Jason Hogan scores victory in NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division Southeast Series race at South Boston
SOUTH BOSTON, VA. — Jason Hogan of Cleveland, Ga. grabbed the lead on lap 30 of the 150-lap race for the touring NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division Southeast Series and held on the rest of the way to score his first victory of the season Saturday night at South Boston Speedway.
The race was the featured attraction of the Salute to Armed Forces Night at America's Hometown Track.
Hogan's victory, coupled with a second-place run by J.R. Norris of Mulga, Ala., locked the two drivers in a tie atop the point standings for the series through two of four races in the final season of competition for the series. Norris won the first race for the series this year and Hogan was the runner-up in the season opener.
Hogan began the race in the sixth starting position after the top eight qualifiers were inverted prior to the race. Norris rolled off in the 17-car field from the fourth starting position.
Gary Helton of Sevierville, Tenn. secured a third-place run in the race, while Ricky Turner of Dawsonville, Ga. placed fourth after starting on the outside of the front row, courtesy of the inversion.
Dusty Williams of Garden City, Ga., the winner of last year's event at South Boston Speedway, rounded out the top five drivers in the race. Jeff Fultz of Mooresville, N.C. was sixth at the finish line, while Josh Hammer of Chelsea, Ala. finished seventh and was the final driver on the lead lap. Hammer began the event from the pole position after the inversion was put in place.
Eddie Stivers, III of Columbia, S.C. finished in the eighth position on the track and was followed in the top 10 by Ted Mickelson of Greenville, S.C. in ninth and Walter Sutcliffe of New Haven, Conn. in 10th. Stivers was one lap down at the end, while Mickelson and Sutcliffe were each two laps down at the end.
Ryan Lawler of Colleyville, Tex. set the fast qualifying time with a sizzling lap of 15.443 seconds.
Turner surged to the lead at the outset of the race and held the top spot until Norris moved into first place on the ninth circuit. Norris remained atop the scoreboard until Hogan swiped the first-place position for good on lap 30.