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King, Martin, Alvey, Rickett, Merritt visit victory lane at Volunteer Speedway
By Robert Walden
BULLS GAP, Tenn. — There was no foolin’ around Saturday on April Fool’s Day at Volunteer Speedway, it was all pure-speed racing excitement on the high banks at “The Gap.”
Ryan King of Seymour won for the second consecutive week in Steel Head Late Model, with Greg Martin of Knoxville winning in Crate Late Model, Heath Alvey of Dandridge in Sportsman Late Model, Chris Rickett of Morristown in Modified Street, and Lee Merritt of Knoxville taking the Classic victory. For Martin, Alvey and Merritt, they each wrote their names in the Volunteer Speedway record book with their first-ever victories at the track.
King powered into the lead on the start of the 30-lap Steel Head Late Model feature over pole-sitter Jason Cardwell and Josh Henry. With the race running clean-and-green, leader King was setting a blistering pace out front, while Cardwell, Henry, Bobby Mays, Michael Smith, John Tweed and Dale Ball were giving chase.
The event’s only caution waved on lap 15, when third-running Henry drifted high between turns three and four and spun.
But out front there would be no catching King, as he sped to victory over Cardwell, Mays, Henry and Ball.
Ross White jumped out into the lead at start of the 30-lap Crate Late Model feature over Greg Martin, Adam Tolliver, Tim Byrd and Bryson Dennis. Caution quickly waved working the second lap when Tolliver spun in the fourth turn.
Heath Alvey set fast-time in Sportsman Late Model qualifying at 13.746 seconds to win the McCarter Brothers Racing $100 pole award, and then proceeded to lead the 20-lap feature flag-to-flag for the victory over a strong 21-car field.
Back under green Alvey was in command out front, with Emert getting around Seagle for second place on lap 12. Alvey cruised to victory over Emert, Seagle, Warren McMahan and Rex Coffey.
Chris Rickett grabbed the lead over Brett Miller and Gary Blanken on the start of the 20-lap Modified Street feature and never looked back en route to capturing his second win of the season. Rickett was chased to the checkered flag by Miller, Blanken, Bartley Grant and Tracy Wolfe.
Lee Merritt held off a hard-charging Richie Overholser racing off the fourth turn to the checkered flag to get the Classic victory. Finishing third through fifth, respectively, were Eli Keck, Tony Trent and Chris Worsham.
SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2017 – VOLUNTEER SPEEDWAY – BULLS GAP, TN – OFFICIAL RESULTS
STEEL HEAD LATE MODEL (30 laps)
CRATE LATE MODEL (30 laps)
1. Greg Martin #24
SPORTSMAN LATE MODEL (20 laps)
MODIFIED STREET (20 laps)
CLASSIC (20 laps)
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