KNOWLES TAKES DURRENCE LAYNE LATE MODEL WIN NUMBER SIX AT TSTCrate Racin USA
EASTABOGA, AL – Jake Knowles of Rome, GA took another step towards the 2019 Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series National Championship with his sixth win of the season on Friday night at Talladega Short Track driving the Phillips Properties/Curbow Logging Longhorn.
In his last four Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series starts, Knowles has three wins and a second, and now holds a 92 point lead over Cruz Skinner of Oxford, AL in the National point standings with just a few races left in the season. In 15 races, Knowles has six wins, 12 top five finishes, and 15 top ten finishes.
Knowles led all 40 laps of Friday night’s race and held off a late race charge from 16-year-old Sam Seawright of Fort Payne, AL. Seawright dove to the inside of Knowles on the last turn of the last lap in lapped traffic, but Knowles was able to out drag the youngster to the checkered flag.
“After that last caution flag, I was trying to pace myself to keep from hitting lapped traffic before the end of the race, so I slowed down maybe a little too much on the last lap,” Knowles said. “We’re on a roll here lately, so we’ll dust this car off, and get a new set of Hoosier Tires to put on it, and we’ll be ready to go for tomorrow night.”
Seawright had to settle for second in the Agcor Steel Special, and Brandon Williams of Crossville, TN took the third spot in the Jeff Woods Construction Special. Skinner was fourth in the Skinner’s Body Shop Special and was the Cruise With The Champions Rookie of the Race. T.J. Britton of Centre, AL drove the Brittain Hauling Warrior to a fifth-place finish.
Chase Walls of Decherd, TN finished sixth in the Live Pure CVR and Jimmy Elliott of Cleveland, TN finished seventh in the Car Smart Auto Sales Special to earn the Fullmoon Graphics “Lucky 7” Award. Tyler Wood of Hohenwald, TN was eighth in the Johns Farms Special to take the Tire Skinz Eighth-Place Award.
John Ownbey of Cleveland, TN started 22nd in the Orr Brothers Construction Special and finished ninth to earn the Knowles Race Parts and Bodies Hard Charger Award. Oakley Johns of Hohenwald, TN rounded out the top ten in the Johns Farms Special.
In preliminary action, Knowles was the overall fast qualifier among the 36 entrants to take the Boyd Built Fabricators Fast Time Award in Group Qualifying with a lap around Talladega Short Track in 14.852 seconds. The two KRC Power Steering 15-lap B-Main races were won by Christian Hanger of Winchester, TN in the Hanger Racing CVR and Brittain.
Knowles took the lead at the drop of the green flag from the pole position followed by Williams, Seawright, David Kay of Munford, AL in the Advantage Plus Excavating Special, and Johns. The first of five caution flags came out on lap two when Hanger spun in turn one. Lee Burdett of Hueytown, AL retired the LB Construction GRT in the opening laps to earn the Keyser Manufacturing Hard Luck Award.
Knowles lined up as the leader for the Dixie-Style Double-File Restart, as second-place Williams chose the inside behind the leader. That put the third-place car of Seawright to Williams’ right on the outside. That worked out for Seawright when the field went green, as he drove around Williams for second, and that Earned Seawright the VP Racing Lubricants Slick Move of the Race Award.
Skinner also made a big move as he came from sixth to fourth by lap three. Jake Rainey of Hiram, GA brought out the second caution flag on lap 11 when he stalled the Wren’s Body Shop Special in turn two.
Knowles was the leader for the restart, and second-place Seawright chose the outside for the double-file restart. Williams, Skinner, Elliott, Kay, Brittain, Jadon Frame of Decherd, TN in the Frame Racing Rocket, Johns and Walls lined up in third through tenth. Mike Combs of Odenville, AL spun the Legacy Environmental Process Rocket in turn two on lap 12 to bring out the yellow flag.
The next restart brought out the red flag when a six-car pile-up on the front straightaway completely blocked the track. The only car taken out of the race in melee was Heath Carr of Ashland, AL in the Carr Logging Special. The restart saw Brittain drive around the outside of Kay to take over the fifth spot.
Knowles had a half straightaway lead over Seawright at the halfway point of the race, and he caught the cars on the tail of lead lap by lap 24. Knowles was able to keep at least one lapped car between himself and Seawright to begin with, but Seawright and Williams began to close in on Knowles by lap 27.
Rainey spun in turn two on lap 29 to bring out the caution flag, which put the leaders with clear race track in front of them for the restart. Knowles led Seawright, Williams, Skinner, Brittain, Kay, Walls, Frame, Elliott, and Dennis Collins of Gadsden, AL in the Meeks Truck and Trailer Repair Rocket as the top ten for the restart.
Knowles was able to put a car length on Seawright when the field went back to green, but he couldn’t pull away. Kay gave up the fifth spot on lap 32 and went to the pits, as the field stayed green. With two laps to go, Seawright and Williams closed to within a half car-length of the leader as Knowles began to work lapped traffic.
On the last lap, Knowles went to the inside to lap Donald Johns of Summertown, TN in the Stewart Farms Special. Seawright dove for a sliver of real estate inside of Knowles in the fourth turn, as the checkered flag waved ahead. Knowles got the bite he needed coming off the last turn, and he beat the youngster to the $2,000 payday.
The Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series returns to Talladega Short Track on Saturday night for a $2,500-to-win, 50-lap main event, Round 16 of the 2019 season, and the fifth race of the season for the season at TST.
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OFFICIAL RESULTS OF ROUND 15 AT TALLADEGA SHORT TRACK IN EASTABOGA, AL ON 10/11/19:
POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN LAPS $ WON
1. 1 66 Jake Knowles Rome, GA 40 $2,000
2. 3 16 Sam Seawright (YG) Fort Payne, AL 40 $1,000
3. 2 95 Brandon Williams Crossville, TN 40 $700
4. 6 11 Cruz Skinner (R) Oxford, AL 40 $550
5. 10 05 T.J. Brittain Centre, AL 40 $500
6. 15 25 Chase Walls (R) Decherd, TN 40 $425
7. 8 J39 Jimmy Elliott Cleveland, TN 40 $375
8. 17 17jr Tyler Wood Hohenwald, TN 40 $350
9. 22 J0 John Ownbey Cleveland, TN 40 $325
10. 5 C5 Oakley Johns Hohenwald, TN 40 $300
11. 7 14 Wil Herrington (R) Hawkinsville, GA 40 $275
12. 9 29 Christian Hanger Winchester, TN 40 $250
13. 13 7 Dennis Collins Gadsden, AL 40 $225
14. 17 117 Jake Teague Oliver Springs, TN 40 $200
15. 14 J8 Jadon Frame (R) Decherd, TN 40 $200
16. 24 C66 Donald Johns Summertown, TN 39 $200
17. 20 19 Marcus Minga Shannon, MS 39 $200
18. 11 5 Mike Combs Odenville, AL 36 $200
19. 4 K5 David Kay Munford, AL 32 $200
20. 23 87 Jake Rainey (R/YG) Hiram, GA 28 $200
21. 21 17 Hayden Franklin Alabaster, AL 22 $200
22. 19 14jr Randall Walker Eastaboga, AL 20 $200
23. 16 3 Heath Carr Ashland, AL 12 $200
24. 18 B97 Lee Burdett Hueytown, AL 1 $200
BOYD BILT FAST QUALIFIER: Knowles, 14.852 Seconds
PROVISIONALS: Rainey and D. Johns
LEAD CHANGES: None
LAPS LED: Knowles, 1-40
KNOWLES RACE PARTS HARD CHARGER: Ownbey (started 22nd and finished 9th)
VP RACING LUBRICANTS SLICK MOVE OF THE RACE: Seawright
FULLMOON GRAPHICS LUCKY 7 AWARD: Elliott
TIRE SKINZ EIGHTH-PLACE AWARD: Wood
KEYSER MANUFACTURING HARD LUCK AWARD: Burdett
CRUISE WITH THE CHAMPIONS ROOKIE OF THE RACE: Skinner
KRC HEAT RACE WINNER AWARDS: Brittain and Hanger
NEXT EVENT: Talladega Short Track, Eastaboga, AL, $2,500-to-win, 50-laps
BOYD BUILT FABRICATORS GROUP QUALIFYING (Top 4 From Each Group Transfer To Main Event):
|1||66||Jake Knowles||Rome, GA||Longhorn||14.852|
|2||16||Sam Seawright (YG)||Fort Payne, AL||Black Diamond||14.906|
|3||C6||Oakley Johns||Hohenwald, TN||Pierce||15.209|
|4||14||Wil Herrington – R||Hawkinsville, GA||CVR||15.226|
|5||29||Christian Hanger||Winchester, TN||CVR||15.276|
|7||5||Mike Combs||Odenville, AL||Rocket||15.338|
|8||1||William Thomas||Phenix City, AL||15.377|
|10||117||Jake Teague||Oliver Springs, TN||Longhorn||15.514|
|11||7||Dennis Collins||Gadsden, AL||Rocket||15.529|
|12||F97||Red Farmer||Hueytown, AL||Rocket||15.536|
|13||25||Chase Walls – R||Decherd, TN||CVR||15.559|
|14||17||Hayden Franklin||Alabaster, AL||Black Diamond||16.030|
|15||97||Luke Hoffner||Turbotville, PA||Rayburn||16.074|
|16||28||Tommy Smith||Geraldine, AL||Trak Star||16.194|
|18||J0||John Ownbey||Cleveland, TN||Kryptonite||DQ|
|1||95||Brandon Williams||Crossville, TN||Capital||14.999|
|2||K5||David Kay||Munford, AL||Longhorn||15.264|
|3||11||Cruz Skinner – R||Oxford, AL||Capital||15.281|
|4||J39||Jimmy Elliott||Cleveland, TN||Longhorn||15.281|
|5||19||Marcus Minga||Shannon, MS||Rocket||15.285|
|6||1||Austin Freeman||Pell City, AL||Warrior||15.342|
|7||05||T.J. Brittain||Centre, AL||Warrior||15.382|
|8||17jr||Tyler Wood||Hohenwald, TN||Pierce||15.421|
|9||14e||David Eubanks||Powder Springs, GA||Rocket||15.442|
|10||J8||Jadon Frame – R||Decherd, TN||Rocket||15.530|
|11||B97||Lee Burdett||Hueytown, AL||GRT||15.573|
|12||15||Jason Britton||Alexander City, AL||TNT||15.582|
|13||3||Heath Carr||Ashland, AL||Mastersbilt||15.612|
|14||C66||Donald Johns||Summertown, TN||Pierce||15.617|
|15||K37||Drew Kennedy||Lancing, TN||Rocket||15.627|
|16||40||David Culver||Sylvan Springs, AL||GRT||15.725|
|17||11||Jay Cromer||Gadsden, AL||Warrior||16.542|
|18||87||Jake Rainey (R-YG)||Hiram, GA||Capital||NT|
KRC POWER STEERING B-MAINS (15 Laps – Top 7 Transfer To Main Event):
1ST B-MAIN: 1. Brittain; 2. Wood; 3. Frame (R); 4. Carr; 5. Burdett; 6. Minga; 7. Ownbey; 8. Eubanks; 9. D. Johns; 10. Thomas; 11. Cromer; 12. Kennedy; 13. Culver; 14. Britton.
2ND B-MAIN: 1. Hanger; 2. Combs; 3. Collins; 4. Walls (R); 5. Teague; 6. Walker; 7. Franklin; 8. Rainey (R/YG); 9. Cassel; 10. Hoffner; 11. Carroll; 12.Farmer; 13. Smith; 14. Freeman DNS.
DURRENCE LAYNE CHEVROLET DIRT LATE MODEL SERIES POINT STANDINGS THROUGH 10/11/19:
- 66 Jake Knowles – 1,420
2. 11 Cruz Skinner (R) – 1,328
3. C6 Oakley Johns – 1,214
4. 14 Wil Herrington (R) – 1,212
5. 17jr Tyler Wood – 1,190
6. 05 T.J. Brittain – 1,146
7. 19 Marcus Minga – 1,088
8. 87 Jake Rainey (R/YG) – 1,068
9. C66 Donald Johns – 806
10. J8 Jadon Frame (R) – 802
11. 95 Brandon Williams – 650
12. 29 Christian Hanger – 502
13. J0 John Ownbey – 436
14. 94 Jordan Hedger – 384
14. K5 David Kay – 384
R – Denotes Cruise With The Champions Rookie of the Year Candidate
YG – Denotes VP Racing Fuels Young Guns Challenge Series Driver
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