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Southern All Stars 2017 Recap
FAYETTEVILLE, TN- The Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series will kick off its 35th consecutive year of dirt late model racing in the southeast and the series had a few first time accomplishments happen in 2017.
First Austin Horton of Newnan, GA., ran his first full year with the series and became the first driver to win the series title as well as the Cruise with the Champions/Dirtondirt.com Rookie of the Year. Horton did not have a win in 2017 but in the 15 races race Austin had 7 top five finishes and 10 top ten finishes, with his best finish a second place at his home track Senoia Raceway. Look for Austin to be back in 2018 to compete for the title again.
Tristan Sealy of Moultrie, GA., was also in his first full year with the series and went to tracks that he had never seen but kept improving and finished second in the series points with one top five finish and that occurred at Senoia. Tristan also had 5 top finishes during the 2017 season. Tristan plans on return to the series in 2017 and making a run for the title.
Eric Hickerson of Linden, TN., was another rookie contender in 2017. Eric was also in his first full year of tour racing and captured the AR Bodies Challenge with the series in 2017, finished third in series points, his best finish was third at his home track Thunderhill Raceway, and Eric also had 9 top ten finishes during the year. Eric plans on competing with the series in 2018.
T J Reaid of Acworth, GA., finished fourth in also his first full year with the series as he got his first series win at the Talladega Short Track in the season finale. T J also had two top 5 finishes and six top10 finishes. Also T J joins his dad Tony on the all-time winners list for Southern All Stars as they are the first father son duo to win Southern All Stars races. His father Tony won two Southern All Star events at Dixie Speedway during the 1991 season.
Brad Skinner of Spring Hill, TN., came in the first spot in his second ear of tour racing. Brad had to miss a few races early in the season as he flipped his car and had to wait on a new one and missed a few races. Brad had one win in 2017 and that was at his home track Thunderhill. Brad also had two top 5’s and four top 10’s Brad also finished second in the AR Bodies Challenge. Brad also plans on competing for the series title in 2018.
In 2017 the Southern All Stars ran 15 events at 8 different tracks and 200 different drivers competing with the series. Drivers that scored wins also on the series were Casey Roberts of Toccoa, GA., with three wins Southern Raceway & Cochran Motor Speedway, four time Southern All Stars Champion Clint Smith back in victory lane for first time since 2009 at Senoia, Dane Dacus of Lakeland, TN., Thunderhill, Jason Hiett of Oxford, AL., Talladega Short Track, Brandon Overton of Evans, GA., Talladega Short Track, David Breazeale of Four Corners, MS., Thunderhill, Donald McIntosh of Blairsville, GA., Smoky Mt, Ross Bailes of Clover, SC., Cherokee and Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, IL., Smoky Mt.
The 2018 schedule should be ready for release next week with the season opener right now set for Sunday March 4th March Madness at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC., and will pay $12,000 to win.
For more information concerning the Southern All Stars contact Lynn Acklin - General Manager: 256-924-4546 www.sasdirt.com
2017 SOUTHERN ALL STAR POINTS STANDINGS: 1.Austin Horton 1090; 2.Tristan Sealy 962; 3.Eric Hickerson 936; 4. T J Reaid 816; 5.Brad Skinner 764; 6.Bo Shirley 466; 7.Casey Roberts 458; 8.Riley Hickman 418; 9.Clint Smith 402; 10.Josh Putnam 376;
2017 CRUISE WITH THE CHAMPIONS/DIRTONDIRT.COM ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: 1.Austin Horton 1090; 2.Tristan Sealy 962; 3. Eric Hickerson 936; 4.T J Reaid 816
2017 AR Bodies Challenge: 1.Eric Hickerson 346; 2.Brad Skinner 263; 3.Josh Putnam 132; 4.Todd Morrow 123; 5.Brandon Overton 106; 6.Joseph Faulkner 58 7.Jason Walker 50; 8.Derek Ellis 35; 9.Mitch Thornton 35; 10.Jamie Perry 33; 11.Jeff Johns 30; 12.Jason Lyles 24; 13.David Brannon 19; 14.Ferrell Skelton 17; 15.Dean Carpenter 16; 15.John Minon 15; 17.Jim Gray 15
UPCOMING SOUTHERN ALL STAR DIRT RACING SERIES EVENT:
SUN-MARCH 4-CHEROKEE SPEEDWAY-GAFFNEY, SC-$12.000
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, DirtonDirt.com, H3 Performance Graphics, Integra Racing Shocks, , MSR Mafia Web Design and Service, PPM Racing Products, RockAuto.com, 36 Racing & Fabrication, Racecar Engineering, BrakeOMeter