latemodelamerica.com - June 17 - Cherokee Speedway
LateModelAmerica.com by Sam Holbrooks

 
 
Steve Shaver at Cherokee Speedway Lucas Oil Late Model Series 
Steve Shaver after Friday's victory in the "Grassy Smith Memorial" at Cherokee Speedway. (George Missita)  
 
Lucas Oil Series: Shaver Clips Cook For "Grassy Smith Memorial" Win at Cherokee 
 
James Essex 
 
GAFFNEY, S.C.  – June 17. Steve Shaver of Vienna, W.V. edged out Ray Cook of Brasstown, N.C. to win the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned 13th "Grassy Smith Memorial" on Friday at Cherokee Speedway. Shaver, who started fifth, took over the lead on lap 44 when race leader Jonathan Davenport pitted for a flat tire.  
 
Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn. finished third; followed by 23rd starting Don O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., and Steve Casebolt of Richmond, Ind. 
 
Jimmy Owens and Tyler Reddick at Cherokee Speedway 
Jimmy Owens restarts outside of Tyler Reddick before padding his points lead with a third place run at Cherokee. (George Missita) 

Chris Ferguson led the first six laps until Davenport took over the top spot on lap seven. Rookie contender Jared Landers then used the high-side to his advantage as he moved into second on lap nine. Landers and Bloomquist then ran side-by-side for several laps and Ferguson fell to fourth. 

Davenport was holding the lead through heavy traffic until the red flag came out on lap 23. Bloomquist and Landers went door-to-door in turn three and Bloomquist flipped in turn four, bringing out the red. Bloomquist went pitside and returned to the race, staying on the lead lap. 
 
Steve Casebolt and Steve Francis at Cherokee Speedway Grassy Smith Memorial
Steve Casebollt races #15 Steve Francis before Casebolt went on to finish fifth at cherokee, putting his early season slump on hiatus. (George Missita)

Davenport then held off Shaver for several laps until a caution came out on lap 43. During the caution flag, Davenport’s right rear tire went flat and he went pitside for a tire change. Shaver then took over the lead as Owens and Cook battled it out for second place.   

Cook went by Owens on the top shelf with two laps to go. Cook then tracked down Shaver in a hurry and pulled even with Shaver in the final two circuits. Shaver slammed the door on Cook as he went on to become the tenth different winner in LOLMDS action this season. 
 
Scott Bloomquist and Tyler Landers at Cherokee Speedway Lucas Oil Series Late Models
Scott Bloomquist and #777 Jared Landers race for position before the pair came together and Bloomquist flipped his mount. (George Missita)

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane, the 47-year-old Shaver said he didn’t know if he had enough left at the end. “There’s probably not any tread left on either rear tire, I tried to baby them there at the end, but to hold Ray off, he’s a clean racer and a great driver and to win this race means a lot to me and my race team,” said Shaver, who drives for the Greensboro, NC based K&L Rumley Team. 

Cook finished second by a car length, while Owens maintained his points lead with a third place finish. 
 
June 17 - Cherokee Speedway Lucas Oil Series
1) Steve Shaver, 2) Ray Cook, 3) Jimmy Owens, 4) Don O'Neal (prov.), 5) Steve Casebolt, 6) Dennis Franklin, 7) John Blankenship (prov.), 8) Steve Francis, 9) Brad Neat, 10) Jonathan Davenport, 11) Johnny Pursley, 12) Tyler Reddick (prov.), 13) Frank Heckenast, Jr., 14) Scott Bloomquist, 15) Chris Madden, 16) Mike Marlar, 17) Mike Gault, 18) Bub McCool, 19) Earl Pearson, Jr. (prov.), 20) Chris Ferguson, 21) Eric Wells, 22) Jared Landers, 23) Dale McDowell, 24) Eric Jacobsen, 25) Jeff Smith, 26) John Henderson
Fast Time (37 entries): Ferguson (15.413); Heat winners: Ferguson, Davenport, Pursley, McDowell. B-Main winners: Heckenast, Jacobsen.

Scott Miller photo 

 

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