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Daily Dirt 04/28/2017 07:06:02

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February 4
East Alabama Motor Speedway,
Phenix City, AL
Sanction: NeSmith RockAuto.com Winter Shootout (Groundhog Classic) - $2,500
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated February 5, 3:51 pm)
Hedgecock nabs $2,500 Groundhog Classic payday
Groundhog Classic
  1. Cory Hedgecock
  2. Chase Edge
  3. Ashton Winger
  4. Montana Dudley
  5. Forrest Trent
  6. Ronnie Johnson
  7. Wil Herrington
  8. Joe Mike III
  9. Jody Knowles
  10. Cale Conley
  11. Colton Horner
  12. Brandon Hood
  13. Ryan Law
  14. Colby Darda
  15. Lain Hawk
  16. Dylan Knowles
  17. Trey Wood
  18. Rodgerick Dykes
  19. Kyle Bryant
  20. Randall Powell
  21. Jason Britton
presented by
Eric Gano
Cory Hedgecock heads for a $2,500 victory at East Alabama.
What won the race: Reigning NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series champion Cory Hedgecock of Loudon, Tenn., advanced from the seventh starting position to claim a $2,500 Groundhog Classic victory at East Alabama Motor Speedway. Hedgecock overtook Ashton Winger of Senoia, Ga., on the sixth lap and led the remainder of the 50-lapper in the NeSmith RockAuto.com Winter Shootout event.
Key notes: Hedgecock got vindication from his previous EAMS start in November when engine woes knocked him out of the lead of the Crate Late Model feature during National 100 weekend. .... Hedgecock won a week earlier in Crate Late Model action at Boyd's Speedway and has two 2017 victories. ... The winner's margin was 0.876 secs. ... Chase Edge overtook Winger for second in the feature's middle stages. ... A dozen drivers completed all 50 laps and 16 were running at the feature's finish.. ... Polesitter Colton Horner, 14, faded to finish 11th. ... Ahnna Parkhurst did not start the feature. ... EAMS hosted the fifth race of the nine-race miniseries, which will be idle for five weeks before a March doubleheader in Cochran, Ga.
On the move: Cale Conley of Vienna, W.Va., started 18th and finished 10th.
Winner's sponsors: Hedgecock is sponsored by Cushman, VooDoo Technology, Sweet Trucking Co., K&P Used Cars, Eagle Racing Engines, Rebel Diesel, Mikeandgina.biz, Keyser Mfg., Timeless Memories Photography, Renegade Fuel and ET Motorgear.
Points chase: Sixth-place finisher Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, Tenn., led entering the event.
Car count: 22
Fast qualifier: Colton Horner
Time: 16.057 seconds
Polesitter: Colton Horner
Consolation race winners: Cory Hedgecock, Jody Knowles
Next series race: March 10, Cochran Motor Speedway (Cochran, GA) $2,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Horner, Winger
Row 2: Trent, Edge
Row 3: R. Johnson, Dudley
Row 4: Hedgecock, J. Knowles
Row 5: Mike, Herrington
Row 6: Dykes, D. Knowles
Row 7: Wood, Powell
Row 8: Darda, Bryant
Row 9: Britton, Conley
Row 10: Hawk, Law
Row 11: Hood, Parkhurst

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