PineTree 100 at Swainsboro Raceway!
By: Candy Carroll
Drivers and fans packed the house at Swainsboro Raceway Saturday night for the Annual PineTree 100 event with the largest crowd of the season. Drivers from all over show up to compete for top payouts plus one of a kind hand crafted wood carved trophies. In the 602 Crate Late Model division, Swainsboro Native Cool-Hand Luke Scott showed up and showed out once again for the season. Luke Scott earned the fastest qualifying time and pole position over Cameron Crowe. Scott quickly jumped to the lead as Shannon Graham followed in second. Lap two, Graham and Crowe battled side by side for second but Graham was able to maintain the position. Scott took hand at the start and never let out until the checkered, Shannon Graham second, Cameron Crowe third, Austin Scarboro fourth, and Tyler Mimbs fifth.
Competing for $5000 to win in the Zaxby’s Crate Late Model division, twenty-one drivers qualified for a chance to earn some extra cash with the GRW Competition Racing Engines pole award. Taking home an extra $200 and earning the top spot for the feature event was Jimmy Sharpe, Jr chauffeuring a GRW Competition Engine in his #26. As the green waived for the 50 lap feature on a dry slick track, fans were in for some excitement. Jimmy Sharpe, Jr took the lead and checked out as Ben Faircloth worked the outside of Cla Knight to move into the top five. By lap six, Sharpe began moving into lapped traffic. After a caution on second, Chesley Dixon moved to second on the double file restart. After on lap ten, tires began to wear out as Dixon was forced to pit giving up second. Dillon Brown moves into the second position. Moving into the top five, lap thirteen, Ben Faircloth was forced to pit with flat. Just at the halfway mark, John Henderson moved in on Jeremy Faircloth trying for third. Lap thirty-two, Jimmy Thomas and Joshua Bishop both try for the fifth position. Lap thirty-six, Thomas pits with flat, Bishop moves into the fourth position. A caution on lap 39 allows Bishop to take advantage of the restart and move into second but Dillon Brown quickly retaliates. Five laps to go, Sharpe continues to dominate with a big lead. Caution flies sending Bishop to the pits with flat, then Jeremy Faircloth with flat and just before taking the green, Jimmy Sharpe Jr is forced to pit with flat. Back to green as Dillon Brown now takes the lead and Chesley Dixon is all the way back to third after his flat earlier. Dillon Brown takes the checkered earning his first win at Swainsboro Raceway, John Henderson second, Chesley Dixon third, Cla Knight fourth, and Jimmy Sharpe Jr fifth.
Up next, The Scare House of The South 440 division takes the green with Brian Balcom and Blake Cohn front row. Caution waives for debris also sending fourth and fifth place Tommy Davis and John Hooks in the pits with flats. On the start front row, three wide for the lead. Balcom takes the lead with Cohn on his bumper. On restart after a red flag, Rod Morris takes over second. Quickly a few laps later, Morris takes over the lead with John Whisnant following in second. Next lap, Cohn regains second as Balcom continues to fall back battling mechanical issues. Cohn tries the inside of Morris off turn four for the lead but unable to complete the pass. With a few laps left, Whisnant off the pace after losing something on a previous lap. Rod Morris holds off Blake Cohn to take the checkered, Jonathan Mears third, Tommy Davis fourth, and Daniel Rogers fifth.
In the Sunoco Super Street division, after a couple restarts, Jamie Whitaker takes the lead with Jimmy Maness second. Lap four, Daniel Roland moves into the second position. Five to go, Lance Giffith runs into some damage trying to take over third as Jimmy Maness pits in the third position. Four to go, Brent Herndon moves into fourth. Jamie Whitaker walks off with a big lead taking the checkered, Daniel Roland second, Lance Griffith third, Brent Herndon fourth, and Rye Faulk fifth.
Tyler Sanders earned the fastest time and pole position in the Roger Wheeler Construction Road Warrior division. At the green, Sanders takes the lead as Dalton Poole moves into third. Lap two, Gene Thompson moved into second after starting fifth. Lap three, unfortunately Poole was forced to put with a flat. Lap six, Robert Fail moved to the outside to take over fifth. Lap seven. Jamey Foskey takes over third from Fate Carroll. Three to go, Carroll regains second. Tyler Sanders dominates taking the checkered, Jamey Foskey second, Gene Thompson third, Robert Fail fourth, and Fate Carroll falls to fifth.
Ending the night in the Daniels Chevrolet Pure Stock division, Tyler Sanders earned his second pole start. Lap one, Sanders takes the lead, Ricky Strange second, and Andy Stewart third. Halfway, Stewart takes over the second position. Tyler Sanders held off Andy Stewart to pick up two feature wins and PineTree 100 trophies. Jimmy Sharpe Jr third, Jamey Donaldson fourth, and Willis McKenzie finishes out the top five.