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Monday, February 6, 2017

Recap of the 3rd Annual Groundhog Classic at EAMS February 4, 2017


Submitted by Lamar McClellan
Photo Credits: Eric Gano, EPA-Photography

Cory Hedgecock

NESMITH Crate LM:
1 - #23 Corey Hedgcock - from 7th starting spot to the lead by lap 6 - worked the top right to the lead.
2 - #18E Chase Edge - started 4th, fell back to 8th, steadily worked his way back up to 2nd.
3 - #12 Ashton Winger - lead early, fell back to 4th, back up to 2nd, then 3rd.
4 - #55 Montana Dudley - started 6th, ran as high as 2nd, pushed high off 2 and dropped back to 4th.
5 - #101 Forrest Trent - started 3rd, dropped back to 9th early, then steadily moved back into the top 5.


Joseph Brown

EAMS LM:
1 - #92 Joseph Brown - this race was over when JB took the green flag, though #5T Thomas Lewis made a good run near the end to make it look good.
2 - #5T Thomas Lewis - started 8th and was up to P2 by lap 6.
3 - #55 Montana Dudley - started 6th, up to 3rd early, then back to 5th, then back to 3rd.
4 - #1D Dalton Cook - started 4th, ran as high as 3rd, as low as 5th, then back up to 4th.
5 - #47 Tyler Crowder - started an uncharacteristic 11th, was in the top 5 by lap 15.


Donovan Singer

602 LM Sportsman:
1 - #6 Donovan Singer - started 2nd and lead every lap
2 - #25 Wiley McDaniel, Jr. - started 5th, moved up steadily to P2
3 - #23 Ahnna Parkhurst - RCR development driver started 6th, settled into P3 by lap 5
4 - #22 Danny Stroud - started 3rd, fell back to 6th, then moved back up
5 - #17 Kevin Bennett - started 11th, up to P6 by lap 6, with 2 to go had moved into the top 5


Jason Price

Hobby:
1 - #17 Jason Price - dominated this class same as Joseph Brown did his class, though #21 Corey Dunn made it interesting at the end.
2 - #21 Corey Dunn - started 4th and was up to 2nd within 5 laps where he got stronger and stronger as the race went on, actually reaching Price's bumper late in the going
3 - #1 Ben Steele - started 2nd but gave way to Dunn early and ran P3 the rest of the way.
4 - #31 Richie Grantham - started 5th, fell back to 7th, then settled into P4 by lap 7.
5 - #0 Blake Harmon - started 9th, had altercation with #92 on lap 2 and again on lap 6, but settled down and moved into the top 5 with 2 to go.


Steve Pate

Street Stock:
1 - #07 Steve Pate - started 4th, up to P3 on lap 2, P2 on lap 3, and the lead on lap 7.
2 - #4 Tyler Brown - started 2nd, lead the 1st 6 laps, the P2 the remainder
3 - #3 Larry Faulk - started last after DQ in his heat, broke into the top 5 by lap 6, P4 on lap 10, and P3 on lap 12.
4 - #69 Jason Harrison - started 3rd, took 2nd on the start, back to P3 on lap 5, then P4 on lap 12
5 - #2 Brian Hansford - started 8th, moved up to P5 on lap 13


Chandler Diem

Road Warrior:
1 - #999 Chandler Diem - started on the pole, but was involved in a wreck on lap 1 and restarted last, was back up to P5 by lap 4, spun on lap 5 and back to the rear, back to P5 by lap 10, moved to 2nd on lap 12, took the lead on lap 14 and never looked back.
2 - #16 Robert Price - started 2nd, lead from lap 1 to lap 14
3 - #17 Bo Robinson - started 3rd, lead the 1st aborted start, ran 2nd early but fell little by little back to 5th before moving back up to 3rd.
4 - #41 Wesley Burke - started 5th, ran as high as 2nd, as low as 5th
5 - #113 Josh Childers - started 11th, persevered up to top 5 by lap 13


Jonathan Merritt

Hot Shots:
1 - #5J  Johnathan Merritt - started outside pole and lead every lap
2 - #5M Terry Merritt - started 6th, P5 on lap 1, P4 on lap 3, P3 on lap 6, and P2 just past half way
3 - #1 Lee Hutchinson - started on the pole, ran P2 until just past half way
4 - #8 Victoria Purcell - started 8th, moved up to P5 by lap 3 and P4 by lap 6.
5 - #2 - Patrick Harrelson - started 9th and moved into the top 5 by lap 6.

That's a wrap on the 3rd Annual Groundhog Classic.