West Main Pit Stop 440 Division Battle for $1000 to win at Swainsboro Raceway!
By: Candy Barber
Saturday night racing action at Swainsboro Raceway began with the Aaron’s Crate Late Model division as Brandon Overton and Bob Robertson led the field to green. Coming off turn two, Brandon Overton took the lead as Rod Wiggins moved into the second position. Bob Robertson stuck on the outside fell back to fourth. After a caution flag sent the field back to double file start, Overton continued to reign out front and a three car battle between Rod Wiggins, Chesley Dixon, and Bob Robertson began for second. Robertson took over the third position. After only five laps, Robertson moved into the second position and Dixon took third inside Wiggins off turn two. Halfway, Terry Lumley making his first appearance of the year running in the fifth position fell off the pace and pitted. Five laps to go, Points Champion Austin Scarboro took over the fourth position inside turn four from Wiggins. Brandon Overton led flawlessly out front to take the checkered, Bob Robertson second, Chesley Dixon third, Austin Scarboro fourth, and Rod Wiggins fifth.
In the West Main Pit Stop 440 division, after winning his heat race, Andrew Smith chose to start on the rear of the feature. Last week winner Tommy Davis and John Hooks led the field to green. Davis took the lead with Hooks in second and Keith Johnson in third. Lap four, Chad Newton running in the fourth position spun in turn one and Rod Morris in fifth pitted. By lap five, Andrew Smith moved to the second position. Lap six, Smith took the lead from Davis. As Tommy Davis came off turn two, a blazing flame came from underneath his car ending his night short of a good finish. Justin Thompson moved into the second position with Hooks riding in third. After Andrew Smith took the checkered, he was disqualified in post-race inspection due to not selling his car under the track claimer rule. Justin Thompson was declared the winner, John Hooks second, Chad Newton third, Freddie Duplisea fourth, and Keith Johnson fifth.
After a single file restart in the Adams Construction Road Warrior division, Alf Wimberly led the way with Ricky Strange and Lil Charlie Coxwell in the top three. Lap four, Eric Weber took over the third position. On a restart at lap six, Lil Charlie Coxwell on the outside took over second. Lap seven, after a caution flag, Coxwell was unable to restart. As Wimberly took the green once again, Ricky Strange in third was off the pace in turn two bringing out the caution. Going back to green, Eric Weber in second spun off turn two sending him to the rear. With four laps to go, Ricky Strange was making his way back through the field to take over the third position from Steven Stapleton. Alf Wimberly picked up his second win of the season, Josh Herndon grabbed second, Ricky Strange third, Steven Stapleton fourth, and George Williamson picked up fifth.
In the Extreme Concrete Mini Stock division it was Joey Schoen taking the lead over Tim Wilkerson and Payton Johnson. Lap two, Johnson was off the pace in turn two and had to pit moving Brad McKenzie into the third position. Lap four, Tim Wilkerson tried Schoen on the inside but was unable to make the pass. Joey Schoen took the checkered picking up his second win, Tim Wilkerson second, Brad McKenzie third, Roger McKenzie fourth, and Aaron Phillips fifth.
Bringing fans to their feet in the Daniels Chevrolet Pure Stock division, Luke Scott took the lead on the outside of turn two with Brent Herndon in second and Charlie Coxwell third. Lap three, JJ Williams dropped out running in fourth and Wesley Coleman moved up. Lap four, Joey Lamb moved into the fifth position as Shannon Scott pitted. Five laps to go, Luke Scott got loose off the turn and Herndon tried to make the pass on the inside. Four laps to go, Scott in the lead pitted with a right front flat and Brent Herndon took over the first position. Brent Herndon grabbed the win, Charlie Coxwell second, Wesley Coleman third, Joey Lamb fourth, and Luke Scott fifth.
Last up in the Sunoco Super Street division, Luke Scott and Dustin Watkins continued to bring the action for fans. Luke Scott took the lead but Dustin Watkins was hot on his bumper pushing stronger in the turns. Lap five, Scott slipped in turn four allowing Dustin Watkins to the inside but a caution for TJ Purvis allowed Scott to maintain the lead. On the restart, Timmy Thompson moved to the inside of Scarboro for third. Lap six, Thompson and Purvis got tangled together off turn two allowing Scarboro to move back into the third position. Lap eight, Thompson in the fourth position was off the pace in turn three and pitted. Four laps to go, TJ Purvis was forced to pit after another fire under the front end of his car. Taking the checkered flag and holding off Watkins once again, Luke Scott was able to celebrate his second win. Finishing out the top five was Dustin Watkins, Danny Scarboro, Jason Kight, and TJ Purvis.