The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts paired up with the Southern Pro Late Models this past weekend at South Georgia Motorsports Park for the 'Short Track Nationals Georgia 100'. Although we had rain on Friday, the practice day and Saturday, the original race day, we did get this one in on Sunday with great weather and a great field of cars.
Landon Cassill the Nascar Nationwide Series 2008 Rookie of the year won the event. Landon was the only driver in the ASALMS history to have won an event in all three divisions of the series. Back in July of 2006, Landon took the win at SGMP and his return proved to be rewarding.
Drew Brannon did a great job of fielding his car to the front of the pack battling with Brandon Johnson, Russell Fleeman and Bubba Pollard before he could reach his final position of the day in 2nd place.
We had a lot of fun watching the ASALMS and the SPLM interact at the half mile oval track, both series are packed with top drivers. Chase Elliott came out for his first event in a late model and ended up with a sixth place finish, he did a remarkable job competing against some very talented drivers.
John Wes Townley, he 19-year-old Townley, a Raybestos rookie of the year contender in the Nationwide Series had some tough luck and ended up out of the race at lap 94.
The event has 7 cautions and two different lap leaders, the 98 of Russell Fleeman and the 61 of Landon Cassill.
SGMP Short Track National Georgia 100 -Unofficial Results
1. 61 - Landon Cassill 100 laps
2. 08 - Drew Brannon 100 laps
3. 98 - Russell Fleeman 100 laps
4. 18 - Bubba Pollard 100 laps
5. 93 - Brandon Johnson 100 laps
6. 9 - Chase Elliott 100 laps
7. 51 - Stephen Nasse 100 laps
8. 59 Dustin Dunn 100 laps
9. 83 - Scotty Ellis 100 laps
10. 7 - Darryl Shelnut 100 laps
11. 88 - Justin Larson 100 laps
12. 11 - Austin Kirkpatrick 100 laps
13. 127 - Kyle Maynard 100 laps
14. 33 - Casey Caudill 100 laps
15.31 - Brian Blum 100 laps
16. 09 - John Wes Townley 94 laps
17. 70 - Jeremy Gerstner 93 laps
18. 78 - Ross Chastain 80 laps
19. 26 - Kyle Mitchell 74 laps
20. 17 - AJ Fulgenzi 73 laps
21. 57 - Jason Garver 21 laps
22. 32 - Stuart Dutton 20 laps
23. 75 - David Odell 14 laps
24. 24 -Stuart Wilkerson 11 laps
25. 25 - Scott Ruechenberg 11 laps
26 - 2 - Ralph Carnes 11 laps
The teams of 2009 were also finally able to break Sean Murphy's old ASALMS Track Record of 18.505 set back in September of 2007. We had three teams beat that record; Fast time was set by Stephen Nasse with an 18.452 followed by Drew Brannon with an 18.464 and Landon Cassill with an 18.471
The teams and officials are headed back to Georgia for the 3rd ASALMS event of the Season at New Senoia Raceway this upcoming weekend, April 4th.