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July 1
Senoia Raceway,
Senoia, GA
Sanction: Hunt the Front Super Dirt Series (Independence Shootout) - $10,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated July 3, 11:16 pm)
Owens earns first victory of season at Senoia
Independence Shootout
  1. Jimmy Owens
  2. Carson Ferguson
  3. Pearson Lee Williams
  4. Dalton Cook
  5. Ben Watkins
  6. Tyler Millwood
  7. Josh Putnam
  8. Trey Mills
  9. Donald McIntosh
  10. Cla Knight
  11. Anthony Sanders
  12. Matt Dooley
  13. Joseph Joiner
  14. Wil Herrington
  15. Jason Croft
  16. Payton Freeman
  17. Austin Horton
  18. John Henderson
  19. Dennis Franklin
  20. Glenn Morris
  21. Bo Slay
  22. Ryan Crane
  23. Willie Milliken
  24. Will Roland
  25. Brenden Smith
  26. Michael Page
  27. Dennis Hale
  28. Sam Seawright
  29. Christian Thomas
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Jimmy Owens grabbed a $10,000 victory in Senoia, Ga.
What won the race: Fourth-starting Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., used the high line to take the lead on a lap-16 restart and survived several late cautions to capture Saturday's 50-lap Independence Shootout at Senoia Raceway. He earned $10,000 for his first victory of the season — and first driving for Koehler Motorsports — in the event co-sanctioned by the Ultimate Southeast Super Late Model Series and Hunt the Front Super Dirt Series.
Quotable: “We’ve been up and down all year you know, not having near the runs we’ve wanted to,” Owens said. “It’s great to come down here. The track’s a little slicker and racy, and you know, I'm just glad to get a win for the Koehler Motorsports guys and I can’t thank them enough. It was a good night. Maybe we can get a little better and get a little more consistent.”
Key notes: Owens won in his first-ever Hunt the Front start. ... He has two career Ultimate Southeast victories. ... His best previous 2023 finish in a full-field feature was fifth, twice in Lucas Oil Series action. ... Seventh-starting Carson Ferguson made an outside pass to grab the runner-up position on a lap-39 restart and trailed Owens the rest of the way, finishing 1.118 seconds back. ... Pearson Lee Williams advanced 12 positions and finished third. ... Ninth-starting Dalton Cook moved into fourth on lap 41. ... Ben Watkins gained six spots and finished fifth. ... Eighth-starting Tyler Millwood was one of the few drivers running the extreme outside in the closing laps and finished sixth. ... Fourth-running Joseph Joiner drew the race's fourth caution when contact with Austin Horton led to him spinning in turn three on lap 38; both drivers were forced to tag the field, with Joiner rebounding to finish 13th and Horton placing 17th. ... Second-starting Payton Freeman led the first 15 laps before giving way to Owens; he pitted from seventh with a flat tire on lap 38 and finished 16th. ... Michael Page drew the second yellow with a spin on lap 19, then proceeded to drive around the track backwards for nearly a full lap, stopping to show his displeasure with Pearson Lee Williams; video replay showed that Josh Putnam may have had a hand in helping to turn Page. ... The feature was slowed by six cautions and lasted 50 minutes, with 18 drivers completing 50 laps.
On the move: Pearson Lee Williams of Dublin, Ga., started 15th and finished third.
Winner's sponsors: Owens drives a Koehler Motorsports Rocket Chassis powered by a Vic Hill Racing Engine and sponsored by Reece Monument Company, Tim Short Auto Group, Red Line Oil, Georgia Arms Ammunition, Goodridge Fluid Transfer Systems, Five Star Metal Buildings, Capital Waste, Midwest Sheet Metal and Penske Racing Shocks.
Points chase: After Senoia (HTF): 1. Josh Putnam (590); 2. Wil Herrington (586); 3. Trey Mills (566); 4. Joseph Joiner (562); 5. Payton Freeman (542). After Senoia (Ultimate SE): 1. Anthony Sanders (171); 2. Dennis Franklin (166); 3. Willie Milliken (159); 4. Christian Thomas (135); T5. Ben Watkins (133); T5. Greg Clark (133).
Current weather: Clear, 79°F
Car count: 39
Fast qualifier: Josh Putnam
Time: 15.105 seconds
Polesitter: Austin Horton
Heat race winners: Austin Horton, Joseph Joiner, Payton Freeman, Jimmy Owens
Consolation race winners: Dennis Franklin, Cla Knight
Provisional starters: Willie Milliken, Ryan Crane, Anthony Sanders, Brenden Smith, Christian Thomas, Bo Slay
Next series race: August 5, Duck River Raceway Park (Wheel, TN) $20,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Horton, Freeman
Row 2: Joiner, Owens
Row 3: Mills, McIntosh
Row 4: Ca. Ferguson, Millwood
Row 5: Cook, Hale
Row 6: Watkins, M. Page
Row 7: Putnam, Henderson
Row 8: Williams, Morris
Row 9: Franklin, Knight
Row 10: Dooley, Seawright
Row 11: Herrington, Roland
Row 12: Milliken, Crane
Row 13: A. Sanders, Smith
Row 14: Thomas, Slay
Row 15: Croft

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