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Ivey Captures $5000 Bill Hendren Memorial Victory

Utilizing the outside lane on a double file restart midway through the race, Trent Ivey grabbed the lead away from pole sitter Ryan Atkins and paced the field the rest of the way to pick up the SRI Performance Bonus Race presented by RockAuto.com and his 2nd consecutive Bill Hendren Memorial win Saturday night at Cherokee Speedway. 35 SECA Late Models signed in as the prestigious event made its inaugural appearance at the storied Gaffney, South Carolina venue.

Super Late Model veteran Chris Ferguson posted a blistering lap to lead the star studded field in time trials Ferguson, Ivey, Atkins, and 2017 Skyler Trull Memorial winner Timbo Mangum captured heat race victories. The 4 heat race winners were then entered into the redraw which sent Atkins and Ferguson to Row 1 while Mangum and Ivey settled for the 3rd and 4th starting positions respectively.

Numerous members of the Hendren Family were on hand as the 24 car field prepared for the 60 lap battle ahead Picking up where he left off at March Madness, Atkins slid past Ferguson at the drop of the green to take the lead with Ferguson and the rest of the field in tow. As Ferguson looked to pressure Atkins and Mangum solidified his position in 3rd, the rest of the field wasted no time in jockeying for valuable track position. One unfortunate caution in Turns 1 & 2 early in the event ended the night prematurely for several drivers who were attempting to avoid the incident but simply had nowhere to go. Atkins maintained his lead through multiple double file restarts as Timbo Mangum forged his way into the runner-up spot only to have his charge towards the front halted by contact with lap traffic.

The Lap 35 caution brought the field together for another double file restart and Ivey, who inherited the runner-up spot from Mangum, wasted no time in challenging for the lead as he slid by Atkins on the ensuing restart. Ivey built a small lead while Atkins regrouped and Ferguson tried to reel in the lead duo. With the laps winding down and Ivey working the middle and upper grooves, Atkins mounted one last charge on the bottom but it was to no avail as Ivey would lead the rest of the way. He was followed to the checkered flag by Atkins, Ferguson, Owen Osteen, and Hard Charger Dennis “Rambo” Franklin.

Discussions about the 2018 Bill Hendren Memorial between the Hendren Family, Cherokee Speedway, and the South Eastern Crate Association are already underway. Details will be released once they are reviewed and finalized as plans for enhancing the event are currently being explored.

Partners of the South Eastern Crate Association include: City Chevrolet Performance, Hoosier Racing Tires, SRI Performance, RockAuto.com “The Official Auto Parts of the South Eastern Crate Association”, FK Rod Ends, VP Racing Fuels “The Official Racing Fuel of the South Eastern Crate Association”, JRi Shocks, Heintz Performance, Bilstein Shocks, Big A's Custom Graphics, JRS Competition Finishes, Ntense Graphics, ARbodies, Velocita, Flag To Flag, & Thomas Clarke Performance

 

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Cherokee Speedway Welcomes Bill Hendren Memorial

Each and every season, race teams across the nation highlight certain events on their respective calendars knowing the honor and prestige the awaits those who ultimately emerge victorious. In addition to the actual race itself, there are a select group of events that deliver increased excitement and an electric environment. For 6 years now, the Bill Hendren Memorial has delivered this exact atmosphere for racers and fans across the southeast. The annual event which honors the life and accomplishments of our storied friend is now just one week away as Cherokee Speedway officials finalize the details of this $5000 To Win event.

The 2017 Bill Hendren Memorial is the 2nd SRI Performance Bonus Race presented by RockAuto.com of the 2017 season. Joined by event partners CrateInsider.com and Hendren Racing Engines, South Eastern Crate Association officials will once again sanction the race as the event makes its very first appearance at Gaffney, South Carolina's Cherokee Speedway. Numerous teams across the east coast are already gearing up for what will be one of region's largest crate late model payouts in recent history.

The list of drivers to keep an eye on continues to grow and while several teams have already enjoyed some early season success, countless others are looking to this illustrious event to help springboard their own season.

Open Practice is scheduled for Friday March 24th. The format for the 7th Annual Bill Hendren Memorial on Saturday March 25th at Cherokee Speedway is as follows:

Hot Laps
Qualifying
Heat Races (10 Laps Each)
B-Mains (10 Laps Each)
Main Event (60 Laps)

***Competitors are reminded that a Hoosier HTS 1600, DRS 1600, or Crate Racin' USA D55 is mandatory at ALL times on the right rear***

The 4 Heat Race winners will redraw for their starting positions in the main event.

Two provisional positions will be available for this event: Fastest Non-Qualifier and the highest ranking non-qualifier based on the 2016 SECA Championship Standings.

On behalf of SECA, we extend our deepest appreciation to Cherokee Speedway, the Hendren family, and each of the marketing partners that have made this event possible.

Partners of the South Eastern Crate Association include: City Chevrolet Performance, Hoosier Racing Tires, SRI Performance, RockAuto.com “The Official Auto Parts of the South Eastern Crate Association”, FK Rod Ends, VP Racing Fuels “The Official Racing Fuel of the South Eastern Crate Association”, JRi Shocks, Heintz Performance, Bilstein Shocks, Big A's Custom Graphics, JRS Competition Finishes, Ntense Graphics, ARbodies, Velocita, Flag To Flag, & Thomas Clarke Performance.

 

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Mangum Captures Carolina Speedway's SECA Bonus Race

Seizing the opportunity to capture a rare $3000 payday and also stake his claim as a contender for the 2017 SECA Late Model Championship, Timbo Mangum scored the SRI Performance Bonus Race presented by RockAuto.com victory this past weekend at Carolina Speedway.

Mangum posted the fastest lap in Friday night qualifying and then powered to the lead ahead of outside pole sitter and March Madness champion Ryan Atkins at the start of the Top 6 Dash to earn the pole position for the SECA Late Model segment of the 17th Annual Skyler Trull Memorial. Atkins held onto the runner-up spot and was followed to the line by John Ruggiero, Trent Ivey, Benji Hicks, & Dillon Brown. The remainder of the starting grid was set with heat races which saw Chris Ferguson and Matt Long emerge victorious.

Saturday's main event lineup delivered a host of drivers capable of scoring the win but it was Mangum who vaulted to the early lead. While Atkins fell in line and searched for a way to challenge the leader, Ferguson began working his way towards the front of the field. Ruggiero, Ivey, Hicks, Long and others jockeyed for positions in the Top 5 during the middle stages of the event. Ferguson then slid past Atkins in an effort to throw one last challenge at Mangum Though the race for the lead tightened up in lap traffic, Mangum and his Swartz chassis would not be denied. The veteran racer would hold of the hard charging Ferguson and Atkins to score one of the most prestigious wins of his career.

Up next for the SECA Late Models is the Bill Hendren Memorial and 2nd Bonus Race of the season on March 25th at Cherokee Speedway. Always a favorite amongst fans and racers alike, this year's edition is set to pay a staggering $5000 to the winner! More details regarding this event are forthcoming.

Partners of the South Eastern Crate Association include: City Chevrolet Performance, Hoosier Racing Tires, SRI Performance, RockAuto.com “The Official Auto Parts of the South Eastern Crate Association”, FK Rod Ends, VP Racing Fuels “The Official Racing Fuel of the South Eastern Crate Association”, JRi Shocks, Heintz Performance, Bilstein Shocks, Big A's Custom Graphics, JRS Competition Finishes, Ntense Graphics, ARbodies, Velocita, Flag To Flag, & Thomas Clarke Performance.


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