BULLS GAP - Bluff City's Shane Roberts took advantage of his front row starting spot in Sunday's Rusty Wallace Auto Group 50 at Volunteer Speedway, grabbing the lead and staying out front the entire race to collect the the victory.
The Fastrak Late Model Racing Series-sanctioned event attracted 42 drivers from six states, but the local Crate Late Model drivers dominated the competition.
The top six fastest qualifiers earned a spot in the main event, and four heat races and a last-chance consolation race were run to fill out the 24-car starting grid.
John King Jr. of Kingsport was awarded the pole position after a drawing among the top six qualifiers. Jensen Ford of Johnson City had the fastest qualifying time but was relegated to the third row after the draw.
In the first attempt to start the race, multiple cars got tangled up between turns one and two with Dale Ball, who started in the third spot, receiving most of the damage. After quick repairs from his crew during the caution period, Ball tagged onto the end of the field in time for the green flag.
This time the start was successful and Roberts shot into the lead down the front straightaway and never looked back.
Shanon Buckingham took the runner-up spot from King on the third turn during the opening lap and stayed there the rest of the race.
Roberts never allowed anyone to get close to him, surviving a caution and easily working though lapped traffic to take the checkered flag.
Following Roberts across the finish line were Buckingham, Ford, King and Bobby Mays, who worked his way up through the field from his 22nd starting spot to take a top five.
In the support divisions, Chad Ogle won his fourth straight Open Wheel Modified race; Dale Reed took advantage of Dustin Shaver's late-race spin to take his first Hobby Stock win; and Chuck McMahan - winner of six Mini Stock races last season - held off a hard-charging Shawn Henry for his first victory of the year.The Gap will host another touring series next Saturday when the Advance Auto Parts Thunder Series Late Models contend with the local drivers for a $5,000 winning purse.