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"Hollidge Opens Colonial Clash With "First State 40" Victory at Georgetown"
By Doug Watson
Georgetown, DE- "This is a big win for our team." Were the words from a jubilant Dale Hollidge after scoring the win in last Thursday nights Ultimate Super Late Model Series sanctioned "First State 40" at Delaware's Georgetown Speedway. The win for Hollidge, worth a $5000 winners check, was his first ever feature score at Georgetown and with the traveling Ultimate Super Late Model series.
Rick Eckert and Greg Satterlee paced the field to green with Satterlee vaulting into the race lead as the field hammered into turn one. Satterlee opened up a healthy lead as Eckert and Dale Hollidge battled for second. Hollidge then discovered the top of the speedway and zipped past Satterlee to become the new leader on the 13th circuit. Rick Eckert took second late in the event and passed Hollidge on lap 38 to take the lead, but Hollidge fought back and would slide past Eckert on the 39th lap and hold tough to post the win aboard his Greg Gunter owned Rocket XR-1 no.0. "We decided before the feature to put soft tires on the car and they got the job done for us." Hollidge stated. "Greg (Satterlee) was running around the bottom and there was just enough moisture up top for us to get by." Hollidge and company worked all week to prepare for the event, and the long hours paid off. "Everyone worked their guts out all week to get us here." Said Hollidge. "We put in some long hours in the shop this week and to get a win with the caliber of cars that were here tonight, I couldn't be more proud to get them a win." Runner-up Rick Eckert was pleased with the performance of his Paul Crowl owned Longhorn Chassis no.7. "We had a good car but the cautions were killing us." Eckert stated post race. "We went with the wrong tires and we needed the race to stay green to get a shot at Dale, but he ran a good race and we're happy to get second." Early leader Gregg Satterlee, steering his Satterlee Petroleum Rocket XR-1 no.22, trailed the leaders in third. "I tried to ease up to much getting into the corners early in the race." Satterlee stated. "I didn't want to overdrive the car and hurt the tires, but we're happy with third and will move on to the next race." Eleventh starting Ricky Elliott was fourth with Virginian Walker Arthur completing the top-five. Rick Eckert set fast time in time trials over the 28 car field with a one lap time of 18.376. The top ten in time trials were locked into the feature with the remaining 18 drivers running two 8-lap heat races that went to Ricky Elliott and Glen Elliott.
Late Model feature finish (40-laps)
1. Dale Hollidge 2. Rick Eckert 3. Gregg Satterlee 4. Ricky Elliott 5. Walker Arthur 6. Kyle Hardy 7. Amanda Whaley 8. Kenny Pettyjohn 9. Danny Snyder 10. Dennis "Rambo" Franklin 11. Ross Robinson 12. Mark Pettyjohn 13. Jamie Lathroum 14. Kenny Collins 15.Jonathan DeHaven 16. Dustin Mitchell 17. Nick Davis 18. Kenny Moreland 19. Glenn Elliott 20. Donald Lingo Jr. 21. Austin Hubbard 22. Kerry King 23. Gary Stuhler 24. Andrew Mullins DNQ- Staci Warrington, Shaun Jones, Mark Parks, Rob Schirmer.