McDowell, Beets, And Whitehead Win In King Of The Mountain Finale

Night number of two of the King of the Mountain Championship Weekend saw champions crowned in the Southern All-Stars, American Crate All-Stars, and Sportsman late models. Thirty-four drivers signed in for the $7,000 to win Southern All-Stars finale. Dalton Cook and Dale McDowell were the fastest qualifiers in each group heading into heat race action. Ashton Winger, Dale McDowell, Zach Leonhardi, and Ricky Weiss were heat race winners.

Derek Ellis took a ride in the B-main. Jake Knowles hit the wall after something broke on his car, leaving Ellis nowhere to go.

As the race went to green, McDowell grabbed the lead over Winger. Sam Seawright moved up a row after Leonhardi elected to start the race from the rear with technical issues. Seawright moved around Weiss for third.

Ashton Winger (12) and Dale McDowell (17m) race for the lead on the opening lap.

Left: Austin Kilpatrick (11) gets by Michael Page (18x). Right: Sam Seawright (16) battles Ricky Weiss (7) for third on a restart.

Following a lap 21 caution, Winger opted to restart on the outside in an effort to find a way around McDowell. A lap later, Winger went into turn 1 too high and got into the wall. Dakotah Knuckles and Austin Smith were also collected.

Austin Kilpatrick (11) and Ricky Weiss (7) mix things up.

Left: Will Roland (22) gets past Cory Hedgecock (23). Right: Sam Seawright (16) tries to take second from Ashton Winger (12).

With Seawright now in second, Weiss began to pressure for the spot. Weiss eventually took the position and chased down McDowell. Weiss had nothing as McDowell cruised to the win. Weiss finished second and Seawright came home in third.

Michael Page (18x) takes a spot from Dalton Cook (44).

Left: Ricky Weiss (7) takes a peek inside Dale McDowell (17m) for the race lead. Right: Jensen Ford (83) looks for a way around Austin Kilpatrick (11) for fifth.

Billy Franklin clinched the Southern All-Stars championship for 2020 and Sam Seawright was the series rookie of the year.

Top Left: Billy Franklin. Top Right: David Crabtree and Tommy Kerr. Bottom Left: Jensen Ford. Bottom Right: Ray Cook.

American Crate All-Stars Series

The youth movement was alive at the start of the American Crate All-Stars Series race with three of the top four starters under the age of 20. It was 16-year-old Eli Beets who took the lead from the pole position over Cameron Weaver. The two paced the field for the whole 40-lap race. Friday’s winner, Carder Miller, battled Josh Henry for third.

As the lead twosome had their own race, Trevor Sise, Jake Teague, and Logan Roberson began their marches forward. The action was intense from positions three through ten for most of the race. Beets was unchallenged in winning the biggest race of his young career. Weaver was second and Teague came from ninth to finish third. Sise was crowned series champion with his fourth-place finish.

Sam Seawright was the series Rookie of the Year.

Sportsman Late Model

The Sportsman Late Model feature may have been the last race of the night. But they provided the best show for the fans that stayed to the end.

Brad Seagle was fastest in qualifying. But it was Tyler Price that grabbed the lead at the wave of the green. Jake Whitehead and Jed Emert eventually made their way past Seagle. Price looked to be in control until slower traffic became a factor. Whitehead moved into the lead, then Emert took second from Price a lap later. Good friends on the track, Whitehead, and Emert put on an intense battle for the lead as they made their way through slower cars.

Emert dove under Whitehead on lap 24 until they touched wheels and sent Emert spinning in turn 4. On the restart, Seagle and Adam Mitchell got by Price. Whitehead would take his first sportsman late model win at Smoky Mountain Speedway. Emert rallied to finish second and claim the 2020 track championship. Seagle held on for third.

Race Results: King Of The Mountain, Smoky Mountain Speedway, October 17, 2020. 

Southern All-Stars Super Late Models

A Feature: 1. Dale McDowell # 17m; 2. Ricky Weiss # 7; 3. Sam Seawright # 16; 4. Michael Page # 18x; 5. Austin Kirkpatrick # 11; 6. Jensen Ford # 83; 7. Dalton Cook # 44d; 8. Robby Moses # 21; 9. Will Roland # 22; 10. Riley Hickman # R1; 11. Ben Watkins # 79; 12. Cameron Marlar # 57m; 13. Stacy Boles # 11b; 14. Billy Franklin # 17; 15. Travis Fultz # 329; 16. Tommy Kerr # 4t; 17. Ashton Winger # 12; 18. Dakotah Knuckles # 21k; 19. Austin Smith # 84; 20. Cory Hedgecock # 23; 21. Mark Dodson # 32; 22. Jordan Rodabaugh # 66; 23. Donald McIntosh # 7m; 24. Zach Leonhardi # 24.

Did Not Qualify: David Crabtree (C5), Clay Coghlan (6), Dusty Carver (9), Jeff Wolfenbarger (28), Gary McPherson (29m), Ellery Leake (34), Mike Weeks (K37), Ray Cook (53), Jake Knowles (66), Derek Ellis (99)

Series Champion Billy Franklin.

American Crate All-Stars Series

A Feature: 1. Eli Beets # 109; 2. Cameron Weaver # 16; 3. Jake Teague # 117; 4. Trevor Sise # 73 (2020 points champion); 5. Carder Miller # 69*; 6. Logan Roberson # 17; 7. Josh Henry # B00; 8. Matt Long # 55; 9. Tyler Arrington # 002; 10. Bradley Lewelling # 10b; 11. Ross White # 0; 12. Jensen Ford # 83; 13. Cory Hedgecock # 23; 14. Matt Henderson # 22; 15. Zach Sise # 9; 16. Colton Proffitt # 617; 17. Brett Wyatt # 17; 18. Chris Chandler # 8; 19. Tyler Collins # 11; 20. Greg Martin # 24; 21. Jesse Lowe # 5j; 22. Brandon Miller # 89; 23. Terry Poore # 2; 24. Michael Bland # 2.

Did Not Qualify: Matt Glanden (01), Anthony White (2x), Mike Smith (4), Josh Fields (11), Chris Raines (11), Shon Flanary (31), Tyler Smith (32), William Blankenship (32), Shannon Emery (52), Aaron Guinn (97)

Sportsman Late Models

A Feature: 1. Jake Whitehead # 116; 2. Jed Emert # 98 * (2020 points champion); 3. Brad Seagle # 31; 4. Adam Mitchell # 50; 5. Austin Atkins # 14; 6. Tyler Price # 7; 7. Kip Sawyer # 44; 8. Buster Moss # 23; 9. Chris Johnston # C9; 10. Warren McMahan # 22; 11. Cody Gloyne # 32; 12. Aaron Jones # 7; 13. Chandler Hickman # 6c; 14. Bryan Cooper # 15; 15. Jason Wyres # 18; 16. Joe Bray # 76; 17. Mason Bare # 24.

Did Not Start: Derek Blair (28)

 

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Bobby grew up in the heart of Illinois, becoming an avid dirt track race fan which has developed into a life long passion. Taking a break from the Midwest dirt tracks to fight evil doers in the world, he completed a full 21 year career in the Marine Corps.
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