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HERNDON IS THE DURRENCE LAYNE PERFORMANCE PARTS STREET STOCK WORLD CHAMPION
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COCHRAN, GA – T.J. Herndon of Atwood, TN drove the Race Tek/Dale’s Recycling Special to victory on Saturday in the 3rd Annual Durrence Layne Performance Parts Street Stock World Championship Race at Cochran Motor Speedway in Cochran, GA. Herndon took the lead from Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN on lap 23, and then went unchallenged in the second half of the race.
“Ronnie was tough in the first half of the race and he just could get off the corners better than me,” Herndon said. “I was just trying to be patient and hang on for second until the track came to me. My car got better as the race went on, and I was able to get under Ronnie and take the lead.”
Herndon and Johnson were teammates to make up a potent “Tennessee Trio” with Race Tek Race Cars of Trevant, TN for a one-two finish with Durrence Layne Chevrolet, Buick, GMC in Claxton, GA helping out with sponsorship on Johnson’s ride. Michael Stalnaker of Ocala, FL was third in the SRE Electrical Special.
The event had cautionitis for the first half of the race, as the caution flag was displayed early and often. Tuten spun in turn two on the first lap to necessitate a complete restart. On the next try to start the race, Johnson took the lead from the pole position followed by Herndon, Herrington, Love and Bryan Fortner of Millport, AL in the Race Tek/Dale’s Recycling Special.
The second caution flag came out on lap three when Marty Reid of Clover, SC spun the South Forty Farms Special in turn two. Johnson had Herndon, Love, Fortner, Herrington, Hughes, Turvin, Stalnaker, McRee, and Livingood doubled up behind him in second through tenth respectively for the Dixie-Style Double-File Restart.
When the green flag came out, Johnson had to fend off a challenge from his teammate Herndon, who was looking inside the leader, but couldn’t finish the pass. Johnson found a groove to his liking where he entered turns one and three on the high side, then, in the middle of the turns, he would dive for the bottom to come off turns two and four on the inside. That slowed Herndon’s momentum in making the pass.
The top five was reshuffled on lap 12 when Love stalled on the backstretch to bring out the caution flag. The top ten for the double-file restart was Johnson, Herndon, Herrington, Fortner, Hughes, Stalnaker, McRee, Turvin, Ricky Greene of Inman, SC in the Harry Hodge Motorsports Special, and David Earl Gentry of Murfreesboro, TN in the RPI/Race Tek Special.
The defending Durrence Layne Performance Parts Street Stock World Champion Johnny Stokes of Columbus, MS in the Durrence Layne Chevrolet, Buick, GMC Special tangled with Bud Chancey of Yulee, FL in the Chancey Industrial Special on the front straightaway on lap 13. Gentry pulled out of the top ten and into the pit area during the caution period.
The Durrence Layne Performance Parts Street Stocks are well-known for two and three-wide racing on any type of surface, and they didn’t disappoint an appreciative crowd in the daytime at Cochran Motor Speedway. When the field went back to green flag racing, there multiple battles for position throughout the field with three, and even four-wide wars.
Herndon, Herrington, and Fortner were battling three-wide for the second spot, as Johnson opened up a five car-length advantage over Herrington, who got by Herndon for second. Herrington and Herndon swapped the second spot three more times over the next nine laps. Fortner ran out of room on the outside and slid off the race track on lap 15 to light up the yellow caution bulb.
That moved McRee up to fourth behind Johnson, Herndon, and Herrington. On lap 17, McRee drove by Herrington to take over the third spot. The caution flag was unfurled on lap 19 when Turvin and Price tangled in turn four. McRee dropped out of the race with ignition troubles during the caution, and Herrington pulled up in the third spot alongside Herndon for the restart.
When the field went green on a lap 22 restart, Herndon got busy challenging Johnson for the lead. Herndon pulled alongside Johnson on lap 23, and he was able to get the bite he needed coming off the fourth turn to take the lead. Once Herndon grabbed the point, he was able to pull away from Johnson, who now had to hold off the challenges of Herrington in third.
For more information and rules about the Durrence Layne Performance Parts Street Stock Division, visit the series web site at www.durrencelayneracing.com, or visit the series on Facebook at Durrence Layne Performance Parts Street Stock Division. You can follow us on Twitter @DurrenceLayneRacing.
OFFICIAL RESULTS OF THE 3RD ANNUAL DURRENCE LAYNE PERFORMANCE PARTS STREET STOCK WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RACE AT COCHRAN MOTOR SPEEDWAY IN COCHRAN, GA ON 1/12/19:
POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN LAPS $ WON