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ALL HAIL KING JEREMY III AS SHAW IS DURRENCE LAYNE DLMS KING OF THE CRATES
TUSCUMBIA, AL – Jeremy Shaw of Millport, AL came out of retirement this week as a fill-in driver, and left North Alabama Speedway on Saturday night as King Jeremy III after winning the 3rd Annual King of the Crates for the Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. Shaw led a perfect59 of 60 laps in the Steele’s Dive Barry Wright to take the $5,000 win.
Shaw hung up his helmet with an impressive resume of big wins two years ago to spend time with his family, work a fulltime job, and he even started college. A phone call earlier in the week from car owner Jason Steele led to Shaw standing in Victory Lane at North Alabama Speedway wearing a King’s Crown and holding a $5,000 check.
“This is unbelievable,” Shaw said. “Jason Steele called me earlier this week to fill in for Chase Washington, who wasn’t feeling well, and I had been in retirement for a couple of years. They gave me the best handling race car I’ve ever been in, and I want to dedicate this win to Chase. This one’s for him. It’s been seven years to the day that I won another Durrence Layne $5,000-to-win race, and I guess I was thinking too much because the second-place car came up and hit me in the door. That gave me a wake-up call, so I stepped up the pace and I didn’t see them again.”
The Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series point leader Jake Knowles of Rome, GA came up one spot short of defending his King of the Crates title. King Jake II had to settle for second in the Knowles Race Parts and Bodies Special.
Polesitter Dustin Harris of Flintville, TN had an up and down night in the Value Cargo Vans Special. He fell back as far as sixth, but rallied late in the race to finish third. Christian Hanger of Winchester, TN started 19th in the Hanger Racing CVR, ran as high as second, and ended up fourth to earn the Knowles Race Parts and Bodies Hard Charger Award.
Jaden Frame of Decherd, TN was the Cruise With The Champions Rookie of the Race with a fifth-place finish in the Frame Racing Rocket, and Oakley Johns of Hohenwald, TN was sixth in the Johns Farms Special. Jordan Hedger of Crittenden, KY took the seventh spot in the Gat-A-Go Rental and Septic Services Special to earn the Fullmoon Graphics “Lucky 7” Award.
Josh Putnam of Florence, AL finished eighth in the Putnam Racing Special, and Evan Ellis of Plantersville, MS drove the Ellis Welding Special to a ninth-place finish. Zach Pilcher of Rome, GA rounded out the top ten in the Mathis Trailer and Equipment Sales Special.
In preliminary action, Harris out-qualified the 37-car field in Boyd Built Fabricators Group Qualifying with a lap around North Alabama Speedway in 15.011 seconds. The four ten-lap KRC Power Steering Heat Races were won by Harris, Shaw, Knowles and Johns. The two 12-lap B-Main Races were won by Grant Garrison of Walton, KY in the Darrell Lanigan Racing Special and Mike Henn of Muscle Shoals, AL in the Cox Highway 195 Farm and Tire Supply GRT.
Harris from the pole and the outside front row starting Shaw raced the first lap side-by-side, with Harris leading lap one followed by Shaw, Riley Hickman of Cleveland, TN in the Competition Racing Products Special, Knowles, and Frame. Shaw got the better bite on the outside of turn four on lap two, and grabbed the lead from Harris.
The first of seven caution flags came out on lap five when Mitchell Holloway of Muscle Shoals, AL stalled the 4m Services Special on the inside of turn three. The restart saw the most serious incident of the race when several mid-pack cars tangled on the front straightaway and completely blocked it to bring out the red flag.
No drivers were injured, and Jason Markewitz of Killen, AL came out from the bottom of the pile in the Freedom Trax Mobility Special after a wreck not of his doing. That earned Markewitz the Keyser Manufacturing Hard Luck of the Race Award.
Shaw lined up for the Dixie-Style Double-File Restart with Harris, Hickman, Knowles, Hedger, Jake Rainey of Hiram, GA in the Wren’s Body Shop Special, Justin Maxwell of Spring Hill, TN in the Dixon Plumbing Warrior, and Cruz Skinner of Oxford, AL in the Skinner’s Body Shop Special doubled up behind him in second through tenth respectively.
Hickman got by Harris to take second on lap 11, and Shaw caught the drivers on the tail end of the lead lap by lap 11. Knowles drove under Harris for the third spot on lap 15 coming off the fourth turn. At the halfway point, Shaw led Hickman, Knowles, Harris, Frame, Johns, Skinner, Hedger, Rainey, and Hanger.
Knowles worked to the inside of Hickman on the front straightaway to take over the second spot on lap 32. The caution flag came out on lap 35 when Rainey spun out of the ninth spot in turn four. A series of restarts on the next three consecutive laps helped Hanger march through the top ten.
Hanger restarted ninth, and moved up to seventh by lap 37 when Seth McCormack of Muscle Shoals, AL spun the McCormack Marine Construction Rocket in turn four to bring out the caution flag. On the next restart, Hanger drove up to the fifth spot before Maxwell brought out a caution flag with a spin in turn one.
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OFFICIAL RESULTS OF ROUND 14 AT NORTH ALABAMA SPEEDWAY IN TUSCUMBIA, AL ON 10/5/19:
POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN $ WON