Super Bowl of Racing – Saturday February 6
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What Won the Race: Hoffman’s strong restart with six laps to go kept Kyle Strickler at bay. Strickler tried to go to the outside to get a run with about four laps to go, but that enabled Hoffman to pull away and take his second win of the week.
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The Skinny: Nick Hoffman dominated the Thursday Night A-Main run on Saturday afternoon. Hoffman now has two wins this week, both in non-points races.
The Saturday night program is scheduled to begin around 5 p.m. ET. Hoffman now has a chance to sweep the day, while Strickler still has a chance to score his second win of the weekend at Golden Isles Speedway.
Winning Quote: “We were pretty good today and really good Wednesday,” said Nick Hoffman after his win on Saturday afternoon in Thursday night’s A-Main. “We were a little off last night. With two races today that’s a lot of work. We’ll do some more work and make this thing even better.”
Notebook: Wednesday night’s feature winner Nick Hoffman set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 17.193 seconds. His fast lap came on his second of two timed laps. Cody Parker, Kyle Strickler, Patrick Lyon and Jacob Hawkins round out the top five in qualifying for the first race today. The first race today is a make-up for Thursday’s rain-out.
Nick Hoffman and Jacob Hawkins lead the first heat race to the green flag. Each heat race is eight laps with the top four drivers transferring. Ryan Toole spins around in turn two with three laps complete to bring out the caution in the first heat race. Hoffman still leads over Hawkins and Jesse Wisecarver. Nick Hoffman wins the first heat race. Jesse Wisecarver, Shon Flanary, and Chris Parker transfer from the first heat race into the 30-lap feature.
Cody Parker and Shawn Beasley lead the second eight-lap heat race to the green flag. Beasley blows a left-rear tire and litters turn three with debris with one lap complete. Taylor Cook moves into second with Rich Michael Jr. in third and John Burette Jr. in the fourth and final transfer spot. Cody Parker wins the second heat race over Michael, Cook, and Mike Potosky.
Kyle Strickler and Nick Stroupe lead the third heat race to the green flag. Strickler dominates the third heat race over Stroupe, Chris Arnold, and Dan Davies.
Patrick Lyon and David Stremme lead the fourth and final heat race to the green flag. Jason Beaulieu passes Lyon to take the lead at the halfway mark. Stremme also gets by to take second. Beaulieu takes the win in the final heat race over Stremme, Lyon and Derrick Ramey.
The complete starting lineup for the 30-lap feature is still incomplete. Two B-Mains remain. Each race is 10 laps in length and the top three finishers will advance from each race to the feature.
Eric Bentley and Brian Shaw lead the first B-Main to the green flag. Brian Shaw takes the win in the first B-Main over John Burdette and Ryan Toole.
Austin Holcombe and Tyler Evans lead the second B-Main to the green flag. Evans and Larry Burkins make contact battling for the second position. Burkins goes around and collects two other cars in turn two. Four cars remain in a battle for the top three spots to transfer to the 30-lap feature. Holcombe slides wide in turn one and falls to fourth. He battles back and moves back into third with Evans leading the way. Tyler Evans takes the win in the final B-Main. Greg Brown and Austin Holcombe transfer into the 30-lap feature.
Cody Parker and Jason Beaulieu will lead the 30-lap NON-POINTS race to the green flag at the completion of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series feature. This feature is the rescheduled date for Thursday night’s rain-out. Tonight’s regularly scheduled 40-lap race program will follow.
Nick Hoffman holds off Kyle Strickler in a six-lap shootout to take his second win of the week in the Thursday night A-Main. Strickler, Rich Michael Jr., Nick Stroupe and Derrick Ramey complete the top five.
Kyle Strickler sets fast time in qualifying for Saturday’s racing program with a lap of 17.605 seconds. Chris Arnold, Patrick Lyon, Nick Hoffman and Nick Stroupe complete the top five in qualifying.
Car Count: 35 Modifieds have signed into the Golden Isles pit area for the first race of today’s doubleheader. 28 cars took time in qualifying for Saturday’s racing program.
Title Fight: Wednesday night’s racing action was a non-points event. Friday night’s race was the first points race of the 2016 season. Kyle Strickler is the early points leader. The first race on Saturday is a non-points race.
Winning Chassis: Elite
Winning Engine: PME Engines
Winning Shocks: Fox Shocks
Thursday Night 30-Lap Make-Up Feature:
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Fast Qualifier: Nick Hoffman – 17.193 seconds (Thursday Race Program). Kyle Strickler – 17.605 seconds (Saturday Racing Program)
Qualifying Events: The Southeast Dirt Modified Series will have a two-lap time-trial session to determine the heat race lineups. The starting lineups will be determined by the results of the heat races. The four heat races are eight (8) laps long with the top four transferring to the 30-lap feature. There will be two consolation races that are 10 laps each with the top three transferring to the feature.
Who To Watch For: Nick Hoffman now has two wins in three races at Golden Isles Speedway this week. Hoffman took the win Wednesday night in the first non-points race of the week. He then took the win on Saturday afternoon in the make-up for Thursday’s rained out non-points race. However, Hoffman only finished 16th in Friday night’s points event. Can Hoffman put something together in Saturday night’s points event? Meanwhile, Kyle Strickler won on Friday night and finished second in Saturday afternoon’s 30-lap feature. Strickler, in his new Harris Chassis, has proven to be one of the strongest Modifieds at Golden Isles Speedway. Friday night’s runner-up finisher, Jesse Wisecarver, didn’t have the run he wanted in Saturday’s first 30-lap feature, finishing 17th. Can Wisecarver rebound and run as strong as he did on Friday night in the final race of the weekend and maybe take a win?
Super Bowl of Racing (Golden Isles) Winners:
Wednesday, February 3 ($1,500 to win) – Nick Hoffman
Thursday, February 4 ($2,000 to win) – Nick Hoffman (Run on Saturday afternoon)
Friday, February 5 ($3,000 to win) – Kyle Strickler
Saturday, February 6 ($4,000 to win) –
Green Flag: With today being a double-header, hot laps for Thursday’s racing action begin at 11 a.m. ET with Saturday’s originally scheduled racing card to follow.
The Track: Golden Isles Speedway has made plenty of improvements over the course of the last two years. Speedway management has made changes to the surface itself to try to improve the racing, as well as upgrades to the lighting and grandstands. In fact, the grandstands are all new to Golden Isles Speedway as they have been transferred here from the Daytona International Speedway in Florida. Golden Isles’ racing surface is 80-90 feet wide all the way around, with six degrees of banking in the turns.
Weather: It’s much cooler today than it was on Friday, which will translate to an even colder night along the coast of Georgia. Mostly cloudy with a slight breeze.
Next Series Race: The Super Bowl of Racing at Golden Isles Speedway for the Southeast Dirt Modified Series is a four-day event. The series kicked off Wednesday, February 3 and continues through Saturday, February 6. Wednesday’s and Thursday’s events are non-points, while Friday’s and Saturday’s events count towards the 2016 Southeast Dirt Modified Series championship.
This Week’s Finishes
Friday, February 5
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Thursday, February 4 (Run on Saturday, February 6)
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Wednesday, February 3
1) Nick Hoffman
2) Jason Beaulieu
3) Rich Michael, Jr.
4) Derrick Ramey
5) Jacob Hawkins
6) Jesse Wisecarver
7) Chris Arnold
8) Cody Parker
9) Dan Davies
10) Garrett Stewart
11) Tyler Evans
12) Mike Potosky
13) Jordan Taylor
14) KC Burette
15) Eric Bentley
16) Kyle Strickler
17) Brian Shaw
18) Chris Parker
19) John Burette
20) Rick Culpepper
21) Garrett Lloyd
22) Ryan Toole
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