|Riley Hickman continued his late-season domination on Friday night with a $5,000 triumph in the annual Gobbler at Cleveland Speedway (Cleveland, Tennessee).
Thirty-five Super Late Models registered for the event, which was sanctioned by the Southern All Star Racing Series. Hickman started his outing by qualifying third in his group during time trials, which positioned him starting fifth in the 50 lap finale. Hickman battled amongst the top five early on before working his way forward to take control from race-long leader, Kent Robinson just past the halfway point. Riley would keep Robinson in his rearview over the final laps en route to his seventeenth victory of the season. Robinson settled in second followed by David Payne, Jason Welshan and Aaron Ridley. Connie Putnam Photo
Hickman wrapped up his second straight series title over runner-up, Todd Morrow. Complete results from the event and the final series standings are available at www.SASDirt.com
Riley also competed in the Crate Late Model portion of the event, which boosted a $1,200 top prize for competitors. He timed in fourth overall among the twenty-nine entries to lock into the fourth starting spot for the feature. In the main event, Hickman raced to a solid second place finish behind race winner, Jerry Coffman. Cory Hedgecock, Bobby Mayse and Tanner Works rounded out the top five finishers.
Action shifted to Boyd's Speedway (Ringgold, Georgia) on Saturday night for an unsanctioned, $5,000-to-win program. Thirty-one entries converged on the 1/3 mile oval for the event, and Riley missed the transfer into the feature via qualifications forcing him to run a b-main. He went on to win his b-main, earning him the eighth starting spot on the feature grid. During the course of the main event, Hickman advanced to a fourth place finish behind race winner, Donald McIntosh, Shane Clanton and Dylan Ames.
Full results from the program are available at www.BoydsSpeedway.net