JEFFERSON, Ga. – Chase Elliott used a late-race pit stop for tires to his advantage as he stormed through the field to win Saturday’s Larry Fleeman Memorial 198 for pro late models at Gresham Motorsports Park.
Hunter Robbins, Anderson Bowen and 13-year-old, Garrett Jones led the field at the start of the Pro Late Model race. Bubba Pollard and Chase Elliott worked their way from fourth and fifth position into third and fourth.
Halfway through the race, Bowen took the lead from Robbins with Pollard and Elliott following to take second and third position. Michael Lance brought a caution when he got into the outside wall. After the caution, several drivers went into the garage, leaving Elliott in the lead followed by Pollard, Robbins, Jones and Augie Grill in the top five.
Elliott held the lead for the remainder of the first segment. Robbins, Grill, Jones and Russell Fleeman finished the first segment in the top five. There was a 10-minute break between the two segments.
Elliott had a good start off of the green flag and Fleeman eventually worked his way to second position. The battle continued between Elliott and Fleeman, allowing Alex Guenette and Kyle Plott to catch up, but Plott and Guenette were sent to the back of the field following an altercation off of turn four.
Fleeman was left with the lead when Elliott went to pit road and took on four tires and returned to seventh place.
It didn’t take Elliott long to work his way from seventh place to win the Larry Fleeman Memorial 198.
Pollard and Grill followed Elliott from eighth and tenth place to take second and third place. Robbins and Fleeman rounded out the top five.
Spanky Hicks (Mini Stocks), Bryan Beckner (Sportsman/Renegade), Matt Vassar (Trucks) and Russell Fleeman (Outlaw Late Model) were other winners on Saturday.