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Vic Hill class of field during Southern All Stars stop at Smoky Mountain Speedway
By Chris Tilley
(Maryville, TN)—Vic Hill of Mosheim, TN led all 50 laps to claim the $5,000 prize during the Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series-sanctioned WIMZ Classic Rock 103.5 ‘Racing with the Stars’ event at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN on Saturday Night April 14, 2012.
On a nice spring evening, and with grandstands and tier parking nearly full, the SAS Late Models rolled into Smoky Mountain for their 12th ever event and Vic Hill would dominate the event setting fast time to claiming his second career SAS win, which was his first series victory since October 18, 2003 at Volunteer (TN) Speedway.
Before the green was set to wave and as the field was forming on the front chute, Ronnie Johnson, who was in Sanford Goddard’s Warrior house car had to be pushed back to the pits for engine woes and would not compete in the 50-lapper. Then as the field of 24 came down to take the green, a caution would be called and another try as the leaders jumped a bit early. While half the field had come around turns one and two, a five car mangle back in the pack would take a few extra moments to clean up before veteran starter Darrell Watson could wave his green flag again.
The first of only two yellows would come on lap 23 as Robby Moses spun in turn two. The second yellow flag would wave on lap 42 as Chad Ogle slowed in turn two with a right rear flat tire.
Hill would stretch out his lead during the long green flag runs and hold on for the win while driving the Landair Transport, Pilot Travel Centers, Orthopedic Institute of Western Kentucky, Outlaw Race Parts and VP Racing Fuels sponsored Vic Hill Racing Engines powered Warrior Race Car. While running third on the final lap, Randy Weaver had some engine problems and slowly made his way back to finish seventh and slowly roll under the checkered.
The Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series will be off a few weeks before making the first of four visits to the Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, AL paying $3,500 to win during the NASCAR Weekend event.
Official Summary of Results
Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series
Smoky Mountain Speedway-Maryville, TN
April 14, 2012
Feature Finish: Vic Hill, Billy Ogle Jr., Tommy Kerr, Ray Cook, Mark Douglas, Mike Weeks, Randy Weaver, Dusty Carver, Chad Ogle, Mike Marlar, Josh Henry, Bobby Giffin, Ross White, Mark Vineyard, Robby Moses, Jeff Wolfenbarger, David Crabtree, David Crabtree, Skip Arp, Riley Hickman, Kayne Hickman, Jensen Ford, Brett Miller, Ronnie Johnson, Shan Smith
Last Chance Race # 1 Finish: Ronnie Johnson, Bobby Giffin, Jeff Wolfenbarger, David Crabtree, Robby Moses, Shan Smith, Terry Wolfenbarger, Jeff Franklin, Weston Gantte, James Kelso
Last Chance Race #2 Finish: Dusty Carver, Skip Arp, Jenson Ford, Brett Miller, Mark Vineyard, Josh Henry, Ross White, Ellery Leake, Kayne Hickman, Jay Allen
Series Provisionals: Ross White and Kayne Hickman
Fast Time: Vic Hill-15:689 seconds
Cautions: Two (laps 23 and 42)
Red Flags: One (lap 0)
Time of Race: 31 minutes 48 seconds
Current Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series Championship Points: (after April 14)
1. Billy Ogle Jr.-190 (Knoxville, TN)
2. Vic Hill-186 (Mosheim, TN)
3. Randy Weaver-174 (Crossville, TN)
4. Mike Marlar-164 (Winfield, TN)
5. Chad Ogle-156 (Sevierville, TN)
5. Ray Cook-156 (Brasstown, NC)
7. Tommy Kerr-150 (Maryville, TN)
8. Ross White-146 (Knoxville, TN)
8. Mike Weeks-146 (Friendsville, TN)
10. Mark Vineyard-134 (Powell, TN)
Upcoming Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series events:
May 5-Talladega Short Track-Eastaboga, AL-$3,500 to win
May 12-Cleveland Speedway-Cleveland, TN-$3,500 to win
May 26-Whynot Motorsports Park-Meridian, MS-$5,000 to win
May 27-Magnolia Motor Speedway-Columbus, MS-$5,000 to win