PAGE MAKES HISTORY WITH THIRD STRAIGHT CHEVY SUPER SERIES WIN AT ROME
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ROME, GA – Michael Page of Douglasville, GA made history Sunday night at Rome Speedway, as he became the first driver in the six-year history of the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series to win three-straight races. Page took the lead on lap two, and then led the remaining 49 laps for the Labor Day Weekend Sweep in the T&T Transportation Stinger.
Page swept the three-race Holiday Weekend events at Boyd’s Speedway in Ringgold, GA on Friday night, Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA on Saturday night, and at Rome Speedway in front of a packed house on Sunday night. With prize money and qualifying awards, Page pocketed $9,000 for three days work.
“I had an awesome race car all three nights, and I don’t know how anything could be any better to run that hard for that long, and for everything to stay together,” Page said. “This Stinger Race Car is really good, and anyone that knows anything about these race cars can see that the corner speed is as fast as the straightaway speed.”
Jake Knowles of Rome, GA led the first lap of the 50-lap race, and tried to challenge Page for the lead on a series of Dixie-Style Double-File Restarts, but had to settle for the second spot for the second time in the three-race series driving the Knowles Race Parts and Bodies Longhorn. Knowles, who is second in the Chevy Super Series point standings, was able to gain two points on the leader, two-time series National Champion Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN.
Johnson came home in the third spot at Rome Speedway on Sunday night for the second time in the Triple Racing Weekend in the Josh Roberts Trucking Capital, to go along with a second-place effort on Saturday night at Dixie Speedway. Johnson leads the Chevy Super Series National standings with 672 points, and Knowles is second with 656 points.
Chase King of Seymour, TN drove the Stinger Race Cars By KCW Stinger “House Car” to a fourth-place finish for the Cruise With The Champions Rookie of the Race Award. King also moved up to the third spot in the National standings with 606 points, and is the Cruise With The Champions Rookie of the Year point leader.
Zach Pilcher of Rome, GA finished fifth in the Avery Drugs/Healthmart Capital. Joseph Brown of Columbus, GA started 18th and finished sixth in the Lewis Auto Sales Black Diamond to earn the Hard Charger of the Race Award. Dale Thurman of Cartersville, GA took the $50 Bonus from Mudd Sauce with the Lucky 7th-Place Finish.
Ahnna Parkhurst of Evans, GA finished eighth in the F&W Transportation Bloomquist, and Landon Bagby of Winston, GA was ninth in the Neighborhood Auto Center Rocket. Chad Wallace of LaGrange, GA rounded out the Top 10 in the Wallace Construction Longhorn.
In preliminary action, Page padded his earnings by $700 with Fast Time honors. Page out-timed the 19-car field with a lap around the ½-mile high-banked clay oval in 14.043 seconds. Buster Goss Body Shop, Helbing Brown Concrete Construction, and Tuggle’s Pool Service each put up $200 and Knowles Race Parts and Bodies donated $100 to make up the $700 Fast Time Award.
Knowles was able to take the high side momentum from his outside front row starting spot to take the lead from Page coming off the second turn on the opening lap of the race. Knowles and Page were followed by Johnson, Cruz Skinner of Oxford, AL in the Hickman Manufacturing Mastersbilt, and Parkhurst to complete lap one.
On lap two, Page dove for the bottom of turn one and threw a slide job pass on Knowles. Page slid up in front of Knowles in turn two to take the lead. Knowles tried to make a hard left with the crossover move down the backstretch, but he was unsuccessful in his attempt to retake the lead. Page was able to begin pulling away from Knowles, as the top four ran single file.
Parkhurst and King were waging a side-by-side battle for the fifth spot by lap seven. Knowles began to close the gap on Page on lap 11, and the leader caught the cars on the tail end of the lead lap by lap 14. Just past the halfway point of the race, the first of five caution flags came out on lap 26 when Scott Hall of Rome, GA stalled the Helbing Brown Concrete Construction Rocket in turn four.
Page lined up for the restart with Knowles, Johnson, Skinner, Parkhurst, King, Oliver Gentry of Newnan, GA in the Gentry’s Used Auto Parts and Recycling Longhorn, Thurman, Pilcher, and Bagby doubled up behind him, with Knowles choosing the outside. King was able to get by Parkhurst for the fifth spot on the restart.
By lap 35, Page had a 15 car-length lead on Knowles, but that was erased on lap 37 when Bagby and Jody Knowles of Tyrone, GA in the Clayton Signs Rocket tangled in turn one to bring out the caution flag. Page once again pulled away from Knowles and Johnson on the restart, who were battling side-by-side for second.
Johnson tried to throw a slider on Knowles in turns three and four on lap 39, but The Chattanooga Flash came up a little short of clearing Knowles and the two made contact in turn four. Both drivers kept control of their race cars and soldiered on. Skinner dropped out of the fourth spot on lap 41 went he stopped on the front straightaway to bring out the third caution flag.
When the field went back to green, Knowles got a run on Page going into turn one, but when Knowles tried to step to the outside to challenge for the point, Page was able to pull away coming off the second turn. The fourth caution flag came out on lap 44 when Jacques Daniel of Mokopane, South Africa spun the Jac Speed Racing Rocket on the front straightaway.
When the field went back to green flag racing, it took Page one lap to open up a seven car-length lead on Knowles, but that was gone on lap 47 when Wallace cut down a right-rear tire to bring out the fifth and final caution flag. Page had Knowles, Johnson, King, Thurman, Pilcher, Brown, Gentry, Parkhurst and Bagby doubled up behind him for the three lap dash to the finish.
Page was able to take a .961 second margin of victory over Knowles under the checkered flag followed by Johnson and King. Behind the top four, there were wholesale position changes. Pilcher came from sixth to fifth, Brown from seventh to sixth, and Wallace with a fresh right-rear Hoosier raced back into the top ten.
The next race for the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series will be on September 15 at Cochran Motor Speedway in Cochran, GA for a $3,000-to-win, 50-lap main event.
For more information about the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series visit the series web site at www.525superseries.com, or visit the series on Facebook at Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series.
OFFICIAL RESULTS OF ROUND 7 AT ROME SPEEDWAY IN ROME, GA ON 9/2/18:
POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN LAPS $ WON
1. 1 18 Michael Page Douglasville, GA 50 $3,700
2. 2 66 Jake Knowles Rome, GA 50 $1,500
3. 4 85 Ronnie Johnson Chattanooga, TN 50 $1,000
4. 8 44 Chase King (R) Seymour, TN 50 $850
5. 9 87 Zach Pilcher Rome, GA 50 $750
6. 18 92 Joseph Brown (R) Columbus, GA 50 $700
7. 7 59 Dale Thurman (R) Cartersville, GA 50 $700
8. 6 23 Ahnna Parkhurst Evans, GA 50 $600
9. 10 19 Landon Bagby Winston, GA 50 $550
10. 12 34 Chad Wallace LaGrange, GA 50 $500
11. 5 03 Oliver Gentry Newnan, GA 47 $475
12. 3 R1 Cruz Skinner (R) Oxford, AL 40 $450
13. 13 J28 Jacques Daniel Mokopane, S. Africa 40 $425
14. 16 66k Jody Knowles Tyrone, GA 36 $400
15. 11 2 Tyler Hurst Lineville, AL 25 $375
16. 14 35 Scott Hall Rome, GA 24 $350
17. 15 24 Buster Goss Rome, GA 8 $325
18. 17 11d Eric Dalton (R) Science Hill, KY 1 $300
19. 19 17 Justin Hammett Zebulon, GA DNS $0
KNOWLES RACE PARTS/BUSTER GOSS BODY SHOP/HELBING BROWN CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION/TUGGLE’S POOL SERVICE $700 FAST QUALIFIER: Page, 14.043 Seconds
LEAD CHANGES: 1
LAP LEADERS: Ja. Knowles, 1; Page, 2-50
LAPS LED: Page, 49; Ja. Knowles, 1
MUDD SAUCE LUCKY 7TH-PLACE $50 AWARD: Thurman
CRUISE WITH THE CHAMPIONS ROOKIE OF THE RACE: King
HARD CHARGER OF THE RACE AWARD: Brown (started 18th and finished 6th)
MARGIN OF VICTORY: .961 Seconds
TIME OF THE RACE: 29 Minutes and 13.718 Seconds
NEXT RACE: September 15, Cochran Motor Speedway, Cochran, GA, $3,000-To-Win, 50-Laps