Cooper Shines in Durrence Layne Late Model Domination at TNRCrate Racin USA
(Hohenwald, TN) – McKenzie, Tennessee driver Matt Cooper completed a dominating Friday night performance to pick up the $2,000 payday September 20th at Tennessee National Raceway in Hohenwald, TN. Cooper beat Cruise with the Champions Rookie of the Year Point Leader, and currently second in Touring Points, Cruz Skinner of Oxford, AL by just a tick over one second at the finish line. Winchester, TN driver Christian Hanger followed Skinner to round out the podium finishers. Josh Putnam drove his familiar 212 machine to a fourth-place finish in his appearance with the series, and Jadon Frame would round out the top 5 in the Poultry Electric and Pro Hardware sponsored mount.
Cooper got off to a great start on the night by picking up the $100 BoydBilt Fabrication Fast Time Award by clocking in a lap time of 13.678 seconds around the ¼ mile red clay oval located just on the edge of town in Hohenwald, TN. Qualifying would place the top 8 fastest times directly into the night’s Feature event with two, ten lap KRC Power Steering Heat Races to determine the rest of the feature starting field. KRC Power Steering Heat Race 1 would go to Crossville, Tennessee’s Brandon Williams who edged Rookie of the Year contender Wil Herrington to take the Heat Race win. KRC Power Steering Heat Race 2 got off to a wild start with another Cooper Racing prepared car, that of Ronnie Cooper, making contact and collecting the outside retaining wall at the track entrance/exit and inflicting heavy damage ending his night early. Current Advanced Laser and Machine National Points Leader Jake Knowles went on to pick up the win in Heat 2 to put himself in the 10th starting spot for the night’s feature.
The field would assemble and after paying tribute to the great fans that turned out for the Series’ first stop since 2013 at TNR, the green flag waved, and business picked up. However, the yellow flag quickly followed as the 22H of Chad Harrah made significant contact with the infield uke tires and suffered heavy left front damage causing his car to stop in turn 2 before completing the first circuit. The skirmish before completing lap 1 was not done with Harrah as the caution waved and the 17R of Chapel Hill, TN driver Brad Skinner, Mark Fields’ F26, and the 95 of Williams were also involved in contact in turn 4. Unfortunately, Brad Skinner’s Lazy Hog BBQ Brucebilt suffered too much damage to continue and he was forced to retire from the event, thus picking up the Keyser Manufacturing Hard Luck Award.
The second attempt to get the race underway was a success with Cooper jumping out to the lead with Skinner in hot pursuit. The pace would quickly slow once again with TJ Brittain slowing in his Josh Roberts Trucking/Brittain Hauling Warrior at the top of turn 2 with mechanical issues relegating him to visit the infield hot pit for repairs. The lap 3 restart allowed the field to sort out and get settled with Cooper setting a torrid pace and getting a near straightaway lead before the yellow lights would flash again on lap 12 for the spinning car of Scott Spurgeon at the exit of turn 4. This would setup a restart with Cooper out front and the young guns of Cruz Skinner and Christian Hanger looking to make something happen to take over the top spot.
The restart would once again see Cooper establish a sizable lead, but lapped traffic would soon come into view for the leader. With the back of the field racing for position in front of him, and an ever-narrowing racing groove to maneuver, Skinner and Hanger began to catch the leader who had to slow his pace and make the calculated moves to navigate lapped traffic. With Skinner and Hanger waiting for each other to possibly make a mistake and battling hard for position Cooper was able to put several cars a lap down but a harrowing lap 33 scrape with the 65 car of Spurgeon nearly unraveled Cooper’s flawless night as just after clearing the 65 he looped the car entering turn 1. This caution setup a single file restart with everyone nose-to-tail and trying to capitalize on any mistakes or missed marks that the driver ahead of them might have made. Even though Skinner and the remainder of the field were able to restart right on the back bumper of Cooper’s 18 machine, Cooper would not look back as he cruised his Cooper Trucking Rocket Chassis across the finish line ahead of Skinner and Hanger to pick up his first Durrence Layne Dirt Late Model Series Touring Series feature win.
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OFFICIAL RACE RESULTS FROM TENNESSEE NATIONAL RACEWAY 9/20/19
- 18 – Matt Cooper
- 11 – Cruz Skinner
- 29 – Christian Hanger
- 212 – Josh Putnam
- J8 – Jadon Frame
- C6 – Oakley Johns
- 66 – Jake Knowles
- 95 – Brandon Williams
- 17JR – Tyler Wood
- 11 – Spencer Hughes
- 14 – Wil Herrington
- K37 – Drew Kennedy
- 98 – Eric Hickerson
- 87 – Jake Rainey
- H17 – Steven Holcomb
- 05 – TJ Brittain
- 85 – Mitch Thornton
- 19 – Marcus Minga
- 65 – Scott Spurgeon
- C66 – Donald Johns
- F26 – Mark Fields
- F44 – Justin McRee
- 22H – Chad Harrah
- 17R – Brad Skinner
BoydBilt Fabrication Qualifying Results
- 18 – Matt Cooper 678
- C6 – Oakley Johns 855
- 11 – Cruz Skinner 891
- 29 – Christian Hanger 912
- 17R – Brad Skinner 029
- 212 – Josh Putnam 087
- J8 – Jadon Frame 094
- 87 – Jake Rainey 121
- F44 – Justin McRee 187
- 98 – Eric Hickerson 230
- 95 – Brandon Williams 261
- 10 – Ronnie Cooper 272
- 14 – Wil Herrington 318
- 66 – Jake Knowles 375
- H17 – Steven Holcomb 406
- 19 – Marcus Minga 483
- K37 – Drew Kennedy 495
- F26 – Mark Fields 521
- 22H – Chad Harrah 609
- 17Jr – Tyler Wood 666
- 65 – Scott Spurgeon 689
- 11 – Spencer Hughes 739
- 78 – Matt Brocato 764
- 05 – TJ Brittain 766
- 63 – Jeremy Greenway 777
- C66 – Donald Johns 790
- 85 – Mitch Thornton 064
- 86 – Dan White 622
KRC Power Steering Heat Race #1 Finish (Top 7 Transfer) – 1. 95 – Williams, 2. 14 – Herrington, 3. F44 – McRee, 4. K37 – Kennedy, 5. 22H – Harrah, 6. H17 – Holcomb, 7. 65 -Spurgeon, 8. 85 – Thornton, 9. 78 – Brocato, 10. 63 – Greenway
KRC Power Steering Heat Race #2 Finish (Top 7 Transfer) – 1. 66 – Knowles, 2. F26 – Fields, 3. 11 – Hughes, 4. 17Jr – Wood, 5. 98 – Hickerson, 6. 19 – Minga, 7. C66 – Johns, 8. 05 – Brittain, 9. 10 – Cooper
BoydBilt Fabrication Fast Time: Matt Cooper – 13.678
Provisionals: TJ Brittain and Mitch Thornton
Lead Changes: 0
Lap Leaders: Cooper – 1-40
Margin of Victory: 1.001 seconds
Time of Race: 22 minutes, 27 seconds
Knowles Race Parts and Bodies Hard Charger: Tyler Wood (Started 16th finished 9th)
Cruise With the Champions Rookie of the Race: Cruz Skinner
FullMoon Graphics 7th Place Award: Jake Knowles
TireSkinz 8th Place Award: Brandon Williams
Keyser Manufacturing Hard Luck Award: Brad Skinner
Durrence Layne Chevrolet, Buick, GMC is the Official Title Sponsor of the Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series.
Chevrolet Performance is Official PowerTrain of the Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series.
Hoosier Racing Tire is the Official Tire of the Durrence Layne Dirt Late Model Series.
VP Racing Fuels is the Official Race Fuel of the Durrence Layne Dirt Late Model Series.
VP Racing Lubricants is the Official Lubricant of Durrence Layne Racing, and presenter of the Slick Move of the Race Award.
Knowles Race Parts and Bodies is the Official Parts Supplier of Durrence Layne Racing and presenter of the Hard Charger of the Race Award.
KRC Power Steering is the Official Power Steering of Durrence Layne Racing.
Cruise with the Champions is the Official Vacation and Rookie of the Year Sponsor for the Series.
FullMoon Graphics is the Official Wrap and Sign company of Durrence Layne Racing.
Contingency Sponsors Include: VP Racing Lubricants, TireSkinz, FullMoon Graphics, Keyser Manufacturing, KRC Power Steering
2019 Chassis Sponsors are Warrior Race Cars, Rocket Chassis, GRT Race Cars, and CVR Race Cars.