Hamilton Hustles At 417 Southern Speedway

Davey Hamilton Jr. (photo by David Sink)

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. — Captured by Davey Hamilton Jr. the 40-lap BG Products Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series win Saturday night at 417 Southern Speedway.

Polesitter Steven Hollinger led the opening 22 circuits and looked like he could be a contender for his first series win after building a big lead. At one point he had nearly half a lap lead over the field. A lap-22 caution changed the complexion of the race.

The double-file restart will see Davey Hamilton Jr. who lined up next to race leader Hollinger. When the green flag waved, Hamilton briefly led the way out of the second segment, but Hollinger didn’t go quietly. Hollinger would hold the lead as the duo crossed the stripe to complete lap 23.

Hamilton would take the lead for well over a lap later and build a huge lead the rest of the way to win in dominating fashion.

Hamilton’s margin of victory over Hollinger was 7.013 seconds.

Following second-place Hollinger were Daniel Miller, Colton Bettis and fifth-place finisher Bruce Brantley.

With Hamilton’s win, his current streak is at four-in-a-row.

It was announced Thursday that current 417 Speedway leaseholder Joe Gentry will not be renewed at the end of the season. The new leaseholder has plans to turn the facility into an entertainment venue and the speedway will soon be demolished.

The final sprint cat race in the track’s history will take place when the BG Products Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series returns on December 3 for its season finale.

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