It was the South Carolina boys, ‘Downtown’ Michael Brown and Timbo Mangum, who stole the SECA / Pro Late Model shows on Sunday at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Brown scored the 30-lap feature win in the earlier portion of the day and Mangum picked up the All Star Invitational win.
On Saturday, Ryan Atkins claimed the top overall spot in qualifying with a 17.570 lap time. Devin Dixon and Tyler Arrington took over the top spot in their respective qualifying groups as well.
Dixon and Atkins carried their qualifying speed through to the heat races as they both picked up their heat race wins. Michael Brown, Brett Hamm, Clay Harris and Trent Ivey also won their heat races and would go to the redraw on Sunday.
After the redraw, it was Dixon and Hamm who made up the front row for the 30-lap SECA / Pro Late Model feature. However, it was Brown who was on the throttle from the start as he went from sixth to second in one lap.
Brown made the pass for the lead and had a clear track in front of him to distance himself from the rest of the field. It wasn’t going to be an easy win for Brown as he had the young-guns of Logan Roberson and Clay Harris chomping at the bit for the top spot. He went on to lead 29 of 30 laps and score the World Short Track Championship victory at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
“I’m not going to lie, it worried me a little bit when I looked up at the scoreboard and saw that Logan (Roberson) was behind me. But I knew from racing him up in Virginia a few weeks ago that he was going to race me clean. We ran first and second up there and he got me on that one, but hats off to those guys for racing me clean in that lapped traffic. It was really tricky because there really wasn’t much passing, but I have to thank the Lord for making all of it possible, my team, my family and wife. It’s really an awesome feeling to be able to win here.”
It was a quick turnaround for the SECA / Pro Late Model guys as their 20-lap All Star Invitational was still scheduled.
Chub Gunter and Mike Franklin led the field to green for the feature. Timbo Mangum, with a stellar start, fell into the third position on lap one after starting sixth. It wasn’t long before Mangum moved into position to challenge for the lead. On lap seven, he made the pass and went on to be the first to see the checkered flag wave.
-By Madison Mabry, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @MadisonMabry23
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