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May 16
Virginia Motor Speedway,
Jamaica, VA
Sanction: Ultimate Southeast Series (TireX USA 100) - $10,000
Information provided by: Kyle Symons and series reports (last updated May 17, 7:29 am)
Clanton downs Hubbard late for $10,000 at VMS
TireX USA 100
  1. Shane Clanton
  2. Austin Hubbard
  3. Casey Roberts
  4. Rick Eckert
  5. Jeff Smith
  6. Kenny Pettyjohn
  7. Dennis Franklin
  8. Joey Coulter
  9. Mason Zeigler
  10. Gregg Satterlee
  11. Russell Erwin
  12. Colton Flinner
  13. Chris Ferguson
  14. Jamie Lathroum
  15. Stevie Long
  16. Kerry King Jr.
  17. Ross Robinson
  18. Kyle Hardy
  19. Amanda Robinson
  20. Dustin Mitchell
  21. Ray Cook
  22. Joe Cox
  23. Joey Leavell
  24. Brian Tavenner
  25. Ricky Elliott
  26. Kyle Lear
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Barry Lenhart/pbase.com/cyberslash
Shane Clanton (25) went under Austin Hubbard (11) late in the 50-lapper.
What won the race: En route to a $10,000 payday and his first career Ultimate Super Late Model Series victory, ninth-starting Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., overtook race-long leader Austin Hubbard of Seaford, Del., with nine laps to remaining. He pulled away to win the USA 100 by 4.225 seconds.
Key notes: Clanton scored his sixth victory of the season, but his first since Georgia-Florida Speedweeks in February. ... Chris Ferguson was running second when his car slowed on lap 29.
On the move: Jeff Smith of Dallas, N.C., rallied from 17th to finish fifth.
Winner's sponsors: Clanton's Capital Race Car has a Clements Racing Engine and sponsorship from Hoosier Tire South, Hornburg Oil, Keyser Mfg., Penn Gold Well Services, Super K Express, VP Racing Fuels and Weldbank Energy.
Points chase: Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga., extended his points lead with a third-place finish.
Car count: 26
Fast qualifier: Chris Ferguson
Time: 16.864 seconds
Polesitter: Austin Hubbard
Heat race winners: Austin Hubbard, Kyle Hardy, Dustin Mitchell
Next series race: May 30, Toccoa Raceway (Toccoa, GA) $4,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From track and staff reports

JAMAICA, Va. (May 16) — Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., emerged from a three-car battle in the late stages of Saturday’s TireX USA 100, pulling away to lead the final nine laps at Virginia Motor Speedway for his first career Ultimate Super Late Model Series victory.

Pocketing $10,000, Clanton picked up his sixth checkered flag of the season but first since his dominating performance at Florida Speedweeks on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series at Volusia Speedway Park.

Polesitter Austin Hubbard of Seaford, Del., controlled most of the 50-lap distance, but with 10 laps remaining he had his hands full with Ultimate Series points leader Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga., and Clanton, who pressured the frontrunners in the lower groove.

Clanton finally slipped past Roberts, then slid in front of Hubbard exiting turn two with eight laps remaining and pulled away the rest of the distance. Hubbard held on to finish second while Roberts, who nearly got into the fence the moment Clanton took the lead, finished third.

“We were just biding our time,” Clanton said in victory lane. “It was kind of muddy in the bottom there. We were just biding our time, waiting to get to the front. We just waited until the right moment and took the lead there.

“We kind of set up after the heat race there to run the bottom there. The middle kind of blew up a bunch of stuff there and I could just catch myself leaving the corner, I could just gain on 'em a little bit. We were just biding our time in getting to the front there, and just took chances when we did, and took advantage when we needed to.”

Behind Clanton, Hubbard and Roberts, Rick Eckert of York, Pa., was fourth and 17th-starting Jeff Smith of Dallas, N.C., rallied to finish fifth. Chris Ferguson of Mount Holly, N.C., last year’s USA 100 at Virginia Motor Speedway, was running second when his car rolled to a stop on the frontstretch on lap 29.

Hubbard got the jump on fellow front-row starter Kyle Hardy of Stephens City, Va., at the outset, taking control with Hardy, Roberts, Dustin Mitchell and Ferguson in pursuit.

Behind the leaders, the most serious caution of the race appeared on the second lap when Dennis “Rambo” Franklin spun in turn two, collecting several drivers including Gregg Satterlee and Kyle Lear.

On the restart, Roberts moved into second over Hardy while Mitchell and Ferguson battled for the fourth position as Clanton picked his way forward from his fifth-row starting spot.

Dustin Mitchell pulled up lame in turn four to fall from contention on the 16th lap. On the restart, Hubbard, Roberts and Ferguson were the first three drivers through turn two as Clanton slid in front of Hardy to grab fourth, leaving Hardy up in the soft stuff as he was shuffled out of the top 10.

Mason Zeigler worked into the top five before a caution for Ross Robinson, and a few laps later Ferguson’s car lost power exiting turn four and set up the three-car battle in the late stages among Hubbard, Roberts and Clanton.

Notes: No driver has repeated in the USA 100 during its time at VMS. … Kerry King and Brian Tavenner each brought out cautions on the race's initial start. ... Mason Zeigler spun on the final lap, collecting Gregg Satterlee. ... Eight of the 26 starters completed all 50 laps. ... Health problems prevented race founder Ernie Shelton from attending the race. Before moving to VMS, the event was held for many years at Beckley (W.Va.) Motor Speedway. … Daniel Baggerly of Rural Retreat, Va., outran Walker Arthur of Forest, Va., for the Fastrak Racing Series tour victory in the Crate Late Model feature. … VMS takes Memorial Day weekend off before returning to its regular-season racing May 30.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Hubbard, Hardy
Row 2: Mitchell, Roberts
Row 3: Pettyjohn, Ferguson
Row 4: Long, Franklin
Row 5: Clanton, Lear
Row 6: Zeigler, Eckert
Row 7: Tavenner, Erwin
Row 8: Satterlee, Elliott
Row 9: J. Smith, Cook
Row 10: Robinson, Lathroum
Row 11: Leavell, Coulter
Row 12: King, Cox
Row 13: Whaley, Flinner

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