By Archie Bosman
Photos by Austin Miller
Dawsonville, GA: Driving a Pro Late Model Chevrolet, Chase Elliott qualified fastest & won the Jegs CRA Pro Series race on May 18 at the Lebanon Missouri asphalt track. The 144-lap race race, which paid $8,000 for the win, attracted 42 entries, 28 of whom started. Earlier during four practice sessions Chase, the 17-year-old son of “Awesome Bill from Dawsonville”, was fastest in three of them.
Crew chief Ricky Turner said “It was our first visit to the area and we asked the local teams about the track’s banking and its other characteristics. Happily when we released the car from the truck, Chase was immediately competitive. We subsequently made a few changes to the gearing and suspension settings and he recorded fastest qualifying time.”
During a mandatory 5-minute break on lap 100, crew chief Ricky Turner elected to changes springs and shocks. “There are useful tuning advantages in using different combinations of soft springs and bump stops,” commented Turner.
Following the re-start, Chase claimed the lead on the 103rd lap and remained at the front until the winning flag fell.
Bill Elliott Racing