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EAMS Results - February 4, 2017

East Alabama Motor Speedway Groundhog Classic Goes to Cory Hedgecock

Phenix City,AL -  Cory Hedgecock used a power move around the top side of the East Alabama Motor Speedway from his 7th starting position to pick up the 3rd Annual Groundhog Classic at the Phenix City, AL oval. Hedgecock piloted his #23 Eagle Racing Engines/Cushman sponsored Rocket Race Car to Victory Lane taking the $2,500 payday back to his hometown of Loudon, TN. Hedgecock's win was the first for the 2017 season with the NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series during the RockAuto.com Winter Shootout Series. Hedgecock is the defending NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series National Champion and plans to return and defend his title in 2017.

2016 RockAuto.com Winter Shootout Champion Chase Edge of Lafayette, AL brought home his Edge's Gas Company sponsored machine in the second position in his first event of the 2017 season. 16-year old Ashton Winger finished a strong 3rd after sitting on the outside front row. "Big Sky" Montana Dudley was 4th at the end and Talbott, TN Forrest Trent went under the Sunoco Race Fuels checkered flag to round out the top 5.

Preliminary action got underway with Chevrolet Performance Pole Qualifying which would lock the top 6 overall qualifiers into the 50-lap Groundhog Classic Feature event. 14-year old Sunoco Race Fuels Young Gun, and current 2nd place in RockAuto.com Winter Shootout Series points, Colton Horner would put his #56jr Houston Specialty Products/Modern Motorsports on the pole for the feature with a 16.057 second lap making for a front row of Young Gun racers to lead the field to green flag.

Action was slowed for 8 caution periods for mostly minor incidents. Lap 2 was the first caution period for the #5 of Rodgerick Dykes when his car received damage from contact and was unable to continue. Lap 10 and 13 were for single car spins. The field was slowed twice on lap 22 for the 66K of Dylan Knowles who spun off the back straigtaway, and then for the 5 of Ronnie Johnson who spun after contact with the 56jr. Ryan Law spun his machine off the top of turn 3 and 4 on lap 25. Lain Hawk went for a spin in the bottom of turn 2 on lap 32. The caution lights were lit for the final time on lap 34 when Trey Wood's #19 came to a stop at the top of turn 1 with mechanical woes.

The NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series takes a short break before returning to action with rounds 6 and 7 of the RockAuto.com Winter Shootout Series. The series heads to Chris Martin's Cochran Motor Speedway for a HUGE double header weekend on Friday and Saturday March 10th and 11th. Friday March 10th will pay $2,000 to win, and Saturday March 11th will feature a $5,000 to win, 60 lap main event. For more information about Cochran Motor Speedway visit their official website at www.cochranspeedway.com.  

For more information about the NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series, please visit the official website at www.nesmithracing.com.

You can also follow NeSmith Racing on all of your favorite social media outlets as well:
Facebook - NeSmith Racing
Twitter - @NeSmithRacing
Instagram - nesmithracing

Pos

Car #

Driver Name

Hometwon

1

23

Cory Hedgecock

Loudon, TN

2

18

Chase Edge

Lafayette, AL

3

12

Ashton Winger

Senoia, GA

4

55

Montana Dudley

Phenix City, AL

5

101

Forrest Trent

Talbott, TN

6

5

Ronnie Johnson

Chattanooga, TN

7

14

Wil Herington - T

Cochran, GA

8

4

Joe Mike

Mayfield, KY

9

66

Jody Knowles

Tyrone, GA

10

21

Cale Conley

Vienna, WVA

11

56JR

Colton Horner

Katy, TX

12

6

Brandon Hood

Ft. Deposit, AL

13

11

Ryan Law

Centre, AL

14

91

Colby Darda

LaGrange, GA

15

44

Lain Hawk

Weaver, AL

16

66K

Dylan Knowles

Lanett, AL

17

19

Trey Wood

Newnan, GA

18

5

Rodgerick Dykes

Smiths Station, AL

19

79

Kyle Bryant

Navarre, FL

20

89

Randall Powell - T

Oxford, GA

21

15

Jason Britton

Alexander City, AL

22

23

Ahnna Parkhurst

Evans, GA

Entries: 22
Fast Qualifier: Colton Horner - 16.057
Provisionals: None
Lead Changes: 2
Lap Leaders: Winger - 1-5, Hedgecock - 6-50
Cautions: 8
Margin of Victory: 0.876 seconds
Time of Race: 39 minutes, 33 seconds
NEXT RACE:  March 10th and 11th - Cochran Motor Speedway - $2,000 to win March 10th and $5,000 to win March 11th

Qualifying Results


POS

Car #

Driver Name

Time

1

56JR

Colton Horner

16.057

2

12

Ashton Winger

16.099

3

101

Forrest Trent

16.122

4

18

Chase Edge

16.142

5

5

Ronnie Johnson

16.161

6

55

Montana Dudley

16.164

7

5

Rodgerick Dykes

16.329

8

66

Jody Knowles

16.369

9

23

Cory Hedgecock

16.675

10

14

Wil Herington - T

16.681

11

19

Trey Wood

16.724

12

66K

Dylan Knowles

16.741

13

4

Joe Mike

16.806

14

89

Randall Powell - T

16.846

15

15

Jason Britton

16.866

16

79

Kyle Bryant

17.045

17

91

Colby Darda

17.072

18

11

Ryan Law

17.099

19

44

Lain Hawk

17.287

20

21

Cale Conley

17.302

21

6

Brandon Hood

17.339

22

23

Ahnna Parkhurst

NT


EAMS Late Model
01 #92 Joseph Brown
02 #5T Thomas Lewis
03 #55 Montana Dudley
04 #1D Dalton Cook
05 #47 Tyler Crowder
06 #79  Jimmy Price
07 #5B Brand Lewis
08 #115 Dustin Elliott
09 #50 Steven Gaines
10 #7 John Anderson
11 #99 Shun Thomas
12 #44 Shane Holder
13 #K9 Dana Eiland
14 #7 Tyler Thomason
15 #110 Ricky Culpepper

602 Late Model
01 #6 Donovan Singer
02 #25W Wiley McDaniel, Jr.
03 #23 Ahnna Parkhurst
04 #22D Danny Stroud
05 #17 Kevin Bennett
06 #42 Jake Traylor
07 #10 Andrew Bailey
08 #P7 Matt Steward
09 #99 Matt Thompson
10 #49 Wesley Robertson
11 #29 Craig Ussery
12 #J3 JJ Hood
13 #03 Dustin Cobb
14 #6 Jackson Thomason
15 #45 Shane Holder
16 #X39 Richard Goode
17 #19 Josh Cox
18 #53 Ronnie Hudson

Hobby
01 #17 Jason Price
02 #21 Corey Dunn
03 #1 Ben Steele
04 #31 Richie Grantham
05 #0 Blake Harmon
06 #92 Danny Earl Warren
07 #02J Michael Couch
08 #57 Jonathan Morris
09 #22 John Rodgers, Jr.
DNS #99 Chance Renfroe

Street Stock
01 #07 Steven Pate
02 #4 Tyler Brown
03 #3 Larry Faulk
04 #69 Jason Harrison
05 #2 Brian Hansford
06 #29 Derrick “Duck” Pierce
07 #55 Zack Lee
08 #83JR Trenton Pijnenburg
DNS #02 Al Walker

Road Warrior
01 #999 Chandler Diem
02 #16 Robert Price
03 #17 Bo Robinson
04 #41 Wesley Burke
05 #113 Josh Childers
06 #3 Wes Chavez
07 #74 Tyler Hamrick
08 #9 TJ Bealey
09 #117 John Burke
10 #T2 Daniel Raimondi
11 #1 Austin McCarn
12 #27 Bill Arnett
13 #G14 Timothy Goforth

Hot Shots
01 #5J Jonathan Merritt
02 #5M Terry Merritt
03 #1 Lee Hutchinson
04 #8 Victoria Purcell
05 #2 Patrick Harrelson
06 #21 Mac Watson
07 #96 Willie getit
08 #5 Morgan Pittman
09 #J38 Jayce Swint
10 #27 Kyle Welch
11 #17 Josh Napier
12 #10G Rodney Gorman
13 #21 Hobo Bosley
14 #11 Corey Elliott
15 #24 Jason Newsome
16 #42 David Newsome
17 #32 TJ Sanders
18 #88 Stan Narrison
19 #4 Robert Hutchinson