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KNOWLES TAKE DURRENCE LAYNE DLMS WIN #3 AT SMOKY MOUNTAIN
MARYVILLE, TN – Jake Knowles of Rome, GA padded his Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series point lead with his third series win of the 2019 season on Friday night at Smoky Mountain Speedway in the Knowles Race Parts and Bodies Longhorn. Knowles led all 30 laps of the race, but it wasn’t easy.
Knowles held off strong challenges from Brandon Williams of Crossville, TN and Cory Hedgecock of Loudon, TN in the last ten laps of the race. A Dixie-Style Double-File restart on lap 21 brought the crowd to their feet as Knowles, Williams, and Hedgecock battled into turn one three-wide.
“Brandon drove under me on the inside, but I was able to drive back around him coming off the corner, and then towards the end of the race, Cory was right there with me,” Knowles said. “I have to hand it to both of them that they drove me clean, as close as we were, and it was some good racing.”
Hedgecock got by Williams for second with four laps to go, throwing a big slide job pass that earned him the VP Racing Lubricants Slick Move of the Race Award. Williams finished third in the Jeff Woods Construction Special.
Wil Herrington of Hawkinsville, GA drove the Middle Georgia Roofing CVR to a fourth-place finish, and after starting 11th, he was the Knowles Race Parts and Bodies Hard Charger of the Race. Herrington was also the Cruise With The Champions Rookie of the Race. Michael Courtney of Powell, TN took the fifth spot in the Big Momma’s Concrete CVR.
Grant Garrison of Walton, KY finished sixth in the Darrell Lanigan Racing Special, and Cruz Skinner of Oxford, AL was seventh in the Skinner’s Body Shop Special to take the Fullmoon Graphics “Lucky 7” Award. Riley Hickman of Cleveland, TN took the eighth spot in the Competition Racing Products Special.
Tyler Wood of Hohenwald, TN was ninth in the Johns Farms Special and T.J. Brittain of Centre, AL rounded out the top ten in the Brittain Hauling Warrior. Oakley Johns of Hohenwald, TN in the Johns Farms Special received the Keyser Manufacturing Hard Luck Award.
In preliminary action, Knowles was the Boyd Bilt Fabricators Fast Qualifier with a lap around Smoky Mountain Speedway in 17.675 seconds. The two eight-lap KRC Power Steering B-Main Races were won by Seth Wimpey of Morganton, GA in the W.E. Hardscapes Stinger, and Garrison.
Knowles took the lead from the pole position at the start of the race followed by Williams, 15-year-old Jake Rainey of Hiram, GA in the Wren’s Body Shop Special, Hedgecock and Courtney. Skinner moved into the top five on lap four when he got by Courtney. Knowles pulled away early in the race, as he had a ½ straightaway lead on Williams by lap five.
Hedgecock threw a slider on Rainey in turn three to take over the third spot on lap ten. By lap 12, Knowles began to encounter the cars on the tail end of the lead lap. The battle for the second spot picked up on lap 15 when Williams, Hedgecock and Skinner went four-wide with a lapped car.
The only caution flag of the race came out on lap 21 when Joe Denby of Tullahoma, TN in the Denby J&J Construction Special slowed in turn one. Rainey tried to go under Denby in turn one, but Denby came down in front of Rainey, and Rainey spun to the infield and made heavy contact with a large utility tire used to mark the inside of the race track.
Knowles lined up in front of the field as Williams, Hedgecock, Skinner, Courtney, Garrison, Herrington, Zach Sise of Knoxville, TN in the MK Equipment Stinger, Hickman, and Ross White of Knoxville, TN in the R.T. Clapp Rocket doubled up behind the leader in second through tenth respectively.
A three-car battle for the lead broke out in the final ten laps of the race. Turn one after the restart saw Williams dive to the inside of Knowles, and Hedgecock looking to the inside of Williams. Williams was able to dive under Knowles on several occasions in the next two laps and put the nose of his car ahead of Knowles in the center of the corners.
Knowles was able to power off the high side of the historic turns at Smoky Mountain Speedway to drive back by Williams and remain the leader of the race. Hedgecock put the pressure on Williams by lap 24, and Knowles began to drive away.
Hedgecock threw a hard slider on Williams, diving for the inside in turn three and sliding up in front of Williams in turn four, to take the second spot. Hedgecock reeled in Knowles on lap 28, but Knowles was able to hold off the challenge and take a .446 second margin of victory under the checkered flag.
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OFFICIAL RESULTS OF ROUND 9 AT SMOKY MOUNTAIN SPEEDWAY IN MARYVILLE, TN ON 8/16/19:
POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN LAPS $ WON