Sanders Collects Cochran Clash Cash

Tyler Sanders in victory lane at Cochran Motor Speedway.

COCHRAN, Ga. — Tyler Sanders kept the big money at home Saturday night with a win on night two of the Cochran Clash for the Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series at Cochran Motor Speedway.

Sanders took the lead on the opening lap and led all 50 tours to pick up the $3,000 top prize in the Durrence Layne Chevrolet Winter Shoot finale.

Sanders had to hold off held off a late race challenge from Jimmy Elliott, but a late-race caution flag slowed Elliott’s momentum. Sanders was able to pull away in the last nine laps of the race in the H.C. Rowland Trucking Capital and take a .741-second victory under the checkered flag and his first career Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series win.

“Man, this is excellent, as I never expected to win it because this weekend was my first time in a Durrence Layne Chevrolet Late Model,” Sanders said. “My crew signaled to me that somebody was right on me late in the race, and I didn’t know who it was. I was just trying to take it easy, so I quit trying to save tires and went for it.”

Defending Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series champion Ashton Winger finished second in the Keyser Manufacturing Rocket for his second top three finish of the weekend.

Elliott ended up third in the Car Smart Auto Sales Special. Elliott may have lost the battle, but he won the war by picking up his second straight Durrence Layne Chevrolet Winter Shootout Series Championship.

Jake Knowles came from 10th-starting spot in the Knowles Race Parts and Bodies Special and finished fourth. Knowles dusted off the top shelf of Cochran Motor Speedway and ran as high as third by lap 28. That earned the second-generation driver the VP Racing Lubricants Slick Move of the Race Award.

Drew Kennedy was the Hard Charger of the Race after starting 12th in the Schubert Monument Sales Rocket and finishing fifth.

The finish:

Tyler Sanders, Ashton Winger, Jimmy Elliott, Jake Knowles, Drew Kennedy, Travis Pennington, Pearson Lee Williams, Jody Knowles, Todd Hurst, Joseph Brown, Jimmy Thomas, Parker Martin, Clay Harris, Tyler Turvin, Cage Griffin, Shane Riner, Wil Herrington, Corey Dunn, Riley Hickman, Colby Boyett.