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February 23
Southern Raceway,
Milton, FL
Sanction: Rogers Dabbs Crate Racin’ USA Winter Shootout (Battle at the Beach) - $10,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated February 25, 1:29 am)
Leyendecker wins $10,000 CRUSA Winter finale
Battle at the Beach
  1. Colton Leyendecker
  2. Corey Neil Jr.
  3. Matt Henderson
  4. Joseph Joiner
  5. Steven Jernigan
  6. Will Roland
  7. Tyler Millwood
  8. JC Wilson
  9. Matt Dooley
  10. John Winge
  11. Trent McLeod
  12. Arlan Smith
  13. Austin Storm
  14. Briar Cheatham
  15. Bo Slay
  16. Jake Rainey
  17. Cody Cook
  18. Mario Gresham
  19. Matthew Cain
  20. Jimmy Thomas
  21. Tim Anderson
  22. Larry Fitzsimmons
  23. Cody Smith
  24. Jesse Enterkin
  25. Ryan French
presented by
Jim DenHamer
Colton Leyendecker poses with the winner's hardware from Saturday's Battle at the Beach.
What won the race: Using an outside move to slip around early leader Corey Neil Jr., second-starting Colton Leyendecker of Holt, Fla., led the final 36 laps to win Saturday's $10,000 seventh annual Battle at the Beach at Southern Raceway. Leyendecker scored his first feature victory of the season and his first career Crate Racin' USA Winter Shootout Series triumph.
Quotable: “I’ve been in some long (races) here, but probably not (93 minutes),” Leyendecker said. “The 24 (Steven Jernigan) was crowding the crap outta me every start there and I just finally got good and he gave me a little bit of room here down the frontstretch and I drove by him. I was right behind the 7 (Corey Neil Jr.), so I just let her go right on into (turn) three too and crowded him a little bit. I did what I had to do and was thankful to get by both of them.”
Key notes: The pole-starting Neil, of Bridge City, Texas, settled for second after leading the first 14 laps, taking the checkers 0.833 of a second behind Leyendecker. ... Sixth-starting Matt Henderson moved into third on a lap-25 restart and completed the podium finishers. ... Joseph Joiner improved eight positions and finished fourth at his home track. ... Steven Jernigan ran as high as second in the early laps before fading to round-out the top five. ... Will Roland persevered through multiple incidents and finished sixth, clinching the Winter Shootout Series title. ... Roland's closest challenger, Tyler Millwood ran as high fourth in the opening stages before slipping to finish seventh. ... John Winge gained seven spots and finished 10th, the last driver running at the finish. ... Saturday's feature was marred by multiple incidents, the largest coming on lap six when Mario Gresham spun from eighth and triggered a six-car melee that ended with Ryan French's car nearly getting upside down; it took 30 minutes to get French's car righted and towed back to the pits. ... The race's second red flag came on the ensuing restart when Will Roland and Bo Slay made contact, sending Larry Fitzsimmons spinning and getting pushed over onto his roof; the multi-car skirmish required 15 minutes for cleanup and ended the nights for Fitzsimmons, Cody Smith and Jesse Enterkin. ... All drivers were unhurt. ... Slay, of Milton, Fla., continued until spinning from eighth to draw the race's 12th and final caution on lap 32. ... Saturday's 50-lap main event lasted 93 minutes, with 10 drivers completing the distance.
On the move: Matt Dooley of Fayetteville, Ga., started 24th and finished ninth.
Winner's sponsors: Leyendecker’s Longhorn Chassis carries sponsorship from Ward built Fabrication, CJL Construction, CJL Homes, Renegade Race and Performance Fuel by Wilson and Bilstein Shocks.
Points chase: Final: 1. Will Roland (562); 2. Matt Henderson (528); 3. Tyler Millwood (526); 4. Mario Gresham (476); 5. John Winge (420).
Current weather: Clear, 61°F
Car count: 25
Fast qualifier: Colton Leyendecker
Time: 15.462 seconds
Polesitter: Corey Neil Jr.
Heat race winners: Will Roland, Colton Leyendecker, Corey Neil Jr.
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Neil Jr., Leyendecker
Row 2: Roland, Millwood
Row 3: Jernigan, Henderson
Row 4: Wilson, Gresham
Row 5: Slay, Fitzsimmons
Row 6: Thomas, Joiner
Row 7: Cook, C. Smith
Row 8: McLeod, Anderson
Row 9: Winge, French
Row 10: Cain, Rainey
Row 11: Cheatham, Storm
Row 12: Enterkin, Dooley
Row 13: A. Smith
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