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Johnny Pursley claimed the winner's spoils after his performance in the Southern All Stars East event at Cherokee Speedway. (George Missita)

Pursley Pockets SASE Winnings At Cherokee Opener

GAFFNEY, S.C. - April 17. Johnny Pursley, of Clover, S.C., wasted little time getting from his row four start into position to challenge leader Austin Dillon, then claimed the lead with five laps to go in Saturday's Southern All Stars East main event when Dillon looped his #3 car late in the race.

With fast qualifier and polesitter Dillon reporting to the rear after the Welcome, N.C. driver spun in turn one on a restart from caution with five laps remaining in the 40-lap feature, Pursley took charge up front with Dillon salvaging a seventh place finish on the dwindling lead lap. Casey Roberts chased Pursley to the front and followed in second at the finish, with Jordan Bland, Brent Dixon, and 21st starting Jim Rasey trailing.

The event was the first of the season for the Southern All Stars East, and netted Pursley a $4,000 payday.

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Johnny Pursley capitalized on an Austin Dillon spin and led the last five laps of Saturday's SAS East event at Cherokee Speedway. (George Missita)

Cherokee Speedway Finish - SASE

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