Casey Roberts - Ethen Hunter

Casey Robets reels in early leader Ethen Hunter after tracking him for 37 laps in the Southern All Stars appearance at Lavonia Speedway. (Thomas Hendrickson)

Casey Roberts

Casey Roberts in victory lane at Lavonia after his fifth career Southern All Stars win. (George Missita) 

Roberts Claims Lavonia SAS Win

By Kelley Carlson

LAVONIA, Ga. -- April 3.  Casey Roberts ran down Ethan Hunter with 13 laps remaining in Saturday's 50-lap feature and claimed his first Southern All Stars victory of the season at Lavonia Speedway as the series held its fourth event of the season.

Roberts was the fast qualifier on the night to earn the pole position, but spent most of the race tracking Hunter before putting his #101 car low on the track and into position to win his fifth career SAS event when Hunter's wearing tires causd his #15 to wash up the track a bit.  Roberts had patiently followed Hunter over the first two thirds of the 50-lap event before swooping in and making his winning move. "I knew if we could just ride around and stay with Ethan we should be in good shape later in the race. I knew we were a little harder on tires than he was and that was really the difference in the end." Roberts said from Victory Lane.

Hunter had to settle for second, leading Jeff Cooke and West Virginia veteran Steve Shaver while B-Main winner Clint Smith advanced to fifth, driving the high side of the rough race track.

The racing surface was reworked on two different occasions in an attempt to combat the rough conditions that developed over the course of the evening.  "I know these guys did all they could with the racetrack. Sometimes that stuff just happens, its just a part of racing." Roberts said.

Freddy Smith - Clint Smith

Clint Smith storms outside of #00 Freddy Smith on his way to a fifth place finish at Lavonia.  A last chance race win had Smith's #44 starting 11th on the grid. (Thomas Hendrickson)

Brandon Haley 

Brandon Haley won the Fasttrack sanctioned event at Lavonia as the track hosted three divisions of Late Model race cars. (George Missita)

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