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KNOWLES TAKES SECOND DURRENCE LAYNE DLMS WIN IN COCHRAN, GA
COCHRAN, GA – Jake Knowles of Rome, GA padded his Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series point lead with his second win of the season on Friday night at Cochran Motor Speedway. Knowles took the lead at the start of the race from his outside front row starting spot and led all 40 laps of the main event in the Knowles Race Parts and Bodies Longhorn.
Knowles said the key to victory was getting the lead at the start, and having a good handling race car. When the winner climbed out of his race car in Victory Lane, he looked like he just drove around the block without breaking a sweat on a hot and humid Middle Georgia evening in the second event of the Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Salute To America Nationals.
“I’m pretty sure we went with a little different tire combination than anyone else and when we took the lead, I was pretty confident we had a winning race car,” Knowles said. “I’ve got to thank my dad Wade Knowles, who worked all day out here in the heat to give me a race car that handled better than any I can remember. We’ll just dust it off, get a new set of tires ready and we’ll be ready to go for tomorrow.”
The hometown hero Wil Herrington, who grew up in Cochran, GA and now lives in Hawkinsville, GA, finished second in the Middle Georgia Roofing CVR. Herrington, who was also the Cruise With The Champions Rookie of the Race, had an entertaining battle with Mark Whitener of Middleburg, FL, who finished third in the Whitener Racing Special.
Oakley Johns of Hohenwald, TN started 17th and finished fourth in the Johns Farms Special to earn the Knowles Race Parts and Bodies Hard Charger of the Race Award. Cruise With The Champions Rookie of the Year Candidate Cruz Skinner of Oxford, AL took the fifth spot in the Skinner’s Body Shop Special.
Blake Smith of East Dublin, GA drove the Heat Sink Rocket to a sixth-place finish, and T.J. Brittain of Centre, AL was seventh to earn the Fullmoon Graphics “Lucky 7” Award. Pearson Lee Williams of Dublin, GA finished eighth in the Dublin Tire Special, and ninth went to Jimmy Elliott of Cleveland, TN in the Car Smart Auto Sales Special.
Tyler Sanders of Dublin, GA rounded out the top ten in the H.C. Roland Construction Special. In preliminary action, Brittain took the Boyd Bilt Fabrication Fast Time Award in Group Qualifying with a lap around Cochran Motor Speedway in 15.336 seconds.
Knowles took the lead in turn one at the drop of the green flag to start the race followed by polesitter Brittain, Herrington, Smith, and Jimmy Thomas of Phenix City, AL in the Jenwood, Inc. Special. Whitener rode the outside groove from the tenth starting spot to fifth in eight laps. That earned Whitener the VP Racing Lubricants Slick Move of the Race Award.
Herrington stepped to the outside of Brittain on lap ten to take over the second spot, while Knowles took a half a straightaway lead into lapped traffic on lap 11. The first of four caution flags came out on lap 13 when Logan Palmer of Acworth, GA spun his Prather Special in turn two.
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OFFICIAL RESULTS OF ROUND 7 AT COCHRAN MOTOR SPEEDWAY IN COCHRAN, GA ON 7/5/19:
POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN LAPS $ WON