Cory Hedgecock Handles Move to Chevy Super Series with Season Opener Win at 411nesmith
Seymour, TN – Loudon, Tennessee’s Cory Hedgecock picked up the 2017 Season Opener Victory on the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series at 411 Motor Speedway on Saturday March 18th. The 2016 NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series National Touring Champion handled the move to the Chevy Super Series seemlessley as Hedgecock bested a field of 26 competitors that signed in to “Tennessee’s Action Track” which hosted the season opening event for the second consecutive season for the Super Late Model cars powered by Chevrolet Performance CT 525 circle track engines. Hedgecock’s win gives him a good start as he vies for Cruise With the Champions Rookie of the Year and National Championship honors on the tour.
Hedgecock’s night got off to a good start as he earned Knowles Race Parts and Bodies Quick Qualifier honors putting his Valley Transport/Transport One sponsored Rocket Race Car on the inside front row for the 50 lap affair. The top 8 qualifiers were locked into the A-Main, while the rest of the field was set with two Chevrolet Performance B-Mains. Tim Busha of Boaz, AL drove his Kilpatrick Racing sponsored entry to the win in B-Main #1 while Spring City, TN driver Barry Goodman picked up B-Main #2 win in his Charlie’s Used Auto Parts and Recycling Rocket.
Hedgecock and hometown favorite Ryan King from Seymour, TN, driving the Brian King Roofing Warrior Race Car, set the pace to bring the field down to the green flag. The green lights would quickly turn to yellow as several cars were collected in a turn 2 scuffle on the initial start putting the field under the first of 7 caution periods. Everyone was able to continue after the lap 0 melee as the field took the green flag once again. The yellow flag would appear once again with just one lap complete as Ronnie Johnson looped his Brucebilt Performance machine in turn 1.
Cory Hedgecock was able to get a good jump on each restart as Ryan King’s Warrior appeared to not be as good on the starts and restarts allowing Hedgecock to take advantage. The yellow would appear again on lap 6 as the good run Barry Goodman had going came to an end when his car slowed down the back straightaway. The lap 6 restart would bring the most significant caution as the A19 of John Ownbey got around and collected 8 other cars in the turn 3 skirmish. With the field restarting once again the yellow lights would quickly flash back as contact on lap 7 put Randy Dillard’s #51 machine in the spin cycle at the top of turn 3. One more lap was completed before the sixth caution period took place when contact between Tim Busha, who had sustained damage on the lap 6 incident, and Ownbey brought the field to a halt once again.
Seemingly getting everyone settled in for the first race of the 2017 season, the field was finally getting down to the hardcore two and three wide action that the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series has become known for. Wholesale racing changes were taking place all among the top 15 while race long leader Hedgecock began to encounter lapped traffic. With Hedgecock’s momentum and moves having to be more calculated, Jake Knowles moved his #66 Knowles Race Parts and Bodies Rocket on the back bumper of Hedgecock. The two were playing a high-speed chess match as they navigated lapped traffic making sure not to make any mistakes. Hedgecock was able to finally get a couple of lappers between himself and Knowles before the final caution would fly on lap 37 for the 19 Sharpsburg Take Out Rocket Race car of Trey Wood who slowed entering turn 1.
The lap 37 restart setup what would be the final dash for the $3,000 payday. With the field formed “Dixie-style” double file for the restart, Reddick, Florida’s Devin Dixon made a move to get in front of Knowles for the second spot to purse Hedgecock. While Dixon and Knowles battled for the runner up spot it was Hedgecock who benefited from the racing behind him as he would maintain his lead and flash under the Sunoco Race Fuels checkered flag 1.473 seconds ahead of Dixon to pick up the win and set atop the point standings heading into the next stop.
The Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series returns to action at Boyd’s Speedway in Ringgold, GA on Saturday night April 15th for the first ever appearance at the historic bullring. The race will feature a $3,000 to win, 50 lap main event for the Chevrolet Performance CT 525 powered machines. For more information about the event or Boyd’s Speedway please visit their official website at www.BoydsSpeedway.net or call them at 706-891-6803.
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Feature Results for Round #1 at 411 Motor Speedway
|1||9||Cory Hedgecock – R|
|2||58||Devin Dixon – R|
|5||87||Zach Pilcher – R|
|7||29||Buddy George – R|
|15||19||Landon Bagby – R|
|16||19||Trey Wood – R|
*R – Denotes Cruise with the Champions Rookie of the Year Candidate
Fast Qualifier: Cory Hedgecock – 14.942
Lead Changes: 0
Lap Leaders: Hedgecock – 1-50
Margin of Victory: 1.473 seconds
Time of Race: 42 minutes, 54 seconds
Cruise With the Champions Rookie of the Race: Cory Hedgecock
Knowles Race Parts and Bodies 6th Place Award: Ronnie Johnson
Out Pace Performance 16th Place Award: Trey Wood
Gresham Race Parts 21st Place Award: John Ownbey
NEXT RACE: April 15th – Boyd’s Speedway – Ringgold, GA – $3,000 to win, 50 laps
Chevrolet Performance Parts is the Title Sponsor of the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series. Hoosier Racing Tire is the “Official Tire” of the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series. Sunoco Race Fuel is the “Official Race Fuel” of the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series. Cruise With The Champions is the “Rookie of the Year” Official Sponsor of the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series. Knowles Race Parts and Bodies is the “Quick Qualifier” Sponsor for the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series.
Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series Contingency Sponsors are CrateInsider.com, Gresham Racing Parts, Beyea Headers, Out-Pace Performance, and Knowles Racing Parts and Bodies.