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Aaron Ridley VL at Talladega Short Track

Aaron Ridley after his first special event win of the season with the PRO Series at Talladega Short Track. (Mark Bochiardy)

PRO Series: Ridley All the Way For First Series Win at Talladega

by Ben Shelton

EASTABOGA, Ala. - Aug. 20. For the second straight night the PRO Dirt Car Series saw a first time winner on the tour as Aaron Ridley from Chatsworth, Ga. raced to the $2,000 feature win at Talladega Short Track.

Aaron Ridley at Talladega Short Track
Aaron Ridley showed the way in a flag-to-flag rout of the PRO Series outing Saturday at Talladega Short Track. (Mark Bochiardy)


Tim Busha and Eric Cooley at Talladega Short Track

Tim Busha powers under Eric Cooley late in the TST event, only to give it up later to Jason Hiett. The Cooley-Busha duel would continue on the cool down lap and on to the scales.(Mark Bochiardy)

Twenty-three Super Late Models entered the event atop the 1/3 mile oval, and it was Ridley, who blazed to fast time honors to earn the Southern Belle Pole Award for the feature. After setting fast time in his own group Jason Wilson started in the second spot for the main event.

Jason Hiett and Jason Wilson at TST

After winning the PRO Series event the previous night at Green Valley Speedway, #1 Jason Hiett passes Jason Wilson for third on his way to second at Talladega Short Track. (Mark Bochiardy)

Johnny Stokes - Rick Rickman at Talladega Short Track

Old Columbus, Miss. foes Johnny Stokes and #86 Rick Rickman battle it out at mid-field at Talladega Short Track. (Mark Bochiardy)

Ridley was in control from the drop of the green flag and despite a late race challenge from the previous night’s winner, Jason Hiett, he was able to race his way to the win in the 40 lap event. Rounding out the top five at the finish line was Hiett, Tim Busha, Eric Cooley, and Jason Wilson.

Eric Cooley at Talladega Short Track

PRO Series points leader Eric Cooley checks on his crew's adjustments before finishing fourth at TST. (Mark Bochiardy)

PRO Dirt Car Series – Talladega Short Track
1) Aaron Ridley, 2) Jason Hiett, 3) Tim Busha, 4) Eric Cooley, 5) Jason Wilson, 6) Brian Rickman, 7) James Cline, 8) Tim Roszell, 9) Terry Smith, 10) Rick Rickman, 11) Johnny Stokes, 12) Danny Peoples, 13) Dusty Chitwood, 14) Eddie Rickman, 15) Skip Freeman, 16) Kurt Radojcsics, 17) Jeff Johns, 18) Dillon Crim, 19) Buddy George, 20) Jackson Hale, 21) Ross Martin, 22) Earl Smith, 23) David Newton
Heat winners (23 entries): Busha, Crim

Mark Bochiardy photo 

 

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