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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Recap of racing from EAMS Friday and Saturday, 8/25&26/2017

Submitted by Lamar McClellan

Friday, 8/25/2017:
UCRA 602 Late Model Sportsman - 25 Laps (top 6 qualifiers were inverted):
1 - #111 Terrance Nowell started 4th, was 3rd after lap 1, 2nd after lap 2, and took the lead on lap 5 and was never challenged.
2 - #00 Richie Stephens started 6th, up to 4th on lap 1, slipped high off turn 2 and dropped to the back of the pack, back into the top 5 by lap 5, took 2nd on lap 14 where he ran until the end, unable to challenge for the win.
3 - #1 Josh Cox started 5th, up to 4th on lap 2, took 3rd on lap 3, was passed on lap 5 by Stephens, then moved back into 3rd on lap 17.
4 - #31 Richie Grantham started 7th and ran a steady race to get his first top 5 in this class.
5 - #14 Dustin Ducker started 8th, struggled early with a spin on lap 1 and lap 4 before settling down and getting his 6th top 5 of the year.

Hot Shots - 15 Laps:
1 - #51 Jonathan Merritt started 10th, up to 4th on lap 2, 3rd on lap 4, 2nd on lap 6, and took the lead on lap 7.
2 - #11 Clint Thornton started 5th, was 2nd after 1 lap, took the lead on lap 4, and then dropped back to 2nd on lap 7.
3 - #1 Tater Holmes started on pole but went off the top of turn 2 in a battle for the lead on lap 1, dropping back to 20th with 14 laps to go.  By lap 5 he was back into the top 10, moved into the top 5 by lap 10, and 3rd on lap 12.
4 - #22 Taylor McElhannon started 2nd, lead the 1st 3 laps before starting to drop back little by little, settling into 4th on lap 12.
5 - #9 Kyle Bruffy started 13th, moved into 10th by lap 2, and took 5th on lap 13.

Saturday, 8/26/2017:
EAMS Late Model (25 Laps):
1 - #110 Rick Culpepper started 2nd, took the lead coming off turn 2 on lap 1 and lead every lap.
2 - #55 Montana Dudley won the pole but was beaten off turn 2 by Culpepper from the high side - could never mount a challenge for the lead after that.
3 - #88 Russ Ogletree started 4th, took 3rd on lap 1.
4 - #1 Terrance Nowell started 5th, dropped to 6th on the start, took 5th on lap 4, and 4th on lap 5.
5 - #11 Dylan Holmes started 7th and persevered to his 1st top 5 since early March.

Hobby (15 Laps):
1 - #23 Kyle Conyer started 6th, took 4th on lap 1, back to 5th on lap 2, back to 6th on lap 3, back to 7th on lap 5, back up to 4th by lap 7, 3rd on lap 10, 2nd on lap 12, and 1st on lap 13 - WHAT A RACE!!!
2 - #17 Jason Price started 5th, was up to 4th on lap 2, 3rd on lap 5, and 2nd on lap 7.
3 - #294 John Michael started on pole, but never lead a lap.
4 - #30 Tim Bosley started 10th and made a great run through the pack to pick up another top 5 finish.
5 - #29 Will Gordon started 4th and was battling at the front of the pack before a flat sent him to the pits, finally working his way back into the top 5 on lap 13.

Hot Shots (15 Laps):
NOTE:  #1 Tater Holmes was originally flagged the winner, but was DQ'd post race for a safety violation - improper driver's suit.
1 - #51 Robert Hutchinson started 7th, avoided a multi-car accident on lap 1 which took out some of his top competitors, took the lead on the subsequent start, dropped to 2nd on lap 3 and then won after Holmes was DQ'd.
2 - #93 John Catrett started 17th and drove a tremendous race avoiding any problems along the way, took 10th on lap 4, 5th on lap 9, 3rd on lap 12 where he was at the end of the race before the winner's DQ moved him up to 2nd.
3 - #22 Taylor McElhannon started 21st and ALSO drove a tremendous race, was 10th by lap 5, 4th on lap 12 where he ended the race before being moved up a spot due to the winner's DQ.
4 - #5 Terry Merritt started 11th, was 10th after 1 lap, fell back on lap 2, then back to 10th on lap 6, and worked his way into the top 5 finally on lap 12.
5 - # 05 Fred Woodrum started 12th, took 7th on the start, and moved into the top 5 by lap 3 before running off the track in turn 2 on lap 8 and going to the back of the pack, slowly climbing back up to his finishing position on lap 12.

Next race at EAMS is SUNDAY, that's right, SUNDAY 9/3/2017.  Join us for our HUGE Labor Day Celebration with racing, fireworks, beach party with water slide for the kids, giveaways for the kids, and much more.  Watch the East Alabama Motor Speedway facebook page for further details.