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Tanner English Tops Red Clay Bash; Perkins Pops Friday Night Thunder Win at Ponderosa Speedway
Junction City, KY- May 26, 2017- Ponderosa Speedway would present the 5th Annual Red Clay Bash on Friday evening for the MARS East Dirt Car Series Super Late Models and Tanner English of Benton, KY would celebrate his birthday and see the checkered flag first and score the $3,000 victory. The KDRA Super Stocks would compete for $1,200 to win in the Friday Night Thunder event and Robby Perkins of Ezel, KY would claim the win. Other feature event winners included Jeff Watson of Campbellsville, KY in Pro (Crate) Late Models, Jimmy Payne of Glasgow, KY in Open Wheel Modifieds, Andrew Parson of Greensburg, KY in Stock Four Cylinders, and Dylan Rutherford of Corbin, KY in Mini-Cup/Cyclones.
In the MARS East Dirt Car Series sanctioned Red Clay Bash, Tanner English would lead the first 24 laps of the contest before his father Terry English would drive him and take the race lead. However, Tanner English would not be finished and would retake the lead on lap 32 of the 35-lap affair and drive on to the victory. Terry English would finish second, with Chris Combs finishing in the third position. Victor Lee and Adam Bowman would complete the top five. The remainder of the top ten finishers would be Tommy Bailey, Connor Meade, Donnie Sullivan, Jason Jameson, and Chad Stapleton. Victor Lee would be top qualifier among 16 entries and heat race wins were scored by Tanner English and Tripp Gerrald.
The Friday Night Thunder for the KDRA Super Stock division would see Robby Perkins grab the victory and the $1,200 payday. Eddie Stewart and Bartley Grant would finish second and third, while Jeremy Howard and Dennis Roberson completed the top five. The rest of the top ten finishers would be Tyler Collis, Corey Lewis, Thomas Hoch, Rick Epley, and Sarah Patrick. Fourteen entries would see Perkins be the top qualifier and win a heat, while Stewart won the other heat.
Jeff Watson would be victorious in the Pro (Crate) Late Model feature contest, with Jeff Alsip and Zane Powell giving chase at the finish, while Jake Henry and Matthew Smith completed the top five. Elliott Despain would head up the second-five finishers, followed by James Rice, Brad Rickels, Steven Eversole, and Clayton Turner. Twenty-five entries would see Watson also be top qualifier and win a heat, while Henry and Smith were also heat winners, with Wesley Brummett winning the B-Main.
Jimmy Payne would take tops honors in the Open Wheel Modified feature contest. Trailing Payne at the checkered flag would be Shon Flanary, J.T. Ayers, Blake Brown, and Keith Smith. The remainder of the top ten finishers would be Daniel Dehner, David Webb, Matt Watson, Cy Cundiff, and Wade Rookard. Eighteen entries would see Rice as top qualifier and win a heat, while Payne won the other heat.
Andrew Parson would claim the checkered flag in the Stock Four Cylinder main event. Brandon Creech and Brian Moore would finish second and third respectively, while Tim Brummett and Byron Logsdon completed the top five. Rounding out the top ten finishers would be Dave McCarty, Brady Lear, Nick Royalty, James Nallia, and Dalton Cox. Fifteen entries would see heat race wins go to Parson and Creech.
The Mini-Cup/Cyclone feature event would be scored by Dylan Rutherford, with teammate Blake Brown finishing in second, with Jason Hinkle would finish third. The remainder of the finishing order would be Walker Standifer, Felicia Patterson, and Jason Hinkle, Jr. Six entries would see Brown score the heat win.
SUMMARY- Ponderosa Speedway- Junction City, KY- May 26, 2017
MARS East Dirt Car Series Super Late Models (16 entries) Top Qualifier- Victor Lee 5th Annual Red Clay Bash- Tanner English, Terry English, Chris Combs, Victor Lee, Adam Bowman, Tommy Bailey, Connor Meade, Donnie Sullivan, Jason Jameson, Chad Stapleton, Larry Greer, Nathan Vawter, Brian Smith, Tripp Gerrald, Justin Rattliff
KDRA Super Stocks (14 entries)
Pro (Crate) Late Models (25 entries)
Open Wheel Modifieds (18 entries)
Stock Four Cylinders (15 entries)
Mini-Cup/Cyclones (6 entries)