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Trammell, Roberson, Sise, Owens, Chesney capture Volunteer Speedway ‘Fall Classic’ victories
By Robert Walden
Jason Trammell of Knoxville captured the Steel Head Late Model victory, while Logan Roberson of Waynesboro, Virginia, recorded the Crate Late Model win.
Pierce McCarter set fast-time in Steel Head Late Model qualifying at 13.021 seconds to earn the pole position, with Jason Trammell close behind in second at 13.036 to set the front row for the $1,500-to-win, 40 lap feature.
Trammell rocketed out into the lead at the start over McCarter, Ryan King, Chase King and Trevor Sise. Behind them Eddie King Jr., John Tweed, Jason Cardwell, Bobby Mays, Layne Clifton, John Llewellyn and Greg Estes were battling for position.
Tweed’s night ended prematurely on lap 12 when he spun between turns one and two to bring out the caution and was towed into the pits, with Llewellyn also slowly entering the pits ending his race.
Back under green and Trammell wasted no time in putting some distance between himself and closest challengers. But the action was fast and furious from those in pursuit, with two- and three-wide racing back through the field.
Cardwell and Chase King entered the Fall Classic separated by only three points in battle for Steel Head Late Model track championship. While Trammell was in command out front with the cruise control engaged, the racing was good involving McCarter, Ryan King, Chase King, Eddie King Jr., and others.
Tough break for Mays on lap 24 when he suddenly slowed racing up off the fourth turn when his engine went up in smoke and dumped oil along the front straightaway to bring out the caution.
Off the double-file restart, Trammell once again set sail out front and quickly began to stretch his advantage. With the race running clean-and-green, Trammell easily picked up his second straight Steel Head Late Model win over Eddie King Jr., Chase King, McCarter and Cardwell. … Ryan King’s apparent second-place finish was taken away post-race with a disqualification, when it was determined a race procedure violation regarding use of two-way communication during the event had occurred.
Tim Byrd was quickest in Crate Late Model qualifying at 13.555 seconds, with Ross White right behind in second at 13.572 to make up the front row for the $1,500-to-win, 40-lap feature.
White jumped out to the lead on the start over Byrd, Tim Maupin, Jensen Ford and Mack McCarter. Just outside of the top five it was a good battle for position involving Vic Hill, Logan Roberson, Gary Crittenden and Josh Henry.
With the field back up to speed, racing action was intense between White, Ford and Byrd battling for the lead. While trying to get around White, Ford spun on lap 16 to bring the caution out.
Off the ensuing double-file restart, White was riding out front followed by Byrd and McCarter. McCarter quickly got past Byrd and set his sights ahead on White. Racing between turns three and four on lap 18, McCarter took the lead.
But coming and coming furiously was Roberson, after starting from the seventh spot, with Henry also on the move behind Roberson toward the front. With McCarter in the lead over White, Byrd and Hill, both Roberson and Henry worked their way around them to settle into second and third, respectively, in the running order.
With Roberson leading the way and opening the door, Henry followed him as they passed Hill and Byrd. A late race caution on lap 35 for a spin in the fourth turn set the stage for an exciting finish.
Back under green McCarter and Roberson were racing side-by-side battling for the lead, while behind them Henry got around White to take over the third spot. The 19-year-old Roberson, who had captured a win the night before at 311 Speedway in Madison, North Carolina, powered his way past McCarter racing off the fourth turn on lap 38 and went on to capture the Crate Late Model victory over McCarter, Henry, White and Hill.
Zach Sise grabbed the lead at drop of the green flag in the $1,000-to-win, 25-lap Sportsman Late Model feature. The action proved to be worth the price of admission itself in the early laps as Sise, Heath Alvey (pole winner at 13.601), Jed Emert, Brad Seagle, Warren McMahan, Matt Tharp, Chris Coffey, Brandon Miller, Tyler Smith and Preston Whitehead jockeyed for real estate.
Sise looked strong out front, while on consecutive laps behind him Alvey and Emert were exchanging slide-jobs in the corners with precise execution. But out front there would be no catching the 17-year-old Sise as he captured his third victory on the season over Emert, Alvey, Tharp and Coffey.
Brad Davis set fast-time at 14.334 seconds to earn the pole position for the $1,000-to-win, 25-lap Modified Street feature. Davis and Kurt Owens started alongside each other on the front row, with Owens taking the lead on the opening lap over Davis and Austin Atkins. Just behind the lead trio Shannon Emery, Michael Woods and Chris Rickett were battling for position.
Davis looked underneath Owens lap-after-lap in the corners trying to overtake him, but Owens continually slammed the door shut and maintained his advantage out front. Rickett first worked his way around Woods and then picked off Emery, and with under five laps to go he passed Atkins for the third spot.
Josh Chesney and Tim Stevens battled up front for the lead in the Classic feature in the early going before Stevens eventually had issues and headed into the pits. Enter Eli Keck into the picture as he began to pressure Chesney for the lead.
The next event at Volunteer Speedway will be on Saturday, Oct. 21, and it will be the final points-awarding race of the season to decide divisional track champions.
VOLUNTEER SPEEDWAY – BULLS GAP, TN – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2017 – FALL CLASSIC
STEEL HEAD LATE MODEL (40 laps)
1. Jason Trammell #90
Did Not Start: Austin Neely #3, Michael Smith #4
CRATE LATE MODEL (40 laps)
1. Logan Roberson #17
Did Not Start: Danny Yoder #2
SPORTSMAN LATE MODEL (25 laps)
1. Zach Sise #9
Did Not Start: Nicholas Shelton #9
MODIFIED STREET (25 laps)
Did Not Start: Parker Estes #31
CLASSIC (25 laps)