BOWEN LEADS THE LAP THAT COUNTS THE MOST WINNING AT GMP SATURDAY
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JEFFERSON, GA (July 12, 2015) - Anderson Bowen scored the biggest win of his young racing career Saturday capturing the Sunoco 125 Presented By Schoenfeld Headers at Gresham Motorsports Park.
Bowen led just two laps " the final two " in winning his first-ever Southern Super Series event.
I really can t believe it, said Bowen, a 16 year old Suwanee, GA native in Victory Lane after the event. Those last laps were the first I ever led in the Southern Super Series. Man, that was the most fun I ever had in a racecar. I can t wait to come back here for the World Crown 300 next month.
Bowen and his No. 29 Copper Creek Hardware Ford Fusion started third in the stellar 23-car field and quickly fell into line behind early leader Bubba Pollard and pole sitter Augie Grill.
Pollard looked to be the man to beat before an ignition problem forced him to the pits on Lap 33. He would later return to finish 17th.
Meanwhile, 2013 Southern Super Series champion Daniel Hemric was blazing through the field from his seventh starting position blasting past both Bowen and Grill just before the 50-lap mark.
At the 75-lap Competition Caution break, it was Hemric followed by Bowen, T.J. Reaid, Donnie Wilson and Grill.
My car just got better and better in the first segment, said Hemric. I could pretty much drive it where I wanted to.
Hemric again jumped into the lead as the field sprinted into the final 50-lap dash for the first-place $5,000 prize money. This time - unlike in the first segment where Hemric roared off to as much as a 10-car length lead " he had company as Bowen we all but glued to his back bumper.
Time and again, Bowen looked to the inside of Hemric s Ford Fusion only to have the Mooresville, NC veteran hold off the determined teenager.
The pair brought the large Gresham Motorsports Park crowd to its feet on Lap 114 as they both got sideways coming off Turn 4. Hemric appeared to have the race in hand as he bolted away to a five-car length advantage only to have Bowen again close and duck inside on the white-flag lap.
Hemric and Bowen raced the last half mile locked in fighter formation until Bowen inched ahead in the final turn. At the finish, it was Bowen in one of the closest finishes in GMP history " a scant 0.413 seconds " with Hemric in tow.
Wilson, Reaid and Grill rounded out the Top-5 finishers while Kyle Grissom, Travis Cope, Casey Roderick, Harrison Burton and Landon Cling completed the list of Top-10 finishes.
I got loose under him (Hemric) and for a second there I thought that was it, said Bowen. But I regrouped and was able to get back to him. I could see he was really getting tight in the corners and I knew that if I could just get inside again, I d be able to get past him. I had so much fun racing Daniel tonight. We raced fast, hard and clean. This is easily the biggest win of my career and I m so pleased to have it come here at our home track, Gresham Motorsports Park."
I m disappointed that we didn t win, but we had a great racecar and still had a good finish, said Hemric. Gresham is our home track too and we really wanted to win here. I ran pretty hard early in the last 50-lap segment and I used up the tires a little bit. In the end, Anderson was just a little bit better than us. Hopefully, we ll get a win the next time we re here for the World Crown 300 in August.
Bowen captured several awards including a drum of racing fuel from the event s title partner Sunoco.
Hemric also took home some extra loot picking up the Dubz Thermal Products Halfway Leader bonus of $100 and an additional $100 from event presenting sponsor Schoenfeld Headers.
Grill also added to his bankroll pocketing $500 for winning the pole position for the event courtesy of Hamner Racing Engines, McGunegill Engine Performance, Progressive Racing Engines, Ford Racing and RW Racing Engines.
In other action Saturday night, Matt Vassar and Matthew Wragg visited Victory Lane in the GMP Pro Truck and Outlaw Late Model divisions respectively.
Vassar notched a solid win in the 30-lap Pro Truck race and afterward thrilled the GMP crowd by scaling the GMP front stretch fence. Rodney Benefield was second followed by Jamie Weimer, Kristen Wallace and Kevin Vassar.
Wragg had to work hard for his win holding off a determined Lee Langford for the top spot. Russell Shore finished third with Marlin Gunter and Shawn Simpson completing the Top-5.
The Southern Super Series will return to action with a weekend doubleheader on July 25 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida and at Mobile International Speedway in Irvington, Alabama on July 26.
For more information on the Southern Super Series, please access www.SouthernSuperSeries.com
Meanwhile, racing continues this weekend at Gresham Motorsports Park with a multi-division Stockerama on both the GMP half- and quarter-mile ovals. Adult admission is just $10 with the Grandstand and Trackside Parking gates opening at 5 p.m.
It will also be All Scouts Night with all Cub, Boy, Eagle and Girl Scouts in uniform admitted Free.
Also on hand will be Funopolis Family Fun Center with Free Outdoor Laser tag and other kid friendly activities as well as the Papa John s Pizza Delivery contest.
For more information about Gresham Motorsports Park, please visit www.racegmp.com
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SUNOCO 125 PRESENTED BY SCHOENFELD HEADERS
SOUTHERN SUPER SERIES
GRESHAM MOTORSPORTS PARK
SATURDAY, JULY 12, 2014
1. Anderson Bowen
2. Daniel Hemric
3. Donnie Wilson
4. T.J. Reaid
5. Augie Grill
6. Kyle Grissom
7. Travis Cope
8. Casey Roderick
9. Harrison Burton
10. Landon Cling
11. Spencer Wauters
12. Dalton Grindle
13. Allen Karnes
14. Will Gallaher
15. Matt Craig
16. Gus Dean
17. Bubba Pollard
18. Joe Ryan Osborne
19. Casey Smith
20. Russell Fleeman
21. David Odell
22. Ron Young
23. Brady Boswell
MARGIN OF VICTORY " 0.413 SECONDS
TIME OF RACE " 1:10.21.167
GMP PRO TRUCKS
30-LAP FEATURE EVENT
1. MATT VASSAR
2. RODNEY BENEFIELD
3. JAMI WEIMER
4. KRISTEN WALLACE
5. KEVIN VASSAR
6. MATT WORTMAN
GMP OUTLAW LATE MODELS
1. MATTHEW WRAGG
2. LEE LANGFORD
3. RUSSELL SHORE
4. MARLIN GUNTER
5. SHAWN SIMPSON
6. DAVID MURPHY