Chase Elliott made sure all the accolades were kept in the family winning the inaugural George Elliott Memorial 100 Presented By Monolith Companies Saturday at Gresham Motorsports Park.
Elliott captured the event honoring his grandfather by leading every lap of the 100-circuit Super Late Model test on the GMP half-mile oval. It wasn't easy, however, as Elliott had to hold off a hard-charging Bubba Pollard over the final 15 laps to score the victory.
Elliott showed early that he had a car capable of winning turning in a blistering lap of 16.344 seconds in qualifying only to have Pollard best him for the pole with a time of 16.205.
At the drop of the green flag, Elliott roared away from the field leaving Pollard, Ben Kennedy, Johnny Henderson and Allen Karnes to fight for the runner-up position. Eventually, Pollard worked his way away from the crowd to challenge Elliott late only to come up short at the finish.
Kennedy - in one of the best runs of his young career - came home third with Henderson, Karnes, Jimmy Garmon, Scott Sutherland, Kevin Dicks and Roger Delp all running at the finish.
Elliott's win had an extra bonus in that it earned him a guaranteed spot in the 27th-Annual World Crown 300 super late model race at Gresham Motorsports Park later this year on November 14. Earlier this season, Elliott also gained an automatic starting spot for the Pro Late Model portion of this year's 'Crown' with a win at GMP on April 17.
Elliott wasn't the only one to taste victory Saturday at GMP as Brian Hardman broke into the winner's column in the Outlaw Late Model division for the first time this season.
Meanwhile, Steve Hill came home first in the Mini-Stock main event while Alexander Fox captured the 35-lap Truck Series main event.
Jody Trivett rolled to his second win of the rock em' sock em' Renegade Street Stock Division while Will Fagan rounded out the list of winners capturing both 20-lap Mini-Cup main events on the GMP quarter-mile oval.
Remember - all results are unofficial. We'll post the official results Monday on www.GreshamMotorsportsPark.com
Next up at Gresham Motorsports Park will be our biggest family event of the 2010 season - McDonald's Night With Ronald McDonald on Saturday, October 9.
It will be a full night of fun both on and off the track with the Pro Late Models, Renegade Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and Trucks battling it out on a Double Points Night to determine the season champions in those divisions. The Outlaw Late Models will also compete in a 35-lap non-points main event.
Off the track, Ronald McDonald will entertain young and old alike from 6-8 p.m. Also scheduled to be a part of the celebration are the Jefferson High School Band, firemen and equipment from the Harrisburg and Jefferson Fire Departments, policemen and equipment from the Jefferson Police Department, Sparky The Fire Dog, games from the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department, and attractions from Funopolis Family Fun Center.
The GMP Grandstand and Trackside Parking for the McDonald's Night with Ronald McDonald event will open at 2 p.m. Opening Ceremonies are set for 7 p.m. with the first race taking the green flag at 7:30 p.m. sharp.
Gresham Motorsports Park is located right off I-85 at Exit 140, next to the Jackson County Airport in Jefferson. GA.
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