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By Mike Twist, Elgin Traylor, Jason Buckley & Allison Fulson
Allen Turner Snowflake 100 Leftovers
Big Names Out Early, Who Survived the Flake and Much More
Logan Boyett works the turns at Five Flags Speedway.  (Jamie Williams Photo)
BOYETT ENDS UP EIGHTH AFTER LATE RACE SPIN

Logan Boyett showed a lot of muscle in the late stages off the Allen Tuner Hyundai Snowflake 100.  After starting ninth he ran in the top 10 through the race and was looking to score a solid top five finish.   A late race altercation with Stephen Davis sent Boyett for a spin cycle, after the race there were harsh words exchanged on pit road and fingers were pointed, but police stepped in to make sure that nothing more then that occurred.

“It was a great race and we had a great night,” said Boyett.  “We showed him (Davis) that we don’t appreciate it, he knows it now.”

Boyett did end up in the ninth position, right were he started.

Davis ended up one spot higher then Boyett in the eighth position. Speed51.com looked to speak with Davis after the race, but he was never found.  

GRILL’S BIG BONUS STAYS IN THE BANK

Augie Grill had a chance at a $10,000 dollar bonus from Allen Turner Hyundai if he won the Snowflake 100.  Grill had won the season opening race at Five Flags Speedway and had only to take the checkered flag in the tracks’ big season finale to bring home the big bonus.   

Things were going good as he took the lead on lap 24 and led until the yellow flag on lap 50.  Grill led the charge down pit road and looked to pull away with good track position when the right rear wheel came off the car and created a spark show.  Grill stopped on the track because he knew he wouldn’t loose a lap.  After he was pushed back to the pits by the wrecker Grill returned to the race only to get swept up in an accident on lap 54 which took him out of contention for winning.

“We were just unlucky last night,” said Grill. “Hopefully we will be better in the Derby.”

Grill was luckier in the Derby as he went to victory lane after winner Brian Ickler was disqualified in post race tech.

CAR COUNT HIGH AGAIN FOR SNOWFLAKE

A total of 64 cars took part in time trials for the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100.  That was still higher then the Super Late Model car count.  At one point during the weekend, there were 71 total entries for the Flake, but wrecks and mechanical problems forced a few out early.

Some big name drivers like Jack Smith, Chase Oliver, Larry Foyt, Rodney Benefield, Korey Ruble, John Bolen, Keith Thorpe and Jack Landis all failed to qualify.

LAPPED CARS TAKE OUT LEADERS EARLY ON

Two drivers were looking to run away with the Allen Tuner Hyundai Snowflake 100 when things got out of hand with lapped cars.  Jason Young and Josh Hamner had broken away from the pack when the lapped cars of John Long and Kyle Sirizzotti made contact going into turn three -right in front of the leaders.  The end result was that both Hamner and Young were stuffed in the wall along with Long.  Race officials gave Sirizzotti a five lap penalty for rough driving.

“That was a pretty crazy deal,” said Young the next morning.  “I saw it coming, those guys were racing pretty hard and when I made my move all hell broke loose.”

Josh Hamner agreed.

“That was pretty screwed up,” said Hamner.  “Sometimes people just run out of talent.”

LEGENDS CHAMPION MAKES UP TWO LAPS TO FINISH THIRD

Casey Roderick had a busy night during the Snowflake 100.  After a flat tire on lap 20 the former Legends car champion was two laps off the pace.  He worked hard to get both of them back and made a late race charge to score a hard-fought third place finish. 

“I was just sitting there like dang, there went our chances for a good finish,” said Roderick.  “I really didn’t know what to think.  We fought hard and got our two laps back and came up through the field and finished third.”

Roderick admitted that he got excited during some the late race restarts as he closed in on the leaders.

“I was pumped up and ready to go after that last caution.  I was like man, let’s get this thing going, I want to see what I’m able to do.  They got a little racey going down here in three. I figured I might have a chance right there when they got wiggly. But we just didn’t quite have enough tires there at the end to pounce on them. But it was definitely a bad day gone good.”

BROOKS’ CHASSIS DYNO RETURNS

The tech area at Five Flags Speedway resembled Fort Knox with all the barricades around it.  One tool or toy that head tech man Ricky Brooks pulled out of his back pocket was a chassis dyno.  This was the second time this season that it has shown up at a racetrack, the other being at the Alabama 200 at South Alabama Speedway.  The top three finishers in the race all passed the tough tech inspection.

FASTEST CHICKEN IN THE SOUTH

Keaton Hanks had a little explaining to do after the Snowflake 100.  Hanks was driving a team car to John Wes Townley who is known for his noticeable Zaxby’s Chicken number 09.  Hanks started on the outside of the front row and stayed with the leaders all night long.  They made a call before halfway to come in and take tires early.  The call backfired as a bunch of caution flags hindered his advancement to the front.

“We just made a bad call by coming in early,” said Hanks.  “The cautions didn’t fall the way we needed them too.”

They overcame the tire strategy to post a fifth place finish.

TAYLOR SATTERFIELD’S DAY ENDS EARLY

Taylor Satterfield just couldn’t buy any luck in 2008.  The Commerce, Georgia driver has been up and down this season with good runs, bad luck, and a few wrecks not of his own making.  The Snowflake 100 was just another one of those events were it all happened right in front of Satterfield.  A multi car crash on lap three left Satterfield’s Ford looking more like an open Wheeled Modified.

“They were driving like they wanted to see Elvis real bad,” said Satterfield.  “I don’t understand what was going on right there. We gave it a hell of a shot, all week long we were fast, right out of the trailer.  We were going up through the field pretty good the first three laps anyway. It’s just the way our luck has been going all year.”

Satterfield limped around for several laps before having more problems and parking his car just after the 20 lap mark.

FOWLER HAS HELP IN THE PITS

Kyle Fowler said he wasn’t even going to go to the Snowflake 100.  He knew that the key to winning the Snowflake 100 is having a great pit crew.  It wasn’t until he got hooked up with BDI Racing (owned by SPEED TV’s Bob Dillner) that he knew he was going to race.  With the crew in place Fowler began the race with high expectations, only to be tore up in a wreck just three laps into the race.

“We would have been done on that first wreck if Mr. Dillner and his crew hadn’t of been here helping us,” said Fowler.  “I hate we didn’t get a chance to make our pit stop because I’m sure it would have been fast and we would of have a great shot at it but it just wasn’t our night.”

MIXED RESULTS FOR TRACK REGULARS

It was an up and down day for Five Flags Speedway regulars.  Pro Late Model series champion Johanna Long up rough night as she was never really a major factor early on and she bounced off the wall just before halfway ending her night. 

Sammy McMullen had trouble as well and ended up wreck just seven laps from the finish.

The two locals who did finish well were at opposite ends of the lead laps.  Brandon Carlson went to victory lane after making a late race pass for the win.  While Brandon Odom who finished second in Pro Late Model series points finished 10th the next to the last car on the lead lap.

GRESHAM SURVIVES THE FLAKE

“The Flake” has a history of being a violent, survival-of-the-fittest style race and the 2008 running certainly lived up to its reputation. Rookie Snowflake driver Max Gresham solidified his smooth reputation by narrowly avoiding disaster several times throughout the event.

“We started out eighth and then pitted and came back from twentieth to tenth, then with seven laps to go five cars spun out. They almost had the track blocked and I decided to go for it and I came out with a seventh place. Now they’re going to call me Houdini because I can squeeze through holes no one else can see,” Gresham smiled.

SUPER LATE MODELS UP NEXT FOR BRANDON CARLSON

Now that Brandon Carlson has won the biggest Pro Late Model race of the season at Five Flags Speedway, the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100, he is setting his sights a little higher. Carlson is considering a move up to the track’s headlining Super Late Model division, where his father Scott races regularly, for the 2009 season.

“I haven’t moved up or progressed that much because my Dad and I are still racing together,” said Brandon, after his Snowflake victory. “I haven’t raced Super Late Models yet, but I think that I’m going to get into one next year.”


























Augie Grill had no luck on Saturday night.  (Jamie Williams Photo)
Over 70 cars signed up for the Snowflake 100.  (51 Sports Photo)
John Long was the meat in the sandwich when he got turned around in front of the leaders.  (Jamie Williams Photo)
Casey Roderick showed off his talent by making up two laps. (51 Sports Photo)
Ryan Crane watches as they hook his car up to the chassis dyno.  (Jamie Williams Photo)
Keaton Hanks gave the #09 a great ride to a top five finish. (Jamie Williams Photo)
Taylor Satterfield sits wrecked in turn two.  (Jamie Williams Photo)
Kyle Fowler used a lot of duct tape to keep his car on the track after an early wreck.  (51 Sports Photo)
Brandon Odom finished 10th.  (Jamie Williams Photo)
Max Gresham finished seventh.  (51 Sports Photo)
Will Brandon Carlson move up the Super Late Model ranks in 2009? (Jamie Williams Photo)
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