Sanders, who would have been third if not for the DQ, survived a mid race altercation in which he got tangled up with David Elliott and Joey Senter. The contact forced him to the bottom were Taylor Satterfield was trying a three wide pass, which ended with Satterfield up against the second-turn wall.
“The #15 car (Elliott) lifted me off the ground and by the time I got the car gathered back up the #40 was shooting under me, there wasn’t any room on the low side,” said Sanders. He got in the side of me and when I backed off he lost and went in the wall. I think it was a rookie mistake on his part, I don’t let that stuff bother me.”
POLLARD IN THE GAS AT PEACH STATE by Elgin Traylor
Young Star Ruins Hawkins' Bid for Three-Straight GAS Wins
Most drivers often come up with a gameplan before each race. It was easy to see what Bubba Pollard’s plan was this past weekend - full throttle all the way. Pollard put his foot down and won the Georgia Asphalt Series’ 100-lapper at Peach State Speedway. The Senoia, GA-driver had a rocket all night long as he led 97 of the 100 laps.
“The car was good, I thought we were going to win the last time we were up here but the car got loose a few weeks ago,” said Pollard. “I told myself I wasn’t going to let it get lose, I kept the tires under it and when it was time to go I went.”
when Pollard took command and set sail from the field. Hawkins slid out of the top five before his car finally started coming to life. He would work his way up to second by lap 75, but he couldn’t do anything with Pollard by race’s end.
“Really, we weren’t that good,” said Hawkins. “We had to fight hard just to get second. Bubba just flat kicked our butt. The car just wasn’t that good.”
After the race the final finishing order then got a little “fine-tuning” as both Hawkins and third-place finisher Ronnie Sanders were disqualified. Hawkins was nabbed for a carburetor and Sanders for a rear end.
“These guys know we are trying to be fair,” said GAS tour director Micky Cain. “We are not going to do this deal unless we do it right.
“They respect us and we respect them,” added Cain, who also said there were no real hard feelings after the post race teardowns.
“The first 15 laps I knew I was in trouble. The last 40 laps the car just came alive. It was just like a wild horse and I tamed it after the pit stops”.
A few of the fast cars that were not in the top half of the field included Russell Fleeman who lost four laps after a flat tire. He made one up on the track before parking his car for the night. Points leader Fredrick Moore had tire problems as well, not once but twice within 10 laps of each other.
“This is my 21st year in racing and I have never had two flat tires in one race,” said Moore. “We did tonight, we’ll just have to do the best we can and get ready for the next race.”
For Pollard it was his third career GAS win and his second this season. Since his first win at Anderson, the #26 Chevy has been sixth or better each time out.
“My stomach is hurting now, we had too many caution periods there at the end. I was just being smooth all night you can do that easier when your out front.”
At the start of the race, however, things looked blue for Pollard’s chances as the post-qualifying redraw gave the #22 of Matt Hawkins the pole. Hawkins was on a quest for three straight Peach State GAS wins. His run in the top didn’t last long as Joey Senter worked the outside to grab the lead on lap one. It was only three laps later
Bubba Pollard got to Peach State's Victory Lane in dominant fashion.. (51 Photos)
Matt Hawkins (#22) and Joey Senter led the field to the green flag.
Satterfield saw things a little differently.
“I don’t know whether his old age is getting to him or if he needs glasses,” said Satterfield. “I think it might be time to retire or find a retirement league for race drivers. Maybe find something a little slower for him.”
Ronny Kittle was moved up to second and Beau Slocumb got third. Korey Ruble took fourth with Joey Senter rounding out the top five. Kittle started way back in 23rd. During the course of the race they made four pit stops to get the car tuned in.
Despite the flat tires, Moore maintained his points lead by finishing 11th. The DQ’s of Ruble at Lanier and Sanders at Peach State has put him in the driver’s seat for a GAS points title.
The GAS series will be back in action on September 2nd at Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, Georgia.