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Daily Dirt 05/25/2024 10:01:42

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April 7
Volunteer Speedway,
Bulls Gap, TN
Sanction: XR Super Series (Spring Thaw opener) - $12,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated April 8, 12:31 pm)
Marlar's Sunday victory nets Spring Thaw sweep
Spring Thaw opener
  1. Mike Marlar
  2. Devin Moran
  3. Jimmy Owens
  4. Dale McDowell
  5. Brandon Overton
  6. Ricky Thornton Jr.
  7. Hudson O'Neal
  8. Jonathan Davenport
  9. Ricky Weiss
  10. Daulton Wilson
  11. Tyler Erb
  12. Ross Bailes
  13. Jensen Ford
  14. Brad Dyer
  15. Mack McCarter
  16. Austin Neely
  17. Vic Hill
  18. Josh Henry
  19. Rusty Ballenger
  20. Scott Bloomquist
  21. Benji Hicks
  22. Will Roland
  23. Chris Ferguson
  24. Jordon Horton
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Mike Marlar led all 40 laps Sunday to secure the weekend sweep at Volunteer Speedway.
What won the race: Fending off a late-race challenge from Devin Moran, pole-starting Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., led all 40 laps to win Sunday's rain-postponed $12,000 Spring Thaw opener at Volunteer Speedway. Marlar mastered the XR Super Series field for his second career victory — his second in as many days after topping Saturday's $30,000 headliner — while collecting a total of $42,000.
Quotable: “We had a really good car there, and Devin (Moran), man, he made me work for it,” Marlar said. “He slid me down there and I got back by him, but that’s fun racing with Devin and his whole team. The track was awesome today, really smooth from top to bottom. Sunday, day race, you know, we raced all over pretty daggum good and had a cushion on one end and could run middle-to-bottom on the other end, so definitely a fun race and ol’ Devin had me sweating there.”
Key notes: Other than Moran's late-race pressure, Marlar's biggest scare came on lap 21 when he and Josh Henry made contact. ... The second-starting Moran, of Dresden, Ohio, pursued Marlar for the entire distance, finishing 0.806 of a second back. ... Fourth-starting Jimmy Owens grabbed third on the lap-33 restart and completed the podium. ... Seventh-starting Brandon Overton rounded out the top-five finishers. ... Hudson O'Neal ran as high as fifth on lap 28 before slipping to finish seventh driving for Kevin Rumley. ... Jonathan Davenport improved five positions and finished eighth. ... Tyler Erb rebounded to finish 11th after spinning to bring out the race's second stoppage on lap 28. ... Ross Bailes recovered to finish 12th after slowing with a flat right-rear to draw the race's first caution on lap 27. ... Tenth-running Scott Bloomquist brought out the third yellow when his right-rear wheel assembly came off on lap 32, ending his night. ... Sunday's feature was slowed by four incidents and lasted 25 minutes, with 14 competitors completing the distance and 19 running at the finish. ... Sunday's Spring Thaw opener was originally scheduled for Friday before being postponed by rain.
On the move: Ricky Thornton Jr. of Chandler, Ariz., started 11th and finished sixth.
Winner's sponsors: Marlar’s Skyline Motorsports Longhorn Chassis carries sponsorship from Bruening Rock Products, Skyline Materials, Truck Country, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Olson Explosives, Bennett Explosives, Petroff Towing, Can-Am Auto Salvage, Brown’s Heavy Equipment, VP Racing Fuels, Bilstein and Capital Signs.
Points chase: After Volunteer Sunday: 1. Mike Marlar (200); 2. Devin Moran (190); 3. Jonathan Davenport (167); T4. Daulton Wilson (156); T4. Hudson O'Neal (156); 6. Ricky Thornton Jr. (155); 7. Brandon Overton (154); 8. Jimmy Owens (153); 9. Tyler Erb (151); 10. Ricky Weiss (146).
Current weather: Scattered Clouds, 66°F
Car count: 32
Fast qualifier: Mike Marlar
Time: 12.551 seconds
Polesitter: Mike Marlar
Heat race winners: Mike Marlar, Dale McDowell, Devin Moran, Jimmy Owens
Consolation race winners: Tyler Erb, Scott Bloomquist
Provisional starters: Chris Ferguson, Will Roland
Next series race: May 16, Ogilvie Raceway (Ogilvie, MN) $12,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Marlar, Moran
Row 2: McDowell, Owens
Row 3: Bailes, Dyer
Row 4: B. Overton, Weiss
Row 5: O'Neal, Ford
Row 6: Thornton, Wilson
Row 7: Davenport, Ballenger
Row 8: M. McCarter, Hicks
Row 9: T. Erb, Bloomquist
Row 10: Neely, Horton
Row 11: Hill, Henry
Row 12: Ch. Ferguson, Roland

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