Weaver leads all the way for $5,000 at Lavonia
LAVONIA, Ga. (Oct. 18) — Starting outside the front row, Randy Weaver of Crossville, Tenn., jumped to the lead early and led all 50 laps of the Georgia State Championship at Lavonia Speedway. Weaver earned $5,000 for his fourth O'Reilly Southern All Star Racing Series victory of the season and 11th of his career. | Slideshow
Polesitter Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., ran second all the way with Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., holding the third spot throughout the event, which was postponed a day by rain. Mike Hill of Rockwood, Tenn., Weaver's car owner, was fourth and Chris Ferguson of Mount Holly, N.C., rounded out the top five. Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga., rebounded from an early pit stop to finish sixth.
Notes: Weaver's GRT Race Car has a Race Engine Design powerplant and sponsorship from Glenn’s Auto Parts, Byrd’s Radiator and PPM Racing Products. ... Retired racer Andy Knowles, father of Tony Knowles, made a rare start at Lavonia. ... Jeff Cooke retired early with a flat tire after a spin. ... Bubba Russell won the Southeastern Sportsman Series event and Steven Segars captured the $3,000-to-win Crate Late Model feature. ... Next up for SAS competitors is a $5,000-to-win event on Oct. 31 at Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, Ala., an event held during NASCAR weekend at the big track across the highway.
Georgia State Championship: (1) Randy Weaver, (2) Chris Madden, (3) Jonathan Davenport, (4) Mike Hill, (5) Chris Ferguson, (6) Casey Roberts, (7) Ronny Lee Hollingsworth, (8) Dennis Franklin, (9) Todd Morrow, (10) Jeff Smith, (11) Mike Gault, (12) David Smith, (13) John Henderson, (14) Tony Knowles, (15) Douglas Davis, (16) Ethan Hunter, (17) Davy Davis, (18) Kip Cochran, (19) Sean McGahee, (20) Andy Knowles, (21) Melvin English, (22) David McCoy, (23) Donald Bradsher, (24) Jeff Cooke. Fast qualifier (among 33 cars): Madden, 16.180 seconds. Consolation race winners: Franklin, Bradsher. Provisional starters: McCoy, A. Knowles.