The inaugural Durrence Layne Street Stock Showdown at Cherokee Speedway (SC) pitted the Street Stock standouts of the Carolinas defending home turf against the touring stars of the Durrence Layne Street Stock Series of the Deep South. At night’s end, it was Alabama’s Jason Hollis taking the $5,000 win.
Hollis led from flag-to-flag in the 40-lap event, claiming the pole by winning the Durrence Layne Dash earlier in the evening. The Ethelsville, Alabama driver recovered from an incident at Magnolia Motor Speedway [MS] last Sunday to compete and win Saturday at “The Place Your Mama Warned You About.”
“I want to thank everybody that put this on,” said Hollis in victory lane. “We came a long way. We crashed Sunday night racing with Johnny [Stokes] at The Mag. When we crashed, I said, ‘They’re going to put this race on, we’re going to run it.’ I hope y’all do it again, because we’ll dang sure be back.”
While Hollis and his team were plenty excited with the win, Saturday’s celebration would be abbreviated with a long trip to Alabama on the horizon.
“The plan for the rest of the night is to get to Atlanta, and then we’re going to bed.”
Brooks Strength finished second after starting sixth in the feature, placing him on the outside of row two for the three-wide start. Strength didn’t quite have the car to challenge Hollis for the win, but was happy to finish second to him.
“I’d like to congratulate Jason,” said Hollis. “If we couldn’t get it done, I’m glad he could get it done. After a lot of green flag runs, the fuel pressure gauge would go down. This place is just so fast. It’s been a lot of racing this year, I’m about ready for a break.”
Shaun Washam started and finished third, but the night wasn’t quite that simple for him. Washam fell into the bottom half of the top 10 in the early stages as battles ramped up on-track, but worked his way back onto the podium.
“I didn’t think we’d finish third. At one point, we were back in ninth. Getting back to third is about a win for us.”
Ben Watkins, the “Rock Hill Bad Boy” in the Dirt Late Model ranks of the Carolinas, charged from 15thon the starting grid to claim the honors of highest-finishing local driver in fourth. “Dr. Dirt” Johnny Stokes rounded out the top five.
Race fans who missed Saturday’s Durrence Layne Street Stock Showdown can watch an on-demand replay of Speed51’s broadcast of the event by clicking here.
Unofficial Results – Durrence Layne Street Stock Showdown
Cherokee Speedway – Gaffney, SC
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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