- June 25 - Cherokee Speedway by Sam Holbrooks


Jonathan Davenport at Cherokee Speedway SASE

Jonathan Davenport gives the crowd one of those after his Grassy Smith Memorial win at Cherokee Speedway. (George Missita)

Davenport Dominates SASE "Grassy Smith Memorial" at Cherokee

Track report

GAFFNEY, S.C. - June 25. Jonathan Davenport put on a dominating display Friday by setting fast time and leading all 50 laps of the $7,000 12th annual "Grassy Smith Memorial" at Cherokee Speedway.

Davenport held off challenges from Johnny Pursley and JeffSmith on a dry and narrow racing 

Zach Mitchell is chased by Lee Sutton before driving to a seventh place finish at Cherokee Speedway. (George Missit)

groove. Casey Roberts held second early on before he bobbled and was spun around by Dennis Franklin before retiring.

Johnny Pursley took up the chase, but seventh starting Jeff Smith got by him on a lap 30 restart to chase Davenport to a second place finish, five lengths back in this race honoring his late grandfather. Chris Ferguson ,who won the last EAST race at Cherokee, started on the outside pole, but discovered a broken torque arm before taking a green flag.


SASE - "Grassy Smith Memorial" - June 25
1) Jonathan Davenport, 2) Jeff Smith, 3) Johnny Pursley, 4) Jordan Bland, 5) Jeff Cooke, 6) Dennis Franklin, 7) Zack Mitchell, 8) Freddy Smith, 9) Mike Collins, 10) Chris Madden, 11) Mike Gault, 12) Tony Knowles, 13) Donald Bradsher, 14) Ross Bailes, 15) John Pursley, 16) Travis Leake, 17) Lee Sutton, 18) Kelly Thacker, 19) Randy Adams, 20) Casey Roberts, 21) Jim Rasey, 22) Chris Ferguson.

Fast Time: Davenport (15.760 secs.) B-Main winners: Freddy Smith, Rasey
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