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HANGER SWEEPS NeSMITH LATE MODEL TOURING SEASON OPENER AT CAMDEN
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CAMDEN, TN – Christian Hanger of Winchester, TN swept the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series National Tour season opener on Friday night in the series’ first visit to Camden Speedway. Hanger was the Fast Qualifier to earn the pole for the main event, and led all 40 laps for his first career series victory in the Hanger’s Hardwood Flooring CVR.
In Knowles Race Parts and Bodies Qualifying, Hanger topped a 34-car field with a lap around Camden Speedway in 14.893 seconds. By leading all 40 laps; that earned Hanger the Durrence Layne Chevrolet Roll With Cole Award.
The defending and two-time NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series National Champion Cory Hedcock of Loudon, TN opened the season charging to second from his seventh starting spot in the Eagle Racing Engines Rocket.
The 2017 Cruise With The Champions Rookie of the Year and 2017 National Championship Runner Up Grant Garrison of Walton, KY finished third in the Darrell Lanigan Racing Special. Ashton Winger of Senoia, GA took the fourth spot in the Keyser Manufacturing Rocket and was the Cruise With The Champions Rookie of the Race.
Chad Stapleton of Edinburgh, IN finished ninth in the SSI/Jason Clarkson Logging Special. Colton Horner of Katy, TX started 11th after winning the first 12-lap B-Main Race, and rounded out the top ten in the Houston Specialty Products Special.
Bryant Marsh of Corinth, MS started 24th and finished 14th in the Modern Woodmen Trak-Star to earn the Beyea Headers Hard Charger of the Race Award. The second 12-lap B-Main Race was won by Andy Picklesimer of Ooltewah, TN in the Hyma Motorsports Special.
Hanger took the lead from the pole position at the start of the race followed by Garrison, Hickerson, Brown, and Hedgecock. The green flag gave way to the yellow caution flag on lap 1 to necessitate a complete restart after a multi-car pileup. Hanger once again grabbed the lead followed by Garrison, Hickerson, Brown, and Hedgecock.
The second caution flag came out on lap three for T.J. Brittain of Centre, AL in the Brittain Hauling Warrior. Hanger was out front in a row all by himself for the Dixie-Style Double-File Restart with Garrison, Hickerson, Hedgecock, Winger, Brown, Stapleton, Boland, Knowles, and Ben Brocato of Muscle Shoals, AL in the ABC Cash Register Special doubled-up behind the leader.
Hanger maintained the lead, but by lap 12, Garrison had closed to with two tenths of second behind the point man. The third caution flag of the race came out on lap 16 for Matt Henderson of Loudon, TN on the backstretch to bunch up the field. Hanger led Garrison, Hickerson, Hedgecock, Winger, Brown, Stapleton, Boland, Knowles, and Brocato down for the restart.
After the field went back to green flag action, Hanger pulled out to a 1.4 second lead over Garrison, who was busy trying to hold off Hedgecock for the second spot. The battle for second heated up on lap 28, and Hedgecock made the pass on lap 29. With ten laps to go, Hanger held a 1.4 second lead over Hedgecock.
Hedgecock began to run down Hanger in the closing laps, but a lap 33 caution flag for Jerry Green of Knoxville, TN in turn four let the whole field close in on Hanger. The restart saw Hedgecock, Garrison, Winger, Hickerson, Brown, Boland, Knowles, Stapleton, and Horner doubled up behind Hanger.
Hanger stayed out in front of the field, but a lap 39 caution flag for Ben Brocato of Muscle Shoals, AL in turn two before the white flag came out set up a green, white, checkered finish. Hanger took off at the drop of the green flag, and two laps later he took the checkered flag for the win with a .819 second margin of victory.
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OFFICIAL RESULTS OF ROUND 1 AT CAMDEN SPEEDWAY IN CAMDEN, TN ON 4/20/18:
POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN LAPS $ WON
KNOWLES RACE PARTS AND BODIES GROUP QUALIFYING (Top 5 From Each Group Transfer To Main Event):
B-MAINS (12 Laps – Top 6 Transfer To Main Event):
1ST B-MAIN: 1. Horner; 2. B. Brocato; 3. Williams; 4. Mike; 5. Berry; 6. Brittain; 7. Marsh; 8. Garner; 9. Minga; 10. Gentry; 11. Cooper; 12. M. Brocato; 13. Britton.
2ND B-MAIN: 1. Picklesimer; 2. Johns; 3. Seibers; 4. Henderson; 5. Hedger; 6. Green; 7. Cook; 8. Martin (R); 9. Wood; 10. Newman; 11. Ray DNS.