Graves & Smith Become ASRS Winners at Twin 50

Published On: April 29th, 2016

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(BRASELTON, GA) A new format made it’s debut at Lanier and two drivers joined the club as ASRS Winners.  Series officials made a decision to split the 100 lap race at Lanier into two 50 lap events that paid out full points for each event, allowing drivers a chance to cash in twice in one night as Super Late Model Tour winners.

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The first race was run under the afternoon sun, as the track surface was ready for racing, some drivers were caught off guard leading to 5 cautions and nearly half the race being run behind the pace car.   TJ Graves emerged the winner, leading all 50 laps from the pole tio pick up his first ASRS victory.  Jim Foose was second followed by Justin Blackdeer, Rex Hoyle and Robby Baskins to round out the top five.

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All lead lap finishers were inverted for the second 50 lap feature, which put 12th place finisher Shawn Musick on point for the green flag.  TJ graves would start 12th.

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Musick and Ernest Smith, Jr. would lead the field to the green flag.  The second 50 lap main was much cleaner than the first as the track had taken rubber and cooled off under the night sky.  Just two cautions flew in the second race.  Musick would lead for just 4 laps before Smith would take the lead, never looking back on his way to his first ASRS win.  Championship leader Matt Vaade battled his way from the seventh position to take second at the checkered flag.  Graves would fight from 12th to finish third followed by Musick and Blackdeer rounding out the top five.

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Matt Vaade continues to lead the championship standings, Graves moves to second 12 points behind as the series heads to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on May 11th for a traditional 100 lap event.

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