Chase Purdy picked up his sixth and seventh victories of the season at Greenville-Pickens Speedway as he swept the Twin 75’s on Saturday night. Purdy led over 110 laps out of the 150 completed and took home a $4,000 pay day for his victories in both 75 lap features.
The starting lineup for race one was set by the first lap of qualifying, so two time track champion David Roberts brought the field to the green flag with Georgia’s Cody Haskins to his outside. Purdy started in third alongside former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver and two time ARCA race winner, Chad McCumbee.
Purdy wasted little time putting his Bama Buggies/Polaris Ford in the top spot as he passed Roberts on lap two. McCumbee followed through for second and the Mississippi teen held off the veteran racer the rest of the way to claim his sixth victory of the season in dominant fashion.
McCumbee held on to finish second ahead of Trey Gibson, Dylan Hall and Jeremy Burns, who made his first start of the season at his home track.
The starting grid for race two was set by the second lap of qualifying which put Purdy on the point with McCumbee to his outside.
Jeremy Burns started third with David Roberts in fourth. At the drop of the green flag Chad McCumbee powered his way past Purdy on the outside in turn one to take the top spot. In turn three, Jeremy Burns raced his way past Purdy dropping the Mississippi youngster back to third spot. On lap twenty, Purdy got by Burns for second and set his sights on race leader McCumbee.
One lap later, Trey Gibson was able to race past Jeremy Burns for third.
On lap thirty five, Two time Greenville-Pickens Speedway track champion David Roberts made his way into the pits and retired from the race with a mechanical problem on his Ford, joining a long list of competitors already in the pits with mechanical issues that included Will Burns, Tasha Kummer, and Three time Greenville-Pickens Speedway track champion, Randy Porter.
On lap thirty six, Chase Purdy was able to track down Chad McCumbee and pass him to take the lead. Three laps later Trey Gibson got past McCumbee for second while Dylan Hall passed Jeremy Burns for fourth.
Hall would get past McCumbee for third on lap fifty three, but would only be able to get within a few car lengths of Trey Gibson as the Simpsonville driver would have to settle for third.
After taking the lead just prior to the halfway point of race two, Purdy was able to collect his seventh victory of the season and sweep the Twin 75’s at the historic half mile.
Spenser Morgan picked up the victory in the Pure Stock division after race leader Buck Simmons broke with less than four laps remaining in the race. Zach Meinders came home in second followed by last week’s race winner Ashley Granata in third.
In the 4 Cylinder division, Hunter Evans backed up his fast time in qualifying by putting his machine in Call Double Aught Bryan Ramey Victory Lane for the first time this season. Chad Redding’s Silver Bullet was less than a car length behind Evans at the checkered flag.
Super Stock saw a father-son one-two finish as Tim Sams outran son Josh Sams to the checkered flag.
In the Renegade feature, Terry Thurston backed up his fast time in qualifying by leading flag to flag to take home the victory over last week’s winner Bobby Emory.
Next Saturday, the Mulligan Power Truck Series will make its debut on the historic half mile along with the Limited Late Models. Each of these two divisions will compete for 60 laps around the Greenville-Pickens Speedway.
The last time the Limited Late Models raced, veteran hot shoe Blair Addis held off 14 year old Colby “The Kid” Howard on May 21st as the two dueled side by side for much of the race. Support divisions on the card include Super Stocks, Pure Stocks, Renegades and 4 Cylinders.
Gates open at 4pm for spectators, with the first racing green flag at 7pm. Admission is $12 for adults and $5 for youth ages 9-11. Kids 8 and under are admitted free with paid adult.
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STAT ZONE – FEATURE FINISHES
Late Model Stock Race #1: Chase Purdy, Chad McCumbee, Trey Gibson, Dylan Hall, Jeremy Burns, David Roberts, Will Burns, Justin Ashley, J.P. Dyar, Don Morgan, Cody Haskins, Ryan Walker, Bob Root, Randy Porter, Tasha Kummer, Matt Lockee, Brandon Fox.
Late Model Stock Race #2: Chase Purdy, Trey Gibson, Dylan Hall, Chad McCumbee, Jeremy Burns, Ryan Walker, Cody Haskins, J.P. Dyar, Don Morgan, David Roberts, Justin Ashley, Tasha Kummer, Randy Porter, Bob Root, Will Burns, Matt Lockee, Brandon Fox, Raines McCall.
Super Stock: Tim Sams, Josh Sams, Travis Cox, Ted Somero, Stanley Pressley, Andy Norris.
Renegade: Terry Thurston, Bobby Emory, Shane Hill, Brandon Ellison, Larry Nabors, Joe Allen, Michael Thompson, Dough Miller.
Four Cylinder: Hunter Evans, Ched Redding, Michael Cross, Dannon Esco, Tommy Davis, Manuel Molleda, Don Tavernia, Buck Simmons, Ray Mullinax, Chad Tavernia, Brian Messer, Bobby Wortham, Jeb Kelly.
Pure Stock: Spencer Morgan, Zach Meinders, Ashley Granata, Mark Gibson, Buck Simmons, A.J. Davis, Tyler Woodring, Chris Meinders, Darrell Meinders.