Atkins Takes Dover Win

Published On: May 24th, 2017

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(DOVER, DE) The Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series headed to Dover, Delaware for it’s annual visit to The Monster Mile.  With high banked turns and a concrete surface, Dover is one of two tracks that features a concrete racing surface, which presents unique challenges to drivers as they navigate each corner at high speeds.

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Forty drivers attempted to qualify for the Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn 100, John Kennedy, Steven Trombly, Lee Staples and Stephen Pearce would miss the 36 truck field.

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Charlotte winner Mitch Brown, driving the JF2 Racing #48, led the field to the green with JFoose Motorsports’ Michael Atkins, Jr. along side for the green flag.  Things got crazy on lap six as Kris Titus flipped wildly on the backstretch.

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The race featured another caution, before a long green flag run created the need for green flag pit stops, a tricky task that some drivers struggled with as the high speed corners and the slippery asphalt apron create an interesting pit entry point.  Michael Atkins navigated his #44 Chevrolet to the pits earlier than the field and gained an advantage by doing so, running on fresh tires as the remainder of the field struggled along on worn tires.

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When the smoke settled, Atkins emerged the leader and survived through a couple late race cautions including one that ended the race under the caution flag.  Brown was second followed by Ty Hester in third, Brad Cross fourth and last season’s championship runner-up Robby Baskins fifth.

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Jim Foose continues to lead the championship point standings, but the competition in second has changed as Jonathan Holstein has moved into second just 17 points behind.

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Next week the Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series heads to Rockingham Speedway, before a week break to kick off June.

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