Iron-Man Late Model Series
Cory Hedgecock and Chris Wilson Capture Iron-Man Racing Series Scorcher Victories at Volunteer Speedway
BULLS GAP, TENNESSEE (September 14, 2022)– The Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Southern Series and the Brucebilt Performance Parts Iron-Man Open Wheel Modified Southern Series would visit Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, TN for the track’s 15th Annual Scorcher on Wednesday evening. In Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Southern Series action, Cory Hedgecock of Loudon, TN would lead the final five laps to score the $12,000 victory, while Chris Wilson of Crossville, TN would see the checkered flag first in the Brucebilt Performance Parts Iron-Man Open Wheel Modified Southern Series main event.
The victory by the 30-year-old Hedgecock would be his second series win of the season and eighth career Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Series victory and would come behind the wheel of a Black Diamond Race Car powered by an Eagle Race Engine with sponsorship from E-Z-GO, Eagle Race Engines, Voo Doo Technology, Pace Performance, K and P Used Cars, Budget Transmissions, I-75 Raceway, Green’s Recycling, W.E. Hardscape and Masonry, Circle H Service, Noble Knights Construction Service, Hickory Hardscapes, and Cobb’s Auto Parts.
For the 33-year-old Wilson, his victory would be his second career Brucebilt Performance Parts Iron-Man Open Wheel Modified Series victory and would come aboard a Pierce Platinum Race Car powered by a Mullins Race Engine and carries sponsorship from Halo Motorsports, CrossFit Mayhem, Rowland Advertising, and Gulla Automotive.
Cory Hedgecock would take the lead at the start of the Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Southern Series 15th Annual Scorcher main event, with Dale McDowell, Scott Bloomquist, Jensen Ford, and Camaron giving chase. A spin by Chase King on lap two exiting turn two would draw the first yellow flag of the event, with several other cars collected in the incident. The restart would see the front five remain the same, but the yellow flag would quickly wave again on lap three for a spin in turn two by Dakotah Knuckles. The restart would see Marlar take fourth from Ford, with Ford getting pressure for fifth from Ross Bailes, with Bailes taking the position on lap five. Jason Welshan would slow in turn two to draw the next caution flag, with the front three remaining the same on the restart, while Bailes would claim fourth from Marlar on lap ten. The caution would appear again on lap eleven for a slowed Sam Seawright in turn two. Hedgecock would again maintain the lead on the restart, with Bloomquist taking second from McDowell, while Marlar would reclaim fourth from Bailes. The front five would remain the same at this point until Knuckles would again slow on the track to bring out another caution on lap nineteen. This restart would see Hedgecock slip up the track a bit in turn two and McDowell would take second from Bloomquist and McDowell would complete the third to first move by claiming the lead from Hedgecock in turn three. Marlar would grab third from Bloomquist on lap twenty-one, while Bailes would snag fourth from Bloomquist one circuit later. Michael Chilton, who started 12th, would make his way into the top five past Bloomquist on lap twenty-three. McDowell would begin to really stretch his lead out over the field and would begin lapping slower traffic on lap thirty. McDowell would have better than a straightaway advantage over Hedgecock when the caution appeared on lap forty-three when Bailes spun in turn four, running fourth place at the time. Also during this caution period, third-place Marlar would pull his machine to the infield with overheating issues. This restart would would see McDowell maintain the lead, with Hedgecock second, Chilton would now be third, followed by Ford and Bloomquist. Hedgecock would stay with McDowell on the restart, however, heartbreak would occur for the race leader when he experienced a flat left-rear tire entering turn three on lap forty-six. McDowell would change the flat tire and return, but the restart would come back when Ford lost a driveshaft in turn four as the field came back to the green flag. Hedgecock would maintain control of the event over the waning few laps and score the victory, with Chilton and Bloomquist finishing second and third. Cla Knight would bring his machine home in fourth, while McDowell would recover to finish fifth. The remainder of the top ten finishers would be Bailes, 18th place starting Vic Hill, Heath Hindman, Chase King, and Dillon Tidmore.
Chris Wilson would take the lead at the drop of the green flag on the Brucebilt Performance Parts Iron-Man Open Wheel Modified Southern Series feature contest, with Brandon Kinzer, Jacob Hall, Ben Harmon, and Adam Ogle giving chase. The front five would remain in this order as the first caution appeared on lap six for a slowed Richie Overholser in turn two. The restart would see the top five stay in the same order, with Wilson flexing his muscles and pulling away from runner-up Kinzer at this point in the race until the final caution of the contest waved on lap thirteen for debris on the track. The restart would see the front quartet of cars remain the same, while Chad Ogle would pressure Adam Ogle for fifth and take the spot on lap fourteen. Wilson would again quickly pull away from Kinzer, while Chad Ogle continued his march forward with a high-side driving display that would eventually see him take third Hall with just two laps remaining. Wilson would cruise to the victory over Kinzer, with Chad Ogle finishing third. Hall and Harmon would round out the top five. The remainder of the top finishers would be Peyton Harlow, Adam Ogle, 16th place starting Wayne James, Michael Asberry, and Kaleb Trent.
The next events for the Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Southern Series will be the Fall Classic weekend at Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, KY on Friday September 30 for the Archie Coffman Classic paying $5,000 to win and Saturday October 1 for the Big Daddy Classic paying paying $10,088 to win. The next event for the Brucebilt Performance Parts Iron-Man Open Wheel Modified Southern Series will be at Lake Cumberland Speedway in Burnside, KY on Saturday September 24 paying $1,500 to win.
For more information about the Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Series and Brucebilt Performance Parts Iron-Man Open Wheel Modified Series, please contact Chris Tilley at (828) 361-5981 or visit the tour’s webpage at www.IMDIRT.net (Super Late Models), www.IMOPENWHEEL.net (Open Wheel Modifieds), 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 would like to thank the following sponsors and marketing partners for their support of the 2022 racing season: Valvoline, Zerex by Valvoline, Brucebilt Performance Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire, E-Z-GO, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, DirtonDirt.com, MyRacePass, FloRacing, Impact Race Gear, XS Power Batteries, Vic Hill Racing Engines, American Racer Tires, Keltner Contracting, TW Taylor Trucking, Earnhardt Technologies Group, Swafford Signs, KY Clutch, Brown Haven Homes, Knowles Race Parts and Bodies, Coosa Heating and Cooling, SFP Performance Systems, KND Safety, Chattanooga Valley Auto Parts, Race Clean, Denby’s J&J Construction, Advanced Transportation, Lowe’s Tows, Reno’s Roadhouse, and Racetrack Safety Initiative.
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Official Summary of Results
Feature Results for the Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Southern Series 15th Annual Scorcher at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, TN on Wednesday September 14, 2022
- Cory Hedgecock-Loudon, Tenn.
- Michael Chilton-Salvisa, Ky.
- Scott Bloomquist-Mooresburg, Tenn.
- Cla Knight-North Augusta, S.C.
- Dale McDowell-Chickamauga, Ga.
- Ross Bailes-Clover, S.C.
- Vic Hill-Mosheim, Tenn.
- Heath Hindman-Signal Mountain, Tenn.
- Chase King-Seymour, Tenn.
- Dillon Tidmore-Gadsden, Ala.
- Jensen Ford-Johnson City, Tenn.
- Will Roland-Jasper, Ga.
- Camaron Marlar-Winfield, Tenn.
- Austin Neely-New Tazewell, Tenn.
- Jason Welshan-Maryville, Tenn.
- Stacy Boles-Clinton, Tenn.
- John Llewellyn-Knoxville, Tenn.
- Dakotah Knuckles-Ewing, Va.
- Brent Cornette-Greenville, Tenn.
- Sam Seawright-Fort Payne, Ala.
- David Crabtree-Maryville, Tenn.
- Chase Oliver-Crossville, Ala.
- Forrest Trent-Jefferson City, Tenn.
- Steve Smith-Powell, Tenn.
Time of Race: N/A
Margin of Victory: N/A
Yellow Flags: Eight (Lap 2, 3, 9, 11, 19, 43, 46, 46 restart)
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Cory Hedgecock 1-18, 46-50; Dale McDowell 19-45
E-Z-GO Time Trials Top Qualifier: Scott Bloomquist (Group B) 12.045 seconds
SFP Performance Systems Hard Charger Award ($100 product certificate): Vic Hill (started 18th-finished 7th-advanced 11 positions)
Provisionals: Stacy Boles, Forrest Trent
Sunoco Race Fuels Heat Race One Finish (8 laps/top 4 transfer): Cory Hedgecock, Chase King, John Llewellyn, Heath Hindman, Brent Cornette, Dakota Smith, Will Roland, Kenneth, Howell
Sunoco Race Fuels Heat Race Two Finish (8 laps/top 4 transfer): Dale McDowell, Ross Bailes, Dillon Tidmore, Chase Oliver, Dusty Carver, Steve Smith, Cameron Weaver (DNS-Dalton Cook)
Sunoco Race Fuels Heat Race Three Finish (8 laps/top 4 transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Camaron Marlar, Jason Welshan, Cla Knight, Vic Hill, Dakotah Knuckles, Jordan Koehler, Troy Eads (DNS-Brandon Hardgrove)
Sunoco Race Fuels Heat Race Four Finish (8 laps/top 4 transfer): Jensen Ford, Sam Seawright, Michael Chilton, Austin Neely, Stacy Boles, David Crabtree, Jonathan Rowan, Forrest Trent
Impact Race Gear B-Main One Finish (8 laps/top 3 transfer): Will Roland, Brent Cornette, Steve Smith, Dakota Smith, Dusty Carver (DNS-Cameron Weaver, Kenneth Howell, Dalton Cook)
Impact Race Gear B-Main Two Finish (8 laps/top 3 transfer): Vic Hill, David Crabtree, Dakotah Knuckles, Jordan Koehler, Stacy Boles, Jonathan Rowan, Troy Eads (Forrest Trent, Brandon Hardgrove)
2022 Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Southern Series Schedule/Results:
January 29-Boyd’s Speedway-Ringgold, GA- SAM SEAWRIGHT (non-points)
March 5-Smoky Mountain Speedway-Maryville, TN-BRANDON OVERTON
March 25-Bristol Motor Speedway-Bristol, TN-CHRIS MADDEN
March 26-Bristol Motor Speedway-Bristol, TN-CHRIS FERGUSON
April 1-Bristol Motor Speedway-Bristol, TN-CHRIS MADDEN
April 2-Bristol Motor Speedway-Bristol, TN-DALE McDOWELL
April 15-Ponderosa Speedway-Junction City, KY-CORY HEDGECOCK
April 16-Tazewell Speedway-Tazewell, TN-CHRIS MADDEN
April 30-Boyd’s Speedway-Ringgold, GA-PAYTON FREEMAN
May 14-Lake Cumberland Speedway-Burnside, KY-ELI BEETS
May 29-Lake Cumberland Speedway-Burnside, KY-ELI BEETS
May 30-411 Motor Speedway-Seymour, TN-JIMMY OWENS
June 3-Ponderosa Speedway-Junction City, KY-ELI BEETS
June 4-Mountain View Raceway-Spring City, TN-JADON FRAME
July 1-Boyd’s Speedway-Ringgold, GA-DONALD McINTOSH
July 2-Lake Cumberland Speedway-Burnside, KY-ELI BEETS
July 3-Tazewell Speedway-Tazewell, TN-RICKY WEISS
July 15-Ponderosa Speedway-Junction City, KY-JOSH RICE
August 6-Brownstown Speedway-Brownstown, IN-DEVIN GILPIN
August 12-Duck River Raceway Park-Lewisburg, TN-SAM SEAWRIGHT
August 13-Talladega Short Track-Eastaboga, AL-ASHTON WINGER
August 27-Lake Cumberland Speedway-Burnside, KY-JOSH RICE
September 14-Volunteer Speedway-Bulls Gap, TN-CORY HEDGECOCK
September 30-Ponderosa Speedway-Junction City, KY-$5,000 to win
October 1-Ponderosa Speedway-Junction City, KY-$10,000 to win
October 22-Lake Cumberland Speedway-Burnside, KY-$10,000 to win
November 4-Duck River Raceway Park-Lewisburg, TN-$10,000 to win
November 5-Duck River Raceway Park-Lewisburg, TN-$10,000 to win
November 19-Boyd’s Speedway-Ringgold, GA-$5,000 to win
November 26-411 Motor Speedway-Seymour, TN-$5,000 to win
Official Summary of Results
Feature Results for the Brucebilt Performance Parts Iron-Man Open Wheel Modified Southern Series at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, TN on Wednesday September 14, 2022
- Chris Wilson-Crossville, Tenn.
- Brandon Kinzer-Freeport, Fla.
- Chad Ogle-Sevierville, Tenn.
- Jacob Hall-Wayland, Ky.
- Ben Harmon-Brooks, Ky.
- Peyton Harlow-Glasgow, Ky.
- Adam Ogle-Cosby, Tenn.
- Wayne James-Newport, Tenn.
- Michael Asberry-Crossville, Tenn.
- Kaleb Trent-Rogersville, Tenn.
- Ken Schrader-Fenton, Mo.
- Amos Bunch-Wartburg, Tenn.
- Scott Shelton-Sparta, Tenn.
- Reece Ogle-Sevierville, Tenn.
- Joey Cotterman-Cookeville, Tenn.
- Skylar Douglas-Clinton, Tenn.
- Andy Ogle-Gatlinburg, Tenn.
- Brandon James-Newport, Tenn.
- Blake Terry-Elizabethton, Tenn.
- Jeff Cotterman-Cookeville, Tenn.
- Terry James-Newport, Tenn.
- Richie Overholser-Corryton, Tenn.
Time of Race: N/A
Margin of Victory: N/A
Yellow Flags: Two (Lap 6, 13)
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Chris Wilson 1-20
E-Z-GO Time Trials Top Qualifier: Chris Wilson 13.523 seconds
Brucebilt Performance Parts Hard Charger ($50 product certificate): Scott Shelton (started 22nd-finished 13th-advanced 9 positions)
Brucebilt Performance Parts Hard Luck Award ($20 certificate): Richie Overholser
Provisional Starters: Scott Shelton
Sunoco Race Fuels Heat One Finish (8 laps/top 5 transfer): Terry James, Brandon James, Jeff Cotterman, Richie Overholser, Blake Terry, Landon Steele, Dathan Dyke, Alan Poyner, Jeff Akard (DNS-Scott Shelton, Jamey Mahon, Coty Adams, Larry James)
2022 Brucebilt Performance Parts Iron-Man Open Wheel Modified Southern Series Schedule/Results:
April 29-Boyd’s Speedway-Ringgold, GA-LUCAS LEE
April 30-Boyd’s Speedway-Ringgold, GA-BRANDON KINZER
May 14-Lake Cumberland Speedway-Burnside, KY-BRYAN BARBER
July 2-Lake Cumberland Speedway-Burnside, KY-BLAKE BROWN
July 16-411 Motor Speedway-Seymour, TN-ADAM STRICKER
September 14-Volunteer Speedway-Bulls Gap, TN-CHRIS WILSON
September 24-Lake Cumberland Speedway-$1,500 to win
October 14-Boyd’s Speedway-Ringgold, GA-$1,500 to win
October 15-Boyd’s Speedway-Ringgold, GA-$3,000 to win
November 19-Boyd’s Speedway-Ringgold, GA-$1,500 to win
November 26-411 Motor Speedway-Seymour, TN-$1,500 to win