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King, Henderson, Alvey, Rickett, Flanary, Overholser visit victory lane at Volunteer Speedway
Chase King set fast-time in Steel Head Late Model qualifying at 13.223 to earn the pole position for the 30-lap main event. The 24-year old King jumped out into the lead over Mike Weeks, Greg Estes, Eddie King Jr. and Jason Cardwell on the start.
“This is only my fifth time ever racing here and it’s great to be able write my name in the record book as a winner at Volunteer Speedway,” King said after climbing from his car on the front straightaway in victory lane. “To be able and win here at ‘The Gap’ is really special not only to me, but to my family. Because my father competed in the Super Stock class back in the ‘90s and he won races, and now that I’ve joined him as a race winner here is pretty cool.
“I really love racing on these high banks, because this is a fast track and you’re really rolling (carrying speed) around this place. Even though I only have a few races under my belt here at Volunteer Speedway, for some reason I’ve easily gotten adjusted to how you’ve got to drive this layout. I also want to brag a little about my Stinger Race Car chassis, because it was just awesome tonight. Whether I drove the car down low on the bottom or up high in the banking, the car handled great and worked to perfection.”
Matt Henderson was quickest in Crate Late Model qualifying at 13.599 seconds to earn the pole position for the 30-lap feature. Henderson and Tim Maupin started alongside one another on the front row, with Henderson powering out into the lead at drop of the green flag. The race ran caution-free over the first 11 laps until Dennis Stiles slowed on the track with a flat left-front tire.
Heath Alvey and Jordon Horton started on the front row for the 20-lap Sportsman Late Model feature, and the duo battled side-by-side over the opening five circuits for the lead before Alvey moved to the point.
Two caution periods slowed the action close together, with the event’s first yellow waving on lap 6 when Tyler Pearson spun in the fourth turn, and then on lap 8 when Richard Adkins, Grant Corum and Nicholas Shelton spun between turns one and two. Back under green flag racing with Alvey leading Horton and Brad Seagle, after restarting from rear of the field following his previous incident, Adkins went for a wild ride along the front straightaway on lap 11.
Adkins tried to avoid a spinning car by going to the outside near the flag stand, but his machine climbed the wall and began flipping before coming to a stop entering the first turn. The red flag was quickly displayed to stop the field in order for emergency personnel and track officials to rush to the scene. Thanks to a safely built race car, Adkins was uninjured and able to climb from the car to cheers from the crowd.
Finally back under green for a run to the finish, Alvey was in the lead while behind him Seagle got around Horton for second. Seagle was right on Alvey’s rear bumper as they received the white flag, and racing off the fourth turn to the checkered flag Seagle dropped to the inside to challenge for the win. In a photo finish Alvey won by a couple of feet over Seagle, with Horton, Terry Poore and James Cole rounding out the top five.
Chris Rickett grabbed lead over Jeffrey Melton and Wayne Rader at start of the Modified Street feature, with Shannon Emery, Parker Estes, R.J. Mayes, Tracy Wolfe and Jon Cook battling for position behind the lead trio.
After working on Melton trying to wrestle the runner-up spot from him, Rader finally got around him racing off the second corner on lap 12 and set his sights ahead on Rickett. Rader closed in to within striking distance over the final five laps, but Rickett would not be denied his third victory of the season.
Rickett was chased to the checkered flag by Rader, Melton, Emery and Wolfe.
Jeff Hamby jumped out to the lead over Shon Flanary in the Open Wheel Modified feature and led the first seven laps before spinning between turns one and two to bring out the caution. Back under green Flanary was in command leading the race over Jody Puckett, Logan Hickey, Mikah Reams and Wayne James.
Lee Merritt led the opening three circuits of the Classic feature before Richie Overholser got around him to move out front, which also opened the door for Chad Manning to get past Merritt and take over the second position. With the race running clean-and-green from the start, a late race caution on lap 16 waved when Luke Ellis spun in the fourth turn.
Both Manning and Merritt pressured leader Overholser over the final three laps, but Overholser held on to capture his first win of the season. Overholser was trailed at the finish by Manning, Merritt, Eli Keck and Chris Nix.
VOLUNTEER SPEEDWAY – BULLS GAP, TN – SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017 – OFFICIAL RESULTS
STEEL HEAD LATE MODEL (30 laps)
1. Chase King #44
CRATE LATE MODEL (30 laps)
SPORTSMAN LATE MODEL (20 laps)
1. Heath Alvey #7
OPEN WHEEL MODIFIED (20 laps)
1. Shon Flanary #98
Did Not Start: Amos Bunch #50
CLASSIC (20 laps)
Did Not Start: Chris Worsham #3