Results From Week 3 of Atlanta Motor Speedway's Road Course Racing Series
The sun shone brightly, and the temperature hovered comfortably in the low 70s on Day 2 of the road course racing series weekend doubleheader at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon. Chris Dilbeck and Joshua Hicks each notched their second victory in 24 hours in the combined Masters/Semi-Pro/Young Lions Division and the combined Bandits/Outlaws Division respectively, while River Allen made his first trip to Victory Lane in the Beginner Bandolero Division.
The Beginner Bandolero feature kicked off the second-straight day of racing, as Keaton Hendrix led the field from the pole. After an early wreck on Lap 1 that involved nearly half the field, Hendrix crossed the line to lead the first lap.
But it didn't take long for Allen to make his way to the front. Allen surpassed Hendrix on Lap 2 and led each lap thereafter. Ryan Younginer, who finished in second-place in Saturday's race, made a late charge on the final lap, pulling nearly even with Allen on the back straightaway, but Allen's closing speed through the final two turns bested Younginer's, and he crossed the line a car-length ahead.
Repeating his Saturday finish, Kenneth Henderson finished in third, and Gage Roberts and Logan Nalley rounded out the top-5.
Three different drivers led at least one lap in a close combined Bandits/Outlaws feature. Gauntt Hudgins took the pole and led the first lap before Matthew Davey and Joshua Hicks emerged at the front of the field early on the second lap.
Breaking away from the pack, Davey and Hicks were locked in a side-by-side clash for the next six circuits, Davey leading way with Hicks challenging on every turn.
The pair appeared to make contact as they crossed the start/finish line to begin the eighth lap, and Hicks was the benefactor, surging into the lead, as Davey lost control and spun entering Turn 1.
Moving into second place behind Hicks, Will Robusto made a couple of late challenges for the lead, but Hicks managed to hold him off in the final two laps to claim the checkered flag once again. Connor Younginer bested his Saturday finish by six spots, finishing third, while Clay Thompson crossed the line in fourth. Matthew Davey recovered from his late-race spin to round out the top-5.
Chris Dilbeck again put on a U.S. Legends car driving clinic in the combined Masters/Semi-Pro/Young Lions feature race. Starting in the fourth position, Dilbeck quickly weaved through traffic and to the front of the pack and never looked back, leading all 15 laps in a caution-free race.
Several drivers, including Robbie Woodall, Sprout Royal and Phillip Young all jockeyed for position behind Dilbeck, each moving into second place for at least a lap, but no one had an answer for Dilbeck's speed, and he cruised to his third-straight victory in the newly debuted road course series.
Week 4 of the road course racing series returns to the AMS infield on Saturday, Sept. 26, as drivers battle for coveted season division championships.
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Below are the complete results of the Sept. 13 races.
Beginner Bandoleros Division
1. River Allen; 2. Ryan Younginer; 3. Kenneth Henderson; 4. Gage Roberts; 5. Logan Nalley; 6. Andrew Dollar; 7. Keaton Hendrix; 8. Cameron Potter; 9. Savannah Bart; 10. Max Hennebaul; 11. Samantha Bart
1. Joshua Hicks; 2. Will Robusto; 3. Connor Younginer; 4. Clay Thompson; 5. Matthew Davey; 6. Bryson Ruff; 7. Isabella Robusto; 8. Ricky Springer; 9. Nathan Jackson; 10. Noah Dominy; 11. Blaise Maddox; 12. Gauntt Hudgins; 13. Trey Tadrzak
Masters/Semi-Pro/Young Lions Division
1. Chris Dilbeck; 2. Sprout Royal; 3. Phillip Young; 4. Jordan Coker; 5. Brandon Brock; 6. Dylan Murry; 7. Nicholas Waters; 8. Robbie Woodall; 9. Larry Cope; 10. Wes Potter; 11. Randy Shubert; 12. Barry Bowen; 13. Robert Chaney; 14. Frank Speights; 15. Lisa Scott