.
On the move: Cass Fowler of Woodstock, Ga., started 19th and finished second.
Winner's sponsors: Hough’s Capital Race Car is sponsored by Hough’s Flooring, BJ’s Flooring, Weather Pro Services, LLC, Tony’s Steak Barn, Gallman’s Masonry, RRR Transportation Co., JSR-Jeff Smith Racing, Brian’s Auto Sales, Dixon Construction, B&A Farms, Hayes Radiator Repair, RAM, Overstock Floorz, Martin Motorsport Racing Shocks and Allsouth Signs and Graffix.
Points chase: After Rome: 1. Dylan Perry (272); T2. Matt Steward (250); T2. Sam Ellison (250); 4. Koulten Herbert (230); 5. David Singleton (218).
Current weather: Few Clouds, 75°F
Car count: 50
Fast qualifier: Sawyer Tinker
Time: 14.975 seconds
Polesitter: Sawyer Tinker
Heat race winners: Sawyer Tinker, Chris Hough, Hayden Swaney, Nathan Bray
Consolation race winners: Tim Clark, Chuck Padgett
Provisional starters: Sam Ellison, Dusty Quillen, Koulten Herbert, Bradley Hamilton
Next series race: July 8, I-75 Raceway (Sweetwater, TN) $2,000