COLUMBUS, MS – Wil Herrington of Hawkinsville, GA made his second visit to Magnolia Motor Speedway pay off to the tune of $2,000 after winning the Salute To The Army National Guard 40 for the Durrence Layne Dirt Late Model Series on Sunday night.  Herrington held off two competitors in tight quarters to lead all 40 laps in the Middle Georgia Roofing CVR.


               Friday night’s Salute To The Armed Forces winner, defending National Champion Ashton Winger of Hampton, GA challenged Herrington for the lead on lap 39 in turn three.  There was contact, Winger spun his Johnny Doan Plumbing Rocket, and Herrington drove away. 


               Herrington then held off Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series point leader Jake Knowles of Rome, GA to take the win in an entertaining race on the “Black Ice” surface of Magnolia Motor Speedway.


               “My Dad brought me here to watch a race when I was about ten-years-old, and when I started racing, I always wanted to race here,” Herrington said.  “This was the first time I’ve raced here, and I like it as much as a driver, as I did as a ten-year-old.  This Black Ice is slick – very slick – but I like it!  Ashton and I had a good race going, and I hated that it ended the way it did for him.”


               In addition to the win, Herrington was also the Cruise With The Champions Rookie of the Race, and for keeping his car going in the tangle with Winger, Herrington took the VP Racing Lubricants Slick Move of the Race Award.  Herrington was also the Fast Qualifier in the second group of Boyd Bilt Fabricators Group Qualifying.


               Knowles finished second in the Knowles Race Parts and Bodies Special, and Oakley Johns of Hohenwald, TN was third in the Johns Timber Special.  Justin McRee of Woodstock, AL took the fourth spot in the High Roller Race Car Special. 


               Braden Mitchell of Russellville, AL started 18th in the Sparks Energy Rocket and finished fifth to take the Knowles Race Parts and Bodies Hard Charger of the Race Award.  Spencer Hughes of Meridian, MS was sixth in the B.J.’s Tire and Service Center Special, and Cruz Skinner of Oxford, MS drove the Skinner’s Body Shop Rocket to the Fullmoon Graphics Lucky 7 Award.


               The defending Durrence Layne Weekly Racing Series Late Model National Champion Evan Ellis of Plantersville, MS finished eighth in the Ellis Welding Special and Tyler Wood of Hohenwald, TN was ninth in the Johns Timber Special.  Randall Beckwith of Kilmichael, MS rounded out the top ten in the Beckwith Racing Rocket.


               In preliminary action, Austin Franklin of Montevallo, AL drove the Franklin Enterprises Special to Boyd Bilt Fabricators Fast Time honors in Group Qualifying with a lap around Magnolia Motor Speedway in 14.611 seconds.  The three KRC Power Steering B-Main Races were won by Winger, Hughes, and Beckwith.


               Herrington took the lead at the drop of the green flag from his outside front row starting spot followed by Franklin, Wood, Knowles and Winger.  Matt Brazil of Red Bay, AL dropped out of the race on the first lap in the Mid-America Roofing Rocket to earn the Keyser Manufacturing Hard Luck Award.


               Franklin began to drop back in the field during the opening laps, as Knowles passed Wood for second on lap three.  Herrington had pulled out to an eight car-length advantage by lap five with Knowles, Winger, Wood, and Hughes giving chase.


               The first of three caution flags came out on lap ten when T.J. Brittain of Centre, AL spun the Brittain Hauling Warrior in turn four.  Brittain was done for the night, while Herrington got ready for the Dixie-Style Double-File Restart with Knowles choosing the outside in second.  Doubling up in third through fifth respectively were Winger, Wood, and Hughes.


               Winger pushed the aggressive button for the restart, as he threw a wicked slide job pass on Knowles in turn fourth to take over the second spot.  Johns was the guy that came from out of nowhere to move up to the sixth spot on lap 14.  Winger closed in on Herrington and was beginning to mount a challenge for the lead at the halfway point.


               The crossed flags were replaced by the yellow flag on lap 21 when David Kay of Munford, AL slowed in the Advantage Plus Excavating Special down the front straightaway.  The top ten for the halfway point double-file restart was Herrington, Winger, Knowles, Hughes, McRee, Wood, Johns, Skinner, Ellis, and Beckwith.


               Knowles passed Winger for second on the restart with an inside move and McRee got by Hughes for fourth on lap 22.  Johns passed Hughes for fifth on lap 25, and Herrington caught lapped traffic on lap 29 as the intensity level of the race picked up to hair-raising-on-the-back-of-your-neck. 


With ten laps to go, Herrington had company with Winger and Knowles racing side-by-side a car-length behind him.  Winger cleared Knowles on lap 32, and the Champ set sail for Herrington.  Winger got a big run on Herrington going down the backstretch on lap 39.  When Winger tried to make an aggressive move for the lead and the win in turn three, it didn’t work out for him.


There was contact between Herrington and Winger, causing Winger to spin in turn four, and Herrington continued on.  The white flag was pulled for the caution flag, and the field set up for a single-file green-white-checkered finish.  Winger went to for a checkers or wreckers move, leaving nothing on the table.


Herrington led Knowles, McRee, Johns, Skinner, Mitchell, Hughes, Ellis, Wood and Beckwith down to the green flag.  Knowles tried to get a run on Herrington, but it was unsuccessful.  Herrington pulled away in the final two laps to take a 1.079 second margin of victory under the checkered flag.


The next event for the Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series will be on June 29 at historic Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN for a $2,500-to-win, 50-lap race.


For more information and rules about the Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series, visit the series web site at www.durrencelayneracing.com, or visit the series on Facebook at Durrence Layne Racing.  You can follow us on Twitter @DurrenceLayneRacing.




POS       STRT    CAR #   DRIVER                             HOMETOWN                   LAPS     $ WON
1.            2             14           Wil Herrington (R)         Hawkinsville, GA             40           $2,000
2.            3             66           Jake Knowles                   Rome, GA                          40           $1,000
3.            11           C6          Oakley Johns                    Hohenwald, TN                 40           $700
4.            10           F44        Justin McRee                    Woodstock, GA                40           $550
5.            18           64           Braden Mitchell                              Russellville, AL                40           $500
6.            6             11h        Spencer Hughes                Meridian, MS                    40           $425
7.            8             11           Cruz Skinner (R)             Oxford, AL                        40           $375
8.            15           73           Evan Ellis                          Plantersville, MS             40           $350
9.            4             17jr       Tyler Wood                       Hohenwald, TN                 40           $325
10.          7             84           Randall Beckwith            Kilmichael, MS                 40           $300
11.          9             2s           Jeremy Shaw                    Millport, AL                      40           $275
12.          16           19           Marcus Minga                  Shannon, MS                     40           $250
13.          13           87           Jake Rainey (R-YG)       Hiram, GA                         40           $225
14.          20           25           Robbie Starnes                 Dayton, TX                        40           $200
15.          14           33           Sid Scarbrough                 Florence, MS                     39           $200
16.          1             22           Austin Franklin                Montevallo, AL                39           $200
17.          17           72           Steve Russell                     Pontotoc, MS                    39           $200
18.          5             9             Ashton Winger                 Hampton, GA                    38           $200
19.          22           1             Jason Markewitz             Killen, AL                          25           $200
20.          19           K5          David Kay                         Munford, AL                     20           $200
21.          21           72x        Chase Washington           Tupelo, MS                        13           $200
22.          12           J8           Jadon Frame (R)              Decherd, TN                      9             $200
23.          23           05           T.J. Brittain                      Centre, AL                         9             $200
24.          24           81           Matt Brazil                       Red Bay, AL                      1             $200


BOYD BILT FAST QUALIFIER:  A. Franklin, 14.610 Seconds
PROVISIONALS:  Brittain and Brazil

LAP LEADERS:  Herrington, 1-40

KNOWLES RACE PARTS HARD CHARGER:  Mitchell (started 18th and finished 5th)
KRC HEAT RACE WINNER AWARD:  Winger, Hughes, and Beckwith
MARGIN OF VICTORY:  1.079 Seconds
TIME OF THE RACE:  22 Minutes, and 57.259 Seconds
NEXT EVENT:  June 29, Smoky Mountain Speedway, Maryville, TN, $2,500-to-win, 50-Laps


BOYD BILT GROUP QUALIFYING (Top 2 In Each Group Transfer To Main Event):


GROUP 1:        
1 22 Austin Franklin Montevallo, AL Black Diamond 14.610
2 66 Jake Knowles Rome, GA Longhorn 14.640
3 11 Cruz Skinner Oxford, AL Rocket 14.688
4 44 Justin McRee Woodstock, AL HRRC 14.727
5 2s Jeremy Shaw Millport, AL Trak-Star 14.806
6 C6 Oakley Johns Hohenwald, TN Pierce 14.827
7 87 Jake Rainey (R-YG) Hiram, GA Capital 14.949
8 73 Evan Ellis Plantersville, MS Club 29 14.993
9 72 Steve Russell Pontotoc, MS Barry Wright 15.179
10 19 Marcus Minga Shannon, MS Rocket 15.228
11 64 Braden Mitchell Russellville, AL Rocket 15.531
12 27 Brad Berry Attalla, AL Rocket 15.552
13 K5 David Kay Munford, AL Longhorn 15.566
14 05 T.J. Brittain Centre, AL Warrior 15.654
15 25 Robbie Starnes Dayton, TX Capital 15.813
16 147 Hunter Carroll Columbus, MS Trak-Star 15.883
17 48 Mike Myers Ruleville, MS Black Diamond 16.039
18 17 Hayden Franklin Alabaster, AL Black Diamond 16.126
GROUP 2:        
1 14 Wil Herrington – R Hawkinsville, GA CVR 14.895
2 17jr Tyler Wood Hohenwald, TN Pierce 14.902
3 11 Spencer Hughes Meridian, MS Club 29 14.905
4 9 Ashton Winger Hampton, GA Rocket 14.909
5 84 Randall Beckwith Kilmichael, MS Rocket 14.945
6 J8 Jadon Frame Decherd, TN Rocket 15.157
7 81 Matt Brazil Red Bay, AL Rocket 15.287
8 1 Jason Markewitz Killen, AL Killer 15.357
9 72x Chase Washington Tupelo, MS Barry Wright 15.473
10 33 Sid Scarbrough Florence, MS Club 29 15.539
11 21 Kody Barber Bogalusa, LA Trak-Star 15.540
12 19 Landon  Bagby Winston, GA Rocket 15.564
13 C66 Donald Johns Summertown, TN Pierce 15.591
14 713 Matthew Brocato Muscle Shoals, AL Black Diamond 15.873
15 69 Mike Henn Muscle Shoals, AL GRT 16.065
16 19 Thomas Langley Parrish, AL Trak-Star 16.103
17 48 Craig Barham Columbus, MS Pierce 16.595



KRC B-MAIN RACES (10 Laps – Top 6 Transfer To Main Event):


               1ST B-MAIN:  1. Winger; 2. Skinner (R); 3. O. Johns; 4. Scarbrough; 5. Russell; 6. Starnes; 7. Brazil; 8. Berry; 9. Franklin; 10. D. Johns; 11. Langley.


               2ND B-MAIN:  1. Hughes; 2. Shaw; 3. Frame (R); 4. Ellis; 5. Mitchell; 6. Washington; 7. Brittain; 8. Henn; 9. Bagby; 10. Myers.


               3RD B-MAIN:  1. Beckwith; 2. McRee; 3. Rainey (R-YG); 4. Minga; 5. Kay; 6. Markewitz; 7. Carroll; 8. Barber; 9. Brocato; 10. Barham.




  1. 66 Jake Knowles – 382
    2. 11 Cruz Skinner (R) – 332
    3. C6 Oakley Johns – 320
    4. 17jr Tyler Wood – 316
    5. 87 Jake Rainey (R-YG) – 308
    6. 05 T.J. Brittain – 306
    7. 14 Wil Herrington (R) – 300
    8. 19 Marcus Minga – 294
    9. K5 David Kay – 292
    10. J8 Jadon Frame – 290
    11. J0 John Ownbey – 194
    12. 73 Evan Ellis – 178
    13. 8 Grant Pearl – 174
    14. 66k Dylan Knowles – 170
    15. 9 Ashton Winger – 164



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