Whorton Keeps Rolling At Lanier by Elgin Traylor
Alabama Driver Takes PLM Super Six Race
Extra distance races at local short tracks always bring the best drivers to town. It’s a chance for the track regulars to battle with fresh faces.
The second round of the Lanier Super Six Series was not exception. Former Pro Cup driver Wayne Williard, GAS regular Taylor Satterfield, and Super Late Model driver Ryan Sieg were among the many names looking to steal the show.
But it was Chris Whorton, the Lanier regular season points leader, who showed the way to the checkered flag.
“Every one wants to hug the inside and stay to the bottom,” said Whorton. “We made it work on the outside tonight. I really enjoy working the outside. We come from a quarter-mile track in Huntsville and we pass on the outside there. That really helps on these bigger tracks.”
Whorton was one of the few, if not the only, driver to make the outside groove work to his advantage. He took the lead away from Williard on lap 57 by working him up high and then pulling even with him down the backstretch. Once in fron,t Whorton was on cruise control over the final half of the race.
“I was getting off the corner a better and I got into him a little bit. I guess I didn’t know I was that much quicker off the corner, so it was easy to get around him on the high side.”
Joey Senter set the fast time, but rolled an inversion of four, putting Whorton, Williard and Paul Kelley in front of him.
Williard took off, but was shocked when Whorton finally got to his back bumper.
“I haven’t seen many people get up on the outside here besides me,” said Willard. “He surprised the crap out of me. I moved up a little, but he had good run and he got into me a little bit. I love racing with Chris. He’s good and he had a fast hotrod tonight.”
Kelley finished third, with Dwayne Buggay in fourth and Senter in fifth.
With the win, Whorton now has the points lead in the Super Six series. The series races count for NASCAR Weekly Racing Series points as well. Last year’s track champion was 11th in the Division 1 standings.
“This helps with the regional points,” added Whorton. “I don’t know were we will end up, but we’ve just got to keep wining races and we will see what happens.”
RACE NOTES: LANIER SUPER SIX SERIES
Four Rounds Remaining In The Super Six Series
Lanier National Speedway will keep busy with their big Pro Late Model races. The Super
Six Series will resume on July 4th for a 100- lap race with fireworks both on and off the race track. There will also be 100-lappers on September 1st and September 15th. The Championship will be decided on September 29th in the 200-lap Georgia State Championship.
Williard Back In Georgia Full Time
Wayne Williard was running Hooters Pro Cup at this time last year. This year he is taking on some different roles both in and out of the driver seat.
Chris Whorton found himself in a regular place.... Lanier's Victory Lane. (51 Photos)
“I crew chief for Greg (Simpson) who normally drives this car,” said Williard. “I was trying to see if we could work out the bugs. We were a little off on the air pressure but the car was awesome.”
Williard also considered Lanier his hometown track and liked being close to family.
“I haven’t really been looking to go back to Pro Cup. I like being able to relax at home with my wife and my daughter. Not having to travel every weekend is much nicer.”
Williard has run both of the Super Six races. He still has an outside shot at the title.
Roll Call: Several Teams Missing At Lanier
It’s not uncommon for big multi-race series to draw drivers for one weekend. But to have seven of the top-15 finishes from the first race not show is a little strange.
Running down the list we found reason for some. Larry Jordon has been running with the GAS tour. Ronnie Sanders is running a limited schedule. Perhaps the most shocking name was Matt Hawkins, who won the first event. Hawkins was in Iowa for the ASA race. Don’t be surprised if they are back for a few of the other races.
Despite the lack of retuning cars, there were 24 cars on hand, which was only five less then the opening race.
Motes Brothers Team Up
Defending GAS Rookie of the Year Greg Motes is having a solid season. Three finishes in the top five along with five top-10 runs have him fifth in the points.
But have you heard about his younger brother?
Cohen Motes is in his first year of Pro Late Model racing. The rookie driver is running the weekly schedule at Lanier.
“Greg took over crew chief rolls this week and I just turned all the reigns over to him,” said Cohen Motes. “We missed the set up just a little bit, but we got it right for the feature. We qualified 16th and ran ninth. It was a good night for us”
Perhaps by the end of the season the two brothers could meet on the racetrack, younger Cohen knows the seat time his brother has is a huge plus.
“Greg is really good in these Late Models. Maybe we’ll have something for him one of these days.”
Greg Moats watches his brother Cohen.