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KNOWLES TAKES FIFTH DURRENCE LAYNE WIN IN NAS KING OF THE CRATE TUNE-UP
TUSCUMBIA, AL – Jake Knowles of Rome, GA drove the Knowles Race Parts and Bodies Longhorn to his fifth Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series win of the season on Friday night at North Alabama Speedway. Knowles took the lead on lap 24 and then held off a late-race challenge from Wil Herrington of Hawkinsville, GA to score the $2,000 victory in the 40-lap event.
“This race track was race friendly tonight, just like it is every time we come here,” Knowles said. “I could run just about anywhere I wanted to, and I think we learned some things tonight that will help us tomorrow night. We’re got a good string of wins and a second-place thrown in there at this track, which is one of my favorite places to race.”
Knowles is the defending champion of the King of the Crates, which is a $5,000-to-win race to be contested on Saturday night for the Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series at North Alabama Speedway.
Herington came from the tenth starting spot to finish second in the Middle Georgia Roofing CVR, and he was also the Cruise With The Champions Rookie of the Race. Christian Hanger of Winchester, TN raced in the top five all race long, and took third by a bumper in the Hanger Racing CVR.
Josh Putnam of Florence, AL put on a show at North Alabama Speedway with a spectacular fourth-place finish in the Putnam Racing Special. Putnam came from outside the top ten on a lap 11 restart and moved up to the fifth spot. That earned Putnam the VP Racing Lubricants Slick Move of the Race Award. His run from 15th to fourth earned Putnam the Knowles Race Parts Hard Charger Award.
Polesitter Tyler Wood of Hohenwald, TN led the first 23 laps of the race and ended up fifth in the Johns Farms Special. Cruz Skinner of Oxford, AL drove the Skinner’s Body Shop Special to a sixth-place finish, and Seth McCormack of Muscle Shoals, AL was seventh in the McCormack Marine Construction Rocket to earn the Fullmoon Graphics “Lucky 7” Award.
Grant Garrison of Walton, KY took the eighth spot in the Darrell Lanigan Racing Special, and ninth went to Mitchell Holloway of Muscle Shoals, AL in the 4-M Services Special. Matt Cooper of McKenzie, TN rounded out the top ten in the Cooper Trucking Rocket.
In preliminary action, Wood out-timed the 34-car field in Boyd Built Fabrication Group Qualifying with a lap around North Alabama Speedway in 14.283 seconds. The two 12-lap KRC Power Steering B-Main Races were won by Garrison and Herrington.
Hanger took the lead at the drop of the green flag from his outside front row starting spot followed by Wood, Knowles, Holloway, and Brock Hall of Etheridge, TN in the Hall Insurance Rocket. A caution flag for debris on the first lap slowed the field, as they realigned for a complete restart.
The second green flag saw Wood take the lead followed by Hanger, Knowles, Holloway and Hall. The defending Durrence Layne Chevrolet Late Model Weekly Racing Series National Champion Evan Ellis of Plantersville, MS parked his Ellis Welding Special in the infield on lap three to earn the Keyser Manufacturing Hard Luck Award.
The Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series returns to North Alabama Speedway on Saturday night for the $5,000-to-win 60-lap 3rd Annual King of the Crates. King Jake II is ready, willing, and able to defend his crown.
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OFFICIAL RESULTS OF ROUND 13 AT NORTH ALABAMA SPEEDWAY IN TUSCUMBIA, AL ON 10/4/19:
POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN $ WON