Stewart Sweeps Two Wins at Swainsboro Raceway!
By: Candy Carroll
Drivers rolled into Swainsboro Raceway Friday afternoon from all over the world to compete in the Schaffer’s Oil Southern National Summer Super Late Model series for $5300 to win. After several different lead changes, Donald McIntosh took the win.
In the weekly racing divisions, drivers ran heat races and qualified on Friday night to return Saturday for the feature event. Battling for $5000 to win in the Roger Wheeler Construction Road Warrior division, 21 drivers qualified and ran heat races on Friday night. Leading the field to the 50 lap event, Graham Stevenson earned the fastest time and heat race win with Luke Scott outside pole after winning heat race two. On the start, Stevenson and Scott side by side with Stevenson taking the advantage. Lap two, Alf Wimberly and Tyler Sanders battled for the third position. Lap three, Jamie Foskey off the pace in the seventh position with a flat would rejoin the field on the rear. Lap four, Luke Scott took “Black Betty” to the lead off turn four. Stevenson tried to regain on lap five but failed the pass. Lap ten, Sanders moved inside Wimberly for the fourth position. Lap twelve, caution waives, on the restart, Stevenson tries for the lead once again as Tyler Sanders is off the pace pitting in the fourth position. Lap sixteen, Graham Stevenson spins in two running second. Lap seventeen, three car battle for fifth with Kary Alexander, Gene Thompson, and Jamie Foskey. Lap nineteen, all eyes on, Jason “Flywheel” Floyd moving through the field after starting in the rear with bad luck on Friday night. Luke Scott continues to lead with Dalton Poole in the”Double Duece” ride running second. Halfway, Floyd takes the inside of Thompson for fifth. Moments later, Gene Thompson breaks losing his top five position. After caution, Floyd moves inside Alexander for fourth and Wiley McDaniel for third. Floyd begins work on Poole and takes over the second position on the inside. Less than ten to go, Graham Stevenson moves in to battle Wiley McDaniel for the fourth position. Eight laps to go, Floyd moves inside Scott for the lead off two as they battle door to door for the lead. Six laps to go, two minutes left on the clock, Scott drops the motor running second after a hard run for the win. Jason Floyd takes the checkered after starting sixteenth. Jamey Foskey makes his way back to second from the rear, Dalton Poole third, Wiley McDaniel fourth. Picking up an extra $100 courteous GRW Competition Racing Engines in fifth and sixth was Graham Stevenson and Kary Alexander.
Leading the field to green out front in the Sunoco Super Street division was Andy Stewart and Brent Herndon. Stewart takes the lead with Herndon second. Lap one, Herndon pits with mechanical issues moving Jimmy Maness into the second position. After starting eighth, Phillip Burton moved into the third position. Starting dead last, Elijha Gonzales takes over the fifth position. Stewart out front with a big lead and Burton blows running third. On the restart, Stewart catches Maness sleeping and jumps to a seven car lead. Johnnie Tucker moves inside Maness trying for the second position. Andy Stewart grabs the win, Jimmy Maness second, Johnnie Tucker Jr third, Elijha Gonzales fourth, and Canaan Cranford fifth.
Shannon Graham earned the heat race win Friday night in the 602 Crate Late Model division over Austin Scarboro. As the green fell, Graham took the lead with Scarboro second. Fighting handling issues, Benjamin Cranford struggles in the third position. Graham takes a healthy lead but with a few laps to go, starts experiencing mechanical issues. Shannon Graham breaks coming to the checkered still able to grab the win over Austin Scarboro in second and Benjamin Cranford third.
Up next Daniel Rogers and Tyler Davis led the field to the start in the Scare House of the South 440 division. On the first start, Paul Carroll pits with right front flat in the fourth position sending him to restart on the rear. Coming to the restart, Tyler Davis takes the lead. Tommy Davis and John Hooks quickly move to the front to battle several laps side by side swapping the lead back and forth. Lap four, Carroll moved back up to the fifth position. Lap seven, Carroll moves in on Tyler Davis for the fourth position. Just past the halfway, Tommy Davis takes the lead off two, and John Hooks breaks running second. Daniel Rogers takes over the second position. Five to go, Paul Carroll moves into third as Tyler Davis is forced to take the hard turn into the pits with mechanical problems. After working all night Friday past daylight Saturday morning fixing a broken racecar, Tommy Davis earns the win. Finishing out the top five, Daniel Rogers second, Paul Carroll third, Scott Helton swapping cars Saturday starting in the rear takes home fourth, and Tyler Davis fifth.
Picking up the fastest qualifying time Jimmy Thomas grabbed the pole in the Zaxby’s Crate Late Model $2000 to win with Henry Carter outside. Thomas takes a quick lead with Blake Smith second. After caution lap four, on the double file restart, Carter regains second from Smith. Lap five, Smith moves into second off two. Thomas pulls away with a lengthy lead. Four to go, Tommy Gandy and Elijha Gonzales battle for the fourth position. Jimmy Thomas returns to Victory Lane over Blake Smith second, Henry Carter third, Elijha Gonzales fourth, and Tommy Gandy fifth.
Ending the night in the Daniels Chevrolet Pure Stock division, Andy Stewart and Michael Davis led the field to green. Stewart takes an early lead as Brent Herndon and Davis battle side by side for second. Lap two, Alex Sturkie moves into the fourth position. Lap six, Kip Poole moves to fourth. Lap nine, Poole takes Herndon for third but fails to pass. Halfway, Sturkie spins in two losing the fourth position. George Williamson battles Poole for the fourth position. After a couple laps making contact and battling, Williamson takes over fourth. Andy Stewart holds off the field to pick up his second feature win for the night, Michael Davis takes home second, Brent Herndon third, George Williamson fourth, and Kip Poole fifth.