JEFFERSON, GA – It was brother versus brother as Kevin and Matt Vassar capped a great night of racing Saturday at Gresham Motorsports Park.
The two GMP Pro Truck Division drivers battled side-by-by side for most of the 30-lap event – the last race of the evening – before Kevin Vassar scooted away for the victory.
Kevin Vassar took the lead early and built a sizeable margin before older brother Matt Vassar hunted him down midway through the event. With Rodney Benefield right on their tailgates, the Vassars clicked off lap after lap with Matt running the bottom groove and Kevin holding the high line.
With three laps to go, Matt Vassar’s truck wiggled coming off of Turn 4 of the GMP half-mile oval giving Kevin Vassar just enough room to score his first-ever GMP Pro Truck Division victory. Matt Vassar held on to capture the runner-up position with Benefield in tow for third. Cody Haskins made his first GMP appearance of 2014 a good one with a solid fourth-place finish while Jamie Weimer and Cecil Flowe rounded out the top finishers.
The Pro Truck race was just one of eight main events to be contested Saturday at the Jefferson, GA racing facility.
The night marked the first 2014 GMP appearance of the INEX Bandolero and Legends and neither disappointed staging a trio of action-packed events.
In the Bandolero Bandit 20-lap feature event, Houston, TX driver Blake Cisneros outdueled Hunter Jarrett, Nathan Jackson, Clay Thompson and Connor Younger for the victory while Justin Taylor staged a spirited battle with Nick MacMillan before pulling away at the finish to nab the checkers in the Bandolero Outlaw 20-lap main.
Meanwhile, the Legends returned to GMP for the first time in three seasons and they didn’t disappoint with Zach Leonhardi slipping by Jeff Holden on the final lap to earn the victory in the 25-lap quarter-mile battle.
The action wasn’t limited to the ‘little’ cars and Brian Sosbee and Jacky Daniel traded paint throughout the 25-lap Sportsman headliner. The pair got together several times while battling for the lead leaving the top spot to Michael Mobley midway through the event. Eventually, Sosbee and Daniel worked their way back to the lead and settled the affair on the final lap with a fender-banging finish. Sosbee took home the trophy and the $400 first-place money while Mobley grabbed the runner-up spot. Jody Cash made his first 2014 GMP appearance a profitable one taking home third-place money.
Rob Hubbard turned in a solid fourth-place effort while Daniel had to settle for fifth after his last-lap tangle with Sosbee. Billy Coker earned sixth and the hard-luck award for the evening when a mid-race crash relegated him to sixth in the Sportsman feature.
Meanwhile, Gary Zajdek and Brian Sutton continued to provide some of the best racing at GMP this season battling for the win in the Front Wheel Drive Division. The pair of four-cylinder drivers have been all but glued together this season and Saturday was no exception as they swapped the lead twice in the 25-lap FWD main before Zajdek gained the top hand at the finish.
The sixth – and final main event on the GMP quarter-mile oval – saw veteran Renegade campaigner Mike Childers roar off to a big lead and never look back in beating Bryan Beckner, Chris Whitfield and Dave Beckner to the checkered flag in the 25-lap event.
The final highlight of Saturday’s GMP ‘Stockerama’ program came on the half-mile oval as Lee Langford bested a solid field in the 30-lap Outlaw Late Model feature event. Langford, a long-time GMP veteran, earned the win thanks to a fast car and a steady hand besting Dennis Wilder, Russell Shore, David Murphy and 2014 GMP first-timer Hoyt Stephens.
The Outlaw Late Models, Trucks, Legends, Bandos, FWD’s, Renegades, and Sportsman will be back at GMP for another Stockerama on Saturday, August 16.
Next up at GMP will be the 31st-Annual World Crown 300 Presented By Victory Junction. The event will officially get underway on Wednesday, August 6 at Noon Eastern Time with the opening of the GMP campground area. Self Contained/Rough Camping is free of charge in GMP designated areas only.
Thursday, August 7 will see the first on-track action of the World Crown 300 Presented By Victory Junction with an optional test for all Super Late Models, GMP Outlaw Late Models and GMP Pro Trucks from 5-8:30 p.m.
There will be a second optional test – again from 5-8:30 p.m. – for all ‘Crown’ entries on Friday, August 8.
Both the Thursday and Friday test sessions are open for free fan viewing from the Gresham Motorsports Park Trackside Parking area.
On Friday, fans will also be admitted free to the Hoosier Racing Tire World Crown 300 Qualifying Draw Party from 8:30-10:30 p.m. in the GMP Main Grandstand Concession Area.
The green flag will fall on the Saturday, August 9 World Crown 300 Presented By Victory Junction with the opening of the GMP track gates at 8 a.m. Pit gates will open at 9:15 a.m. with World Crown 300 Super Late Model practice hitting the track from 12:15-2:45 p.m. to be followed by practice and qualifying in the Outlaw Late Model and Truck divisions.
Pit Passes for Saturday’s 2014 World Crown 300 Presented By Victory Junction are $35.
Meanwhile, Trackside Parking will open at 1 p.m. while the GMP Main Grandstand will open at 4:30 p.m. ET.
Pole position qualifying for the World Crown 300 Presented By Victory Junction will roll off at 5:30 p.m. Fans can meet all drivers during an all-division, on-track autograph session before Opening Ceremonies – and the first race of this year’s World Crown 300 – rolls off at 7:30 p.m.
Day of show Adult General Admission for the 2014 World Crown 300 is $30 while Seniors/Military are $25. Students 13-17 are $20.
Gresham Motorsports Park accepts Visa, Master and Discover Cards.
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About Gresham Motorsports Park
Gresham Motorsports Park is located east of Atlanta, just off I-85 at Exit 140, in Jefferson, GA.
The sprawling motorsports and event complex – which underwent a multi-million dollar renovation in 2009 – features ¼- and ½-mile paved racing ovals, a 4,000-seat main grandstand and state of the art electronic computer scoring, lighting and sound systems.
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Saturday, August 2 Stockerama Official Results
Bandit Bandoleros – 20 Laps
1. Blake Cisneros
2. Hunter Jarrett
3. Nathan Jackson
4. Clay Thompson
5. Conner Younger
6. Hunter Hutchens
7. Xander Broadbent
Outlaw Bandoleros – 20 Laps
1. Justin Taylor
2. Nick MacMillan
3. Hunter Jarrett
4. Henry Broadbent, Jr.
5. Blake Cisneros
6. Dylan Rumboldt
Legends – 25 Laps
1. Zach Leonhardi (Semi Pro)
2. Jeff Holden (Young Lions)
3. R. S. Senter (Semi-Pro)
4. Cruise Caudell (Young Lions)
Sportsman – 25 Laps
1. Brian Sosbee
2. Michael Mobley
3. Jody Cash
4. Rob Hubbard
5. Jackie Daniel
6. Billy Coker
Renegades – 25 Laps
1. Mike Childers
2. Bryan Beckner
3. Chris Whitfield
4. Dave Beckner
FWD’s – 25 Laps
1. Gary Zajdek
2. Brian Sutton
3. Shaun Mize
4. Lance Partain
Trucks – 30 Laps
1. Kevin Vassar
2. Matt Vassar
3. Rodney Benefield
4. Cody Haskins
5. Jami Weimer
6. Cecil Flowe
Outlaw Late Models – 30 Laps
1. Lee Langford
2. Dennis Wilder
3. Russell Shore
4. David Murphy
5. Hoyt Stephens
6. Brian Hardman
7. Shawn Simpson
8. Jim Bennett