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Brandon Williams Grabs Pole Starting Position for 26th Annual Ice Bowl at Talladega Short Track
Eastaboga, AL - Crossville, Tennessee's Brandon Williams overtook overall fast-qualifier John Ownbey in Heat Race #1 to take the checkered flag and put himself and his B&R Kustoms CVR Race Car on the pole for Sunday's 26th Annual Ice Bowl Feature at Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, Alabama. The first race of the 2017 RockAuto.com Winter Shootout will take place on Sunday afternoon at the "Hornet's Nest" where the NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series is a part of the 340+ cars that have entered the pit area.
Five(5) Heat Races were set following Qualifying Time Trials during which Ownbey put his #A19 Austin Trucking sponsored machine atop the speed chart with a fast lap of 14.222 seconds. That would make his group the fastest overall, and would allow him to race for the pole position in Heat Race #1. Ownbey led 9 of the 10 laps before Williams was able to muscle by and take the win. The top 2 finishers from each Heat Race were locked into Sunday's Ice Bowl Feature making up the first 5 rows. All others finishers will now move into Sunday's 4 B-Main Races in which the top 3 finishers will transfer to the Ice Bowl feature.
Sunday's gates open at 9 A.M. with Driver's Meeting scheduled for 10:30 A.M. Invocation and National Anthem will take place at 11:30 AM with racing action to follow.
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Heat Race Finishes(Top 2 Transfer to Feature):
Heat Race 1 - 1. Williams, 2. Ownbey, 3. Shannon, 4. Johnson, 5. Forsythe, 6. Kirk, Scarbrough, 7. Knighten
Heat Race 2 - 1. Elliott, 2. Skinner, 3. Conley, 4. Graham, 5. Wilson, 6. Culver, 7. Scoggins
Heat Race 3 - 1. Hickman, 2. Horner, 3. Arnold, 4. Johns, 5. Dixon, 6. Combs, 7. Parkhurst, 8. Cardin, 9. Mills, 10. York
Heat Race 4 - 1. McCarter, 2. Black, 3. Gauldin, 4. Weaver, 5. Clifton, 6. Vandygriff, 7. Turvin
Heat Race 5 - 1. Helms, 2. Picklesimer, 3. Hickerson, 4. Farmer, 5. Britton, 6. Sitton, 7. Nichelson, 8. Freeman
NeSmith Chevrolet, Buick, GMC is the Official Title Sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series.
Contingency Sponsors Include: Out-Pace Performance, Crate Insider.com, AR Bodies, FreeStyle Graphix, and Knowles Racing Parts and Bodies.2017 Chassis Sponsors are Trak-Star Race Cars, Warrior Race Cars, Rocket Chassis, GRT Race Cars, and CVR Race Cars.