COCHRAN, GA – Cruz Skinner of Oxford, AL drove the Skinner’s Body Shop Capital to a clean sweep in the 50-lap finale of the Salute To America Nationals for the Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series at Cochran Motor Speedway.  The 17-year-old driver won the Boyd Bilt Fabrication Fast Time Award, and then held off all challengers to lead all 50 laps.


               Skinner was also the Cruise With The Champions Rookie of the Race.  The challenges for the lead came early and often, but Skinner did have a good lead at times.  Heavy lapped traffic and a multi-groove racing surface gave several drivers an opportunity to wheel and deal.  Paint was swapped, sheet metal traded, and tempers flared.


               “These Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series races are so competitive, they’re hard to win, never uneventful, and tonight was no exception,” Skinner said.  “To be successful in this series, you have to be good in qualifying, and you especially have to be good in lapped traffic.  When I got in heavy lapped traffic, it kind of scared me because I knew several cars were all around me trying to get the lead.”


               Skinner also earned the VP Racing Lubricants Slick Move of the Race Award with a series of moves throughout the race to defend his lead, and slice his way through heavy lapped traffic to open up his advantage.


               Throughout the race, the top five behind the leader was like a revolving door with several drivers making an appearance.  When it was all said and done, Joseph Brown of Columbus, GA took the “Where Did He Come From Award” driving his Lewis Auto Sales Rocket to a second-place finish after starting 12th.


               Pearson Lee Williams of Dublin, GA hung out in the top five all night, and finished third in the Dublin Tire Special after surviving a few altercations which were the result of hard racing around Cochran Motor Speedway.


               Corey Dunn of Milledgeville, GA started 16th in the Georgia Timber CVR, and drove to a fourth-place finish to earn the Knowles Race Parts and Bodies Hard Charger of the Race Award.  Marcus Minga of Shannon, MS had his best Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series finish of the season with a fifth-place effort in the B&M Salvage Rocket.


               Tyler Wood of Hohenwald, TN took the sixth spot in the Johns Farms Special, and seventh went to Ches Chester of Twin City, GA in the Rebel Auction Rocket to earn the Fullmoon Graphics “Lucky 7” Award.  Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series point leader Jake Knowles of Rome, GA was eighth in the Knowles Race Parts and Bodies Special.


               Tyler Sanders of Dublin, GA finished ninth in the H.C. Roland Construction Special and Travis Pennington of Stapleton, GA rounded out the top ten in the U.S. Duffie Hauling Special.  In preliminary action, Skinner was the Boyd Bilt Fabrication Fast Qualifier among the 27 entrants with a lap around Cochran Motor Speedway in 14.668 seconds.


               The top five qualifiers in the two qualifying groups transferred into the main event to set the first ten starting spots.  The two eight-lap KRC Power Steering B-Main Races took the top six finishers to fill in starting spots 11 through 22 in the big show.  They were won by Wil Herrington of Hawkinsville, GA in the Middle Georgia Roofing CVR and Brown.


               The green flag to start the race brought a flurry of action that saw the lead change hands three times in the first lap.  Skinner chose to start on the outside, which put 15-year-old Jake Rainey of Hiram, GA on the inside of the front row in the Wren’s Body Shop Special.  Mark Whitener of Middleburg, FL made it three-wide for the lead going into the first turn.


               Whitener threw a big slider putting his ULC Motorsports Special in front of Skinner, who made a hard left and drove back under Whitener to take the lead with a big slider of his own in turn three.  Minga got by Rainey on lap four to take the third spot.


               The first caution flag of the race came out in lap six when Ben Faircloth of Swainsboro, GA slid off the third turn in his Mid-State Equipment Rocket and was the first car to retire from the event.  That earned Faircloth the Keyser Manufacturing Hard Luck Award. 


Skinner was up front for the Dixie-Style Double-File Restart with Whitener, Minga, Rainey, Williams, Herrington, Chester, Brown, Pennington and 14-year-old Parker Martin of McIntyre, GA in the Durrence Layne Chevrolet, Buick GMC Special doubled up behind him.  Dylan Knowles of Lanett, AL spun the K-Line Logistics Rocket in turn four on lap seven for caution number two.


The next restart saw Whitener take to the outside to try and get a run on Skinner to challenge for the lead.  On lap eight, Whitener suddenly slowed off the pace to light up the caution bulb for the third time.  The top ten for the restart was Skinner, Rainey Minga, Williams, Herrington, Brown, Chester, Jake Knowles, Martin, and Pennington.


Williams passed Minga for third on lap ten.  Herrington and Brown moved up to fourth and fifth respectively on lap 12 dropping Minga back to the sixth spot.  Skinner caught the cars on the tail end of the lead lap by lap 14 with a five car-length lead over Rainey, who now was racing side-by-side for second with Williams.


Williams dove under Rainey in turn three on lap 17 and Rainey drove deep into the corner on the high side.  Rainey went sliding off the barrier less track in turn four to bring out the fourth of eight caution flags.  The top ten for the restart looked like Skinner, Williams, Herrington, Brown, Minga, Knowles, Chester, Pennington, Martin, and Sanders.


When the green light brought the field back up to speed, Slide Job Wars was back on the program.  Herrington threw a big slider on Skinner in turn one.  As Herrington slid up in front of Skinner, the Alabama driver perfectly timed the counter move to the Slide Job, The Crossover.  Just as Herrington’s momentum stalled, Skinner turned hard left and mashed the throttle.


Skinner drove back under Herrington to retake the lead down the backstretch.  Before that battle could have another Slide Job salvo, Wood slid off the top of the backstretch on lap 18 to bring out caution flag number five.  Top ten for the restart was Skinner, Herrington, Williams, Jake Knowles, Minga, Brown, Pennington, Chester, Dunn and Sanders.


The nest ten laps had the field settle into a race pace with nice friendly battles throughout the top ten.  Minga got by Knowles for the fourth spot on lap 19, and Knowles reclaimed the spot on lap 20.  Brown then passed Minga for the fifth spot on lap 21.  Skinner was once again in lapped traffic by lap 26, and Herrington began to close in.


Herrington got into the back of the lapped car of Donald Johns of Summertown, TN going down the front straightaway on lap 29, and almost lost control of his race car.  Herrington gathered his car back up, but Johns spun his Stewart Farms Special in turn two to bring out the caution flag.  After the restart, Williams dove to the inside of Herrington to take the second spot.


The caution flag came back out on lap 33 when Joe Baker of Norman Park, GA sailed off the backstretch in the Baker Farms Rocket.  Skinner led Williams, Herrington, Knowles, Brown, Dunn, Minga, Chester, Pennington, and Sanders doubled up behind him for the restart.  The nice racing was over for this restart, and things got down and dirty.


The restart broke out into a three-wide scramble for the second spot among Williams, Herrington, and Knowles.  As the trio entered turn three, Knowles’ car went off the track on the outside, as all three cars made contact.  Knowles fought to keep his car on the race track, but in doing so, slowed to a crawl which piled up the cars behind him.


Everyone kept rolling down the front stretch so the race stayed green.  Then Herrington fell off the pace to bring out the caution flag on lap 34.  Tempers flared among Williams, Herrington and Knowles, as pleasantries and pie recipes were exchanged.  Herrington was done for the night, while Williams and Knowles battled on.


The top ten for the restart was Skinner, Williams, Brown, Minga, Dunn, Chester, Pennington, Jimmy Elliott of Cleveland, TN in the Car Smart Auto Sales Special, Knowles and Wood.  Brown drove under Williams on the restart to take over the second spot.  With ten laps to go, Skinner had a five car-length lead on Brown.


Skinner would have to enter the choppy seas of lapped traffic on lap 43, as Brown closed in to challenge for the lead on lap 46.  Brown almost slipped off the backstretch on lap 48, and that sealed the deal for Skinner, who took a .511 second margin of victory under the checkered flag for his third career Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series win.


The next event for the cars and stars of the Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series will be a $2,000-to-win 40-lap race at historic Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN on Friday night, August 16.


For complete point standings, more information and rules about the Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series, visit the series web site at, 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.            1             11           Cruz Skinner (R)             Oxford, AL                        50           $2,500
2.            12           92           Joseph Brown                   Columbus, GA                  50           $1,250
3.            6             121        Pearson Lee Williams     Dublin, GA                         50           $850
4.            16           21d        Corey Dunn                       Milledgeville, GA             50           $700
5.            5             19           Marcus Minga                  Shannon, MS                     50           $650
6.            9             17jr       Tyler Wood                       Hohenwald, TN                 50           $550
7.            7             9             Ches Chester                     Twin City, GA                   50           $500
8.            8             66           Jake Knowles                   Rome, GA                          50           $450
9.            18           21s         Tyler Sanders                   Dublin, GA                         50           $400
10.          13           01           Travis Pennington           Stapleton, GA                   50           $375
11.          22           J39        Jimmy Elliott                    Cleveland, TN                   50           $350
12.          20           C6          Oakley Johns                    Hohenwald, TN                 50           $300
13.          10           66k        Dylan Knowles                 Lanett, AL                         50           $280
14.          4             05           T.J. Brittain                      Centre, AL                         50           $260
15.          2             87           Jake Rainey (R-YG)       Hiram, GA                         50           $250
16.          17           6jr         Parker Martin                  McIntyre, GA                   50           $250
17.          19           1n           Jordy Nipper                    Gray, GA                           49           $250
18.          15           39           Blake Smith                       East Dublin, GA                              45           $250
19.          24           14b        Joe Baker                          Norman Park, GA           41           $250
20.          11           14           Wil Herrington (R)         Hawkinsville, GA             33           $250
21.          23           C66        Donald Johns                    Summertown, TN             29           $250
22.          3             5             Mark Whitener                Middleburg, FL                7             $250
23.          14           22           Jimmy Thomas                 Phenix City, AL                5             $250
24.          21           10           Ben Faircloth                    Swainsboro, GA                              4             $250


BOYD BILT FAST QUALIFIER:  Skinner, 14.668 Seconds
PROVISIONALS:  D. Johns and Baker

LAPS LED:  Skinner, 1-50
KNOWLES RACE PARTS AND BODIES HARD CHARGER:  Dunn (started 16th and finished 4th)
KRC HEAT RACE WINNER AWARD:  Herrington and Brown
MARGIN OF VICTORY:  .511 Seconds
TIME OF THE RACE:  44 Minutes and 40.918 Seconds
NEXT EVENT:  August 16, Smoky Mountain Speedway, Maryville, TN, $2,000-To-Win, 40-Laps




GROUP 1:        
1 11 Cruz Skinner – R Oxford, AL Capital 14.668
2 5 Mark Whitener Middleburg, FL Barry Wright 14.872
3 19 Marcus Minga Shannon, MS Rocket 14.952
4 9 Ches Chester Twin City, GA Rocket 15.044
5 17jr Tyler Wood Hohenwald, TN Pierce 15.045
6 14 Wil Herrington – R Hawkinsville, GA CVR 15.120
7 6jr Parker Martin (YG) McIntyre, GA Longhorn 15.189
8 01 Travis Pennington Stapleton, GA Longhorn 15.223
9 39 Blake Smith East Dublin, GA Rocket 15.232
10 14b John Baker Norman Park, GA Rocket 15.321
11 1n Jordy Nipper Gray, GA Walter Newman 15.347
12 C66 Donald Johns Summertown, TN Pierce 15.348
13 10 Ben Faircloth Swainsboro, GA Rocket 15.457
14 18 Chase Edge Lafayette, AL Mastersbilt NT
GROUP 2:        
1 87 Jake Rainey (R-YG) Hiram, GA Capital 14.774
2 05 T.J. Brittain Centre, AL Warrior 14.967
3 121 Pearson Lee Williams Dublin, GA Black Diamond 15.035
4 66 Jake Knowles Rome, GA Longhorn 15.076
5 66k Dylan Knowles Lanett, AL Rocket 15.141
6 92 Joseph Brown Columbus, GA Rocket 15.172
7 22 Jimmy Thomas Phenix City, AL Scorpion 15.181
8 21d Corey Dunn Milledgeville, GA CVR 15.210
9 C6 Oakley Johns Hohenwald, TN Pierce 15.221
10 21 Tyler Sanders Dublin, GA Capital 15.269
11 T1 Todd Morrow Lafayette, AL Platinum 15.279
12 J39 Jimmy Elliott Cleveland, TN Longhorn 15.340
13 26 Jimmy Sharpe Vidalia, GA Rocket 15.555


B-MAIN RACES (8 Laps – Top 6 Transfer To Main Event):


               1ST B-MAIN:  1. Herrington (R); 2. Pennington; 3. Smith; 4. Martin (YG); 5. Nipper; 6. Faircloth; 7. Baker; 8. D. Johns.


               2ND B-MAIN:  1. Brown; 2. Thomas; 3. Dunn; 4. Sanders; 5. O. Johns; 6. Elliott; 7. Morrow; 8. Sharpe.




  1. 66 Jake Knowles – 746
    2. 11 Cruz Skinner (R) – 708
    3. C6 Oakley Johns – 646
    4. 17jr Tyler Wood – 644
    5. 14 Wil Herrington (R) – 640
    6. 05 T.J. Brittain – 626
    7. 87 Jake Rainey (R-YG) – 620
    8. 19 Marcus Minga – 598
    9. C66 Donald Johns – 378
    10. J8 Jadon Frame – 362
    11. 66k Dylan Knowles – 326
    12. J0 John Ownbey – 324
    13. K5 David Kay – 322
    14. 22 Jimmy Thomas – 312
    15. 21s Tyler Sanders – 308


R – Denotes Cruise With The Champions Rookie of the Year Candidate


YG – VP Racing Fuels Young Guns Challenge Series Driver



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