Budweiser presents annual Firecracker 100 at Swainsboro Raceway!
by Halei Lamb | July 12, 2018 10:08 am
by CANDY CARROLL
Over 100 cars packed the fields at Swainsboro Raceway Friday and Saturday night for the Budweiser-sponsored Annual Firecracker 100.
Friday night consisted of qualifying and heat races in all divisions. Twenty-eight drivers qualified in the Roger Wheeler Construction Road Warrior Division and competed in heat races for a starting position in Saturday nights $5,000-to-win event. All other divisions qualified or ran heat races for Saturday’s $2,000-to-win feature events.
After heat races on Friday night, Brent Herndon picked up the inside pole position for the Sunoco Super Street Division with Kip Poole starting outside. With two attempts at starting double-file, the field went to a single-file start with Herndon out front. Daniel Roland quickly jumped to the inside of Lance Griffith for the fourth position. Monk Gulledge stuck the bottom line to pass Poole for second off Turn 4. Lap 5, Herndon and Gulledge separated themselves from the field as a 3-car battle for third between Poole, Roland, and Jamie Whitaker continued for several laps. Lap 7, Poole slipped high off Turn 2 and Whitaker dropped down low to pass for third. Lap 9, on the restart from caution, Roland peaked to the inside of Poole as they battled side by side down the back stretch and Roland took fourth. Herndon held the gap out front as Jamie Whitaker moved in on Gulledge for second. Lap 13, Gulledge and Whitaker made contact off Turn 2 for second, but Gulledge held on. Lap 16, Whitaker triesd the inside off Turn 2, but Gulledge slammed the door. Brent Herndon took the checkered nearly 3 seconds over Monk Gulledge in second, Jamie Whitaker third, Daniel Roland fourth, and Kip Poole fifth.
Picking up the fastest qualifying time and heat race win, Blake Smith held…
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