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PAGE POCKETS $20Gs WITH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RACE WIN AT COCHRAN

PAGE POCKETS $20Gs WITH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RACE WIN AT COCHRAN

COCHRAN, GA – Michael Page of Villa Rica, GA drove the Troy Baird Racing Special to the biggest win of his career on Sunday night by capturing the 16th Annual Chevrolet Performance World Championship Race, the Golden Globe Trophy, and the $20,000 check at Cochran Motor Speedway for the Newsome Raceway Parts Crate Racin’ USA Dirt Late Model Series.

Page took the lead on lap 15 and then held off a late race challenge from the Newsome Raceway Parts Crate Racin’ USA Dirt Late Model Series point leader, and local crowd favorite Wil Herrington of Hawkinsville, GA in the 5m Construction Rocket. Page held off Herrington to take the checkered flag with a .349 second margin of victory in front of a record crowd at CMS.

Page was full of emotion as he took the stage and worked through the moment, letting it all sink in. He first thought of his father who was not at the race and was at home fighting an illness, and then he held his four-week old baby and a smile came across his face.

“This is the biggest win of my career and I wish my Dad could have been here tonight, as he is home and not doing too well,” Page said fighting emotions. “This trophy will make him feel better, and this $20,000 will be a good start on this young one’s college fund. I knew Wil (Herrington) was coming and I knew I’d have to battle with him at some point in the race.”

Looking down from the stage at his race car, Page was in amazement, as he described the machine that carried him, not only to the World Championship Race victory, but many other wins through the years.

“I’ve got a worn out and twisted 2004 chassis and a four-year-old engine,” Page said. “If you ever looked under this car, it would scare you. I’ve tried to run newer stuff, but it just didn’t feel as good, or was as fast as this old car. We just keep dragging this old car out and win races with it.”

Following Page and Herrington under the checkered flag was Randy Weaver of Crossville, TN in the B&M Concrete CVR in third, and Kyle Bronson of Brandon, FL started the Brandon Ford Rocket 17th and finished fourth to earn the Knowles Race Parts and Bodies Hard Charger of the Race Award.

After racing with another series in Ohio on Saturday night, Bronson missed Qualifying and Heat Race action at Cochran Motor Speedway. Bronson has won the Chevrolet Performance World Championship Race for the last three years and drove all night to start on the tail of a B-Main Race for a chance to make it four in-a-row.

After starting 13th in his B-Main race, Bronson had to finish in the top three to make the Big Show. The capacity crowd cheered Bronson on as worked his way through the field and finished a strong second to make the race.

Dylan Knowles of Lanett, AL took the fifth spot in the K-Line Logistics Rocket and sixth went to Ricky Culpepper of Hamilton, GA in the JC Construction Special. Ben Faircloth of Swainsboro, GA earned the Fullmoon Graphics “Lucky 7” with a seventh-place finish in the Sunbelt Heating and Air Special.

Corey Dunn of Milledgeville, GA drove the Georgia Timber CVR to an eighth-place finish and was the Cruise With The Champions Rookie of the Race. Cruz Skinner of Oxford, AL was ninth in the Skinner’s Body Shop Rocket and Jeff Mathews of Brandon, FL rounded out the top ten in the CURS Rocket.

Matt Henderson of Loudon, TN took the Boyd Built Fabricators Fast Time Award in Group Qualifying among the 56 entrants on Saturday night with a lap around Cochran Motor Speedway in 15.002 seconds driving the R&W Properties CVR. Henderson was involved in a hard crash in his heat race and had to take the Fast Qualifier Provisional and start 22nd in the World Championship Race. Henderson and his crew had to thrash to fix his race car, and the driver rewarded his crew with a 12th-place finish.

In other Saturday night preliminary action, the six ten-lap KRC Power Steering Heat Races were won by Page, Zach Sise of Seymour, TN in the R&W Properties CVR, Jake Rainey of Hiram, GA in the Harrod Logging Special, Knowles, Herrington and Faircloth. The three 15-lap KRC Power Steering B-Main races were won by Cody Overton of Evans, GA in the Budweiser Special, Dunn, and Skinner.

Joseph Joiner of Milton, FL won the 20-lap Non-Qualifiers Race after starting ninth in the Hunt The Front Special. Joiner, instead of taking the $600 for the win, elected to start 25th in the Chevrolet World Championship Race. Joiner charged to a 13th-place finish to earn the VP Racing Lubricants Slick Move of the Race Award.

After each driver crossed the stage on the front straightaway during driver introductions, the Chevrolet Performance 604 Circle Track Engines came to life and outside front row starter Sise took the lead from polesitter Page at the drop of the green flag. Following Sise and Page were Herrington, Knowles, and Mark Whitener of Middleburg, FL in the Baker Farms Special.

Sise began to pull away from Page, and the leader encountered the cars on the tail end of the lead lap on the eighth circuit around Cochran Motor Speedway. Page was able to close in on Sise to challenge for the lead. Sise tried to lap a car with an outside move on lap 15, and that opened the door for Page to dive underneath Sise and take the lead.

Herrington got inside Sise in turn two on lap 21, and the pair raced back to turn four side-by-side before Herrington was able to take the spot. Whitener threw one of his slide job passes on lap 22 and got two for one, moving from fifth to third.

The first of only four caution flags in the 75-lap race came out on lap 29 when T.J. Brittain of Centre, AL stalled the Brittain Hauling Warrior in turn two. That set up the Dixie-Style Double-File Restart with Page in front of the pack as Herrington, Whitener, Weaver, Sise, Knowles, Faircloth, his brother Jeremy Faircloth of Swainsboro, GA in the Faircloth Forestry Service Special, Bronson and Dunn doubled up behind the leader in second through tenth respectively.

Sise spun out of the fifth spot in turn two on the restart, and on the next drop of the green flag, Whitener drove around the outside of Herrington to move up to second, and Bronson hustled up from eighth to fifth.

Page caught lapped traffic at the halfway point of the race on lap 38, while Herrington drove under Whitener to reclaim the second position. Three laps later, Whitener and Weaver got by Herrington dropping him to fourth.

On lap 47, Whitener tried to get past a lapped car on the outside, but lost traction and dropped to fifth with Weaver, Herrington, and Bronson moving up to second, third and fourth respectively. Herrington was able to retake the second spot for a second time in the race, getting inside Weaver on lap 66.

The longer the race went green, the faster Herrington got, as he reeled in the leader in the closing laps of the race. Herrington caught Page on lap 67, but he had to stay in the sweet spot of the race track, or risk losing the second spot. The caution came out on lap 69 when Kelly Walker of Moultrie, GA stalled the Lasseter Tractor Company Special in turn three.

Page went unchallenged on the restart, and the field closed up for the final time for a lap 71 caution when Whitener sailed off the backstretch. Page hit his marks in the five-lap dash to the finish, keeping Herrington three car-lengths behind him.

The next stop for the Newsome Raceway Parts Crate Racin’ USA Dirt Late Model Series will be this Friday night and Saturday night for the two race “King of the Crate” event at North Alabama Speedway in Tuscumbia, AL. Friday night will be Round 10 of the 2020 season with a $2,000-to-win 40-lap race, and Round 11 on Saturday night will be a $3,000-to-win 50-lap race.

The economical Aluminum Head, Steel Block, Chevrolet Performance 604 Circle Track Engine is the engine of choice for the Newsome Raceway Parts Crate Racin’ USA Dirt Late Model Series competitors. The Chevrolet Performance 604 Engine is in stock and available for free next day delivery from Newsome Raceway Parts in Hartsville, SC.

Newsome Raceway Parts gives a portion of the sales from each Chevrolet Performance Circle Track Engine sold back to the Crate Racin’ USA Point Funds in four different Divisions. Each economical Chevrolet Performance Circle Track Engine is built and sealed at the factory to prevent any expensive modifications. To place an order call 1-877-497-3624.

For more information and rules about the Newsome Raceway Parts Crate Racin’ USA Dirt Late Model Series, visit the series web site at www.crateracinusa.com, or visit the series on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CrateRacinUSA/. You can follow us on Twitter @CrateRacinUSALM, and at Instagram at crateracinusa.

OFFICIAL RESULTS OF ROUND 9 AT COCHRAN MOTOR SPEEDWAY IN COCHRAN, GA FOR THE 16TH ANNUAL CHEVROLET PERFORMANCE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RACE ON 9/6/2020:

POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN LAPS $ WON

  1. 1 18x Michael Page Vila Rica, GA 75 $20,000
  2. 5 14 Wil Herrington Hawkinsville, GA 75 $7,500
  3. 10 116 Randy Weaver Crossville, TN 75 $5,000
  4. 17 40b Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL 75 $2,500
  5. 4 66k Dylan Knowles Lanett, AL 75 $2,000
  6. 19 110 Ricky Culpepper Hamilton, GA 75 $1,900
  7. 6 27 Ben Faircloth Swainsboro, GA 75 $1,800
  8. 14 21 Corey Dunn (R) Milledgeville, GA 75 $1,700
  9. 15 11 Cruz Skinner Oxford, AL 75 $1,500
  10. 21 33 Jeff Mathews Brandon, FL 75 $1,000
  11. 20 3 Cody Smith Baker, FL 75 $900
  12. 22 22 Matt Henderson Loudon, TN 75 $800
  13. 25 10 Joseph Joiner Milton, FL 75 $600
  14. 23 05 T.J. Brittain Centre, Al 75 $600
  15. 9 4 Jeremy Faircloth Swainsboro, GA 75 $600
  16. 29 6m Parker Martin (R/YG) Milledgeville, GA 75 $600
  17. 16 95 Brandon Williams Crossville, TN 74 $600
  18. 26 2 Trynt Lloyd (R/YG) Jacksonville, FL 73 $600
  19. 1 9 Zach Sise Seymour, TN 73 $600
  20. 7 5 Mark Whitener Middleburg, FL 70 $600
  21. 13 97 Cody Overton (R) Evans, GA 70 $600
  22. 27 39 Troy Dixon (R) Dallas, GA 70 $600
  23. 12 21k Kelly Walker Moultrie, GA 69 $600
  24. 24 03 Jody Knowles Tyrone, GA 63 $600
  25. 28 1 Ty Ellis (R) Covington, GA 58 $600
  26. 11 26 Bubba Pollard Senoia, GA 35 $600
  27. 8 23 Ahnna Parkhurst Evans, GA 28 $600
  28. 18 J1 Joshua Bishop Statesboro, GA 21 $600
  29. 3 87 Jake Rainey Hiram, GA 0 $600

ENTRIES: 56
BOYD BUILT FABRICATORS FAST QUALIFIER: Henderson, 15.002 Seconds
PROVISIONALS: Henderson, Brittain, Knowles, Lloyd, T. Dixon, Ellis
TRACK PROVISIONAL: Martin
LEAD CHANGES: 1
LAP LEADERS: Sise, 1-14; Page, 15-75
LAPS LED: Page 61; Sise, 14
KNOWLES RACE PARTS HARD CHARGER: Bronson (started 17th and finished 4th)
VP RACING LUBRICANTS SLICK MOVE OF THE RACE AWARD: Joiner
FULLMOON GRAPHICS LUCKY 7 AWARD: B. Faircloth
KRC HEAT RACE WINNERS: Page, Sise, Rainey, D. Knowles, Herrington, B. Faircloth
KRC B-MAIN WINNERS: Overton, Dunn, Skinner
NON-QUALIFIERS RACE WINNER: Joiner
CAUTIONS: 4
MARGIN OF VICTORY: .349 Seconds
TIME OF THE RACE: 45 Minutes and 59.140 Seconds
NEXT RACE: 9/11-12/2020, North Alabama Speedway, Tuscumbia, AL, King of the Crates, $2000-to-win on 9/11 and $3,000-to-win on 9/12

BOYD BULT FABRICATORS GROUP QUALIFYING:

GROUP 1:
POS CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CHASSIS TIME
1 21k Kelly Walker Moultrie, GA Capital 15.449
2 9 Ches Chester Twin City, GA Rocket 15.788
3 22 Jonah Bozeman Moultrie, GA Longhorn 15.993
4 J1 Joshua Bishop Statesboro, GA Longhorn 15.993
5 91 Colby Darda LaGrange, GA Longhorn 16.043
6 27 Ben Faircloth Swainsboro, GA Scorpion 16.160
7 33 Jeff Mathews Brandon, FL Rocket 16.199
8 1n Jordy Nipper Macon, GA Rocket NT
9 28 Henry Carter Kite, GA TNT NT

GROUP 2:
POS CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CHASSIS TIME
1 66k Dylan Knowles Lanett, AL Rocket 15.353
2 26jr Jimmy Sharpe Jr. Lyons, GA Longhorn 15.360
3 110 Ricky Cullpepper Hamilton, GA Longhorn 15.376
4 116 Randy Weaver Crossville, TN CVR 15.388
5 97 Cody Overton (R) Evans, GA Longhorn 15.470
6 5w David Whitener Middleburg, FL Barry Wright 15.586
7 7 Jason Fitzgerald Jacksonville, FL Black Diamond 15.759
8 14b John Baker Norman Park, GA Rocket 15.986
9 2 Bo Slay Milton, FL Longhorn 16.500

GROUP 3:
POS CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CHASSIS TIME
1 14 Wil Herrington Hawkinsville, GA Rocket 15.396
2 26 Bubba Pollard Senoia, GA Longhorn 15.524
3 3 Cody Smith Baker, FL Rocket 15.547
4 6m Parker Martin (R/YG) Milledgeville, GA Longhorn 15.581
5 03 Jody Knowles Tyrone, GA Longhorn 15.721
6 2 Trynt Lloyd (R/YG) Jacksonville, FL Longhorn 15.733
7 5 Lucas Ruark Suwanee, GA Rocket 15.975
8 F36 Cale Finley Athens, AL CVR 16.036
9 14c Kyle Hardy Linden, VA Rocket NT

GROUP 4:
POS CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CHASSIS TIME
1 9 Zach Sise Seymour, TN CVR 15.152
2 10 Garrett Smith (YG) Eatonton, GA Barry Wright 15.488
3 23p Ahnna Parkhurst Evans, GA Bloomquist 15.553
4 21 Corey Dunn (R) Milledgeville, GA CVR 15.602
5 313 Devin Dixon Apollo Beach, FL Capital 15.701
6 8 Wayne Harbin Whitesburg, GA 15.847
7 3 Phillip Pittman Vidalia, GA Rocket 16.100
8 1 Ty Ellis Covington, GA Barry Wright 16.323
9 40b Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL Rocket NT

GROUP 5:
POS CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CHASSIS TIME
1 87 Jake Rainey (YG) Hiram, GA Capital 15.337
2 4 Jeremy Faircloth Swainsboro, GA Black Diamond 15.442
3 11 Cruz Skinner Oxford, AL Rocket 15.596
4 15 Mitch Fulford Montrose. GA Rocket 15.639
5 71 Jim Rogers Statesboro, GA Russell Brown 15.867
6 11m Tyler Mimbs East Dublin, GA Scorpion 15.868
7 05 T.J. Brittain Centre, AL Warrior 15.896
8 10 Joseph Joiner Milton, FL Capital NT
9 D52 Brad Basey Augusta, GA Rocket NT

GROUP 6:
POS CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CHASSIS TIME
1 22 Matt Henderson Loudon, TN CVR 15.002
2 5w Mark Whitener Middleburg, FL Barry Wright 15.117
3 18x Michael Page Villa Rica. GA Mastersbilt 15.169
4 95 Brandon Williams Crossville, TN Capital 15.236
5 23 Cory Hedgecock Loudon, TN Rocket 15.351
6 3d Dalton Hood Vidalia, GA Rocket 15.588
7 5c Johnny Collins Hillard, FL Barry Wright 15.615
8 18 Matt Cooper McKenzie, TN Rocket 15.918
9 115 Dustin Elliott Pine Mountain, GA Black Diamond 16.005
10 39 Troy Dixon (R) Dallas, GA Rocket 16.670

HEAT RACES (10 Laps – Top 2 Transfer To Main Event):

1ST HEAT: 1. B. Faircloth; 2. Walker; 3. Bishop; 4. Bozeman; 5. Nipper; 6. Mathews; 7. Darda; 8. Chester DQ/Tire; 9. Carter DNS.

2ND HEAT: 1. D. Knowles; 2. Weaver; 3. Overton (R); 4. Culpepper; 5. Fitzgerald; 6. Baker; 7. Sharpe; 8. Clay; 9. D. Whitener.

3RD HEAT: 1. Herrington; 2. Pollard; 3. C. Smith; 4. J. Knowles; 5. Martin (R/YG); 6. Lloyd (R/YG); 7. Hardy; 8. Finley; 9. Ruark.

4TH HEAT: 1. Sise; 2. Parkhurst; 3. Dunn (R); 4. G. Smith; 5. Harbin; 6. D. Dixon; 7. Pittman; 8. Ellis (R); 9. Bronson DNS.

5TH HEAT: 1. Rainey (YG); 2. J. Faircloth; 3. Skinner; 4. Brittain; 5. Fulford; 6. Rogers; 7. Mimbs; 8. Basey; 9. Joiner DNS.

6TH HEAT: 1, Page; 2. M. Whitener; 3. Williams; 4. Hedgecock; 5. Hood; 6. Collins; 7. T. Dixon (R); 8. Cooper; 9. Henderson; 10. Elliott.

KRC B-MAIN RACES (15 Laps – Top 3 Transfer To Main Event):

1ST B-MAIN: 1. Overton (R); 2. Williams; 3. Culpepper; 4. Fitzgerald; 5. Baker; 6. Sharpe; 7. Elliott; 8. T. Dixon (R); 9. Hood; 10. Collins; 11. Henderson; 12. Hedgecock DNS; 13. Cooper DNS; 14. Slay DNS; 15. D. Whitener.

2ND B-MAIN: 1. Dunn (R); 2. Bronson; 3. C. Smith; 4. D. Dixon; 5, J. Knowles; 6. Harbin; 7. Ruark; 8. Martin (R/YG); 9. Ellis (R); 10. Pittman; 11. Finley; 12. Lloyd (R/YG); 13. G. Smith; 14. Hardy DNS.

3RD B-MAIN: 1. Skinner; 2. Bishop; 3. Mathews; 4. Fulford; 5. Nipper; 6. Joiner; 7. Bozeman; 8. Brittain; 9. Rogers; 10. Richie Stephens; 11. Mimbs; 12. Basey; 13. Darda; 14. Chester; 15. Darda.

NON-QUALIFIERS RACE: (20 Laps – Winner Can Elect To Start 25th In Main Event): 1. Joiner; 2. Fitzgerald; 3. Lloyd; 4. Fulford; 5. J. Knowles; 6. Elliott; 7. Ruark; 8. Sharpe; 9. Finley; 10. Harbin; 11. Ellis; 12. T. Dixon; 13. Baker.

NEWSOME RACEWAY PARTS CRATE RACIN’ USA DIRT LATE MODEL SERIES POINT STANDINGS THROUGH 9/6/2020:

  1. 14 Wil Herrington – 818
  2. 11 Cruz Skinner – 804
  3. 21 Corey Dunn (R) – 740
  4. 05 T.J. Brittain – 720
  5. 03 Jody Knowles – 666
  6. 97 Cody Overton (R) – 650
  7. 2 Trynt Lloyd (R/YG) – 578
  8. 39 Troy Dixon (R) – 570
  9. 19 Marcus Minga – 486
  10. 1 Ty Ellis (R) – 472
  11. 6m Parker Martin (R/YG) – 434
  12. 23 Ahnna Parkhurst – 376
  13. 87 Jake Rainey (YG) – 322
  14. 1n Jordy Nipper – 268
  15. 10 Garrett Smith (YG) – 258

R – Denotes Cruise With The Champions Rookie of the Year Candidate
YG – Denotes VP Racing Fuels Young Gun Challenge Series Driver

Newsome Raceway Parts, a Division of Raceway Chevrolet in Hartsville, SC, is the Title Sponsor of Crate Racin’ USA. Chevrolet Performance Parts is an Official Sponsor of Crate Racin’ USA. Hoosier Racing Tire is the Official Tire Sponsor of Crate Racin’ USA. VP Racing Fuel is the Official Race Fuel and Lubricant of Crate Racin’ USA. Knowles Race Parts and Bodies is the Official Parts Supplier for Crate Racin’ USA. Willy’s Carburetors is the Official Carburetor of Crate Racin’ USA. Fullmoon Graphics is the Official Wrap, Banner, and Sign Company of Crate Racin’ USA. Crate Racin’ USA 2020 Chassis Sponsors are Warrior Race Cars, Rocket Chassis, GRT Race Cars, and CVR Race Cars.

PHOTO CUTLINE: Newsome Raceway Parts Crate Racin’ USA Dirt Late Model Series Announcer Roby Helm presents Michael Page of Villa Rica, GA with a $20,000 check and the Gold Globe Trophy after Page drove the Troy Baird Racing Special to victory in the 16th Annual Chevrolet Performance World Championship Race on Sunday night at Cochran Motor Speedway in Cochran, GA. Page led 61 laps of the 75-lap race in a 16-year-old race car powered by a four-year-old Chevrolet Performance 604 Circle Track Engine. (Brian McLeod Photo)