Last lap heroics highlight second Fall Five series event
Last lap excitement was the theme of the second event of the Fall Five series at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The most dramatic last lap series of events on the ¼ mile came in the Masters Legends. After a back-and-forth battle for the lead between Robbie Woodall, of McDonough, and Brian Weimer, of Cumming, the field took the white flag with Woodall out front and seemingly on his way to victory.
That changed when Woodall's car slowed coming off turn two; Weimer and Bill Plemons, Jr., came out of the stack-up that followed side-by-side for the lead entering the final corners.
Just when it appeared the race would be decided between the two of them, both Plemons and Weimer went wide in turn 4, opening up the bottom lane for Tony Armbruster.
Armbruster, of Covington, was 4th entering the final lap, but was able to thread his way through the last lap chaos to take the checkered flag. Weimer and Plemons finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
The budding drivers of the Young Lions Legends division put on quite the show, too. After showing the way for the first 15 laps, Ryan Rackley, of Valdosta, found himself shuffled back to 3rd on a late restart and was running there with just two laps to go. On the penultimate lap, Rackley passed Audrie Ruark, of Suwanee, for 2nd and then set his sights on her brother Lucas Ruark as the field took the white flag.
On the final lap, Rackley dove to the inside of Lucas Ruark and completed the pass just before the finish line to secure back-to-back Fall Five series wins.
In the Pro Legends division, polesitter Carson Ferguson, of Charlotte, N.C., set a blistering pace throughout the 20-lap feature on his way to victory.
Sammy Smith, of Johnston, Iowa, likewise set the bar in the Semi-Pro Legends feature, leading all 20 laps before taking the checkered flag.
In the Bandits Bandoleros, trouble for Landon Rapp, of Concord, N.C., while leading late opened the door for Jaiden Reyna, of Yorktown, Va., who took over the top spot and led the final four laps to win the feature.
Blaise Maddox, of Locust Grove, secured the lead after a spirited battle with Marietta's Kenny Brady and survived a final turn bump-and-run attempt to win the Outlaws bandolero feature.
Clay Hocutt, of Mobile, Ala., started 5th but quickly worked his way to the lead and took the checkered flag in the Rookie Bandoleros feature.
Complete results for Fall Five Event #2:
Young Lions Legends
1. Ryan Rackley (Valdosta, GA)
2. Lucas Ruark (Suwanee, GA)
3. Audrie Ruark (Suwanee, GA)
4. Gage Roberts (Milledgeville, GA)
5. Ian Hampton (Stockbridge, GA)
6. Ashton Whitener (Monticello, GA)
7. Max Hennebaul (Monroe, GA)
8. Blaze Crawford (Fayetteville, GA)
1. Sammy Smith (Johnston, IA)
2. Nick Woodall (Canton, GA)
3. Cale Hall (Griffin, GA)
4. Parker Brewer (Locust Grove, GA)
5. Pierce Brewer (Locust Grove, GA)
6. Annabelle Mohwish (Cumming, GA)
7. Trey Tadrzak (Stockbridge, GA)
8. Zac Bacon (Buchanan, GA)
9. Phil Gilsdorf (Atlanta, GA)
1. Carson Ferguson (Charlotte, NC)
2. Cody Hall (Griffin, GA)
3. Taylor Jorgensen (Stockbridge, GA)
4. Hunter Johnson (Griffin, GA)
5. Gauntt Hudgins (Savannah, GA)
6. William Plemons III (Acworth, GA)
1. Tony Armbruster (Covington, GA)
2. Brian Weimer (Cumming, GA)
3. Bill Plemons Jr (Locust Grove, GA)
4. Mark Swan (Athens, GA)
5. Randy Shubert (Stone Mountain, GA)
6. Robbie Woodall (McDonough, GA)
7. Wade Brewer (Locust Grove, GA)
8. Dennis Hecht (Hoschton, GA)
9. Robert Anderson (Covington, GA)
10. Barry Bowen (Jackson Lake, GA)
11. Charlie Dickey (Canton, GA)
12. Kevin Vaughn (Grovetown, GA)
1. Jaiden Reyna (Yorktown, VA)
2. Carson Ruark (Suwanee, GA)
3. Kelley Puckett (McDonough, GA)
4. Clay Hocutt (Mobile, AL)
5. Bailey North (Hampton, GA)
6. Lee Brown (Acworth, GA)
7. Landon Rapp (Concord, NC)
8. Denton Clem (Kathleen, GA)
9. Carter Griffis (Homerville, GA)
10. Sarah Sullivan (Gulf Shores, AL)
11. Matthew Kade (Hampton, GA)
1. Clay Hocutt (Mobile, AL)
2. Briana Freeman (Bremen, GA)
3. Shelby Schell (Dublin, GA)
4. Grayson Groves (Canton, GA)
5. Gianni Esposito (Dacula, GA)
6. Preston Altman (Ashburn, GA)
7. Bailey Buchanan (Senoia, GA)
8. Nathaniel Harry (Concord, NC)
1. Blaise Maddox (Locust Grove, GA)
2. Kenny Brady (Marietta, GA)
3. Mason Maggio (Palm Beach Gardens, FL)
4. Tyler Newcomer (Woolsey, GA)
5. Keaton Hendrix (Homerville, GA)
6. Shelby Ruark (Suwanee, GA)
7. Justin Campbell (Griffin, GA)
8. Grayson Dickey (Canton, GA)
The third leg of the Fall Five series of races between Legends and Bandolero drivers is scheduled for Saturday, October 20. More information can be found at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com or www.legendsofga.com.