Brad Skinner Finally Gets His First Southern All Star Win

RACE RECAP: LAWRENCEBURG, TN-Brad Skinner won the 2016 Southern All Stars Cruise with the Champions/ rookie of the year , but  did not win a race in his first year with the series and learned about life traveling on the road to different tracks using different set ups and what will work and will not.  Move to 2017, and even though he had not run all the races due to crashing cars and having to wait on new ones to get ready he changed all that luck Saturday night at Thunderhill Raceway in Lawrenceburg, TN., in front of a standing room only crowd as the hometown favorite started on the outside pole and battled with another local favorite David Seibers of Chapel Hill, TN., side by side for the top spot till lap 12 when Skinner used lapped traffic to his advantage to take over the lead.  Seibers was not the only driver to try and get Skinner during the 40 lap event, Dane Dacus of Lakeland, TN., came from his 9th starting spot and finished a car length behind Skinner at the checkered flag.  Four time Southern All Star champion Riley Hickman of Ooltewah, TN., made a early challenge to Skinner and finished in the third spot.  The drive of the night came from Austin Horton of Newnan, GA., who won the B Main then started 11th and work the traffic to near perfection on a track he had never seen till Saturday and came home in 4th place.  Seibers still looking for his first Southern All Star win with the series when it visit’s the area faded late in the race for a fifth place finish.

Finishing sixth thru tenth were Josh Putnam, Oakley Johns, T J Reaid, Eric Hickerson, Dean Carpenter.

RACE TIDBITS: Points leader Bo Shirley did not attend the event and lost the series points lead.  Austin Horton now has the series lead as well as the rookie lead, Horton also had flat tire during qualifying  costing him a chance to qualify, he then went on to win the B main. T J Reaid is now in second spot in series points with Tristan Sealy third.  Dean Carpenter of Coldwater, MS., made his return to the series after a long layoff.  Jay Brinkley of Shelbyville, TN., also returns to compete with the series after a long absence.  John Minon of Adams, TN., broke a brake caliper in hot laps then missed qualifying, B main but made it out in time for the feature event. Charles Sealy of Moultrie, GA., 60 year old father of Tristan Sealy was back in a race car  this weekend and came home 14th.  Ray McElhiney of Pulaski, TN., qualified 3rd but fell out with mechanical problems.  Two drivers failed to start Mark Dowdy of Waterloo, AL., broke a driveshaft and Tommy Taylor of Lascassas, TN., lost a motor.

Skinner's Sponsors: Rocket Chassis/Dixon Plumbing/Lazy Hog Barbecue/Peterson & Sons/AFCO

Car Count: 19

SUNOCO RACE FUELS GROUP QUALFYING: Group A: David Seibers 12.216;   Group B: Brad Skinner 12.209

PPM Race Products B Mains: Austin Horton

AR Bodies Last Car Lead Lap: Dean Carpenter

COR Suspensions 10th Place Finisher: Dean Carpenter

36 Racing & Fabrication Hard Charger: Austin Horton

Race Car Engineering Hard Luck Award: Ray McElhiney

BrakeOMeter 4th Place Finisher Award: Austin Horton

Results Pending Tire Test: 1.Brad Skinner; 2.Dane Dacus; 3.Riley Hickman; 4.Austin Horton; 5.David Seibers; 6.Josh Putnam; 7.Oakley Johns; 8.T J Reaid; 9.Eric Hickerson; 10.Dean Carpenter; 11.Tristan Sealy; 12.John Minon; 13,Jason Walker; 14.Charles Sealy; 15.Jay Brinkley; 16.Ray McElhiney; 17.Donald Johns.

DNS:  Mark Dowdy; Tommy Taylor

The next Southern All Stars event will be on Saturday night May 20th at the Senoia Raceway in Senoia, GA., the Michael Head Jr Memorial 54 laps paying $4,054 to win.

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2017 SOUTHERN ALL STAR POINTS STANDINGS: 1.Austin Horton 554; 2.T J Reaid 502; 3.Tristan Sealy 480; 4.Bo Shirley 466; 5..Eric Hickerson 442; 6.Casey Roberts 382; 7.Brad Skinner 376; 8.Clint Smith 302;  9.Tyler Crowder 246; 10.Brandon Overton 246

2017 CRUISE WITH THE CHAMPIONS/DIRTONDIRT.COM ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: 1.Austin Horton 554; 2.T J Reaid 502; 3.Tristan Sealy 480; 4. Eric Hickerson 442;

2017 AR Bodies Challenge: 1.Eric Hickerson187; 2.Brad Skinner 130; 3.Brandon Overton 106; 4.Josh Putnam 63; 5.Derek Ellis 35; 6.Jamie Perry 33; 7.Todd Morrow 31; Jeff Johns 30.

May 20-Senoia Raceway-Senoia, GA $4,054
June 10-Talladega Short Track-Eastaboga, AL-$4,200 June 17-Smoky Mt Speedway-Maryville, TN-$5,000

2017 Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series Sponsors:
*Hoosier Racing Tire “The Official Race Tire” of the Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series *Patriot Sports “The Official Merchandise Vendor” of the Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series *Sunoco Race Fuel “The Official Racing Fuel” of the Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series

2017 Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series Marketing Partners Include: AR Bodies, Brodix Cylinder Heads, ,  COR Suspensions, Cruise with the Champions,, H3 Performance Graphics, Integra Racing Shocks, , MSR Mafia Web Design and Service, PPM Racing Products,, 36 Racing & Fabrication, Racecar Engineering, BrakeOMeter