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Alabama Gang 100 Weekend
Talladega Short Track | Eastaboga, Alabama
Friday, April 21, 2023
Race Recap  

DEGA TRIPLE: English, Bronson, Overton Score Prelim Wins on Night 1 at Talladega

The opening night of the Alabama Gang 100 at the Talladega Short Track gave drivers and fans more than they were expecting.

Initially set to showcase two 20-lap, $4,000-to-win, Prelim Features, the World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series and the track agreed to add a third Feature due to more than 60 cars in attendance.

Each Feature gave fans an enticing tease of what’s to come on Saturday for the 60-lap, $50,000-to-win main event.

The top two drivers from each Feature locked themselves into Saturday’s event and placed themselves in the CASE Construction Equipment Dash, which will lineup the top six spots for Saturday’s Feature. Tanner English drew the pole for the Dash with Kyle Bronson set to start on his outside, Brian Shirley third, Brandon Overton fourth, Gordy Gundaker fifth and Jonathan Davenport sixth.

Here’s how the three Prelim Features went.

FEATURE #1: Tanner English’s familiarity with red dirt bullrings gave him the confidence he needed to earn a spot in Saturday’s $50,000-to-win Feature at Talladega Short Track.

The Benton, KY driver and reigning World of Outlaws CASE Late Models Rookie of the Year wrestled the lead from Drake Troutman on Lap 2 to win Friday’s first Alabama Gang 100 Qualifier.

Troutman, Friday’s Simpson Racing Products Quick Time Award winner, grabbed the lead at the drop of the green but had English’s Viper Motorsports #96 following off Turn 2.

English snuck underneath Troutman, racing side by side with him to finish Lap 1. The Viper car carried its momentum around Turns 3 and 4, nosing ahead of the Troutman at the flag stand to lead Lap 2.

From there, English pulled away from the 17-year-old driver to grab the evening’s first checkered flag, worth $4,000.

English said Talladega reminds him of Clarksville Speedway—one of his home tracks.

“This place reminds me of kind of my home track Clarksville Speedway,” English said. “This red dirt, this small, tight bullring. I’m pretty comfortable here.

“I’m just glad to bust off a good Qualifying lap so I start on the front row, and that’s what it was all about. So, we’re happy.”

Brian Shirley crossed the line second, after he powered past Troutman for the runner-up spot on Lap 5.

Like English, Shirley also locked himself into Saturday’s Feature. The Chatham, IL driver found some challenges being in the first 20-lap race on Friday.

“It’s definitely one of those deals where being in that first Feature was a little trickier than the second two, especially the third,” Shirley said. “It was getting to a bit of a sweet spot there where it wasn’t as rough.

“All in all, I’m just glad to do a little better tonight and not have to worry about (Saturday’s) race.”

Troutman finished third, Chris Ferguson was fourth, and Series points leader Chris Madden rounded out the top five.

Tanner English
Tanner English races around Talladega Short Track / Jacy Norgaard photo

FEATURE #2: Kyle Bronson proved how well his team can perform on red clay tracks for the second straight night.

After finishing third on Thursday at 411 Motor Speedway, the Brandon, FL driver backed it up by winning Friday’s second 20-lap Feature at Talladega Short Track.

Bronson took control of the race on Lap 1 and never looked back, leading every lap to score the $4,000 prize.

Despite the win, the Sunshine State competitor said he isn’t satisfied but feels he’s on the right track.

“Our car has been really good here,” Bronson said. “Just got to thank all of the guys that have been helping me. Tanner and Josh have been busting their butt. Wayne and Shirlene (Hammond) give me what I need to win the race, and like I said, we just have to do our job and go win the races.

“We’ve been struggling a little bit, but I feel like we’re on the right track. But we’re still not where we need to be yet.”

Jonathan Davenport finished second, also locking himself into Saturday’s Feature.

Rounding out the top five were Bobby Pierce, Spencer Hughes, and Kyle Larson.

Kyle Bronson
Kyle Bronson races around Talladega Short Track / Jacy Norgaard photo

FEATURE #3: A pair of restarts in the third 20-lap Feature couldn’t keep Brandon Overton out of Victory Lane Friday at Talladega Short Track.

The Evans, GA driver aced all three green flags to go unchallenged in the battle for $4,000. “Big Sexy” is one step closer to a potential $50,000 payday on Saturday, as he’s guaranteed to start in the first three rows in the Alabama Gang 100 finale.

Overton said he believes his Longhorn by Wells chassis is going in the right direction after struggling over the past few weeks.

“[I feel] a lot better than I have in the past couple of weeks,” Overton said. “The track is definitely different. I’m obviously way better at this Talladega than I am at the normal one.

“I just appreciate the fans coming out, this is really neat. I’ve seen so many people and superstars walking through the pits. So yeah, it’s a fun weekend, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

While Overton led all 20 laps, Gordy Gundaker needed the second and final restart to move into the runner-up spot.

The St. Charles, MO driver got around second-place Garrett Smith on a Lap 6 restart but quickly gave back the spot when he bobbled in Turn 1. However, Gundaker got another chance after the caution flew for Michael Page and Tyler Milwood tangling on Lap 14.

Restarting in third, Gundaker thundered around Smith on the outside of Turn 1 to take the final transfer spot away, holding on to punch his ticket into Saturday’s Feature.

Gundaker is happy to lock into the $50,000-to-win finale, he said.

“The yellows kind of worked out there,” Gundaker said. “I got past [Smith] the first time and then screwed up in (Turn 1), and he got me back. So, I got to retry it.

“I’m just thankful we got the races in. I know it’s been a hectic night, and I’m just thankful to run second and lock ourselves into (Saturday).”

Smith rounded out the podium, Todd Cooney finished fourth, and four-time Series champion Brandon Sheppard rounded out the top five.

Brandon Overton
Brandon Overton races around Talladega Short Track / Jacy Norgaard photo

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Models return to the Talladega Short Track on Saturday, April 22, for the Alabama Gang 100 finale, boasting a $50,000 to win payday.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

RESULTS:
Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 96V-Tanner English[2]; 2. 3S-Brian Shirley[4]; 3. 7T-Drake Troutman[1]; 4. 22-Chris Ferguson[3]; 5. 44-Chris Madden[7]; 6. 17M-Dale McDowell[6]; 7. 36-Logan Martin[8]; 8. 25-Shane Clanton[10]; 9. 78-Matthew Brocato[5]; 10. 54-David Breazeale[9]; 11. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[13]; 12. 29-Donald McIntosh[11]; 13. B1-Brent Larson[14]; 14. 97-Cade Dillard[15]; 15. 111-Max Blair[17]; 16. 19M-Wil Herrington[21]; 17. 91-Heath Hindman[18]; 18. 16H-Austin Horton[12]; 19. 58C-Tyler Clem[16]; 20. 57-Josh Adkins[19]; 21. 35-Dallas Cooper[20]

Feature 2 (20 Laps): 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson[2]; 2. 49-Jonathan Davenport[1]; 3. 32-Bobby Pierce[6]; 4. 11H-Spencer Hughes[4]; 5. 6-Kyle Larson[3]; 6. 19R-Ryan Gustin[9]; 7. 12-Ashton Winger[7]; 8. 58-Garrett Alberson[5]; 9. 93-Carson Ferguson[8]; 10. 10-Joseph Joiner[18]; 11. 14M-Morgan Bagley[10]; 12. 1-Jason Hiett[16]; 13. 99B-Boom Briggs[13]; 14. 25B-Mike Benedum[15]; 15. T1-Todd Morrow[20]; 16. 1ST-Johnny Scott[14]; 17. 18L-Trevor Landrum[19]; 18. 25R-Tim Roszell[21]; 19. 16-Sam Seawright[12]; 20. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[11]; 21. 157-Mike Marlar[17]

Feature 3 (20 Laps): 1. 76-Brandon Overton[1]; 2. 11-Gordy Gundaker[4]; 3. 10S-Garrett Smith[3]; 4. 30-Todd Cooney[10]; 5. B5-Brandon Sheppard[5]; 6. 2S-Stormy Scott[11]; 7. 9-Nick Hoffman[20]; 8. 38-Dillon Tidmore[7]; 9. 27B-Brad Berry[16]; 10. 27-Jadon Frame[15]; 11. J27-Jay Scott[14]; 12. 4-Ryan Wilson[13]; 13. 7-Jeremy Cropper[19]; 14. 31-Tyler Millwood[6]; 15. 18X-Michael Page[8]; 16. 11K-Austin Kirkpatrick[18]; 17. 66K-Dylan Knowles[2]; 18. 20-Jimmy Owens[9]; 19. 14W-Dustin Walker[17]; 20. 1S-Jeremy Shaw[12]

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Results  
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+196VTanner English 200.00019Running0$4,000
24+23SBrian Shirley 20-1.403Running0$2,000
31-27TDrake Troutman 20-2.2171Running0$1,500
43-122Chris Ferguson 20-2.889Running0$1,250
57+244Chris Madden 20-3.191Running0$1,000
66017MDale McDowell 20-4.516Running0$900
78+136Logan Martin 20-5.994Running0$800
810+225Shane Clanton 20-6.181Running0$750
95-478Matthew Brocato 20-6.927Running0$700
109-154David Breazeale 20-7.478Running0$700
1113+228Dennis Erb Jr20-8.430Running0$700
1211-129Donald McIntosh 20-9.470Running0$700
1314+1B1Brent Larson 20-11.953Running0$700
1415+197Cade Dillard 20-12.790Running0$700
1517+2111Max Blair 20-13.322Running0$700
1621+519MWil Herrington 19-1 LapsRunning0$700
1718+191Heath Hindman 19-1 LapsRunning0$700
1812-616HAustin Horton 19-1 LapsRunning0$700
1916-358CTyler Clem 16-4 LapsRunning0$700
2019-157Josh Adkins 0-20 LapsDNF0$0
2120-135Dallas Cooper 0-20 LapsDNF0$0
FOX Factory Hard Charger: Wil Herrington
Feature 2 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+140BKyle Bronson 200.00020Running0$4,000
21-149Jonathan Davenport 20-1.202Running0$2,000
36+332Bobby Pierce 20-2.401Running0$1,500
44011HSpencer Hughes 20-5.058Running0$1,250
53-26Kyle Larson 20-5.415Running0$1,000
69+319RRyan Gustin 20-5.690Running0$900
77012Ashton Winger 20-6.337Running0$800
85-358Garrett Alberson 20-7.114Running0$750
98-193Carson Ferguson 20-7.949Running0$700
1018+810Joseph Joiner 20-9.139Running0$700
1110-114MMorgan Bagley 20-11.898Running0$700
1216+41Jason Hiett 20-12.248Running0$700
1313099BBoom Briggs 20-13.515Running0$700
1415+125BMike Benedum 20-14.005Running0$700
1520+5T1Todd Morrow 20-14.921Running0$700
1614-21STJohnny Scott 19-1 LapsRunning0$700
1719+218LTrevor Landrum 19-1 LapsRunning0$700
1821+325RTim Roszell 15-5 LapsRunning0$700
1912-716Sam Seawright 11-9 LapsRunning0$700
2011-920RTRicky Thornton Jr.0-20 LapsDNF0$0
2117-4157Mike Marlar 0-20 LapsDNF0$0
FOX Factory Hard Charger: Joseph Joiner
Feature 3 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11076Brandon Overton 200.00020Running0$4,000
24+211Gordy Gundaker 20-2.124Running0$2,000
33010SGarrett Smith 20-2.703Running0$1,500
410+630Todd Cooney 20-4.151Running0$1,250
550B5Brandon Sheppard 20-4.472Running0$1,000
611+52SStormy Scott 20-5.688Running0$900
720+139Nick Hoffman 20-6.143Running0$800
87-138Dillon Tidmore 20-7.309Running0$750
916+727BBrad Berry 20-9.214Running0$700
1015+527Jadon Frame 20-9.661Running0$700
1114+3J27Jay Scott 20-10.181Running0$700
1213+14Ryan Wilson 20-11.114Running0$700
1319+67Jeremy Cropper 20-11.483Running0$700
146-831Tyler Millwood 20-12.640Running0$700
158-718XMichael Page 14-6 LapsRunning0$700
1618+211KAustin Kirkpatrick 11-9 LapsRunning0$700
172-1566KDylan Knowles 7-13 LapsRunning0$700
189-920Jimmy Owens 5-15 LapsRunning0$700
1917-214WDustin Walker 5-15 LapsRunning0$700
2012-81SJeremy Shaw 0-20 LapsDNF0$0
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
127TDrake Troutman Hyndman, PA12.8950.000
22096VTanner English Benton, KY13.278-0.383
3322Chris Ferguson Mt. Holly, NC13.306-0.411
4163SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL13.349-0.454
5678Matthew Brocato Muscle Shoals, AL13.480-0.585
61017MDale McDowell Chickamauga, GA13.483-0.588
7944Chris Madden Gray Court, SC13.498-0.603
81736Logan Martin West Plains, MO13.498-0.603
91254David Breazeale Four Corners, MS13.543-0.648
101425Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA13.556-0.661
11529Donald McIntosh Dawsonville, GA13.567-0.672
12116HAustin Horton Whitesburg, GA13.602-0.707
131928Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL13.645-0.750
1421B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN13.684-0.789
15497Cade Dillard Robeline, LA13.693-0.798
161358CTyler Clem St. Petersburg, FL13.755-0.860
1718111Max Blair Centerville, PA13.793-0.898
181591Heath Hindman Signal Mountain, TN13.867-0.972
191157Josh Adkins Talladega, AL13.944-1.049
20735Dallas Cooper Talladega, AL13.944-1.049
21819MWil Herrington Hawkinsville, GA13.944-1.049
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
11349Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA13.3630.000
2340BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL13.442-0.079
396Kyle Larson Elk Grove, CA13.455-0.092
41511HSpencer Hughes Meridian, MS13.483-0.120
52158Garrett Alberson Las Cruces, NM13.533-0.170
61832Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL13.539-0.176
71612Ashton Winger Senoia, GA13.541-0.178
81093Carson Ferguson Concord, NC13.565-0.202
9119RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA13.614-0.251
10614MMorgan Bagley Longview, TX13.715-0.352
11420RTRicky Thornton Jr.Adel, IA13.723-0.360
122016Sam Seawright Fort Payne, AL13.765-0.402
13799BBoom Briggs Bear Lake, PA13.781-0.418
14141STJohnny Scott Las Cruces, NM13.794-0.431
151725BMike Benedum Salem, WV13.848-0.485
1651Jason Hiett Oxford, AL13.864-0.501
172157Mike Marlar Winfield, TN13.868-0.505
18810Joseph Joiner Milton, FL13.869-0.506
191918LTrevor Landrum Florence, KY14.151-0.788
2012T1Todd Morrow LAFAYETTE, AL14.181-0.818
211125RTim Roszell Anniston, AL14.764-1.401
Qualifying Flight 3 Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
11076Brandon Overton Evans, GA12.9900.000
2266KDylan Knowles Lanett, AL13.199-0.209
31110SGarrett Smith Eatonton, GA13.323-0.333
4111Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO13.354-0.364
517B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL13.379-0.389
6831Tyler Millwood Kingston, GA13.406-0.416
72038Dillon Tidmore Gadsen, AL13.422-0.432
8718XMichael Page Douglasville, TN13.479-0.489
9520Jimmy Owens Newport, TN13.535-0.545
101630Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA13.539-0.549
11192SStormy Scott Las Cruces, NM13.621-0.631
12141SJeremy Shaw Millport, AL13.751-0.761
1344Ryan Wilson Margaret, AL13.781-0.791
1412J27Jay Scott taft, TN13.781-0.791
15627Jadon Frame Winchester, TN13.809-0.819
16927BBrad Berry Attalla, AL14.034-1.044
171814WDustin Walker Polk, MO14.128-1.138
181311KAustin Kirkpatrick Charlotte, NC14.188-1.198
19157Jeremy Cropper Ringgold, GA14.508-1.518
2039Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC14.508-1.518
Hot Laps Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
11093Carson Ferguson Concord, NC13.2320.000
118111Max Blair Centerville, PA13.3630.000
11076Brandon Overton Evans, GA13.2270.000
22096VTanner English Benton, KY13.479-0.252
22016Sam Seawright Fort Payne, AL13.260-0.033
321B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN13.577-0.350
3799BBoom Briggs Bear Lake, PA13.406-0.179
3192SStormy Scott Las Cruces, NM13.594-0.367
41736Logan Martin West Plains, MO13.644-0.417
496Kyle Larson Elk Grove, CA13.425-0.198
4111Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO13.690-0.463
51591Heath Hindman Signal Mountain, TN13.648-0.421
5340BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL13.462-0.235
5266KDylan Knowles Lanett, AL13.712-0.485
61110SGarrett Smith Eatonton, GA13.784-0.557
6119RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA13.521-0.294
61928Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL13.664-0.437
7718XMichael Page Douglasville, TN13.857-0.630
7163SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL13.698-0.471
71612Ashton Winger Senoia, GA13.633-0.406
839Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC13.965-0.738
81425Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA13.756-0.529
851Jason Hiett Oxford, AL13.656-0.429
9627Jadon Frame Winchester, TN13.977-0.750
9819MWil Herrington Hawkinsville, GA13.862-0.635
9614MMorgan Bagley Longview, TX13.767-0.540
1017B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL13.994-0.767
10529Donald McIntosh Dawsonville, GA14.005-0.778
101511HSpencer Hughes Meridian, MS13.813-0.586
11141STJohnny Scott Las Cruces, NM13.896-0.669
112038Dillon Tidmore Gadsen, AL14.004-0.777
1127TDrake Troutman Hyndman, PA14.139-0.912
121725BMike Benedum Salem, WV13.918-0.691
12735Dallas Cooper Talladega, AL14.162-0.935
12831Tyler Millwood Kingston, GA14.059-0.832
132158Garrett Alberson Las Cruces, NM13.964-0.737
13497Cade Dillard Robeline, LA14.188-0.961
13520Jimmy Owens Newport, TN14.247-1.020
14927BBrad Berry Attalla, AL14.295-1.068
141157Josh Adkins Talladega, AL14.214-0.987
14420RTRicky Thornton Jr.Adel, IA14.002-0.775
15141SJeremy Shaw Millport, AL14.567-1.340
151125RTim Roszell Anniston, AL14.034-0.807
151017MDale McDowell Chickamauga, GA14.273-1.046
161630Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA14.583-1.356
16810Joseph Joiner Milton, FL14.091-0.864
161254David Breazeale Four Corners, MS14.283-1.056
17944Chris Madden Gray Court, SC14.371-1.144
171814WDustin Walker Polk, MO15.007-1.780
1712T1Todd Morrow LAFAYETTE, AL14.182-0.955
18322Chris Ferguson Mt. Holly, NC14.413-1.186
181832Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL14.241-1.014
1812J27Jay Scott taft, TN15.041-1.814
19678Matthew Brocato Muscle Shoals, AL14.442-1.215
192157Mike Marlar Winfield, TN14.444-1.217
19157Jeremy Cropper Ringgold, GA15.262-2.035
201358CTyler Clem St. Petersburg, FL14.442-1.215
2004Ryan Wilson Margaret, AL14.485-1.258
201311KAustin Kirkpatrick Charlotte, NC15.449-2.222
21116HAustin Horton Whitesburg, GA14.442-1.215
211918LTrevor Landrum Florence, KY15.039-1.812
221349Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA15.039-1.812
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

Alabama Gang 100 Weekend
Friday, April 21, 2023
Talladega Short Track
4343 Speedway Blvd
Eastaboga, Alabama 36260 

Event Description
The World of Outlaws CASE Late Models make their only appearance in Alabama for their first $50,000-to-win battle of the season at the Talladega Short Track.

Friday night will be a split-field with two $4,000-to-win Features.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Late Model Series

To Win Amount
$4,000.00

Feature Laps Length
20

Event Schedule
Friday UPDATE: 6:30PM Hot Laps, Racing to follow. Saturday 6:30PM Hot Laps, Racing to follow.
*All times Central

Ticket Options  
Options And Prices
Friday Pits $40, General Admission $30.
Saturday Pits $50, General Admission $40.
2-day Pit $85, General Admission $65.

Grandstand Type
Bleacher seating

Handicapped Seating Location
Main grandstand

Parking Cost
Free

Camping Availability
non-electric

Camping Cost
Free

Frequently Asked Questions  
To Win Amount
$4,000.00

Type of Grandstand
Bleacher seating

Stadium Seating
Seats are allowed

Handicapped Seating
Main grandstand

Personal Coolers
Coolers are allowed, No Glass Bottles

Credit Card Use
Pit Gate, Ticket Window

Alcohol Sales
Beer is for sale at the track

Smoking Policy
No smoking in the grandstands

Parking Cost
Free

Camping Availability
non-electric

Camping Cost
Free

Track Info  

Talladega Short Track
4343 Speedway Blvd
Eastaboga, Alabama 36260 

Track Phone
(256) 831-1413

Track Type
; High-banked, red clay oval

Late Model Track Record
12.420 bt Jason Hiett on 3/28/19

Track Map
Competitor Info  
Competitor Downloads
 https://www.dirtcarmembers.com/downloads.php

Tire Rules
Left Front Tire: Hoosier (Open)

Left Rear & Right Front Tire:
Hoosier (90) NLMT2, (90) NLMT3, (90) LM20, or (90) LM30

Right Rear Tire:
Hoosier (92) NLMT3, (92) NLMT4, (92) LM30, or (92) LM40

**Grooving & Siping will be allowed**

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