JEFFERSON, GA – The Larry Fleeman Memorial 198 was a great way to open the race season at Gresham Motorsports Park on Saturday. GMP was forced to move the race up because of bad weather reports but a competitive field of Pro Late Model drivers lined up for two segments of 198 laps.
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 takes the lead from Robbins with Pollard and Elliott following to take second and third position from Robbins, also. 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 ten-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.
Elliott worked his way from seventh place to win the Larry Fleeman Memorial 198 and Pollard and Grill followed him from eighth and tenth place to take second and third place. Robbins and Fleeman rounded out the top five. Unofficial race results have been posted to www.RaceGMP.com.
Chase Elliott will make his NASCAR Trucks Series debut next Saturday at Martinsville.