RODERICK NOT THE ONLY 'WINNER' IN WORLD CROWN 300 CLASSIC
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JEFFERSON, GA (AUGUST 12, 2014) " The official results will show that Casey Roderick won the 31st-Annual World Crown 300 Presented By Victory Junction last Saturday night at Gresham Motorsports Park.
The reality is there were multiple winners " even if they didn t earn the title of King of the Short Tracks - like Roderick did.
Here s a recap of drivers who posted winning performances in this year s Crown.
Augie Grill -
The veteran Hayden, AL driver turned in one of the most dominating performances seen in recent years at GMP leading four different times for a total of 198 laps.
Grill s red No.112 racer took the lead for the first time on Lap 17 and held it until the 135th circuit. By then, Grill had lapped all but nine of the original 26 starters and later reduced that to a handful of cars on the lead lap before overheating problems doused his hopes of earning his first World Crown 300 title.
Grill was eventually credited with 10th in the final event rundown. He also took home the lion s share of GMP posted lap awards earning $250 for leading Lap 47. That award was courtesy of Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL in honor of the upcoming 47th-Annual Snowball Derby December 3-7.
Grill also dominated the Garrison Racing Equipment lap leader bonus pacing Laps 50, 100, 150 and 200 earning an additional $200 in product certificates in the process.
Kyle Grissom -
Grissom came within a final turn of winning the biggest race of his career Saturday night. Despite the disappointment, Grissom can look back at this year s Crown as a career defining moment after setting fast time earlier in the day with a lap of 16.894 seconds on the ultra-fast GMP half-mile oval.
Once under green Saturday, Grissom drove a steady race leading the first 17 circuits and running in the top-three for most of the initial 200 laps. Grissom fell to eighth in the running order after a pit stop before working his way into the lead with a daring inside pass of then leader Daniel Hemric with just eight laps remaining.
On the final lap, Grissom steamed his way into Turn 3 only to come out the backside in second behind Roderick.
Grissom earned an extra $150 product award from RE Suspensions for his efforts.
Bubba Pollard "
After finishing second in the last two World Crown 300 classics, Pollard looked like he was finally going to wear the winner s cape and crown in this year s event never running lower than third throughout the entire race.
When Grill faltered on Lap 240, it was Pollard rocketing to the point and all the wan until just 17 laps to go when a cut tire slowed his progress and allowed Hemric to take the lead. Then, on Lap 290, Pollard drilled the Turn 1 wall ending yet another quest for his first World Crown Victory.
Daniel Hemric -
Hemric has had his share of success at GMP, and was there to take advantage of Pollard s tire issues assuming the lead on Lap 284. It was Pollard s crash, however, that spelled defeat for Hemric as he, like the other leaders before him, couldn t hold on to the win as Grissom muscled him up the track on the Lap 291 restart.
That left the door open for Roderick, who probably had the most interesting day of all the leaders " and was in position to win when it counted.
Roderick, who celebrated his 22nd birthday the day before on Friday, August 8, qualified 12th and quickly moved his way to seventh just five laps into the event. The Lawrenceville, GA stayed in the top-10 before catching a piece of a wreck involving Anderson Bowen, Scotty Ellis and Daniel Keene, Jr. on Lap 176.
Roderick s Graham Trucking crew made multiple pit stops under several yellow flags throughout the remainder of the event scrambling back to fifth with just over 20 laps remaining.
Roderick started fourth on the Lap 290 restart, immediately passed Harrison Burton for third and jumped to second when Hemric and Grissom traded paint in Turn 1 one laps later.
That set up a last turn bump-and-run that rocketed Roderick to the biggest win of his recent off- and on-again career.
Roderick earned $15,000 for the victory.
Other Notables "
Jeff Choquette made a solid return to GMP as the West Palm Beach, FL driver rallied from a lap down midway through the event to finish fifth.
Ron Young definitely got the perseverance award in Saturday s Crown classic. The veteran Georgia driver started last, was involved in a Lap 4 crash not of his making, and soldiered on to an unlikely seventh-place finish.
Brian Hoar made the long trip from Williston, Vermont a good one running a solid race before a late-race incident relegated him to a ninth-place finish. Hoar was fast off the trailer running in the top-five in Thursday s optional practice despite never seeing GMP before that day.
The eight-time American-Canadian Tour stock car champion led Laps 221-225 after he elected not to pit for tires during a preceding caution period.
Finally, defending World Crown 300 champion Preston Peltier qualified sixth and ran in the top-five for most of the race only to slide back in at the finish coming home 11th.
Meanwhile, Dennis Schoenfeld proved to be the hard-luck driver in the event getting collected in the Lap 4 incident after Spencer Wauters looped his car coming off Turn 4. Schoenfeld and his Rick s Used Auto Parts racer were done for the night making it a long ride back home for the Fort Smith, Arkansas driver.
Others who fell victim to mechanical gremlins included David Odell, Rodney Benefield, Stephan Naase, and Allen Karnes.
Total Bummer "
Among those entered that did not compete in Saturday s Crown was Travis Cope.
Cope practiced Thursday and then went out to a Lawrenceville, GA area restaurant with his team for supper afterward. When they returned to their team van, the vehicle had been broken into and ransacked of team and personal items forcing it to withdraw from the event.
Meanwhile, the Thursday practice also bit T.J. Reaid and Gus Dean as they suffered mechanical issues and had to withdraw from Saturday s race.
One last note "
The starting lineup for the 31st-Annual World Crown 300 Presented By Victory Junction consisted of 26 cars from 10 different states.
Here s the final results "
31st-Annual World Crown 300 Presented By Victory Junction
Gresham Motorsports Park - Jefferson, GA
Saturday, August 9, 2014
1. Casey Roderick Lawrenceville, GA #7 Graham Trucking Ford
2. Kyle Grissom Concord, NC #31 Harrison Public Safety Chevy
3. Harrison Burton Huntersville, NC #12 DEX Images Chevy
4. Daniel Hemric Kanapolis, NC #98H Jubilee Conferences Ford
5. Jeff Choquette W. Palm Beach, FL #29C Adrian Carriers Chevy
6. Bubba Pollard Senoia, GA #26P JEGS Ford
7. Ron Young Conyers, GA #15 RCA Metals Chevy
8. Matt Craig Kanapolis, NC #54 C&C Boilers Chevy
9. Brian Hoar Williston, VT #37 GossCars.com Dodge
10. Augie Grill Hayden, AL #112 Dubz Thermal Prod. Chevy
11. Preston Peltier Concord, NC #29P Footing Specialists Chevy
12. Spencer Davis Dawsonville, GA #129 RUUD Chevy
13. Stephen Nasse Pinellas Park, FL #51 Adrian Carriers Chevy
14. Scotty Ellis Juliette, GA #83 M&E Construction Chevy
15. Anderson Bowen Suwanee, GA #29B Copper Creek Hdwe Ford
16. Daniel Keene, Jr. Weeki Wachi, FL #5K Keene Services Toyota
17. Will Gallaher Santa Rosa, CA #5G First Community Bank Ford
18. Russell Fleeman Dacula, GA #98F US Auto Sales Ford
19. Donnie Wilson Oklahoma City, OK #2W Wilson Ford Parts Ford
20. Dalton Grindle Flowery Branch, GA #23 Jim Waters Motor Co Chevy
21. Landon Cling Tempe, AZ #68 Grip Seminars Ford
22. Allen Karnes Shapsburg, GA #47 Chevy
23. Rodney Benefield Flowery Branch, GA #36 B&B Egg Sales Chevy
24. David Odell Winder, GA #75 Atlantic Workforce Chevy
25. Spencer Wauters Green Bay, WI #5W Victor Ford Ford
26. Dennis Schoenfeld Ft Smith, ARK. #43 Rick s Used Auto Chevy
Margin of Victory " 0.316 seconds
Average Speed " 65.429 miles per hour