JUNCTION CITY, KENTUCKY (October 1, 2021)– The Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Northern and Southern Series would be in action at Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, KY on Friday evening for the track’s 31st Annual Fall Classic and Jared Hawkins of Fairmont, WV would take the lead on lap thirty-one and proceed to drive away from the field to score his first-ever win in the Fall Classic and claim the $5,000 payday.
Hawkins, 35 years of age, would claim his first win of the season with the Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Series and it was also his first career win with the tour and would come aboard the Tim Logan Racing owned Rocket Chassis, Clements Race Engines powered entry with sponsorship from Tim Logan Racing, Sunoco Race Fuels, 5150 Race Trailers, and Xtreme Graphics.
Billy Moyer, Jr. would take the lead at the start of the forty-lap Fall Classic main event, followed by Tristan Chamberlain, Jared Hawkins, Skylar Marlar, and Chris Combs. Combs would immediately take the fourth position from Marlar on lap two, while Moyer, Jr. would set a rapid pace up front and would start working slower traffic on lap six, while Hawkins would grab the runner-up slot from Chamberlain on the same lap. The only caution to slow the event would wave for liquid put down on the track on lap eight. The restart would see the top five remain the same with Moyer, Jr. once again pulling away from the pack. By the halfway mark on lap twenty, Hawkins would begin the process of reeling in race leader Moyer, Jr. and would pull alongside Moyer, Jr. on lap twenty-eight, with the pair going door-to-door for a couple of laps before Hawkins would slide up in front of Moyer, Jr. for the lead exiting four to complete lap thirty-one. Around this same time, Justin Rattliff would begin to flex his muscles, taking fourth from Combs on lap thirty-five and Rattliff would continue his charge, taking third from Chamberlain on lap thirty-seven. As Hawkins would pull away from the field, Rattliff would close in on Moyer, Jr. and would snag second as the field took the white flag. Hawkins would see the checkered flag 5.150 seconds ahead of Rattliff, while Moyer, Jr. would settle for third. Combs would work past Chamberlain on the final lap to claim fourth, while Chamberlain would complete the top five finishers.
The next events for the Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Northern Series will at West Virginia Motor Speedway in Mineral Wells, WV on Friday October 8 ($5,000 to win) and Saturday October 9 ($15,000 to win) for the RACEFEST World Championship. The next events for the Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Southern Series will be at I-75 Raceway in Sweetwater, TN on Friday October 22 ($4,000 to win) and Saturday October 23 ($10,000 to win) for the Valvoline Tennessee State Championship.
For more information about the Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Series or Brucebilt Performance Iron-Man Modified Series, please contact Chris Tilley at (828) 361-5981 or visit the tour’s webpage at www.IMDIRT.net or visit the tour page Iron-Man Racing Series on Facebook and Iron-Man Series (@CTPROMOTE) on Twitter.
The Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Series and Brucebilt Performance Iron-Man Modified Series would like to thank the following sponsors and marketing partners for their support of the 2021 racing season: Valvoline, Zerex by Valvoline, Brucebilt Performance, Hoosier Racing Tire, E-Z-GO, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, DirtonDirt.com, FloRacing, XS Power Batteries, Vic Hill Racing Engines, Earnhardt Technologies Group, Swafford Signs, MSR Mafia, Envy Suspension, Knowles Race Parts and Bodies, Cruise with the Champions, KND Safety, Impact RaceGear, Race Clean, and Denby’s J&J Construction.
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Official Summary of Results
Feature Results for Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Northern and Southern Series 31st Annual Fall Classic at Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, KY on Friday October 1, 2021
1. Jared Hawkins-Fairmont, West Va.
2. Justin Rattliff-Campbellsville, Ky.
3. Billy Moyer, Jr.-Batesville, Ark.
4. Chris Combs-Isom, Ky.
5. Tristan Chamberlain-Richmond, Ind.
6. Dustin Nobbe-Batesville, Ind.
7. Larry Greer-Bowling Green, Ky.
8. Skylar Marlar-Winfield, Tenn.
9. Ted Nobbe-Batesville, Ind.
10. Jeff Watson-Campbellsville, Ky.
11. Mike Simpson-Cynthiana, Ky.
12. Steve Godsey-Campbellsville, Ky.
Did Not Start-David Webb (Nicholasville, Ky.), Adam Ahl (Morristown, Tenn.), Jensen Ford (Johnson City, Tenn.)
Time of Race: 11 minutes, 25 seconds
Margin of Victory: 5.150 seconds
Yellow Flags: One (lap 8)
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Billy Moyer, Jr. 1-30, Jared Hawkins 31-40
E-Z-GO Time Trials Top Qualifier: Adam Ahl (Group A) 12.530 seconds
Provisional Starters: None
Sunoco Race Fuels Heat One Finish (8 laps/all transfer): Tristan Chamberlain, Jared Hawkins, Chris Combs, Dustin Nobbe, Larry Greer, Adam Ahl, Jensen Ford (DNS-Mike Simpson)
Sunoco Race Fuels Heat Two Finish (8 laps/all transfer): Billy Moyer, Jr., Skylar Marlar, Justin Rattliff, Jeff Watson, Ted Nobbe, David Webb (DNS-Steve Godsey)